Introducing Brinde! If you are looking for a Basenji who will snuggle under the blanket with you and keep you warm, Brinde is ready to jump on your bed and stretch out beside you. This nine-year-old girl loves long walks, napping in the sun, and looking out the window from her foster’s second-floor apartment. On walks, she is keen to meet everyone and she lets them pet her after she’s given them a thorough sniff to make sure they check out as dog lovers. She’s a striking beauty with a soft coat that shifts from dark tan, to red, to brindle depending on the light.

Brinde came to BRAT through the untimely passing of her owner while they were on a walk together. Brinde got loose and was caught and brought to a shelter by animal control. Brinde’s owner had no family who could take her in, and her owner’s friends fortunately helped connect her with BRAT. After a week at the shelter, Brinde was released to BRAT. BRAT was able to contact her previous veterinarian and the vet spoke highly of Brinde’s owner and said she was obviously well-loved and taken care of. Her transition from beloved pet to the animal shelter, to a BRAT volunteer’s home with three inquisitive male Basenjis, then another three-hour drive to her foster family overwhelmed Brinde. She was confused about where she was as everything she had known was suddenly gone. In the time that she’s been with her foster family, she’s been able to adjust to her new routine, but it’s easy to see how she might still feel a little wary.

While her foster family is working from home, Brinde is content to lounge on the couch in the next room, or on the dog bed in the office. If the foster goes into another room, Brinde will jump up and follow to make sure she knows where they are, then heads back to her spot on the couch or dog bed once she knows what the situation is. She is very interested anytime someone is in the kitchen and can be underfoot during meal preparation. She and her Basenji foster brother were separated by a portable play yard when they were first introduced because she didn’t understand why there was another dog in the home and they didn’t get along at first., but after a few weeks they learned how to interact and the gates came down, and now they tolerate each other. Brinde and her foster brother get along well once their leashes are on and they are heading out the door for a walk together. They walk along and like sniffing out the same bush and staring at other dogs with their ridge of hair along their spine raised. Brinde will lunge and bark (yes, she’ll give a bark) if she sees another dog, and care must be taken when out for a walk to make sure she has space to go around if someone else is out walking their dog. She will also occasionally lunge at the city bus as it passes her by, but she has no interest in cars, just the city bus. Brinde has been a single dog and would do best as a single dog. This will ensure she gets all the love and attention from her new family. It is unknown what Brinde would do with small children in the home. Provided information by her previous vet indicates that she thinks smaller animals are prey and therefore she will not be placed in a home with other small animals. 

As mentioned above, Brinde would love to sleep in the bed with you. Because of her contentious reputation with the resident Basenji, she slept in a kennel in the bedroom with her foster family at first but she was very restless, frequently waking up and rattling her cage to make sure the fosters knew she didn’t like to be in a kennel. She has taken to sleeping in a dog bed next to her foster parents as well. 

Brinde rides in the car in a smaller kennel and does pretty well once the car is in motion. She will lay down or look out the window, and is usually well-behaved. She doesn’t like when the car is stopped such as when in a drive-through, or traffic, and will whine to remind you she is back there just in case you were planning on getting out of the car and forgetting she was there. When it’s time to let her out of the kennel, you will need to block her with your body to make sure she doesn’t jump out right away.

Brinde does great on walks as long as she’s wearing a harness or a One-World lead. She likes to walk ahead of you at a quick pace, but she doesn’t pull and can slow down to her foster’s pace with very little pulling. She is a true sight hound and will stop and look if something catches her eye. She knows when a dog is across the park, or a squirrel is on the other side of a tree. You’ll need to be prepared to redirect and distract her from checking things out. Because it is unknown how she will respond, her fosters have not allowed her to meet dogs that the fosters do not know. If another dog is coming toward her, the hair on her spine bristles up in that distinctive Basenji style, and she will begin pulling, and it is best to stop, step off the sidewalk, and wait for the dog to pass. She will snap at a dog that comes too close. 

Brinde is a pretty confident dog when she’s with her fosters, either at home or on a walk. If there is a loud noise, such as someone dropping something on the floor in the apartment above or a car backfiring while on a walk, Brinde will startle and stop. Like a lot of us, she doesn’t like that loud noise, but has no trouble with the hum of the traffic noise when out on her walks. She does seem to be afraid of fireworks. Brinde doesn’t resource guard and allows her food bowl to be taken up and set down without any issues. 

Brinde knows how to sit and will take a treat gently. Like most Basenjis, she’ll eventually come when called while in the apartment, but she is not ready to obey a recall outdoors, so care must be taken when she is out of the house, and should always wear a harness and be leashed. Brinde has taken quickly to apartment life with her foster parents, but she must be walked at least two times a day. she may have lived in an apartment. She isn’t very playful, but if you throw enough balls down the hallway, she will delight you with the Basenji pounce once or twice. Just be prepared to walk down the hall to pick up the balls and throw them the opposite direction. She shows a mild interest in dog toys, but is mostly content to lounge around the house. If you get up to do something, expect her to follow along.

Brinde can be affectionate on her terms. She will jump on the couch and lay next to you, and you can ask her if she wants to be petted and she will let you scratch her ears and her neck. She doesn’t like you to run your hand along her back to her tail and will become gruff and growl to remind you to keep your hands off. A few soft words and an apology from you, and you can ask her if it’s ok to pet her and she’ll let you. Brinde knows how to sit on command, but she doesn’t seem to know other commands. In typical Basenji style, she will definitely sit if she knows she’s going to get a treat.

If you think you could provide Brinde with a stable, loving home and are ok with her snoozing on the couch during the day and snuggling with you on the bed at night, 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 Brinde.

Please make sure to provide as much detailed information as possible when completing the form. Applicants who live more than a nine-hour drive from Houston, Texas, will need to commit to do the transport. Flying Brinde to her new home is not an option.

There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Brinde. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Brinde 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 BRINDE
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Brinde
Dog is currently in: Texas
Birth date: June 17, 2012
Gender: Female
Color: Brindle/Saddleback
Weight: 22 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
General health information: Brinde is healthy. She sheds slightly.
DHPP: Yes, 6/25/2021
Rabies: Yes, 06/25/2021
Bordetella: Yes, 6/25/2021
Heartworm: Negative on 10/14/21
Regular heartworm given: Yes, Heartgard once a month
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Results are Clear/Normal
Other regular medication: Simparica monthly for flea treatment; Composure treats twice daily to help with any anxiety from the recent change in schedule; Adaptil collar.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day, one cup in the morning. She typically doesn’t eat her breakfast all at once, and if she still has food in her bowl in the evening, she’ll get another ½ cup. 
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Beneful
Begs for food: No
Food dislikes: Unknown
Favorite foods: Canned dog food
Feeding instructions: One cup in the morning; up to one cup in the evening.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Warms up easily to people; likes her alone time, but also likes to know where her people are in the apartment.
Lived with children: Unknown, not recommended.
Likes children: Unknown
Lived with cats: Unknown
Likes cats: She seems to have a high prey drive, and will try to chase a cat when outside on her leash.
Lived with dogs: Not before living with his foster family; she would do best in a only-dog home.
Likes dogs: No
Prefers men or women: Men, but she will come to whoever is available when she wants to be petted.
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: Unknown; she does OK in her crate at bedtime but can be restless several times throughout the night but she doesn’t whine or try to destroy the crate. She no longer sleeps in her crate since she prefers to sleep in the bed with her fosters.
House broken: Yes.
Destructive indoors: She hasn’t been, but she’s not been left alone yet with the fosters. This will be updated as she becomes more comfortable with her foster family. She has been curious and is tall enough to counter surf for paper, but she will drop it if she’s told “no”. She has sniffed at the books on the bookcase, but she’s not made attempts to see how they taste.
Destructive outdoors: Unknown
Dog is a climber: No, but she is tall and smart enough to know she can get things on the edge of the counter. Being proactive and keeping things out of reach is the best bet. 
Dog is an escape artist: Unknown, she has not been given a chance.
Easily startled: Yes, especially when asleep.
Wakes up grouchy: Yes, she will give you a low growl and snap if you try to pet on her back near her tail. You will need to take care and talk to her and let her know it’s time to wake up. Make sure she’s fully awake before trying to touch her or pick her up.
Rides well in the car: Yes. She should be crated while in the car; during her first long ride she fell asleep quickly. When running errands with her foster family, she lays down and snoozes or looks out the window; she doesn’t like it when the car stops and will whine but settles back down pretty easily.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: Yes
Yodels: She hasn’t yet but she has given a quick bark at the resident Basenji a few times.
Screams: Yes, she was startled awake and was confused about where she was; she seemed panicked and screamed until she calmed down.
Dog sleeps where: On the couch, in a dog bed on the floor, on the chair, on the window sill. She would really prefer to sleep on the bed when it’s nighttime. 

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

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