Winston Bishop is a handsome brindle boy who needs an experienced home and a playmate. He loves going for walks and wrestling with his coonhound friend and the other Basenjis. Winston loves chasing the birds, squirrels, and bunnies. We have a doggie door, and he knows to use it. He has not destroyed anything in the house except for a box of Kleenex.

At home, he is a good boy as long as he is not locked in a room or cage and has a playmate. He likes to have plenty of bones and toys to play with.

Winston cannot be with small children because he resource guards the adult person he is sitting next to from both small kids and dogs that may steal the attention from him. He will growl and lunge at the intruder, depending on the dog. In Winston’s foster home, he snarls at the male Basenji but is ok with the female. When he is not sitting next to the humans, he plays well with others.

Winston is a food bowl surfer so supervision is a must during feeding time. He knows to sit before he gets his snacks or treats. Other than sit, be nice, and outside, he doesn’t know any other commands.

He does well on walks as long as there are no strange dogs or critters around.

Winston will only be placed in a home with a fenced yard, at least two people in the household, and another easy going dog.

Potential adopters must be able to drive four hours and have another adult with them.

I mention this first as Winston is a very special dog. He cannot be in a confined space without a human. Car rides without someone constantly holding, petting, and talking to him can be horrible because of his anxiety. He will cry constantly and loudly in a high pitch and does not settle down. Using a crate is not an option. He has destroyed both metal and plastic crates.

We have no history on this boy. As you can see from his picture, he is bow legged. We had his legs x-rayed. The vet thinks he either had something happened to him at a young age or he was born that way. The vet assures he is alright and it does not need corrective surgery.

Winston does not like people touching his front paws. With that said, a muzzle is required to cut nails. Winston loves to sleep under the covers. All other dogs need to be under the covers first or he needs to be held to allow other dogs into bed. Once everyone is settled down in their spot. He will be fine.

At home, Winston is an awesome dog 90% of the time. If you can overlook his flaws, Winston could be a great additional to an experienced Basenji home.

Anyone willing to come directly to meet him with be given priority. It is recommended for him to meet future playmates, but not mandatory.

If you think you could provide Winston 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, Beth Schmidt.

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 Winston.

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Winston. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Winston 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 WINSTON
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Winston Bishop
Dog is currently in: Illinois
Birth date: 07/19/2017
Gender: Male
Color: Brindle
Weight: 22 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes

VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes, 04/07/2021
Parvovirus: No
Rabies: Yes, 04/07/2021
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 04/07/2021
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: No
Heartworm: Yes, 08/16/2021, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes, Heartgard
DNA test for Fanconi: Results were Clear/Normal.
Other tests: X-rays for his bowed legs. Complete blood panel.
More information about tests: 3-year rabies and 1-year leptospirosis.
Other regular medication: Heartgard
Other medical issues: Separation anxiety. Cannot be left alone without another dog.
 
EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Both
Begs for food: Will wait for you to give it to him and will stare.
Food dislikes: Unknown
Favorite foods: Meat in gravy.
Feeding instructions: Must be supervised as to not steal the other dog’s food.
 
TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Very good natured 95% time. Does not like his front feet touched. Does not like to be touched by small children when sitting in his human's lap.
Lived with children: No
Likes children: Older
Lived with cats: Unknown
Likes cats: Unknown
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Most
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Only the big dog
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: No, terrified of crates
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No, only if locked in a small space.
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: Sometimes
Rides well in car: No, terrified of small enclosed spaces.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: Not very well
Yodels: No
Screams: Yes, he is claustrophobic and cannot be left in a crate or small space by himself. Will scream and eat the crate or walls.
Dog sleeps where: In bed with the humans or on the sofas.        
Other information: Resource guards humans. Small children cannot touch him when he is sitting in a person’s lap.

If you are interested in Winston, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Beth Schmidt. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Winston. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Winston 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.