It finally happened! We had our first litter on April 2, (almost April Fool's day). The parents were Fanzine and Bolt, two of the sweetest toughest dogs on the team. Fanzine came from Denis Tremblay and Julie Albert in Quebec, and Bolt came from Brenda Mackey in AK. Another fun fact: these pups already finished their first race, as Fanzine was two weeks pregnant during the UP200!
Welcome Jumbotron, Hoss, Orchid, and Freckles: the 'Lost' litter.
For those who might remember, 'LOST' is a late 90s TV show, and an obsessive favorite among the Manikian sisters. While I keep a general list of dog names around, when the time comes to name pups it is very situational, and related to what is going on at the time. The LOST litter was born the same year as my nephew Sawyer....and my sister will be first to tell you that the name was partly inspired by the name of the character Sawyer in LOST. Hence, the LOST litter drew naming inspiration from the show, and from Sawyer, with three of them being nicknames given to other characters by Sawyer himself, and one of them being a science station. Another quirk--I met little baby Sawyer only days before these puppies were born, so it felt especially appropriate.
From day one, Jumbotron was a mama's boy. First to latch onto Fanzine, and the first to start crying for the milk bar when she moved around. As he was weaned, Jumbotron then latched onto me, which is fine by me! Jumbotron is growing into a solid strong leggy boy, reminding me so much in build like his papa Bolt. During puppy walks, Jumbotron spends a lot of time desperately trying to get his sisters to pay attention to him, and also trying to get me to pick him up as much as possible.
'Jumbotron' was Sawyer's nickname for Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes, Hugo is one of our favorite characters for his big heart, great one-liners, and disinterest in power politics.
Orchid was Jumbotron's shadow during the first few weeks, pushing her way to the milk bar and usually found sneaking under Fanzine's tail to hog the warmest spot. Orchid has a smile like her mama Fanzine, a rear end like her papa Bolt, and definitely possesses her mom's lust for adventure. Orchid is a smarty-pants and the one most struggling with the 'sit' command when I have food in my hands.
'Orchid' was a science station on the island in LOST, and I turned to the science stations as Sawyer's nicknames for girls were a little demeaning, but I had also kept a list of the science stations as a possible litter theme as well. The Orchid station was one of the last to appear in the show, and was a science station where the Dharma Initiative studied time travel, and also grew flowers.
Freckles is a disruptor, and is always the first to instigate scuffles among her siblings, even at only three weeks old. She gets that fierce streak from her mom, and is built like a little tank and just loves throwing her weight around. Freckles is determined and stubborn, and until she realized I always had kibble in my pockets during puppy walks, the most likely to completely ignore me. Unlike the rest of her siblings, Freckles has a degree of intention when interacting with people, and is calculated in how she makes decisions. Something tells me that while she might not have the legginess of her siblings, she has a fire inside that will surprise us all when she joins the team.
'Freckles' was Sawyer's nickname for Kate, another one of the main characters in the show, and also the only nickname that he used consistently--most of his nicknames were new every time. Kate was a tough tomboy, the only woman who regularly lead expeditions into the jungle and had some of the best survival skills of any of the characters.
Hoss was the squishiest of all the puppies, with fat rolls I could see and grab with my hand, and the most often found napping or moving slowly. As he matured, he has grown into a lean racy machine, and the puppy chub is gone. Hoss is devoted, fast, and floats above the drama of his siblings. He is a light boned, leggy boy, who usually leads us on puppy walks, forging the path ahead when his siblings tend to get easily distracted by things. Hoss is a natural athlete and a beautiful runner, and those long legs can easily fold into my lap.
'Hoss' is a nickname that Sawyer gave to just about everyone, and was his fallback nickname when he didn't know someone enough to give them a personalized nickname.