Pennie is a nine (almost 10)-year-old tricolor Basenji female who is currently located in northern New Jersey. She came to BRAT when her owners were providing increasing amounts of caregiving to an elderly family member and had to leave Pennie crated for longer than they cared to.

She has been described by her owners as a timid but social dog who loves to lay in the sun or be near you. She loves affection and curling up against people. This lovely lady tolerates other dogs her size or smaller and likes children but does not like cats. She would likely do best in a home where she is the only dog; having to adjust to other dogs and changing homes has been rather stressful on her. She is crate trained and house broken and is not destructive in the home, nor is she an escape artist. She rides extremely well in a car and sleeps in her dog bed.

She exhibits typical Basenji independence and smarts and has been working on basic skills and manners in her foster home. Pennie, upon meeting new people is very alert, curious, and confident. She is a no-nonsense kinda gal who will look you in the eye and give you a good once-over. She can become a real talker when she gets to know you. She is known to get the zoomies periodically.

She took treats gently from the volunteer who evaluated her and when Pennie was told no more treats, she turned her back on the volunteer in a very comical way. Pennie’s owner told the volunteer that Pennie knows what a camera is and hates having her picture taken. She is a smart and crafty cookie, this one. In typical Basenji fashion, she cannot tolerate un-shredded Kleenex tissues to exist in her presence.

Pennie does not like to be picked up unexpectedly and is food, toy, and bed possessive. Without other dogs around Pennie is a perfect cuddle angel and “sweet old gal.” She is doing better each day with the other dogs in her foster home, and they are definitely tolerating each other much better after living together for a month, but she would likely do best in a home where she is the only dog.

If you think you could provide Pennie 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 Pennie.

There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Pennie. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Pennie 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 PENNIE
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Pennie
Dog is currently in: New Jersey
Birth date: November or December 2009
Gender: Female
Color: Tricolor
Weight: 25 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: No

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: 9/23/2019
Parvovirus: 9/23/2019
Rabies: 9/23/2019
Rabies certificate: 9/23/2019
Coronavirus: 9/23/2019
Bordetella: 9/23/2019
Lyme Disease: Negative
Fecal: Negative
Fecal test comments: NA
Heartworm: Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes
Urine tested for Fanconi: Not done
DNA test for Fanconi: Awaiting test results
Other medical issues: Pennie is scheduled for dental exam, cleaning, and possible extractions. She was bitten two years ago by an insect – unidentified – and required extensive vet care, including a drain and sutures to clear the wound. Some small amount of scarring on her hind leg can be seen.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Currently has an automatic feeder she shares with her foster brothers but once a day is what she is used to.
Type of food: Natures Domain Salmon (small breed)
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: Not a fan of peanut butter. Sensitivities? Owner stated “dark meat” but did not specify any grain. Sensitivity manifests as hives, according to owner.
Favorite foods: Cheese, elk antlers
Feeding instructions: Currently has an automatic feeder she shares with her foster brothers. Other: Doesn’t get much of any people food.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: “People” social dog, loves to lay in the sun, timid (?), loves to lay with you or be near you.
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: No
Lived with dogs: No
Likes dogs: Yes, but can be reactive to large dogs.
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Seems to like all people after she’s had an opportunity to check them out.
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: Yes
House broken:    Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: No
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: Yes, especially if other dogs get in her face.
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Yes
Screams: No
Dog sleeps where: Pennie sleeps in her crate or in her dog bed
Other information: Kennel is the word that has been used to have Pennie come back in the house, or go into her crate.

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

There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Pennie. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Pennie 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.