Zola is a gorgeous, red and white female Basenji who can be very affectionate once she comes to you. And when she places her head in your lap you belong to her. Her humans have enjoyed cuddling time and full Basenji body leaning on their backs or side, but once she is ready to move on, she go on to other things.

This girl loves being next to her humans during couch/TV time. Once she warms up to a new human who treats her with respect, she will be fine being petted and picked up (which is great when visiting the vet). Everything indicates that she could be a great lap Basenji dog (a rare but not impossible trait in a Basenji).

Zola has had a hard time settling in after Hurricane Harvey, when her parents lost their home and took shelter at Zola’s human grandparents’ home. It seems she became very fond of her grandparents and now she thinks the world of older folks. Is it that maybe she has a mission in life that involves an older couple? 

She can be very social and very gentle with humans and other dogs after a proper introduction. She is good at meeting and greeting other dogs, but she has not lived with another dog. She loves the company of her human sibling, who happens to be a dog-savvy child. We think Zola likes being part of a pack and we believe she will do great in a home with another dog of either gender and probably dog-savvy kids visiting her new household.

Even if she does not know tricks now, she is very smart and will learn tricks. She does not like to be left in a crate. Zola is housebroken and knows how to use a doggie door. As a good Basenji, she hates the rain, but she will go potty in a covered area, like a porch. She loves going for walks, and she definitely needs the exercise to burn some of the energy she has. She walks well on a leash and does not pull much, unless she spots a squirrel!  Two or three walks a day are definitely an important part of Zola’s daily routine. If you live close to an area with trees, Zola will be delighted to go for walks with you into those woods, always leashed of course. Zola can be a playful, active Basenji, but once she has had her fun, she will crawl up on her favorite spot and go to sleep. 

This girl is respectful of her humans’ home – she is not house destructive, but one of her hobbies is to sneak into ladies’ purses. For everybody’s sake, keep purses, socks, and shoes out of her reach. If Zola has a fine piece of deer antler to chew on or a squeaky toy to play with, she won’t go after other items in the house. Therefore, she needs to have options to keep herself busy and not be tempted to chew on fabric around the house (pillows, couches, socks, towels, etc.).

Zola will do great with a loving family – especially a mature couple – who like to be around a cuddle buddy and will allow Zola to get into their personal space. Zola will love to keep taking long walks to burn some of her energy off and a playful dog brother would be ideal for her.

Zola lives in Central-East Texas. Trips longer than three hours will require the applicant to arrange for her transportation. Please indicate in your application your plans for transportation, and please answer in detail the questions on the application page.

If you think you could provide Zola with love, activity, and evening cuddle time, please read the data sheet below carefully, complete the BRAT adoption form (if you have not previously done so) and contact the BRAT coordinator, Rebeca Best.

The coordinator's link will take you to a form that will ask you your name, email address, the city and state you live in, why this dog is perfect for your family, a typical day in your household, and, if applicable, how you plan to transport Zola.

There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Zola. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Zola and future Basenjis in rescue. BRAT adopters receive a dog that has been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas and internal worms if necessary, DNA tested for Fanconi syndrome (dogs under 10), and heartworm tested. Our dogs get recommended dental work. When indicated, we test our dogs for thyroid deficiencies. They are also temperament evaluated. In addition, BRAT provides free lifetime post-adoption counseling to help deal with behavioral or health issues. Finally, we provide a free lifetime identification tag connected to our "lost dog" toll free number.

ABOUT ZOLA
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Zola
Dog is currently in: Texas
Birth date: 11/01/2009
Gender: Female
Color: Red and White
Weight: 25 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
General health information: Zola is very healthy. She does present with a skin allergy during the summer months only.
DHLP: Yes, 12/06/2017
Parvovirus: Yes, 12/06/2017
Rabies: Yes, 12/06/2017
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 12/11/2017
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: No
Heartworm: Yes, 12/12/2017, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes, 06/10/2018
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: No
Other tests: No
Other regular medication: Yes
Regular medication info: Trifexis for monthly flea prevention. Administered orally once a month.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Taste of the Wild
Begs for food: No
Food dislikes: None, she will eat it all.
Favorite foods: Any meat.
Feeding instructions: We have always fed her 1 cup of Taste of the Wild 2 times a day. We rotate between all of the proteins they offer.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Zola is a typical Basenji. Very smart, confident, and social. She loves people and kids. She can get an attitude if not given her way. She is like a toddler. And she is dominant.
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: Unknown
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: No
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: Yes
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Yes
Screams: No
Dog sleep spot: Zola always sleeps in her own doggy bed. She has two in our house, one upstairs (in the family room) and one downstairs (in the living room). She likes to alternate between them.
Other information: Zola is a very smart dog and she can and will outsmart you. She needs to be with her people, but also does well in the house alone during the day. She can NOT be crated or isolated into a room all day, as she has anxiety. We learned very early that crating her is NOT an option. She needs free range of the house, or a very large area. She can and will become destructive if she feels you have not given her enough attention. She loves to shred paper, tissues, and plastic Ziploc bags if left unattended. Zola is an escape artist and will attempt to find the way out ASAP. She does have a microchip, but the information on the maker was lost during Hurricane Harvey. She really is a sweet girl.... but very much a Basenji. She LOVES attention.

If you are interested in Zola, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Rebeca Best. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Zola. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Zola and future Basenjis in rescue. BRAT adopters receive a dog that has been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas and internal worms if necessary, DNA tested for Fanconi syndrome (dogs under 10), and heartworm tested. Our dogs get recommended dental work. When indicated, we test our dogs for thyroid deficiencies. They are also temperament evaluated. In addition, BRAT provides free lifetime post-adoption counseling to help deal with behavioral or health issues. Finally, we provide a free lifetime identification tag connected to our "lost dog" toll free number.