ADOPTED 12-02-13 – CALLIE ANN & TALULAH ARE BEST FRIENDS – check out their video.  It’s the magical healing and recovery process of the amazingly resilient rescue dogs that come into RESCUE DOG VILLAGE that allow us to keep doing what we must to help the animals that need us most. Without knowing that these dogs seem to have the fortitude of spirit and the ability to trust no matter their unfortunate past, it would be hard to be part of this bittersweet process of loving a foster dog as one’s own, but then loving the animal enough to let it go on to it’s ideal forever home because so many more sad stories and rescue is needed for others in worse or similar situations. Given such, it’s always an honor to collaborate with other rescues to do what must be done to make a difference. Our Southern rescue partners work directly with these animals in the deep, dark trenches of initial despair, and CALLIE’S rescue story is one of them.

Watch this video of Callie Ann & her best friend Talulah

Video #1 – Callie Ann & Talulah

Dumped off at the end of a road by a woman’s home who unfortunately has had this situation happen too many times, a local rescuer came to her aid to begin the process of getting the dogs adequate and necessary veterinarian care from a devoted group of rescuers. With adequate nutrition, the proper veterinary attention and the initial behavioral assessment and socialization process of these formerly abandoned pups begun, rescuers turn to the future hope for the dogs in their care. Rescue groups try to ascertain as much as they can about an animal’s history knowing that this knowledge can help inform and guide the most appropriate strategy for healing and training. As each human is unique, the same is true for animals. Yet, they are pack animals, and while there is hierarchy in their pack of dogs, they look to our fosters/volunteers/adopters for the compassionate and trustworthy human LEADERSHIP. Fortunately, CALLIE was found with several other puppies of varying ages and has a great joy being around other dogs. While she make appear a bit skittish in the presence of newcomers, that, too, is already changing and not such a noticeable feature of her former days.

Having already received her 2 DA2PPVCV vaccinations, her Bordatella inoculation and thorough de-worming with Ivomec for internal parasites (common in all puppies in rescue or not) as well as the mild case of mange these puppies all had upon initially being brought into rescue, CALLIE also received her mandatory Rabies shot for the year and is ready for transport to her northern foster this second weekend of APRIL.  Transport requirements for interstate travel of the animals in any state , but certainly for those transitioning into our care mandate that the dogs have a negative fecal test and are not contagious with any sort of parasite internal or otherwise. So, we have a lot to celebrate that CALLIE was given a “Good, healthy, and clean bill of health,” and slated to come North to find that forever home full of love.

One of those most special facets of rescue is witnessing first hand how willing these dogs are to forget their harsh pasts and accept the consistent nurture, total attention and proper nutrition with an almost palpable appreciation evidenced by the wagging tail, their muzzle in a rescuer’s arm or the undeniable devotion of having a constant shadow and new, trusted leader ion their lives. . Couple all that with the LOVE their rescuers — be that from the veterinarian, the Southern foster, the transporter or the Northern foster — that matters most of all and is unquestionably the most POWERFUL OF ALL THE ELIXIRS in the process of the rescue.

CALLIE is a 6 month old sweet blonde pup that current best estimates given her former skin condition render her breed mix comprised of shepherd/lab/cur — according to her initial veterinarian. When these dogs reach the North — or were they to go to any other rescue — another vet might certainly — and often does — suggest otherwise.  What WE CAN TELL YOU with CERTAINTY — that whatever their breed composition, these dogs are mixed with LOVE. NO DOUBT OR QUESTION ABOUT THAT . . . Now that CALLIE’S hair is growing in beautifully from the treatment of her mange, she looks altogether like a different dog than the timid little angel that initially came into our care.

Spayed in mid-March and on monthly heart worm and flea/tick prevention, this 33 pound beautiful blonde baby, CALLIE, will be assessed by RESCUE DOG VILLAGE’s benevolent foster and we will be accepting applications for her adoption. The ideal home for CALLIE — or any of our pups — will be highlighted with a patient understand of a puppy’s need. That includes, of course, training, and a willing and committed understanding that these dogs do NOT learn house-training skills overnight and that each transition may set them back a step or two, and it’s OUR consistent, clear and constant instruction of expectations shared with the animals we welcome into our home that are the best guidance — and completely necessary for these dogs to thrive.

Our rescue team is excited to help match potential adopters with the puppies coming up on our transport this week and invite you to come visit our group at the PET CO. in Torrington, CT. this Saturday.   One of the most important parts of the rescue process is the honor we bestow upon the dogs and one another. Given that these puppies are arriving on this same day, we will not be bringing them into the store with our other adoptable dogs, but some of these dogs will be with our other volunteers joining us for a short time before bringing the dogs home to foster and love and cherish as their own until that forever home is found. However, in order for us to fully honor our process and the dogs, we need to take the necessary time to assess them, transition them and get to know their training and socialization needs so we can have full disclosure with our potential adopters. Rescue is hard enough, and although these dogs manage transport well, we fully believe in setting our dogs up to succeed — not fail. That means no undue stress should be added to the already arduous travel they’ve endured, the many changes in climate and situations they’ve contended with on their rescue journey.

At the event, and on-line we will begin taking applications for the puppies and any dogs listed on our website. Likewise, once our volunteer who conducts all the veterinary checks for our potential adopters has completed her necessary paperwork for our responsible process (and if you’ve never had a dog you still need to complete the on-line application, and we have another process in place for that situation) we will then have our placement coordinator contact you about the dog you are interested in and take the process to the next level. We do this as soon as possible, respecting our adopters time schedule as well, but never abandoning the necessary time it takes to offer full disclosure to all involved so that we may honestly and responsibly share the dogs, learn about our adopters and make the best matches possible.

Whether you adopt through Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc. or any other similar organization, the LEAST we can do is thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering welcoming these deserving dogs into your hearts and home. One of our favorite sayings is “RESCUE IS THE BEST BREED,” and we believe that wholeheartedly. Help us help these dogs and submit your application today! We appreciate that you want to help make a difference in the lives of dogs who need us most!!! RESCUE ROCKS!


RDVG wants to provide you with as much information as we can because some of our mix breeds you might not be familiar with. The below section on “About the Breed” offers information on some of the Breed Characteristics, Children & Pets, Behavior and Personality, Temperament and more.

It is important to point out that in addition to the breed, there is an enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. In the end, your dog’s preferences and personality are as individual as you are–and if you can accept that– then you’re bound to enjoy each other.

German Shepherd Breed Info



  • Weight: 10 to 30 pounds
  • Height: 10 to 22 inches
  • Life Average: Probably 18 years
  • Colors:  Tri-colors with spots, red & white, black & tan, red & black, red brindle & white, blue & white.



  • Outdoorsy types
  • Retirees
  • Families with older children

  • Handsome and well-built
  • Intelligent and eager
  • Loyal
  • Hard-working
  • Strong-willed and fearless
  • Obedient and protective


The German Shepherd Dog is one of America's most popular dog beeds— for good reason. He's an intelligent and capable working dog. His devotion and courage are unmatched. And he's amazingly versatile, excelling at most anything he's trained to do: guide and assistance work for the handicapped, police and military service, herding, search and rescue, drug detection, competitive obedience and, last but not least, faithful companion.


This dog breed is known for its intelligence (currently ranked #3) and the ability to retain training is legendary. The desire to learn and work gives them the trait to be purposeful in what they do. Very loyal, the bond is very tight between it and their owner, usually just 1 individual. Other characteristics of this breed are its courage, alertness, territorial, and athleticism
Loyalty, protectiveness and eagerness, to name a few—come from careful obedience training and authority. Everyone in the household must be prepared to show “authority” and earn the dog’s respect with a firm but loving touch. They do not respond to negativity or anger. Once achieved, this respect may need to be earned again and again.


Being gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed pets and hugs they can dish out, and having a blasé attitude toward running, screaming children are all traits that make a kid-friendly dog. You may be surprised by who's on that list: Fierce-looking Boxers are considered good with children, as are American Staffordshire Terriers (aka pit bulls). Small, delicate, and potentially snappy dogs such as Chihuahuas aren't so family-friendly.**All dogs are individuals. Our ratings are generalizations, and they're not a guarantee of how any breed or individual dog will behave. Dogs from any breed can be good with children based on their past experiences, training on how to get along with kids, and personality. No matter what the breed or breed type, all dogs have strong jaws, sharp pointy teeth, and may bite in stressful circumstances. Young children and dogs of any breed should always be supervised by an adult and never left alone together, period.
Friendliness toward dogs and friendliness toward humans are two completely different things. Some dogs may attack or try to dominate other dogs even if they're love-bugs with people; others would rather play than fight; and some will turn tail and run. Breed isn't the only factor; dogs who lived with their littermates and mother until at least 6 to 8 weeks of age, and who spent lots of time playing with other dogs during puppyhood, are more likely to have good canine social skills.



Twelve Safety Tips for Children Meeting Dogs

  1. Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
  2. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping
  3. Always teach children how to  touch dogs
  4. Teach your child never to try to take the dog’s food

  1. No child should ever be left unsupervised with a dog.
  2. Always superviseany interactions between dogs and children
  3. Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children for example; any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
  4. Always supervise and make sure that children do not try to take the dog’s food away, no matter how friendly the child or dog is
  5. Supervise children when they pick up a puppy or small dog. Make them sit on the floor with the dog in their lap. Pay attention to the dog’s body language, and put him safely in his crate if he appears to be unhappy or uncomfortable with the child’s attention.
  6. No dog should ever be left unsupervisedwith a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”

  1. Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
  2. Most important, it is your responsibility to make sure that your children and the dog are supervised at all times and safe. You cannot leave it up to the dog, the dog is an animal and will behave like an animal. They rely on us to guide and protect them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This Is Your Job, Not The Dog's


Many children, especially very young ones, do not realize that pets are living animals and not toys. Failing to teach a child how to handle pets properly can result in suffering on the part of the pet and, in some cases, injury to the child. Taking introductions slowly will allow you to introduce family dogs and your children safely

  • Dogs are animal first and when you are not around to tell them what to do, the animal behavior will respond.
  • Children are spontaneous and dogs don’t know how to react to their impulsive behavior – it does not mean they don’t like children.
  • Dogs don’t understand them because they live by rules – don’t get on the bed, go outside to do your business etc.what

  • If someone was running at you, whipping a sword in the air, yelling and wearing a cape – what would your response be?
  • In order to be sure that everyone is safe, you cannot leave an animal to supervise or deal with children under the age of 8. Therefore, if you leave the room, adult supervision of the dog and children, 24 hours day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year must be taken seriously.

  1. Leave another adult in charge—let them know that you are leaving;
  2. Take the dog with you;
  3. Take the child with you;
  4. Put the dog in a crate or room with a closed door.

The above are very easy basic solutions that let a dog know you are in charge and that you will keep everyone safe. If something happens, you can’t undo it.

Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development

Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.

One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.

  • Puppies are now considered to have finished their development and growth rate and are viewed as adult dogs.
  • Although sexually mature beforehand, a dog usually does not attain full growth until at least its first birthday.

  • Feeding frequency should be considered - reduce to 2 or 3 meals per day
  • Some dogs reach sexual maturity at the age of eight months
  • The puppy is old enough to start Obedience Classes or a professional training program
  • The puppy would have grown to approximately half to three quarters the size of an adult
  • Female dogs would have probably reached their eventually height but will to continue to 'fill out'

  • The adult teeth continue to come through and during this time puppies need to chew!
  • The incisors and the canines are very important because the dog bites and tears at its food with these teeth
  • Provide them with items to chew
  • The confidence of the puppy will now have grown as would its physical size
  • The puppy will be showing interest in chasing other Puppies at this age and starts to become independent

  • The first of the permanent teeth will work through
  • Ensure the puppy has plenty of attention and toys to play with
  • At this age a puppy might demonstrate Pack Leader Behavior and test who is the Boss. A puppy will challenge your authority
  • Puppy Growth and Development & Behavior between 4 and 8 months
  • The adult teeth continue to come through and during this time puppies need to chew! The incisors and the canines are very important because the dog bites and tears at its food with these teeth
  • Provide them with items to chew
  • The confidence of the puppy will now have grown as would its physical size
  • The puppy will be showing interest in chasing other Puppies at this age and starts to become independent

  • Puppies are usually found new homes at this age it starts focusing attention on its owner rather than other puppies
  • The first fear period of the puppy begins
    A puppy starts to learn it name but still has a short attention Average
  • The puppy will start house training
  • At first, the puppy should be fed four times a day. (Feedings should be reduced to twice a day by the time a puppy is mature or even once a day in the case of a dog that gets little exercise)
  • The puppies motor skills improve
  • The puppy will use its basic instincts to naturally explore its new environment and the different things within it
  • Puppies will still sleep a lot and grow as they are sleeping. During times of stress, a dog raises its hackles - the hair along the neck and spine
  • Puppy training must begin and pups need to be made aware of your rules

  • Weaned between the ages of 3 and 7 weeks
  • During the ages of 3 to 7 weeks its first teeth, or milk teeth will appear
  • Taught basic behavior disciplines from its mother
  • Develop by socializing with other dogs and animals and people
  • Will stand up and start walking
  • At the age of 3 weeks a puppy will develop its sense of smell
  • At 3 weeks the puppy will begin to bark and show social development such as wagging its tail, growling and baring its teeth
  • Up to the age of 4 weeks the mother will be with the puppy almost constantly
  • The puppy has good use of its legs and is able to chase
  • Between 4 and 5 weeks the mother will gradually spend time away from her puppies
  • Rapid growth and development rate at this stage
  • Interaction with litter mates leading to Order of Dominance
  • After weaning puppies need to receive a series of vaccines in order to develop immunity on their own. Vaccinations for puppies generally include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, rabies, and sometimes Bordetella

** Indicates done on every dog
15 out of the 25 are done on every dog




Bordetalla **

Rabies **

Leptospirosis **

Kennel Cough  **

Corona Booster **

Rabies **

Leptospirosis **

Kennel Cough  **

Corona Booster **

Heart Worm **
Blood **
Fecal **
Skin Scraping
Eye & Ear

Flea & Tick Medication**
HW Pills**
Ear & Eye

Spay / Neuter **
Health Certificate **
Office Visit Fee (4) **
Transport **

PUPPIES: Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks**
3 TO 6 MONTHS: Every month till 6 months**
6 MONTHS: Wormed every 3 months**
PREGNANT & NURSING: Wormed more often as directed by the vet **


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  1. I am fostering Callie Anne.She is such a sweet girl.She is the boss in my kitchen.This is when you can see the Shepherd personnality coming out.She keeps everyone in line and wants to be the boss.Callie housecleans every morning by taking her blankets out of her crate.She has a couple buddies she plays with nonstop.She is learning to enjoy leash walking.She is forever reprimanding a couple dogs that I am pet sitting.she gets jealous when I give attention to other dogs and comes over and nuzzles in.She is going to make someone a wonerful pet and new family member.


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