Are you in search of a fun-loving, sweet, snuggle-bug who will do a “happy dance” and sing you some boisterous “baroos” every day when you get home even if you’ve only been gone for twenty minutes? Meet Mia! This sweet, petite, red and white little girl would love to wiggle her way into your life. She is currently residing in a foster home in Southern California.

Mia is incredibly sweet and affectionate. She adores being close to her human(s). She asks for attention frequently but in an appealing way. She'll give your hand a gentle nudge or lean over and look at you as if to say, "Please, a scratch would be nice." She wants to please her humans and therefore is learning quickly how to be a lady in her foster home. She understands a few basic commands like "sit" and "no" and will pick up more with a patient human she can trust and love in her forever home. She seems to love riding in the car so will be a great traveler too. 

Mia is a young basenji and therefore very curious and very active. She loves to play with her foster brother and would do well with an active companion canine in her new home. She is not house destructive but still being quite young will chew items left lying around if not offered an alternative. Safe items to chew are a must here. She will get up to whatever mischief she can find so she stays in a crate when her foster family is away. She and the resident young male get along well and Mia is so patient with her foster canine brother's puppy antics. She does chase him and "gives him the business" if he misses her request to knock it off! She currently sleeps in bed under the covers (in true Basenji style). Mia has not been around cats that we know of, so we have specified no felines in her forever home.

Mia is very healthy with nice teeth, a good appetite, and a general zest for life. Mia does seem to have some general allergies that we are evaluating now. Periodic Cytopoint injections were given by her vet with her previous owner and they seemed to be effective.

This is Mia's second time around with BRAT through no fault of her own. Since Mia has been in her foster home, there is no human she doesn't want to meet and get a little scratch. She'll peer up and wag her tightly curled tail to show how happy she is to see you! She loves to curl up on the couch next to her humans.

Mia enjoys walks very much! So much that she pulls on her leash. Her foster family has made good progress using an Easy Walk harness. This harness attaches onto a ring on the dog’s chest and is a good way to stop the pulling. Mia has learned that walking without pulling can be just as much fun!

As with many Basenjis, Mia likes to run through open doors. Her foster family is currently working with her to help learn the “wait” cue and she'll do best with a family that will be able to be diligent about keeping her safe when she is around open doors to unsecured surroundings. An ideal home for Mia would have a good-natured dog friend, no cats, a safe yard, and no young children.

If you think you could provide Mia 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, Sabina Knight.

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 Mia.

There is an adoption fee of $350.00 for Mia. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Mia 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 MIA
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Mia
Dog is currently in: California
Birth date: 11/15/2018
Gender: Female
Color: Red and White
Weight: 24 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION
General health information: Healthy, although she has some allergies for which she has been getting Cytopoint injections.

VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes, 08/18/2020
Parvovirus: No
Rabies: Yes, 07/20/2020
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 08/18/2020
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: Yes, 08/04/2021
Fecal test comments:
Heartworm: Yes, 08/04/2021, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes, 05/01/2022
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes, Clear/Normal
Other tests: No
More information about tests: See paperwork in file for Fanconi information.
Other regular medication: No

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Both
Brand(s) of food: Chicken and Rice Kirkland brand kibble.
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: Spinach
Favorite foods: Eggs, cheese
Feeding instructions: Add in a fish oil capsule and probiotic.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: She is a confident and sweet young Basenji.
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: Unknown
Likes cats: Unknown
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes
Prefers men or women: Men, but likes everyone.
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: Yes
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: We have not left her alone indoors. She is not destructive when her people are around.
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: She likes to run through open doors.
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: Her past home says yes, but her foster family has not seen this.
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: Can, but also can ride with a doggy seatbelt.
Yodels: Yes
Screams: Unknown
Dog sleeps where: In bed with the humans.
Other information: Bolts very easily, responds best when her name is called three times.
Reason for placement: Main caretaker passed away and I just can't provide what she needs any longer.
Dog crate included: No, but is crate trained.

If you are interested in Mia, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Sabina Knight. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $350.00 for Mia. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Mia 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.