Tilda and Tartan - 2 males and 7 females born July 25, 2020.

These pups are in their new homes.

Tilda and Tartan Bios.

Grand Champion Setherwood Tilda

Tilda is a beautiful mid-size girl with a thick lustrous coat, dark pigmentation and a very sweet soft expression. She is a gentle girl and a pleasure to have in our family. She finished her show championship and grand championship easily and was always in the ribbons.

Grand Champion Linirgor Tartan and Tweed "Tartan"

Tartan was imported from the Scottish kennel "Linirgor" as a puppy. He achieved his Grand Championship in Canada and is now working toward a field title.
He has all his clearances.

He went back to Scotland to compete in the 150th anniversary of the breed at their origin in Guisachan, near Inverness (click HERE for
a report on this gathering - he's in there somewhere). His show accomplishments there qualified him to compete at the Crufts dog show in England.

Tartan is a solid, confident, outgoing dog who is truly happy in any venue.

Birthday - July 25.

Tilda began labour at 4:20 am. Her first pup arrived at 4:50 am and the ninth at 10:55 am. The birthweights were normal at about a pound each. Tilda was calm throughout and the pups were vigorous, nursing soon after birth. The only negative was the 10th pup that was stillborn.

Tilda's temperature was higher than normal after the births so we put her cooling jacket on for a few hours until her temperature returned to normal.

Here are pictures taken a few days before birth and on the 25th.

July 16.

July 23.

One minute old.

Tilda and brood.

Day 1 cuddle.

Tilda chilling.

Snoozing while Mum takes a break.

Tilda - Mama extraordinaire!

Update - July 28.

Tilda and her pups are doing well. The pups have gained weight, Tilda's temperature is normal and she is eating and nursing well. All is as expected.

Update - August 1, 2020.

Tilda and her pups continue to do well. The pups have grown from a range of 14 to 17 ounces at birth to 24 to 28.5 ounces today. Tilda spends most of her time with them and they take advantage of the open bar. We are tracking individual weights so we can quickly identify a pup that begins to fall behind. Fortunately all are gaining at present.

Here are a few pictures.

Each day, Tilda leaves the pups to eat or go outside for a quick walk. When she returns, the pups become quite excited and crawl over to nurse. Here is a short VIDEO showing the pups responding when Tilda arrives.

Update - August 10, 2020.

The pups are 2 weeks and 2 days old today and they are great.  Tilda is producing a lot of milk and so the pups are growing quickly, gaining an average of 1 pound in the last week.
Their eyes are opening (on schedule) and they are moving around well - not quite walking but close.

We started the deworming process today, beginning with a worm med for roundworms. The pups cooperated during the weighing and didn't mind the taste

So much for social distancing!

Eyes opening.

Being weighed to calculate the right amount of de-wormer.

After the deworming, the pups were very keen to see Tilda. Here is a VIDEO showing how well they are moving and how their tails become stiff when the milk starts to flow.

Update - August 15, 2020.

The pups are 3 weeks old today. Their eyes and open and they can see and hear. Their average weight is now about 3 pounds 5 ounces. They are quite active and aware of their surroundings. They have started to play.

We will try to feed them solid food soon. Some litters are ready at this age and others not. We shall see.

Tilda is still well and all the pups are growing as expected so no problems. She sometimes feeds them while standing up and the pups are adapting.

Here are pictures taken today.

Update - August 20, 2020.

A few days ago, we started to feed the pups solid food (Royal Canin starter ration soaked in warm water until soft). Most were keen to try while others were not. By the third meal, almost all were eating well and were connecting the sound of the feed bowls, the click of the gate and June's voice with mealtimes. Here is a VIDEO of the third feeding.

All continues to be well. They will be 4 weeks old soon and are ready to leave the whelping box for a larger space. We plan to move them tomorrow.

The pups still spend much of their time sleeping. Here are pictures of these "sleeping beauties".

Update - August 20, 2020.

Today, we removed the whelping box and set up the area the pups will live in until they leave us in 4 weeks. To this point, they have always been in the whelping box or a green bin so the move, first onto the floor while we organized and then into the new area, was a bit of a shock. However, as usual, some were quick to adapt while others took more time. In the end, they were playing with the new toys and with each other, nursing from Tilda and then falling asleep.

This is the start of the pups' weaning. Tilda will not be with them full-time, but will visit for nursing. We will feed them solid food. As the weeks go by, the nursings will be decreased and the solid feedings increased until they are fully weaned by about 7 weeks of age.

First time on the floor - what should they do now?

Some went to sleep.

Some went to find Mama.

And one thought her life might be over.

First time in the new home.

Not much left of the old neighbourhood.

The world's a lot bigger than I thought.

I'm feeling cozie.

So what should I do in here?

Here - let me help you out.

It's better than riches to scratch when it itches.

Why worry? Be happy!

I believe all will be well.


Update - August 22, 2020.

The pups are 4 weeks old today and to celebrate this milestone, they were given the coloured collars that will identify them until they leave us. They were very excited to have their pictures taken as you can see from their exuberant expressions.

Mr Black.

Mr Paisley.

Miss Yellow.

Miss Red.

Miss Pink.

Miss Turquoise.

Miss Green.

Miss Purple.

Miss Lime Green.

And one more. This is Tilda at the same age when she received her yellow collar on July 22, 2016.

Tilda (Miss Yellow)

First time outside - August 30, 2020.

The pups are just over 5 weeks old. They weigh about 6.5 pounds each. Tilda has been nursing them 3 times a day and we have been feeding them twice. Next week it will be 2 nursings and 2 feedings each day. They are doing very well.

Today was their first time outside. They adjusted quickly and had a great time. Here are the pictures.

Here are pictures of a future Olympian.

I'm practicing my vault routine.

One small step for dogs.

It's harder than I thought!

If at first you don't succeed . . .

Try again.

Made it!

Now to dismount . . .

I stuck my landing!

And a few pictures of bravery tempered by sober second thought.

I've decided to go in.

Although it's a bit dark.

And long.

But I'm BRAVE!

So I'm going in!

It really is long and dark . . .

Maybe later.

First time with the activity center - September 2, 2020.

Previous litters have enjoyed playing with the activity center. Today was the first time this group had seen it and they were immediately interested. Here are pictures of the pups leaving the pen, playing with the hanging toys then returning to the pen, some with no help, others with some help and one with lots of help. Once in the pen, they discovered that there was some dry kibble on the floor. They'll be quicker coming in next time!

Update - September 10, 2020.

The pups will soon be 7 weeks old. They are all enthusiastic, sociable and healthy. Tilda has finished nursing them and they are eating their starter ration with great enthusiasm. They have been in the outside pen as the weather has allowed and seemed to enjoy the extra space. They particularly enjoy digging a hole then putting their dirty feet in their drinking water.

Their next week will be busy - vet checks and first vaccines, microchips, finishing the deworming meds and transitioning from starter to regular puppy food.

Here are some of the pictures taken during the past week.

And here is one more showing them impatiently waiting for supper today.

Update - September 12, 2020.

The pups are 7 weeks old today. They celebrated by spending time outside as the weather was good  (dry and warm). As usual they played, dug and finished asleep. Here are the pictures.

I think your deodorant isn't working.

We're trying to beat the The Guinness Book of Records for tunnel stuffing.

Two down - none to go.
I found this humerus.

Somebody ate my yogurt!

Was I digging? Why do you ask?

O no you don't! Your time's up!
This looks as if we were sharing. Actually we were pulling and growling.

Jubilant delinquents at play.

Nothing tastes quite like fresh dirt.

This water smells funny. Better yelp for help!

Miss Pink to the rescue - "No job is too big, no pup is too small".

There. Job done.

Best water we ever tasted!

For the last time - I do NOT need a LEMON WIPE!

Hey! No fair tickling!

My new family will love my gardening abilities.

How we end a perfect day.

Update - September 13

On our September 2 post, we mentioned that we put some of the pups' dry food in the pen to encourage them to go back when we open the gate. Here is a short VIDEO showing how quickly they now leave the pen and return. The final part shows them looking for the last few pieces of kibble.
September 18 - Ready to go home.

The pups are almost 8 weeks old. They have been weaned, dewormed, socialized, vet-checked, vaccinated and microchipped. They are active, friendly, inquisitive and healthy and are completely ready to go to their forever homes tomorrow.

They spent a few hours outside today. Here are a few pictures.

September 19 and 20 - Going home.

It is always a bitter-sweet time for us when the pups leave for their new homes but even more so this time as this is our last litter. But we know that all the pups are going to people who will give them the love and care they need and deserve.
Our thanks to yet another group of great owners. We have enjoyed meeting and getting to know them and we thank them for choosing Setherwood Goldens.

Tartan (from his home in Cayuga) sent a picture and Tilda gave her final hugs.

Good luck! Glad to have been of service.

Thanks for everything Mama. You were great!

Here are the pictures of the pups with their new families.

Setherwood Hanah "Rory"  (Miss Turquiose)

Setherwood Harmoni "Frances" (Miss Purple)

Setherwood Honour "Mya" (Miss Yellow)

Setherwood Hershey "Bailey" (Miss Green) with friend Guinness)

Setherwood Hattie "Ellie" (Miss Red)

Setherwood Hollie "Sadie" (Miss Lime Green) with friend Stella
Setherwood Hope "Willow" (Miss Hot Pink)
Setherwood Hamish "Fynn" (Mr Black) with Oliver (left) and Bentley.
Setherwood Harris "Harris" (Mr Paisley) with new buddy Grady.

And here are a few more shots taken before the trip home.

Haha! I'm out and you're not! Oh sorry - I meant "Goodbye - it's been great".

First playtime with my new Mama.

Don't be afraid. I won't bite.

Before I go, I'll just make sure I haven't left anything uneaten.

Willow has a new leash. What a drag!

Always take time to smell (and maybe eat) the flowers.

Fynn has a lovely face.

His yawn is quite impressive too.

Fynn and Harris - brothers and friends forever.

We're on our way! Thanks for everything!