THIS DOG IS PENDING. Pending means this dog has tentatively found a home but the adoption has not yet been finalized. Though marked pending, you can still apply.

Please say hello to Zoey! This girl is not very large but is definitely in charge. At just under fifteen pounds, Zoey is a gorgeous, one-year-old brindle and white female purebred Basenji. She still has some growing to do (her first birthday was at the end of December) but is already very mature in the best ways. She came with a pretty good report card from a temporary foster home that included several resident dogs – including Great Danes and an active family that wanted her to have more attention and freedom than they could give. Since coming into foster care in January, she has been nearly perfect, to the point where her foster dad has looked for the zipper on her Basenji costume. For a one-year-old, she is super relaxed and just wants to hang out, stuck to the hip of her people or on her bench in the sun (or preferably both at the same time). She is okay with being picked up and carried around and isn’t touch sensitive with her paws, mouth, ears, or tail. New people usually take a few minutes of inspection, but then she goes in for neck scratches.

Zoey is not destructive, soft toys notwithstanding, and has the run of the home when there are humans around. She has a crate and goes in willingly when left home alone, but she definitely prefers being freestyle. No potty accidents after the first nervous night, and if it is cold or rainy outside, she’ll have taken care of business before you even get off the porch and will head right back to the door. Her small stature means she is too short to counter surf, and she hasn’t shown any interest in trash cans or cabinets. She has even left unattended paper towels alone!

Zoey gets four walks a day and has B-leash manners. Because she could probably squeeze through a small gap in a fence, yard security will be important for her if she is off lead. Her reaction to traffic is minimal, and she seems to prefer avoiding encounters with other dogs and people while on the leash. At home, she has been good with strangers, kids and another dog. Her one interaction with cats was a nonevent. Zoey sits at mealtime and to be harnessed up to go out, which is most of her repertoire. She does know what “time for night-nights” means and will trot right upstairs.

Speaking of which, her preferred bedtime location is the dead center of the human bed, under or over covers as her taste dictates. She sleeps through the night and is not a grouchy Basenji when it’s time to get up.

The ideal home for Zoey will be one where her people are home most of the time or can take her with them. She’s a good rider in the car and has been a good citizen in other peoples’ homes. She would do great as an only dog, getting lots of her humans’ attention and plenty of exercise. A home with kids over age 10 that are Basenji-savvy and dogs with similar energy levels would also make her happy and will be considered. She would probably prefer it if at least some of your house was carpeted, as she occasionally gets the post-meal or late-night zoomies, and wipeouts are embarrassing.

All in all, this young lady is a super dog and the right home will be all the better for having her in the family!

If you think you could provide Zoey 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, Kelsey Brown.

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 Zoey.

There is an adoption fee of $400.00 for Zoey. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Zoey 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 THIS BRAT DOG
Dog's name: Zoey
Dog is currently in: Iowa
Birth date: 12/22/22 
Gender: Female
Color: Brindle and White
Weight: 15 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFO, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes, 05/15/2023
Parvovirus: Yes, 05/15/2023
Rabies: Yes, 05/08/2023
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: Yes, 05/15/2023
Bordetella: Yes, 01/23/2024
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: No
Heartworm: Negative, 01/23/2024
Regular heartworm given: Yes
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes, Clear/Normal

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Wildology
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: Bananas and pretzels
Favorite foods: Anything and everything

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Zoey is very active, bold, curious, and confident. She has a very high prey drive. Will chase smaller animals if given the chance but so far has been able to be called off.
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: Yes
Likes cats: Yes
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: Yes
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: Yes
Dog is a climber: Yes
Dog is an escape artist: No
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: Yes
Yodels: Yes
Screams: No
Dog sleeps where: Prefers to sleep in bed with her humans.
Other information: Zoey is a young, very energetic, and people friendly Basenji! She’s very petite in size, but has a huge personality. She had a tough start in life… as a young puppy she dealt with pica* and would eat everything in sight. This contributed to a rectal prolapse, which needed to be surgically repaired. *Craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value, such as ice, clay, soil, or paper.

If you are interested in Zoey, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Kelsey Brown. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $400.00 for Zoey. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Zoey 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.