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
ADOPTED ON 01-09-23 We’d like you to meet a couple of sweet little girls named Bridget and Bailey. They are Chihuahua Dachshund mixes and are around 4 or 5 years and are littermates.
Bailey and Bridget were both very underweight at only a mere 9 and 7 pounds. Abandoned, and left to fend for themselves, their story is a heartbreaking one, but with a happy ending, made even happier when their journey ends in a warm, safe, and loving forever home that they so deserve.
They were barely hanging on when a wonderful girl down the street noticed them and acted quickly, thinking of nothing but a swift rescue, and got them to the local vet. Everyone at the vets agreed Bailey and Bridget did not have much more time in them but a few days, and they also noticed how the girls clung together through their ordeal.
What know for sure that they helped each other survive their horrible conditions and that they needed each other. It was obvious that they were abandoned; they were running up and down her road in the January’s cold weather, maybe looking for their owner. Left behind like nothing more than trash when their “owners” moved, they struggled to survive. They were starving and in danger of becoming a victim of a larger animals. Starving and flea infested to the point of serious fur loss, they were also attacked by larger dogs who tried to mate with them.
Bailey and Bridget could be adopted together if you are looking for a pair that gets along well or they are fine to go to a home separate. Bridget however does need a quiet home, she is very sweet, loves her humans. We think because of the larger dogs that attacked them, she is more sensitive.
Bridget has a good-natured gentle personality, she is shy in the beginning but with time, will open up to people. She might wait till you go pick her up and will take her time to come near strangers or new dogs. She likes to be held or loved and she can be shy when initially meeting someone but will slowly warm up. She is playful, loves to explore, but also has her moments when she just wants to snuggle.
What Do We Mean By A Quiet Home For Bridget?
When dogs experience high-stress situations, they need quiet time to recover, says Katy Nelson, DVM, the senior veterinarian for Chewy. “Giving pups a calm, cozy place to call their own can help them feel safer and more secure,” she explains. It is unrealistic to expect any dog to arrive instantly well-adjusted and impeccably behaved.
Bridget is a normal dog but needs a warm understanding owner to help her learn that she is safe. Here are some simple suggestions:
- Patient Calm Owner: the more patient a owner is, and the more choice a dog is given over seemingly simple things, the faster trust will build.” This includes basic interactions, like petting.
- Routine: A routine and quiet atmosphere are essential when first taking a dog home, generally for at least a few weeks.
- Consistent Schedule: A simple and consistent schedule can help prevent trigger. Creating a routine for things like feeding times, toilet breaks, naps, training sessions, and playtime.
- Give Choices: Giving dogs more choices and a sense of control in their lives is one of the most important things we can do for their well-being. For example:
- Let your dog follow his nose and choose the route on walks
- Give him several comfy places to sleep instead of just one
- Let him pick his own toys
- Play Music: You can play calming music for the dog (classical works best) which you can find on YouTube or TV. This will disguise noises that are new or ones that she is not sure of yet.
Traits associated with the name Bridget:
Dogs named Bridget tend to be good-natured, affectionate, and loving. This feminine name is also associated with companionship.
Is Bridget a good dog name?
Bridget has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. Bridget isn’t one of the most common names, so your dog will certainly stand out. If you love the name, you should pick it!
- Bridget ranks #2,423with users of PupNames.com.
- Bridget ranks #2,869in the New York City Dog Name Database.
- Bridget ranks #529in the Los Angeles Times ‘Top Dogs’.
Bridget is not a popular dog name. That’s great if you like to stand out from the crowd!
Famous dogs named Bridget:
A dog named Bridget appeared in the comic book My Cage by Melissa DeJesus and Ed Power.
The Chihuahua is a tiny dog, charming and sassy, with a huge personality. A national symbol of Mexico, these alert and amusing “purse dogs” stand among the oldest breeds of the Americas, with a lineage going back to the ancient kingdoms of pre-Columbian times. Chihuahuas possess loyalty, charm, and big-dog attitude. Even tiny dogs require training, and without it this clever scamp will rule your household like a little Napoleon. Compact and confident, Chihuahuas are ideal city pets. They are too small for roughhousing with kids, and special care must be taken in cold weather, but Chihuahuas are adaptable as long as they get lots of quality time in their preferred lap.
Dachshunds aren’t built for distance running, leaping, or strenuous swimming, but otherwise these tireless hounds are game for anything. Smart and vigilant, with a big-dog bark, they make fine watchdogs.
Dachshunds is typically easier to train. This is because they are more gentle and willing to obey. It is important to keep Dachshund on a routine exercise program. Although Dachshund are naturally energetic and active dogs, they will need encouragement once in a while. Daily walks combined with a fun game should be sufficient to keep your doxy at a healthy weight. Dachshunds make a great housedog, they are social dogs and they do love companionship.
Bailey and Bridget are currently with our southern rescue group, they have been treated for heartworm, and they are getting soothing baths for their irritated skin. They are eating tons of good food (and lots of yummy treats) to fatten them up a bit. Foster mom says that so far they are extremely sweet, polite southern little ladies, and would be a wonderful addition to a loving family.
They are healthy and ready to go to their new home, would you consider opening your heart and home to these two very special girls? She is as friendly as she can be and will make that amazing companion dog.
Bridget has the best personality and is so happy despite her history, she wants to be a buddy. She absolutely deserves to be the queen, to be loved on and fussed over, and to know that all her fighting was worth it in the end.
If you are from Massachusetts, we do not adopt to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption.
Please contact Patricia Cabral or Mike Cahill for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt
Director, Animal Health
Shelter and Rescue Coordinator, Animal Health
Here is a link to the list of approved rescues
If you are from Rhode Island, we do not adopt RI residents due to laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption.
All Dog and Cat rescues operating** in the state of Rhode Island are required to register with the Department of Environmental Management and to comply with Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Animals. This includes Rescues based outside of RI that are adopting/fostering dogs into or within Rhode Island
Please contact Marisa Coates for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt
Marisa L. Coates
Division of Agriculture
Animal Health Section
List of Rhode registered rescues:
We go the extra mile for every dog and do whatever it takes to make sure that that dog finds happiness, we give 100% and more. It is what we enjoy doing and helps us wake up in the morning; we know that the dog is thankful we rescued them and thankful for their life. Finally, they will be forever remembered by our families that adopted them because they really rescued them.
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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.
Chihuahua Breed Info
About The Breed
The Chihuahua is a saucy little hot tamale and not just because of his association with a certain fast-food Mexican restaurant. He's renowned for being the world's smallest dog, but he may well have the world's biggest personality stashed inside that tiny body. That larger-than-life personality makes him appealing to men and women alike. And watch out: They are so quick-witted and cunning and sweet, you might find yourself doing an overtime shift of petting, scratching and cuddling.
BEST SUITED FOR
• Lively, Loyal
• Cocky, Energetic
ABOUT THE BREED
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world; it was named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. The Chihuahua is a graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with saucy expression, compact, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament. It is a strong-willed, intensely loyal dog breed. It becomes very attached to its owners, even to the point of jealousy. There are two distinct breed types, one with a long coat of soft texture, the other with a short coat. Identical otherwise, both can be whelped in the same litter. Adored for its small size, the Chihuahua is a bright eyed, dainty dog. It is perfect for apartment living.
Many Chihuahua’s love children, but the combination of a tiny dog and a young child can be a recipe for disaster. A Chihuahua may leap from a child's hands and injure himself if he's not being held correctly, and he won't hesitate to defend himself if he's being mistreated. Many breeders won't sell puppies to families with toddlers for fear that the dog will be injured. Chihuahuas do best in families with quiet, older children who understand how to interact with them.
Chihuahuas get along well with other pets in the family, including cats, if introduced at a young age. The fearless Chihuahua will often boss around dogs much bigger than he is, and this may or may not cause problems. It's not unusual for the smallest dog to be the one in charge.
Chihuahuas are the ideal lovable, loyal and long-term pal. When you're alone in the house with a Chihuahua, you're never alone -- they sleep on your lap, sit by your side, or follow you from room to room while you do chores. When you're not home, they protect it like their personal domain, barking at the sign of any approaching stranger (making them surprisingly effective watchdogs). This endearing love and devotion, big-time attitude packed inside a pint-sized frame has a remarkable way of being endearing rather than annoying. Whether in an apartment, a house or a palace, a Chihuahua is perfectly accommodated. And they're fairly easy to care for, needing minimal exercise and food. But don't skimp on the attention: Chihuahuas crave affection and companionship to the point where they may resort to attention-getting tricks.
Fun loving and busy, Chihuahuas like nothing better than to be close to their people. They follow them everywhere in the house and ride along in tote bags when their people run errands or go shopping. It's not unusual for Chihuahuas to form a close bond with a single person, and they can become very demanding if they're overindulged.
Chihuahuas often bond to a people, they're usually willing to make friends with new people if properly introduced. Expect them to be a little reserved at first, though. Chihuahuas can be. Like every dog, exposure them to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences. Socialization helps ensure that your Chihuahua will be a well-rounded dog.
Besides being affectionate housemates, Chihuahuas are intelligent and fast learners. They can compete in agility and obedience trials with just as much enthusiasm and success as larger dogs. That said, they're willful little dogs. You'll be most successful if you can persuade them that competing — or simply doing as you ask — is fun. Use positive reinforcement in the form of praise and food rewards when training your Chihuahua. The don’t respond to harsh treatment.
CHILDREN AND PETS
Twelve Safety Tips for Children Meeting Dogs
- Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
- Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping
- Always teach children how to touch dogs
- Teach your child never to try to take the dog’s food
- No child should ever be left unsupervised with a dog.
- Always superviseany interactions between dogs and children
- Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children for example; any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.”
- Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
- 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.
- Leave another adult in charge—let them know that you are leaving;
- Take the dog with you;
- Take the child with you;
- 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 **
Kennel Cough **
Corona Booster **
DAP or DHP
Flea & Tick Medication**
Ear & Eye
Spay / Neuter **
Health Certificate **
Office Visit Fee (4) **
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.