Lion King Litter: Spring 2014
Week 4 - 6/1/2014
Week 4 brings us halfway through the puppy journey! The pups are gaining more mobility and coordination so now they can take off in seven different directions in no time at all. They are in the midst of play fighting, trying to see who is top dog (it's a tie between Zazu and Kovu right now) and their cute little adorable faces continue to elicit awww's and kisses from their human grandma and grandpa (us!) every time we look at them.
Living in AZ, a summer litter for us is so much harder than a fall/winter litter like we had last time. We got so much more fun and energy burning time when we could spend most of the day outside with the pups. Now we do short outside adventures in the morning for breakfast and the evening for dinner (and the sun is down), but it comes with quite a lot of complaining from the wee ones! Whine Whine! (it's too hot out here) Whine Whine! (I wanna go inside now)... Hmmm sounds like someone we know *cough-Kyra-cough* who just can't be outside of her temperature controlled A/C! But they do need the outdoor socialization and exercise so we make do. There are umbrellas for shade, misters, and the pups favorite, dunking them in the pond neck down so they feel cool when they run around! Hey, we put up with the heat too just for them (otherwise we'd be inside too!).
Speaking of the pond, a few pups finally fell in all on their own. They saw grandpa in the shallow end of the pond cleaning the lily pads and plop! In went Kovu! He promptly swam past Jon to the edge in the shallow area so he could be pulled out. Then right behind him in went Kiara! She took a different route for safety, choosing to swim directly to grandpa standing in the pond instead of going to the edge! Smart girl, he would definitely help her out for sure. I don't think there's anything grandpa wouldn't do for this little sweetie. :) So other than these involuntary fall ins, the rest of wet puppies are due to us dunking them or naps under the misters. The other night they made sure to stand on the edge watching the koi and goldfish splashing around for food without getting too close. :)
The pups surprised us with the washing machine surface, none of them made a peep! The one time they were actually quiet. ;) They are tough little buggers. Next week brings the much anticpated Puppy Socializaton Party! During the party we ask friends, family and coworkers to come play with and socialize the pups. They are asked to bring one object the puppy may see in it's life to help desensitize them to it. It's a lot of fun for the pups as well as the people who visit. All of these pups are just too sweet. They are sooo sweet they just give us toothaches! :)
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.