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

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). 


"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. 


"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!