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Nora and Crewe - 11 pups (2 females, 9 males) born November 10, 2017.


Setherwood Nora

Nora is a compact girl with a beautiful head and expression. She is easy to live with, always wanting to please and always ready for a walk or a swim. We bred her to Ch. Bowbell's Rigged'n Ready "Crewe". We have had several litters sired by him from other mothers and have always been pleased with the resulting conformation and excellent Golden temperament. We expect that these pups will have lovely heads, pleasant expression and excellent movement. We also expect a variety of shades of gold.
Nora has clearances for hip dysplasia, detectable heart defects and eye cataracts. Click HERE for details and for Nora's pedigree.


Ch. Bowbell's Rigged'n Ready "Crewe"

Crewe is a fairly big boy with a beautiful medium gold coat and excellent pigmentation. He won his show championship easily due to his wonderful structure and cheerful nature that are so obvious to all who meet him. His pedigree combines some of the good old lines from Canada and the U.S.A. He has all his clearances including an OFA Excellent rating on his hips. 
Crewe has clearances for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, detectable heart defects and eye cataracts. Click HERE for details and for Crewe's pedigree.

Birthday - November 10, 2017.

Nora had a very easy and efficient delivery, producing 11 pups in just under 3 hours (5:50 am to 8:45 am).  The birth weights ranged from 9 to 15.5 ounces. The pups were vigorous and nursed immediately. As of 1 pm Nora and her pups were doing well. The next 72 hours are important as Nora settles into motherhood and the pups organs begin to function.


Nora with her new litter of 11.

Nora is nursing her pups in two shifts to be sure that the smaller ones have opportunity to nurse. So she nurses five while the the other six sleep in a heated green bin. After about 45 minutes, the shifts change. She will have all 11 overnight. The smaller pups will be watched carefully so that we know if they need to be supplemented.


Five at the bar.

Six in the bin.

Four days old - November 14, 2017.

All 11 pups and Nora are doing well. Nora is eating everything that we offer and is spending all her time with the pups. And the pups are nursing well and growing as expected. We feel that none of the pups are at risk.


Lounging under the heat lamp.

The pups are still following the nursing schedule (half nurse while half sleep in the green bin). Here are a few pictures of the bin residents.


We have been supplementing the two smallest pups to be sure that they thrive. We are feeding a milk replacer by stomach tube. Both pups have responded well.

We use the stomach tube to supplement as it is easier for the pups with less loss. We mark the tube to be sure that we insert it to the proper depth. We then slide the tube down into the stomach and inject the fluid.


Syringe and tube ready for feeding.

Tube mark showing proper depth.

Inserting the tube.

Injecting the formula.

Two weeks old - November 24, 2017.

The pups are all doing very well. At birth, they ranged from
9 to 15.5 ounces. Today, their weights ranged from 2 pounds to 2 pounds 8 ounces. No feeding supplementation is needed. They are still nursing on a schedule during the day as there is not enough room for all to nurse at once.Their eyes are starting to open.

Nothing will change during the next week. The pups will continue to nurse, sleep and grow.

Here are pictures taken today.


All in the bins during daily house-cleaning.

Siblings make the best mattress.

No worries here!

Eyes starting to open.

We need a bigger kitchen.

Nora sleeping on the job.


Visitors - November 25, 2017.

This was the first time the new owners could cuddle the pups. Here are a few of the many pictures taken.



First feeding - November 29, 2017.

Although the pups are not yet 3 weeks old, we decided to see if they would eat solid food (Royal Canin starter kibble soaked in hot water until soft). Some were ready and others not.  Nora enjoyed the clean-up.


I LOVE it!

And I'm IN!

No, thanks.

How do we know it's not genetically modified?

I am SOOOOO full!

Do you think we may have missed something?

And as usual, Mum has to clean up.

A good first time.

Here are two other pictures taken today.


Three weeks old - December 1, 2017.

The pups can see, hear and walk. They are eating solid food well which is unusual for 3 week olds. They are probably 3 to 4 days ahead of schedule.

Nora is nursing while standing which is working well for her and for the pups. We still have two shifts, one staying with Nora and the other sleeping in 2 bins (they are too big for just one bin). In addition to the nursings, the pups will eat two meals of solid food each day.

Here are pictures taken today.


Now we all like it.

This is still the BEST!

We need 2 bins now.

Always put your best side forward.

And one more to show how to get more than your share.



Visitors - December 2, 2017.

Some of the new owners arrived to view, photograph and cuddle the pups. And Nora enjoyed some attention as well.


And two more.


Today is not going my way.

Better than a duvet.

Moving day and mug shots - December 7, 2017.

As the pups were beginning to look over the side of the whelping box, 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.  They will eat 4 meals each day, 2 nursings and 2 feedings of solid food. 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.

The next four weeks will be a time of change. Before the pups leave us, they will be weaned, de-wormed, vet-checked, microchipped and vaccinated. They will spend several hours with their new owners and others during visiting times so that they will be confident with people. They will also develop their individual personalities as they interact with each other. It's a lot to experience but essential if they are to be ready for life in their new homes. They are up to the challenge.

Here are pictures taken today.


Last minutes in the whelping box.

Good thing because we'll be out soon.

First time on the floor - Nora gives advice.

Let me know when it's all done.

Our new home!

So - what happens now?

Great - we still nurse!

Great - we still eat!

While most of the pups went to sleep soon after arriving in the new area, Mr Blue went exploring. Here are a few pictures.


This is our bed.

Now what else is there to see?

This is - - - something.

Mum says this is our toilet.

It's a big step!

I think I'm stuck.

OK I'm in. Now how to get out?

Same way, same trouble!

Anything else to see?

Maybe later.

Mug Shots - December 7.

The pups received their coloured collars today. As usual, we asked them to show their most intelligent faces which, of course, they did. Here are the results.



Mr Dark Green

Miss Purple

Mr Blue (collar has small dots)

Mr Blue (collar has big dots)

Miss Pink

Mr White
Mr Lime Green
Mr Black

Mr Orange

Mr Red
Mr Turquoise


Visitors - December 8 and 9, 2017.

Pups and visitors entertained each other for two hours each day. As is usual, the pups were active at the beginning then fell asleep. Everyone had a great time.


It's a love-in.

Humans look funny up close.

I like toes.

I like thumbs.

We never talk any more.

If they offer you worm meds, DON'T TAKE ANY!

Snoozie #1.

Snoozie #2.

Everyone needs a stuffy.

Yes I'm really into my food.


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