Hi there. I’m Jade, or formally Sweet Baby Jade according to my foster mom!
How old are you?
I am about 4 years old.
What do you look like?
I’m pint sized! You can’t tell how small I am from my photos, but I’m only about 35-40 pounds. I’m a pretty reddish color with some white on my chest and feet and dark brown eyes. My eyes are so pretty and deep that they kind of look like a stuffed animal’s! I’m a muscular girl; people tell me I look like a body builder, but it just comes naturally to me!
What do you like to eat?
My foster mom gives me salmon kibble with a vitamin C supplement. She also gives me fancy things like Bully Sticks or antlers sometimes. She always laughs when I eat a bully stick because sometimes I chew on it out the side of my mouth like it’s a cigar. I love me some peanut butter, too! I’ve learned to like treats, but am sometimes picky about what I’ll take. My mom tried to give me a sweet potato treat once and I just looked at her like she was crazy. Vegetables?! What does she think I am?! A rabbit?!
What kind of personality do you have?
I have really come out of my shell! I’m a little apprehensive of new people and new surroundings. It may take me a little bit to warm up to you, but once I’m bonded, I’m yours, baby! I prefer being around people, rather than being alone. If my foster mom is in a room separate from me but I know she’s home, I whine and just want to see her! After my mom saw me shake a stuffed toy like I was being paid to terminate it, she decided I’d probably be best in a home without those fluffy things called cats.
Describe your perfect day:
I do well with a predictable and consistent schedule. I wake up to potty and eat breakfast around 7 am. I usually go #1 first thing in the morning. My mom often gets my food and then gives it to me in my kennel. After eating, I usually go back outside and go #2 before my foster mom leaves for work!
I’m crated during the day from about 8:45 am until 5 pm. I don’t have accidents in my kennel, which is AWESOME, because I wasn’t potty trained when I first came to Even Chance in February. When my foster mom gets home in the afternoon, I often take a walk in the neighborhood! I LOVE walks! As soon as my foster human grabs a sliplead, I get super excited. I walk well on leash, so my perfect day definitely has at least one walk in it!
I eat dinner around 5:30 or 6, and then hang out in the living room with the whole crew! If it’s a special day (or a day when my foster mom looks super drained and tired), I get a yummy chew to entertain me. I love those days!
What is your favorite toy?
My foster mom has a Kong toy that you put treats in and when I push it around with my nose, little pieces of kibble fall out! I LOVE THAT GAME! I love to chew on Benebones, goat horns, marrow bones, or anything with peanut butter. I also like chewing on anything I can find in my foster mom’s room! Hangers? Sure! Shoes? Why not!? The Square credit card reader that fell out of my mom’s bag? Yum! I’m just teaching her to be responsible and put her things away like a good human should. She should thank me, really.
Do you know any tricks?
I’m working on it! Honestly, the whole “living in a home” thing has been a “trick” for me to learn. I didn’t know what life looked like as a family pet, so I’m learning what it means to live in a house, walk up and down stairs, and not jump on the coffee table like a billy goat.
What scares you?
When my foster mom wakes up and doesn’t have makeup on yet. Kidding, kidding. I sometimes get scared of new places and new people, but I warm up to people well! They just have to understand that my survival instincts taught me to be apprehensive toward those tall two-legged creatures, so patience and gentleness are helpful for me!
Do you have any doggie best friends?
I have a foster brother and sister dog and we all get along well! My foster brother is a grump and kind of rules the roost. My foster sister is a goofy girl and still acts like a dumb puppy. I also played with my friend, who was adopted from Even Chance last year, named Shiva! She’s fun! I get pretty excited, vocal, and amped up when I play with other dogs, so my foster mom is careful about who she lets me romp with. I know some dogs wouldn’t take my antics very well.
If you could be anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would be belly-up on my foster mom’s bed. No doubt. If someone would lay next to me and just feed me pieces of kibble while I lounge like they do in those renaissance paintings with grapes, that’d be great too. Man, that’s a good idea! I’m going to pitch that to my foster mom.
How is your health?
My health is great!
Who do you live with in your foster home and who is your closest companion?
I live with two dogs and two best friend grown ups! I am great with everyone, however, I’ve spent some time with a toddler and man, that thing is scary! I avoided her and decided that the short two-legged creatures are really unpredictable and weird. The tall two-legged humans are just fine, though.
Where do you hang out when you are home alone?
When the tall two-legged humans are gone, I hang out in my kennel. I feel safe and protected. It keeps me from getting into too many antics that could get me in trouble. One time, my foster mom accidentally forgot to latch the bottom of my kennel. She was only gone a short amount of time, but came home to me waiting on the steps to come upstairs! It’s a good thing she came home when she did. I was already feeling tempted by all of the yummy things in her room!
Where do you sleep?
I either sleep in my kennel next to my foster mom’s bed, or in bed with my foster mom! Sometimes I get amped up before bed and get oomie-zoomies where I sprint full speed around the room and in the backyard. If I haven’t gotten all my energies out, my foster mom may kennel me to sleep so I don’t keep her awake by roaming her room. I LOVE nights that I get to sleep in the big, comfy, bed though. I curl up in a little ball, often nuzzled under my foster mom’s arm, and sleep like a champ!
What do you love about your foster family?
I love that my family is showing me the ropes of how to be a dog! They’ve been patient and understanding, but they’ve also given me the structure and boundaries that I need. I love that they have taught me how to bond and attach with two-legged creatures.
What was life like before you were rescued by Even Chance and brought into the welcoming arms of your foster parents?
In 2016, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) rescued 66 dogs from a dog-fighting ring seizure that was busted by the FBI. Myself and Phoenix were two of those dogs. Unfortunately, even after our first couple of horrible years of living in the dog fighter’s yard, we had to remain in temporary boarding for eight months until we were released from the court system. Upon our release, we were legally allowed to be spayed and neutered and were then finally transferred to Even Chance. If you want to read more about where we came from, please visit:
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