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Kika

Female Young German Shepherd Dog

If you have any questions about Kika, please contact ShepHeroes® at info@shepheroes.org

ShepHeroes®

About Kika

Adoption Fee: $350

We are pausing accepting applications for Kika to process the applications received to date. Thank you so much for your interest. Should we not have an appropriate match for Kika once the current applications are processed, we will turn her adoption button on. 

Kika is a beautiful, agile, and athletic young girl who, in typical GSD fashion, loves to shadow her people and during downtimes be right at her person's feet or somewhere in sight. And if allowed, she adores laying her head on their feet while they work from home. She loves dogs with a puppy-like play style of zoomies, hip checks, body slams, leaps, and downtime for rest near at least one of the resident dogs. As she's settled in, she's become more independent, spending time playing with her pack and less focused on her person. 

Kika is easy to walk on a flat or martingale collar, and responsive to cues through the leash. Kika greets people and dogs easily on her walks, shows no reaction to other dogs, and is undisturbed by cars, bicycles, and motorcycles passing her. Kika must have been an indoor dog with a solid understanding of household rules, pottying outside and settling in her crate with some short-lived low-level howls at the unfairness of being crated when the resident dogs are free to roam. Kika is now trusted to sleep free at night, she curls next to her humans' bed and sleeps soundly through the night. She's also been trusted to stay home uncrated while her people run short errands, she occupies herself cuddling with items that have her foster mom's scent. 

Although not fond of her first bath, she tolerated it for us to get all the sticky stuff off her coat. In contrast, she napped with her head on her foster mom's lap while being brushed. She knows mealtimes, and when her people dilly dally or when the water bowl is empty, she's persistent in letting her people know. And right after her meals, she lets out a big belch.  

Speaking of dogs, Kika is a huge fan. She met the resident shepherds in her foster homes with natural, appeasing, and submissive body language asking for play shortly after. She has learned each dogs' boundaries quickly and respects their signals. In addition to the three shepherds, she currently lives with, she spent a few days with another foster family with their shepherd and played with their neighbors Husky too. It was an opportunity for us to learn more about her comfort level with kids. We think she would love to live with another dog in a physically active household. 

Kika gives the resident cat plenty of space, backing up when the cat comes towards her.  She hasn't earned any correction from the dog-savvy cat who sets boundaries with all foster dogs early on. With the right cat, Kika is most likely to do fine. She doesn't seek the resident cat out and continues to give him a wide berth when their paths cross. 

Kika bonds firmly with the confident handler in the house without a gender preference. Her initial shyness with her foster dad has disappeared, she greets him happily when he comes home from the office, and she seeks him out for affection, nuzzling him when he's sitting to pay attention to her. She has also become more comfortable with her college-aged boy, forgetting her shyness most of the time.  Kika would prefer to live with older kids rather than the under seven age group as she is more comfortable with older kids whose noise and activity levels are more muted. Her forever family will need to be patient with her as she gets to know them; in return, her sweet, adorable affection will reward them. She must have been treated heavy-handedly at some point in her young life as she can be head shy with new folks. Treat motivated, Kika makes friends for those high-value treats with an exceptionally soft mouth. A bit of a counter surfer, she seems to be enthralled with smells of pizza. 

Her appetite is now robust on kibble only; she eats comfortably next to her pack of dog mates without any food guarding. She has been out with her people to outdoor seating restaurants; she settles comfortably under the table with her head in her favorite spot  - under the chair of a family member. 

Kika loves to please her person, has mastered sit, working on a reliable down, wait, and decent recall. Finally healed from her spay surgery, she is game to run with the resident dogs while they play fetch and exploring whether she'd like to swim with them. She had a great time at the lake during Father's Day weekend. She gravitates more to bones to chew and soft toys for play during downtimes. Her favorite playmate is the resident one-year-old male shepherd.

She rides comfortably in the car, only grumbling at people at stop signs and going quiet when asked to keep her those thoughts to herself. She continues to be a natural car passenger, more comfortable in the back seat due to her girth, and generous with her nuzzles to share her joy in going places. 

Kika came into the shelter from a community foster who found her a few weeks ago.  When she began displaying the onset of a head tilt and wobbliness after a couple of weeks in their care; they brought her to the shelter.  Treated by the shelter vets, she came to us with a left-leaning head tilt, adding to her charm. Although she was available for adoption, the shelter staff and volunteers reached out to rescues to place her in a foster home environment to ease her shelter stress and for us to seek additional answers on her symptoms. She was treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories while waiting for her neuro consult. While in our care her head tilt has virtually disappeared, we see her head tilt at the end of the day when she's tired. 

Kika's neurology consult and exam showed her to be stable with a diagnosis of a peripheral vestibular disease, an inner ear problem that has resolved with the exception of the slight head hilt. Described as injured hair cells in the inner ear, they are likely re-generating and healing. A cause can be a bacterial, a parasitic, or fungal infection of the inner ear or simply being born this way. It's promising since her symptoms were resolved with one course of antibiotics. She has no restrictions and the neurologist asked us to update him at the end of two weeks as to how she is doing. We are so excited with her progress. 

Adopters interested in Kika will need to have a large breed or german shepherd experience as she is a typical young, energetic, and athletic shepherd who will need regular exercise and further training to be her best self.  

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Details

Name
Kika
Age
1 years, 2 months
Gender
Female
Size
Large
Primary Color
Black
Secondary Color
Brown
Shots up to date
YES
Ok with kids
YES
Housetrained
YES
Hypoallergenic
NO
Spayed/Neutered
YES
Ok with dogs
YES
Ok with cats
YES
Prefers older children
YES
Crate Trained
YES
Dog Description Levels
Level 3 - Standard Adult Dog. Moderate energy adult dog, needs daily exercise to thrive and stay happy. Adopters must have prior, recent large breed experience as these dogs may have minor behavioral issues or need training.
Special or Medical Needs
NO
Prefers Larger Dogs
No

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PO Box 981332 West Sacramento CA 95798-1332

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