Tara and Spinnaker - 10 pups (5M and 5F) born December 27, 2018.

All 10 pups have been reserved.

Grand Ch Setherwood Quitara "Tara"

Tara is a mid-size girl with a gold-coloured coat which is smooth, straight and very easy to groom. She is athletic and energetic outside and calm and sweet in the house. She loves to be in the dog show ring and was able to finish her grand championship easily.

Grand Ch Feli Fey Flying Dutchman "Spinnaker"

Spinnaker was born in England at the Xanthes kennels. His pedigree combines top English and Dutch lines. He is a gentle and confident dog with a beautiful cream coat. He was campaigned as a show dog in England and Italy before moving to Canada as a 3 year old. He finished his Canadian grand championship easily. He has all his health clearances.

Birthday - December 27, 2018.

Not all pregnancies are normal and smooth. About a week before Tara's due date, she became quite ill and was on IV for a few days. She had developed ketone acidosis caused by the pregnancy and would need a C-section to remove the pups before she would improve. We had hoped that she would be well enough to care for the litter but, although she did nurse and clean them for their first night, she became ill again. The decision was then made to stop her nursing the pups and to switch the pups to Tilda. Tilda took on the new charges no problem so we could concentrate on getting Tara well again.

We had a few nervous and upsetting days but as of January 2, Tara is definitely better and Tara's pups are thriving under Tilda's care. We are very grateful to Dr. Les and all the wonderful staff at the Beaverton Crossroads Veterinary Services for bringing Tara, her pups and us through this difficult time.

Here is a picture taken on January 1 of Tilda with Tara's 10 (5 males and 5 females).

Tilda with Tara's 10 pups - January 1, 2019

Update - January 4, 2019.

Over the last few days, Tara seemed to be getting sick again. She was not eating and was looking depressed (as were we). We thought it was time to take her back to the vet for more blood work etc to see what was happening. This morning early, Norm had switched Tilda from her pups to Tara's as usual. (We had been switching every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night). By mistake, he put Tara in with the pups instead of Tilda. When we checked 30 minutes later, there was Tara nursing all 10 pups, cleaning them and looking very happy. We were shocked. When we offered her some food, she gobbled it! All day today she has been feeding and caring for her babies (with feeding help from Tilda) and doing a great job. She has eaten more today than any day since December 17 when her troubles started.

We feel badly that we didn't try her sooner but we had decided that it would be too much for her given the tough time she had. But it appears that she just wanted to be with her babies.

This is how it looked at about 7:30 this morning.

Tara and her pups - January 4.

And here they are at 8:45 pm.

A picture of contentment.

As Tara does not have enough milk at present, Tilda has been feeding half of the pups several times during the day. Here is a picture of Tilda feeding the girls.

Tilda feeding Tara's girls.

Two weeks old - January 10, 2019.

Tara has continued to feed and clean her pups and to act as a normal mother dog. She has also continued to eat well and is regaining her vigour as well as her normal behaviour. She seems happy to be doing her mothering job.

Tilda is still helping by nursing half the litter every 4 hours during the day. At night Tara has all 10 and does a good job. We are still checking on her each night at about 3 am to see that all is in order and to let her outside if she wants to go. So far, all is well.

Here are a few more pictures of the nursing routine.

Tara's boys waiting their turn with Tilda.

Tilda with Tara's boys.

Tara with her girls.

Mothers at work.

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