|Barked: Thu Nov 12, '09 12:30pm PST |
|Thank you for this synopsis. Ever since my CD came to live with me, I have been researching them. I started with Dr. Brisbin and his work that was published in National Geographic News. I found a few other documentations but not many. I have viewed dogs at the local animal rescue sites and have found several that developed definate CD traits, such as flexible back bone and the turned paw,"prance" walk, like a cat, that my CD has. There are still wild dogs in the northern Everglades of S.W. Florida, but the large packs were decimated by the cattle ranchers. The animal control agencies of Collier County, Fl., have posted reports of wild Carolina dog packs. Unfortunately mostly in negatve ways. The true CD's were mostly adopted when they became too stressed to live in the wild anymore, like mine . They seem to be received well by people when they have achieved the true Carolina Dog appearance. Probably due to human acceptance of that physicality and not otherwise.
This was evident from the many CD's I observed in peoples cars and the two from my CD's pack that were adopted by neighbors around the same time my CD came to live with me. They must all love to ride in the car as much as mine and he will insist when he senses that I am going to drive, which always happens before I pick up the keys. This is just one example of thier superior communication skills, the "signal flag" tail is another that I learned to read.
Therefore, " the True Origins article fits my observations and research. It is the first time I have found a correlation even though it is really inconclusive without DNA analysis, my observations have led me to conclude that there may have been original species dogs living here in the Everglades, away from populated areas. They can move through the dense foliage with ease and you would not see or hear them due to thier advanced hunting skills. They are like ghosts and I have observed the Coyotes here and in up state New York move the same way.
The case I make is that while horse back riding with a groupe of about twenty, a large Coyote pranced across the trail we were following in a dense forest in the up state New York area I mentioned. No one saw him except me. Not even the trained cowboy, who was escorting us, was aware of his presance.
My point is the wild canines know how to stay elusive. This was also proved by a study done in the suburbs of Chicago by Discovery Channel of packs of wild dogs that were decendants of feral, abandoned dogs. By the fourth generation, all domestic characteristics had been lost in favor of more wolf like physicalities. They thrived on scavaging and hunting small animals, yes, pets as well as squirrels etc. They too stayed away from populated areas and shunned people.
Since my CD portrays so many wild skills, I would like to find out if I could submit my CD for breeding since his demeanor has always been submissive towards people, even before he came into my home. His characteristics and coloration fit the official discription exactly.
My main interest is to preserve the lineage of true Carolina Dogs.
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