Zola is a beautiful, strong female Basenji who can be very affectionate after the humans have given her the opportunity to settle into a new environment. Once she is comfortable with her surroundings, she will come to you and place her head on your lap. Her foster dad has enjoyed cuddling times, and especially while giving her a daily massage that she truly enjoys.

Zola loves being around her people, next to her humans during couch and TV time, and loves to have undivided attention from her humans. Once Zola warms up to a new human who treats her with respect, she will be fine being petted and picked up. She is a talker and will let you know how she feels about things. Her foster dad says that she is a very funny girl. Zola pretends to be very independent, but still she needs to be part of a pack – she does not like to be left alone, and she has shown to be a great sister to a male, mid-age Basenji.

If Zola gets bored, is alone, or feels she is not getting the attention she needs, she will let you know by snacking on paper of all kinds and shredding them. On peak times of boredom, she is really good at entertaining herself by knocking over a trash can from time to time. Thus, it is always best to have a locked trash can or to keep them away from her. Zola can also be a bolter, so it’s important to make sure outdoor doors and gates are kept closed and locked, and that before opening a door that leads to the outside world, Zola is held or contained in a separate room to avoid giving her the opportunity to escape.

Zola is a typical Basenji, no more, no less. She does not like the rain, but she loves going for long walks, and she will benefit from being walked two or three times a day. She is curious on her walks and she loves the woods. This girl is not aggressive with other dogs on her walks and at home, she is playful when she wants to be. She likes to chew on bones and her squeaky toy, and fortunately she does not see furniture as another chewing toy.

Zola is potty trained, but still is best to make sure she stays on a schedule. She is very good at remembering when it is time to go for a potty walk, and she will not be able to hold it for too long after her walk time. She could also benefit from having access to a fenced backyard through a doggie door.

Zola will be the great companion for a mature, couple with older kids, a retired couple, or a person(s) who works from home. She will do great becoming part of a pair – with a mellow, male Basenji. A fully fenced backyard will be required, as well as a Basenji-savvy family who will be willing to give her space while she adapts to her new environment and new schedules. An active family is necessary for Zola since she must be walked every day to avoid accidents in the house and to prevent her from becoming bored. Priority will be given to those applying within the Texas, Oklahoma, and the Louisiana area. Please indicate in your application your plans for transportation, and please answer in detail the questions on the application page. Incomplete applications will be given no further consideration.

If you think you could provide Zola 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 Zola.

There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Zola. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Zola 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 ZOLA
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Zola
Dog is currently in: Texas
Birth date: 11/01/2009
Gender: Female
Color: Red and White
Weight: 25 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
General health information: Zola is very healthy. She does present with a skin allergy during the summer months only.
DHLP: Yes, 12/06/2017
Parvovirus: Yes, 12/06/2017
Rabies: Yes, 12/06/2017
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 12/11/2017
Lyme Disease: No
Heartworm: Yes, 12/12/2017, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes, 06/10/2018
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: No
Other regular medication: Yes
Regular medication info: Trifexis, administered orally once a month.

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Taste of the Wild (only)
Begs for food: No
Food dislikes: She will eat it all
Favorite foods: Any meat
Feeding instructions: We have always fed her 1 cup of Taste of the Wild twice a day. We rotate between all of the proteins they offer.

TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: Zola is a "typical" Basenji. Very smart, confident, and social. She loves people and kids. She can get an attitude if not given her way. She is like a toddler. She can be dominant.
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Yes
Lived with cats: No
Likes cats: Unknown
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: No
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: Yes
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: Yes
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Yes
Screams: No
Dog sleeps where: Zola always sleeps in her own doggy bed. She has two in our house, one upstairs (in the family room) and one downstairs (in the living room). She likes to alternate between them.
Other information: Zola is a very smart dog and, as any self-respecting Basenji, can and will outsmart you. She needs to be with her people, but also does well in the house alone during the day. She can not be crated or isolated into a room all day, as she has anxiety. We learned very early that crating her is absolutely not an option. She needs free range of the house, or a very large area. She can and will get destructive if she feels you have not given her enough attention. She loves to shred paper, tissues, and plastic Zip Loc bags if left unattended. This girl is a slinky escape artist and will attempt to find the way out as fast as you can blink an eye! She does have a microchip, but the information on the maker was lost during Hurricane Harvey and will need to be scanned to re-register with new owners. She really is a sweet girl, but very much a Basenji.

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

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