Meet Betty, an adorable young female Basenji. She’s estimated to be around 1½ - 2 years old, and was picked up as a stray wandering the streets of Chicago. She’s brindle with some unique coloring. Instead of pure white, she has brindle colored spots on her chest and legs. Based on this coloring we originally wondered if Betty was purebred, but our best guess based on her personality and looks is that she is a purebred Basenji.

Betty is very intelligent and eager to learn. She is super food-driven and while in her foster home has worked hard and learned many commands such as watch me, sit, down, back, shake, kennel up, and leave it. Like many Basenjis though, just because she ‘knows it’ doesn’t always mean she will ‘do it’. She will benefit from a human willing to continue her training.

Betty is known to be a very vocal pup. She lets out all sorts of noises – yips, chortles, baroos, and a few woofs. She has an extremely high prey drive, and is an accomplished bolter. She’s unbelievably fast and can be pushy when doors open, so she needs a home that’s willing to take the necessary precautions to keep Betty safe. Because of her extreme prey drive, Betty will not be placed in a home with cats or other small pets. She has a single dog friend, but should probably be placed in a home as the only dog. She’s not the type of dog that will enjoy the dog park or other dog-social places.

This Basenji is one who has endless amounts of energy, and would do great as someone’s running partner. She is currently exercised for long amounts of time, 2-3 times a day. She loves walks, runs, and major ball throwing sessions in the backyard. After these exercise sessions she still finds the energy to run the Basenji-500 through her foster home (which is strewn about with Betty’s toys and chews).

Betty is not very destructive, but is a young Basenji. Boredom and too much freedom can result in some destruction. She is not just a pro counter-surfer, but is instead a counter jumper. She likes to jump on counters and tables when she thinks no one’s looking. Her new human should keep working on this issue. Betty has had some crate training. She initially whines and cries when crated, but eventually settles down. She also rides in a crate during car trips (and goes through the same whining period). She currently sleeps in her foster’s bed, and has recently started crawling under the covers.

Betty is outgoing, friendly, and loves people. She loves kids, adults, and strangers. Before coming into BRAT, she stayed in a foster home with a 2-year-old and 7-year-old and did great with them. The biggest issue with young kids is Betty’s high energy. When she is excited and playing, she can knock them over, and sometimes play too hard.

The ideal family for Betty is one that’s active, ready to keep up with training a young, rambunctious pup, and one that does not have any other pets. She can be touched all over, and loves to be petted. Once she’s super comfortable with you she loves to snuggle and be loved on.

If you think you could provide Betty 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, Kelsey Brown.

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 Betty.

There is an adoption fee of $375.00 for Betty. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Betty 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 BETTY
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Betty
Dog is currently in: Minnesota
Birth date: 2017
Gender: Female
Color: Brindle and White
Weight: 23 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: 08/2019
Parvovirus: 08/2019
Rabies: 08/2019
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: 08/2019
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: 08/2019
Heartworm: 08/2019, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes
Urine tested for Fanconi: Yes, Negative
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes, Carrier
Other tests: None
Other regular medication: Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry Kibble
Brand(s) of food: Purina One
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: None
Favorite foods: Small Treats

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Betty is very friendly and outgoing. A social butterfly with people.
Lived with children: Unknown
Likes children: Yes, she’s been around kids as young as toddler age.
Lived with cats: Yes
Likes cats: No. Extremely high prey drive, thinks cats are food.
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Sometimes
Prefers men or women: No preference
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: Yes
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: Not really. Will occasionally grab items off counters.
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes, initially whines loudly, but quickly settles down.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: Yes
Yodels: Yes
Screams: Yes
Dog sleeps where: In foster mom’s bed, or sometimes the couch.
Other information: Betty is a very high energy, sweet girl. She loves people, including strangers and kids. She will not be placed in a home with cats or other small animals.

If you are interested in Betty, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Kelsey Brown. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $375.00 for Betty. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Betty 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.