Before you read on, PLEASE NOTE: Due to pandemic issues, Cairo will not be placed in a home beyond 500 miles of Houston, Texas. If you live outside of this range, your application will be disragarded. Thank you for your understanding.

Cairo is a very active 10-year-old male who is now receiving adoption applications in search of his forever loving family. Cairo is a friendly dog who loves to follow his foster mom from room to room. He greets his foster mom at the door with excitement in the hopes that she will scratch his head for hours on end. He is always curious and spends time exploring his surroundings. When you are home for the day Cairo might be sitting next to you asking for snuggles. However, he loves to be up and about exploring the house and finding your missing socks.

Cairo loves to go outside and with that comes his opportunities (and ability) to be an escape artist. He will shoot right past you if he sees an exit.

He has been enjoying the sun in his secured backyard and is able to use a doggie door with ease. Cairo gets nervous and has a tendency to be startled when he is in uncertain situations. Just like any Basenji, he likes things on his terms and does not want to be pushed. He will require a patient owner who is willing to set rules and boundaries for Cairo to ensure a long-bonded relationship. He is very aware of his name and does simple commands like come and sit, unless overly excited or being the stubborn Basenji type that we all know and love.

The best placement for Cairo would be the only dog of the house. Cairo’s play includes chewing on soft toys and Nylabones. Due to his need for affection, he gets jealous and can be snarky with his current canine companions. He seems to have only child syndrome. In his foster home he does not live with children and has been able to open up and become the center of attention. He likes the spotlight! Homes with children would not be the preferential setting for this confident pooch because of his escape plans, displeasure of being picked up, and his drive to chew toys.

Snuggling up in a cozy dog bed is something Cairo enjoys at any time. He will attempt to sleep in bed with you at night. However, he does get irritable when it comes to moving him or being startled when awakened. He is currently sleeping in a warm fuzzy bed in his crate. Cairo is not always willing to get into the crate and needs to be coaxed with a treat. It would be preferential for applicants to anticipate Cairo not using the crate during the day, but having it available for the night. Nine times out of ten the door does not need to be closed.

Cairo is very interested in what the humans in the house are eating. He will attempt to put his paws on the table or get underfoot while you are cooking. Currently he is fed twice a day. Note that he *is* food aggressive when eating around other dogs and when attempting to steal your dinner.

If you think you could provide Cairo 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, Andrea Houstoun.

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 Cairo.

There is an adoption fee of $200.00 for Cairo. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Cairo 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 CAIRO
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Cairo
Dog is currently in: Texas
Gender: Male
Color: Red and White
Weight: 24 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes 6/16/20
Rabies: Yes 6/16/20
Rabies certificate: Yes
Bordetella: Yes 6/16/20
Fecal: Yes 6/16/20
Fecal test comments: Negative
Heartworm: Yes, Negative 8/7/20
Regular heartworm given: Yes, 1st of each month
DNA test for Fanconi: Carrier

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: 2X Day
Type of food: Dry and Wet
Brand(s) of food: Kirkland Signature wet mixed with dry Food
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: No
Favorite foods: All
Feeding instructions: ¾ cup of can and ¾ cup of dry food.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: He is friendly but on his terms. He does not like to be forced into anything and will test the patience of his new owner.
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: No
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Maybe – takes time for him to trust other dogs
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): If threatened, he could bite
Crate trained: Yes
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: Yes
Wakes up grouchy: Yes
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: Yes
Yodels: Unknown
Screams: Unknown
Dog sleeps where: In his crate
Other information: Will mark areas of other dog scents
Reason for placement: Previous family did not have the time to take care of Cairo

If you are interested in Cairo, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Andrea Houstoun. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $200.00 for Cairo. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Cairo 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.