May ~ Southern Belle! - Black and Tan Coonhound / Doberman Pinscher / Mixed (short coat) Dog For Adoption
Black and Tan Coonhound-Doberman Pinscher Mix Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

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Organization Name: FernDog Rescue Foundation
Location: Caldwell, NJ 07006
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Breed: Black and Tan Coonhound-Doberman Pinscher Mix
Gender: Female Female
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May ~ Southern Belle!

Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Black with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
Size at Maturity: Large
Availability Date: 04/02/2016
Location: Caldwell, NJ 07006
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Physical Attributes
Coat Length Short
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Kids Yes
OK with Dogs No
OK with Cats No
Activity Level Moderately Active
Obedience Training Has Basic Training
Other
  • Crate Trained
  • Good in a Car
  • Likes to Be in Your Lap
Personality
Personality Characteristics
  • Playful
  • Affectionate
  • Eager to Please
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No
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Posted Breed: Black and Tan Coonhound / Doberman Pinscher / Mixed (short coat). May’s Woof-Facts Adores people and is amazing with children - great family girl Perfect balance of playfulness and cuddle-bug Practices ideal household etiquette Prefers to be the only pet in the home Some Things About May Hi y’all, my name is Mayberry – but they call me May for short. We think the nickname May is just darling, so we are sticking to it. I’m a 5-year-old, 60-lb hound mix, who has an irresistible smile. I’m as pretty and well-mannered as a debutante. And I love being around people and will be a great fit for a home that has children. I’m described as having the perfect energy level. With an equal admiration of playing and snuggling, I make sure that my day is balanced with them both. May’s Background So I’m FernDog’s exclusive Southern gal! I was rescued from a high-kill shelter in rural Georgia, where I was a volunteer favorite. I’m small town girl who was found as a stray, roaming those old country roads by my lonesome. When the shelter became full and my future was uncertain, FernDog gave me the gift of a new life -- bless their heart! It seems like I had a family of my own in my past, as I was spayed when I ended up at the shelter, but we’re not sure what happened. Great thing is, this made it very easy for me to adjust to my new FernDog foster family, and I’ve been winning everyone over in the Northeast with my Southern Hospitality ever since. Here’s What My Foster Family Says About Me I’ve truly bonded with my foster family. Adoringly, they say that sometimes I like to invade their personal space -- in a precious way, of course, which they truly enjoy. I LOVE all people! And I am AMAZING with children! When the kids are playing, running around and making noise (like kids do), it doesn’t bother me one bit – I just stay calm and simply CHERISH them. I walk nicely on a leash but can get a bit excited when I see another doggie. I do currently live with two dogs in my foster home, and I enjoy their companionship. In my forever home though, I’d prefer to be the only canine in the house (this way, you’ll only have one space invader (lick-lick). Having a fenced-in yard for fun and frolic would be just my icing on the cake. When I get super enthusiastic, I use all the will-power I have to keep all four of my paws on the ground, and I act like a perfect lady. And when I receive a compliment, I beam with a respectable pride! My foster mom thinks this Southern Charmer may have even taken ballet lessons while living down south because whenever she brings me my meals, I do these adorable 360-degree spins with incredible finesse (woof-woof). May’s Forever Family Are you ready to have this Southern Belle become part of your family? I promise to make your heart go pit-a-pat every day! Finding my forever home would make me so ecstatic, that I’d show you my ballet spins, keeping all four of my paws on the ground, while looking into your eyes and beaming with pride! Please contact FernDog if you’d like to see a preview of my performance!

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    • Chihuahua Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

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      Breed: Chihuahua
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Young
      Location: Caldwell, NJ
      Posted Breed: Chihuahua (short coat). Male Chihuahuas mixes, 3 years old, under 10 lbs. Cutest monkeys ever! (Not literally, silly, we’re bonded canine companions, and we’d love to stay together) Love wearing sweaters, and a must when it’s cold Dog-friendly Harness use mandatory due to pulling Good household manners; learning basic commands Quick introduction to Monkey & Tango Hi there, from Monkey and Tango. We are a bonded canine pair – a dynamic duo — we even have matching capes (well, there more like Varsity sweaters, but we love them just as much, and they keep us warm and toasty! We love to play and cuddle with each other, and we are a great balance — Tango’s the easy-going, confident type, while Monkey is a bit more vocal and needs a little time to warm up to new people. Although our personalities are somewhat different, we are equally adorable, well-behaved, low-key and full of monkey love. Monkey & Tango’s Background All we know is that we were adopted together as puppies a few years ago and have been together ever since. Our owners recently surrendered us to an inner-city shelter — we have no idea why. We were terrified at the shelter even though we thankfully still had each other. Even more thankfully, FernDog got word of our situation and instantly came to our rescue. Their Typical Day in Foster Home We’ve gotten super cozy in our foster home… so much so that we LOVE sleeping in bed with our foster mommy. It’s not something that we must do in our forever home, but we would enjoy it immensely! Hint: Monkey needs a little help getting up on the bed – he’s a half-pint (mini-monkey), and surely, a very cute one! Our day goes something like this: We wake up in the morning and go out to potty right away (yes, we must do our business first-thing). We then have our breakfast, and about a half-hour after we eat, we go for a walk, at which point, we go potty again. While my foster mom is at work, we are very good boys who stay in our crates for about six-to-seven hours. Then when she gets home, we go potty, have our dee-lish dinner, and afterward go out for a walk for one last potty before it’s night-night, cuddle-time. We’re learning basic commands, and with the right approach, we’ve been picking up quickly – we are food-motivated, so treats are helpful with our training (and yummy)! We listen to our foster mom, and she thinks we both have a good energy level. Other than when we see squirrels, then our energy level gets kicked up a notch, so hold on to our leashes tightly because we have a tendency to go a little bananas at this point (wink wink)! Oh, we like car rides, and stay in the back seat of the car all polite and stuff. Living with Monkey & Tango We both get along well with other dogs. We’re not sure how we are with cats, as we haven’t been exposed to them since our rescue. Tango gets along well with children; for Monkey, we are not quite sure yet how he’d be in a home with kids – it might be a bit overwhelming for him… more to come on this as he adjusts to his new life with his foster mom. Their Forever Home We are searching for our forever family, full of cuddles, play, love, care, sweaters (hee hee) and some more basic training. Ideally, we want to live our lives together, forever — so please consider adopting us as a pair! Monkey and Tango — we hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil — just pure monkey love x2, just for you! Please contact FernDog and ask about the Dynamic Duo!
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    • Pomimo Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

      Tango ~ Blon...

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      Breed: Pomimo
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: Caldwell, NJ
      Posted Breed: Pomeranian / American Eskimo Dog / Mixed (long coat). Tango’s Woof-Facts Male, Pomeranian (possibly American Eskimo Mix), 2-1/2 years old, 16 lbs. Urgently needs foster home, currently in boarding (was in temp foster prior) Super-smart; quick learner; walks with pride; handsome as heck! Home with no children required. Only dog in the home preferred; if you have another dog, experienced dog owner is necessary. No other pets. Needs to continue training for resource guarding and barking; FernDog trainer available to help Quick Introduction to Tango First thing: My handsome self urgently needs a foster home! Whew, just needed to put that on the table. So besides my Paul Newman looks, I’m incredibly smart. I’ve learned a number of commands in a very condensed period of time. I truly enjoy going for walks – I can be leash reactive (most-so with barker-type dogs; hey, we all have our quirks), but we believe it’s workable with more training, and we’ve already made progress. Despite that, I strut my stuff like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Believe you-me, I can even rival him on the dance floor – yup, I’ve been known to hop and dance, and I even know the command “dancing-dancing.” Might sound a bit 1970’s to you, but it’s actually for real! With adults that I know, I’m very affectionate, clingy and love to be held. It does take me a little time to become comfortable with someone new, so you’ll need to have some patience. There are other things I’ll need an experienced dog owner to work with me on, like resource guarding and barking, but those are only a small part of me. Deep inside, I’m a belly-rubbing lapdog who just wants to be calm, cool and collected, and I need someone to assist me in continuing my progress to get there. Please read on and let me know if you think you’re the one. Tango’s Background I’m originally a Rhinestone Cowboy – was born and bred in Tennessee (yee-haw!). Not sure how horseback landed me in this state, but I was adopted into a family through a Northern NJ animal shelter. It was going OK for a while, but then things weren’t working out. It was a high-energy household with young kids, two other dogs and two cats, and I was having guarding issues. The family decided they couldn’t keep me, and my fate was tested, right down to the wire – literally! Despite these circumstances, I thankfully ended up at the right place at the right time, and mutual animal rescue contacts got me into the FernDog family (whew—I dodged a Wild West bullet there for sure!). Tango’s Typical Day I’m boarding at FernDog’s super-fantastic veterinary partner right now. I get lots of attention from the animal-loving staff, but I’m urgently looking for a foster home, or my forever people, where I can lay next to you on the couch and get my much-needed belly rubs. As you know, I’m a work-in-progress (we all are in some way), so I also need someone who can show me how to behave in certain situations so I can become an even better me! When I was in a temporary foster situation, my foster mom worked with me on my tendency to be leash reactive, and I made incredible progress. She’s the one who also taught me those commands I mentioned earlier (like sit, roll, paw and more). Let me share other parts of our day with you: At about 7am, we’d go out so I could “do my business”; then I’d eat breakfast. She’d go to work, and her other-half would take me on a walk a few hours later. He’d then go to work, and I’d be gated in the kitchen with my stuffed Kong — which would keep me busy AND happy! When my foster mom got home about five hours later, we’d go for another walk and have dinner. Next up, dreamiest part of the evening: PLAYTIME (fetch with my squeaky toys is my fav!) and SNUGGLE TIME. I’m a man who loves affection, being held, and snuggling up right next to my people (I guess you can say that I’m very much in touch with my feminine side). After that, it’s the last potty of the night before bedtime, when I get my dental treat and my beauty rest (yes, I do have to work on being this gorgeous too – wink). When my foster mom had days off while I was under her care, she’d take me for long walks and even to the dog park – both of which were super fun and active. Recently, the FernDog volunteers took me to an adoption event. They noticed how I’ve improved with my interaction and play with other dogs. They also saw that when they’d walk me and call my name, I’d immediately turn my head, look at them and continue to keep my eyes right on them – and they liked that I now had that ability. Tango’s Medical Overall, I’m in great health. I just got my dental cleaning, so I have that Hollywood smile! I have a bit of a sensitive stomach, and I’ve been doing well on the new food I’ve been eating — Hill’s Rx Diet I/D wet food and Dry Grain Free Merrick. I’m fed twice a day, and dry food is left out for me. I’m not a typical dog when it comes to my eating behavior, I actually don’t wolf down my food – I graze. I actually find that to be chivalrous! Living with Tango An adult-only home is needed for me. And my being the only dog in the home is preferred (no other pets please, as I’m enticed to chase those little tykes around the house, like cats and ferrets). If you already have another dog but would love to have me as your foster or forever family member, you’d need to be a dog-savvy person. I’m OK playing with other dogs, but because of my resource guarding, we feel living with another dog would not be ideal. So how about this: We can go to a dog park (I like the small dogs section – big dogs are something I’m learning to warm up to), or we can make play dates with other doggies when we need our mutual dog-fix. Then you and I can go back to our “home sweet home” and chill. Couple more things: I’m not a big fan of car rides (but I’ll put myself in gear and go with it) or the sound of the dishwasher (boy, that thing makes a lot of noise – I guess it’s because it doesn’t like doing the dishes either). Tango’s Foster or Forever Home If you’ve read my story this far, I think I’ve peaked your interest! I know my handsomeness is irresistible! But we want to make sure that you understand physical attraction only can go so far. Will you be the one to give me routine, structure, and continue to teach me how to share my toys, not be leash reactive, and be a good Rhinestone Cowboy? Will you give me the forever loving care to help me feel cool, calm and collected? Hey, next thing you know, we’ll be doing our Pom-Pom Strut right to the Westminster Dog Show (woof)! OK, let’s not go that far, but I wanted you to know that I also have a sense of humor! Please make my dream of finding my loving and teaching foster or forever home come true as soon as possible. When you call my name, I’ll be there… I’ll make sure to turn around, look right at you, and continue in your gaze with my Paul Newman eyes, forevermore.
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    • Chinese Shar-Pei-Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

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      Breed: Chinese Shar-Pei-Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Caldwell, NJ
      Posted Breed: Shar Pei / Staffordshire Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat). Adelaide’s Woof-Facts: Staffy bull/ Shar-Pei blend, female, 4 years old, 52 lbs. Crate trained and housebroken Recommended to be the only dog in the home – currently learning to control her excitement around other canines Needs a few minutes to warm up to new people. After that, a cuddle queen who thinks she’s a lap dog (size doesn’t matter for her – wink) Sweetest girl, loves and butt wiggles to the max Quick introduction of Adelaide Hello there! I’m Adelaide, and it’s a pleasure to meet you! I love the name “Adelaide” which was recently bestowed upon me. It has French roots and means “noble” – ooh la la, I’m a very distinguished mademoiselle! Pardon moi, that was my Shar-Pei side talking. My down-to-earth Pit side keeps me very much in balance and lets me know… yes, my face is exquisite; yes, I’m tres chic; and yes, I may have a little fancy-pants in me; but the most important thing of all is that I’m on this planet to give love, get love and in my spare time, wiggle my butt as much as possible. I’ve been told my butt-wiggles are incredibly endearing. I’ve also been told that I’m the most loving dog my humans have ever come across. No wonder I think I’m all that – it’s ‘cause I am! Unique name, unique look, unique love… looking to find my perfectly balanced unique-self an everyday-normal, loving forever family where I can be the one-and-only canine of the castle. Adelaide’s Background I was rescued by FernDog from an inner-city shelter. Prior to that, someone used me just to make pretty puppies (sadly, I guess you can say I was their puppy-mama). When these people got what they wanted from me, they tossed me aside like a paper bag, and that’s how I ended up at risk at the shelter. I was so scared there. What’s even sadder is that I have no idea where my beautiful babies are – I can only hope they ended up in good loving homes. Despite all this, while at the shelter, they named me “Sweetie” because I was so sweet, affectionate and gentle. My heart was broken, but I didn’t let that break my disposition. I’m a lover, through and through. Addie’s Typical Day in Foster Home I’ve been in my foster home for only a short time, but I’m coming out of my shell more each day. I start my morning by going for a half hour walk/jog combo with my foster mom, which is followed by breakfast. Then if you so desire, I can partake in cuddles all day long, however, I realize you have other things that you need to accomplish throughout the day. Therefore, I’m perfectly content taking siestas on the couch while you’re occupied. Shhh, during these siestas please don’t mention that I have a slight tendency to snore (how adorably gauche). At midday sometimes my foster mom takes me for an afternoon walk, but I’m perfectly capable of waiting until dinnertime if she’s busy at work. As far as keeping myself occupied throughout the day (other than taking my naps), I have a lamb chop stuffed animal, a Kong ball and a Kong bone, but quite frankly, I couldn’t care less about any of them. I haven’t mastered the art of play, so that’s something we can work on together (how fun will that be to practice how to play!). Each time my foster mom gets home, I’m happily awaiting her at the top of the stairs, with my butt and tail wiggling with joy. When we are ready for our evening’s couch and cuddle time, I’m so ecstatic, that I’ll hop right up and sit in her lap, completely forgetting that I weigh over 50 lbs. (yes, I’m in denial about my weight – wink). In all honesty, my foster mom loves the fact that I think I’m her lap dog, but if this is not something my forever family feels is appropriate, you’ll need to teach me to sit next to you vs. on top of you (woof!). Oh, and I just learned an amazing fact: I can jump high enough to get on top of a bed too! It may take me five minutes to gain the courage to take the leap, but I have recently succeeded! So watch out for me at bedtime too! Living with Adelaide I live in a quiet foster home, and when my foster mom has visitors come by, it may take me a few minutes to warm up to them, as I’m a bit nervous initially. Next thing you know, there I am, just a super-friendly bundle of love! There are no pets in my foster home, and we feel I’d be best finding a forever home with no pets as well. You see, I’m currently learning how to control my excitement around other canines. When we pass by dogs on our walks, for some reason I start to cry a bit and then hesitate to continue our walk. Once you show me, and I realize that we won’t be stopping our walk to have playtime with the doggie of the moment, I do resume our walk; but I admit, I will continually look back at the other doggie (just can’t get him out of my head at that moment). I currently live in an apartment, and it’s been a nice fit. We feel I’d also thrive in a home with a fenced-in yard. Although I’m not the type of dog who likes to run around like I’m training for a 5K, I’d like to be able to continue to work on my not-so-lap-dog-type figure by walking, jogging and learning to play so having a yard to do that would be icing on the cake but not required. My foster mom doesn’t think I’ll be a US Open tennis champion (haven’t yet mastered fetch with our tennis ball), but she does think I could become a great soccer player (soccer has always been big in Europe and is becoming all the rage in the US now, so I fit right in). Adelaide’s Medical: I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and I need to take medication for that now and going forward — I feel great, and the medication is very inexpensive. I’m also temporarily on an anti-inflammatory for a collapsed disc in my neck. You may know that my breed can be prone to yeast infections between my paws, so my forever family will need to be mindful of that – observing whether I’m licking or biting my paws. If this happens, we’ll use a special shampoo to treat it. Just think, we can have quasi mani-pedi nights together – shampooing my paws, and then polishing your nails, just you and me! (See, there’s a silver lining to everything!) Adelaide’s Forever Home Does this beauty sound like the perfect balance for you? I’m tres chic, yet ready to jump in your lap and chill (and maybe even snore) at any given notice. Can I be your one-and-only canine of our castle, filling your life with a bundle of love, walks, and butt wiggles? Are you willing to help train me so I can get more comfortable with new people and canine friends? Please contact FernDog and let them know that Adelaide, the Down-to-Earth Noble Beauty, has that “je ne sais quoi” you’ve been searching for.
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    • American Staffordshire Terrier-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

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      Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Caldwell, NJ
      Posted Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier / Mixed (short coat). As I started saying, I came from a very unhappy and unhealthy situation where I wasn’t taken care of at all. It was the recent animal hoarding case in Hopatcong, NJ– you may have heard about it. I was rescued amongst 46 other dogs. It was such a huge relief to get out of that environment when FernDog took me and some of my furry housemates under their wing (one other dog they rescued, we think is my daughter, Chickpea — we look a lot alike and are both super-cute). FernDog had a DNA test done for me, and it showed that I’m part staffie, part sheltie, and a 50 percent mix of some others. Now, even though I’m still very afraid of a lot of things given my background, I also have a peace and happiness about me, knowing that I am safe and on my way to a life filled with good health, great care and loving people. Kale in his Foster Home I’ve recently been living in a foster home, and I’ve already fallen in love with my foster mom. I feel so good when I’m right by her side, and I like to give her my affection, with cuddles and sweet kisses. I’m learning to be comfortable with the other humans in my household and those who come to visit. I’m adjusting to it all, as it’s a work-in-progress. My foster mom says it’s heartwarming to see me beginning to trust new people more and more. I have canine companions in my foster home too, and I’m so happy to have these furry friends around me every day. I learn from them, and they seem to give me the additional confidence that I need as I adjust to my new life and my foster home. I’m learning how to play with them, we go on walks together, and I even take afternoon naps with them sometimes (by the way, I do have my own bed, but at times it’s just more cozy to share a bed with one of my furry pack members). I’m learning commands quickly; I’m just about housebroken; and I’ll do just about anything for a yummy treat (how did I go through the first three years of my life without them!). My walking-on-a-leash skills are good; I love to run and play fetch, and I get so much joy when my foster mom takes me in the yard, so I can run around and play. It was a first for me to feel the wind in my face and the grass at my feet, and it was totally awesome! My little curly tail wags more often each day as I move ahead with my progress. As you can tell, my new world is so exciting, but everything is very new. Therefore, I need an understanding and dedicated owner and household, who can continue to lead me into a life of learning, adjusting and moving forward – we’ll be in this work-in-progress together, building a wonderful forever! Living with Kale I’ve only been in a foster home for a short while, so we’ll tell you what we know so far and then add to this as time progresses. I like other dogs and would seem to thrive in a home with furry siblings, as they can help show me the way. I need a cat-free home, and at this point we think a home without children is preferred. As far as my forever person, I’ll need an experienced dog owner who is committed to my ongoing training so I can continue to learn more things about this great new world and understand how I fit into the whole picture. A home environment with a fenced-in yard would be ideal so we can run and play and get additional exercise together. And great news, FernDog training support is available by phone or face-to-face (depending on the adopters location) by our certified volunteer dog trainers Medical Needs FernDog brought me to their awesome vet right after my rescue to make sure my medical needs were taken care of. I was a good boy there, and I was neutered so that’s behind me. I am taking some anti-anxiety medication to help me assimilate into my new life. We find this also assists me with my progress in training and has been a helpful tool. It may simply be a temporary need until I adjust more fully to my new routine. Kale’s Forever Home Could I be your little wonder, your sidekick? I’m an incredibly deserving dog who desires to move away from my past and thoroughly embrace the present as well as the future with someone who understands me and realizes that life is a work-in-progress for us all. Are you my angel, the one who is the perfect match to take this journey with me… someone who will make the commitment of showing me the way? If so, please contact FernDog. I’ll surely be your faithful and loving companion, dedicated to you — now and forever. Neither of us will ever be lonely and unloved again.
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    • American Pit Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

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      Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Caldwell, NJ
      Posted Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat). Opal’s Woof Facts: Special medical needs require a financially secure adopter Crate trained (but need not be crated), housebroken, spayed and UTD on vaccines Does fine with low-key, submissive dogs after slow, patient integration Loves people of all ages and sizes Low energy – enjoys playing and walks but snuggling is her number 1 Lives with a cat in her foster home – chases just in play Meet Opal! We have no doubt that as soon as you meet her you will fall in love…because everyone does! At our adoption events Opal (aka “Opie” or “Opie Mama” by her admirers) seems to catch the eye of every passerby and soaks up their love like everyone is her new best friend. This girl is the belle of the ball no matter where she finds herself! Although we never like to dwell on any dog’s past, Opal’s backstory is important to understand in order to ensure that she lands the perfect forever home. That said, please read on to see if it might be you…. Opal’s Background FDRF stepped in to help Opal, a 4 year old little hippo...errr...pit bull who came to us in February 2016 when her owner fell on hard times and decided to put Opal's needs first and allow her to find a new home. When she first came to us she had lost not just her home and guardian, but also most of her beautiful fur due to some nasty bacterial skin infections. The “before” photos on the left, below, are of Opal back in February and March when she was itchy, uncomfortable, and depressed. The non-treatment of her environmental and food allergies had created multiple bacterial and yeast infections of her skin. Despite how she was feeling, from day 1 Opal never lost her spirit. Even when her foster mom would slide one of the (many) pills down her throat, or lathering her bald belly up with medicated shampoo for the third time in a week, she remained wiggly, waggy and kissy. It’s as if she knew she was finally in good hands! Over the period of a few months, and thanks to the care of our wonderful vet, Dr. Scriffignano (who we hope her adopter will continue using), Opal’s fur has come back (and it is beautiful!), but the medical issues have not ended there. In fact, the skin issues, and the limited diet that comes with it, are just the beginning. Opal’s Medical Needs The junction between the end of Opal’s spine (her final vertebrae by her tail) and her pelvic region, called the sacrum, is very arthritic. Opal also has hip dysplasia (an abnormal formation of the hip socket) and possibly slipped discs in her spine in two different places. Dr. Scriffignano consulted with a veterinary spinal specialist, who reviewed Opal’s X-Rays and agreed that pain management is the best course of action. So, Opal is on two different prescription medications (an anti-inflammatory and a pain killer) which have helped her pain levels tremendously. Now it’s only after romping in the yard too much (running and jumping, especially) or going on a long walk that she becomes very sore and is unable to go up stairs or jump up on to the couch or the backseat of the car. Opal’s forever family should be prepared to continue these prescription medications, and it is possible that in the future she will require surgery on her spine and/or hips. If Opal’s forever family opts to have this surgery completed at Verona & Montclair Animal Hospitals, FernDog will help with the costs. Opal also has a grade 2/3 (very low) heart murmur, which has no effect on her health at this time and has been recorded as no concern by Dr. Scriffignano. Opal's forever family should commit to annual echocardiograms throughout her life to ensure that the murmur remains stagnant and non-concerning. In sum, Opal’s forever family should be prepared for the following medical regimen, which has turned her into a super happy and healthy dog: Skin: limited ingredient diet plus over-the-counter Zyrtec once per day, and bi-weekly baths and ear cleans with prescription shampoo and ear rinse, vet monitoring whenever itchiness or a flare up occurs Spine/Hips: two prescription medications with breakfast, vet monitoring with any changes in pain or activity level, openness to surgery should the vet recommend this for quality of life down the road Heart murmur: annual echocardiograms Opal in a Home Throughout all of recoveries, Opal’s love of life has remained constant and contagious for all of those she meets. In her foster home, Opal is living with a pit bull foster bro who is slightly larger than her, and a cat. Opal and her foster brother are buddies now after a slow introduction and some healthy separation in the beginning, and now he lets her be the boss! A forever home with a submissive male dog and a family that knows how to take things slow with two dogs would be fine for Opal. The only time she instigates anything with her foster brother these days is around high-value or human food – she charges and chest bumps him a bit as if to say, “this is mine!” This is easily managed by simply feeding the dogs separately, and teaching Opal to give space to humans when they’re eating. As to the cat, Opal does chase her but just in play! It’s easy to call Opal away from the cat. Overall, FernDog, and especially Opal’s foster family, feels so incredibly lucky to have her as a part of our rescue. Inside that bald, broken, depressed dog that came to us in February was a happy-go-lucky, silly, resilient, loving girl who makes everyone smile with her antics. And that is who Opal is. She is not a diagnosis, or a prognosis. She is a gem who simply requires a bit of polishing. We are hopeful that Opal’s forever family will fall in love with her rock solid personality, and accept the medical maintenance she requires. If you think that could be you, please click below!
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    • Bulldog-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

      Bean ~ Our B...

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      Breed: Bulldog-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Young
      Location: Caldwell, NJ
      Posted Breed: Bulldog / Mixed. Bean’s Woof-Facts Female, bulldog mix, 1-1/2 years old, 40 lbs. Super-friendly, wiggles her way right into your heart Crate trained; in the process of learning basic commands and house manners Moderate-to-high energy level Extremely enthusiastic, especially when meeting new canine playmates No small dogs, cats or children under 10 years of age Quick Introduction to Bean Hi, I’m Bean — a passionate girl who loves to mingle! My close friends call me Beanie Baby — remember those stuffed animal collector’s items that were all the rage back in the day? Well, I’m just as adorable, 100% authentic, and in my own way, kind of soft and wiggly. That’s right, I’m your very own Beanie Baby come to life! I love people, walk well on a leash, and especially enjoy rolling in the grass. Did you ever laugh so hard that you “snort” (I know you did, at least just once in your lifetime!)? Well, when I lie on my back and roll in the grass, I do this kinda snorting thing too – just to let everyone know how truly happy I am. Wanna join me? Bean’s Background Sadly, I was found as a stray and ended up at an inner-city shelter. On the last day of my stray-hold, my owners came and got me. Believe it or not, I was then found as a stray again, roaming the scary streets by myself for a second time, and this time my prior owners didn’t even care enough to come find me. From what it looked like at the time of my rescue, it didn’t seem like I was well taken care of in my prior home. I tell myself, maybe that was why I kept leaving my prior home, to try to find someone to help me and provide me with the love I truly deserve… to find a better place to call home. Thanks to FernDog, that dream will now come true. Bean in Her Foster Home I’ve been in my foster home now for only a few weeks. Prior to that for a temporary period of time, I stayed at the animal hospital that helps FernDog. There, I got to meet so many people who would care for me, take me on walks, give me hugs, and all that good stuff! I made sure that this Beanie Baby wiggled her soft and squishy self, right into each of their hearts. They always told me that I’m such a good and lovable girl. They said I walk well on a leash. They liked how curious and aware of my surroundings I am. Excitingly, I’m in a foster home now, and my foster mom is so loving and squishy too – we make a precious pair! I’m crate trained, and as long as I have my yummy stuffed Kong with me while she’s at work, I’m golden! My foster mom has also come to discover that I LOVE water – whether it’s a hose, the rain, a pool, stream or lake, I’m always up for the party! You can see for yourself in my streaming videos (no pun intended – woof)! Living with Bean I love people but since I have a super-enthusiastic personality and am still learning my house manners, I’m best in a home with children who are older than ten years of age. For example, I’m learning that it’s not polite to jump on people, even if all I’m trying to do is show them my excitement and love. You see, I’m young, but I a smart girl (not a bean-head at all) who wants to be an even better Beanie Baby, so I’m ready and willing to learn basic commands (hint: yummy treats really inspire me). I have a high-to-moderate energy level and need to be taken on a couple of walks a day, along with some playtime. I’m not the long-distance runner type, but some strolls together will bring us both good exercise and laughs (especially if I do some rolling in the grass and snorting type of stuff). Also, I enjoy playing with other dogs so it’s an option for me to live in a home with a furry friend – a canine companion about my size with a friendly and calm disposition would be the ideal match (to offer a balance to my enthusiastic self). A home with small dogs and cats is not an option for me at this point in time. Bean’s Medical Needs FernDog has taken such great care of me! They had me spayed, which was a necessity that’s already taken care of. I also had surgery for something called Entropion (which are inverted eyelids). That went well, my eyes are all better, and I’m ready to take in all the beautiful views of my lifetime going forward. Bean’s Forever Home I’m looking for a family who will love and treasure me -- a home who will take care of this happy-go-lucky love-bug, and let me wiggle my way deep into their hearts. If you are ready to be my love-bean, please contact FernDog and let them know that you want to forever cherish your very own full-of-life Beanie Baby. Ask about me, Bean!
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Young
      Location: Caldwell, NJ
      Posted Breed: Terrier / Mixed. Chickpea’s Woof-Facts Female, terrier/sheltie mix, 1-1/2 years old, 18 lbs. Healthy, up-to-date on vaccines, spayed Bonds quickly with her caregivers; loves being right by your side Needs owner who is home often and willing to continue training Adores kitty-cats; could live with a low-key dog Quick Introduction to Chickpea Hi, I’m Chickpea – I’m a cute and sweet little bean head (other than the ears – they are quite large, yet still quite adorable). I recently got this incredible chance to start a new life – one that’s full of amazing people and things. I’m now experiencing a world made up of love and cuddles – how incredible it is to feel these things for the first time in my life. We are now ready to take it to the next level and find my person, my other-half. Someone who will relish in the fact that I get an A+ at being a lap dog, and that I enjoy going on walks, exploring the world together. My someone will preferably have a lifestyle that allows them to be at home a good part of the day, so I can become their other-half, their ball of love – and they can embrace me and teach me the ways of my wonderful new world. In return, I will be completely bonded with them, and they’ll have a living Chickpea to call their very own (not just the kind they put into their salads – woof!). Actually, I don’t really “woof” much – I’m a quiet li’l Chickpea. Chickpea’s Background You may have heard in the news about the recent animal hoarding situation in Hopatcong, NJ. Well, I’m one of the dogs rescued from there, amongst 40+ others. FernDog took me and some of my furry housemates into their family – a big hooray for us! They also had a DNA test done on one of my most-likely furry brothers, and results revealed that he is a terrier/sheltie mix, so we think I might be just the same (although I do look a bit foxy if I say so myself – wink!). Chickpea in her Foster Home Since my rescue, I’ve stayed part of the time at the animal hospital that helps FernDog — where I got to spend my days with a number of different people who cared for me — and I’ve also been in a foster home. Great news is, I’ve quickly bonded to my caregivers – each and every one of them. I’m a bit shy at first, so I start by giving them some sniffs; then they get right down to my level; next thing you know, I’m all over them (in a good way), giving and getting lots of lovin’! I’m coming out of my shell more and more each day. We’ve found that I really don’t like being in a crate, so it’s best for me to be confined to an area of the home – that’s more comforting to me. I’m told I’m a smart girl who loves to learn, and I’m proud to say that I’m making progress at my house breaking, and I’m walking on a leash (I never had one of those either). So, my caregivers take me to places with them. One is a location with lots of grass and trees – it’s called a “park” – have you ever been to one? OMG, it’s breathtaking! We stroll together – it’s so interesting to explore our surroundings – and sometimes we just like to sit and look at all the people. I’m told that’s called “people watching” – it’s so fun! Overall, I really enjoy lying on my caregiver’s lap or right by their side (whichever works best – just love to use my sense of touch), as well as being loved and forming an unbelievable bond with my people. Living with Chickpea So I absolutely adore cats — we’d cohabitate purrfectly together and be fast furry friends. I like dogs too, as long as they are low key. We feel that I would do fine in a home with or without a canine companion. If my forever home has another dog, my canine sibling would need to be on the mellow side – I’m not into that kind of play they call “rough-housing.” As far as my forever person, we’ll need someone who is interested in carrying on with my training. This way, I can continue to learn more things about this great new world each day and understand how I fit into the whole picture. Medical Needs While I was staying at the animal hospital, to help keep me calmer while in my crate, I was taking some anti-anxiety medication. It really helped me as I began to assimilate into my new world and assisted in my progress with training. I’ve had absolutely no side effects from the medication – it’s only been a helpful tool. This may simply be a temporary need until I adjust more to my new life and routine. Other than that point, I’m a healthy Chickpea (is there really any other kind – lick-lick)! Chickpea’s Forever Home Are you ready to be my other half, my bonded-pair? To bring this li’l ball of love into your home, forever and ever, so I can be your lap dog, your walking buddy, your everything? Idea: You can make a nice salad that’s full of chickpeas, and while you’re eating your dinner, you’ll also have your very own living and breathing Chickpea sitting right next to you — your loyal companion, your Bond Girl. Other times of the day, I’ll simply lie by your side and be your circle of love. Now that I know what love feels like, I never want it to end. Please contact FernDog and let them know your choosing ChickPea as your li’l ball of good health!
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    • Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

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      Breed: Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: Caldwell, NJ
      Posted Breed: Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat). Harvey’s Woof-Facts High-energy male, bull terrier mix, <1 year old, 40 lbs. Social with dogs, but must be the only pet in his forever home Crate trained and house trained Knows obedience commands, has worked with a professional trainer, and thrives at the weekly pack walks he attends! Favorite pastimes: running next the bike, hiking, playing, napping and snuggling! Quick Introduction to Harvey Oh hello, new friend! My name is Harvey. I’m still a puppy at less than a year old with fun (and, okay, maybe a little bit of mischief!) pumping through my veins! I’m friendly with everyone I meet – people, other dogs, and even cats – but I’m looking for an active home where I can be the only pet. With my entertaining disposition and dashing good looks, you won’t need more than just me! Harvey’s Background I found myself in a city shelter at just 6 months old, picked up as a stray. I don’t dwell on my past, so where I was before then is my little secret! Anyway, in March of 2016 an awesome couple (now my foster parents!) scooped me up and brought me home and I’ve been crashing with them ever since. Harvey’s Time in his Foster Home Since my foster parents rescued me I’ve learned so much – I’m housetrained, know my commands, and even do super fun things with them like go for runs next to them while they bike (my record speed is 13mph!), hike and go on pack walks with lots of other dogs, and have training sessions with a nice trainer who visits their house. Life is so much better now! Oh, and just a few other things you should know. I LOVE my crate. Say “bed” and I’m heading right for it! I LOVE sleeping. I will pass out and snore like a boss all night long in my crate! I also LOVE to snuggle, especially if I can climb all over you! Living with Harvey My foster family has an older dog and I am pretty pushy with him; trainers have told me I’m “rude.” (That means “super cute,” right?) My foster family has worked really hard to help me learn that I don’t need to be the boss dog, but I’ve made it clear to them that I need to go to a home where I am the only dog. I have had great play dates with other dogs and do just fine with them at adoption events and pack walks, but when it comes to my castle I need to be the king, as the only pet. I have not been around young children, but given my high-energy and affinity for the occasional mischief, I am looking for a home without little kids. Harvey’s Forever Home I know there is a home out there for me with an active, adventurous family that will keep channeling my energy and smarts into good stuff! I’d do best in a home with a backyard, and adult(s) who are dedicated to exercising me every day. After we have our workouts, I’m down to snuggle and snore the day away! So what are you waiting for, aren’t you looking for a new right hand man?
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    • American Pit Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Caldwell, NJ

      Spring & Ern...

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      Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Caldwell, NJ
      Posted Breed: Pit Bull Terrier / Mixed (medium coat). https://www.facebook.com/Help-Find-A-Forever-Home-For-Spring-Ernie-1102811546407558/ COURTESY POST ~ Spring and Ernie are the beloved dogs of a fellow dedicated rescuer, shelter volunteer, and pit bull advocate who passed away suddenly in March of 2016. She left behind her two pit bull babies, Spring and Ernie, middle-aged dogs who have now lost their mom and are at-risk of losing their home. Their mother’s family is desperate to find them a home, and we are courtesy posting them and screening applications to help them reach that goal as this story has broken our hearts and we at FernDog want to do everything we can to help! Spring is an (approximately) 7-year-old white pretty pittie with light brown spots. She weighs about 50 lbs. Spring loves all people (although has not been around very young children), and is social with other dogs. Spring should not go to a home with cats. Ernie is an (approximately) 9 year old gorgeous brindle guy with a white chest. He weighs about 50 lbs. Ernie loves all people (although he has not been around very young children) and Ernie adores Spring and is bonded to her, but is not social with other dogs. Ernie should not go to a home with cats. Both dogs have cropped ears from their prior life, before their mama rescued them. An ideal situation would be to place Spring and Ernie in a home together, without any other pets, but we realize this is a tall order. Because of this, we are willing to place them separately – Spring in a home with other dogs (proper introductions required, of course) and Ernie in a home on his own. It would be an adjustment for them, but we do believe they will be content. Spring and Ernie are presently living in their late mother’s house while a caregiver visits them a few times a day. This is not a long-term situation for any dog and their time there is limited as the house will soon need to be sold. Please visit the Facebook page “Help Find A Forever Home For Spring & Ernie” for more information and photos. Thank you for your help in honoring Elise’s legacy by supporting and loving her precious Spring and Ernie. #pleaseshare FERNDOG WILL BE SCREENING APPLICATIONS TO HELP THE FAMILY FIND JUST THE RIGHT FIT!
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