Holly Jolly Christmas Litter: Winter 2017
Week 8 - 2/25/2018
Week 8... As I write this the Christmas music is playing and it reminded me, "Hmmm I never finished the Holly Jolly Holiday litter's Week 8 write up... and they're about to turn one soon! Yikes!" Soooo here I am. As we get ready for the next litter I'd like to give the last litter a final and complete send off.
We got a little blast from the past as we received the names for our Holiday puppies. It sometimes gets a little confusing when we talk to each other and use their new names and we have to clarify if we're talking about these new pups or the previous litter pups. :D Frosty is now Apollo- Apollo was the first puppy born ever for Desert Sol Chinooks during our Sun God litter! Joy is now Zia- and Zia is an indigenous tribe in the state of New Mexico that are known for their pottery and the "Sun" symbol (throwback to our Sun God litter). Winter is now Vader- he's got the new name, we haven't had a Star Wars litter... yet. (Knowing Jon we'll have a Star Wars litter one day!) And lastly Silver is now Simba- Simba was the first born of the Lion King litter, which was Zazu's litter.
The Holly Jolly Holiday litter was so much fun. Only having 4 puppies allowed us more time to play and get to know each one individually, instead of running around and corralling or picking up 10 puppies worth of poop which took away from playing with puppies time. It was a hectic time being around Christmas, but also fun since we could sing Christmas music to them and let Christmas last a little longer into late February when they all went home. For their pick up pictures, I made Jon save the top part of our Christmas tree so we could take Christmas pictures of the new families with their puppies! He rolled his eyes at me as we set the tree up in our backyard to take pictures in sunny February. :) Hey I thought it was a nice touch. ;o)
We're lucky that Zia lives about an hour away from us so we can visit each other from time to time. We got to hike with her and her family at her house and she stopped by to visit after her training classes nearby our house. We also got to visit Apollo and hang out with that handsome pup and his mom when we were up in Northern CA for a summer vacation. Hopefully we can meet Simba in WA and Vader in NH one day as well. We always try to visit our pups if we can work them around our vacations. :) So here they are... hope you all have a Holly Jolly Christmas!!!
The Holly Jolly Christmas litter (as always in order of appearance):
Destination:Apollo was named after the Apollo space missions since his mom and dad (Sammi and Travis) love astronomy and loved that "Frosty" was the explorer and adventurer of the group. He will continue to enjoy the beautiful warm weather as he goes to live in Northern CA with them.
Destination:Zia was named after the Zia people who are an indigenous tribe centered at Zia Pueblo, an Indian reservation in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The Zia are known for their pottery and use of the sun symbol. Zia's family, John and Tiina, liked the "sun" symbol representation since they also live in Arizona and well we do have a lot of sun here. :) Their daughter Emily is already in love with her and is training her to do agility and run along with them on their horse trail rides. We're extra happy that they live about an hour away from us so we can see Zia in person as she grows.
Destination:Vader was named after Lord Vader himself. Andrew and Christina are big Star Wars fans and were super excited they got a black and tan puppy so they can name him Vader. Jon was pretty excited over his name as well. :D Vader is traveling to NH and is enjoying the snow in his new home.
Destination:Simba was named after Simba from the Lion King. He will be sharing his home with another Chinook who is named Wally after another Disney movie "Wall E", so they decided to stick with the Disney movie theme, as well as name one of Zazu's puppies from the same movie she herself is named after. :) Trisha, Conan and their two children are delighted with Simba as this big boy grows up in WA.