MerwolfPack Rules of Behavior
As a member of the Merwolfpack or Merpups as
we are called, it is every pup's responsibility to help create a supportive
and happy pack society. Towards that end, here is some information
on the general behavior and antics that Merpups exhibit, otherwise newcomers
might run a great risk of offending their "older" brothers and sisters--or
of being totally bewildered to the point of running for their lives. Of
course, the real reason for the instructions is so that the alpha wolf
herself, Missy Good, does not need to spend any valuable writing time dealing
with pup problems.
There are really only 2 rules that count in the Merwolfpack:
||Missy Good is the alpha wolf of the pack (Merwolf) and as such is the
leader of the pack in all ways. Where Merwolf leads we follow. What
Merwolf says goes. (And we like it that way!)
||Merpups never hurt or flame other
Merpups. This is very important as we are a diverse pack and feel
it is very important that all pups feel
supported by the pack.
Follow these two rules and you will get lots of nuzzling from
the other pups. Speaking of nuzzling...
Mother pup (Gaia) has found that body language is an extremely
important form of communication in the pack. Nowhere, however, has
she found exactly what it means when one pup puts another in a headlock
and gives him a noogie. Breadstick fighting doesn't seem to be covered
either. Nor group slobbers. Although, all of these have been
known to happen at one time or another.
Because of the current limitations of the online environment, present
Merpup communication leans heavily toward the body language type rather
than verbal. The following activities have been observed and translated:
- Spray painting each other in various colors - a form of playful activity that shows affection.
- Getting virtually drunk (usually by imbibing exotic drinks invented by
one of the several bartenders on the Merchat list) - a way of bonding in
One of the primary forms of
communication within a real life pack is through verbal signals.
Even in the online world verbal signals are used by the
cyberpack. Whimpering, growling and howling are common among the
merpups. Here's some more info:
Wolves use several types of vocalizations for different purposes. They
For more information on wolf behavior, feel free to check out Wolves on the Web. Also for examples of wolf sounds...check out Omegawolf. (thanks pup Lissa)
- Whimpering - by mother to calm the pups
- Squeak - to call the pups
- Growl - in dominance disputes or aggressive encounters
- Bark - to alarm fellow pack members or challenge intruders
- Howl - to reunite pack members, solidify pack cohesion or defend
On the various mailing lists a merpup will often accompany
their name with a description, as in "Xana, the Font of Useless Knowledge
Pup." This description may stay the same for every post, or may change
as the situation demands. This is a very useful way of communicating
a merpup's emotional state or possible useful or useless skills.
A pup should feel free to ask questions about anything posted on the
list, and should never be critical of other pups (with the exception of
joking, which should be gentle) and a pup should try not to offend or be
offended. We are all friends here.
Pups are very supportive to others when it comes to Real Life. We
pride ourselves on our ability to be there for each other whenever
necessary. Here's some additional points of pup protocol for
- When you reply from the pack, it goes out to the pack.
- If you wish to send the original author a E-mail, click on the authors E-mail addy at the top or cut and paste.
- Caps is yelling.
- The use of <grin>, <smile>, <shrug>,
etc.. goes a long way in taking the sting out of something that may be
taken the wrong way.
- Be sure to cut and paste. If you are replying to a particular part of an E-mail "snip" the irrelevant parts.
- Always keep in mind "Cultural Diversity." We Pups are
from around the world, hence what one thing means to one group is
completely different for another group.
- If commenting on a story or Xena episode, be sure and put
spoiler space, or spoiler in the subject line. Some Pups do not
want to know before reading or seeing the episode.
- Remember, we have a few mail lists. If it is
something that would be of interest to all groups then you can
subscribe to all <even if you don't have them set to E-mail> and
include them too!!!! See the Den Communication page for more info on the mailing lists.
- Flames are scathing negative, hurtful, comments.
Now for those of you who have signed up for the Merchat
mailing list, this group has some additional rules to help manage
the wild bunch of pups that participate. This is by no means a
complete list as there are special rules for use of various items in
the wolfhole including the stereo and the waterbed. Again,
since the wolfhole/foxhole/bomb shelter was dug in mother pup's
backyard, here are some of her rules:
If you do not understand any of the rules listed above, you are not alone.
Join the Merchat list
for a while and you'll learn very quickly.(G)
- No sharp objects for pups
- Pups may not drive the backhoe
- Don't do anything that will occasion the calling of police for any reason
- Never eat anything that is still moving.
- Never get a tattoo when you are drunk enough that you have to close
one eye to see the choices.
- Never begin anything with other pups unless you have a safe word.
- Never try to win a flirting contest with Tanya the Bartender Goddess.
- Never try to shock your old Mother. It won't work. She'll
just laugh indulgently.
Since the pack is a
living thing, the rules will continue to grow and change. We
will try to keep all pups fully informed of any changes to the