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, 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.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Help Lilo the rescued CD

 Let me introduce you to Lilo and let you know a bit about her struggles. My friend Debra rescued her from a dreadful situation and literally moments from being gassed. 
She was terribly abused. Starving, open sores on her entire back, no teeth, she has been shot, (small bullet still lodged near her lungs. 

 She also had Lymes disease, ehrlichia, scarred lungs from old HW and someone hit her on the head and it blinded her left eye.

 But so much good news along with not so good news. She is healthy and beautiful as you can see from the before and after photos.

 But we just took her to the vet to check her eye. Apparently the drops we have been using on her bad eye no longer can keep the pressure at a safe level and it could affect her good eye. The vet thinks she has a constant head ache. We've noticed that she sometimes withdrawals, so it's probably true.
So we need to have her blind eye removed, which saddens us. The good news is that her blood work is AMAZING! The vet can't believe it. Numbers for a young dog and Lilo is 12! So she has a lot of life left in her. But here is the point of this post...

 The surgery with after care will be about $500.

 So I'm selling my Carolina Dog Posters for a sale price. 

They are
 signed limited edition posters and I
sell them for 
$25, but I'm 
offering them 
for $20 
in order to help
 get Lilo 
her surgery. 
Shipping is $7. 

Debra has a paypal: 
be sure to choose "sending to a friend" so paypal doesn't take out a fee on her or you can send a check to: 
Debra Howard  
33 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817

They make great
 Christmas gifts.
 You can get 
a simple frame
 at Walmart for 
about $8

Debra is throwing
 in a poster of 
a painting she did
 of the Eastern Shore entitled 
"The Soy Bean Field"

Debra's website is http://www.artistdebrahoward.com/    

So let's help Debra help Lilo get well! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Update on Daisy / Eli 2014 Puppies

The puppies are now 25 days old, they will be 4 weeks this Sunday(11-2) . They have grown so much and are maturing at an alarming rate! Eyes opened, teeth are in, they are eating ground raw food, and gnawing on chicken necks, in addition to nursing. A couple of pups escaped the pool  we were using as a whelping box, so they are in a new Den(crate) Potty area enclosure. They are liking it & are already catching on to the concept of not pottying in their den.  They have been outside a couple of times as weather allows and we hope to get them out more in the coming weeks!
We still have a couple of males available to approved homes. They will be ready to go to new homes after December 14th.  If you may be interested in a Naturally Reared Carolina Dog, please read MORE ABOUT GETTING A NR CAROLINA DOG PUPPY  then fill out the app that is linked and email it to susanlewelling@yahoo.com.

Pink (F) eating chicken neck

Purple (F) gnawing on chicken neck 


Yellow (M) eating chicken neck

meal time 

Orange (M) escaped along with his brother Black

So this is their new home, hopefully escape proof! 

They seem to like it! 

What is cuter than puppy spooning? 

Purple (F) 
Orange(M) invented a new sport: Dinner Plate Body Surfing. It did not go over well with his siblings.
They are already learning to go potty outside of the bed/crate/den!

Carolina Dog : The Song

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Why I choose to Naturally Rear my Carolina Dogs

Please read (before proceeding further) Nature vs Nurture by Dr Will Falconer DVM

  Many people wonder & ask about WHY I insist on NATURAL REARING... Let me expound a bit on my take on the Carolina Dog's peculiar & exciting position in the somewhat grim outlook of purebreds... See this web post now for more information on the possibility of pure-breed extinction http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3341924/Pedigree-dogs-face-extinction-due-to-inbreeding.html 

  In My Opinion, our breed (Carolina Dog)  is new & "less ruined" than other pure-breeds.  But with most everyone rearing their dogs conventionally(meaning regular vaccinations, kibble diets, "pet meds"/toxins monthly, etc) I saw in my 1st CD the early stages of vaccinosis issues and the more I learned about them more I realized there is NO ONE keeping this relatively untouched breed free from the direction that other breeds have gone... well, one part of that direction anyway. The CD was first discovered, specimens brought into captivity, a breeding program started, and kennel club recognition as a "breed" between  20 & 40 years ago, see   http://srel.uga.edu/outreach/factsheet/carolinadogs.html  for more information about the discovery of the Carolina Dog.
 The CD community IS working hard to keep the Carolina Dog free from too much inbreeding, and keeping a low Inbreeding Quotient, going as far as keeping the breed from thus far joining the AKC because that kennel club requires the stud book be closed and Dr Brisbin is still identifying some wild caught individuals and adding them to his stud book and eventually into the UKC  & ARBA registries so the gene pool can be as diverse as we can get it.

And so far Carolina Dogs are known for their genetic diversity, health and vitality, and NO known inherited health issues, which is unheard of in other breeds. So far we attribute that to purely the fact that the CDs were previously the product solely of Nature,  natural selection, where only the strong & healthy survive. Nurture didn't really have much to do with it.
 BUT, unfortunately I do know of several CDs that have seizure disorders, skin problems, as well as a few other immune dysfunction, and even a few that have died an early death from these issues. I used to run a survey about the health of Carolina Dogs and how they have been cared for, just to satisfy my own curiosity and possibly bring the outcomes to light in the future, but as I got more and more data, more people decided they didn't want to hear what I was (officially unscientifically, I suppose) finding from this little questionnaire. I lost several friends due to that venture and my speaking out about my preliminary findings. I have put the survey on the back burner to further pursue my education into Natural Rearing and NR Breeding. But that does not change my mind, in remembering what I found, that a pretty high percentage(up to 75% in some categories) of CDs that were being routinely vaccinated, fed kibble and exposed to monthly preventative pet meds were more prone to having skin problems, and a myriad of immune dis-function disorders, including seizures, even death.
  I am not passing judgement on anyone for how they are caring for their dog(s) or running their breeding program, I am merely trying to tell what I saw, how I interpreted that data based upon my studies and why I am doing things the way I am doing them. I want to learn how I (and others) can do better for our dog's futures. I do not do this blithely, I have sent the past 6+ years reading & studying daily, to the aggravation and hunger of my husband and son,  when I got lost in a  paper and forgot to make dinner ... many nights, (sorry boys!) .

  So what is the point of what I am trying to say? This quote sums it up, " The expression and action of genes in our genetic code depends on variables like diet, vaccines, exposure to toxins, and even upbringing" -Dr Will Falconer from his article linked above.

 It is Nature AND Nurture, BOTH matter in the health and the future of our dogs. So if we can carefully breed and raise our Carolina Dogs, who have little to no Miasm thus far, in the best way possible, to thrive, to not ever have Miasm, not just to survive, then we may avoid the terrible, painful place that many breeds have come to, facing possible extinction. And someday have one of the few healthy purebred dogs left.
I hope not, I hope that all these breeds with so high "IBQ" and also high percentages of malformed or genetically ill dogs can be saved from extinction. But I think to do that, it is going to take very careful breeding, out-crossing with truly healthy dogs, and Natural Rearing practices to save many of them, they are so far gone.  And my greatest hope is that the Carolina Dog does not eventually wind up like so many of the other breeds. I think that too will take the same practices.

And THAT is why I do what I do! If you would like more information or would like to walk this natural path with me, especially with a NR Carolina Dog by your side, contact me @ susanlewelling@yahoo.com, for more information about available, NR dogs, puppies and future litters as well as Naturopathic Carnivore Nutrition Coaching/Consulting for any breed.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Litter Birth Announcement

We are proud to announce the birth of our newest litter of
 Naturally Reared Carolina Dogs to
 "PR" Banbury's Tennessee Daisy Jane, aka Daisy &
 Walnuthill Eliphalet Remington, aka Eli
There is 6 males and 2 females for a total of 8 puppies. 

A couple of males will be available to Natural Rearing homes, 
please see THIS PAGE  for more information about obtaining an ETD puppy!