Are you looking for a new best friend? Cato may be your guy. He is a six-year-old red and white male Basenji currently located in Tennessee. Cato really likes people and he wants nothing more than to be with his people/person. He loves to go places exploring and car rides. He likes upbeat, sweet talk from his people.

He does not like to go to the vet’s office. In his home before BRAT, Cato was prescribed trazodone for anxiety. This included visits to the vet, grooming, boarding, and occasionally when they had people visiting them or if they were going to be gone all day. Cato’s fosters have discontinued the drug.

Cato needs someone who is Basenji experienced. From puppyhood until coming into BRAT rescue, Cato lived with a lovely young couple, but they were not Basenji experienced. Once their child became a toddler and carried food around, Cato figured he could take the food, and also nipped or nicked the toddler with his teeth.

Cato really likes food, especially people food. He is overweight and needs a lot of exercise and discipline so that he can get down to a healthier weight.

Also, Cato was not socialized with other dogs and had displayed aggression on leash and also bit his owner since he was unable to get to the other dog. While in his foster home, Cato has been mostly in the spare bedroom with a gate as a barrier as the senior resident female Basenji is not in good health and able to defend herself. Cato was not aggressive at the gate at all.

He is now no longer separated from her unless both fosters leave home, but has shown signs of resource guarding the living room (where the fosters usually are). He has bullied the resident female, but not hurt her. He mainly just wants her to listen to him, but since she is mostly deaf, she doesn’t hear his warnings. Cato also gets grouchy in the evening when he is going to sleep or has been sleeping. All this being said about Cato’s temperament, we think he would do best in a home with no other pets.

Cato’s ideal home would be with someone who is Basenji experienced and active. Older children may be okay – but no small children – and a gentle, patient veterinarian is in order here. Cato will need to learn to trust the vet and their staff. His fosters have been working on muzzle training and wearing the muzzle on his last visit to the vet went well – and without the use of the trazodone.

In his foster home, he has not been destructive or crated, but the fosters are home most of the time. He will counter surf and jump up if there’s food or treats. He listens pretty well to “get down”.

If you think you could provide Cato 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, Pam Taylor.

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 Cato.

There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Cato. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Cato 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 DOG
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Cato
Dog is currently in: Tennessee
Birth date: 12/01/2016
Gender: Male
Color: Red and White
Weight: 38 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes
Other breeder information: Purchased on craigslist as a puppy in the Lakewood, CA area.

VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes
Parvovirus: Yes
Rabies: Yes, 3-year
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes
Lyme Disease: No
Fecal: No
Heartworm: Yes, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes, Carrier
Other tests: Thyroid panel 5, Negative
 
EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Blue Buffalo Life Protection
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: Peanut butter but not much else.
Favorite foods: Meat, chicken, treats, etc.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Cato is friendly with people, wags his curly tail, sweet, but not real affectionate, needs calm, and his confidence boosted.
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Unknown
Lived with cats: Yes
Likes cats: No
Lived with dogs: Only in foster care a little over two months.
Likes dogs: No
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No, but it’s a good idea not to push him when he’s tired.
Crate trained: Had been, but has not used one in the past couple of years.
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: No, but will try to go with you.
Easily startled: Yes, a little anxious during bad storms.
Wakes up grouchy: Not in the morning, sometimes at night, wakes up lazy (no hurry to go out).
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Gives welcome home baroos.
Screams: No
Dog sleeps where: On the couch or in a dog bed.
Other information: Walks fairly well on leash, wants to go where he wants to go. He had two months of immersion training in Los Angeles in 2019.

If you are interested in Cato, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Pam Taylor. Thank you!

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