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.

Hopper is a White Lab Heinz 57 mix who was abandoned in a back yard. How could anyone be as callous as to a leave puppy to fend for them self? He was left to survive on his own for a long time without a food source, such as a restaurant or family trash can. He was domesticated to a point but did not know how to catch squirrels or how to find other food sources in the wild on his own.  Hopper did not have much or any human contact in his young baby life and therefore, was unable to form a relationship with humans. This is so true of many rescue dogs and they are sometimes given the label of feral, skittish or stray dog–which in fact is not true and hurts the dog’s chances of success.

Luckily for Hopper, a wonderful woman rescued him and he is now in a CT foster home; his foster is enjoying every minute of his puppy antics. Hopper is leaning to have more confidence around things that are new to him, to evaluate situations that he will be sure that nothing bad will happen; most important, his foster gave him his space when he was unsure about something new.  We are seeing him continue to grow and his success shows because he is beginning to smile. His eyes become bright and he knows that he is safe and his happy face is nothing short of amazing.

His foster tells us that “just when you think you’ve met a lot of dogs with the most surprising and charming personalities, another one comes along and makes you say “Now that pup has a charismatic character.” This is Hopper, he is the most adorable puppy ever. He flirts with the camera and will strike a pose till he is sure you have the picture. If you haven’t watched his videos yet, you must see this cutie show you his personality—we know that this is just the first of many.

Hopper is a good-natured White Lab mix, he isn’t bothered by noise or commotion. He is most comfortable with the four other foster pups in his foster home and his attitude toward other pets is the more the merrier. He enjoys the companionship of other dogs, however, he is the kind of a “stay at home guy” and sometimes chooses to stay in and hang around the house when the others are outside playing. One thing he loves is swimming and we hope that his new home will provide that for him. He has a hard-wired good disposition and a sweet, calm nature that is the hallmark of the Lab breed; willing and eager to please. He is a marvelous, courageous, and a keen watchdog who will bark if he hears something out of the ordinary.

Adopting a rescue dog is not just giving a dog a home, it is helping a dog transition from a life of no one caring, of not knowing how to take care of themselves in the wild, and learning about trust and what it is like to be loved.

Like people who hesitant around certain types of people or who feel uncomfortable in certain situations, dogs that are abandoned, like Hopper, can have also have that same personality. During those moments, which are becoming lesser each time, his foster mom will celebrate his success with a “good boy.” Hopper is 80% there but will need a family that can continue to let him naturally get to 100% in small steps towards confidence in knowing that nothing bad will ever happen; eventually his concerns will be completely gone. While there is nothing wrong with a dog that prefers to stay home or is unsure about new things, it is in Hoppers best interest to continue to teach him that he is safe and can trust his new life.

It is important to praise a dog for facing its doubts, teach it that it will be safe with you, and always work together with him to reduce any unsure response. It is important that you act natural during those circumstances that your dog is concerned about. Dogs learn by making associations in the moment and monitoring your actions and reactions to your surroundings. By acting normal and treating the dog consistently in both normal and situations he is not sure about, a dog will eventually learn that its concerns are unfounded and will naturally grow out of them. The human needs to resist the urge to cuddle the dog or reward their reservations. Though it may seem paradoxical in the moment, it is the only way to ensure that you don’t reinforce the behavior and the dog will learn that he can rely on you and it is safe.

Hopper is ready for a forever home, one he very much deserves, he needs his new family to take him the rest of the way from 80% to 100% and as Cesar says “Complete him.”  He has made huge progress in the month since he has arrived in his CT foster home and he continues to grow; he is a beautiful boy and will make a wonderful companion for any family. We owe it to our dogs that the wonderful people who stand to be the last chapter of their rescue and the first chapter of their new forever lives deserve him. He is ready to slide right into your heart, do you have the requirements of a forever home of his own and endless love to celebrate his special qualities? Will you open your heart and home to Hopper?


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.


 

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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.

Labrador Retriever Breed Info

About The Breed

Labrador Retrievers are healthy dogs and generally will live long lives of 10 to 14 years and are one of the most popular breeds in the USA because they are loyal, loving, affectionate and patient, making great family dogs.  They are highly intelligent, good-natured, very willing and eager to please; they are among the top choices for service dog work. They love to play, especially in water, never wanting to pass up the opportunity for a good swim.

These lively dogs have an excellent, reliable, temperament and are friendly, superb with children and equable with other dogs. They crave human leadership and need to feel as though they are part of the family and are easily trained. This breed of dog is wonderful with people of all ages, and interacts well with children.

QUICK FACTS
weight: 55 – 75 pounds
height: 21– 25 inches
• Life: 10 – 14 Years
color: • Black  • Yellow
• Silver   • Chocolate

IDEAL COMPANIONS
• Families With Children
• Active Singles
• Active Families
• Seniors
• Houses With Yards
• Rural/Farm Areas

TRADEMARK TRAITS
• Friendly
• Affectionate
• Obedient
• Good Natured

BREED INFORMATION - These lively dogs have an excellent, reliable, temperament and are friendly, superb with children and equable with other dogs. They crave human leadership and need to feel as though they are part of the family and are easily trained. This breed of dog is wonderful with people of all ages, and interacts well with children.

These are lovable, well-mannered, intelligent dogs with a great charm. They are easily trained, and always patient and gentle with children. Charming, devoted and self-assured, they are a popular family dog. Energetic and loving, Labrador Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters, so obedience training can be very rewarding. Friendly with everyone, including other dogs, the Labrador Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts.

While unlikely to attack, Labrador Retrievers make good watchdogs, loudly signaling a stranger's approach. These dogs also love to swim. These are lovable, well-mannered, intelligent dogs with a great charm. They are easily trained, and always patient and gentle with children. Charming, devoted and self-assured, they are a popular family dog. Energetic and loving, Labrador Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters. Friendly with everyone, including other dogs, the Labrador Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts.

CHILDREN
Not only loves kids, he enjoys the commotion they bring with them. He'll happily attend a child's birthday party, and even willingly wear a party hat. Like all dogs, however, he needs to be trained how to act around kids — and kids need to be taught how to act around the dog. As with every breed, you should 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. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.

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.

PETS
All dogs are individuals, this is only a generalization and 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.

As with every breed, you should 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 eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.

PERSONALITY
Retrievers can also been seen as a guide dog for the blind due to their loyal/friendly nature and overall love for humankind. While they do bark at strangers that approach their territory or yard, it is not the ideal watchdog or protector as they are just too sociable. They have a confidence about them and love to please, any overtly aggressive behavior is considered not normal. Oh did we mention that this breed is highly intelligent.

TEMPERAMENT
Labrador Retrievers loves to run, swim, and play with children and adults alike. They are extremely loyal to their owners, hard-working and are generally good-natured, originally a type of gun dog. Labs are extremely versatile and have been put to use in the following roles: hunting, guide dog for the blind, police k9, search and rescue, drug sniffing, retrieving, as well as tricks and competitive obedience.

Labs are enthusiastic and adaptable by nature and rank in the top 5 family-friendly dogs. They are very active and were born to play fetch with just about anything, ball, stick, especially a Frisbee or flying disc. Great with children, they are very loyal to their owners with an above average daily exercise requirement. Labrador Retrievers love the water, don’t be surprised if you are out for a walk near a pond or lake that you see your dog take off and jump in the water.


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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