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Iris and Borden - 7 females and 2 males born April 9, 2012. 

Setherwood Iris RN, CGN

Ch Youngcountry Borden CGN

Iris' journey to motherhood.

April 8, 2012

All was prepared for the arrival of Iris' pups. She refused her breakfast and she was digging holes in the yard whenever she could. These activities are often early signs that the pups will come soon. This stage can last for a day or two or can progress quickly to the next level. We will watched her closely to be sure to be with her when labour starts. 

All ready - whelping box, towels, heating pad, scale and Iris.

Many of our girls want to dig a den when they are approaching the end of their pregnancies. Over the years, they have worked in one part of the dog yard not far from the house. Iris has continued the tradition and did her best to go deeper than any had gone before.

Great - a pre-dug den!

I'll just enlarge it a little.

Just a bit deeper.

Perfect! Now there is room for my duvet.

April 9 - they have arrived: 2 males and 7 females.

Iris began her labour at 12:30 am, delivered the first pup at 3:10 and the last at 6:50. So it was a long but productive night!  
The birth weights averaged 17.7 ounces (from 12 to 20 ounces). As of 9:40 am, all was well.

April 8 - 10 pm.

April 9 - 10 am.

Watch them grow.

Each week, we will post a picture of the same puppy beside a favourite toy so that you see how the pups are growing.

Day 1 - 1 lb, 4 oz.

Day  8 - 2 lb, 2 oz.

Day 16 - 2 lb, 14 oz.

Day 23 - 3 lb, 8 oz.

Day 30 - 4 lb 14 oz.

Day 37 - 6 lb, 5 oz.

Day 44 - 8 lbs, 4 oz.

One week old.

Iris has done a great job. Her pups are growing and developing normally. All is well.

Two weeks old.

The pups are developing on schedule. Their eyes are open and they are beginning to walk. Iris is still a dedicated Mum but does enjoy some time away. She has a lot of milk so the pups are growing quickly.

We're a bit wobbly but determined.

Belly up to the belly!

More excavation - April 28.

Although Iris' pups are more than 2 weeks of age and are quite comfortably housed, Iris still wants to dig. We filled the previous hole and covered it about a week ago so that Iris could not dig there. So she found another location nearby and this was the result. (We have since filled this one as well.)

Three Weeks Old

Iris has continued to do a great job with her litter. They are growing quickly and seem to be advanced for their age. They are spending their time eating and playing and have already started to look over the sides of the whelping box. We may have to move them to new quarters earlier than normal.

Hangin' out with the sibs.

Close encounter of the best kind.
(Just so you know - you have puppy breath.)

First Feeding

Normally, we begin feeding solid food in the third week. It was a great success!

First taste.

It's good!

Mites of the round table.

They've eaten themselves into a coma.

Moving Day - May 3.

Normally, we move pups out of the whelping box at 4 weeks of age. As the pups were beginning to climb out of the whelping box and because Iris had decided that cleaning house was not in her job description, we decided to move them early. They were totally ready for the new facilities and adapted quickly. Iris will
no longer be with them all the time but will now feed them on a schedule. We will also feed them on a schedule which will allow us to wean them from Iris by the time they are 6 weeks old.

First stage.

Next stage!

There's more room to play.

We *LOVE* Mum's visits!

Visiting Hours - May 6.

Based on the number of shoes in the picture below, we had a full house! Click HERE for more pictures.

Hazel the shoe guardian.

Four weeks old.

The pups continue to do well. They are eating well, learning to play with their siblings and are enjoying the visitors. 
They are wearing coloured collars so they can be easily identified. Iris still feeds them twice each day and we are feeding them 3 times daily.

We like to play . . .

and sleep . . .
and socialize.

But this part is still the BEST!

Five weeks old.

The pups are almost weaned. Iris does not have a lot of milk and the pups are eating solid food well. De-worming has started.

The good weather allowed the pups to spend some time outside. Please click HERE for pictures.

It appears that Iris' tendency to dig has been inherited. Here is the proof:

Hey! What are you guys watching?
Ms. Red is digging. Her Mum Iris taught her.
Wow! That's great. Can we try?
I should NOT have said "Yes"!!

Visiting Hours - May 20.

Another great day to visit Iris' pups. The weather was great so the pups were outside. Click HERE for pictures.

Six weeks old.

The weaning process is complete. The pups are eating solid food well and are continuing to grow as expected. The de-worming is continuing. Next week the pups will receive their vet checks and first vaccinations and will be given their microchips.

Iris' pups have really enjoyed their time outside. The weather has been perfect (not too hot) so they have been able to spend most days in the puppy run. Here are a few pictures.

Making the dirt fly.
Swinging on a visitor's hair.
Finding a new way to stay cool.
Just being sweet.

Seven weeks old - ready to leave.

This was a busy week for the pups. They received their first vet check and vaccinations, finished the deworming process, were microchipped and selected by their new owners.

And now, after what seemed like a very long wait, the pick-up day arrived and the new owners came to attend the new puppy seminar, have their pictures taken and then take their new family members home. We enjoyed meeting each of you and look forward to hearing from you as your pups grow. And thank you for choosing Setherwood Golden Retrievers.

New puppy seminar.

Setherwood Zigfreid "Finn" (Mr. Black)

Setherwood Zenith "Carly" (Miss White)

Setherwood Zoe "Zoe" (Miss Blue)

Setherwood Zara "Mira" (Miss Orange)

Setherwood Zax "Toby" (Mr. Brown)

Setherwood Zeluna "Luna" (Miss Green)

Setherwood Zena "Charlie" (Miss Yellow)

Setherwood Zoom Zoom "Scarlett" (Miss Maroon)
Setherwood Zinnia "Zoe" (Miss Red)