Pronunciation:D L Leo - nine
Extended Titles and Tags: Dimitri Lev Leonine
Further Explanation: My fascination with big cats is life long as well as my passion for animation. In my early childhood, I recall having recurring dreams of being chased by a lion. In high school I trained myself to lucid dream and was eventually able to confront, and to my surprise, befriend the lion. From that point on, whenever he would appear to me, he would always be by my side and not chasing me.
As with many other lions in the fandom, my own fursona really began to take shape with the release of The Lion King. In the mid/late 90's my alias playing lazer tag began as Scar. As my desire to have an independent fursona grew (I knew nothing of the fandom during all this). It was then that I changed my alias to leonine borrowing the word from the Elton John version of Just Can't Wait to be King. On all the forums and game sites I was a member of I was always known as Leo for short and that stuck very well. As I discovered the fandom and went into the final details of character creation, I decided that just Leo is way too generic for a lion. I felt that Leonine would fit for a great last name and I was only left with the remainder of the name. I wanted Leo to have Russian lineage for some unknown reason and decided on Dimitri Lev for the remainder of the name. (Lev being the Russian word for lion).
Finally, I decided on a white lion simply because I like the coloring better and they are somewhat rare. I'd hoped their rareness in the fandom would mirror real life and that does seem to be the case.
Synonyms: Leo, D.L.
Tagging: I tag EVERYONE! Well....OK, everyone willing to do this....