Bria is approximately eight years old and was picked up by animal control in early July in very poor condition. She had a respiratory infection, bacterial and fungal infections on her skin, all of which are being addressed successfully. She had apparently been on her own for quite some time. Bria was very, very pitiful and close to death. She is becoming healthier and more beautiful every day as her coat darkens and thickens.

Bria has a beautiful face, likes people, approaches strangers and accepts handling easily. She is very independent and not an overly demonstrative or snuggling type dog. She may become more cuddly as she begins to trust people. She’s appreciative of attention, loves to be petted and stroked which must feel good to her improving coat. In the evening she settles down nicely on the couch (which she loves) and is happy to just watch the goings on around her.

She is getting on very well with the two larger dogs in her foster home (one female and one male). They play and interact well. The female resident Basenji is dog aggressive and when she acts aggressively toward Bria, Bria responds with the same. The foster mom is unable to judge whether she’d get along with another female Basenji who is not aggressive.

Bria does not like to be left alone. She follows her foster family from room to room. When alone, she is left in a sturdy exercise pen or in an outdoor kennel for short periods in decent weather.

Bria walks very well on a leash.

Bria would like to sleep in bed with her foster but that isn’t permitted so she sleeps quietly in a sturdy exercise pen with a dog bed and some puppy pads. She does not appear to be able to go all night, every night without occasionally peeing on the pads. She has been completely housetrained in her foster home, but she does need to go out quite often (every 2 hours) on a regular basis. She goes to the door and scratches when she needs to go outside. Will pee and/or poop immediately and come right back inside.

She will counter surf and pull anything she can reach off the counter.

Bria’s blood work indicates possible early kidney disease and will need dental work later in September as her mouth is very painful to her. BRAT will pay for this after she is adopted.

The perfect home environment for Bria would be where she isn’t left alone for long periods of time and someone patient with her need to go potty every couple of hours. She would love larger dogs to play with and a nice quiet peaceful home to live out the remainder of her life.

If you think you could provide Bria 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, Michelle And Dennis Barker (Martenis).

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 Bria.

There is an adoption fee of $250.00 for Bria. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Bria 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 BRIA
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Bria
Dog is currently in: North Carolina
Birth date: unknown, ~2010-2011
Gender: Female
Color: Red and White
Weight: 21 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes
Identification Information: Unregistered with Home Again, can be registered by new owner.

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes
Parvovirus: Yes
Rabies: Yes
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: Yes
Heartworm: Yes, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes, Heartgard, 8/1/2019
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes, clear/normal
Other regular medication: Antifungal baths weekly until mid September. (Bria is very good in the bath.)
Other:  She appears to have maybe been hit by a car in the past due to her unusual gait, but isn’t in pain and can move around normally. Some hearing loss. Slight declining kidney function. Blood work can be rechecked prior to the dental, then recheck yearly to determine progression.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: 3/4 cup dry Purina Pro Focus Senior small breed dry with 3 or 4 tablespoons of wet food (Epigen), plus easy to chew treats. Fish oil daily.
Begs for food: She is hopeful but not obnoxious.
Food dislikes: None known
Favorite foods: Easy to chew treats
Feeding instructions: Twice a day
Other: Loves to drink water, may be her daily requirement or indicative of her kidney function.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Will react aggressively to another aggressive dog. Can be snarky at first when meeting a new dog. Likes to chase the foster home’s chickens.
Lived with children: Unknown
Likes children: Unknown
Lived with cats: Unknown
Likes cats: Unknown, but does have a prey drive.
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes. Prefers dogs larger than her and non-aggressive.
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Bria likes people, approaches strangers and accepts petting and handling easily. She is very good at the vet.
Nips (playfully): She hasn’t started to play very much with her foster humans. Loves to play with the larger resident dogs.
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: Yes, but protests at first.
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No, but has the Basenji paper shredding gene.
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: Yes
Dog is an escape artist: No, but like most Basenjis would probably run if given the chance.
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: Never grouchy.
Rides well in car: Must be in crate or jumps around like a wild girl.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: Yes
Yodels: No
Screams: Howls when in crate at first.
Dog sleeps where: She’d like to sleep in bed with her foster but that isn’t permitted so she sleeps quietly in a sturdy exercise pen with a dog bed and some puppy pads. She does not appear to be able to go all night, every night without occasionally peeing on the pads.
Dog crate included: No

If you are interested in Bria, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Michelle And Dennis Barker (Martenis). Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $250.00 for Bria. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Bria 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.