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. Our puppies are kept in a sterile environment until they have all three of their vaccinations  ***ADOPTION DONATION 450.00 EACH***


ADOPTION PENDING: Take a look at Moe and Cooper. It’s hard not to give them a second (and third!) look with Moe’s big, beautiful eyes, grey brindle coat, and those big, floppy ears and Cooper’s gorgeous gold and brown brindle fur and sweet face. They are 4 month old Louisiana Catahoula/Plot Hound mixes, and just the sweetest boys you’ll ever meet!

Moe and Cooper were found at Central High School of Larto, La. by a teacher who happened to drop by the school to start opening her classroom. Either they had been dumped there by a previous heartless owner or abandoned elsewhere in that area and wandered to the school. The pups were huddled together laying in a mud hole, trying to get some relief from the hot Louisiana temperature of 100 degrees. They were tired, starving, and infested with fleas and ticks. These brothers clearly were attached to each other, not making a move without the other. This wonderful teacher with the huge heart knew she could not leave them there, so she put them both in her car.

Both boys laid down immediately in front of the a/c vent!  She took them home and got them right into a bath tub.  After posting them on the high school website to see if anyone knew anything about them, the only information that came back was that they had been there for a while. It was clear they had been abandoned. Knowing that her aunt ran a rescue group, this kind woman offered to foster them with the help of the rescue. It became clear quickly that the two pups were bonded. This new foster mom had two dogs of her own, and when introduced in the yard, Cooper ran out first, turned around, and waited for Moe as if to say, “it’s OK, we’re safe now!” She says it was the sweetest thing she ever saw!

Moe is smaller than his brother but he has a loud bark when he is chasing his foster mom’s dog, Dooley. He enjoys playing fetch with the other dogs, but really just loves running and playing. Moe enjoys napping on the couch, and is quite a snuggler. His foster mom says he is such a lover; when it’s time to go outside in the mornings he stays behind for just a second to give her kisses.

Cooper is the big teddy bear that enjoys diving his head into your lap to get some scratches! He also loves to “play ball” with Dooley but he really just likes to chase the other pups like Moe does. Cooper loves to chew on a ball that he and Moe share nicely. It’s a wonder what Cooper would do without Moe because he has to know where he is at all times. One thing that Cooper really enjoys is water. He will sneak into the pool outside to lay down every time they go out if no one is watching!

Cooper Has to Know Where Moe Is

Knowing more about the breed of a potential new family member helps adopters make an educated and informed decision. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a multi-purpose working dog that is well-muscled and powerful, but with a sense of agility and endurance. They are serious while working and playful at home. This breed is a medium-large, short-coated dog, known for its many varied coat and eye colors and patterns. Catahoulas are the only breed of dog to have historically originated in the state of Louisiana. The breed requires firm guidance and early socialization, as they can be independent, territorial, and protective.

Once they know their place in the family unit, they are affectionate, loyal, and gentle. Also called the Catahoula Hog Dog, they are used as stock dogs, tree dogs, watchdogs, guard dogs, and of course as loyal companions. The Plott Hound, a hound with a curious name and a unique history, is a rugged, relentless hunting dog who is a mellow gentleman at home but fearless, implacable, and bold at work. This hound is a streamlined, long-tailed, light-footed hunter standing as high as 25 inches at the shoulder. The coat comes in an array of brindle-stripe patterns, from black flecked with gold to flaming orange and russet, in addition to some solid colors. The medium-length ears hang gracefully, and the leather of the nose, lips, and eye rims are black, setting off an inquisitive and confident expression. The Plot Hound is a loyal, intelligent and alert breed. Both are hard workers, wonderful companions, and loyal family pets

These brothers are inseparable. They are the best of friends, and can’t do anything without the other. Anywhere they go, Cooper always turns to see where Moe is and to wait for him. Cooper loves to sit on Moe, and Moe is so mellow, he just puts up with it! Moe reassures Cooper when loud noises frighten him. They both love to eat ice cubes and are perfect gentlemen during bathtime. They currently live with a cat, Honey, and are very gentle with her when they play. Foster mom can’t stress enough what amazing pups they are. They are completely housebroken and very smart. They learned quickly to sit by the door to go out, and are learning commands easily. They are not food aggressive with humans or the other dogs. In fact, when Cooper steals Moe’s bone right from his mouth, Moe just whines! At night, they climb on the bed with foster mom and dad to snuggle, then jump down to get into their own beds for the night. Moe and Cooper are very affectionate with their humans as well as each other.

They are a bonded pair, so a home where they could continue to be together would be ideal. They would do best in a home with a large, fenced yard, as they need lots of exercise, and experienced dog parents. They are young, so they would probably do very well with children. However, we always like to caution that no dog should ever be left unsupervised with small children, no matter how well-behaved the dogs or children are. If you are an active family with lots of love to give, consider these boys. You will be opening your heart and home to a pair of wonderful pups, and they will be sure to give you years of joy in their forever home that they truly deserve!

 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.


MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS:  This dog cannot be adopted 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  

Michael Cahill,                             Director, Animal Health
Michael.Cahill@mass.gov        Phone: 617-626-1794

Patricia Cabral,                            Shelter and Rescue Coordinator, Animal Health
Patricia.Cabral@mass.gov       Phone: 617-626-1786

Here is a link to the list of approved rescues
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/approved-shelter-and-rescue-organizations


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.

Catahoula Cur Breed Info

About The Breed

This loving and active breed is the first true American purebred, making a good family dog.  These dogs are very responsive to kindness and are family-oriented but wary of strangers. Catahoula  have an outstanding disposition and love kids. They are protective of the property and family, but not overly protective or aggressive. Basically, they have the sense to know when there's trouble and when there's not.

QUICK FACTS
• weight: 30 – 60 pounds
• height: 18– 26 inches
• color: Brindle, Black, Yellow
• Life Average: 12 – 16 Years

IDEAL COMPANIONS
• Outdoorsy Types
• Active
• Families with Older Children
• Seniors

TRADEMARK TRAITS
• Intelligent
• Protective
• Outdoorsy
• Courageous

ABOUT THE BREED - People who have these dogs say owning a Catahoula  is an enjoyable endeavor for the whole family. They will amaze you daily and will try to please you every way they physically can. As one owner said, he "believed they would cut wood for him if they could." Catahoula dogs are devoted to family, but may be wary of strangers, developed from a strain of Mountain Cur, this breed is nicknamed "Darkie" for its dark, rich coat color.

Due to their high intelligence, we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined and rules are set. Humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. The humans must be the ones making the decisions, not the dogs. That way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success.

BEHAVIOR
These exceptionally courageous and fierce Catahoula  are not vicious, but that, they are pretty sociable. As a guardian dog, it would constantly guard its family, thus prone to attacking strangers and pets, challenging anything unusual, even being ready to sacrifice their life, which is also evident through recorded history, they are not apartment dogs.

TRAINING
Catahoula's are easy to train, are highly trainable and courageous. As with all dogs, humans should establish dominance in the relationship right away to avoid behavioral issues. This dog is smart and loves positive reinforcement with a kind and gentle demeanor.

When it comes to a bold dog like this one, training them to socialize, setting general rules to follow, defining things like dog etiquette and who the pack-leader is become easier if they are trained from the time they are puppies. Pack leader training is urgent for the Catahoula Leopard.

CHILDREN
Catahoula dogs do well around other dogs, they are easy to train and get along with children. It's a happy and playful dog that loves to frolic and have a good time with kids. All dogs need plenty of opportunities for exercise each and every day.

TEMPERAMENT
Many people have said that the Catahoula dogs may get along with cats and other small animals which others have found that if you teach them from a young age they will respect all animals inside the home. At times she can be very precious and at other times very bold and brave. They loves games and seems to do well in a suburban setting with lots of exercise. They love daily walks and love to play fetch. They are shy around strangers, not aggressive but very submissive.


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 **

Kennel Cough  **
Corona Booster **

DAP or DHP
Canine Distemper
Adenovirus
Hepatitis
Parvovirus

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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