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.

Roxy is a precious 10-year-old brindle and white female currently located in Virginia. She has a very soft and shiny coat, and one of the fluffiest tails ever. Roxy is curious and interested in meeting new people. She is delightful and full of sweetness and affection, soaking up all the pets and cuddles she can get. However, she can get cranky when she doesn’t want to be bothered and she is like a cat when being petted. That is, when she has had enough, she will let you know. Overall, Roxy is an incredibly gentle, calm, and mild-mannered girl. She’s been through a lot recently: First, her human children went off to college, then, her human dad was moved into long-term care, and, finally, her human mom relocated to a setting that does not allow pets.

Roxy prefers not to be crated; she is not comfortable with confinement. She doesn't like to be left alone, but has not been destructive, and is always left uncrated. She will whine and scratch relentlessly at a door if shut in a room alone. When the foster family goes out, they leave her and their older female Basenji together in the living/dining room area and the two boy Basenjis in the other part of the house. Roxy seems much happier with a companion when the humans are away from the house. She eats regularly, has a good appetite, and is perfectly housebroken. She rides comfortably tethered and uncrated in a vehicle; hops right in. Roxy has done well at vet appointments and has not required muzzling.

At night Roxy has been sleeping in the bedroom on a raised dog bed with her blankets. You just point to it and tell her to lay down. She gets just plain ugly if you touch her after she has settled in, so her foster humans just do not bother her. Likewise in the morning, she does best waking on her own. It is best not to touch or pet her as she is waking as this may startle her and cause her to react poorly with a growl, or a snarl, or an air-snap.

She knows several cues and tricks and will readily sit, wait, high-five, and/or dance for you upon command to get a treat. She knows “no, sit, stay, paw, and wait.” When she gets growly “knock it off” seems to be the command that settles her. She prays before her meals; she puts up her left paw for a prayer then after prayer, say "Ok." Or she will sit and “Wait” until you tell her “Ok.” She even knew to ring the bells at the back door of her foster home when she wanted to go out.

Roxy walks amazingly well on a loose leash once the walk has gotten underway for a few minutes. She will pull, though, towards other dogs, hackles go up, and if the other dog approaches, she may growl. But if you put her into a sit-stay she will stop posturing and allow the other dog to pass (just not too close). Roxy is not particularly fond of other dogs but has learned (in a 3-week period) to become neutral in the pack in her foster home. However, she has not done well with a dominant younger dog in the foster home. She does not tolerate his mischief and playfulness and they fight and cannot be left alone unsupervised. She tolerates the very Basenji-savvy cats in her foster home.

Roxy is a relatively healthy 10-year-old. She was recently diagnosed as hypothyroid and takes thyroid medication, her recent dental care involved multiple extractions, and she takes a mobility supplement for joint stiffness. Otherwise, she is a healthy girl.

The ideal adoptive home and family for Roxy will be a quieter home with no dominant young dogs, where she can get lots of leash walks (she LOVES her walks and knows what the collar-leash means), and where there are plenty of dog beds all around the house so she can nap where she pleases. She would likely be most comfortable in a home with no other dogs, but she also seems more comfortable with a compatible older, mellow canine when the humans leave the home. Young children and cats in the home could be a problem for Roxy if they are not Basenji-savvy. An adult home is preferable as she can come off as pretty grouchy/growly, especially when there is a lot of commotion or activity going on around her. A fenced yard where she can run would be a bonus. Roxy hopes to find a home where she can be treated like the princess that she is, and she can be the star attraction.

If you think you could provide Roxy 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, Lois Krawczyk.

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 Roxy.

There is an adoption fee of $150.00 for Roxy. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Roxy 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 BASENJI
Dog's name: Roxy
Dog is currently in: Virginia
Birth date: 12/13/2013
Gender: Female
Color: Brindle and White
Weight: 21 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes
Tattooed: No
Micro-chipped: Yes
Identification Information: Will be provided to adopter.
 
HEALTH INFORMATION
General health information: No allergies, newly diagnosed hypothyroid. Takes Thyro-Tabs 0.15mg twice a day. Recent dental (with multiple extractions) and wellness exam.
 
VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes, 03/13/2024
Parvovirus: Yes, 03/13/2024
Rabies: Yes, 03/13/2023
Rabies certificate: Yes, 3-year.
Coronavirus: No
Bordetella: Yes, 03/13/2024
Lyme Disease: Yes, 03/13/2024
Fecal: Yes, 03/13/2024
Fecal test comments: Clean
Heartworm: Yes, 03/13/2024, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Yes, 7/1/24; NexGard plus
Urine tested for Fanconi: No.
DNA test for Fanconi: No. She will not be tested due to her age and having no symptoms.
Other tests: Thyroid profile sent to Hemopet labs. Will be repeated on 7/15/2024 to check medication effectiveness.
More information about tests: Urine protein 1+, to be repeated on 7/15/24.
Other regular medication: Mobility Hip and Joint Bites daily chews. Helps with joint stiffness.
Regular medication info: Thyro-Tabs 0.15mg twice a day. Ordered from Chewy, very inexpensive. HW prevention NexGard Plus monthly.
 
EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Twice a day
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Hills Science Diet Sensitive Stomach and Skin kibble with water added.
Begs for food: No
Food dislikes: She does not get human food.
Favorite foods: *NOTE* Roxy only has half her teeth so soft chews are preferred. Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Meatballs are her new favorite.
Feeding instructions: One scoop of dry food with water added twice a day. Added Probiotics in the morning, plain in the evening.
She prays before her meals; she puts up her left paw for a prayer then after prayer I say "Ok." Or she will sit and “Wait” until you tell her “Ok.”
 
TEMPERAMENT
Temperament description: She loves to walk in the park and run. She does not play with toys for more than a minute. She will growl at any other dogs approaching when she is on leash.
Lived with children: No
Likes children: She likes older and did fine in her foster home with visiting grandchildren who are five and eight years old.
Lived with cats: Yes, in foster home.
Likes cats: No problems with very Basenji-savvy cats.
Lived with dogs: Yes, in foster home.
Likes dogs: Not particularly, but has learned (in a three-week period) to become neutral in the pack. Does not do well with a very dominant younger dog.
Prefers men or women: Men
Likes strangers: Yes. Her tail wags whenever she meets anyone.
Nips (playfully): Yes
Bites (in anger): No, but she gets growly/snarly when she is displeased. She turns like she will bite but has not made skin contact with foster family. Has not bitten anyone but will fight with the young Basenji in the foster home.
Crate trained: No. Does not like being confined.
House broken: Yes
Destructive indoors: No
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: Yes. This has not been observed in her foster home, but she has not been left out in the yard alone.
Dog is an escape artist: Yes. Initially will pull hard on leash (possibly trying to get away?) but once the walk gets underway, Roxy is a great loose-leash walker.
Easily startled: No
Wakes up grouchy: If you wake her or touch her when she is sleeping, she gets very grouchy and snappy. Again, she has not made skin contact with foster family. Just important that adopters know that it’s important to respect Roxy’s boundaries. 
Rides well in car: Yes. She is seat belted in, in the back seat.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Yes
Screams: No
Dog sleeps where: In the human’s bed but she seems to prefer sleeping on a raised dog bed with her blanket.
Other information: She knows “no.” She walks well on leash. She knows “sit, stay, paw, and wait.” When she gets growly “knock it off” seems to be the command that settles her. Roxy loves to sit or lay beside a human on the couch and is like a cat when being petted. That is, when she’s had enough, she will let you know! She can be a little funny about being touched on the hind end. Recent spine and hip x-rays were totally normal. 

If you are interested in Roxy, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Lois Krawczyk. Thank you!

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