Say hello to the very beautiful, “diamond in the rough”, four-year-old red and white girl Mishka. She is a sweet, absolutely adorable Basenji who loves meeting other dogs, adults, and kids while out on daily walks! Her best sleeping pal is with her human loved ones, in bed or on the couch! With an appropriate toy, Mishka is playfully happy and calm. Although sometimes choosy with food, she begs for yummy treats but is learning her dog food is much healthier! Counter surfing for tidbits is her specialty.

Mishka can be aloof with strangers but warms up very nicely. Plenty of zoomies, a shady space to rest in a secure, roomy back yard and walks and jogs with her humans are A+ exercise for this Basenji girl to remain calm, non-destructive, and vent her high energy needs. She is like Elsa the lioness and a “wild child” who truly loves the outdoors while napping under a shady bush or deck as she surveys her yard kingdom. Her foster mom says she is a “dream” and the best behaved Basenji on leash! But, be aware, this girl is fast and a bolter, so always keep her safe – keep all doors and gates in the yard securely closed and latched.

Mishka has some type of night blindness that affects her vision in dim light or darkness but this girl is otherwise exceptionally healthy. Mishka is one smart girl who is a good communicator, letting you know how she feels rather than being that typical snarky Basenji. Although stubborn and exerting her will at times, with firm and gentle training, you will form a wonderful bond with her. She learns quickly so gently teach her about life and living through tricks and obedience! Her joyful “barooos” when you return home will show you this little girl is truly a gentle spirit needing strong, compassionate, loving humans to teach her to be the good girl you will have always.

If you think you could provide Mishka a loving and dedicated forever home and provide her with the very best care, read the data sheet below carefully, complete the BRAT adoption form (if you have not previously done so) and contact the BRAT coordinator, Rhonda Lowe.

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 Mishka.

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Mishka. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Mishka 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 MISHKA
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Mishka
Dog is currently in: Florida
Birth date: 03/01/2014
Gender: Female
Color: Red and White
Weight: 20 pounds
Neutered/spayed: Yes, spayed 10/11/2018
Tattooed: No
Microchipped: Yes
Identification Information: 985113000316502

HEALTH INFORMATION
General health information: Although Mishka had skin allergies in Slovakia, once back in Florida within recent months, she has had none.

VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: DAP, 9/18/2018
Parvovirus: No
Rabies: Yes, 9/18/2018
Rabies Certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordatella: No
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: Yes, 9/18/2018, negative
Blood parasite tests: Done for Anaplasma, Eherlichia, Lyme, 9/18/2018, ALL negative
Heartworm: Yes, 9/18/2018, negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes, Sentinel Speectrum
Urine test for Fanconi: Yes, negative
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes, mailed in week of October 11, 2018 so results are pending to date.
More information about tests: Mishka had an eye exam as part of her wellness check, 9/18/2018. She does have some type of night blindness that causes her vision to be less clear in dim light or darkness.
Other regular medications: None
Other medical issues: None known other than eyes indicated above.
Other notes: Mishka in September 2018 had a complete physical, including what the invoice calls Comprehensive Wellness, which no doubt refers to the following tests: Hemotology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Endrocrinology, and Serology. It's very important for a new adopter ask for this paperwork and her rabies certificate.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Free feeding
Type of food: Dry kibble
Brand/s of food: GO! Sensitivity + Shine Salmon Recipe
Begs for food: Yes, especially human food!
Food dislikes: Wet dog food as it causes her diarrhea.
Favorite foods: Ice cream, anything you are eating!

TEMPERAMENT
General: Mishka is very smart, sweet, loving, curious, and a high energy, high prey drive Basenji girl who needs lots of exercise, love, and gentle training to continue being that wonderful and great Basenji she already is and will mature into more so. She can be wary of strangers but nicely warms up very soon. She is a bolter and will bolt through the front door if given opportunity. Keep her safe! Check out what she likes below in the questions here!
Lived with children: Yes, often slept with previous owners' nine-year-old daughter and loved being with her.
Likes children: Yes, she will politely meet children in the park on walks.
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: Mishka may leave the cat alone eventually BUT she definitely likes to chase cats due to that high prey drive.
Likes dogs: Yes
Lived with dogs: Yes, in her foster home with the Basenji mix Pete and does very well with him.
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes, though again wary at first but warms up well. She does enjoy meeting both people and their dogs when on walks.
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: No
Housebroken: Yes
Destructive indoors: Yes, she has separation anxiety and will destroy things. However, with proper exercise, she is not destructive. She can and will be stubborn but with firm and gentle training, you will win her over. She relaxes once she learns the house schedule. She is a diamond in the rough and needs a strong but compassionate leader to continue what her foster does: Teach her to be that good girl!
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dig is an escape artist: Yes, she is fast and bolts if given opportunity to do so.
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes, but she is a slightly nervous passenger.
Gets carsick: No
Rids in crate: No
Yodels: Yes especially when her human foster mom returns home.
Screams: No
Sleeping spots: Usually in bed with previous owners' nine-year-old daughter. In her foster home: with the humans in their bed. She also loves snoozing on the couch by her most favorite human.
Other information: Mishka was initially brought in 2014 from Slovakia to Florida with previous owners. They had left in 2016 back to the wife's home country but returned a few months ago again to Florida in a smaller place with no time to exercise her and give her what she needed. She would greatly benefit too from her forever humans always continuing the lessons of human love, cuddling, exercising her with walks during the day, and a nice secure yard for her to have as her domain to enjoy shade, rest and all there is outside to see, smell, and chase! Don't forget the toys she loves to shake.
Dog crate included: No
Previously posted: No

If you are interested in Mishka, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Rhonda Lowe. Thank you!

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