Previous litter - Mara and Kramer.

Seven boys and 3 girls were born on January 8, 2016. 


Ch Setherwood Xiomara CGN "Mara"
Ch Bowbell's He's Got The Kavorka "Kramer"

Birthday - January 8, 2016.

Mara delivered her first pup at about 10:30 am on January 8. The pups came slowly and by 9 pm she still had more to deliver but her contractions had stopped. The rest were delivered by C-section at the Uxbridge Veterinary Hospital (huge thanks to Dr Dan and Judy). Mara returned home at about 12:30 am on January 9. Fortunately, she had milk so all the pups were able to nurse. As of now (January 9, noon), Mara and all 10 pups are doing well.


Mara and her 10 new pups.

Miss Red Check and Mr Blue - first photo..

Mara will nurse her pups in 2-hour shifts during the day. She will have 5 pups to nurse while the others will be fed a milk formula then kept in  heated Loblaw's green bin until the next nursing. All will be weighed daily (they are wearing light-weight coloured collars so we'll know who's who). This will take some pressure from Mara and ensure that all the pups are growing normally.


Five in the bin - definitely 5-star accommodation.

Update - January 12.

All 10 of Mara's pups are doing very well. All are nursing well, gaining weight and are quite vigorous. Mara has recovered from her surgery and is doing the same great job that she did for her previous litters. We are still weighing the pups daily and giving Mara five at a time for nursing during the day but we are not giving any supplemental feedings.

Here are 2 pictures taken today.



Shift A nursing under the heat lamp.

Shift B waiting their turn.

Update - 12 days old - January 20.

All is well. Mara is doing a great job in every way. The pups are nursing, growing and developing as expected. There are no issues.

We expect that the pups' eyes will open in the next few days.

Here are 2 pictures taken January 20.



Update and visiting hours - January 24.

The pups and developing normally. Their legs are strengthening and they are trying to take first steps. Their eyes have opened but they still don't see clearly. Mara still spends a lot of her time nursing them so they are growing well. They will not be ready for solid food until they are at least 3 weeks old.

They are beginning to interact with their visitors although they still spend most of their time sleeping. The visitors did not seem to mind. Here are a few pictures.


Adele, Claire, Mara and Ellen spent most of their afternoon accepting the admiration of the visitors, as these pictures show.



Adele, Claire, Mara and Ellen and admirers.

Mara.

Adele A.K.A Miss Velcro.

Claire and Mara.

Update - Three weeks old - January 30.

The pups are now three weeks old and are quite active. They can see and hear and are beginning to play with each other. Mara still spends much of her time with the pups but is beginning to spend time away. She now nurses them while standing which gives the pups better access. We began to feed solid food (Royal Canin starter soaked in warm water until mushy). Some litters don't do well with the first meal but these pups thought it was great.

 All is going as expected. Here are a few pictures.



Ten pup pile-up.
Mara's standup routine.
Nursing frenzy.
Job done.

Eating frenzy.

Job done.

Update - Moving day - February 3.

Today started normally for Mara and her pups. Then everything changed. As the pups were beginning to look over the side of the whelping box (and one had managed to climb out), it was time to move them to new quarters. So the whelping box was removed and the area was set up to house the pups until they leave us. Their first time on the floor was a bit scary but they soon adapted. As there are too many for Mara to nurse at one time, she will nurse 5 while the other 5 are fed solid food. At the next feeding, the groups will be reversed. The number of nursings will decrease each week while the number of solid meals will increase until the pups are completely weaned at about 7 weeks of age.


There is a whole other world out there!

First time on the floor.

It's scary!

We'll just have to be brave.

Our new home is ready.

It looks GOOD!

I just hope that we can afford the mortgage.

Five at the bar.

And five at the bowl.

First toilet training.

The neighbours are GIANTS!

Don't worry little guys. It will all be GREAT!

The mug shots - February 3.

The pups received their new coloured collars today. We suggested that each pup should show his and her most intelligent expression. Mr. Blue may have misunderstood.


Miss Pink.

Mr. Black.

Miss Orange.

Mr. Blue.

Mr.  Yellow.

Miss Red.

Mr. Green.

Mr. Brown.

Mr. Purple.

Mr. Burgundy.

Visiting hours - February 7.

This was the first time that the visitors were able to play with the pups. As usual, the pups played for a while and then went to sleep. Nobody minded. Here are a few pictures.


Visiting hours - February 14, 2016.

The pups are all doing well. Mara is nursing them only once each day. They are enjoying their 3 daily meals of Royal Canin starter.
They should be completely weaned in another week or so.

Today's visiting time was well attended and enjoyed. Here are the pictures.


Deworming treatment - February 15.

Today we continued the deworming process. Here is Mr. Blue showing what was done.


Weight - 6 pounds 11 ounces.

The correct amount is given.

Does he like the taste?

Perhaps not.


Update - March 1.

The pups are in their final week with us. They are completely weaned, are near the end of the deworming process, have been given their microchips and have been matched with their new owners. Dr. Dan from the Uxbridge Veterinary Hospital will visit on March 3 to give their vet exams and first vaccinations. After that, they will be ready for the next adventure.

Here are a few pictures taken in the past week.



So we agree. From now on, we refuse worming meds!

Photo op.

There should be treats in this!

Look! We made a heart with our tails.

It's always good to share!

I've learned a valuable lesson.

WHAT?
I think I'm going to love living at your house!

Veterinary examination and first vaccinations - March 3.

Dr. Dan of the Uxbridge Veterinary Hospital visited to check each pup and give the first set of shots. Miss Pink agreed to give her account of this very important process.


So that's what my ears look like.

Now that is one beautiful muzzle!

I think he can see my stomach!

THAT TICKLES!

He's either checking my hips or teaching
the "Hokey Pokey".

I guess I'm not heartless after all.

I've been shot!

And was I scared? (OK, maybe a bit).

Thanks Dr. Dan. We feel great!.

Going home - March 5, 2016.

We started with the new puppy seminar, then checked the microchips to be sure that the pups were matched to the correct owner. Next we took family pictures and then the pups left us to begin their new lives.


Seminar in progress.

After the seminar, puppies are dispensed.
Great collar!
Getting ready for the trip home.

It has been our privilege to spend time with Mara's litter and to get to know the wonderful people who are now welcoming these new family members into their homes. We enjoyed meeting and getting to know them and we thank them for choosing Setherwood Goldens.  We know that they will give these pups the love and care they deserve.

Here are the family pictures taken today.


Setherwood Queen "Bailey" (Miss Pink)

Setherwood QT "Dexter" (Mr Blue)

Setherwood Quintessential "Bailey" (Mr Black)

Setherwood Quill "Banjo" (Mr Green)

Setherwood Quade "Hudson" (Mr Burgundy)

Setherwood Quantum "Riley" (Mr Brown)

Setherwood Quiz "Guinness" (Mr Yellow)

Setherwood Quest "Cody" (Mr Purple)
Setherwood Quinssis "Madi" (Miss Red)Setherwood Quitara "Tara" (Miss Orange)

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