Bella and Camo are a bonded pair of basenjis. They are two years old, very energetic and need lots of stimulation and attention to keep them out of trouble. They were surrendered to BRAT as they needed more attention than their former owners could provide.

Both dogs love attention and prefer to be with their humans. While Bella and Camo will allow themselves to be petted by strangers, Camo takes a while to warm up to new people. They shy away when people approach them quickly, especially in a crowd. They are more inclined to seek attention when they’ve been given enough time to sniff the shoes and legs of people.

Bella is more accepting of new people. However, Camo is very territorial and bonded to Bella and it is for this reason that the pair cannot be adopted separately. When he sees a stranger pick-up Bella and take her away, such as what happens during a visit to the vet, he may growl at the technician. At home, when his foster mom picks up Bella, he may “bark” and whine. He is always wanting to be around her.

Since they are highly energetic, an ideal home would be with access to a fenced yard where they can run around multiple times a day. Their ideal family is one that can take them for long walks or runs as they get bored easily and will start chewing on anything that takes their fancy.

Camo and Bella are picky eaters. Their foster mom has changed their food several times. They will eat a new type of food for a few days then resort to being picky again. They do love treats so it is recommended that small treats be given in limited quantities as too many treats make them eat less of their food.

They love exploring the yard and have a very high prey drive. Both dogs are still learning to walk properly on a leash. They are strong pullers so it is recommended that in addition to martingale collars, they use their harnesses to be walked. They do walk well in the yard but they take a while to slow down whenever they are walking in the streets or unfamiliar places.

Both are crate trained and they sleep in separate crates at night as both dogs are grouchy when asleep. They tend to snark at each other when one slightly nudges the other. They are also fed separately in their crates as Camo tends to eat Bella’s food. Since both dogs are chewers, it is recommended that you crate them if they are left home alone for any length of time. While both dogs sleep on soft bedding at night in their crates, you must remove the bedding during the day as they will shred them. These fireball pair will escape from home if they see the opportunity, so they must wear their collars at all times, and once they are out of their crates. It’s very important to make sure doors and gates are kept closed and locked, and that before opening a door that leads to the outside, Bella and Camo are secure on leashes or in a separate area to avoid their escape.

They are potty trained. However, in their new home, their adoptive family must train them with consistent bathroom schedules to prevent accidents during their adjustment phase. They have a love/hate relationship with the rain. On some days, they will willingly pee outside even when it’s raining. On other days, you will have to wait outside as they will hold their pee for a while simply because the grass is wet.

Like most basenjis, Bella and Camo are trashcan explorers and toilet paper shredders when given an opportunity to access them. It is recommended that trash cans have lids and/or put away and bathroom doors are shut at all times. Cardboard and important documents laying around are not safe with these rascals as they will surely shred them to bits when given a chance.

Bella and Camo would do great in a home where they are the only dogs. While Bella is open to being around large calm dogs, Camo will show aggression towards them.

Bella and Camo will be great companions for a mature couple with older kids, a retired active couple, or a person(s) who works from home. They will need an active basenji-savvy family who will be willing to give them the attention and activities they need to diffuse the high energy that comes with these young dogs. Because Bella is still in the phase where she nips and gives soft bites when she wants to play; and Camo growls at young children; they will not be placed in a home with young kids.

If you think you could provide Bella and Camo 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, Rebeca Best.

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 Bella and Camo.

There is an adoption fee of $575.00 for Bella and Camo. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Bella and Camo 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 BELLA
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Bella
Dog is currently in: Texas
Birth date: 12/13/2018
Gender: Female
Color: Red and White
Weight: 17 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
General health information: Bella is healthy. She sheds slightly.
DHPP: 5/22/20 (3 year)
Leptospirosis: 5/20/21 (1 year)
Rabies: 5/22/20 (3 year)
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No, not tested or vaccinated.
Bordetella: Vaccine should be given 11/18/21 (1 year)
Lyme Disease: No, not tested or vaccinated.
Heartworm: Negative 4/26/21
Regular heartworm given: Yes
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes. Results Clear/Normal.
Other regular medication: Yes, Simparica trio (heartworm and flea/tick prevention monthly dose)
Regular medication info: None

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain Small Breed Salmon & Lentil
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: Fruits and vegetables
Favorite foods: Anything flavorful
Feeding instructions: ¾ cup twice a day.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Shy at first but easily warms up to people and children.
Lived with children: unknown
Likes children: Unknown
Lived with cats: Unknown
Likes cats: Unknown
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes
Prefers men or women: Both
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No, but gives soft bites when wanting to play with you.
Crate trained: Yes
House broken: Yes, but she would need a refresher in new home.
Destructive indoors: Yes, when she is bored and unsupervised.
Destructive outdoors: Not observed as she has always been supervised.
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: Yes
Wakes up grouchy: Yes
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: If necessary, but will be fine in the backseat with a seatbelt
Yodels: Yes
Screams: Yes
Dog sleeps where: In her crate, but would sleep on a human bed if allowed to do so.
Other information: Sometimes Bella can be observed limping on her right hind leg on and off. She was given anti-inflammatory meds and x-rays were done with no findings. She does bear weight on her leg with no indication of pain. She has anti-inflammatory medicine on hand for when the limp is more pronounced.

ABOUT CAMO
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Camo
Dog is currently in: Texas
Birth date: 12/11/18
Gender: Male
Color: Tricolor saddle
Weight: 23 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
General health information: Camo is healthy. He does shed slightly.
DHPP: 5/22/20 (3 year)
Leptospirosis: 5/20/21 (1 year)
Rabies: 7/12/21 (3 year)
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: Not tested
Bordetella: Vaccine should be given 11/18/21 (1 year)
Lyme Disease: Not tested
Heartworm: Negative 4/26/21
Regular heartworm given: Yes
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Yes. Results Clear/Normal.
Other regular medication: Yes, Simparica trio (heartworm and flea/tick prevention monthly dose)
Regular medication info: None

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain Small Breed Salmon & Lentil
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: Fruits and vegetables
Favorite foods: Anything flavorful
Feeding instructions: ¾ cup twice a day.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Growls at strangers, especially men but eventually warms up to people
Lived with children: Unknown
Likes children: No
Lived with cats: Unknown
Likes cats: Unknown
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: No
Prefers men or women: Women
Likes strangers: No
Nips (playfully): Only at Bella
Bites (in anger): No, but growls at strangers, men and children.
Crate trained: Yes
House broken: Yes, but he would need a refresher in new home.
Destructive indoors: Yes, when he is bored and unsupervised.
Destructive outdoors: Not observed as he has always been supervised.
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: Yes
Wakes up grouchy: Yes
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: If necessary, but will be fine in the backseat with a seatbelt.
Yodels: Yes
Screams: Yes
Dog sleeps where: In his crate, but would sleep on a human bed if allowed to do so.
Other information: Per his old vet, Camo had facial nerve paralysis which affected the left side of his face. His nose is tilted towards the left and his left ear does not show any movement. He can blink his left eye which is good. Camo gets hot easily and would start panting if outside playing even for a short period of time. His adoptive family must have water readily available for him after walks or after yard playtime. Some of Camo’s teeth have hardened plaque on them, especially his left fang. He will need dental cleaning.

If you are interested in Bella and Camo, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Rebeca Best. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $575.00 for Bella and Camo. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Bella and Camo 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.