About East Tennesse Dingos

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Seymour, Tennessee, United States
Welcome to our site about Naturally Reared Carolina Dogs! Carolina Dogs are a relatively new, rare breed recognized by the UKC & ARBA, and are quite possibly America's own indigenous wild dog. Natural Rearing is the philosophy wherein we raise our dogs and puppies employing Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, only vaccines required by law and no chemicals on, in or around our dogs. We have found this way of life fosters balance, health and longevity in our beloved companions. My name is Susan Lewelling, please contact me if you have any questions about anything on the site. Contact us at: susanlewelling@yahoo.com physical address is 898 Dykes Road, Seymour, Tennessee 37865 phone # 865-293-2858 check us out and share us in other places!!! YouTube@ http://www.youtube.com/user/EastTennesseeDingos?feature=mhsn and FaceBook @ https://www.facebook.com/mycarolinadog on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/#!/EastTennDingos . Thank you so much for visiting our site, feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Is The Carolina Dog Native To North America? New Science Says: Maybe

Is The Carolina Dog Native To North America? New Science Says: Maybe

Pittsboro resident Marielle Hare owns a dog, Oona, that she believes might have traces of Carolina Dog in her. She is interested in testing its DNA.
Credit Marielle Hare
The first Carolina dog that I. Lehr Brisbin took home with him smeared fecal matter all over the back seat of his car. He found her at a pound in Augusta, Georgia in the 1970s, and despite strong discouragement from the pound’s staff (they said she bit everyone who touched her), he managed to wrangle her into a carry crate in his back seat, where “she immediately had a diarrhea attack,” Brisbin recalls. But he was far from discouraged.  Brisbin wanted to take her home because he thought there was something strange and special about her. She resembled some wild dogs he’d seen in the woods along the Savannah River. And Brisbin was starting to put together an exciting hypothesis about why there were wild dogs in the South Carolina lowland that looked and acted different from most others.
At the time, I. Lehr Brisbin was a biologist studying wildlife at the Savannah River Ecology Lab, a field research station of the University of Georgia in Aiken, South Carolina. His research often took him into the 300 square mile wilderness of the Savannah River Ecology site. That’s where he first noticed the wild dogs.  They had long, pointy snouts, ears that permanently stood up and tails that curled back on themselves.  And their behavior, he noticed, was unusual, too. They dug small pits in the ground with their snouts. They hunted in packs and signaled to each other by flashing the white undersides of their tails. They moved as a pack, like wolves.  They were more like Australian Dingoes than European-bred dogs brought to America by colonists.  Brisbin hypothesized that the wild South Carolina dogs descended from canines that belonged to Native Americans, that the dogs’ ancestors had crossed the land bridge between Asia and North America with humans around 12,000 years ago.
Brisbin soon acquired another wild dog that resembled the female he got from the pound. He bred them, and their offspring “were like little dingoes,” he said. He joined the Australian Dingo Society to learn more and was struck by the similarities he saw in their behavior.  Brisbin decided to petition the United Kennel Club to get the dogs classified as a breed unto itself. His case convinced the UKC and a new breed was named.
Pi, a Carolina Dog belonging to I. Lehr Brisbin.
Credit D. B. Brisbin
“I created the ‘Carolina dog,’” Brisbin says.  “And I based it on three things: First of all, what do you look like; second is how to do you behave; and third, where did you come from. Every one of those dogs traced back to the swamp dogs.”
Brisbin thought that the distinct morphology and behavior were strong indicators of a difference in origin from most domestic dogs in America, whose lineage can be traced to dogs brought over from Europe. The main question he wanted to answer was: are these dogs feral escapees with European origins? Or are they actually remnants of an ancient Native American dog population?
“We actually have a tool to find out,” Brisbin says. “It’s called DNA.”
Fast forward almost 40 years and a group of scientists from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has subjected that hypothesis to a new level of scrutiny by analyzing DNA from 19 Carolina dogs and comparing it to other breeds. While Brisbin and other biologists have looked at the DNA of the Carolina dog before, the new study, whose results were published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is the first to compare Carolina dog DNA to a range of other breeds from North America and Asia to see which they most closely resemble genetically.
The researchers found that the mitochondrial DNA (which is passed down through females) of the Carolina dogs is most closely related to the mitochondrial DNA of dogs found in Asia, and they suggest, based on that evidence, that the Carolina dog “may have an indigenous American origin.” The key word there is “may.”
For enthusiastic Carolina dog owners and others following the story (a recent New York Times article about the findings was titled “DNA Backs Lore on Pre-Columbian Dogs”), these findings have been taken as strong evidence of native American dog.  But some scientists who study canid diversity aren’t as quick to accept the study as proof of the dog’s American origin.
Bishop, a ginger-colored Carolina dog belonging to I. Lehr Brisbin.
Credit D. B. Brisbin
“I don’t think they really have enough evidence to support that,” says Ben Sacks, a professor at the University of California-Davis who studies dog genetics. “I think they have some circumstantial evidence that suggests that that’s a possibility.”
Sacks says that the work is exciting, but there’s still a long way to go to determine the origin of the Carolina dog.
“It’s a neat story, and maybe it is a remnant [American] population, but even if that’s the case, the odds that they've been able to retain their genetic integrity for the last five to six thousand years while being surrounded by European dogs and haven’t interbred is not impossible but would certainly be remarkable.”
Sacks also points out that the authors of the paper looked at only mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), one piece of an animal’s genetic makeup. Although they compared it with the mtDNA of other dogs around the world, Sacks explains that  “the problem is, the similarity of mtDNA sequences doesn’t take you that far,” meaning that because of the way mtDNA mutates over time, it’s difficult to determine a relationship based on similar mtDNA sequences.
While Sacks is quick to admit that the work is exciting, he says comparing the entire genome of the Carolina dog to others will provide a fuller picture of its history and relationship to other dogs.
The paper’s lead author, Peter Savolainen, agrees that more work needs to be done. “I think we have a very strong indication, but it needs ‘final confirmation,’” he writes.
"I think we have a very strong indication, but it needs final confirmation." - Peter Savolainen
Even Brisbin, who would like very much to be able to say with certainty that the dogs have been in America since before Columbus, agrees that the genetic work is not quite where it needs to be to declare the Carolina dog indigenous.
“The evidence isn’t there yet, but it’s very exciting,” he says. He stands by his hypothesis and uses other clues –like Native American cave paintings that depict dogs similar to the Carolina dog and accounts from early European explorers in American who describe a dog like the Carolina dog—to give weight to his hypothesis as well.
It has been nearly 40 years since Brisbin first noticed the strange dogs in the swampy South Carolina forest. He is officially retired, but his interest in Carolina dogs and other wildlife hasn’t waned a bit. In his spare time he raises Pitt bulls and researches the ancestry of the domesticated chicken; he testifies in court about dogs’ ability to track scent; he sometimes raises blood hounds for the local police department. And he still breeds Carolina dogs.  Brisbin wants—possibly more than anyone—to see strong evidence for his hypothesis. But he’s still waiting for the study that can provide it.
“The new paper is exciting,” he says. “But other questions must be answered first.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Puppies Due Soon!

We are proud to announce that we are expecting a litter of puppies from Daisy & Eli!!!   The estimated due date is October 8, 2014.

We expect 5-7 puppies. These puppies will be Naturally Reared, and five already have waiting homes that will continue the natural path with them for life. 

If there are more puppies, more applications will be considered, and I can take applications now to be put on a "standby/wait" list, if you think you would be interested in adding a happy healthy naturally reared Carolina Dog to your family!

We would like to invite you to follow their journey with us as they grow. You can find us & follow the pregnancy, whelping, & rearing via the following venues: 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Time 4 Dogs: DON'T Spay or Neuter Your Pets!

Time 4 Dogs: DON'T Spay or Neuter Your Pets!: We shouldn't be listening to the Bob Barkers of the world. Two significant new studies were released in 2013 on the adverse health eff...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tattooing Information.

My Tattooing page

Tattoos for Pet Identification

th              We all want to keep our pets safe and to do what is best for them. But what if in some freak accident they get separated from us and end up being found by a stranger or picked up by Animal Control? My dogs are smart but sadly they can’t talk well enough to be able to tell their rescuers my name, address and cell phone number.  So just in case, they do need some form of permanent identification that will enable someone to easily know who to call to get them back to me! I have helped with a CD rescue for several years, so I am aware of how many dogs end up in shelters for various reasons. Many people now days are opting for the microchip implant for pet identification.
Besides being a Naturopathic Carnivore Nutrition Consultant, I am a Natural Rearing breeder of Carolina Dogs. So I am cognizant of the many concerns about the ID microchip implant that havebeen recognized in the past several years, failures, migration of the chip, not to mention the health issues that are related to this product.
Adverse Tissue Reaction
Failure of Electronic Scanner
Migration of Implanted Transponder
Electromagnetic Interference
Compromised Information Security
Electrical Hazards
Failure of Implanted Transponder
Magnetic Resonance (MRI) Imaging Incompatibility
Failure of Inserter
Needle Stick
There is a site that has compiled tons of information about ID micro-chips for pets. Rather than try to put every thing here I would rather you explore the site yourself.
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I do share many of these concerns, so I have chosen to ID my dogs with tattoos. While not completely without risk of allergic reaction or possibility of fading, I feel that the ID Tattoo is the best and safest  option for permanent pet identification.NDR2logo
National Dog Registry is the #1 pet tattoo registry in the US. This is the organization with which I register all my dogs and puppies. Also I am an authorized tattooer with the NDR.  I am the only NDR authorized tattooist in the East Tennessee-Knoxville-Tricounty area.  http://www.nationaldogregistry.com/
Tattoo Procedure
Tattoos are done by appointment only, in the dog/cat’s home.  I advise allotting a minimum of 1 hour for one pet  and an additional 30 minutes for each additional one. I do prefer to take my time so the pet stays calm and the tattoo is done well.  I need a table or other surface or possibly a couch,  where we can easily situate the pet, and  have work area and maneuvering area, as well as room for the person holding/securing the dog on its side/back while I work.  After set up and the pet getting comfortable with me, a tattoo usually takes 10-20 minutes depending on how cooperative the pet is. It may help to wrap the pet firmly in a towel/blanket/sheet to help keep them still during the tattoo. I prefer to diffuse calming essential oils, during the tattoo. I only use Young Living’s therapeutic grade essential oils, for the health and  safety of people and pets.  I also recommend giving the pet a dose of Bach’s Rescue Remedy-Pet 20 minutes before the appointment time. This is a safe homeopathic remedy that I have used many times. You can find RR at local health food stores or online(Amazon). RR does not sedate your pet it just helps them to be calmer and more accepting of stressful situations.
Tattooing does not hurt your pet, and does not bleed like a human tattoo. Please go to the National Dog Registry website for more information on this as well as information regarding the tattoo procedure.  I tattoo on the groin/inner thigh area, to decrease the likelihood that any unscrupulous person would attempt to remove the tattoo. If you have a different specific area you would like the tattoo placed, we can discuss that during our conversation. I use a pen-like animal marker, not a clamp tattoo system. I feel this works better and the machine I use is light and easily maneuverable and less scary for your pet.  Basically there is no follow up care needed, except to keep an eye on the area and keep the fur clipped short in the tattooed area of you have a pet that has longer fur that requires grooming.
I am proud to announce I will now be using Skin Candy brand Ink!
APB__37578.1405466000.1280.1280Skin Candy Ink  has come highly recommended to me for its color and safety. I use the Bloodline All-Purpose Black ink. If you would like a different color, there may be an additional charge because I would have to order & purchase that color. Here is the MSDS for the Bloodline A-P Black ink.  https://www.skincandy.net/pages.php?pageid=17

My basic charge is $15.00 per pet,  but a really difficult pet that takes much longer will have an additional charge.  Keep in mind that my price is below the national average & I do drive to you. I do take tips but that is not expected nor required. For my payment I take Paypal or credit/debit cards or cash, no checks.
The charge to register the tattoo through NDR is not part of my charge. NDR’s  lifetime tattoo registration fee is $45.00 for the first pet, $20.00 for each additional pet.   You can now fill out  the forms and pay NDR online or print the form and write a check to NDR directly and I can mail that in for you. If you do not register your tattoo it will be virtually useless in getting you reunited with your pet if he/she should become lost, so I HIGHLY recommend doing that immediately.
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Cooter's was the first tattoo I ever did on a live being, I am not happy with it & will be touching it up soon with my new Bloodline Black Ink. Also hair is not shaved so you can tell it is there but would have to shave it to read it.
Cooter’s was the first tattoo I ever did on a live being, This was done 2-3 years ago. I am not happy with it & will be touching it up soon with my new Bloodline Black Ink. Also hair is not shaved so you can tell it is there but would have to shave it to read it.
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Daisy’s tattoo was the 2nd I ever did. It was done 2-3 years ago, this is upside down & with no fur shaved. you can see it is easily noticeable, but may need shaved to be able to clearly read it. I have learned so much since then about the lettering.
If you are interested in getting an ID tattoo done on your pet, please contact me 

Monday, July 7, 2014


Daisy & Eli getting to know one another. 


Eli is a male Carolina Dog owned by my friend Bill Schenck. He is UKC registered and originally hails from Banbury Cross Farm, but is a different line than Daisy or Cooter. 

 I think that Eli will help improve our future line of Naturally Reared CDs. As you know, my goal is to raise healthy happy pups, that are true to the CD nature, looks and genetic diversity.


 Eli is not fully Naturally Reared, but being that CDs are a rare breed and finding a Naturally Reared CD is even rarer, I feel it is better for the male to be CR, than the female, if I must choose. Eli ticks all my other boxes which is why I agreed to mate him with Daisy, in order to keep a female puppy for the future. He is 9 years young and is a very handsome & friendly fellow. He enjoys running through fields, playing in the lake and chasing critters in the woods, as well as laying on his big fluffy bed at home in South-East Tennessee.  

The pups from this litter will of course still be Naturally Reared, Dam NR care throughout Pregnancy & whelping, weaned to raw, no chemical or vaccines on/in/around puppies. 
When Daisy comes into season, Eli will come & visit and hopefully we will have a beautiful litter of CD puppies 9 weeks later. 
Eli & Daisy hanging out
If you are interested in confirming your place on the list, please read the page "Interested In a Puppy". If you have not already done so, please email me a completed application and if approved be prepared to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit. You will not be considered "confirmed on the list" until you are approved & pay the deposit. Link to Application/Puppy Info .


If you previously sent me an application and would like a puppy from this litter, please email me @ susanlewelling@yahoo.com & let me know that you are still interested & would like to place your deposit. 


Thank You!  I look forward to this endeavor and adding to our East Tennessee Dingo Family!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

1 year old & 3 year old re-homing

Jan is a female (UKC)Carolina Dog, Her current owner feels that rehoming her would be in her best interest as he has had a job change & is away from home for long hours now.

She will take advantage of an escape opportunity when she feels lonely or bored. She has discovered that she likes to chase goats, whether it is the noise or the smell, she just likes to make them scared & run. She does not attack & does not chase other livestock, so a home with a good fence &/or without a goat is a must, or some serious retraining in her new home.  

She would do best in a home with someone who is retired or that works from home and can devote lots of time to cuddles and long walks in the park or just down the road or wherever is convenient ....

Jan is sweet, smart, friendly & eager to please. 

 January Rose is will be 3 years old in August, She is from Susan's Daisy & Cooter 2011 litter. She is UKC registered and that can be transferred to your name. 

 She is good with people & other dogs but is unknown around other small household pets & children.


June is a 1 year old female UKC Carolina Dog. She has the rare "Black-blanket-back" pattern over her red coat.

She is a sweet girl that is eager to please & is looking for the right home to give her some one-on-one love & attention.

 June gets along well with other dogs of both sexes and with people. She has not ever been around small pets(small dogs or cats, etc) or children so we can't say how she is with them. 

  If you would like to know more about Jan or June, contact Susan @susanlewelling@yahoo.com, who can put you in touch with Jan's owner.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Books about Carolina Dogs

Here are some books, Fiction & Non-Fiction about Carolina Dogs that you may enjoy reading. 
I recently saw a posting from someone on FaceBook about this book & I wanted to share it with others. It is a fictional book, with characters based on real situation & people & dogs.  

Bestselling and award-winning author Allen Paul has created an endearing character in Honey, a swamp dog who gets rescued at the moment she’s about to get shot. Taken to live at Banbury Cross Farm with other rescued Dixie Dingos, her quick cuts and darting turns soon draw notice; she’s then trained for agility championships, the most popular of all canine sports. 

From the start, Honey forms a deep bond with Miss Jane, who saved her in the nick of time. Her trainer is Ace, a worldly wise black man who manages the farm’s kennel. Honey forms another deep bond with Miss Jane’s partner, Mr. Billy, a skilled horseman who delights Honey by quoting famous rhymes. 

The story is told by Honey in a charming southern voice. She’s just turned one (equal to a 10-year-old girl or boy) when the story begins. At its center is a haunting mystery: Why are swamp critters turning up dead with a wild look in the eye? Many believe a big coyote named Geronimo scares them to death. When two dead dingo pups are found, Honey becomes convinced that her pack, which is still in the swamp, could be next. Somehow she has to get them out. 
Honey the Dixie Dingo Dog

I have personally met Honeybun & Vicky. I Loved them!  Adorable Honeybun had her Southern Belle dress on when I met her :)  You will love this touching book about their struggles & triumphs. 

I’m Listening With a Broken Ear is a true story about a dying dog, Honeybun, the author found on a roadside and grudgingly rescued. A concomitant story of faith, persistence, and love unfolds as both she and her young daughter struggled to help Honeybun overcome severe issues of compromised health, aggression and fear. Untrained to deal with the overwhelming behavior, Vicky then tried to give her up.... unsuccessfully.
Refusing to relinquish her to Animal Control who would undoubtedly euthanize Honeybun,Vicky tripped upon a small rescue organization who offered to help rehabilitate Honeybun for free. During the many months of heartache and struggle, and multiple near deadly attacks on Vicky's other dog, she discovered a modern day parable of the truth that nothing is truly irredeemable. Each victory with the little rescue dog taught personal lessons in redemption and grace, patience and perseverance, and the power of transforming love to spread through a community in most unexpected and unlikely ways. 
There were multiple failures, and repeated surrenders to hopelessness.Each time, her weakness was thwarted and overcome by unexpected help and miracles. In the process, Vicky came face to snout with the harsh reality that real compassion involved action and responsibility. If she wanted to save the dog, ultimately it was up to her.
It is a story of redemption, physically and spiritually in a very small corner of the world, told through the story of a discarded dog that no one wanted and no one thought could be saved.
Donations to the animal rescue that helped save this dog can be made at hollowcreekfarm.org
I'm Listening With A Broken Ear
UPDATE 7-10-14
Vicky just released a new novel !

Available on Kindle & in print.

Link to Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LNA7T4G

Book Description

 July 8, 2014
A lonely, discouraged woman is beckoned to a small town to care for her dying, despicable father. At the same time, the town is reeling from the first murder in a hundred years, devastating their peaceful community. In this inspiring story of redemption, a pack of wild dogs of an ancient and rare breed bring about healing, and a surprising solution to the murder mystery. A book for dog lovers, God lovers, and mystery lovers alike, with a hint of romance for everyone else.

This is a book I own and have read many times. It can be bought from Ms Gunnell herself. 
The true story of Jane Gunnell's remarkable adventures in rescuing the Carolina Dog from inevitable extinction is a delightful romp that will please old and young alike

Ordering Information:
Each book is $28.00 plus $10.00 for shipping and handling
Make Checks Payable to : Carolina Dogs

262 Eastgate Drive #342
Aiken, SC 29803
Thank you for your interest in and support of The Carolina Dog.

Our New Book

This book is written by Ms Jane Gunnell about her personal experiences with  Carolina Dogs and all she has learned about them through the years.  It is informative as well as interesting and has lots of great tips for raising a Carolina Dog. 
 If you know of any other books about Carolina Dogs please post a link on the comments. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

American Dog Breeds Hail From Pre-Columbian Times

American Dog Breeds Hail From Pre-Columbian Times

Savolainen said, "What surprised me the most were the Carolina dogs," which look like dingoes or Asian village dogs. A previous researcher suggested the Carolina dog might be indigenous to America, but most people didn't believe him.

But the team's genetic analysis found that Carolina dogs share a unique genetic marker called A184 that hasn't been reported before. And A184 belongs to a group of genetic markers specific to East Asian canines.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Now Taking Applications

I would like to plan a fall 2014 Cooter/Daisy litter.

If you are interested in confirming your place on the list, please read the page "Interested In a Puppy". If you have not already done so, please email me a completed application and if approved be prepared to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit. You will not be considered "confirmed on the list" until you are approved & pay the deposit.
Thanks. I look forward to this endeavor and adding to our East Tennessee Dingo Family!