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.

Princess Zola is just too proud to show interest in anything, but deep inside, she is a total bundle of love. At first, Zola might seem uninterested in anything happening around her. Among new people, she remains cautious and distant. However, beneath that seemingly aloof exterior, there is a very sweet, funny girl who just wants to snuggle with her loving humans and will entertain them with her quirky and smart personality.

Once Zola settles in her surroundings and feels comfortable with her humans, she becomes a fur baby chum. On cold days, she sits beside her humans and loves to get a good back rub, which will help her fall asleep and vocalize her cute snores. Zola has a good taste, and she knows she deserves nothing less than the family’s couch as her own.

Zola is a total talker, and uses funny noises – Basenji talk – to communicate with her humans. She likes to greet her foster dad when he’s back home from work and she likes to remind her foster mom when it is time to eat or if she deserves a treat. Zola is also the cutest Basenji dancer, she prances like a little happy deer, when she is celebrating an event, like a good back rub, or a yummy treat.

Zola is a typical Basenji in that she does not like the cold nor the rain. When the weather is warm, she shows eagerness and would stand by the door whenever she hears the word “walk”. To keep Zola in good health –and mental stimulation, she requires to be walked at least twice a day.

Zola is an independent girl. When she feels like it, she will sleep in her dog bed in her foster parent’s room. Most of the time, she sleeps on the couch wrapped up in her fuzzy blanket. Zola can be left alone in the household, and there is no need to crate her – and she would not do well if crated. She is not destructive when it comes to furniture. When she does not have access to a doggie door, Zola can be left alone up to 4-5 hours in the household without any accidents – if she has been previously walked for a potty break. Otherwise, Zola requires full access to a secured backyard with a doggie door.

Zola has Cushing’s syndrome, and her condition is under control now. She will need to take a daily tablet to control the disease, as well as having access to clean water, and to avoid any table food. The care is not time consuming, but it is crucial that she receives her daily dosage of medication for the rest of her life. If you are not familiar with Cushing’s, you can read more about the disease here. Veterinary expenses to control Zola’s disease include medication ($780.00 per year) and blood work twice a year ($180/blood work), besides the basic care that includes vaccinations, general check-ups, and heart worm preventative.

Cushing’s has not diminished Zola’s gentle, loving spirit. The perfect family for Zola will be someone who appreciates a Basenji’s mischievous personality, works at home or is at home most of the time and can give her full access to a backyard – since she needs to drink constantly water, she has to go potty constantly as well. The household must have a fence and a doggie door to give her full-time access to a backyard. Zola requires a home with discipline to keep her healthy since she needs her daily medication (once a day) to control Cushing’s, needs a low-calorie diet, access to a bowl with clean water, and daily walks. Zola will do best with a retired couple with no other dogs in the household. Zola will do great around children and adults, and she might do okay around a submissive dog. Trash cans are a super easy target for Zola – she loves to explore them and find edible leftovers – as well as tote bags and purses, and her new household will require to put away all tempting trash containers and bags. Zola will indeed keep you entertained! If you would like to have a sweet companion, who loves to dance and gives you quirky dog commentaries to brighten your day, Zola is the right girl for you.

If you think you could provide Zola 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, Rebeca Best.

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 Zola.

There is an adoption fee of $200.00 for Zola. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Zola 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 ZOLA
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Zola (aka Jojo)
Dog is currently in: Texas
Birth date: 11/1/2009
Gender: Female
Color: Red and White
Weight: 28 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
 
HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: DHPP - administered 1/29/20. Next dose 1/28/23. (She did not get lepto vaccine)
Parvovirus: 1/29/20
Rabies: administered 12-26-19. Next dose 12-25-2022
Coronavirus: NA
Bordetella: administered 1-9-20. Next dose 1-8-21
Lyme Disease: NA
Fecal: test administered 1-9-20 negative result
Heartworm: test administered 1-9-20 negative result,
Heartgard next dose: 6-11-20
Nexgard next dose: 6-11-20
Urine/Fanconi: NA
Worms: NA
Urine Test for Fanconi: NA
DNA test for Fanconi: NA
Rabies certificate: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes
Other medical information: Senior blood panel due - 1/9/20, Next ACTH test due - 1/17/20. Lipoma on her neck was aspirated and is benign. From time to time, the skin underneath her back hind legs gets irritated due to licking and moisture. Animax ointment inexpensive at Costco or Chewys, controls her skin irritation very well.
 
EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: 8-8:30 am and 4-4:30pm with a snack after every 30-minute walk
Type of food: Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain Small Breed Salmon & Lentil Formula (338 kcal/cup)
Begs for food: No, but will stare at you until you feel sorry for her and feel compelled to give her something.
Food dislikes: apples, carrots
Favorite foods: She eats most food, cooked vegetables are good to make her feel full
Feeding instructions:  ½ cup twice a day. 25ml of CBD Oil (1800mg) is mixed in her dog food twice a day. On milder days, she walks for 30 minutes twice a day and gets a snack after each walk (snack could be any of the following: 1/4 cup dog food, 1 boiled egg, ¼ cup boiled green beans, 1/4 cup boiled broccoli).
 
TEMPERAMENT
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: Unknown
Likes cats: Ignores them
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: No
Prefers men or women: Likes both but especially prefers to snuggle with elderly humans
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: No
Dog sleeps where: Couch, she doesn’t like to sleep on the doggy bed
House broken: Yes, as long as she has easy access to the yard, she will do her toileting there. She just needs to be consistently brought to the yard several times a day for the first two weeks so she can get acclimated to her surroundings.
Destructive indoors: Generally, no, unless you leave plastic bags and paper around, she will chew on them thinking that they contain food. Trash cans need to have covers and must not be easily accessible to her otherwise, she will constantly try to knock them down.
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: Somewhat, she is curious and would try to walk outside if she sees the front door open.
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: No
Screams: No
Other information: Zola does not like to be crated. The couple of times she was crated, she escaped once and the next time, she chewed on the plastic pad on the bottom of the crate. She is very low energy and sleeps and lays on her couch most of the day.
Dog crate included: No

If you are interested in Zola, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Rebeca Best. Thank you!

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