Sun God Litter: Fall 2012
Week 3 - 12/2/2012
It's Week 3 and we have puppies on the move! They can all walk and run so much better now although sometimes when they get that little burst of speed they run into the whelping box walls because they haven't learned how to brake yet. Jon has fun showing me imitations of these when I get home from work. :) Movement means more fun, and more for us to chase around. The puppies had several back yard adventures in the grass, sometimes running in different directions at once. Then they can't see you anymore and start their cries for someone to bring them back to base camp. Teething has also begun for the little ones. This led to many puppies sharing ear nibbles and plenty of french kissing with each other -ew! They still prefer to put their siblings entire nose in their mouth instead of the toys we put in the box for them. I'm sure as the teeth come in that will change.
My favorite part is seeing their individual personalities start to emerge. The girls have become such little sweeties right now while the boys tend to be the fussy ones. Surya was the first to sleep in the typical Chinook sleeping position (on back, legs splayed out in all directions with head twisted to the side - this can be seen in one of the pics for this week). Marici seems to be the best Chinook kisser at this point. Although all of them are licking you one time or another, it seems Marici will lick you every time she's within reaching distance! Lio & Inti are currently the more bolder of the pups leading the way while exploring things before the others. They all recognize Jon and I over the other guests that come to visit them, choosing to come running to us when they feel overwhelmed (like when they are in the backyard which they are not totally sure of yet.) We, of course, find this very touching. ;)
The puppies got to eat puppy mush for the first time a few days ago. The first few times were awkward and messy but now they get the hang of slurping it up with their tongues, but of course are still messy. Spyro has been known to join them from time to time- he enjoys free meals.
They eat it in their metal bowl and have eaten it indoors and in the backyard several times. They have experienced 7 different surfaces in the past week for their socialization: tile, carpet, washing machine (off, simulating a metal vet table), grass, concrete, towels/fleece. This next week should bring us more mobility, play fighting, socialization with new loud noises, and eating more puppy food on their own.
The Sun God litter (as always in order of appearance):
Name Origin:Usually portrayed as handsome and youthful, Apollo is the Greek god of prophecy, music, and healing. Sometimes Apollo is called the sun god, although originally Apollo was god of light. Apollo is honored by one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Colossus of Rhodes.
Name Origin:Arinna or Arinniti is a warm and sunny Hittite (Mesopotamian) goddess who offers protection from war and disaster. Nothing can go wrong while the sun shines. ;)
Name Origin:Helios was the Greek Titan god of the sun. He was also the guardian of oaths and the god of gift of sight.
Name Origin:Ra was the sun god of ancient Egypt. The word 'Ra' may originally be a variant of or linked to words meaning 'creative power' and 'creator'.
NAme Origin:Zaria was known to her Slavic worshippers as "the heavenly bride." As the goddess of the sun, she was greeted at dawn as "the brightest maiden, pure, sublime, honorable".
Destination:Marici is a Buddhist solar diety often depicted as a beautiful woman on an open lotus.
Name Origin:Inti was a sun god of the Incans and was also known as the Giver of Life. Inti was worshiped mostly by farmers who relied on the sun to receive good harvests.
Name Origin:Surya is a Hindu solar deity and is often depicted riding a chariot harnessed by seven horses which represent the seven colors of the rainbow or the seven chakras.