Dixon is a five-year-old red and white Basenji who went blind unexpectedly in the past year. One of the dogs living in his household started picking fights with Dixon and he was unable to fend off sudden and unexpected attacks because of his blindness. Dixon was surrendered to BRAT because his owners feared he would be injured.

Dixon is house trained, not food aggressive but food motivated, and does not mind being touched anywhere. He learns his way around a house quickly, so his blindness is not a problem except for stairs. Any stairs in the house should be blocked, so he doesn’t fall; he needs to be led up and down stairs. Dixon does not try to escape, but he needs a fenced yard to keep him safe. He does not get into the trash or tear anything up. Like a typical Basenji, he does growl when you move him or pick him up suddenly, but it is never anything more than a growl.

Dixon is as active as his owner wants him to be. He loves taking walks or ambling around the backyard. He also loves laying on the couch with his person and sleeping all day. He sleeps on the bed with his foster family at night. He can go to bed at any time and always sleeps through the night, even sleeping in if his owner wants to do that. Dixon is laid back and has adapted quickly to his foster home even though he left the only home he has ever known. He is not fearful or timid after losing his sight.

Dixon is not crate trained, and his fosters were worried he would hurt himself trying to get out of the crate. His foster has begun crate training and he willingly goes into his crate to be fed, eats with the door locked, and sits in his crate for an extended time after eating when someone is around. He cannot be locked in a room by himself when leaving the house because he will cause damage because of his separation anxiety. His previous owners gave him free range of the entire house with two other dogs and Dixon never caused a problem.

Dixon loves being near his family and follows his owners around the house to be near them. He loves being petted and being near someone. He will lay in the kitchen while you cook, wait outside the bathroom while you shower, or lay beside you quietly all day while you watch TV. His ideal home would be with someone who is around the house most of the time to help him with his separation anxiety. Dixon is a sweet boy who needs security and would do well getting into a routine at his new home and being reassured that he is not being left behind.

Dixon gets along with other dogs. However, being blind, he will bump into other dogs, and if a dog snaps at him or attacks him, he will fight back. He should not be paired with another Basenji who will snap and bite when bumped. However, he would do well with another easy-going dog and enjoys the companionship of another dog. Dixon is as laid back and low maintenance as you will find in a Basenji. After being pulled from the only home he has ever known, he needs someone who will spend time with him and reassure him that he is in his forever home to stay.

DNA testing has shown Dixon to be Fanconi affected. However, because of the test, this was caught very early. No symptoms are present and Dixon has been started on necessary supplements to keep him healthy. Follow-up testing will be needed on a regular basis to assure that Dixon is getting all needed supplements and they can be adjusted as required.

Dixon is a special little boy and he needs a special person and home of his own. If you are willing to prove to Dixon that you are that person, please read the data sheet below carefully, complete the BRAT adoption form (if you have not previously done s) and contact the BRAT coordinator, Linda Webb-Hilliard.

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 Dixon.

There is an adoption fee of $0.00 for Dixon. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Dixon 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 DIXON
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Dixon
Dog is currently in: Ohio
Birth date: 12/26/2014
Gender: Male
Color: Red and White
Weight: 40 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes 
Tattooed: No 
Micro-chipped: No

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
General health information: Dixon is currently on thyroid medication. The medication is inexpensive and given to him twice a day in a slice of hotdog which he gulps down quickly.
DHLP: Yes, 10/07/2019
Parvovirus: Yes, 10/07/2019
Rabies: Yes, 10/07/2019
Rabies certificate: Yes 
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 10/07/2019
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: Yes, 10/07/2019
Heartworm: No – tested on 10/07/2019 and negative for heartworm.
Regular heartworm given: Yes
DNA test for Fanconi: Fanconi Affected, caught early and requires supplements.
Other tests: A full wellness panel was done on Dixon on 10/07/2019 and the results were normal. Dixon also received the canine influenza vaccine in October. A blood sample was submitted to Hemopet to test his thyroid medication. The medication was adjusted, and he should be retested in a few months.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day 
Type of food: Dry 
Brand(s) of food: Fromm Gold Small Breed Adult Dry Dog Food 
Begs for food: No 
Feeding instructions: Dixon is not picky about his food and will eat anything. He is not food aggressive. In his previous home, he grazed from big bowls of food with other dogs, so he is overweight, so the amount of food he eats should be monitored. Dixon loves to walk and would benefit with frequent walks to help him lose weight.

TEMPERAMENT
Dixon is laid back and easy going. He loves people and wants to be near his family. He loves taking walks and gets very excited. Dixon would thrive with a routine and security.
Lived with children: No
Likes children: Yes. Since he is blind, children should be taught to respect his blindness.
Lived with cats: No. He does stay with a dog sitter who has a cat and there is never a problem.
Likes cats: N/A
Lived with dogs: Yes 
Likes dogs: Yes. Dixon gets along with dogs who don’t pick fights with him. Being blind, he often bumps into the other dogs in the house, so he must be paired with a dog who doesn’t snap back or pick a fight when this happens.  
Prefers men or women: Either 
Likes strangers: Yes 
Nips (playfully): No 
Bites (in anger): No 
Crate trained: No. He cannot be crated, or he will hurt himself trying to get out. He cannot be locked in a room by himself or he will cause damage. He was allowed to wander free in his previous house and never had a problem.
House broken: Yes 
Destructive indoors: Only when crated or locked in a room.
Destructive outdoors: No 
Dog is a climber: No 
Dog is an escape artist: No 
Easily startled: No. Despite losing his eyesight, he is very calm and not easily startled.
Wakes up grouchy: No, but he is usually a little disoriented and runs into things.
Rides well in car: Has good and bad moments. He has no problem riding with two people – one person driving and one person sitting in the back seat with him. He travels frequently with his foster family and gets nervous and upset at times. Other times he rides calmly.
Gets carsick: No 
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Yes 
Screams: Yes 
Dog sleeps where: Sleeps on the bed with his foster and previously slept on the bed with his owners.
Other information: Dixon will need an adjustment period to feel comfortable in his new home. He has been through many changes in the past year (going blind, having the other dog attack him in his home, and leaving the only home he has ever known). Once he feels secure and knows he is in his home to stay, then he can be left alone. He needs a routine and assurance that he is loved and safe, and he will be the perfect Basenji companion.

If you are interested in Dixon, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Linda Webb-Hilliard. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $0.00 for Dixon. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Dixon 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.