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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Puppy Update

Update: 3-30-16
The last available female just got scooped up by a wonderful NR home. Stay tuned for more news about this special litter!

I am taking reservations for the next litter (likely Spring 2017) and spots are filling up quickly. Click on the Prospective Puppy Family Questionnaire page & email me your completed application ASAP if you want to to reserve a special puppy from our next litter!
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Our Cooter/Ellie Mae litter of Naturally Reared Carolina Dog puppies were born 3-3-16. As of this posting they are 3 weeks, 5 days old and thriving.

Their eyes are open, they are cutting teeth and exploring their world. Today I introduced an Adventure Box.  

We have introduced Raw green tripe to the puppies' diet, in addition to their regular nursing. 

We do have one female puppy available. I have not made assignments as of yet, so I'm not sure which one. If you are interested in a female Carolina Dog  puppy and can provide a great Natural Rearing home,  please email me a completed questionnaire (see Prospective Puppy Family Questionnaire page) 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Puppies Are Here!

The long awaited Cooter & Ellie Mae litter is finally here!!!! 
They arrived on the evening of March 3, 2016.  

Ellie Mae easily delivered a total of 6 healthy puppies, 5 females, and 1 male. The sable color is the male, of the females, there is 1 piebald and 4 blondes of varying shades. All the puppies in this litter are reserved. 

I do apologize for not getting this post up sooner but we have had a lot going on in the past week. Besides Ellie Mae having the puppies, our other bitch, Daisy, is in heat, so she has had to be separated from Cooter. Ellie Mae is the typical protective mother and wont let Daisy in the bedroom, so we have been shuffling dogs around the house using gates and doors and in and outside all weekend, because we are not breeding Daisy and Cooter this heat. We also had a death in my husband's family late last week, so we were visiting with family, going to the funeral and all that as well. 

Mother & babies are doing great. Ellie Mae looks fantastic and has bounced back with her full energy and great body condition, and she is proving to be a wonderful devoted mother to her puppies! She has done amazing on the raw diet and of course, the puppies will be weaned to a raw diet in a few weeks and will all be going to wonderful homes that will continue with the Natural Rearing protocols.

The puppies are fat & sassy, positively thriving! They are of course born with their eyes and ears sealed, and depend on their sense of smell and their mother's care for elimination and warmth. They basically just eat and sleep right now. Their eyes and ears will begin to open at about 2 weeks old and they will begin getting around better and start learning to play. Then the fun part begins! 


Be sure to Like our page Nature's Way Carolina Dogs on Facebook  for more pics & updates, and also find us on our YouTube channel @
 "Susan NaturesWayCarolinaDogs NaturesWay Pets" to see videos of the puppies as they grow. 

 Our next planned litter will be next Spring, 2017, and the list is already filling up! Great Natural Rearing homes, experienced or not, that wish to get on the list for next Spring's litter of Naturally Reared Carolina Dog puppies,  please see the application page, and be sure to read about Natural Rearing and how I raise my puppies. I will be updating some of the pages in the future, to make them more clear and up to date on my practices and policies, so if you have any questions please feel free to ask!   

Friday, February 5, 2016

We are expecting!

We are excited to announce that Ellie Mae & Cooter 
are expecting puppies in early March! 

Join us on the journey of pregnancy, whelping and rearing of these special Naturally Reared Carolina Dog puppies. Follow us here on the website or for even more pictures, videos and updates follow us on Facebook at Nature's Way Carolina Dogs .
Ellie Mae  2-5-16 5th week

Ellie Mae  2-5-16 5th week

Ellie Mae  2-5-16 5th week

Ellie Mae  2-5-16 5th week

Sire, Cooter(dark ginger) & Dam, Ellie Mae (light ginger/buff) 2-5-16
There are several lucky families waiting on their puppies already, but I am taking 2 more reservations right now, so get your application in as soon as you can if you want to reserve one of these very special Naturally Reared CD puppies!
the proud parents

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Banner Change to Reflect Kennel Name Change

 As you may have noticed, our banner and kennel has changed names. For seven years my kennel has been known as "East Tennessee Dingos". I have officially changed the name to "Nature's Way Carolina Dogs" in order to better reflect what we are and what I do.

 Carolina Dogs are not Dingoes and are not related to Australian Dingoes, any more than they are related to coyotes or foxes. Carolina Dogs are classified as Canis Lupus Familiaris and Australian Dingoes are classified as Canis Dingo. Years ago, the slang name for CDs was American Dingo, and it was widely accepted. This was because when the CD was first discovered and a breeding program began they were thought to be related to the Aus. Dingo. But as DNA science and research has progressed that theory has not been proven. Australian Dingoes and Carolina Dogs do look similar, but Carolina Dogs look like Pariah Type Canines all over the world, such as in Korea, China, India, and many other areas of the world. That look and general behavior is called LTPM, Long Term Pariah Morphotype. You will see that referred to in the many scientific articles I have shared in my blog.
Australian Dingo
  Using the slang name Dingo as part of my kennel name has caused some confusion. Commonly calling Carolina Dogs "American Dingos" has even began to precipitate some  breed specific prejudice, landlords not allowing pets called "American Dingos", and also so called AD's not being allowed on public transportation or in public places. Anyone who knows a CD, knows they are not aggressive dogs, and are not wild, especially wild like the true Australian Dingoes & New Guinea Singing Dogs.
Ellie Mae, Carolina Dog
  I know families that have both Carolina Dogs and Australian Dingoes/ NGSD and there are vast differences in their behaviors. We do not want BSL to happen to our special & precious loving Carolina Dogs, hence the distancing from the slang name "Dingo". Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin and the Carolina Dog Society(official breed society via UKC), along with most breed enthusiasts and scientists as well, are now discouraging the misnomer American Dingo in favor of the official name Carolina Dog.
Cooter, Carolina Dog

 The other reason I renamed my kennel Nature's Way Carolina Dogs is to better reflect what I do with my CDs, how I raise them differently. My focus is to raise exceptional, thriving, healthy, breed standard Carolina Dogs for families that understand and appreciate the concepts of Natural Rearing. I have seen the dis-ease that conventional rearing can wrought upon dogs, especially generation after generation of Conventional Rearing, and my goal is to continue a line of CDs that are not dis-eased from the destruction of health that kibble, vaccinations and chemicals can cause. I believe in Natural Rearing so much that I decided to further my education in this field with courses at American Council of Animal Naturopathy. I am pursuing my Naturopathic Carnivore Nutrition Coach, Natural Rearing Breeder and Small Animal Naturopathy certifications in my spare time between raising a family, raising exceptional Carolina Dogs and my other obligations.  To learn more about Natural Rearing please search through the pages and blog posts on this site, and visit my professional consulting and information website Nature's Way Pets .

 I will probably not be changing the ETD name to NWCD in all my old blog posts, and it will take some time to change it in all of my website's static pages but I will be using Nature's Way Carolina Dogs in all new posts and pages. I hope that you will also do your part to correct misconceptions with use of the slang name and attempt to always refer to our special breed as Carolina Dogs.  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Taking Applications for Our Next Litter

East Tennessee Dingos next planned litter will be a Ellie Mae & Cooter litter, tentatively planned for Spring/Summer 2016! This litter will be 2nd generation Naturally Reared on the sire side, 3rd Generation Naturally Reared on the dam side. Right now (March 2015), Ellie Mae (future dam) is 5 months old, I will be updating her pictures & accomplishments as she matures. 
 I am taking applications for the waiting list now. When approved, you can secure a puppy from this litter with a $100.00 deposit, or be put on my non-deposit list and a few months prior to breeding I will contact you for a deposit if there are spaces left. First deposits paid get priority when all else is equal when matching a puppy(sex, temperament, color) to a family. The price for this litter will be $1000 per puppy. Sadly, I have been losing tons of money on my prior litters and I cannot afford to continue quality breeding & raising of quality NR Carolina Dogs without raising the price a bit, remember, you are getting a top quality UKC registered Carolina Dog, 100% Naturally Reared, Lifetime mentoring for raw feeding & natural care, ID tattoo & registration of the tattoo, as well as all the goodies I send home with the puppies. I do accept payments, between now & when you pick up your puppy so it is do-able for  most folks. I can take cash, Paypal, Check(in advance of pick up of puppy) & all major credit cards. 
Please feel free to explore my website, and ask any questions you have! Also visit our facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/mycarolinadog for more pictures an updates on past litters and what my pack is into. 
Prospective Puppy Family Questionnaire   

Sire of 2016 Planned Litter
RATN, BC Tennessee Whiskey CooterBug

RATN, BC Tennessee Whiskey CooterBug 
At Cooter's first Barn Hunt he won High in Class & First Place in his Size Division!
RATN, BC Tennessee Whiskey CooterBug

Dam of 2016 planned litter

"PR" Tennessee's Ellie Mae

"PR" Tennessee's Ellie Mae

"PR" Tennessee's Ellie Mae

"PR" Tennessee's Ellie Mae

"PR" Tennessee's Ellie Mae

"PR" Tennessee's Ellie Mae

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Available Male Puppy Naturally Reared Carolina Dog- Little River

UPDATE 3-12-2015: Little River has found his forever home! Check our Facebook page for pictures of him with his new family. 

Little River is available for adoption to an approved Raw Feeding/Natural Rearing home.

If you have always wanted a completely NR pup, and/or a Carolina Dog that is thriving & balanced , here is your chance!

He is 4.5 months old & is the smartest dog i have ever seen. He learns just by observation or being shown 1 time. He is super sweet, soft & gentle & gets along with males & females & is submissive to older dogs & all people. 

 River is from a NR dam & has been NR his whole life, raw fed, no toxins, chemicals etc, on/in/around him.

 We are not planning another NR CD litter for at least 2 years, possibly longer!

The family he was promised to has had some unexpected illness with their older dog & understandably cant take him at this time. 

If you are interested in adopting Little River, please fill out a Questionnaire and email it to me @ susanlewelling@yahoo.com. His adoption fee is $400. prospective-puppy-family-questionnaire  also see About Adopting a Puppy from ETD

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Please help out our Cousin & Friend, Hannah! 

Hannah is a delightful 6 1/2 year old Carolina Dog from Kernersville NC. Hannah has unfortunately torn her ACL and requiresTPLO surgery scheduled for Feb.24, 2015. She is a good candidate for the surgery and is expected to have a good recovery. She will need to stay at the hospital for 2 weeks after the surgery to assist with  a proper healing. Donations can be made here or called in directly to Thomasville Animal Hospital, Dr.Milliner.336-475-9119 between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM. All funds will go towards Hannah's surgery costs. If there are left over funds it will be channeled towards the next dog in Our Carolina Dog Families-Furever Tails Facebook group. We are grateful for your monetary support and prayers.

Via Cathy Reinl- "We offer help to everyone whenever we can but right now we are the ones who now need help.. Our Problem child Hannah (and I say it endearingly as she suffers mild seizures and just a year and a half ago she had surgery to remove Struvite stones that tried to kill her) is in need of surgery once again to repair her ACL.. WE have found a wonderful surgeon who will take care of her problem only we need help with the funds.. You can donate through 
Youcaring.com or to my paypal NCREINL@AOL.COM or for those who wish to directly pay on her acct at Thomasville Veterinary Hospital you can also do so by calling 336 475 9119 btwn the hr of 8-5 give the last name of Reinl and Hannah.. The staff there is very pleasant and will gladly help.. All I can say is thank you so much for those who choose to help us and we will continue to do our part to help Our wonderful Carolina Dog Families.. God bless y'all "
To Donate :
 Hannah's YouCaring page
NCREINL@AOL.COMDirectly to Thomasville Veterinary Hospital office: call 336 475 9119 btwn the hr of 8-5 give the last name of Reinl and Hannah                       
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Now Available Puppies

Naturally Reared Carolina Dog Puppies available from East Tennessee Dingos

Update 1-21-15
Bear is now in his new home in the Lone Star state!
Little River has a home now. He will be going to live with his 1/2 sister Gemma in BC Canada!
An adoption is pending on Judge.
Check back for updates soon!
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at susanlewelling@yahoo.com


I have 3 available males, available to approved homes.
DOB 10-5-2014 (10 weeks 1 day as of this posting)
These puppies are naturally reared, meaning they were weaned to a raw diet, have not be poisoned with vaccines, wormers or "preventatives" not exposed to toxic chemicals in my home or property and they have been raised using Naturopathic protocols, and will be checked out by my Holistic DVM before going to their new homes. The dam, Daisy, is NR as well. The sire, Eli, belongs to someone else & is not fully NR, but as I am the only NR breeder of Carolina Dogs I was happy to find him to bring in new bloodline to my NR line.
I do prefer homes that will continue with the Natural Rearing for the pup's lifetime, Experience is not necessary, but willingness & open-mindedness is. I mentor all my puppy families for the life of the puppy, so I will teach you all you need to know.
They are all sweet & friendly, with typical Carolina Dog behaviors: loving to their pack, wary of everyone else, want to be near their people/pack, wicked smart, prey drive, versatile.

*Judge- Black/Tan w/ white (my son calls him this) he is the largest puppy in this litter. He is very smart & learns quickly, medium energy. He likes to wrestle with his siblings

*Kissy-Bear - Black/Tan w/ white (I call him Kissy-face because he is always wanting kisses. My son calls him Bear. He is medium energy, beta personality. He is always up for an adventure.

*Little River- light red/buff He is the smallest puppy in the litter. He is also the most submissive & is very calm & quiet so far, he likes to sit back & check things out before jumping into whatever situation.

For more information on these boys, email me @susanlewelling@yahoo.com or see http://www.mycarolinadog.com/p/interested-in-puppy-or-dog.html to apply for one of these puppies.