Howard is a handsome, playful and assertive seven-year-old, brindle and white male. His strut speaks to his high self-esteem and proud personality.

Howard is affectionate with his human foster family. He likes to snuggle on the couch, jump into bed and be petted on his head. He greets you at the door and will wag his curly tail when excited. Howard likes to be where the humans are and is always three steps behind you. He will hang out on a kitchen rug or lay on the bed while you get ready for work. This kid has been known to entertain himself by performing surgery on the latest stuffed toy, which is why he must be limited to playing with toys without stuffing or fabric. Although he would prefer a nice fluffy toy, he must be limited to Nylabones and keep stuffed toys out of sight. Howard also shows his quirky side by rubbing himself on your fresh sheets, blankets and towels.

Howard is well-behaved when left alone in the house. He is not destructive, does not startle by loud noises and is housebroken. He uses a doggie door during the day when his foster family is not home. However, he does not like to be behind a gate and he will let you know by wrestling with the gate, climbing the gate and whining. Howard has not been crate-trained and should not be left alone in a crate. When it comes to riding in the car, there is no need to place him in a crate, but will roam the vehicle until settled.

At night, Howard will sleep in a dog bed but he would much prefer to sleep in a human bed. In the mornings, he wakes his foster mom with a paw scratch on the bed to let her know it is time to snuggle. He does not care to be covered up by blankets. At night, he will go in the bed when all the lights are out. You can point to his bed and say “go to bed” but it's more on his terms. He does not want to miss out on anything. Howard is a slight snorer.

He likes to go for walks and loves to run from tree to tree. Howard requires a disciplined schedule and applicants must understand his requirements for exercise; two or more walks a day are a must on Howard’s daily activity’s list. Despite his plumpness, he is very agile and playful. He should be encouraged to stay active in order to help him lose those extra pounds. When walking, Howard does not chase cars or get scared by loud noises but he does get agitated by dogs barking on the other side of a fence and is easily distracted when he sees another dog on the street.

Howard is picky when it comes to fur friends. Applicants who are seeking a single dog in their home will be prioritized due to Howard's strong personality. He tends to become protective of his human(s) and gets jealous of other dogs coming close to the humans. He does not care for his large breed foster brother and will not be placed in a home that has small dogs or cats because he sees them as prey. Howard likes to encourage his two Basenji foster brothers to play by pawing at them or chasing them around the house but can get overly excited. The occasional “ruff” or growl can be heard when he does not get what he wants.

Howard is overweight for a Basenji. Any applicant interested in adopting Howard will receive frequent checks by his BRAT coordinator about his progress toward weight loss. He will need to be in a home that has a strict attitude about food and portion control to get Howard back to a healthy and appropriate weight. He is currently on his way to a slim and trim body because of his current diet. We know that his weight is not due to any health issues.

Howard loves food and can be food aggressive toward other dogs. He is fed separately from the rest of his pack. He will throw a fit if he is done and the others are still eating by picking up his bowl and dropping it or pawing at the gate. Howard is on dry/lean food and will need to continue this plan. He eats sweet potato treats and cooked green beans due to their low-fat content.

Howard has a past injury on his right front paw. We are not aware of what happened but his paw looks normal with just the remnants of a scar. His paw is very sensitive and if touched in any way and he will get upset and snappy due to the pain caused by the accidental touch. Howard will also need to be muzzled when he is having his nails trimmed.

Howard displays very typical Basenji behaviors along with his strong personality. He will give you attitude if not given his way. He will only be placed in a Basenji-savvy home where manners are expected and his diet is well regulated. A household where he will be the sole King Basenji will be preferred. Couples or singles who are active and with no children will be on the top of the list to adopt Howard. Priority in Howard’s adoption will be for those applying within the Texas and Louisiana area. Please indicate in your application your plans for transportation. In order to consider your application, please answer in detail the questions on the application page.

If you think you could provide Howard 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, Andrea Houstoun.

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 Howard.

There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Howard. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Howard 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 HOWARD
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Howard
Dog is currently in: Texas
Gender: Male
Color: Brindle and white
Weight: 41 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes: Unknown

HEALTH INFORMATION VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes 5/4/18
Rabies: Yes 5/4/18
Rabies certificate: Yes
Bordetella: Yes  5/4/18
Fecal: Yes 10/13/18
Fecal test comments: Negative
Heartworm: Yes, Negative 1/4/19
Regular heartworm given: Yes, the first of each month
DNA test for Fanconi: Carrier

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry and wet
Brand(s) of food: Lean or weight control
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: No
Favorite foods: All
Feeding instructions: One cup a day toward his goal for weight loss

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Howard is a cuddler and is very curious. He is always two steps behind you. He is food driven. Howard displays behaviors to convince other dogs to stay away from his particular treasures (food, toy or his favorite human). He growls to warn and he can charge and snap if he ignored. He is not a biter but he is definitely a snappy. His foster parents joke by saying that Howard is large and in charge.
Lived with children: No
Likes children: Unknown
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: No
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: No
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: No
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: No but like any basenji, you can’t leave the door open.
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: No
Screams: Unknown
Dog sleeps where: Prefers in the human bed but will sleep in a dog bed in the bedroom
Other information: Can make small bark noises.
Reason for placement: Resource guarding

If you are interested in Howard, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Andrea Houstoun. Thank you!

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