Our vet has recommended that all dogs under 6 months not to spay or neuter the pups because they are too young and their bodies are not fully developed.  Adoption donation includes transport and all vaccinations, except for the Lyme—therefore, the dogs will not need to get any vaccinations for the first year.

Velvet has lived a long time in the shelter that rescued her and at some point, they would have had to make a decision. Then she was rescued by a foster, her foster’s voice is full of affection when she talks about her; she describes her as a very sweet baby girl that loves to give kisses.

Velvet can best be described as quiet, thoughtful and taking in all the good things in live, she knows that she is with good humans. She is not mellow, just soft-spoken. She becomes far more affectionate and open with she is close to humans and she will wiggle and beg for attention. When she is in public she becomes very reserved and dignified, walks in a straight line, she will prance, and everyone always compliments on how “well trained” she is.

Velvet enjoys playing with her toys.  She is a laid back kind of girl, calm and you can’t sneak up on her or startle her because she knows you’re coming. If you try, she may just look without flinching. She is not the kind of dog that would be preoccupied with a tennis ball and forget the world around her; she will never do anything at random or without thinking. She is spayed, updated shots, micro-chip and heart-worm negative.

Like so many of the rescue dogs that are found, Velvet was found dumped on a rural road near the woods. She looked to have been surviving on their own for a week or more. Just in time, she was found by animal control and a southern rescue angel. She is now in a loving foster home in Dallas, TX; she knows that she does not have to worry about food or other dangers. Velvet began showing the signs of her Golden breed. Her foster dad has noticed that she is “just a real good dog”. Even at this young age, she will listen and come when she is called; their foster family feels that she is really special dog that is meant to be saved. She has been around little children and true to their breed, she is just tremendously loving and gentle with them. Velvet loves to run and play with her foster family; she was slightly cautious at first but warmed up after a pet and an ear scratching. She gets lots of play time gets along with her foster brothers and sisters dogs.

If you have an urge to have an instant best friend that is always glad to see you and easy to take care of, you really should give this wonderful girl a look. Velvet just needs someone who will love her and give her the attention she deserves.


This dog cannot be adopted to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption. Please contact Patricia Cabral at: 617-626-1786 or Mike Cahill at: 617-626-1794 for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt 

ALL interested adopters MUST complete an application; agree to a vet reference check, phone interview and home visit. ALL family members MUST be in attendance for home visits – no exceptions. This helps us get to know everyone in the family so that we can help find the right dog for you 

Disclaimer: Please note that the breeds posted on our dogs’ biographies are our best guess based on years of working with rescue dogs. Adopters who need to know the exact breed or mix of breeds of a particular dog must have the dog’s DNA tested at their own expense.

PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO CHECK OUT THE SECTION BELOW:
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.

Flat Coat Retriever Breed Info

About The Breed
The Flat-Coated Retriever is an eternal puppy, brimming with happiness and energy. They adore people and will greet everyone they meet as if that person were their best friend. After a day of playing with the kids in the back year, the Flat-Coated Retriever will turn into a lapdog – don't be surprised if you find him sleeping in bed under the covers. Though this breed is friendly and social and gets along well with other household pets, their extended puppyhood and constant energy can make them a challenge for first time dog owners.

Quick Facts
• weight: 55 – 65 pounds
• height: 22– 24 inches
• Life Average: 10 – 13 Years

Ideal Human Companions
• Singles
• Seniors
• Families
• Children

Trademark Traits
• Long, elegant coat
• Cute “chrysanthemum” face
• Lively
• Friendly and fun
• Loyal and obedient
• Easily trained

At first glance, you might think the Flat-Coated Retriever resembles a black or brown Golden Retriever, but no such thing. He's a distinctive breed, his early popularity, which peaked before World War I, was eclipsed by that of the Golden and Labrador Retrievers, but his fans think that's for the best, preferring to keep the secret of his fun-loving yet hard-working nature to themselves.’

This is a breed named for its coat, so let’s begin there. The lustrous, flat-lying coat comes in solid black or liver, with feathering at the legs and tail. Beautiful, yes, but also highly functional: it protects these superb retrievers from harsh weather, icy water, and punishing ground cover. Another breed hallmark is the long head—unique among retrievers—that projects a smart and kindly expression. Flat-Coats will stand just as tall as a Lab, but in silhouette they present a leaner, more elegant look.

PET COMPATIBILITY  
Tolerant and friendly, Flat-Coats love everyone, including children and other dogs. They'll bark to let you know that someone's approaching, but don't count on them to serve as any kind of guard dog. Flat-Coats enjoy the company of other dogs and can learn to get along with cats, especially if they're raised with them. They might be a little too fond of pet birds, if you know what we mean.

PET COMPATIBILITY  
Tolerant and friendly, Flat-Coats love everyone, including children and other dogs. They'll bark to let you know that someone's approaching, but don't count on them to serve as any kind of guard dog. Flat-Coats enjoy the company of other dogs and can learn to get along with cats, especially if they're raised with them. They might be a little too fond of pet birds, if you know what we mean.

CHILDREN
Flat-Coats are great friends for active older children. They'll play for hours, whether that involves running, swimming, or chasing a ball. They can be overwhelming for toddlers, however, accidentally knocking them over with one whack of that ever-wagging tail.

Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he's sleeping or eating or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.

TEMPERAMENT
Flat-Coated Retrievers are a true family dog and can become depressed quickly if left alone for too long. People who work long hours shouldn't commit themselves to this breed. Families with a stay at home parent or those with flexible work schedules are much better suited. Proper exercise is also important to stave off anxiety.

If you like playing fetch (and, especially if you like playing it for hours), you’ll love having a Flat Coat Retriever. Eager, loving, intelligent and playful, these dogs have boundless energy and very few behavior problems.  Active families are best for the Flat-Coated Retriever, as they love to run and play. They'll walk, jog and hike and can keep up alongside a biker.


CHILDREN AND PETS

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


ANIMAL BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES

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


WHAT THE ADOPTION FEE PAYS FOR
** Indicates done on every dog
23 out of the 25 are done on every dog

1ST DHPP **

2ND DHPP **

3RD DHPP **

Bordetalla **

Rabies **

Leptospirosis **

Kennel Cough  **

Corona Booster **

Rabies **

Leptospirosis **

Kennel Cough  **

Corona Booster **

Giardia - What is Giardia
Heart Worm ** Video on HW
Parvo - What is Parvo
Blood Tests** When to Demand A Blood Test and When to Deny a Blood Test

Fecal **Diseases Spread in Stool
Skin Scraping - Common Problems
Eye & Ear - Types of Ear Problems
X-Rays - What To Expect
Photos of X-Rays - Must See Photos 

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

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 **

DISCLAIMER: THE BREED POSTED ON OUR DOGS' BIOGRAPHIES ARE OUR BEST GUESS BASED ON SEVERAL YEARS OF DOG RESCUE. ADOPTERS WHO NEED TO KNOW THE EXACT BREED OF A PARTICULAR DOG MUST HAVE THE DOG TESTED AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.

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