I came home from work today, opened garage door and inside door, my lab girl meets me, tail a-wagging. But there is an unusual smell. I go into kitchen/family room and find she's given birth to 4 living pups, 1 dead. Then I find a 5th alive on the sofa. Goodness knows how he got there. I put them all in whelping pen and she starts suckling and 1/2 hour later a 6th is born. I think maybe 1 more is due. She has cut the cords herself, is licking them and feeding them and being a right proper mum. I put her out a couple of times then she was eager to get back to them. She drank a bowl of water in one go. Vet gave reassuring words on phone. Wife is driving over to Cheshire from Leicester. If there was a way to share photos I would! The dead one was under a sheet, she picked him up and popped him on the sheet. Dad (12 month old lab) is with me in study right now, being kept well away though he has shown curiosity and she has stopped any warning growls. So far 2 yellows, 2 white yellows (including one little naughty rascal who is exact same colour as dad!), 2 chocolates. I go down now and see if there are any more. PS My apologies to those who are used to whelping, this is my first time and I am euphoric.