Meet Jedidiah (also known as Jeddy). Jeddy is a sweet, mellow, red and white Basenji boy. He is approximately six years old. Jeddy, and with 23 other Basenjis, found themselves in a northern MN shelter last year. The shelter enlisted BRAT to take some of the Basenjis, and BRAT ended up with 8 of the 24 dogs. Jedidiah is the last of the MN8 to be put up for adoption.

Jedidiah is a very easy-going Basenji. He is not very independent, and his foster mom says he does not have the typical naughty streak that many Basenjis have. Cuddling with humans is his favorite pastime. He loves being picked up and held by anyone in his foster family. He has not shown any snarky-ness when sleeping and can easily be moved if you are gentle and slow. As long as he is fed, loved, and has a warm lap to curl up to, he’s a happy boy. Jeddy does not require a lot of exercise, though he could probably benefit from more! One daily walk has been enough for this mellow boy. His foster mom says he enjoys slow, leisurely walks and doesn’t pull very much (though sometimes there are super yummy smells to sniff and fascinating animals to watch). Jeddy does have access to a fenced in yard via a doggie door. He likes to explore the yard a bit, but then prefers to sit by the fence and watch the birds.

Jeddy loves having a best dog friend and will do best in a home with at least one other confident dog. In his foster home, he follows his doggie friends everywhere- even into trouble. He feeds off the other dogs’ energies and takes their lead. If the dogs he is with show fear or anxiety, Jeddy can get confused and unsure of how to express his feelings. Because of this, Jeddy would do best living with calm, confident dogs who can help guide him. Jedidiah does have a history of resource guarding food from other dogs, but his foster mom has worked hard to improve this. His new adopters will need to continue with training to make sure Jeddy doesn’t back slide. He would do best in a home with an experienced Basenji owner.

When Jedidiah first entered foster care, his foster mom quickly noticed something seemed ‘off’ with Jeddy and some of his movements/behaviors. He seemed extra clumsy and would trip or fall when playing. His foster humans also noticed he seemed to misjudge distances when jumping and would often fall short when trying to jump onto things like the bed. He can be uncoordinated, and he sometimes is unable to fully pick up his feet to navigate obstacles. Jeddy’s paws sometimes knuckle over, and it takes him awhile to correct them. Because of his odd behaviors, Jeddy had a work-up done by a veterinary neurologist. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a specific cause for these behaviors. Our best guess is Jeddy was born with some type of underlying neurological issue. Luckily, he doesn’t seem to know he’s ‘different’, and he has adjusted well to his limitations. He’s a clumsy goofball, who doesn’t let his issues slow him down.

Jedidiah is potty trained but does currently have access to a doggie door. He does have a history of marking when he was allowed to start exploring new areas of his foster home. Luckily this can be managed when he moves to his adoptive home, as long as his adopters reinforce his potty training. Jeddy cannot be crated, as he has severe crate-hate and doesn’t like to be alone. He does great having free reign of the house, as long as he has a doggie friend to keep him company when the humans are away.

Jeddy has been exposed to children of all ages and has done great. Because of his resource guarding with other dogs, and his anxiety issues though, he will not be placed in a home with young kids. He gets along well with his foster’s resident cat, but he does have a very high prey drive. If going to a home with cats, the cats must be calm and dog friendly. If cats hiss or try to run from him, his prey drive and desire to chase kicks in.

Jeddy’s foster mom describes him as one of the best fosters to come through their home. He is goofy, sweet, and very entertaining. Even though he has some special needs because of his neurological issues, he is a very special guy.

Again, he’d do best in a calm, Basenji-experienced home where there are often people around to cuddle with. He’d be the happiest going to a home with at least one other calm, confident dog to keep him company.

If you think you could provide Jedidiah 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 Jedidiah.

There is an adoption fee of $275.00 for Jedidiah. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Jedidiah 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 JEDIDIAH
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Jedidiah
Dog is currently in: Minnesota
Birth date: 2015
Gender: Male
Color: Red and White
Weight: 23 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes, 05/26/2020
Parvovirus: Yes, 05/26/2020
Rabies: Yes, 06/08/2020
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 05/26/2020
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: Yes, 05/31/2020
Fecal test comments: No ova seen.
Heartworm: 05/29/2020, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes
Urine tested for Fanconi: 05/29/2020, Negative
DNA test for Fanconi: Negative
Other tests: HemoPet Thyroid scan
More information about tests: Negative 
Other regular medication: No
Other medical issues: Jedidiah has some neurological issues. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a specific ‘issue’, but he does deal with some neuro symptoms. He is clumsy, falls often and runs into things. 

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Core Wellness
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: Dry biscuit treats
Favorite foods: Everything

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Jedidiah is cautious but curious about strangers. He is very sweet natured.
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: Yes
Likes cats: Trainable
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes
Prefers men or women: No preference
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: No
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: No
Easily startled: Yes
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Yes
Screams: No
Dog sleeps where: On bed
Other information: Jedidiah will do best with an experienced basenji owner.

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

There is an adoption fee of $275.00 for Jedidiah. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Jedidiah 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.