Before you read on, PLEASE NOTE: Due to pandemic issues, Bella will not be placed in a home beyond 500 miles of Houston, Texas. If you live outside of this range, your application will be disragarded. Thank you for your understanding.

Bella is either a dog that acts like a cat, or a cat that looks like a dog. If your ideal Basenji loves to nap in a sunny window, adores having her ears scratched, generally likes to keep to herself, and enjoys trying to run out open doors, then Bella might be the Basenji for you!

Sweet, fearless, Bella is an 11-year-old female Basenji who is looking for an individual or family who will allow her to sleep on all the furniture, take her on walks around the park, doesn’t mind her snoring, and who will marvel at how cute she is when she politely waits for you to pay the “snack tax” when you have something tasty to eat. Like the princess she is, she will paw at her dog bed and all the dog blankets on the couch or HER window seat until they are the perfect amount of fluffiness and comfort for her. Do not try to help her, though, because she knows what she likes and how she likes it. Bella is a very independent, assured, calm lady dog who doesn’t demand your attention and prefers that you respect her boundaries. Once you learn her ways, you will be surprised and delighted when she jumps up on the couch and lays down near you, or when she pauses next to you while you are at your desk working and waits for you to realize she would like you to pet her.

Bella is a good girl – sure she is – and hasn’t chewed up anything except the extension wand for the vacuum cleaner. (Hey, the vacuum cleaner had it coming, being all loud and annoying and disturbing her sleep.) She and the resident older male dog have a basket of fluffy toys but she is not interested in them, although she was once observed waking up with a yellow fluffy squeak-toy with one of the ears mysteriously missing. Bella has a passing interest in paper and books, but you should still be sure to keep those types of attractions away from her so as not to tempt her.

Bella is the “play police” and will make sure that the other dog does not have fun or try to chase after a fluffy toy flying through the air. If you have an older, calm male dog, you will need to be OK with them working out their differences with a few snarks at each other and be prepared to intervene with a loud “Hey!” when necessary. Surprisingly, Bella doesn’t resource guard and eats side-by-side with the resident dog (although you need to watch to make sure that she doesn’t bully her way to his bowl when he looks away).

Bella is rarely playful, but if you find the exact right spot on her left ear, you will be allowed to sit with her and pet her. When she is done with your affection, she will move along to get a drink of water, then jump up to the other chair and curl back into her dog-ball and resume napping. You cannot be offended by this behavior because she doesn’t mean anything by it, she’s just done with being petted and wants to go back to her nap undisturbed.

Bella is unaffected by human emotions. She doesn’t care how sweetly you ask her if she wants to go outside for a walk. Most of the time she will join you at the front door when you are ready, but sometimes you will need to really convince her that you are really ready to go, and if that means you need to go over, put her leash on her while she is still stubbornly laying down, then she will believe you and will get up and go with you, after she stops for a long, leisurely, and loud drink from her water bowl. As she casually goes with you to the door, do not let her demeanor fool you. Once that door opens, she is off like a shot and you better hold on. She’ll do a few stretches (and probably secretly laugh at your consternation) once she is right outside the door, but then she’s suddenly alert and ready to go.

Bella loves going for walks. She will stop and sniff and wait for the perfect place to go potty. Along the way she will pull you along, stop suddenly, weave from side-to-side, and rub against the wall. But then she will settle into a semi-brisk pace and expect you to keep up, and that is when the walk with Bella is really enjoyable. She’s a strong, stout girl and is capable of toppling her foster mom during walks, but she shows restraint and hasn’t tripped up anyone yet. She does have a knack for finding discarded chicken bones, fire ant mounds, and wadded up pieces of trash, so you will have to be observant and spry enough to dig around in her mouth, pull her away from trash and brush off the fire ants, and resign yourself that whatever she just ate will make its way out of her one way or another.

Bella is looking for an individual or family that is laid-back and can respect her boundaries. Someone that is retired or works from home or is home often will be a good fit for her. Bella will not be placed in a home with another female dog but could do OK with an older male Basenji as long as he is calm and there is no expectation that she will be playful with him. Bella has been living in an apartment building that has a lot of other dogs. She doesn’t get along with them, especially the females, and her new family must be prepared to be attentive and explain that she is a rescue and she is not being “friendly” or “just wants to play” when another dog approaches.

If you think you could provide Bella 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.

There is an adoption fee of $200.00 for Bella. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Bella 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: Houston, Texas
Birth date: 11/27/2008
Gender: Female
Color: Tricolor
Weight: 29.4 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Spayed

HEALTH INFORMATION
DHLP: DHPP 7/7/2020
Parvovirus: 7/7/2020
Rabies: 4/22/2020
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Unknown
Lyme Disease: Unknown
Fecal: 7/7/2020
Heartworm: Negative 7/7/2020
Worms: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Over age 10 so not tested
Rabies certificate: Expires 4/20/2021
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Unknown

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: One cup, twice daily
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Beneful Healthy Weight Chicken
Begs for food: Yes, but it’s very cute and hard not to reward her. Bella very politely waits near the table just in case something drops, or just in case her good behavior yields her a table scrap (which it usually does because she’s so adorable). If you are enjoying a snack on the couch, she will act like you are her favorite human and jump up with you, and you will be so surprised by her behavior that you will want to reward her. If you don’t pay Bella the “snack tax”, she will whine, yap, and politely put her paw on you. It is so rare that she acts that way, you can’t help but want to give her some of your snacks. Bella is a rather stout girl and needs to continue to slim down, so treats should be rare.
Food dislikes: None noted
Favorite foods: She rarely turns her nose up at a treat.
Feeding instructions: One cup of dog food in the morning, one cup in the evening.

TEMPERAMENT
Lived with children: Unknown
Likes children: Unknown, but Bella should not be placed in a home with small children because she does not like excitement.
Lived with cats: Unknown
Likes cats: No, it is not recommended
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Only if the dog is an older male who is not playful, respects her authority, and likes to sleep as much as she does. She does not like female dogs nor playful dogs of either gender. If you have an older male dog and you expect Bella to be a playmate for him, please do not apply. If you want an older female dog who enjoys her naps, but also enjoys going for long walks, then Bella might be a good fit for you.
Prefers men or women: Either, but if you are looking for a pet that snuggles and adores you, move along because Bella is not that kind of dog.
Likes strangers: Yes, but only to see if they look like they have something for her, if not, then she ignores them.
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): No, but she will snark at the resident male Basenji to let  him know he is not welcome to sit on the same couch as she is, or that she has claimed the cave bed and he needs to go somewhere else, or that she will not tolerate any dogs playing or having fun.
Crate trained: Unknown, but she hasn’t needed to be in a crate during her time as a foster and it is not recommended this late in the game for her.
Dog sleeps where: Any chair, couch, bench, dog bed that suits her. Bella is an expert sleeper and can curl up or stretch out anywhere. At night, she sleeps in the dog bed in the bedroom with her foster people. Be aware: Bella snores; sometimes it is very cute, but other times she snores loudly enough to wake her foster mom.
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No, but she is being fostered in a Basenji-savvy household so she has not had an opportunity to exhibit destructive behaviors other the plastic vacuum extension and a fluffy dog toy that mysteriously is missing an ear now.
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: Unknown
Dog is an escape artist: Yes, if Bella sees an open door she will try to go through it. This is especially vexing while waiting for an elevator door to close as she will walk in, turn around, see the door is open, and make an attempt to exit the elevator. When it’s time to go for a walk, she will let you put her leash on, and she seems like she’s a cool cucumber, but once the door is open, she will be out the door as if a starting gun has gone off, so you must be prepared.
Easily startled: No. There has been construction and road work outside the window that Bella sleeps at, and she has no trouble snoozing through noises all day.
Wakes up grouchy: No, she is a slow riser who will lounge in her dog bed in the morning until you say the magic words: Do you want to go outside for a walk? Then she’ll slowly exit her bed, saunter over to get a drink of water, and eventually join you at the door for you to put her leash on.
Rides well in car: Absolutely. If you want a dog that immediately lays down and falls asleep, Bella is a champ. She will ride in the crate during long car trips, but for trips around town, she lays down on the backseat and starts snoozing almost immediately. Care must be given when the door is opened to let her out because she will try to bolt and she is surprisingly quick and agile for her size.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: See above. She does ride in her crate during long car rides and has had no issues curling up and falling to sleep. For most car trips, it is recommended she ride in a crate for her safety during the car ride, and so that you can ensure that the is unable to bolt out of the car when the door is opened.
Yodels: While with her fosters, she has yodeled and baroo’d a few times, usually when she is ready to go for her walk and it’s taking too long for everyone else to get ready.
Screams: She has not screamed while with her foster family.
Other information: Bella’s nickname is ‘Baby Rhino’ for a reason: She doesn’t care what is in her way and will just plow on no matter how many times you ask her to wait. She is the play police, and will snark and let it be known to the older resident male Basenji that playing is not allowed, even if he is chasing a thrown fluffy toy, she does not allow it and will snark and go after the other dog to make him stop.
Dog crate included: No.

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

There is an adoption fee of $200.00 for Bella. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Bella 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.