I have received quite a few questions about how I got involved with Carolina Dogs and with Natural Rearing. I am going to attempt to explain without writing a complete book, which some people say that I should... maybe someday!
Growing up, we had pets my whole life, mixed breed dogs & cats we got from friends, or from the animal shelter.
|Daisy & Cooter in Aiken SC|
|Cooter, Daisy & Bit|
|'PR' Banbury's Tennessee Daisy Jane|
|BC Tennessee Whiskey CooterBug|
|Baby Bear Moore|
Then, 3 years later I watched a TV show one day, called "In Search of the First Dog". Danny, my husband (not a big dog person), said of the CDs that they sounded like great dogs and he might could handle having a dog like that... well it was on...lol I started searching. I was not on FaceBook back then, but I did have the internet! CDs are not a common type around here in East Tennessee, we have mostly hounds & fiests. So I emailed every breeder & CD contact I could find(not many). I struck up a good conversation with Jane Gunnell and learned more about Carolina Dogs.
|Asheley, my 1st CD|
She had a puppy she was holding from her other litter but she let me get him, so my dad drove me back to SC & we got Cooter, whom she encouraged me to show in the ARBA show in Atlanta that fall. My daughter was having major surgeries and medical problems at the time, so I wasn't able to commit to showing him. We discussed breeding him at a later date if everyrthing worked out.
|Cooter on the way home from Aiken, SC|
So I began researching, which led me to raw feeding, which led me to not using chemicals & learning about vaccinosis. I found an awesome Holistic vet who assisted me in detoxing Cooter & with proper appropriate diet he is completely healthy, even now. We were very lucky that his reaction was not as bad as some I have since heard about!
|PR Banbury's Tennessee Daisy Jane|
In July of 2016 I learned about a little dog an acquaintance was giving away on craigslist and when I saw pictures of her I thought she might be a Carolina Dog. I arranged to go see her in person. Upon learning about her history and meeting her I decided to take a chance on her and brought her home with me. She has went from a smelly, oily, underdeveloped terrified 7 month old pup to a healthy, vibrant, muscled, happy dog. She still has her idiosyncrasies but she has made so much progress and still continues to make strides forward. We are still working on her evaluation for addition to the Carolina Dog studbook but hope to have that done soon. He name is Dixie, or "Tennessee's Dixieland Delight". To read more about her history see Dixie History
Over the years I have fallen more and more in love with and in awe of these wonderful beings of nature's creation . They are so basic and primal in their actions and reactions yet so in tune with their human companions that it is uncanny. I could (and frequently do, to the frustration of my husband) spend hours just openly or covertly watching them interact, hunt, and do all the fascinating things that they do, even lounging on the couch! I can not imagine not having a Carolina Dog in my life now.
Cooter is now retired from his career as a pet assisted therapy dog and Daisy never got to participate in the program because of their fear-based ban on raw fed dogs. But that is another story... These are the most loving, sensitive and healing dogs that I have ever had the blessing to live with.
My Carolina Dogs have totally won over my Husband, the non-dog-person, so that now he even lets them sleep in the bed with us. Cooter has laid by my side all day when I had a stroke, he has brought happiness and comfort to many Alzheimer's sufferers, and laid patiently beside a child as they struggled to learn to read. They have comforted a family member as she was battling and dying of cancer, tended a newborn baby, been a playmate for a toddler and a teenager, a hiking, farming and gardening companion and provided me a place to sob during the worst time of my life(when my baby grandson died) and dried my tears with their fur & kisses. Carolina Dogs are so much more than I can say, more intuitive, more fascinating, more fun, more versatile and more challenging than I ever imagined or can describe. I truly believe they are DOG, what God created when he made the first dog to be a companion for humans, before we humans started tinkering with them for our own purposes. Carolina Dogs are what a dog is supposed to be.
I have been researching raw feeding, and Natural Rearing since 2008, Since 2012 I have been teaching pet owners how to help thier pets become healthier, and in 2014 I began studying Small Animal Naturopathy with American Council of Animal Naturopathy (http://www.animalnaturopathy.org/). I have completed the Naturopathic Carnivore Consulting course and my exam is scheduled for August 18, 2017. After I gain that certification, I plan to continue my education towards Natural Rearing Breeder certification when it becomes available.
I am a member of the Natural Rearing Breeders Association ( NRBA Home )and the Natural Rearing Breeders Directory ( NRBD Home ). My dogs are Naturally Reared, and the puppies are Second Generation NR or beyond, meaning the parents/ancestors are fed a Biologically Appropriate Prey-Model Raw Diet, have been minimally vaccinated in the past & I do not use harmful chemicals in, on or around them. They are checked regularly by my Holistic Veterinarian & the pups will be examined as well before going to their new homes, and certainly guaranteed to have no illness or communicable diseases! Additionally, I am a Naturopathic Carnivore Nutrition Consultant. My focus is helping individuals build true thriving health Naturally in their pups, through species appropriate raw nutrition, No vaccines or chemicals in, on, or around the dog, rather than treating conventionally and then treating chronic illnesses later on. Continuing Mentoring is something I do for the life of each of my puppies, no extra charges, no matter where they go.
|Daisy, Cooter, Ellie Mae & Dixie hunting|
I look forward to many more years of learning, teaching, puppy cuddles and life with my ever changing pack of Carolina Dogs.