About Nature's Way Carolina Dogs

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Seymour, Tennessee, United States
Welcome to my site about my Naturally Reared Carolina Dogs! Carolina Dogs are a relatively new, rare breed recognized by the UKC, AKC-FSS & 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. 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

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Behavior Matters

   Behaviors matter. Carolina Dogs exhibit several subtle but distinct behavioral traits that make them different from most domestic breeds. Some such traits are a very strong pack mentality, strong prey drive, general shyness & a cat-like attitude much of the time. CDs are stealthy hunters of small prey such as moles, rabbits, squirrels, opossum, birds insects and even snakes. If a small pet is introduced as a member of the "pack" they will usually accept it and not try to kill that animal that you claim as yours. They are very aware of and sensitive to their surroundings, their pack member's emotions and changes in their environment, such as furniture being moved around. They can be leery of strangers and are generally good "alert' dogs, but are not guard-attack dogs. 
   CDs do not respond to heavy handed training tactics or force, you must figure out how to get through to them what you want & why this makes sense for them to do. They are very smart and like their wild cousins will rarely look to a human to help them figure out a task(such as getting a treat from underneath a overturned bowl) and many CD owners remark that the 'brain puzzle' toys are quickly figured out and thereafter ignored by their CDs. CDs do require physical exersize as well as stimulating mental exersize.  

CDs also like to den, whether it is digging dens outdoors or preferring to have their own small, enclosed, dark space to relax & 'hide'. CDs also dig snout pits, usually in the fall & spring, we call these holes "ankle breakers" & it is not conclusively proven if they are eating roots, dirt or insects from the holes they dig, so named because they rarely dig a hole much bigger than what their snout will fit into. 

They are usually habitually clean and spend much time grooming themselves. Their double layer coats are self cleaning with only minimal/seasonal shedding and do not generally have a strong dog odor, even when wet, although I have found this is greatly affected by the quality of the diet.  Carolina Dogs are quirky and independent and there are so many little things about them that are subtly different than 'regular' dogs.
I have frequently been told by CD owners that when they are taken to basic agility classes, they easily outshine even the border collies and other breeds that usually excel at such activities. CDs are capable of doing many other different activities such as lure coursing, herding, nose work and tracking, obedience, weight pull or even pet-assisted therapy.  CDs can excel at any task you ask of them and are usually want to please their pack leader.

What odd & quirky traits does your CD have? Join the conversation & leave us a comment or question! 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Pregnancy Timeline for 2013 litter

Jensen Canine Pregnancy Calander
Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs Date: Sat 19 Jan 2013 Sire: BC Tennessee Whiskey CooterBug Dam: PR Banbury’s Tennessee Daisy Jane Breeder: Susan Lewelling Mon 7 Jan 2013 First day of mating.
48 hours after the first mating the bitch should be mated again. Subsequent matings occurring over a period of time enhance the chances of fertilaziton taking place.
The spermatozoa migrate up through the cervix.
Tue 8 Jan 2013 Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs. Tue 8 Jan 2013 -
Wed 9 Jan 2013
Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts. Wed 9 Jan 2013 -
Thu 10 Jan 2013
Fertilisation occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus. Thu 10 Jan 2013 -
Sat 12 Jan 2013
Fertilised eggs migrate down the oviducts and into the uterine horns.
The migration continue to enable even spacing of the embryos.
During this migration the eggs will grow into a blastocystes.
Fri 18 Jan 2013 -
Sun 20 Jan 2013
The blastocystes implant in the wall of the uterus. Fri 18 Jan 2013 -
Fri 1 Feb 2013
The blastocystes will grow into an embryos.
During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.
Mon 21 Jan 2013 -
Mon 28 Jan 2013
Dams nipples begin to pink enlarge.
The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.
Sun 27 Jan 2013 -
Sun 3 Feb 2013
Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may appear a bit apathetic. She may be off her feed for a while and vomit from time to time.
Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day might help.
Your veterinarian may want to prescribe a drug to relax the uterus.
Fri 1 Feb 2013 -
Tue 5 Feb 2013
An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian) can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant.
It's now the best time to do this because the embryos are walnut-sized now and easy to count.
Mon 4 Feb 2013 Start to increase the dams food ration.
Don't overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided.
The foetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.
Sun 10 Feb 2013 The Dams abdomen starts to get larger. Wed 20 Feb 2013 It's very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might be a bit more difficult. Sat 23 Feb 2013 -
Sun 3 Mar 2013
Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming.
Her breasts become even more swollen.
She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for a suitable place to have her puppies.
Mon 25 Feb 2013 The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout the day.
You can easily detect abdominal movement now.
Mon 25 Feb 2013 -
Tue 12 Mar 2013
Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck. Thu 7 Mar 2013 -
Sun 10 Mar 2013
Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples. Fri 8 Mar 2013 You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening. Mon 11 Mar 2013 Twelve to 24 hours before she is due to deliver, the dams rectal temperature may drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
Clear discharge from the vulva might occur.
Tue 12 Mar 2013 Expected date of whelp. Of course this is just an average. Whelping may take place from the 59th to the 65th day. Puppies born before the 58th day will probably be too young to survive.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Exciting News!

It is yet unconfirmed, but we expect Daisy & Cooter will be having puppies approximately  March 15, 2013! 
Beside ourselves, we have 4 wonderful homes waiting on their special puppy. If you are still interested in getting on the waiting list for a Naturally Reared Carolina Dog from this litter, see the page Prospective Puppy Family Questionnaire!

Dr. Jean Dodds' Pet Health Resource Blog

Dr. Jean Dodds' Pet Health Resource Blog

10TH JAN 2013 | 2 NOTES

imageQuestion:  I have come to highly respect your opinion and protocol on vaccinations. My problem is I have a 16 month old standard poodle who is due for her one year rabies booster in a few weeks I have decided I don’t want to give it. My 9 year old standard came down with immune-mediated thrombocytopenia at age five. He’s a walking miracle He reacted from a rabies vaccine At that time I was ignorant and listened to the vets. Now I am knowledgeable and educated and can’t make any more mistakes. I am petrified of giving the booster. I can’t let anything happen to her. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 
Dr Dodds Says:  I understand your concern about the rabies vaccination now due for your 16 month old standard poodle, but the law requires you to give it. There is currently no state that routinely accepts a titer in lieu of the rabies vaccine. The fact that your other standard poodle experienced an adverse reaction to a rabies vaccine (not that uncommon in the breed to have immune-mediated blood disorders that can be triggered by vaccinations) does not provide sufficient justification to obtain a waiver/exemption from your puppy’s second rabies vaccine. Sorry!  If she’s intact, please be sure to give the second rabies booster when she’s not due in estrus or is in estrus.  You could also pre-treat her with the oral homeopathics, Thuja and Lyssin, to help blunt any adverse effects of the rabies vaccine.  Telephone the folks at  www.naturalrearing.com to obtain these homeopathics. 
The only other alternatives you have is to “fly under the radar”, but if you’re caught, she could be quarantined at your expense for up to 6 months, depending upon local ordinances.  
Follow Up:  Dear Dr. Dodds, I wanted you to know that after deep soul searching and reading more research on the subject I decided to titer my precious Snowy. My vet was very supportive and deeply respected my opinion. The results won’t be in for a few weeks but I am deeply confident of the fact that they will be fine. The decision is a weight lifted off me and one that I am happy with. Thank you for taking the time to discuss the issue with me. 
After the titer test:  Dear Dr.Dodds, I am sorry to bother you…I had inboxed you a while ago regarding rabies booster. I ended up titering my 17 month poodle. Her titer came back .7 anything above .5 is considered protected. My question is I have decided to fly under the radar regarding this but will this number dip below .5 in the future. I fear vaccinating her due to the adverse reactions rabies vaccine can cause and having a white poodle from the same kennel that came down with thrombocytopenia …Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 
Dr. Dodds Says:  Hello again! Actually, that interpretation is incorrect unless you live overseas or in Hawaii. The titer level considered adequate to protect a person from rabies is 0.1 IU/mL, for all locations except overseas and Hawaii, which require 0.5 IU/mL. 
So, your dog’s rabies titer at 0.7 IU/mL is very good. 
If you want to re-titer for rabies, I suggest every three years. 
W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Topical Reference issue of B-Naturals Newsletter

Click HERE to read: January B-Naturals Newsletter, by Lew Olsen, PhD Natural Health This is a  Topical Reference issue And a wonderful one to bookmark!