Buddy is a delightful, endearing boy who does not show his age of 13. In short, Buddy is an excellent hiking companion, car passenger, polite house manners and all around—we cannot say it enough—a delightful boy.

Buddy loves to walk. He will walk in every weather condition except a heavy downpour. His foster parents tell us that if they are caught in the rain during a walk, Buddy heads home at a brisk pace. Buddy, despite his age, has plenty of energy, and frequent walks—or hikes—seem to keep him calm and happy. Buddy is always ready for an outdoor adventure, and he is well-behaved on camping trips; however, he must always be leashed without giving him the minor opportunity to take off for a solo adventure. Not in vain Buddy has rightfully earned his middle name: Houdini.

The little guy is capable to release himself from all conventional collars (and he will do it with not reason, he just does it). Thus, conventional collars are not secure enough for Buddy. He must always wear a martingale collar mainly to keep his tags with him. However, a walk with a martingale collar is not an option for him either. He pulls so hard that he chokes himself, and his foster mom indicates that he might hurt his neck at some point. Buddy must be walked with a Harness Lead that thankfully stops the pulling and is proved to be escape proof. This type of harness is not chew proof, but it is the best thing Buddy’s foster mom has found to keep him safe. Buddy now knows when walk time comes, and once he sees his glowing orange harness he runs to the door and stands, somehow still, while his handler puts it on him –this is definitely a milestone with Buddy!

Buddy is initially very shy and extremely touch sensitive. He will come over and nose bump your hand to ask for pets and ear scratches. When he is done being petted, he will step back and give a soft growl, as if to say "OK, that is enough for now". His foster parents suggest that initially it will be best to avoid touching him unless he asks for it, and move forward with the petting interaction at his own pace –forcing him to a different pace will only have the opposite effect. Buddy will need time to settle and to allow physical contact with his new humans. Touching Buddy without letting him know that you are about to, will have a strong startle reaction on him, and if he is fully unaware of your good intentions, he might have other fear-like reactions. But once he feels more comfortable and familiar with his humans, he allows to be touched on his head, his ears, his neck and his back and his tail, and you will see that he is more comfortable coming closer to request pets and, oh boy, he likes to be petted then!

Buddy does not like to be grabbed—picked up—or cornered. Thus, he is very nervous at the vet.

He sleeps either on the sofa or a dog bed in the bedroom. He is not tolerant of crates; therefore, crating Buddy is not an option. However, he is not destructive, and he can be left free in the household. Buddy must be monitored when he visits the backyard, since he is an escape artist.

Buddy is a chow hound!  He loves snacks between meals and almost always finishes his dinner. Buddy is food driven, which could be used for training purposes, and it has helped his foster parents to train him and overcome some of his fears. Buddy likes Cheerios and mostly any healthy treat. Buddy is a fast learner, and while in foster care he has earned several batches of trainings. His new family should be able to keep working with him on learning useful commands to keep him safe and disciplined.

Our sweet little Buddy has an occasional small seizure. The seizure normally lasts about a minute –never more than that. He has been checked by his vet, and she has stated that this is nothing that should be of concerned due to the mildness of the episodes, and she has indicated that medication is not necessary. Still, his foster parents got on the task of finding an alternative solution, and Buddy has been taking CBD oil for the last two months. The CBD oil has helped reduce the frequency of the seizures. Therefore, Buddy must be kept on a high quality CBD oil (he takes King Kalm, 150 mg.) which is available in most pet stores nowadays. Buddy takes the CBD oil with butter—that also helps with best absorption.

Buddy would be best as an only dog in an adult only home, with a very patient and Basenji savvy family. Buddy will be a great companion and a lovely Basenji family member if he is fully understood. His new family will have to spend time getting to know him and learning how to interact with him. He seems to like both women and men. Buddy new home must have a whole fenced backyard that he will visit occasionally, but he prefers to be indoors unless walking or sunbathing. Buddy will need his new family to be active, to ensure he gets enough exercise either through walks or outdoors activities like hiking, and camping. He could be an awesome outdoor activities companion!

Buddy’s foster home is in Maryland, half way between Philadelphia and Baltimore. We will avoid multiple car transport (due to his willingness to bolt out of doors, and due to his sensitivity to new people). Applicants should suggest options for transport, and we will consider applicants closer to him in first place. Applicants, please respond in detail to the questions prompted when you apply to adopt Buddy, specially elaborate on why you think you are a good match for this particular rescue dog.

If you think you could provide Buddy 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 Buddy.

There is an adoption fee of $200.00 for Buddy. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Buddy 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 BUDDY
Dog is a: Basenji
Dog's name: Buddy
Dog is currently in: Maryland
Birth date: 2005 (we do not have a specific day or month)
Gender: Male
Color: Red and White
Weight: 23 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION
DHLP: Yes, January 26, 2018
Parvovirus: Yes, se above
Rabies: Yes, March 19, 2018
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, January 26, 2018
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: Yes, March 03, 2018
Heartworm: Yes, March 03, 2018
Urine/Fanconi: No
Worms: Yes, January 26, 2018
Urine Test for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: N0
Rabies certificate: Yes, March 19, 2018 (three year vaccine)
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry food, and some raw meat or liver (see below)
Brand(s) of food: Purina Salmon
Begs for food: No
Food dislikes: Unknown
Favorite foods: Buddy also likes Cheerios and mostly any healthy treat.
Feeding instructions: Dry food, twice a day with raw hamburger or chicken liver puree. Pumpkin can be added to his diet, he likes it.

TEMPERAMENT
Lived with children: No
Likes children: Due to his touch sensitivity, it will be preferable for him to avoid encounters with children.
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: No
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Buddy is totally indifferent to other dogs in the household. He does not want any interaction with other dogs. Therefore, he will be placed as the only dog.
Prefers men or women: Both
Likes strangers: No, he needs time to trust strangers.
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): No, but he can snap hard out of fear. This is why he should not be forced, cornered or chased.
Crate trained: No, he cannot be crated
Dog sleeps where: His own bed or a couch
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: Yes
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: Yes
Wakes up grouchy: Yes
Rides well in car: Yes, he loves car rides with his humans, and he understands the word "Car", and he will jump on the car.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: No
Screams: No
Other information:
Dog crate included: No, he must not be crated.

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

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