Lion King Litter: Spring 2014
Week 6 - 6/15/2014
Week 6 puppies are all over the place! Running around our backyard, playing with each other, squirming while we’re trying to take their pictures… At least they are more fun, but more fun also means more trouble. :) Just ask our poor plants outside as the bushes are shaking and losing limbs and the ground cover is all squished and flat. As I prepare to write this I always check the write ups on our last litter, the Sun Gods, to see what shenanigans they were up to at this age. One sentence struck me funny as it said, “They love the sound of the sliding door as we open it and will whine to go play outside.” The Lion King litter is the exact opposite; when the sliding door opens they all make a beeline to it and whine to go INSIDE where the A/C is! Luckily this weekend gave us a little reprieve as it was quite nice out in the evenings for the little ones to play up a storm outside.
With the few exceptions of a couple of pups falling into the pond, or us dunking them in purposely, the pups have been good to pay attention while nearby the pond to not fall in. The other day they were all following Kyra around trying to sneak a milk treat, and Zazu came running from across the yard hoping to join in. She took a flying leap to jump over her siblings with all four paws stretched out in the air. Jon and I were lucky to be watching at this moment, but there was no ground on the other side as she came in for her landing and those four paws ended up diving straight into the pond! You can imagine what went through her head as she landed in the water thinking “what the heck just happened!?” She recovered as gracefully as she could, but she missed her chance at that afternoon’s milk treat. :)
All the puppies are most definitely people puppies as they get so excited when they see you and they run up to you with their little butts wiggling in sheer excitement! Rafiki seemed to have claimed the “Top Dog” position in the pack for now; she’s a sweetheart, but is also a fair pack leader and is never too rough on the others (much like her mother).
Kiara and Shenzi are in a competition for the most LPM title (licks per minute) and will promptly wash your face off if they can reach you! Zazu decided flying was not too fun and will keep her feet firmly on the ground. The boys Kovu and Askari have both ears pricked straight up and are pretty much twins if Askari was just a tad bigger (as I write this Kiara’s right ear is thinking about coming up while everyone else’s are still down). Simba is just being himself, a sweet, wonderful, big boy.
This upcoming week the pups will get more car rides and the “oh so much fun” meeting with the vet for their first checkup and vaccination appointment. We’ll do their final evaluations and then lock ourselves into a room to pick the final puppy and family placements. This is always the hardest yet most rewarding part of raising our puppies. Ok, so it’s a close second reward because you just can’t pass up puppy kisses as the most rewarding! :)
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.