THIS DOG IS PENDING. Pending means this dog has tentatively found a home but the adoption has not yet been finalized. Though marked pending, you can still apply.

Coco is a 13-year-old tri-colored girl who got off to a bad start in life. Her original owner kept her crated too many hours and then passed her off to someone who was unable to care for her as needed. She finally ended up in the home of a very caring person who gave her the right foods, exercise and love she needed so she could come to rescue. She is now a happy, healthy and silly Basenji again.

Coco is described by her foster as being a very confident girl who loves attention and wants to be close to someone as much as possible. She likes men but is happy to cuddle with anyone.

Coco does have a luxating patella but the vet says she is not a candidate for surgery because of her age and the fact that it is a very old injury and is "fixed in place"

Coco is a great candidate for someone looking for a lap dog. She would definitely prefer to be the only dog in the household, and does get a little snarky with the other dogs and cats when they come near her. 

Coco enjoys her leash walks; however, the walks have to be kept short. 

She does well with bathroom habits outdoors in the fenced yard or on a leash walk.

The former owner said she was crate trained, but when put her in a crate she was not at all comfortable. At 13 she deserves to sleep where she is comfortable. She enjoys her donut bed during the day or sleeping close to a human in bed at night. She will sit for a treat and she is vocal toward other animals in the foster home. She is comfortable with dog-savvy children and will sit on the sofa with children in the foster home while a book is being read.

If you can provide with Coco lots of cuddle time and attend to her basic needs, she will be happy to listen to you read and snuggle next to you. She will probably do best in a home where she is the only dog and can enjoy the remainder of her golden years.

If Coco sounds like she would fit in your home, please read the data sheet below carefully, complete the BRAT adoption form (if you have not previously done so) and contact the BRAT coordinator, Linda Webb-Hilliard.

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 Coco.

There is an adoption fee of $150.00 for Coco. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Coco 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 THIS BRAT DOG
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Coco
Dog is currently in: Virginia
Birth date: 2009
Gender: Female
Color: Tricolor
Weight: 20 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes
Pet shop dog: Unknown
Breeder: Unknown

GENERAL HEALTH INFORMATION
Coco has received a clean bill of health and we kept her for a few months to help her gain weight and give her lots of love and emotional support. She was very thin and could barely jump up on the couch when we brought her home. With regular walks, good food, and some fish oil supplements, she is feeling great now. Coco recently had a dental and lost 5 teeth.

VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes, 07/07/2022
Parvovirus: Yes, 07/07/2022
Rabies: Yes, 07/07/2022
Rabies certificate: Yes
Coronavirus: Yes, 07/07/2022
Bordetella: Yes, 07/07/2022
Lyme Disease: Yes, 07/07/2022
Fecal: Yes, 07/07/2022
Fecal test comments: All fine
Heartworm: Yes Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes
Urine tested for Fanconi: No
DNA test for Fanconi: No (No testing on dogs over 10.)
 
EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Both wet and dry
Brand(s) of food: Rachel Ray Nutrish with added water.
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: None known
Favorite foods: Coco loves Greenies and grilled chicken breast A LOT.
Feeding instructions: We feed Coco dry food with some canned food on top both morning and night. She also gets an assortment of steamed veggies and fish oils for some extra nutrients. The fish oils really help with her old lady joints and arthritis which is no longer causing her issues.

TEMPERAMENT
Coco loves to play and be silly. She is an older girl but you'd never know. She loves kittens and adult dogs and cats but does not like to be disturbed when she is in her bed. She makes it known that she doesn't like the adult cats getting near her when she is in her bed or napping on the couch by making her super corny Basenji noises at them. She has never bitten or been aggressive in any way. She is a very good girl!
Lived with children: Yes
Likes children: Older
Lived with cats: Yes
Likes cats: Yes
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): No
Crate trained: Yes, but does not like the confinement
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: No
Dog is an escape artist: No
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: Coco prefers to sleep with her human.
Other information: Coco will eat any food items left where she can reach them. If you provide her with Greenies she will not chew on unauthorized items.
Reason for placement: Neglectful owner.

If you are interested in Coco, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Linda Webb-Hilliard. Thank you!

There is an adoption fee of $150.00 for Coco. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Coco 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.