Sonny is “living large” in BRAT foster care and is ready to be welcomed into his forever home. He is a three-year-old red and white male Basenji currently located in New York. His foster family describes him as a very loving, calm yet playful, sweet, cuddly Basenji. Sonny loves to be close to his people, whether watching TV, reading, or working on the computer. He is also always up for a good play session with his humans (tug, fetch, hide and seek) or another playful dog. Sonny knows basic cues: “leave it” tricks, “go to your bed” and “go to your crate.” Sonny will seek out sunny spots like most Basenjis. He loves being completely covered by a blanket while sleeping, or at his foster home he has been sleeping on top of the blankets.

Sonny has been accustomed to living in a very large city and so he’s is desensitized to city noises. He regularly rode on ferry and subway, but he randomly snapped at other dogs. Sonny inadvertently nipped at a human’s lower legs when he was aiming for another dog on leash. Because of his spotty history tolerating close living in a high-rise apartment in a very large city, and after observing him in a foster home situation in a much smaller city, we feel he would do best in a single-family home, or a condo with its own separate entry, in the suburbs or a smaller city.

Sonny is house trained and partially crate trained. He is nondestructive in the home and has done well uncrated when humans are gone for brief errands. Be aware that Sonny is an escape artist and he can figure out how to get many a door opened. He was very attached to his human dad, rarely had any time apart from him, and may experience some separation anxiety when left alone that will need to be addressed. He has spent very little time alone in his foster home. Sonny enjoys sleeping in bed, on the covers, alone on the couch, or in his dog bed. He loves going for rides in the car, especially if it means attending a Fast CAT event. He has done a practice run and would be well-suited for this if his adoptive family has an interest in pursuing this with him. Sonny is a healthy boy, and he does very well at the vet’s office.

Sonny is very excited to be leashed up for a walk and his owners took him for two, long daily walks, often stopping at a dog park for a good romp and run. Despite getting lots of exercise, this pup is strong and has a lot of energy and still pulls on leash even after a long walk or romp at the park. If another dog is nearby on leash, he generally does well unless the other dog shows signs of reactivity or wanting to challenge him, and then he is likely to lunge hard on his leash toward the other dog. He walks well with a “harness lead” in his foster home and has pretty much ignored other dogs while walking.

Sonny has a high prey drive for the cats in his foster home and when out on leash walks. If an adopter has a separate cat room and/or a cat that likes to play with dogs (Sonny may be teachable) and if their interactions are supervised and monitored, Sonny might do well with a Basenji-savvy cat.

Sonny’s ideal adoptive home would be a single-family home, or a condo with its own separate entry, in the suburbs or a smaller city, and at least one Basenji-experienced human who is very active and interested in taking him on walks and/or involving him in Fast CAT events. Other characteristics in an ideal adoptive home for Sonny would include a yard with another playful (non-dominant) pup. He has done very well cohabitating with the mild-mannered resident Basenji in his foster home who does not challenge him. No young children and no birds, chickens or other small prey. Cats could also present a challenge.

If you think you could provide Sonny 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 Sonny.

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Sonny. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Sonny 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 THIS BRAT BASENJI
Dog's name: Sonny
Dog is currently in: New York
Birth date: 12/23/2020
Gender: Male
Color: Red and White
Weight: 27 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes, 12/06/21
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes
 
HEALTH INFORMATION
VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS

DHLP: Yes, 04/01/2022
Parvovirus: Yes
Rabies: Yes, 04/01/2022, 3-year
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 05/26/2024
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: No, not recently.
Heartworm: Yes, 12/06/2021, Negative. Has been on regular monthly heartworm prevention since 12/06/21. However, HW test will be repeated on 07/19/24.
Regular heartworm given: Yes, 07/03/2024
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: No. Clear/Normal by lineage.
Other tests: No
Other regular medication: No
 
EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Purina Pro Plan Adult Chicken and Rice
Begs for food: Begs with his eyes and will watch you while you are eating.
Food dislikes: Not aware of any.
Favorite foods: Dehydrated chicken hearts as treats.
Feeding instructions: Half cup morning and evening.
 
TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Sonny is well socialized and very calm and quiet at home. He’s very active outdoors. Loves to run. Can be selective with other dogs. He does best with dogs who do not challenge him.
Lived with children: No
Likes children: Unknown
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: No
Lived with dogs: No
Likes dogs: Yes, as long as they don’t challenge him. He has done well with a mild-mannered resident Basenji in his foster home.
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
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: Yes
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: This has not been observed in his foster home. Perhaps the small city air has been good for him. He gets up as soon as people get up and likes to be near his humans.
Rides well in car: Yes, tethered and on hammock across the back seat
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Yes
Screams: No
Dog sleeps where: In his dog bed or in bed with human foster. He has been sleeping on top of the covers.
Other information: Loves the phrase “good boy”.

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

There is an adoption fee of $325.00 for Sonny. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Sonny 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.