Lion King Litter: Spring 2014
Week 5 - 6/8/2014
Week 5 is the beginning of every puppy’s socialization period in their life in which they learn to live and adapt with people and their world. This is when puppies have the lowest fear and the highest approach acceptance and is perfect for introducing a lot of sights, sounds, surfaces, objects, people and situations. Thus came to be: the Puppy Socialization Party! This is when we introduce the puppies to several different everyday objects, sounds and people a puppy may come across in their life. We extend the invite to fellow friends, family and co-workers to come to play and socialize our puppies. Building up to the party Jon and I already have introduced them to several sounds and surfaces and toys, but this is when we bring the big guns out!
The puppies started out with their first bath, err...shower, to be ready for their party. They got to play in a tunnel, went down a slide, walked up a ramp, had a scooter (thanks Val!) ride around them, balls rolled or bounced nearby, had balloons floating overhead, listened to Elmo sing to them (he was promptly chewed on), saw a yo-yo moving, saw a giant wig on a person’s head and played with their toys and other random objects. I think their new favorite toy became empty water bottles that “crunch” and are fun to run around with in their mouths! Many different people came to play with the puppies, including a lot of children of all ages, so they got used to a lot of handling and kids running around them. We had two sessions, one in the morning outside and one later inside where it was cooler (man it got hot outside fast!). We’d like to thank all of the people who came over to help play with and socialize our puppies! They sure were tuckered out after all that excitement... and Jon and I were ready for a NAP! :)
Other firsts this week were the pup’s first car ride. We know a few pups will be driving home instead of flying and want them to be exposed to what a car ride feels and sounds like. Plus we want them to enjoy future road trips with their families too! Kovu was the first pup to have his ears go up and currently they still are in the full upright position. Askari’s ears are also on their way up, buuuttt are currently in the awkward Yoda ears position so he asks that you don’t laugh at his portrait pictures this week!
Rafiki used to be the quiet peaceful pup but is currently making her mark on who the top dog is in town (check out one of the pics of her taking Kovu down in this weeks’ pics)! The other two Fluffernutters are still as sweet and cuddly as ever, Zazu remains her contemplative self, and Simba remains the last to come in when called.
This upcoming week we’ll start doing some more one on one time with each puppy to give them some special time away from their siblings to help prepare them for the future and to allow us to see their personalities better away from the pack. This, along with their structural evaluation, will allow us to be able to properly place the puppies with their new families.
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.