Lion King Litter: Spring 2014
Week 1 - 5/11/2014
Week 1 flew by so fast already! We are now back in the swing of things on a normal puppy schedule and getting lots of puppy snuggles. They are all gaining weight nicely, with five of them reaching the 2 pound mark yesterday. Pups are in the midst of their neurological stimulation exercies that are designed to stress the puppy out just a little bit to help them gain tolerance and adaptability as they grow. These exercises consist of tickling each pup between the toes with a q-tip, holding them in 3 different positions (ex. on their back for five seconds), and then putting them on a cool, damp towel. Some still do their complaining while being held upside down, but most have learned to not resist and sail through the exercises.
Boy oh boy is this litter a noisy bunch! Oh there's the normal puppy squeals that either mean "I'm hungry but can't find mom" or "My path is blocked by this large lump in the way" (which is Kyra) and the normal puppy grunts of huffing and puffing when you pick them up and they don't know what's going on (which are funny every time!). These little guys have introduced us to the random but loud "MAROOOO!" while they are sleeping and the R2-D2 sound of "WRRRRR!" in addition to tiny little puppy barks, roos, and growls! :) It's noisy, but when the MAROOOO! just pops out during the day we all have to stop and laugh! :)
Some of the pups are starting to do some wobbly walking already. Simba and Shenzi seem to be the ones that started walking first, at least when there aren't so many puppy hills (pups that have tunneled under the fleece) in the way! Coming up in week 2 there will be steadier walking, eyes will open, and pups will explore their world from an entirely new view. Then the real puppy trouble starts!
The Lion King litter (as always in order of appearance):
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Lion (Swahili). Simba is a rowdy, independent little cub who likes to romp and play. When Simba's father dies, it leaves Simba unsure about who he is. Then Rafiki shows Simba his reflection in a pool and the young lion understands that his father's courage and wisdom are a part of him, too.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Movement (Hebrew). Mufasa's trusted advisor, Zazu is a prim and proper hornbill with a strong sense of personal dignity. Although Zazu's feathers can be easily ruffled, he is dedicated to Mufasa. The honorable hornbill would give his right wing for the lion king and stays with the pride through good and bad times.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Friend (Swahili). Rafiki, the wise old baboon, is like a tribal medicine man or an ancient shaman. Rafiki travels his own road, sings his own songs and knows what he knows. After anointing newborn Simba, Rafiki wanders off on his mystical way. He returns again to guide Simba back to the path he was meant to follow.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Savage (Swahili). Always on the lookout for their next meal or an innocent victim to taunt, tease or terrorize, Banzai, the male hyena, and Shenzi, the female, talk and joke while Ed, the third troublemaker, only laughs. When they're not arguing, these three punks can be found doing Scar's dirty work-- which is no laughing matter.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Soldier (Swahili). As Mufasa's brother, Scar was next in line for the throne until Simba's birth, and he is obsessed with the need to possess it. Although Scar hides his plot with concern for Simba's safety, this evil, cunning betrayer is really Simba's and Mufasa's enemy-- a fact which the great-hearted Mufasa realizes too late.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Small, dark thing (Swahili). Kiara is the daughter of Simba and Nala and the main character of The Lion King ll: Simba's Pride. She is portrayed as the feisty, playful, and adventurous princess of Pride Rock, but her over-protective father, Simba, easily fears for her safety and employs the assistance of Timon and Pumbaa in watching over her during her explorations in secret.
Name Meaning & Movie Character:Scar (Swahili). Kovu is Zira's youngest son, Scar's adoptive son and chosen heir. As a cub, Kovu lives a rough life in the barren Outlands in Zira's pride of exiles loyal to Scar. After his older brother Nuka leaves him alone, Kovu meets Kiara and brags about his independence, impressing her. As young adults Kovu and Kiara return to Pride Rock and break up a battle, and Kovu stands up to his mother, swearing to protect Kiara and Simba. Simba admits that he was wrong about Kovu and allows him to join the pride as Kiara's mate and his son-in-law and future king.