About Nature's Way Carolina Dogs

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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. CDs make wonderful companions, athletes, hunters, and bedwarmers! Natural Rearing is the philosophy wherein we raise our dogs and puppies by following the 8 Laws of Health, employing Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and no toxic chemicals on, in or around our dogs. We have found this way of life fosters balance, health and longevity in our beloved companions and for our puppies, we welcome homes that have a very similar philosophy about dog rearing, or wish to learn. Check us out, follow us and share us in other places!!! YouTube@ "Susan NaturesWayCarolina Dogs NaturesWayPets" and FaceBook @ https://www.facebook.com/mycarolinadog on Twitter @https://twitter.com/NaturesWayCDs Thank you so much for visiting our site, feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email! susanlewelling@yahoo.com or text 865-293-2858

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Female Puppy Available

Spirit is searching for her perfect forever home!

We have 1 Female Carolina Dog puppy available to a Natural Rearing minded home. 
Spirit, channeling her inner Snoopy,
this is her favorite place in the back yard.
Her ears are doing funny things at this stage but should be
fully standing in the next few weeks.  

Spirit hanging out in the living room with us. 

Spirit (UKC- "PR" Tennessee Bootlegger's Spirit) is a female from our recent Bourbon(UKC Ch Swamp Fox Bourbon Whiskey) X Koda (UKC "PR" Valdes' Dakotah) litter, born on June 21, 2018. 

Spirit showing off her white paws, chin and chest markings.

Spirit is a sweet girl, she is a little shy of new people, as is typical of this breed. But she warms up quickly. She loves to be held is playful and smart. She was the first puppy to learn to use the litter box and is respectful of the older dog's authority. She really is a great balance of playful and cuddle-bug. 


Spirit exploring the back steps

Spirit and a friend who came for a Socialization visit
Spirit is 13 weeks old and weighs about 16 pounds right now. I estimate her adult weight should be 35-40 pounds. She has been weaned to a Prey Model Raw diet, and is completely Naturally Reared. I prefer Natural Rearing minded homes for my puppies and I do provide education and lifetime mentoring with every puppy, so experience is not required.  I can provide vaccination/etc history to qualified applicants.
She is a gorgeous, shiny black with white socks, chin and chest marking. Those white socks are so flashy when she is walking or running!

Her sire is an UKC Champion. Grandfather on Dam's side is the #1 Carolina Dog in Barn Hunt(BHA), Great-Grandmother on Dam's side is also titled in BHA.
Spirit is already registered with the UKC and registration can be transferred to her new owner. Registration with ARBA and AKC-FSS is also possible if owner is interested in showing or competing in a dog sport. She also has an ID tattoo and it is registered with National Dog Registry through my kennel and with her UKC registration. Price is $1,000.00
If you are interested in bringing Spirit into your home/family, you can check out more information about us on the other pages of this website, see more pictures and videos of Spirit with her siblings and my pack on Facebook at @mycarolinadog . I will try to add pictures on this post as I can, but pictures are added to Facebook and Instagram(@nr-cd.mom) almost daily. Applicants can find the application here > Puppy Application
Serious Natural Rearing minded applicants only please!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The 8 Laws of Health and Why They are Important in Raising Your Puppy

The 8 Laws of Health are the foundation of Naturopathy. It will be the basis of how I instruct you on raising your puppy and care throughout his or her life. Therefore, I wanted to give you a little primer on what these laws are and how they apply to NR(Natural Rearing) puppy rearing.  
Before we begin, know that your dog is more than just a physical body, she is a whole being consisting of mind, body and spirit. These laws apply equally to the whole dog. Conventional veterinary medicine (and human medicine) only address the physical with suppression of symptoms through medication and surgery. Natural Rearing is a wholistic paradigm where we practice prevention, allowing the dog to be healthy by following these laws of health and address challenges by looking at the whole being, and supporting the dog through natural methods to overcome the challenge.

1. Nutrition
Nutrition is first, as it it the foundation of all health. Without Species Appropriate nutrition the body can never thrive to its full potential. For dogs this means a diet of raw meat, bones and organs. 

It is only in the past one hundred years or so that "dog food" has become kibble. The kibble companies have convinced the public that it is appropriate and complete nutrition that our dogs cannot survive without. They have even taken over the nutrition classes in veterinary colleges, leaving the vast majority of our vets without proper nutritional knowledge. All we need to know to feed our dogs properly is taught to us by nature and history. Our dogs have a drive for small prey, and their anatomy and phisiology tells us what they are intended to eat. what did dogs 1,000 years ago eat...flavored biscuits with synthetic vitamins and flavorings sprayed on them? NO.  
When the body doesn't get the proper nutrition it begins to be out of balance. When your dog eats kibble, any brand, any "quality", the immune system sees it as an invader and attacks, part of this process is the release of chemicals called histamines. What happens when histamines are released in the body? Inflammation. This acute, low grade reaction becomes chronic over time. Chronic inflammation can lead to issues such as cancer, arthritis, or gastritis. 
The diet of our dogs affects more than just their gut. A proper meaty bone diet keeps the teeth clean, gums healthy, and provides mental stimulation. As you can see the Nutrition affects the whole dog. 

2. Exersize
All animals must have exersize that is appropriate for the species and for their specific self. In the wild a dog may have to travel miles to find food or mates, they may have to run at top speeds for short distances to catch prey. But are not moving all day long like a horse. They spend about half of their day sleeping! Appropriate exersize means appropriate for the age and physical condition of a specific dog, but not too much or injury or exhaustion can result. Appropriate movement for your dog will provide mental stimulation, burn calories and pump lymph around the body. Exersize will burn energy which could otherwise be used in inappropriate activities like chewing up your couch. For puppies you will need to provide short walks and opportunities for your pup to romp in the yard throughout the day. 
Exersize as a law of health does not just mean the physical, it also means the mental. Your puppy/dog needs mental stimulation. This can be short training sessions or things like brain games and complicated recreational bones. 

3. Water
All living beings need water to survive. Water should be pure and clean, free from toxins like chlorine and fluoride. Your dog is made up of about 70% water and water is the main ingredient in healthy living cells.  Water carries nutrients to cells, aids digestion and is used to flush toxins, it lubricates joints and helps cool the body. As you can see pure clean water is needed in every aspect of your dog's health. 
 Make sure your dog's water bowl is kept clean and the water is changed at least once per day. The bowl should be washed with soap and water every few days to weekly as needed. Be sure your dogs water is out of direct sunlight and away from drafts. A heavy flat bottom glass or food-safe ceramic bowl works great and is free from leaching contaminants. 

4. Sun and Supplements
Sun
Dogs know instinctively that they need sunshine. Have you seen a dog laying in a shaft of sunlight coming through a window? While they don't need full sun all day long, they do need the opportunity to sun themselves. A dog will lay out in the sunshine for a time then move to the shade as needed. It may  be bitterly cold or scorching hot but your dog(and you) still need to spend a time in the sunshine. 
Supplements
Unfortunately in our modern times our soils are depleted, making our food less nutrient rich.  We all know there are no guarantees in life and Natural Rearing cannot guarantee a disease free life. We are continually exposed to toxins in our air, foods, and man made items like our very homes, cleaning products, vehicles and furniture. In this modern world imbalances happen.
Supplements are needed to bridge this gap and help us balance things out. The most common supplements you should be aware of are Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Colostrum and Herbs. 

5. Temperance
Some people describe temperance as total abstinence, and some think of it as license to do whatever they want as long as it is in moderation. I think it is somewhere in between. This quote sums it up well.  "Temperance is moderation in the things that are good, and total abstinence in the things that are foul" -Francis E Willard. 
 Water is good for us but one can still die from water intoxication. Also, while the theory is noble, vaccines contain some very foul ingredients indeed(aluminum, thiomersal, and foreign DNA) so even one vaccine can cause adverse reactions that linger for a lifetime and can even cause death. So Moderation in the good, abstinence in the corrupt. 

6. Air
Your dog needs fresh air daily. While she will get some on daily walks, be cognizant of the air in your home as well. If you have to leave your dog at home for long periods of time, consider a doggie-door to a contained area outdoors or cracking a window to allow fresh air to flow through the house. 
Another thing to consider is the products you use in your home such as air fresheners, cleaners and candles. Many of these products contain unsafe ingredients that are breathed in and can build up in your dog's system and cause breathing, eye, ear or skin problems, even cancer. 

7. Rest
We all need good rest, but dogs have different sleep cycles than humans, with shorter and less periods of REM sleep. On average dogs sleep about 12-14 hours a day and puppies sleep 18-20 hours per day! Rest is needed for rejuvenation of the body, and restoration of the mind. Your dog may prefer to sleep with you at night or not, but it is important to give your dog a space of their own to rest that is dark, quiet and free from Electrical Magnetic Frequencies. So right beside your TV or refrigerator may not be the ideal spot. A covered crate in an out of the way spot is a good safe place for them to rest and relax. 

8. Trust
This is not a thing we often think of when we think about health, but it is very important. The definition of Trust is the "firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of something or someone". A synonym for trust is confidence. 
We need to have trust in the laws of health listed here. These laws are our way to health and a quality life. If we lose confidence in the nutrition for example and switch to feeding kibble, our dog will become unbalanced and eventually chronically unhealthy.  Sometimes this happens when we don't have a complete understanding of one of these Laws of Health. If this is the case, ask me for more educational support. Have faith, stand firm, if you need support or guidance, that is what I am here for you for! Your precious pup is depending on you, and I am trusting you to continue what I have just begun with your pup. 


Friday, June 22, 2018

Koda/Bourbon Litter Born

The evening of Thursday, June 21 Koda surprised us early with a healthy litter of 7 puppies. There are 5 females, 2 males . They are all healthy, active and gorgeous! Once she got over the initial surprise, Koda has become quite the devoted mother. 
The 2 piebalds are female, (because I know people will ask, lol). I will post more details about the puppies later on. 
You can Like amd follow our Facebook page, Nature's Way Carolina Dogs to see more frequent updates and pictures, even videos. 
If you are interested in a puppy from this litter see my previous blog post on this site HERE  and to submit an application go to this link NWCD Application

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bourbon X Koda Puppies 2018

It has been a couple of years since we had a litter of puppies at NWCDs, but we are now expecting!!!!  
Puppies are due around June 26, 2018. This is an exciting breeding of 2 absolutely beautiful UKC Carolina Dogs. We anticipate these pups will be Fan-tab-u-lous and we have high hopes for this litter.
Both the sire and dam are farm dogs, the sire is a confirmation champion and the dam is the daughter of the current highest ranking Carolina Dog in Barn Hunt (my boy, Cooter). 

THE DAM

"Koda" - UKC PR Valdes' Dakotah -is back to us for a limited time, for this one time breeding/whelp. 
She is from our 2016 Ellie Mae X Cooter litter. ( UKC PR Tennessee's Ellie Mae & UKC BC Tennessee Whiskey CooterBug, RATM.  She is also the Granddaughter of Daisy- UKC PR Banbury's Tennessee Daisy Jane, RATN) 
Koda spends her days supervising and guarding the family Landscaping/Nursery business on a 100+ acre farm in central Florida. She is (normally) about 35 pounds and about 18 inches tall at the shoulder. 



THE SIRE

"Bourbon", UKC CH Swamp Fox Bourbon Whiskey from Swamp Dogs Farm and Rabbitry.  He is a Confirmation Champion and also a real life farm dog in South Carolina where they raise Chickens, Rabbits and Carolina Dogs. Bourbon is a well-rounded young CD who frequently goes off-leash hiking and has tried out his speed on the practice Lure- Coursing course, but has not competed at that sport yet, because he's been busy showing off in the Confirmation ring and is also a proven stud. I was very impressed with this handsome boy while he stayed with us for breeding. He was gentle and well-mannered on and off leash, patient with Koda and got along well with my other dogs, livestock and visitors to my home. Bourbon is 19.5 inches tall at the shoulder and about 40 pounds. His previous litters have produced beautiful black and ginger puppies. Swamp Dogs Farm on Facebook



Both dogs are raw fed, and the dam is completely Naturally Reared. Puppies will be completely Naturally Reared and NR homes will take precedence. To find out more about Natural Rearing, cruise around my website a little more, or follow the link above. 
If you are interested in a Naturally Reared Carolina Dog puppy from this litter, please read my Information Page then follow the link to the Application Page to get in touch with me with your application.




This may be my last litter for quite some time, my founder dogs are ages 10+ and 8+ and we want to enjoy our time with them and with our granddaughters(4 yrs old, and 2 months old). I will still be active in Carnivore Nutrition and Naturopathic Lifestyle Coaching , Barn Hunt and the general CD world until we have more dogs that are breeding age. So if you want a completely NR Carolina Dog, now is your last chance for awhile. 
I hope to hear from you soon! 


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Happy 10th Birthday Cooter

Happy 10th Birthday to my πŸ’™dog Cooter! πŸ•―️πŸŽ‚πŸ–πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸ’™πŸŽˆπŸΎπŸ•πŸΆπŸ’™
BC Tennessee Whiskey CooterBug, RATM, FDC. He has his Master Title in Barn Hunt, Farm Dog Certification, retired HABIT therapy dog at an Alzheimer's facility and the Ruff Reading program. I've always said the only thing holding him back is me, but we learn together and he is happy as long as I am with him.
He is my heart, my healer and my teacher. He is always teaching me and others. He is a wonderful ambassador for his breed. Whatever I ask of him, he is eager to do it, whether it is hunting rats, checking for snakes, herding livestock, walking, watching over puppies or humans, hiking, searching for things, watching Cody's football practices, riding in the car, swimming, or just laying on the couch.
He is not perfect, I am not perfect, but we are always better together! I couldn't ever ask for a better sidekick.
Here's to 10 more years Bug!



 




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Accepting Applications Now

NWCD is accepting applications for this Cooter/Daisy litter. Puppy due date is May 1, 2017. I have several great families waiting already, so if you want a puppy from this litter get your application in soon! 
This breeding has in the past produced balanced pups, with absolutely wonderful personalities and great confirmation. 
For more information on how I raise my dogs and puppies and the application, see the tabs above, under the website heading. 

I hope to hear from you soon!
Only Natural Rearing homes will be considered. No experience is necessary, but commitment to continuing the NR lifestyle for the life of the pup is required. Lifetime mentoring is provided. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cooter attends October Barn Hunt

This past weekend, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 to Sunday, October 2, 2016,  we took Cooter to a Barn Hunt Trial hosted by Finny Farm in Greenback, Tennessee put on by Knoxville Barn Hunt.
I smell RATS!!!!!

 We are very proud of his accomplishments this weekend! He finished with 5 Qs, 4 of those being FIRST place finishes in his size class, and 2 of those were High in Trial wins! He also had one 2nd place in his class.
During the trial he completed the requirements to achieve his Open title, making him RATO, BC Tennessee Whiskey CooterBug. He also finished 2 of 3 legs towards his Senior title. 


Danny, Cooter and I showing off his Title, 1st Place, HIgh in Trial and a 2nd place ribbon. 

Danny, Cooter & I showing off all the ribbons he won during the whole trial. 

RATO, BC Tennessee Whiskey CooterBug and all his ribbons for this trial.


I think Cooter is proud of his ribbons! 
Below is listed all the links to Cooter's runs that we got recorded at this trial. Please see our YouTube channel for other barn hunt videos.  



See  Barn Hunt Association for more information about Barn Hunt.
We plan to attend the next trial at Finny Farm, November 9-13, 2016. Stay tuned for updates on How Cooter does! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

End of Summer 2016 Updates

   We have had an exciting, busy summer this year. Let me see if I can get you updated on the major happenings.
 We have added 3 goats, 4 hens and a rooster named Happy to our little farm. These livestock will be bred and raised ultimately for food, and will be cared for naturally, pasture fed, and toxin free. All animals on our farm are pets while they are here and are attended to accordingly, humanely and lovingly.
Eve, born Christmas Eve 2014, Boer/Kiko cross doe

Jimmy, born 3-8-16 Tennessee Fainting/Pygmy/Nigerian cross Billy 

Pearl, 1.5 year old Pygmy/mix breed doe
After the initial excitement, the CDs have accepted the new critters as part of the pack.
My pack meeting Eve for the first time. 
 The most exciting addition to our pack came on July 2 in the form of a young possible Carolina Dog named Daisy that we renamed Dixie.

Dixie, our first meeting.
Dixie was born to a free ranging mother in an abandoned barn in Campbell County, Tennessee. The area where she was born is in between a Wildlife Management Area, a large TVA lake and 2 State Parks. The owner of the farm found the pups, he couldn't catch the mother so he took the pups when they were about 5-6 weeks old. He estimated the puppies were born the first week in January 2016. He gave the puppies away in the parking lot of a Dollar General Store. A friend of mine took this little girl home with her and named her Daisy. The family ended up calling her "Crazy Daisy" because she was so different from any dog they had ever experienced. The family did their best to care for her but she just never fit in with their pack and family so they were going to give her away on Facebook or Craigslist. I saw my friend's Facebook post and upon talking to her and seeing pictures I suspected that she could be a Carolina Dog.
When I got her, Dixie was a very nervous 6 month old. I suspect the puppies were too young to be removed from their mother and this affected her personality. The family she first lived with also had 5 active special needs children, 3 older grumpy dogs and very busy parents and in my opinion this just wasn't the best situation for this girl. She did  not know how to walk on a leash and was very scared of every sound and person.
For the first week we had her Dixie stayed under the porch and would not even interact with my pack for several days. I had to bring the rest of the pack inside so she would come out and potty. She would let me crawl under the deck with her to pull her out but would not move on her own.

Slowly, she started to relax and learn how to be a dog. 




In August, we took Dixie, along with Cooter, to a  Barn Hunt Fun Trial. We wanted to expose her to more dogs and people, new experiences and see if she would enjoy hunting Rats. She did good with all the new sights, smells and people, but was too leery of the people watching to concentrate on hunting rats. She did sniff the rat, but then noticed the people crowded around the ring and got scared and retreated to the corner.  We may try again when she gains more confidence. 




Dixie has bonded with my other dogs and is now part of the pack.
We are walking as a pack several times a week, several miles around our neighborhood and this is helping Dixie to gain confidence.
When we first got Dixie, she had a cherry eye, and a greasy, smelly coat. She was fed kibble but was un-vaccinated and had no toxic "preventatives" on or in her. I immediately started her on a raw diet and the detoxification began. She  experienced eye boogers and shedding for about 2 months. It didn't take her long, only about 2 days, to figure out that the food was superb! She has now been here a little over 3 months and is shiny, has no odor, her teeth are sparkling clean. She has lost the kibble pudge and is all muscle and has grown quite a bit. Her cherry eye is almost indistinguishable now. When I first got her she could barely crunch up a small chicken bone but now her face and jaw muscles have built up and she handles all size appropriate bones with ease.

 Dixie loves the wading pool and will even lay down in it to cool off.


















All 3 girls were in heat in August, but none were bred because we dont prefer to have puppies in the wintertime. The next heat cycle should be approximately February 2017 and pending a couple more committed families waiting for puppies, we will plan on breeding then. I am not sure what female we will be breeding with Cooter this time but I'm sure the puppies will be precious!  The puppies would then be born in approximately April or early May (59-63 days gestation) and ready to go to their new homes in July(at 8 weeks old minimum) . If you are interested in a 2017 NWCD puppy, see Puppy Information & Application and get your completed application to me ASAP! 




Learning to hunt from Cooter

the girls



 Trying to get a nice group picture.

I am currently working on getting the required pictures of Dixie in order to have her reviewed by Dr Brisbin for addition to the UKC registry and studbook. She is still young, so is rarely still and is reluctant to "pose" for pictures. I will update as we move through this process. 

 September 28 to October 2 we are taking Cooter to a Barn Hunt Trial at Finny Farm in Greenback, TN where he will be trying for his Open title and if he gets his Open title and has runs left on the schedule, the Senior title as well! Look for pictures and video soon after.




Remember to check our Youtube page for videos of my pack! NWCD YouTube page

So that is the major things that have been going on with us. Let us know what you think about our new additions!