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This section is dedicated to those special times when something out of the ordinary happens. We'll put the most recent first and keep each item on the site for as long as possible.

June 24, 2017 - Adele pup reunion.

On February 3, 2017, Adele delivered her third and final litter of 10 pups - 6 males and 4 females. All returned today for a reunion. As usual, the pups recognized each other and had a great time playing together. The weather was good so we were able to spend time around (and some in) the pond,  enjoy a walk through the bush and around the field and wrestling time around the house. All the pups were enthusiastic, well behaved and in great condition (due to the excellent care provided by their owners). It was fun for all.

Here are a few of the pictures taken today. And thanks to Bernie for allowing us to use some of his photos.




June 11, 2107 - Tilda is a show champion.

We decided to enter Tilda in the Ontario County Kennel Club show held in Orono on June 9 to 11. We like to show our girls when they are about 11 months old to give them a positive show experience while they are still young. Our hope is that they will enjoy themselves and maybe win the puppy class.

Tilda surpassed all our expectations. She behaved like a seasoned show dog and won Best of Winners each day. Best of Winners means that she beat all the dogs not already show champions.
These wins gave her enough points for her show championship all in one weekend of showing. She was also awarded Best Puppy.

There was also a new class called "Best Canadian Bred" in recognition of Canada's birthday. She won that class not only for the Goldens but also for all the sporting dogs entered.

Tilda is now the 5th generation of Setherwood girls to be awarded the title "Champion".

It was a great weekend all round.


Best of Winners and Best Puppy in Group

Best Canadian Bred and new Champion

May 27, 2017 -  Isla
and Geneva pup reunions.

The two litters were about 6 months old when they returned for their reunion. The weather was good so we were able to enjoy some time in the pond (no humans fortunately), a walk in the field, some dog and people refreshments and a group picture. It was fun for everyone. All the pups behaved and looked great.

Here are the pictures.

Isla's pups.



Geneva's pups.


April 7, 2017 - Adele has retired.


Adele was born on June 17, 2012. During her time with us, she delivered three litters (9 pups on June 20, 2015, 9 on July 4, 2016 and 10 on February 3, 2017). She was an excellent mother and a great pet, loving and gentle. She will be living with a family on Scugog Island and will have as friends her litter sister Lola and Sophie, a pup from Geneva's April, 2016 litter.

Here are a few pictures including one of Adele with June and Adele's new owner.



Mother Hazel - Adele is in there somewhere.

Eight weeks old.

First litter - June 20, 2015.

Second litter - July 4, 2016.

Third litter - February 3, 2017.

Adele with some of her last litter.

Adele leaving for her new home.


November 30, 2016 - Follow the rainbow to the pot of gold.

Our neighbour took this picture at the end of her lane on November 30. If you look down the road, you can just see the start of our laneway on the right. Our house is well back from the lane and it looks as if the rainbow ends at our house where there really is a pot of gold - well, goldens anyway.


November 20, 2016 - Adele litter reunion.

Adele delivered 9 pups on July 4, 2016. Six of the 9 pups came on this very cold day. We went for a quick walk in the woods them came back to the dog room for hot apple cider (humans only).  As usual, the pups recognized each other as littermates and had a great time playing together. 

Here are a few pictures.



A COLD walk through the woods.

Warming up in the dog room.

Haven't I seen you somewhere before?

Can't WAIT to get my loot bag!

Some are quite civilized.

Others not so much.
This was great fun!
Goodbye and thanks for having us.

We try to take a group picture at each reunion. Normally, it is easy. All the pups and families pose, we throw a toy to attract the pups attention then take several shots to be sure we get a good one.

This time, it took 3 takes to get a good picture because one of the pups twice escaped from the owner's grasp as the toy was thrown. Check the pup (and owner) on the left in these pictures.

Take 1.


Take 2.


Take 3 - finally, a good one.


The group - 5 of Adele's litter of 9.


November 19, 2016
- Claire litter reunion.

Eight of the 14 pups in Claire's June 23. 2016 litter come to the reunion. The weather was rainy so our walk was shorter and picture-taking was restricted. The pups still had a great time and Claire (who was able to come with her owner) was happy to see them - for a short time at least. The humans enjoyed the puppy antics and the hot apple cider.



A wet walk begins.

Yes there were dogs around somewhere.

Claire, hoping she is not staying.

Normal dog room games.

Claire being greeted by one of her pups.

Nora - just could not stand the pace.

The group - 8 pups and Claire (third from right).

November 9, 2016 - Results from the Orangeville dog shows.


On November 5 and 6, we took Tara to the dog shows in Orangeville. On the first day she did very well, winning her classes in each of the three shows.These wins gave her more than the 10 points needed for her show championship. On the second day, she was awarded Best of Breed and Best Puppy over other champions. Later that day, the judge gave her a third place and best puppy in the sporting group. She was by far the youngest dog competing at that level

We also took little Tilda to the show and she won Best Baby Puppy.

It was a very happy day.


Tara with judge and handler Hailey Griffith.


Tara and Tilda - looking good!


September 25, 2016 - Eloise litter reunion.

Eloise's pups were born on April 9, 2016. They had a great time catching up with their siblings and with Eloise who was able to attend. It is always good to see how much each of these pups is a part of a loving family.


Here are the pictures. 


September 24, 2016 - Geneva litter reunion.

Geneva's pups were born on April 21, 2016. We all spent time in and around the pond and then went for a walk in the field. After that, it was treat time for dogs and humans. It was obvious that each pup is an important family member.

Here are a few pictures including a group shot.



September 18, 2016 - Tara at the Golden Specialty Show.


Tara competed in the Regional Golden Retriever Specialty Show in Stratford today. She had a handler, Hailey Griffith, to show her for us and to keep her for the weekend (the show ran from September 16 to 18).

Judge Pluis Davern from Royal Oaks, California,  placed Tara first in a class of 9 girl puppies then placed her first over all the non-champion females entered (called "Winners Bitch"). This win gave her 5 of the 10 points she needs for her show championship.

Later, she was chosen as the best puppy at the specialty today.

Tara was the youngest dog entered in the competition. Her mother, Mara, did very well at this same show last year (click HERE for details).


Here are the pictures.



August 29, 2016 - Eloise and Claire have retired.

It's time to say Goodbye to two of our girls - Eloise and Claire. Both have delivered litters for us and have done well raising them. We know that their new families will give them great homes with lots of love and care.

Eloise


Eight weeks old.

Two years old.

Nine pups born April 9, 2016.

Going to her new family - August 8, 2016.

Claire


Eight weeks old.

First litter June 17, 2015 - 10 puppies.

Second litter June 23, 2016 - 14 puppies.

Saying Goodbye - August 17, 2016.


August 8, 2016 - Olympic hopeful.

As the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are now being held, we thought it timely to re-introduce our own Olympic hopeful Setherwood Purdey. She was born on December 22, 2015 and soon showed her athletic ability and determination. Here she is as a five week old pup, describing her vault routine.



First, I have to mount.

This is harder than I expected.

Almost there!

Now for the dismount.

Cowabunga!!

So, what was my score?

May 28, 2016 - Mara's litter reunion.

Mara's pups were born on January 8, 2016. They had a great time catching up with their siblings and with Mara who was able to attend. It is always good to see how much each of these pups is a part of a loving family.

Here are the pictures.


Riley.

Dexter.

Bailey.

Another Bailey.

Cody.

Saying "Hello!" to the big dogs.

War games.

The victor?

The boys and Mara.

The girls and Mara.

The whole group.

May 21, 2016 - Ellen's litter reunion.
Ellen's 7 pups were born on December 22, 2015. Of these, four were able to attend the reunion. We spent time in and around the pond and then went for a walk in the field. After that, it was treat time for dogs and humans. Ellen had a great time swimming (a favourite pastime when she lived here) while the pups chased each other around. 

Here are a few pictures and a group shot.

Pond time.


Ellen in her element.

Frog hunt.

I think I can . . .

Looking great!

Action shot #1.

Action shot #2.

Field time.


The group.


Purdey, Pearl, Ellen, Zoe and Nikita.

March 9, 2016 - Mara has retired.

Mara was born here on November 30, 2011. She earned her show championship and her Canine Good Neighbour title. She gave us three excellent litters and was a good mother to a total of  32 pups, two of which are still living with us (Millie and Tara).

She leaves us to live with a family that has been waiting for her for many months. We are sure that she will have a great second life with them.


One year old.

First litter of 9 - June 17, 2014.

Second litter of  13 - January 6, 2015.

Third litter of 10 - January 8, 2016.


Show Champion - October 2, 2015.


Mara with part of her new family - March 3, 2016.

February 20, 2016 - Miss Pink (Zoe) at home.

On February 13, Miss Pink (Zoe) left her Mum Ellen and her littermates to begin life at her new home, which included another Golden named Bambi. Of course Zoe was a bit overwhelmed by all the changes and Bambi did her best to make Zoe feel comfortable. Here is Bambi's account of events.


First, I let her cuddle with me.

Then I let her watch TV.

And then I let her sleep in my bed with me.

Something went wrong somewhere!

February 14, 2016 - Valentine's Day Kiss-Cam.

Mara's pups (along with Pippa and Pearl from Ellen's litter) teamed with today's visitors to produce these pictures of true love.



February 11, 2016 - Ellen has retired.

It is always difficult when one of our girls goes to a new home. Ellen was born here on December 28, 2010. She earned her show championship, her Canane Good Neighbour title and her Rally Novice obedience title. She delivered her first litter of 12 on April 6, 2014, her second litter of 10 on November 14, 2014 and her final litter of 7 on December 22, 2015.


Eight weeks old.

Show championship - December, 2013.

First litter - 12 pups on  April 6, 2014.

Second litter - 10 pups on November  14, 2014.

Third litter - 7 pups on December 22, 2015.

Ellen gave us many great memories but they were not all pleasant. Here are pictures of Ellen being prepared for a dog show.


First the shampoo.

Then we towel dry.

And finally, we blow dry.

Clean, groomed and ready to compete.

Then, we put Ellen outside for a few minutes. Here is what she looked like when she came in.


It seems that she really enjoyed the pile of pine mulch delivered that afternoon. Fortunately, there was time to go through the bath routine again before the show.

Ellen was truly a wonderful dog to be with and while we will miss her, we know that she will be living in a caring home where she will be loved and appreciated. And we will be able to visit with her from time to time.


Ellen with her new family.

January 8, 2016 - The Setherwood Cafe?


Two of our friends (Jill and Barbara) were expected for dinner. When they arrived, June was still delivering Mara's litter. So we set up the card table and moved the meal into the dog room. 
Great food in a unique setting. Could be the start of something great!


A few Christmas pictures from 2011 to 2014.

First, Christmas morning pictures from 2011 and 2012.


Then, a 2013 visit from Santa. (Yes, he might have his beard on backward).


Next, puppies under our 2014 tree (please disregard the wet spots in the last photo).


And finally, Christmas morning in 2014. Even dogs like Christmas stockings!


The making of our 2015 Christmas card.

Each year, we try to make a Christmas card featuring a picture of our Goldens in holiday attire. It is NEVER easy!

This year, we decided to arrange Claire and her daughter
(Naughty) Nora for a cozy picture in front of the kitchen fire. It wasn't easy! Here are a few of  the many "out-takes". 


And here is the one we used.


Merry Christmas from the Setherwood girls.

Adele puppy reunion - December 5, 2015.

Adele's nine pups were born on June 20, 2015. Of these, six were able to attend the reunion.
 
We all went for a walk in the field and then spent time in (no humans fortunately) and around the pond. After that, it was treat time for dogs and humans. It was obvious that each pup is an important family member.

Here are a few pictures including three group shots.



The start of the walk.

Adele goes too.

Field time (see action shot on far left).

Pond time.

And here are the pond participants.


Adele and her girls.


Adele and her boys.

The whole group.

Here are pictures of each pup and family when they left us on August 15 and at the December 5 reunion.

August 15, 2015December 5, 2015

Mr Green

Oliver

Mr Burgundy

Quincey

Mr Black

Walter

Mr Purple

Biggs

Miss Orange

Jasper

Miss Red

Alexis

Claire puppy reunion - November 28, 2015.

Claire delivered 10 pups on June 17, 2015.  All of the pups and their families attended the reunion. We all went for a walk in the field and through part of the wooded area. After that, both dogs and humans enjoyed snacks. All the pups looked great and were obviously a big part of each family.

Here are pictures including three group shots.



The walk begins.

In the field.

Puppy Claire - looking good!

Through the woods.

Mama Claire, hoping they are not moving back!

Treat time - for dogs and people.


Claire and her girls.


Claire and her boys.


The whole family.

Here are pictures of each pup and family when they left us on August 8 and at the November 28 reunion.

August 8, 2015November 28, 2015

Mr Black

Jingle

Miss Pink

Claire

Mr Blue Spot

Monty

Miss Red

Stella

Mr Paisley

Nacho

Mr Blue Check

Cody

Mr Green

Quinn

Miss Yellow

Phoebe

Miss Purple

Roxy

Nora at the Trillium dog show - Best Baby Puppy in Group.

The 3-day show was held in Lindsay. On October 31, Nora was entered in the "Baby Puppy" class. As it was Halloween, costumes were encouraged. Nora was handled by pirate June and she WON HER CLASS! (OK yes she was the only entry but still . . .). Then she competed in the sporting group with the best baby puppies from the other sporting breeds and won! The next step was the best baby puppy in show but she was not chosen. It was great experience for Nora and June (also known as the Anne Bonny of Uxbridge).

Here is the victory picture.


Mara update - October 2, 2015.

Mara went to the Pine Ridge Kennel Club show in Port Hope today and won her class which gave her enough points (10 required) to be given the title of "Show Champion".


Golden Retriever Specialty - September 19 and 20, 2015.


The Golden Specialty show is held each year at about this time. It attracts some of the best show Goldens. This year, we entered two of our dogs - Millie and Mara. Millie was entered in the Puppy Sweepstakes on September 19 while Mara was entered in a class for adults on both days. June handled both dogs herself.

Millie won her class, which was just for female pups. She did not win over the winner of the male class so she did not go further. However, we were happy that she showed well, had some fun and brought home a ribbon.



Setherwood Mildred "Millie" with the judge holding the first place ribbon.

On Saturday, Mara won her class but did not go further in the competition. On Sunday, she again won her class and then competed against the winners of all the other female classes. She won again. This meant that she was in the ring to compete against the winner of all the male classes. She showed beautifully and was awarded "Best of Winners".


Setherwood Xiomara "Mara" with judge, June and huge rosette.

Then, to make things even better, the male that was judged Best of Breed was Grand Champion Setherwood Bosch (Claire's brother), owned and handled by Cathy Pinkney. So, two of the top placings in the show were Setherwood dogs. We are trying hard not to brag (too much).


Grand Champion Setherwood Bosch "Ryker" with judge and owner/handler Cathy.


Ch Setherwood Bosch and Setherwood Xiomara with judge and handlers Cathy and June.

We also entered three dogs in the Canadian Good Neighbour test - Claire, Mara and Eloise. Each one passed so we can now put "CGN" after their names.

Mara's Puppy Reunion - June 6, 2015.

Mara delivered 13 pups by C-section on January 6, 2015. Eight families attended the reunion. As is usual, the pups swam in or played near our pond and most went for a walk in the 20 acre field (a few decided to stay near the house). After that, the dogs and the humans enjoyed snacks. All the pups looked great and seemed to enjoy the outing.

Here are pictures including three group shots.



The group including Mara and our pup Millie (5th and 6th from the right).

The girls.

The boys.


Two Puppy Reunions and a close call - April 25 and May 2, 2015.


On April 25, we held a reunion for Violet's pups born on November 14, 2014. The pups had a great time playing with their litter-mates, swimming in the pond and walking in the field. Violet and her buddy Sophie also attended. All the pups were in great health and were obviously each a part on a loving family. Here are a few pictures, including a group shot and some pictures taken of individual pups with Violet and Sophie.


Millie also attended and had fun making sure all the visiting pups followed her rules. Here she is being loved - or is it "mauled"?



The second reunion was held on May 2, 2015 for Ellen's pups born November 14. Ellen was less than welcoming at first - maybe she though they were coming back to stay. The pups took no offense and spent all of their time playing in and around the pond and during their walk through the bush and field.  As with Violet's pups, they were in great health and were also key family members.

Here is the group shot followed by pictures of each pup with Ellen.



Here is a foot-note to the May 2 reunion. This is a picture of the 20 acre field where we took the pups for a walk at about 3 pm on May 2:


This is what it looked like at about 5 pm the same day:


A grass fire started in the neighbour's field immediately north of our field. The south-east wind quickly pushed the flames across our field. The Scugog fire department responded and were able to put the fire out before it reached the bush area on the south side of the field.  In the end, about 3/4 of the field was burned.

Had the fire burned into the bush, it would have been hard to stop before it took our house. This picture shows the bush on the left. The fire was about 8 feet away when it was finally put out. A close call.


The field is regenerating nicely. Here is a final picture showing the field on May 10. In the end, no serious damage was done.


Meryl has retired.

We are sad to say "Goodbye" to a very sweet, gentle and faithful dog. Meryl was born here on January 12, 2010. She had a litter of 7 pups in March 2013 but was unable to repeat this success. In January, 2015, she was expecting one pup but it was stillborn. At the same time, Mara delivered 13 pups by C-section and Meryl took Mara's 6 boys and raised them to weaning. It was a job she loved and did well. Her care really helped us and Mara out as 13 pups for one mother is too many.

Meryl was always happy and outgoing and while we will miss her, we know that she will be living in a caring home where she will be loved and appreciated. 



Meryl and her litter of  7, born March 6, 2013.

Meryl with part of Mara's 2015 litter.

Typical pose.

Meryl and Sylvie - starting a new life together.

Here is a picture of Meryl taken about an hour after she arrived at her new home. We think she will be just fine.


The first of many comforts.


Natalie the Photographer - repost February 23, 2014.


In May 2010, we wanted to take some pictures of the dogs but could not find the camera. Later that day we found it in Natalie's crate - with a few chew marks added. When we checked the pictures we found that Natalie had taken a few of her own. Here they are.


How do you focus this thing?

That's a bit better . . .
Perfect!
This is my foot.

     This is the inside of my mouth.

                  I am open for business!


Kiss Cam - February 14, 2015


Here are a few pictures we found to help celebrate Valentine's day, 2015.


Dog Hair - January 17, 2015.


Yes - I think it's time to vacuum.

All of those living with a Golden or two (or more) know that they shed a bit. OK, more than a bit. But it's not all bad because Golden hair has uses. Here are a few.

The word "Setherwood" on the website banner is not simply a gold colour but is actually coloured with Golden hair. Our son Matt, who created the banner, put a layer of hair from our Tara behind the letters. (Tara is the old dog on the left of the banner). Take a look.



In spring, Goldens lose much of their winter coat. Spring is also the time when wild birds build their nests. One enterprising bird built her nest in a tree near our outside runs and lined it with some of the hair. The nest blew out of the tree in the fall and we were fortunate enough to find the nest before the dogs did. It looks quite cosy.


June brushes the dogs several times each week. Several years ago, she collected the resulting hair and, when she had enough, sent it to a person in Texas who cleaned it then spun it into wool. Our daughter Heather then used the wool to trim the hat, mitts and scarf that she had knitted.  It's all very stylish. And it still sheds and smells like dog when it is wet. How great is that? 


All the light-coloured wool is from Golden hair.

That's it. But remember:


Setherwood dog makes the Front Page - January 15, 2014.


This picture was taken September 27, 2014 during the walk-a-thon to raise funds for the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog.
It shows Ch Ejon Setherwood Dreamcatcher RN (Rita) and a fellow walker enjoying the event. Rita lived with us for several years before retiring to live with a great family in Uxbridge. Both tongues are impressive!




A Look Back - January 13, 2015.

Cleaning out old files sometimes allows one to find things long forgotten. This occurred yesterday when we found puppy pictures of "Kimwhany Just in Time".

In 1987, we visited Kimwhany Golden Retrievers in England and met Kimwhany Everleigh, an impressive English Golden that breeder Margaret Somerton was planning to breed. She agreed to send a female from her next litter to us. On March 10, 1988, Everleigh delivered her litter - one female pup. Margaret named her "Kimwhany Just in Time"and sent her to Setherwood in May of 1988. We called her "Kayla".

Kayla delivered 27 Setherwood pups during her career and is related to four of the dogs at Setherwood today - Ellen, Claire, Geneva and Isla. We enjoyed her company until her death. She had a great impact on the type of pups born here now.

Here are the puppy pictures which Margaret sent to us and one of Kayla the show dog.


Six weeks old - with her Mum.

With her favourite toys Teddy and Bunny, which Margaret sent with Kayla.

Mums are good teachers.
.

Comfortable too.

Kayla inspecting the Kimwhany troops.

About 2 years old - looking good!

Recipe for a great puppy area - December 26, 2014.

Each morning we clean the puppy area and give the pups clean shavings, blankets and toys. By the next morning, the area is a disaster. Here is our recipe for a great puppy area as originally posted in 2012 (Rose's litter).

Ingredients:

1. Large blanket or sheet.
2. Large bath towels (with or without holes).
3. Litter box.
4. 1/4 bag of wood shavings.

5. Water bowl, water included.
6. Clean puppy toys.
7. Puppies, 4 to 8 weeks old, any number.

Instructions:


1. Clean area thoroughly. Place the litter box in the area. Add the wood shavings. Leave fluffy.

2. Place blanket, towel, toys and water bowl neatly in the area.

3. Add puppies one at a time, placing each carefully on the blanket. Leave for several hours.

4. No need to mix - the ingredients do that all by     themselves!

Visiting Hours - December 13, 2014.

Each week, many of the new puppy owners attend our weekly visiting hours. This gives them the opportunity to see the pups grow and to interact with them. It is also good for the pups as part of their socialization. And finally it helps us to get to know the new owners and to ultimately match pups with people.

During the first 4 weeks, the pups are in their whelping box so direct interaction is limited. Between 4 and 8 weeks, the pups can interact directly. Here are a few pictures taken at the December 13 visiting hours. As there are two litters (Ellen and Violet) totaling 18 pups, it was a full house!



Mara pup reunion - November 29, 2014.


Group picture - Mara on the far left.


Six of Mara's nine pups attended this 6 month reunion. We were glad to see how much each one has become a major part of a loving family and how well they are being cared for. We went for a walk in the field then came back to the house area for more fun. The pups played well together - always the same game! Our thanks to Lisa for most of these pictures.


The pups left us for their new homes in mid-August. Here are pictures taken as they left and at the reunion.

Mid-August, 2014.November 29, 2014.

Miss Yellow.

Kya.


Miss Pink.

Jada.

Miss Red.

Daisy.

Mr. Blue Dot.

Pepsi.

Mr. Blue Paisley.

Riley.

Mr. Green.

Gus.

Claire - new show champion November 28, 2014.

Setherwood Bouclaire, AKA Claire, became a new show champion today at the Caledon Kennel Association show. She needed 2 points to reach the required 10 points and was awarded 5 points for today's effort. June did the handling.

We'll do
Claire's health tests (eyes, hips, etc) in December. If all goes well, we plan to breed her on her next heat.


Two happy ladies - November 28, 2014.

Litter reunions - September 20 and 27, 2014.

We held a reunion for Violet's pups on September 20 and for Ellen's litter on September 27. The weather was perfect and all participants had a great time. Here are a few pictures.

1. Violet and pups.


Pond time.

Walk time.

Snack time - dogs and people.

Group shot.

2. Ellen and pups.


Field trip.

Someone tired?

Isla with Mum (Ellen, left) and Dad (Geordie, Right).

The group.

Isla at the Bracebridge dog show - July 31, 2014.

Before every show, the dogs to be entered are given a bath and grooming. Here is Isla going through the process.


I hope I live through this!

First the shampoo.

Then the rinse.

Looking good after being blow-dried.

Isla was entered in the Baby Puppy Class (puppies between 3 and 6 months). Under the first judge, she was selected the best baby puppy in the sporting group.


Waiting for the judge.

Best baby puppy in the sporting group!
She then competed for Best Baby Puppy in Show under another judge and won!


Best Baby Puppy in Show!! Congratulations to Isla and June.

The Highlands of Durham Games - July 26 and 27, 2014.


The Games are held each year at Uxbridge and feature all things Scottish. Included in the festivities is a show of Scottish dog breeds including the Border Collie, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Scottish Deerhound
, Smooth Hair Collie, Bearded Collie, Rough Collie, Sheltie, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, West Highland Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Cairn Terrier and the Skye Terrier. We participate most years and this year we took Adele, Claire and Isla. We had a great time talking about Goldens to many interested people, including several young ladies who were dancing in the highland dancing competition. It was puppy Isla's first experience with this type of event and she was a big hit. Here are a few pictures.



Our site at the Games.

June ready to take the girls into the show ring.

Some of the many visitors.

Isla being checked out by the St. John's Ambulance.

Puppy Isla meets Isla on July 26- - 

- - and another Isla and her Mom on July 27.

Adele and new friend.

Adele and two more new friends.

Clare is ready for action!

Isla not so much.

Adele with one of the dancers in full costume.
Final "Goodbye" from Isla's new friends.
"See you next year!"

June's birthday card - June 13, 2014.

Our friends Anne and Tony recently sent a birthday card to June. As usual, a Golden was featured. Here it is.


Front.

Inside.

Phyllis' litter reunion - May 24, 2014

Phyllis delivered 14 pups on December 29, 2013. We held a reunion these pups and their owners today. The pups looked great and enjoyed their time at the pond and walking in the field. Our congratulations to all the owners on the good job they are doing raising their new family members.

 Here are a few pictures.



Ellen's mother's day card - May 2014.


Ellen received a Mother's Day card from her 12 offspring and their dad Geordie. Here it is. (As the writing on the card does not look like Geordie's paw-writing, we think that Geordie's owners Linda and Alex did the work. We and Ellen thank them for their kindness.)


She was so overcome with joy that she went outside and rolled in the dirt. We were all so pleased!


Some fun pictures from previous litters.

Umm .  .  . could I have your attention please?

Show-off!

She's got her sister's nose.

I lost my napkin.

They've eaten themselves into a coma.

Fine, I'll put you down. There's no need to shout!

Dental exam.

Did I miss any?

Belly dancers.

New yoga position.
I just heard from Lefty. We're bustin' out at midnight!

Just so you know - you have puppy breath.


What do I do with this?

Should I chew it?

Or should I carry it?
Maybe I should lie on it?

Or maybe I'll find treats in it!

I give up.
Posted 20140414

Phyllis has retired.

Phyllis was born on May 11, 2010. She is a great dog and gave us much pleasure and two excellent litters of 12 and 14 pups. Of these, two were kept here as potential breeding dogs - Claire from the first litter and Geneva from the second. Phyllis now lives
in Orillia with our daughter and her cat Rudy. She has adjusted well and is enjoying her new life. Here are a few pictures.


Eight weeks old.

Four months old at friends' cottage.

Winning her class - Golden Specialty 2011.

First litter of 12 - 2012.

Phyllis and daughter Claire - January, 2013.

Second litter of 14 - 2013.

June with Geneva - from Phyllis' second litter.

Leaving for life in Orillia with Holly.
June, Claire and Geneva say "Goodbye".
Posted 20140408

New Show Champions

Two Setherwood males received their show championships in February, 2014.

Setherwood Bosch "Ryker" (born December 2, 2012, a son of Phyllis and Trip) became a show champion on February 17. This is an outstanding achievement for such a young dog and his owner Cathy. During the showing season, Ryker won Best Puppy at the Golden Retriever Specialty show in August, 2013 as well as Best Puppy in the sporting group in Lindsay in the fall. 

Setherwood Xact Tracing "Trace", a son of Hazel and Sonny, born November 30, 2011, achieved his Show Championship on February 21, 2014. He was shown to this title exclusively by his owner Audrey. The competition is always very strong in Goldens so this new title is a real tribute to Audrey and Trace.

In both cases, the dogs were handled exclusively by their owners, often against other dogs being handled by professionals. We congratulate Cathy and Ryker,  and Audrey and Trace, on these excellent results.  


Ch Setherwood Bosch

Ch Setherwood Xact Tracing
Posted 20140225

Wedding bells - February 2014.

Setherwood Andiamo "Oakley" was born on December 7, 2007. He and his owner went to many obedience trials and earned several titles. But recently Oakley had a most important assignment. He was the ring-bearer at his mistress' wedding. He looked so handsome in his tux and performed his task perfectly. Congratulations to all.





Morning walk - December 26, 2013.

We all enjoy our daily walks in the forest and the open field. Today, conditions were perfect - about -5C, no wind, light snowfall and the ice from the recent storm still glistening on the branches. As always, the dogs found lots to do.

There are several trails through the forest and we don't always follow the same route. When we come to a point where paths cross, most of the dogs go one way or another. Meryl is the exception. She will watch us as we approach an intersection until she can see which way we plan to go and then she will happily go that way.

These pictures were taken this morning between 7:30 and 8:15. We hope that you enjoy them.



Enjoying one of the forest trails.

Eating ice from a branch.

The contestants.

Ellen won!

I guess the branch needed pruning?

Phyllis with pups on-board.

Meryl: "Which way are we going???"

Claire surveying her domain.

Sophie puppies' reunion - December 7, 2013.

We like to invite the owners and their pups for a visit when the pups are about 6 months old. Today, Sophie, her 6 puppies and their owners came for their reunion. The weather cooperated so we were able to walk in the field and the woods and enjoy some time inside as well. It is obvious that all of these pups are much loved family members and that their owners are keeping them in good health. Here are a few pictures of the festivities.


Field trip.

Sophie and one of her staff.

Treat time is the best time.

A great group with Sophie 3rd from the left.

The pups have changed a lot since they left us in early August. Here are their pictures then and now.



A sad tale - December 4, 2013.

Meryl was expecting a litter near the end of November. An ultrasound done on October 30 showed one pup for sure and maybe a second. We did another ultrasound on November 20 which confirmed that there was just one pup.

Meryl delivered her pup today (December 4) at about 4 am. Unfortunately, it was stillborn. We are giving Meryl extra care to help her adjust but expect no complications.


Meryl on December 4 - recovery mode.

Caledon Dog Show - November 29, 2013.

Prior to this show, Ellen had won 9 of the 10 points needed for her show championship. It was a great day as she won Best of Breed which finished her show championship. Here are a few pictures.


Lined up for the judge.
Next to be examined.
Do you think she won?

Ellen - new champion!

We also entered Claire in the puppy class, more for experience than any expectation of a win. Despite that, she won Best Puppy Golden, then Best Puppy in the sporting group. She then competed for Best Puppy in Show but was not chosen. It was a great success for her first time at a show of this calibre. Hopefully, there are more successes to come.


Claire - Best Puppy in Group.
                                                                                    
Setherwood Caramia "Rupert" - October, 2013.

Rupert was born on March 6, 2013 as part of Meryl's first litter. We had planned to keep him until he reached 3 months of age to provide initial training after which he was to go to his new owner. Due to unexpected circumstances, he stayed with us for a further 4 months. His owner took delivery on October 13.

Rupert has been a delight to raise and train. We know that he has a great life ahead.

Meryl and new litter born March 6, 2013
Eight weeks old.

Ten weeks old with some big dogs.
Learning bad habits from Kia.

Three months old - first visit to see Dr. Wayne.

My good health is now a matter of record.

I love my walks!

So what do I do now?

Five months old and very handsome.

Six months old with mom Meryl (right).

Rose and Hazel have retired - October, 2013.

It is always a bitter-sweet time for us when one of our girls retires from life at Setherwood and goes on to bring happiness to another family. This time, there were two - Rose and Hazel - who had finished their jobs here. Rose now lives in Ottawa with a very active person which is great as Rose loves to run and play. Hazel loves children so she should be very happy living with a Newmarket family that includes three young boys. We know that, in each case, the girls will be treated with love and kindness.

Here are pictures of these girls as they left us.

Ch Dove Cottage Setherwood Rose RN, GCN


Rose and her new owner.

Farewell Rose!

Ch Setherwood Hazelle  RN, TD, CGN


Hazel with new family.

Hazel with her pups, all staying at Setherwood.
Left to right: Francine, Mara, Hazel and Adele.

Golden Retriever Club of Scotland Gathering - July 2013.

The Golden Retriever originated on the Scottish Highland estate of Dudley Marjoribanks, the first Baron Tweedmouth. His goal was to create a breed of hunting dogs better suited to retrieving water birds and upland game. He first bred a yellow Wavy-coated Retriever (named "Nous") to a Tweed Water Spaniel ("Belle") in 1868. The resulting four pups (named Crocus, Ada, Cowslip and Primrose) were used in his breeding program.
Between 1868 and 1890, Baron Tweedmouth methodically line-bred from these pups using another Tweed Water Spaniel and outcrosses of two black Retrievers, an Irish Setter and a sandy-coloured Bloodhound. The result, after years of careful selection and breeding, was the Golden Retriever.

Baron Tweedmouth's estate was called "Guisachan" and is located about 200 miles north of Glasgow near the village of Tomich. In July, 2013, the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland held a "gathering" of 222 Goldens from all over the world at that location. Here are a few pictures.



Photo of the manor in it's prime.
The "gathering" with the manor ruins in the background.
Show judging in progress.

One of the 222 participants.

We were able to visit the site during our trip to Scotland in 2008. The weather for our visit was perfect - misty with a light drizzle. Here are two pictures.


Front view of the manor ruin.

June with a different view of the manor in the background - an emotional time.

And finally, one more picture from the "gathering". It shows a woman as she prepares to launch a frozen haggis down a grassy lane in the Haggis Hurling Competition. Haggis - the national dish of Scotland - is a mix of sheep heart, liver and lungs encased in a sheep stomachThis really should be made an Olympic sport!



July 3, 2013 - Congratulations are in order!

When Cathy took Setherwood Bosch "Ryker" home on January 21, she thought that she might like to enter him in conformation shows. As she had no previous experience, she took a few show handling and grooming lessons and entered him in two shows.  In the second show held today, Ryker beat older dogs to gain two points toward his show championship. He also won best Golden puppy and then went on to beat all the other sporting dog puppies. This was a great win for any dog and handler but particularly for two beginners. We are proud of them both.

Ryker is a son of Ch. Setherwood Phyllis RN and Ch. Dove Cottage Daytripper.



Cathy and family with Ryker,
Phyllis litter pick-up day - January 21, 2013.


Cathy and Ryker at the Lindsay dog show - July 3.
Best puppy in sporting group.


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