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Millie and Kygo - 10 pups born March 23, 2020.

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Setherwood Mildred "Millie"

Millie has a light colour easy-care coat. She has the perfect Golden temperament - happy, loves people and dogs and is always willing to please. She has health clearances for hips, elbows, heart and eyes.

Ch O'Quince's Stole The Show at Bowbell "Kygo"

Kygo was imported as a puppy from the O'Quince kennels of Indiana, USA, by Bowbell kennels of Port Hope, Ontario. He comes from a long and distinguished line of titled Goldens from the show and obedience rings. He is a mid-sized boy with a medium-coloured easy-care coat. He has very dark eyes and pigmentation. He achieved his Canadian show championship handled exclusively by his owner. He has health clearances for hips, elbows, heart and eyes. 

Kygo has sired several litters of puppies whose outstanding quality is their easy-going and biddable nature.


Birthday - March 23, 2020.

Millie delivered her litter of 10 by planned C-section without complications. The pups were vigorous and vocal right from the start.
Their average birth weight was just over 1 pound which is normal. After we had arrived back home, we put Millie and the pups in the whelping box. Millie made sure all were nursing well then took a well-deserved nap.

Our thanks to Dr. Rick Doner and his staff at the Beaverton Crossroads Veterinary Services for their excellent work with Millie. Great job as usual.



Arriving at home after C-section.

Millie and her 10 pups.

Update - March 24.


Millie is nursing and cleaning her pups and the pups are nursing well. To be sure that all the pups have access to milk, we are keeping 5 in a heated green bin while the remaining 5 are with Millie. Every hour, we switch. Millie will have all 10 during the night and we will check her at about 3 am to be sure that all is OK, let her out and give her a few snacks.

Here are pictures taken on March 24.



The boys.

The girls.

The group.

Update - March 25.


Millie and her 10 pups are doing wery well. The first few days are important as the pups' systems begin to function. At present, there are no concerns. Millie is nursing and cleaning as a good mother does and the pups are responding. They are plump, active and vocal when they are hungry (which is always).

As we said earlier, the pups are nursing in shifts.  Here are pictures of two of today's shifts. Note the pups' tails which become rigid and stick out when the milk is really flowing.
 

The girls.

The boys.

Update - March 26.

We have been weighing the pups daily to be sure they are gaining. So far, the pups are between 1 pound 2 ounces and 1 pound 5 ounces each which is acceptable for this age. Millie continues to attend to her pups, spending a lot of her time licking their stomachs to stimulate them to relieve themselves. Although she is quite dedicated, she is quick to desert them when treats are offered.


A girl never tells her weight (but the scale does).
Mother at work.

When it is treat time, babies (and everything else) are forgotten. Davis (left), Millie and Tilda wait for a cookie.

Update - March 27.

We weighed the pups today as usual. Four weighed about 1 pound 4 ounces while the remaining 6 weighed between 1 pound 6 and 1 pound 7. We want to monitor the individual weights of the smaller pups to make sure each one is gaining so we put coloured collars on them. They will stay with Millie full time while the other 6 nurse in shifts as usual.


Black and blue are boys and yellow and red are girls.

Update March 28.

Millie is still quite dedicated but is willing to spend a few minutes away. All is as expected.

Now that the smaller pups have collars we see that they are not as aggressive nursers as the others so they don't get as much milk. Being with Millie full-time will help them.

The pups are spending almost all their time either sleeping, nursing or thinking about nursing. Here are a few pictures of the pups in sleep mode.






Update March 29.

Leaving the 4 smallest pups with Millie full-time has already shown results. Their weights are now close to the average weight on the others. In a day of two we should be able to remove their collars. If there are others that should spend more time with Millie we will put collars on them.

Click the picture to see a 2 minute video showing the pups nursing. You can see how they stop moving when the milk starts to flow at which point their tails become stiff and quiver.



Update March 30 - 1 week old.

The pups are one week old today. Their growth and development so far are normal. They are keen to nurse and are quite mobile when Mum arrives after an absence. They are starting to raise themselves although they are still mostly crawling and have difficulty keeping their balance. We expect their legs to strengthen and their eyes to open next week.

We are still nursing the 6 largest pups in shifts while the 4 smallest pups are with Millie full-time. Millie is quite dedicated but is willing to spend short times away. We are still checking on her and letting her outside once during the night.


Here are pictures taken today.





Millie - mama extraordinaire!

Update March 31.

When Millie arrives after being away for a while, the pups smell her and immediately try to move toward her to nurse.
HERE is a short video showing their coordination and politeness.

Update April 2.

The pups continue to do well. Their weight range is now 1 pound 13 ounces to 1 pound 15.

Here are pictures showing what the pups do about 20 hours each day.









And here is Millie checking the news during her evening break.



Update April 3.

As the pups grow, there is increased competition for feeding spots. And, in most litters, some of the pups are not aggressive feeders and are pushed out of the way by the aggressive ones. So we are holding back the four most aggressive feeders for a few minutes to give the less pushy pups nursing spaces.

Click
HERE for the latest nursing video. You can tell when the milk starts to flow because they stop pulling and concentrate on drinking (and wiggle their tails).

The pups' eyes are beginning to open although their vision is still not good. This will develop over the next week or so.



It's tough to find a spot!

Eyes open.

Mouth too.

Update April 4.

The pups are all over 2 pounds now. All are trying to walk when Millie arrives. Soon they will be able to see each other and move well enough to play.

Here are today's pictures.







Update April 6.

The pups are two weeks old today and are developing as expected. Millie is doing a great job, spending most of her time feeding and cleaning them. All is well.

Here is a sequence that is repeated each time Millie returns after being away, even for a short time.



All sleeping while Mum takes a break.

Mum returns.

Some are aware - others not yet.

On a mission.

Another nose becomes active.

She's over there!

Over the wall!

SUCCESS!

Most puppies have roundworms which come from Mum. Today we gave them medicine to kill the worms. We weighed the pups to determine the correct doses and also trimmed their front nails so they won't scratch Millie. Here are the pictures.


Tools of the trade.

Two bins of unsuspecting puppies.

2 pounds 4 1/2 ounces.

Mmmmm! Caramel flavoured!

First nail trimming.

The pups weigh about 2.5 pounds which is about double their birth weights. All good.

Update April 7.

There is nothing new to report today. Millie did her usual. We did our usual. It was just a peaceful family day.