WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Unexpectedly left behind by their mother, a James Caldwell High School alumna and West Caldwell resident who died earlier this year, abandoned pit bulls Spring and Ernie need a new forever home by Thanksgiving of this year.
Since Elise Linden, 55, died unexpectedly several months ago, her two pit bulls have been living alone in a West Caldwell residence that will hit the market by Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.
According to family and friends who have been stopping in sporadically since January to feed and walk Linden’s beloved dogs, Spring and Ernie’s situation has not changed and has now become “urgent and dire.”
Over the past seven months, family has searched extensively to find a new home for Spring and Ernie, whose stories have been shared to thousands of people with no results. In November, their house will be listed for rent, and the dogs cannot stay.
“The situation is now more urgent than ever, and we need your help,” the FernDog Rescue Foundation posted yesterday. “Although it breaks our hearts, at this point we have accepted that we will likely be separating Ernie and Spring since no home has come forward for the two of them together.”
Ernie, a 9-year-old brindle pit bull with a white chest, was at Liberty Humane Society with an ear infection while Linden was volunteering. She took him home because she didn’t feel he wouldn’t receive the necessary attention at the shelter and eventually adopted Ernie as her own.
Spring, a 7-year-old white pit bull with light brown spots who is social with other dogs, came home with Linden after Ernie. The two are not siblings, are not the same gender, and did not come from the same shelter, but are now inseparable and have been for nearly six years.
“They are just really lovey dogs,” said Linden’s sister, Rene Paparian. “[Ernie] is the biggest mush and [Spring] is more of an independent sort. They’re the sweetest little things—these dogs had a horrible life before Elise got them and they would be an addition to a beautiful family.”
By supporting and loving these two pit bulls, Paparian said a lucky family would be honoring her sister’s legacy.