“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Two American dog breeds: American Bully (left – King), Carolina Dog (native dog right – Schatzie). Male. Female. King is short-haired, bully breed through and through, tenacious, opinionated, grumpy before bedtime (lol), hates being wet, loves sunbathing and warmth. Schatzie was more feral due to her ancient breed, long-coated, always warm so preferred cold weather and cold surfaces to lie on, never grumpy, always temperate in her attitude, brave to a fault, also hated being wet, preferred grounding in the shade to sunbathing. Two very different dogs in every way. Both American though. And yet, they really loved each other – King always deferred to her. He knew better than to argue with her leadership! Yet he was much stronger. So what have dogs learned that we can’t seem to? They respect their species societal ways instinctively. It’s interesting isn’t it?
Let me share some more insights with you into the Carolina Dog because we are getting another one (a male puppy) this fall!
I wrote this post on Facebook August 7 to show people what our male will resemble to a degree:
My girl Schatzie resembled the ginger one 2nd from the left. Our new male will look more like the one on the right of the ginger colored one. I hope you don’t get tired of me sharing on this breed (also known as American Dingoes). They have captured my heart much like the Great Dane did years and years ago. It is an ancient and more feral breed. I’m super fascinated by them.
Please refer to my post on August 9th for more facts on this subject. CDs are dogs and Dingoes are not. Both are obviously canids: Genetic study uncovers evolutionary history of dingoes.
This is what I wrote and shared on August 9:
This is a follow up to what I posted a couple of days ago about the dingo and my friend Susan Lewelling (who we are getting our NR Carolina Dog puppy from) made some VERY important clarifications for me to share.
I find it rather sad that so much politics has to invade these things but it is the way of the world these days it seems. I’m VERY grateful to Susan for her wisdom and insights into our Carolina Dog which is not a Dingo but rather closely related. There has been apparently a lot of controversy over this. I aim to educate rather than DIG into all of that stuff, so hopefully this will be refreshing instead.
Here is what Susan had to say about the post I shared on the Dingoes:
“In the photo are Australian Dingoes. They are a bit genetically different than Carolina Dogs. To the layman, the difference is similar to the difference in wolves and dogs. There is one part of the scientific community that believes that Australian Dingoes (and New Guinea Singing Dogs) are a separate species/sub species and should be designated as such. Much like the coyote because they can still interbreed with dogs (unlike a fox) but are so genetically different that it is obviously a wild animal.
Carolina Dogs are DOGS. Even when caught from a free ranging (wild) life they can be tamed and live safely with humans. Because of the horrible BSL , we try to stay away from the term Dingo, although many recognize the misnomer American Dingo, it has connotations to the truly wild Australian Dingo and has caused BSL issues in some parts of the US. This is a pretty new phenomenon, happening only in the past 10 years or so, (CDs were recognized as a breed in the 1980s) and for a few decades it was OK to call them American Dingos.
I don’t mean to preach, but the CD is a relatively little known breed and there is a lot of misinformation and prejudice about them in some places. If anyone would like more information you can visit my website FAQS, or the breed club website http://www.thecarolinadogsociety.com/index.html
I’m so glad Susan shared her wisdom on this amazing breed.
Lastly, I want to point you to a book by my friend and colleague, Alexandra Mikic (many of you may know her from her book, “How to Immunize Dogs Without Vaccines”. The book is “Dogs: Their True Origin, Function and Future“. I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with the content of her book, I simply found it fascinating.
Get ready for a journey when this little man dog we are naming Ezra joins us in the fall! He is being raised wholly naturally, with his sire fifth generation naturally reared! His dam reminds me so much of Schatzie except she is mostly white with some ginger in her.
We’re excited for him and King to get to become lifelong buddies. The male CD is friendly with other males – the females often are not friendly with the same gender as we experienced with Schatzie. King is friendly with either gender – he simply loves dogs and has been without his companion Schatzie since January so we’re eager for him to have a new companion!
I’ll keep you updated as we begin this new phase in our lives.
Until next time…
Have a PAWsitively, tail wagging’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!
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