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Arabelle 1 Basenji & Terrier Mix Arlington, VA

  • Young
  • Female
  • Medium


Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs, cats, children.

Meet Arabelle 1

Meet Arrabelle! This sweet puppy was found as a stray with her sister (Madison) and taken to an overcrowded rural shelter in SC. They were kept together initially, but like many siblings, we found they were so connected with each other, they were less engaged with the world around them. Arabelle now has her own foster home that includes a mom, dad, two kids, and two dogs and has settled in and is learning how to be part of a family. She’s going on daily walks and getting more exposure to new sounds and noises every day, and is building her confidence.


“Arabelle is a curious puppy by nature. She’s still a bit uncertain around new things, noises, and changes, but is starting to connect with us, and wants to be with her people and doggie friends. She especially likes our more confident dog, Zuzu, and follows her everywhere. Arabelle needs another social dog in her home to help build her confidence, and learn from.

She has the best ears - they stand up and flop over at the same time, which makes her look adorable. She has a cute curly tail, and it stays curled when she wags it. She loves to play with our other two dogs and will arm wrestle with them...she tries to bat them with her front's very funny. She is super sweet and gentle, but also an athletic dog who needs an active home or a pup buddy to romp and play with. She will make an excellent running partner once she is over a year old, and needs daily exercise to use up her puppy energy or she will chew…normal puppy chewing. She still hasn't figured out toys, but loves to chew on bones.

With a little work, time, and consistency, Arabelle will make an awesome family dog, and she’s great with our two kids (10 & 14 years old). I think a home with toddlers would be too loud/noisy for her. She needs a family who is committed to consistent training as she is still a puppy and has a lot to learn. Helping her overcoming her fear will be part of her training. She is house trained and crate trained, and will need to have a crate to feel safe and to help her learn the rules of the house. She has chewed furniture...all puppy appropriate. She’s a little anxious when you leave her, but as she’s had time to settle in, that has improved too.

Leash walking is still a work in progress and was totally a new thing for her when I got her two weeks ago. She does not understand how to potty on the leash yet. We have a big yard, and she figured the dog door out all by herself on day two, and has only had one accident in the house. She is learning to heel and not pull when allowed a little leash space. We are still walking mostly at heel, as this helps to build her confidence and helps her to stay focused on me and not everything else around. She is reactive to squirrels (working on that), and will sometimes bark at other dogs if she’s nervous. We are correcting that and it's improved greatly. She will need daily practice and patience as she learns the rules and how to behave on a leash, but she is making steady progress.

Arabelle likes to snuggle with us at night on the couch. She will sit on me any chance she is given, ideally trying to become part of my lap. She is very sweet and has started to willingly greet new people when given a moment to work up her courage. In our house, all dogs sleep in their own crates at night, and she does great with that. We put the crate in a place where she can see us moving about and still be in her safe place. This seems to have helped her adjust to the movement of our house.”

All in all, she’s a lovely dog - very gentle, very sweet, and a good pup playmate. She’s just timid and needs a safe, consistent environment and family to help build her confidence.

Breed: Basenji/Feist mix (curly tail)
Weight: 23 lbs
Age: 7.5 months (4/24/19)
Gender: Female
Adoption fee: $350
Vetting: updated on vaccines, dewormed, microchipped, spayed.
Location: Fairfax, VA

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