Meet Harley, a smart and handsome purebred red and white Basenji who loves attention! Harley is a very sociable and playful Basenji who loves going up to adult strangers for pets and hugs. He has charmed almost every veterinary technician and adult human he has met with his dashing good looks and generous tail-wagging.

Harley also communicates his feelings and wants in many different ways. He wags his tail excitedly when he is happy, puts his paws on you on the couch to ask for a cuddle, scratches on the kitchen gate when he is hungry, and scratches on the backdoor when he wants to check out the backyard or go potty. He is relentless in his communication and will keep scratching until his needs are met. If ignored, he may become destructive and start chewing on furniture just to make his feelings “heard”! His destructive behaviour only happens when he feels that he is being ignored by his foster parents at home.

He is house-trained and has not had any accidents at home and will be able to go out to potty in the sun or in the rain if necessary. Although he loves to get attention from his foster parents while they are at home, he is also happy being alone at home with his foster siblings (three other Basenjis). He does not have separation anxiety and is happy sleeping on the couch when left at home for extended periods. He hates being placed in a crate and will howl and whine like a sad little wolf if left in a crate. Sometimes, he also gets agitated and starts biting the metal crate.

His foster parents were working on getting him used to being in a crate to sleep at night but realised that he does better when left to sleep on the couch at night. When he is in deep sleep on the couch, he stays on the couch for the whole night and snaps when he gets startled from any sudden movement or loud sound. Sometimes, at the end of the night, he will scratch on the master bedroom door to ask his parents to stay with him on the couch while he sleeps at night. Unfortunately, there had been occasional nights where his foster mom/dad had to sit on the couch until he fell asleep, just like a little baby. Since he can be grumpy when in deep sleep, his new family should not allow him to sleep on the same bed with people.

While he is usually affectionate and enjoys being cuddled, he gets cranky and growls when he feels that he is being threatened. He doesn’t like tasty treats, bones, toys and food wrappers being taken away from him. He will growl and show his teeth as a warning first during these situations, and if these warning signs are being ignored, he will snap and attempt to bite to guard his found treasure. However, he can be distracted and tricked to leave his found treasure by being invited to go on a walk or check out the backyard with you and he will be back to his fun-loving self once he has forgotten about his treasures. These situations have occurred when his foster parents misplaced a food wrapper on a low countertop and when workers in the backyard have left trash lying around. His new family should be aware of this possibility and always be mindful of leaving trash and wrappers on counters where he can reach. While he is a professional counter-surfer, he does not jump on tables or counters.

Harley also gets overly-excited when he sees other dogs, cats, and deer on a walk. He is working on learning to sit and stay calm when seeing these animals in the wild. He is able to stay calm for brief periods but will return to pulling and jumping, and sometimes starts lunging at his foster brother, another Basenji. Other than that, walks with Harley are usually calm and nice. He walks well with a harness and does not pull often.

Despite being almost 10 years old, Harley still loves playing with other dogs and chasing squirrels in the backyard. He likes play-biting but his affectionate advances are not always appreciated by other dogs or his foster siblings. Being an independent dog, he will be happy being the only dog in the household. However, being a sociable dog, he will also appreciate company. He will do better with other Basenjis or other same-sized dogs that are equally playful and confident.

As with many Basenjis, he doesn't always heed commands readily. However, his foster parents are working with him on commands and when being offered a treat, he can "sit", "go", "down" and "leave it" for brief periods. He is able to wait patiently for his turn to get a treat with his foster siblings and does not try to steal treats from them. His new owners should continue his training to keep him disciplined.

While Harley can be demanding in his needs for attention, he has a lot of love to give and will bring a lot of joy to a Basenji-savvy family. Just watching his tail wag when he sees you and having him sitting on you for a cuddle makes it all worthwhile! His new family should continue to train him to follow commands, give him daily walks, keep a clean and tidy household, and provide him access to a backyard and toys/bones to chew on to keep himself entertained.

If you think you could provide Harley 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 Harley.

There is an adoption fee of $275.00 for Harley. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Harley 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 HARLEY
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Harley
Dog is currently in: Texas
Birth date: 12/01/2011
Gender: Male
Color: Red and White
Weight: 27 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
General health information: Harley is healthy. He sheds slightly.
DHPP: Yes, 6/19/2021
Leptospirosis: Yes, 6/19/2021
Rabies: Yes, 06/19/2021
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 6/19/2021
Lyme Disease: No
Heartworm: Negative on 07/01/21
Regular heartworm given: Yes, Heartgard once a month
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: Ongoing
Other regular medication: Yes
Regular medication info: SAMeLQ 425 — half a tab daily for elevated liver enzyme readings.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Three times a day, half cup dry kibbles around 09:00 a.m, 12:00pm and 3:00 p.m.
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: HEB Heritage Ranch dry dog food (flavors rotated)
Begs for food: Yes, scratches on kitchen gate.
Food dislikes: Fruits and vegetables.
Favorite foods: Soft, meat-flavored treats.
Feeding instructions: 1/2 cup three times a day.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Warms up easily to adult strangers and other dogs.
Lived with children: Unknown
Likes children: Unknown
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: Yes, he will try to chase them
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes
Prefers men or women: Both
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes, only with other dogs
Bites (in anger): Yes, as part of resource guarding (e.g., food, food wrappers, bones, toys).
Crate trained: No, howls when placed in a crate but able to enter open crate for brief periods voluntarily.
House broken: Yes, but will benefit from being shown boundaries in his new home.
Destructive indoors: Yes, when bored and trying to get attention from humans .
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No, but is a professional counter-surfer.
Dog is an escape artist: Unknown, he has not been given a chance.
Easily startled: Yes, especially when asleep at night.
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes, enjoys car rides either riding with another Basenji or alone in the passenger seat with a hammock or while cuddling up with a human in the front seat.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Very rarely
Screams: Yes, when placed in a crate.
Dog sleeps where: On the couch.

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

There is an adoption fee of $275.00 for Harley. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Harley 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.