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.

Meet Major, a sweet and handsome six-year-old male Basenji. Major came into BRAT after his owner passed away. The loss and the resulting total lifestyle change have been a lot for Major to handle, but with the loving and patient care he’s had with his foster, he has begun to relax and adjust to his new life and is looking forward to settling in to a loving forever home.

In his former home, Major spent most of his time either outdoors or indoors in his crate. As a result, Major is uncomfortable having free rein inside a home. He prefers to hang out in the first room he got accustomed to when he moved in with his foster. He is nervous about going into other areas of the house. He is also nervous about getting onto the couch. He is slowly getting comfortable on the couch and he is starting to explore other rooms in the house, but won’t stay in them.

Major is a really sweet boy. It took some time for Major to warm up to his foster mom, but once he realized that she was going to show up consistently for his food, walks, treats, and back rubs, he started asking for more affection. He especially loves to get up into his foster mom’s lap and have his ears rubbed. But it is important to understand that Major is still a timid and skittish dog. He is nervous around men but is beginning to accept treats from his foster mom’s husband. He also gets startled by sudden movements and loud noises. He will allow himself to be petted by strangers, but it is best to approach him calmly and from the side as he tends to cower, especially when he sees men and hears their loud, deep voices. He doesn’t readily accept treats from strangers and will only accept treats once he’s comfortable with new people. The best scenario for meeting Major is to wait until he takes the initiative of approaching you. Strangers should be advised to not initiate contact with Major but to wait for him to do so.

Because of his nervousness, Major needs a forever home with a confident and compatible canine companion who can show him how to act and help him understand that everything is okay. We believe that if Major is in a home with another dog, and his new family gives him time, patience, consistent routines, and calm, gentle, encouraging love, he will blossom and overcome his anxieties. For this reason, only homes with another dog will be considered. The resident dog should be a calm, low energy, or older female or male dog that is not aggressive or dominant.

He loves exploring the yard and his environment when he is walking. He was not walked on a leash for a long time before coming into BRAT, as his former home had a large secure yard where he spent most of his free time. Major is using a Ruffwear Webmaster harness during his walks. He tends to pull hard at the start of the walk but is learning to walk at the same pace as his foster mom. She believes Major will continue to improve with consistent daily walks while using the harness.

Major has not shown any interest in chasing indoor cats and rabbits, but he has shown a very high prey drive toward squirrels, birds, and deer. That is why Major needs to be walked with the Webmaster harness instead of a martingale or regular collar. If he sees something he wants to chase, he pulls very hard, which could hurt his neck or throat.

Major is treat-motivated, which helps with the clicker training in his foster home. He has learned a few commands such as sit, come, in your crate, and place (on the mat) but he still needs practice for consistency. Currently, he obeys the commands without a clicker but obeys faster when he knows a treat is given after complying.

Major had some house-training issues at first, which is understandable since he never had free rein of the house. He now understands that he should not pee in the main room of the house where he hangs out, but he will probably have accidents in other parts of the house until he learns that what applies for one area of the house applies everywhere in the house. His new adopter must understand that Major will likely have potty issues at first that may take some time to overcome. This would include a strict feeding and walking schedule, much like with a puppy. Major needs to go out first thing in the morning after he wakes up, he should be fed on a set schedule, then taken outside within 15 minutes after his meals and walked or watched to make sure he’s done his business. A home with a doggie door and a secured fenced yard may help but is not an instant solution. He will still need to learn that he takes care of potty business outside. Major’s ideal home will understand and accept that he is likely to have some house-training issues and must be fully committed to providing the gentle, positive, and consistent monitoring and schedule necessary to help him be reliably house-trained.

Major has crystals in his urine and is on a special diet for that. Major’s adopter must be willing to follow up with their veterinarian to continue his treatment until this problem is resolved.

Major is crate trained. He eats in his crate and when he feels stressed, he will readily go into his crate for comfort. However, because Major spent so much time in the crate in his former life, his ideal home will be one where he does not have to spend any significant amount of time in his crate.

Major has not shown any destructive tendencies when left alone in the home. But like most Basenjis, if Major hasn’t had enough exercise or is bored, he will look for things to chew on. Major is also a trashcan explorer and toilet paper shredder when given an opportunity to access them. Trashcans must have lids or be inaccessible and bathroom doors will need to be kept closed. Major is still a young dog with a lot of energy, so he needs a family that is active enough to walk him daily not only to avoid accidents in the house, but also to prevent him from becoming bored and possibly destructive.

Major is an escape risk because he will bolt through an open door if given a chance. It is very important to make sure doors and gates are kept closed and locked, and that before opening a door that leads to the outside, Major is secure on a leash or in a separate area to avoid his escape. Due to his timid nature, Major would be very difficult to catch if he escaped. Because he is a high escape risk, and because of his anxiety with sudden movements and loud noises, his ideal home will be one without children or any other residents in the home who cannot or will not be able to do what is necessary to ensure Major does not escape.

Last, a long-distance transport is not an option. Major will not be transported by air. The only applicants that will be considered are those willing to travel to within at least a half-day’s drive of San Antonio to pick him up. Because he is an escape risk and is nervous with people he doesn’t know, a long-distance, multi-day trip with overnights in motels is not ideal for Major.

Bottom line: Major needs a special adopter who isn’t expecting him to arrive in his new home all happy, outgoing, adventurous, playful, and loving to everyone immediately. He needs an adopter who accepts him for who he is now and who is willing to give him the space, patience, affection, understanding, consistency, security, and gentle positive-based training he needs to overcome his anxieties and adjust to his new life. The special adopter who provides this sweet boy with all that will be rewarded, eventually, with his trust and heart.

If you think you could provide Major with love, patience, gentle training and encouragement, and security he needs, please read the data sheet below carefully, complete the BRAT adoption form (if you have not previously done so) and contact the BRAT coordinator, Deborah Hughes.

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 Major.

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Major. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Major 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 MAJOR
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Major
Dog is currently in: San Antonio, Texas
Birth date: 12/19/2014
Gender: Male
Color: Red and white
Weight: 27 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION
DHLP: 12/04/2020
Parvovirus: 12/04/2020
Rabies: 12/04/2020
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: Not tested
Bordetella: 12/04/2020 (booster due by 06/04/2021)
Lyme Disease: Not tested
Fecal: Had tapeworms, medication given
Heartworm: 12/04/2020 Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes, first of every month
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes. Results: Carrier
Other tests: None
Regular medication info: Simparica Trio for heartworm, fleas, and ticks. Also, Purina ProPlan Veterinary Rx Diets UR (Urinary Ox/St) for urine crystals.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day at 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Purina ProPlan UR Urinary Ox/St
Begs for food: No
Favorite foods: Anything flavorful. Dislikes fruits and vegetables.
Feeding instructions: Feed in crate. 1¼ cup Purina ProPlan UR Urinary Ox/St twice per day, mixed with chicken broth or tuna.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Timid and skittish, but will approach for affection after he has learned to trust his handler.
Lived with children: No
Likes children: Unknown, but probably not because he is afraid of sudden movements and loud noises.
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: He was tolerant with an acquaintance’s cat.
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes, but not bullying aggressive dogs.
Prefers men or women: Either, but prefers people who are soft-spoken.
Likes strangers: Wary of strangers.
Nips (playfully): Yes, will nibble on your clothes to ask for affection.
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: Yes
House broken: Not completely
Destructive indoors: No, but has not had the chance.
Destructive outdoors: No, but has not had the chance.
Dog is a climber: Unknown
Dog is an escape artist: Yes, he will bolt through an open door.
Easily startled: Yes
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: If necessary, but is fine in the backseat.
Yodels: He has howled when he felt abandoned.
Screams: Once, when startled.
Dog sleeps where: Currently in crate, but would probably like to sleep in the human’s bed if allowed.

If you are interested in Major, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Deborah Hughes. Thank you!

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