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!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Help Lilo the rescued CD

 Let me introduce you to Lilo and let you know a bit about her struggles. My friend Debra rescued her from a dreadful situation and literally moments from being gassed. 
She was terribly abused. Starving, open sores on her entire back, no teeth, she has been shot, (small bullet still lodged near her lungs. 

 She also had Lymes disease, ehrlichia, scarred lungs from old HW and someone hit her on the head and it blinded her left eye.

 But so much good news along with not so good news. She is healthy and beautiful as you can see from the before and after photos.

 But we just took her to the vet to check her eye. Apparently the drops we have been using on her bad eye no longer can keep the pressure at a safe level and it could affect her good eye. The vet thinks she has a constant head ache. We've noticed that she sometimes withdrawals, so it's probably true.
So we need to have her blind eye removed, which saddens us. The good news is that her blood work is AMAZING! The vet can't believe it. Numbers for a young dog and Lilo is 12! So she has a lot of life left in her. But here is the point of this post...

 The surgery with after care will be about $500.

 So I'm selling my Carolina Dog Posters for a sale price. 

They are
 signed limited edition posters and I
sell them for 
$25, but I'm 
offering them 
for $20 
in order to help
 get Lilo 
her surgery. 
Shipping is $7. 

Debra has a paypal: 
be sure to choose "sending to a friend" so paypal doesn't take out a fee on her or you can send a check to: 
Debra Howard  
33 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817

They make great
 Christmas gifts.
 You can get 
a simple frame
 at Walmart for 
about $8

Debra is throwing
 in a poster of 
a painting she did
 of the Eastern Shore entitled 
"The Soy Bean Field"

Debra's website is http://www.artistdebrahoward.com/    

So let's help Debra help Lilo get well! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Update on Daisy / Eli 2014 Puppies

The puppies are now 25 days old, they will be 4 weeks this Sunday(11-2) . They have grown so much and are maturing at an alarming rate! Eyes opened, teeth are in, they are eating ground raw food, and gnawing on chicken necks, in addition to nursing. A couple of pups escaped the pool  we were using as a whelping box, so they are in a new Den(crate) Potty area enclosure. They are liking it & are already catching on to the concept of not pottying in their den.  They have been outside a couple of times as weather allows and we hope to get them out more in the coming weeks!
We still have a couple of males available to approved homes. They will be ready to go to new homes after December 14th.  If you may be interested in a Naturally Reared Carolina Dog, please read MORE ABOUT GETTING A NR CAROLINA DOG PUPPY  then fill out the app that is linked and email it to susanlewelling@yahoo.com.

Pink (F) eating chicken neck

Purple (F) gnawing on chicken neck 


Yellow (M) eating chicken neck

meal time 

Orange (M) escaped along with his brother Black

So this is their new home, hopefully escape proof! 

They seem to like it! 

What is cuter than puppy spooning? 

Purple (F) 
Orange(M) invented a new sport: Dinner Plate Body Surfing. It did not go over well with his siblings.
They are already learning to go potty outside of the bed/crate/den!

Carolina Dog : The Song

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Why I choose to Naturally Rear my Carolina Dogs

Please read (before proceeding further) Nature vs Nurture by Dr Will Falconer DVM

  Many people wonder & ask about WHY I insist on NATURAL REARING... Let me expound a bit on my take on the Carolina Dog's peculiar & exciting position in the somewhat grim outlook of purebreds... See this web post now for more information on the possibility of pure-breed extinction http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3341924/Pedigree-dogs-face-extinction-due-to-inbreeding.html 

  In My Opinion, our breed (Carolina Dog)  is new & "less ruined" than other pure-breeds.  But with most everyone rearing their dogs conventionally(meaning regular vaccinations, kibble diets, "pet meds"/toxins monthly, etc) I saw in my 1st CD the early stages of vaccinosis issues and the more I learned about them more I realized there is NO ONE keeping this relatively untouched breed free from the direction that other breeds have gone... well, one part of that direction anyway. The CD was first discovered, specimens brought into captivity, a breeding program started, and kennel club recognition as a "breed" between  20 & 40 years ago, see   http://srel.uga.edu/outreach/factsheet/carolinadogs.html  for more information about the discovery of the Carolina Dog.
 The CD community IS working hard to keep the Carolina Dog free from too much inbreeding, and keeping a low Inbreeding Quotient, going as far as keeping the breed from thus far joining the AKC because that kennel club requires the stud book be closed and Dr Brisbin is still identifying some wild caught individuals and adding them to his stud book and eventually into the UKC  & ARBA registries so the gene pool can be as diverse as we can get it.

And so far Carolina Dogs are known for their genetic diversity, health and vitality, and NO known inherited health issues, which is unheard of in other breeds. So far we attribute that to purely the fact that the CDs were previously the product solely of Nature,  natural selection, where only the strong & healthy survive. Nurture didn't really have much to do with it.
 BUT, unfortunately I do know of several CDs that have seizure disorders, skin problems, as well as a few other immune dysfunction, and even a few that have died an early death from these issues. I used to run a survey about the health of Carolina Dogs and how they have been cared for, just to satisfy my own curiosity and possibly bring the outcomes to light in the future, but as I got more and more data, more people decided they didn't want to hear what I was (officially unscientifically, I suppose) finding from this little questionnaire. I lost several friends due to that venture and my speaking out about my preliminary findings. I have put the survey on the back burner to further pursue my education into Natural Rearing and NR Breeding. But that does not change my mind, in remembering what I found, that a pretty high percentage(up to 75% in some categories) of CDs that were being routinely vaccinated, fed kibble and exposed to monthly preventative pet meds were more prone to having skin problems, and a myriad of immune dis-function disorders, including seizures, even death.
  I am not passing judgement on anyone for how they are caring for their dog(s) or running their breeding program, I am merely trying to tell what I saw, how I interpreted that data based upon my studies and why I am doing things the way I am doing them. I want to learn how I (and others) can do better for our dog's futures. I do not do this blithely, I have sent the past 6+ years reading & studying daily, to the aggravation and hunger of my husband and son,  when I got lost in a  paper and forgot to make dinner ... many nights, (sorry boys!) .

  So what is the point of what I am trying to say? This quote sums it up, " The expression and action of genes in our genetic code depends on variables like diet, vaccines, exposure to toxins, and even upbringing" -Dr Will Falconer from his article linked above.

 It is Nature AND Nurture, BOTH matter in the health and the future of our dogs. So if we can carefully breed and raise our Carolina Dogs, who have little to no Miasm thus far, in the best way possible, to thrive, to not ever have Miasm, not just to survive, then we may avoid the terrible, painful place that many breeds have come to, facing possible extinction. And someday have one of the few healthy purebred dogs left.
I hope not, I hope that all these breeds with so high "IBQ" and also high percentages of malformed or genetically ill dogs can be saved from extinction. But I think to do that, it is going to take very careful breeding, out-crossing with truly healthy dogs, and Natural Rearing practices to save many of them, they are so far gone.  And my greatest hope is that the Carolina Dog does not eventually wind up like so many of the other breeds. I think that too will take the same practices.

And THAT is why I do what I do! If you would like more information or would like to walk this natural path with me, especially with a NR Carolina Dog by your side, contact me @ susanlewelling@yahoo.com, for more information about available, NR dogs, puppies and future litters as well as Naturopathic Carnivore Nutrition Coaching/Consulting for any breed.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Litter Birth Announcement

We are proud to announce the birth of our newest litter of
 Naturally Reared Carolina Dogs to
 "PR" Banbury's Tennessee Daisy Jane, aka Daisy &
 Walnuthill Eliphalet Remington, aka Eli
There is 6 males and 2 females for a total of 8 puppies. 

A couple of males will be available to Natural Rearing homes, 
please see THIS PAGE  for more information about obtaining an ETD puppy! 

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