My name is Adelaide ~ Sweetie Pie!!

Shar Pei/Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Caldwell, New Jersey - Adelaide ~ Sweetie Pie!
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Rescue Haven Foundation (formerly FernDog Rescue Foundation)

Facts about Adelaide ~ Sweetie Pie!

  • Breed: Shar Pei/Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10829408

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.

About Rescue Haven Foundation (formerly FernDog Rescue Foundation)

About Our Rescue Group...

We are a small rescue that started in January 2013 after years of working for different rescues and decided to join forces to start our own rescue/foster program. With over 20 years of combined experience with animals (rescue, training, advocacy), we learned that many dogs are not properly matched up with the right families. We realize that no one is at fault here since the overpopulation of homeless pets is staggering and animal advocates what to spare these precious dogs lives by finding homes as opposed to being euthanized. We decided that we would do our small part and keep our rescue small so we can focus on getting to know the personality of each dog in our foster program, doing proper evaluations and temperament testing, putting each dog through any type of training services they may need, and completing a thorough screening for all applicants which includes a mandatory home visit all BEFORE the dog gets matched up with a compatible family. Our mission statements says: Rescue Haven Foundation is to help dogs at risk by providing foster homes that will nurture their physical and emotional health, help locate the ideal forever homes for them while providing support and training to help assure that their stay in their new homes is permanent. In addition we focus on developing programs to promote pet adoption services and raise public awareness of the issues surrounding animal rescue.

Come Meet Our Pets...

The Rescue Haven Foundation has adoption events every 1st Saturday of the month at Pet Valu in West Caldwell NJ from 12pm-3pm and every 3rd Sunday at Petco in Verona NJ from 12pm-3pm.

All of our dogs are current on our website and our application can be found online as well.

Our Adoption Process...

The application is the first step in our adoption process. We will screen all applications through a vet reference check, 3 personal reference checks, phone interview and a mandatory home visit. An adoption donation is required of $300 (adult dogs), $350 (puppies), $200 (seniors/special needs), which covers the cost of spay/neuter, microchipping, vaccines and preventatives per the dog’s age, health check, fecal / deworming as needed and heartworm testing and treatment as needed.
Contract will be signed at time of adoption with a set of guidelines which include, mandatory microchip registration at time of adoption, agreement to return the dog to Rescue Haven if care can no longer be provided at any time during the life of the dog, all animals will be treated humanely and live indoors and adequate medical care will be provided, etc.