Lion King Litter: Spring 2014
Week 7 - 6/22/2014
Week 7 arrives with mixed feelings. Known as the bittersweet week, we are torn with our love of our pups and their sweet-selves and adorableness as they play with each other and us, while at the same time we are counting down the days until they go home because they don’t sleep as much and aren’t afraid to explore and terrorize our backyard while running in 7 different directions causing trouble! Puppy wrangling becomes our workout program during this time. :) The pups went to the vet for their checkup and first set of vaccinations and were super troopers throughout the entire process! Most were just slightly tentative at first but then played and got pets from me (Kristy) while they took their turns with the vet. Rafiki was our model pup as she walked in all cool and confident and just hung out with the vet without a care in the world! All 7 pups have a clean bill of health!
Week 7 was also exhausting for us and the pups as we did their final structure evaluations and the temperament testing. It took a lot of time to record, view and take notes for each pup, which took forever because none wanted to stay in a “stack” for too long and were so squirmy! I can tell you I don’t want to talk about a pup’s stop, topline, hocks, or pasterns for a looonngg time!! ;o) With the structural evaluations, temperament tests and personality notes of each pup in hand, we then matched up each of our little babies with their new families! You’ll get to meet the new families and hear all about them in Week 8’s update!
Zazu and Kovu learned their “Roo” very well and were top notch Rooer’s in the pack! Zazu used her sweet Rooing to try to sway Spyro to play with her. Unfortunately it didn’t work. ;o) Kovu and Askari were the only two pups to sprout ‘up’ ears. When they were in the backyard with their collars off they looked like two coyote pups playing!
Simba is a cool pup that earned the nickname ‘Dreamboat,’ yep that explains him in a nutshell. Kiara is nicknamed ‘Happy’ because her face lights up when she sees people and bounds over to them to lick their face off! She was excellent playing with our niece and nephews that came over to play with them. And Rafiki took up a weird habit of armpit licking… yeah don’t know what to say about that!
Next week will complete the Lion King Litter’s journey with us as they head off to new adventures with their forever families. And we are super excited to be keeping one of them to join the Desert Sol pack!
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.