Mel is an 11-year-old red and white Basenji male who is currently located in southern New Hampshire. His long-time Lab companion passed away last year and the recent addition of a puppy has not been a good match for him. He has some separation anxiety which increased since these changes took place.

Mel’s owner describes him as a sweet boy who is active and healthy for his age, despite the growth of some fatty masses. Mel likes other nonreactive dogs but does not do well with overly active dogs who pester him too much. Mel appears to be ok with older children, as long as they respect his space and his need to be left alone when he’s had enough. It also appears that he would do ok with a cat in the home though this has not been fully tested. He would likely do best in a home where there is another older dog who would help Mel feel secure when home without owner(s). He would also be okay as an only dog where he can bond with his owner that is home most of the time.

Mel’s biggest challenges are his separation anxiety and distress when riding in a car. In his foster home he has not been destructive when left alone having the run of the house but is intermittently vocal. His former owner indicated he has been destructive on two occasions when left alone. When riding in a car he will settle down after a bit but does whine and cry.

He does not like or use a crate, and becomes very stressed when forced, but Mel is house broken. He is not an escape artist in that he does not try to bolt out an open door, however he has escaped two different crates when left at home alone. He sleeps in a dog bed at his foster home but prefers sleeping at the foot of his owner’s bed if allowed. Although he showed some territorial tendencies with main caretaker when other people are in the house this has dissipated with setting boundaries. He is slower to warm up to men than women but have found with time he warms up just the same.

Mel exhibits typical Basenji independence and smarts and has been working to overcome separation anxiety in his foster home. Mel, upon meeting new people is very alert, curious, and confident. He is a friendly boy. Foster mom describes Mel as a very sweet boy, and playful. He is a barker and gives a few small barks when people or dogs go by outside the home, and when someone comes to the door or is outside working nearby.

If you think you could provide Mel 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, Lois Krawczyk.

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 Mel.

There is an adoption fee of $150.00 for Mel. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Mel 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 MEL
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Mel
Dog is currently in: Southern New Hampshire
Birth date: 10/24/2008
Gender: Male
Color: Red and White
Weight: 27 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: No

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: 3/8/2019
Parvovirus: 3/8/2019
Rabies: 3/8/2019
Rabies certificate: Yes, 3/8/2019
Coronavirus: 3/8/2019
Bordetella: to be given 5/13/20
Lyme Disease: Negative, 2/6/20
Fecal: Negative, 2/6/20
Fecal test comments: NA
Heartworm: Negative, 2/6/20
Regular heartworm given: Yes, last doses given 4/5/20 & 5/5/20
Flea prevention applied: Advantix-II on 4/5/20 & 5/5/20
Urine tested for Fanconi: Not done, dog is over 10 years old
DNA test for Fanconi: Not done, dog is over 10 years old
Other medical issues: Mel has been scheduled for dental exam, cleaning, and possible extractions on 5/13/20. He has fatty lipomas that have been aspirated and are benign. One lipoma on back leg might be removed while under anesthesia for dental.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: ½ cup twice a day.
Type of food: Wellness Complete Health Senior
Begs for food: No but very attentive and food motivated
Food dislikes: fruit, carrots
Favorite foods: chicken, salmon, broccoli
Feeding instructions: ½ cup twice a day with ½ scoop of Nupro Joint & Immunity Support
Other: Foster mom is mixing in pureed vegetables and some protein into Mel’s dry kibble.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Well-socialized, doesn’t like crate, cries and shakes. When relaxing at home, Mel likes to be able to look out the window and keep owner in sight at the same time.
Lived with children: No
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: Not fully tested, but Mel doesn’t appear to have a high prey drive and has not given cats much notice when they are nearby.
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes, but not fond of puppies or overactive dogs that might pester him.
Prefers men or women: Either, but seems to warm up to men more slowly.
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): Yes, however, it was clarified that this is better characterized as nipping in anger (last occurrence 1-2 years ago), only of owner, when owner was attempting to force Mel out from under the bed in order to crate him before leaving the house.
Crate trained: No
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No, not for the most part. Has been destructive in owner’s home on two occasions recently when owner and puppy left Mel in the home and went away for a couple of hours. Mel has not been destructive in foster home but has cried/whined intermittently whenever foster mom leaves the home.
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: No, not in the sense that he has any tendencies to bolt through opened doors. However, he has escaped 2 different crates.
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Cries/whines for up to an hour. When we had him on a 90-minute transport, he only settled and slept for the last half hour.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Yes
Screams: Yes
Dog sleeps where: Mel was sleeping in owner’s bed. At foster home he is sleeping in pillow sack/dog bed near foster’s bed.

If you are interested in Mel, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Lois Krawczyk. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $150.00 for Mel. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Mel 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.