Bass (pronounced “Base”) is a nine-year-old red and white Basenji male currently located in IL. Foster mom and previous owners describe him as a very loving, calm, sweet, cuddly Basenji. He has not been crate-trained, but possibly could be if properly introduced. Bass loves city life, is very well-mannered on a leash for a Basenji, and will use puppy pee pads if he needs to be left alone for more than a few hours. Bass would also be comfortable in the suburbs or the country. He loves to sit and watch television/read with his person all day.

Bass is being re-homed due to his owners’ concern that Bass might nip their young toddler after hearing him growl at the child. Bass has no history of nipping or biting, but does growl when being picked up. However, it would be ideal for his forever home to be free of young children and tiny dogs/cats that move suddenly and unexpectedly. He has lived with a cat but might want to chase a cat who runs away.

Bass had some unclear urinary/kidney issues when he first came into foster care. After evaluation and testing by his foster’s vet, his diagnosis was clarified as gallbladder disease and bladder stones & his diet was switched to Hill’s Prescription c/d kibble. Because of this, he needs to drink more water & urinate more frequently than most dogs. Bass whines at his foster mom to let her know he wants to go outside. Bass will need a forever home who is willing and able to keep him on an appropriate diet & medication. Bass has been updated on all of his vaccinations and has had a complete dental cleaning to treat advanced periodontal disease. Bass is overweight and has managed to lose 2 pounds in his foster home but could lose a few more pounds to arrive at a healthier weight. He has a history of seizures with unknown cause and recently has been started on Keppra.

Bass is not an escape artist and not destructive when left alone in the house. His foster mom believes Bass would enjoy sleeping in bed with his human in his adoptive home. He is comfortable riding in a car uncrated and does not get car sick. He is not afraid of thunderstorms, lightning, or fireworks. He does initially growl at some strangers & needs time to warm up to them.

Bass likely would do very well in a quiet home, with no small children and with someone who could take him for frequent walks. An adopter who could help Bass achieve a healthier weight would be a plus. He has done well running with larger dogs at a dog park at his original home, but has shown some signs of agitation on leash while at his foster home. He has also done well cohabitating with his foster home resident Basenjis, two females and one male, although it took longer for the resident male Basenji to accept him. He would likely do well with a family that already has dog-friendly dogs, and yet he would enjoy the additional attention if he were the only dog in the home. Bass would not be suitable for a family with young children or young children who frequent the home.

If you think you could provide Bass 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, Lois Krawczyk.

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 Bass.

There is an adoption fee of $150.00 for Bass. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Bass 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 BASS
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Bass
Dog is currently in: Illinois
Birth date: 04/01/2012
Gender: Male
Color: Red and White
Weight: 34.5 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: No

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
General health information: Bass came into foster care with unspecified urinary/kidney issues. Evaluation and testing done by foster’s vet and subsequent treatment recommendations have been as follows: Bass' pancreatic snap test came back normal, as did the bile acids test and urinalysis. The x-ray showed a slightly enlarged liver and the leptospirosis test results were negative. Ultrasound showed no masses on the liver and confirmed it is slightly enlarged. The ultrasound also showed an inflamed gallbladder, which could be causing the elevated liver enzymes that were found after his first seizure. Vet recommended ursodiol for the gallbladder disease and switching him from u/d to c/d kidney food, since the crystals found in his urine back in 2015 were triple/phosphate. Vet also said that none of this explains the seizures he has had since being in foster care. His seizures seem to happen once a month, regardless of whether or not he has been given heartworm medication. Also: History of diagnosis of grade 3/4 periodontal disease. Dental cleaning done on 10/18/21.
DHP: 10/18/21 3-year
Rabies: 10/18/21 3-year
Rabies certificate: 10/18/21
Bordetella: 10/18/21
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: 9/27/21
Fecal test comments: No parasites found.
Heartworm: Negative on 9/27/21
Regular heartworm given: Interceptor, every 45 days instead of every 30 days to minimize seizure risk. Nothing for flea/tick prevention: Vet recommends Advantage topical without any tick medication in it.
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Results on 10/5/21: Carrier — highly unlikely to develop Fanconi syndrome.
Other tests: Full Thyroid Panel tested 9/27/21 — Results were all in the normal range.
More information about tests: Other bloodwork was good on 9/27/21. One borderline liver test level that was not of concern to the vet.
Regular medication info: Ursodiol for gallbladder disease. Keppra for likely idiopathic seizure disorder.
Other medical issues: He had surgery to remove bladder stones in 2015. He can be observed to drink excessive amounts of water and then have to urinate more frequently. Hill’s prescription c/d is designed to encourage him to drink more water to help dilute urine and prevent future bladder stones. He has a history of what seem to be idiopathic seizures.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Approximately 1/3 cup three times a day.
Type of food: Dry & canned with ursodiol pill mixed in at breakfast.
Brand(s) of food: Hills Prescription Diet c/d dry & canned. Can also have Hill’s c/d treats.
Begs for food: Yes
Favorite foods/treats: Vet stated the special diet works best if that is all that is being fed; it is best to avoid non-c/d treats or other food items.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Very loving
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Was rehomed due to intolerance with toddler; likely would do ok with older children who knew how to be respectful and not poke at him or try to pick him up.
Lived with cats: Yes
Likes cats: Yes, but it depends on the cat as to whether he will chase it.
Lived with dogs: Yes, in foster home.
Likes dogs: Yes, gets along well with female dogs, may take longer to warm up to male dogs or may not get along with male dogs though it probably depends on the dog.
Prefers men or women: Likes both; may take longer to warm-up to men.
Likes strangers: No
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): No, but growls when being picked up, except in the vet’s office.
Crate trained: No, but not crate intolerant.
House broken: Yes, but due to history of bladder stones and being on special diet, needs more frequent access to outdoor potty to prevent indoor accidents. He is good about using puppy pads if he is left alone for more than a few hours.
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No, but he tries to counter surf.
Dog is an escape artist: No
Easily startled: Yes, but is not bothered by thunderstorms.
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes, uncrated.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: No
Screams: No
Dog sleeps where: He started on the living room couch at foster home, but gradually male resident Basenji at foster home has tolerated sharing his human’s bed with Bass. Wheezes when he sleeps.

If you are interested in Bass, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Lois Krawczyk. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $150.00 for Bass. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Bass 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.