Sun God Litter: Fall 2012
Week 5 - 12/16/2012
Week 5 was puppy stimulation overload! Now that these little cuties are up and moving around more often and for longer periods of time, we've had plenty of opportunites to introduce them to a lot of "firsts". They all started off the week with their first bath, had Grandpa Jon ride a bicycle around them, went on a car ride, hung out in a bathroom alone (with us but without their siblings) and Arinna and Apollo had a 'walk' around the block (walk consisted of being tucked into Grandma Kristy's jacket with their adorable little face peeking out). They were exposed to more noises such as a blow dryer, bubble wrap popping, bells, basket ball bouncing, and other objects being dropped on the floor.
The biggest stimulation they had this weekend was the puppy socialization party where they got to meet more people and objects and they did a great job! Nothing really phased these little guys and gals. They might have startled at a few things but bounced right back and went on their way causing puppy mischief (like chewing on our plants). They got to have basketballs roll by, walked up a ramp, went down a slide, were in and on boxes, played with and saw a frisbee fly by, had balloons floating overhead (and bounced on their heads :), saw a walker and a cane, had an umbrella open up near them, and played with their toys and other random objects. We would like to thank the following people for playing with and socializing our puppies: Mike and his little bro Austin, Janice, Helen, Michelle & Mike, Cathy & Rich, Elizabeth and her friend Sarah, and Karen and her son Austin. The puppies (and us) had such a blast having you over and we really appreciate the help in making these little puppies better prepared for their futures!! :)
Now that they all are having fun and are confident with each other, we are now spending some more one on one time with the pups. We get to see how they react without their siblings nearby and who needs more separate socialization than the others. This also lets us see how their personalities are on their own and will be able to better place the pups with their new families.
All the puppies couldn't be sweeter and more fun. There are a few that are more mellow but all will give you a Chinook kiss in an instant! It will be fun to see them run around the Christmas tree and the presents (Ra already nibbled on the end of a tree branch) and get some fun Christmas photos with them! Inti is also very fond of Spyro and has a fun time playing with him (see one of this week's videos).
Next week we will just be doing more of the same things such as spending alone time with each pup and exposing them to other items we think of that they haven't been exposed to before. Also between this week to next we'll have to start finalizing their new forever homes which is not an easy task but a lot of fun meeting new families who will now become part our extended Desert Sol Chinook family.
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.