This is the fifth in a series of seven profiles of less adoptable pets we’re doing as part of Petfinder.com’s Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week. All of these great pets that have been in foster care too long – some of them have minor medical issues or special needs, but all are wonderful pets that deserve a chance at happiness. Our goal is to get all seven of these great pets a loving home, but we need your help to make it happen! Please help us help them by sharing their story by email, on Facebook and on Twitter using the Like Tweet, and Share buttons above. It only takes a minute and it could mean the world to a homeless pet.
Shelley is a great example of why it is so important to do a little basic breed research before you adopt a dog. Shelley is a Basenji mix. With what? It’s suggested possibly a shepherd, because she’s a bit bigger than the average Basenji and she sports that distinctive shepherd coloring. But her personality is all Basenji.
Often referred to as the “African Barkless Dog”, Basenji’s don’t generally bark. They do whimper, growl, and howl, though, and make a variety of sounds often described as “yodeling”. According to her foster, “If someone leaves the room for a period of time and comes back in, she will announce their arrival with a typical basenji yodel. It’s really interesting to hear and she gets a lot of laughs with it.”
Shelley is an active, playful dog, who’ll need exercise every day. She’ll make an excellent jogging partner if you don’t mind the occasional off-the-path excursion designed to rid the word of pesky squirrels. That’s just instinct. After all, Basenji’s were bred to hunt. But it means Shelley’s not a dog that can walk or jog off-leash. it just wouldn’t be safe for her.
Shelley, like most Basenjis, is very smart, so obedience classes are a must. According to the Basenji Club of America, a Basenji “will out smart and out-train you if you’re not careful.” They learn quickly, though, with positive reinforcement training. Shelley’s already mastered “sit”, “down”, “shake”, and “high five”. Basenji’s aim to please.
Basenji’s form a strong bond with their human. But according to the Basenji Club of American, “Most [adult] Basenjis adapt to a new family quite well and form a bond that is just as strong as if you had raised him/her from puppyhood.” That may be a clue to Shelley’s often unorthodox reaction when she first meets a new person. “She will eagerly go up to greet a new person, but as they are petting her, she suddenly remembers she doesn’t know them and barks at them” says her foster. “That tends to startle people, but it’s just part of her unique personality. Once she get’s to know someone, she’s “very, very sweet.”knotmove.com/ex_sstep
Her favorite things are her toys, especially if it involves playing keep-away with the other dogs in her foster home. “She is always carrying a toy or chew stick in her mouth”, according to her foster. “Shelley is perfectly content minding her own business with a toy or rawhide, and just likes to be near her people. She is very curious about everything going on in the household.”
No one knows how Shelley came to be homeless. A favorite of the staff at Arlington Animal Services, Shelley was transferred to Animal Rescue of Texas after being overlooked for adoption at the shelter.
Shelley has a great personality and her unique curly tail just adds more character. She will make an excellent and loyal companion for the right adopter. Are you looking for an active, fun, dog with a great personality? Read this, and then find out more about Shelley, and about adopting from Animal Rescue of Texas on Petfinder.com.
Even if you’re adopting a mutt, you still need to do your research. It’s OK to fall in love with a dog because of his or her physical appearance, just be sure to follow up with appropriate questions. A rescue group should be able to tell you about a dog’s personality and needs, and most of the time, you can even talk directly to the foster family to find out more. Keep in mind as well, that to make the best possible match, the group will need to know about you, so be sure to be forthcoming with the answers to their questions. It’s all about finding the right home for the right dog.
We’ll be featuring seven hard-to-adopt pets from seven different local rescue groups during Petfinder,com’s “Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week.” So stay tuned for more amazing pets, any one of which could be a perfect fit for your family!
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