Lion King Litter: Spring 2014
Week 8 - 6/29/2014
Ahh Week 8... well in actuality it's Week 11 for the pups because someone *cough* me *cough* didn't do the write ups until now. To be fair after you have 7 pups for 8 weeks, spend an additional week with the goodbyes, and then have one staying with us to start training and playing with while cleaning up our house from the puppy tornado... you kind of need a break from it all! Now that the dust has settled and we are already enjoying pupdates and seeing pictures on Facebook of our little babies enjoying their new lives, we'll wrap this up and introduce you all to their new families!
The Lion King Litter had a blast running and playing with each other, while continuing to terrorize our backyard, and got to have lots of visitors in their last week with us. It's sad to see the little ones go, but once we met their new families and got to spend time with them, it made us so happy to see them go off to start their new and wonderful lives together! We already had a hunch we had some excellent families from our emails and phone conversations, but after spending time with them all, we knew we hit the jackpot! Four of the six families actually spent a night with us so we had plenty of time to talk without just having to cover the boring stuff (paperwork) and it made the experience more enjoyable. We got to spend some time with Cheryl of Aspencreek Chinooks who told us many fun stories of Chinooks and even brought us some old Chinook books and books written by Arther Walden himself- that was sooo sweet of her! Other puppy owners brought yummy treats and even a custom picture of Kyra (that we still need to hang up). We really couldn't have asked for better families for our puppies! :)
Now I will be able to peruse the Facebook pages of my puppy owners and start sharing pictures of our puppies on the Desert Sol Facebook page so please like our page to be able to see them as they grow. We have a good group of outdoorsy people who will take their Chinooks hiking, camping, skijoring, kayaking... you name it!
Others want to get their Chinooks into therapy work so they can share their kisses with others. To our Lion King puppy owners: Thank you for being wonderful to us, getting involved in the Chinook community as a whole, and most importantly for loving your new puppy! Keep the stories and pictures coming. We NEVER get tired of the emails and Facebook posts so when you have something to share, send it our way! :)
The Lion King litter (as always in order of appearance):
New Pride:Cooper is now the king of his new Chinook pride in Washington state. He lives with Eric and his Chinook brother Doc, but daily gets to visit Grandma Cheryl and her 3 Chinooks, which includes his Grandma Tali! Oh and Cheryl's daughter has a Chinook too so there's plenty for Cooper to rule! Doc and Cooper are becoming fast friends and love doing things together. But while brother Doc is at the dog park with his other doggie friends, Cooper naps at home with Grandma Tali until they return. :)
New Pride:Zazu is the pup that will be staying in Arizona with our Desert Sol pride that consists of us (Jon and Kristy), her doggie mom Kyra and her cat buddy Spyro. Poor Spyro gets the brunt of her playing as Zazu chases and Roo's at him all day long! Kyra is much more playful now that she's always interested in the toys Zazu is playing with and absolutely MUST have them now that Zazu shows interest. :) It will be a lot of fun to be able to watch our own "home grown" pup grow right before our eyes!
New Pride:Rafiki means, "Friend" in Swahili, and her new mom and dad (Paula and Frank) just loved what it stood for so Rafiki is keeping her name! :) Rafiki is being spoiled up in Reno, Nevada where she gets to run in the woods, attack pinecones, play in the stream, and hike around Lake Tahoe. Paula and Frank are very outdoorsy people and plan to do a lot of camping, snowshoeing and kayaking with Rafiki as well! One of the three fluffanutters, she will surely enjoy the snow she'll be seeing in the winter with that extra thick coat she has!
New Pride:Maisy will be staying in the Valley of the Sun in Scottsdale, Arizona and we will be able to see her from time to time (which we are very excited about!). Her new mom and dad is Christen and Andy and they have three boys, Brock, Cade and Logan that will be her play buddies. She was named after their favorite children's book "Where's Maisy?" in which Maisy Mouse is hiding and you have to look for her on each page. Since new puppies love to exlore, they're saying Where's Maisy? a lot these days. :) Maisy also has a Golden Retriever friend, Duke, who is super happy to have her around as they play and nap together which is good for this sweet old dog. Christen plans to do some therapy work with Maisy as she gets older so this sweet girl will be able to share her love with others soon!
New Pride:Ravi is the name of the Hindu god of the sun. It also means "fire-bird" and is used as a synonym for sun on the Indian subcontinent. This is very fitting for his sunny beginnings at Desert Sol Chinooks, in the Valley of the Sun in AZ. Ravi traveled to Northern California with his new moms Kathleen and Suz, and he is the new ruler of his kitty pride of 4 cats! One is a recent addition, a kitten named Milo, that Ravi is having a blast playing with! Fun Fact: Ravi's half sister Surya, who came from our Sun God litter and lives in Washington, is also a Hindu sun god! Nice connection between our two Desert Sol litters. :)
New Pride:Kiara means "Small, dark thing" in Swahili and is the daughter of Simba and Nala and the main character of The Lion King ll: Simba's Pride. Her new family consists of Noreen and Stewart and their two boys Elliot and Owen. They all loved her name so it's staying with her. She also travels to Northern California to her new home which is near her brother Ravi and she also has a vacation home in Truckee, California so she will also be near her sister Rafiki. I'm sure there will be tons of sibling play dates in her future. In the meantime she's being spoiled with all sorts of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and cross country skiing as well as family cuddle time. :)
New Pride:Jagger traveled with Paul to his new home in Evergreen, Colorado. He has a best bud, Jesse, a female black lab that is showing him the ropes on their huge property in which he gets to run and explore! Jag is super lucky to be able to go with dad to work everyday so he's getting lots of attention! Paul is also an outdoors guy that will be taking Jag and Jesse hiking, mountain biking, camping and taking up skijoring once Jag's old enough. I think we were sold on Paul when he said in his application that a puppy with him would have a "charmed life full of love, adventure and fun", and he's already keeping that promise! :)