Sekiu (CQ) our new family member


Sekiu (CQ): was added to our family, September 3rd, 2017.  We had to put our beloved Apollo down due to hip dysplasia as he could no longer stand nor go up and down the stairs.  He was a wonderful dog but we never wanted him to suffer.  He lived 13 years, 2 months which is a good ripe old age for a German Shepherd (GSD).  We will always remember and miss him as a great companion.

Sekiu is an 8 week old female GSD with markings a lot like Apollo.  She will be smaller and is expected to weigh about 70 lbs when fully grown. She was part of a litter that was raised by the same people that nurtured Apollo, 13+ years earlier.  However, Sekiu has no relation to Apollo's linage.

We've began her training immediately with priority towards potty training and introducing her to Suva, our Siamese cat.  Suva is more cautious but Sekiu will go right up to the cat, nose to nose.  Both sleep indoors, un-separated, but we watch them closely for signs of a flairup in attitudes.  Suva is quite the hunter and will often spend the night outdoors.  All the neighbors love him because he controls their mole population.

Whinning at bedtime was a problem at first but Marsha slept with her downstairs for the first few nights.  We learned sleeping in her crate was calming for Sekiu as I guess she felt protected.  Anyway, we set up the crate in our bedroom near the bed and Marsha could get better rest.  Familiar toys, blankets, and squeaky toys all helped.

She has her first shots but we're cautious having her mix with other dogs until she has full resistance built up.  She had play time with a friends dog but we know she is free of viruses.

She's now approaching 10 weeks of age and sleeping through the night so we don't have to get up for potty breaks every 2-3 hours.  She loves her kennel area which is 1300 sq-ft and bound by a 6 foot cyclone fence we installed last year.  She now weighs 18 lbs and sleeps through the night at about 7 hours.

We had a ham radio event recently of which we helped with communications in a rough mountainous section near Lake Crescent.  Of course we took her along and was the "star" at the party afterward and she got her first exposure to big water at this beautiful lake.  She didn't go all the way in but she certainly got wet.  Next time we'll see if she jumps in, totally.

Additional training is underway and she has already accomplished; sit, down, come, shake, and we are working on stay, rollover and fetch.  Those are a little more challenging for a puppy her age.

Revised: 09/24/2017