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Previous Litter - Ellen and Logan.

Two males and 5 females were born December 22, 2015. 


Ch Setherwood Quinellen RN CGN "Ellen"

Ch Kyon's Daylight Savings Time "Logan"

Birthday - December 22, 2015.

Ellen showed signs of early labour on Tuesday morning and delivered her first pup at 3:15 pm.
She delivered the next six between 3:15 and 6:55 pm.


Tuesday morning - still in denial.

Tuesday 1 pm  - considering her options.

Tuesday 2:30 pm - ready to work!

Tuesday 3:15 pm - Success!


Update - December 23.

Here are 2 pictures taken in the morning of December 23.


One of the female pups is quite small so she is receiving supplemental feeding. All look good at this point.

Update - December 24.

The pups are doing well. Ellen is feeding them full-time and is keeping them clean. The next 72 hours are important as Ellen settles into motherhood and the pups organs begin to function.

We put light-weight collars on the pups so that we can monitor their weight gain. We are tube-feeding the smallest female as this method allows us to be sure that she is getting the correct amount.  Although
she is active and nursing well, we will still supplement until her weight is at an acceptable level. 


Collars ready for necks.

Very colourful!

Tube feeding equipment ready for use.

Feeding in progress.

We think she is full.


Update - January 1, 2016.

All is well with Ellen and her pups. Ellen continues to spend almost all of her time with them. nursing and cleaning them throughout the day. The pups are growing well, most having more than doubled their birth weights. The smallest pup (we call her "Pippa")  was 7.5 ounces at birth and weighed 14.5 ounces today. She is nursing well and we are still feeding her every 2 hours during the day. She is still the smallest pup but is normal in every other way. We have no concerns about her.


Ellen and brood.

Pippa and friends.

Two weeks old.

Ellen and her pups continue to do well. We are still feeding Pippa who is growing slowly but developing normally otherwise. The rest of the pups are  chunky and vigorous. Their eyes are opening and they are just beginning to use their legs. Here are pictures taken on January 6.


Ellen on the job.

Pippa finds a comfortable spot.

Eyes are opening.

Are we boring you?

Three weeks old - January 12, 2016.

The pups continue to do well. Their eyes are open and they are quite mobile. They will soon begin to play with each other. Ellen still spends most of her time with the pups and is looking after the housework but is much more willing to spend time away from her puppy duties. We are no longer supplementing Pippa as she is nursing well and her weight gain is acceptable.

We began to feed solid food today. The meal consisted of the Royal Canin starter ration soaked in hot water until soft. As is the case with most litters at this age, a few of the pups liked it but most were not yet ready. We'll try again tomorrow.

We removed most of the bars from the whelping box as it is unlikely that Ellen will lie on a pup at this stage and because the pups need more room. The laundry basket was the pup's temporary home during this process.

Here are a few pictures taken today.


Breakfast is ready.

First taste.

Partial acceptance (Pippa is bottom left).

Now, doesn't that looks appetizing?

Temporary quarters.

Ellen resting before going to work.

Mr Purple is looking for an empty spot.

Found (or stole) one!

Four weeks old - January 19, 2016.

For the first four weeks of life, the pups have been with Mum in a small area. That changed today. The whelping box was removed and the area was reorganized. Ellen will no longer be with them all the time but will visit a few times each day to nurse them. We will feed them solid food (Royal Canin starter ration) between nursings. At the end of each week, the number on nursings will be decreased and the starter feedings increased until the pups have been completely weaned (usually about 7 weeks of age).

As is usual, the pups were concerned about their new surroundings but soon settled in. Here are a few pictures.


New quarters - water bowl, bed, toys and a huge toilet!

I think my life may be over.

How do we get out?

Definitely NOT my best side.

Pippa loves the heated bed.

And everyone loves to eat!


What does this mean?

This is a picture of what is written on the cabinet door near the dog room:



If you think you know what it means, send an email to setherwoodgoldens@gmail.com . We'll give the answer in a few days.

Update - January 25, 2016.

The chart above is the nursing and feeding schedule for Ellen's pups for last week. They were nursed at 7 am, 3 pm and 10 pm and fed solid food at 11 am and 6 pm. Congrats (but no prize) to all who figured it out.

The schedule for this week is:



This is designed to gradually eliminate the nursings and reduce the number of daily feedings so that the pups are completely weaned by the time they reach about 7 weeks of age and are eating 3 meals of solid food each day when they go to their new homes.

This litter is one of the best at learning to use the shavings, which makes life easier for us. Also, they are eating the solid food well but politely, with less pushing than usual. Perhaps they will be intellectuals?


Morning cuddle.

What??

Visitors arrived on January 24. As usual, the pups started with enthusiasm and ended asleep. Here are the pictures.



Update - January 30, 2016.

The pups are 5 weeks and 4 days old and all is well. They are outgoing, energetic, curious and perpetually hungry. They are still eating 2 kibble meals and being nursed twice each day. Next week they will have 3 kibble meals and only one nursing as we continue the weaning process. They were given another deworming dose today, which they endured. Later today they will have visitors which will be much more enjoyable.


They love their toys.
First indication of juvenile delinquency.
It MUST be dinner time!
Am I allowed to order a pizza?

Deworming - YUUUCCK!!

Looking forward to today's visitors.


Miss Pippa is doing very well. She is still small but is growing and is quite active and athletic.  In fact, she has expressed interest in becoming an olympic gymnast. Here she is describing her new vault routine.


First, I have to mount.

This is harder than I expected.

Almost there!

Now for the dismount.

Cowabunga!!

So, what was my score?

Update - February 6, 2016.

The pups are 6 weeks and 4 days old today and are doing very well. They are eating the starter ration with great enthusiasm and are almost completely weaned. They have been matched to their new owners. They are full of energy, are well socialized and are (Pippa excepted) big pups. They will be completely ready to go to their new homes on February 13.

The pups had a great time with today's visitors, and as usual raced around then fell asleep. We introduced some new toys as well as a plastic bottle, two plastic cones and a tunnel which was a big hit. Here are a few pictures of the activities.


The action was fast and furious.

Tunnel vision.

So, what do I do with this?

Foot soldier.

Quick lick 1.

Quick lick 2.
This tastes like chicken.

Actually, please don't!
We all love visitors.

But they can be tiring.

First time outside - February 7, 2016.

Some of  the visitors took the pups outside for the first time. While they (the pups, not the visitors) were a bit timid at the start, they gained instant confidence when the tunnel came out. For the following 20 minutes, they abused that tunnel in every way possible and had a great time doing it. When time was up and the tunnel was dragged in, one of the pups was still inside. Here are some of the pictures of the fun.


Vet exam and first shot - February 11. 2016.

Dr. Dan of the Uxbridge Veterinary Hospital came today to give each pup a physical exam and first vaccination. Mr. Purple volunteered to give his  account of the process. 


First he checked my ears.

Then my eyes.

My teeth,

My belly button,

My hips,

And then something I'm too shy to mention.

Then he checked my heart, first from the left side

and then from the right.

Then he said I'm healthy and gave me my first shot.

I'm just so proud of me!

February 13 - going home.

After weeks of waiting, the day to take them home has arrived. The pups have been weaned, vet-checked, vaccinated, micro-chipped, socialized and matched to their new owners. They are completely ready for the next big adventure.




Seminar in progress.

Puppies have been dispensed.

Checking the microchip number.

It's a match!

Good luck with this one!

Oliver (Mr Blue) - ready for the long trip home.

This is always a bitter-sweet time for us as we really enjoy our time with each group but we know that all the pups are going to people who will give them the love and care they deserve. Our thanks to yet another group of great owners. We have enjoyed meeting and getting to know each of you and we thank you for choosing Setherwood Goldens.


Setherwood Park-O "Oliver" (Mr Blue)

Setherwood Parker "Parker" (Mr Purple)

Setherwood Princess "Zoe" (Miss Pink)

Setherwood Precious "Nikita" (Miss Orange)

Setherwood Pearle "Lucy" (Miss Green)

Setherwood Pearl 2nd"Pearl"(Miss Yellow) 

Setherwood Purdey "Purdey" (Miss Pippa)

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