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TATE AD 05-29-21


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 05-29-21 It never ceases to amaze us how far a mother dog will go to take care of her puppies. No matter what the horrible conditions she may be trying to survive are, she will always try to make sure her puppies are safe and fed, no matter what.  This is the case with Tate’s mom. Mona lost her human, an elderly man who adored her, a few months ago. No one knows if he passed away or was placed in a nursing home, but sadly, no one came back for Mona. Since the now abandoned home was the only home she knew, she refused to leave.

Mona was alone, pregnant, and most likely broken hearted from losing her person. She gave birth to Tate and his two sisters, and only left them when she was so hungry she needed to go scavenge for food. Neighbors on a nearby farm began to notice Mona struggling to find food in the ditches alongside the road. It was only when they saw how thin she had become and that she would stumble and be unable to get back up that they jumped into action and contacted a rescue group to come help her. The neighbors knew where she was living so luckily her little family was discovered! Mona is such a great mom. She did what she had to do to survive and always get back to her pups.

Today, Mona (named by the rescue; no one knew her real name) and her babies are safe, warm and well-fed at a foster home. She is recovering from heartworm and gaining her weight back nicely. Her puppies are adorable, healthy, chubby little sweethearts, who are full of mischief. All four of them will be ready to start their journeys to their forever homes soon!

Tate is described as an energetic and fun-loving dog. He has that self-confidence and alert personality so typical of a German Shepherd, but he’s an easy going and very well-balanced and happy puppy. When you watch this gorgeous dog prance around so graceful that is until he yawns and looks at you with that playful puppy smile of his and he makes you think he’s more of a person than a dog. Completely loyal and with such a distinctively special personality, Tate’s steadfast heart wins one over instantly


When deciding on a new member of your family, it is always a good idea to research breeds to determine if it will be a good match for everyone. The characteristics of Labs and Rottweilers is a wonderful combination that will blend well with most families. Rottweilers are loyal, loving, and confident guardians. The breed is a robust working breed of great strength.  A gentle playmate and protector within the family circle, the German Shepherd observes the outside world with a self-assured aloofness.  A well-bred and properly raised Shepherd will be calm and confident, courageous but not unduly aggressive. The aloof demeanor these world-class guardians present to outsiders belies the playfulness, and downright silliness, that endear Shepherds to their loved ones. (No one told the Shepherd he’s not a toy breed, so he is liable to plop onto your lap for a cuddle.) Early training and socialization will harness a Shepherd’s territorial instincts in a positive way.

Tate DOB is 01-28-21 Shepherd Lab mix who loves to play with his sisters all day long. The sweet-faced, lovable Shepherd Lab mix is America’s most popular dog breed. They are famously friendly, outgoing, active, and high-spirited companions who have more than enough affection to go around for the whole family.  This breed combination socialize well with neighbor dogs and humans alike. But don’t mistake his easy going personality for low energy: The breed is an enthusiastic athlete that requires lots of exercise, like swimming and marathon games of fetch, to keep physically and mentally fit.

Mona did a fantastic job with her babies, and we are so proud of her. Now they are ready to find their own families that will continue on with as much love as Mona did. Consider opening your heart and home to this sweet boy. Tate will bring you so much joy for years to come, and you will be honoring Mona, a truly great mom.

Massachusetts Contacts

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 

Cahill, Mike
Director, Animal Health

Cabral, Patricia
Shelter and Rescue Coordinator, Animal Health

Here is a link to the list of approved rescues

Rhode Island

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
Veterinary Paramedic
Division of Agriculture
Animal Health Section
401-222-2781 x4515

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.

See more “About the Breed”
At End of The Bio Below

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.



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.

Children & Pets

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

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.

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Age DOB: 01-28-21
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Male
Weight 31-40 lbs
Location Terryville CT
Breed German ShepherdFlat Coat Lab
Purebred Labrador Retriever
Altered Yes
Fee 450
Dogs Yes
Children 8 to 14, Over 14
House Learning
Energy Medium
Fence Yes
Crate Yes
Leash Learning
Car Yes
Personality Tate is described as an energetic and fun-loving dog Tate's steadfast heart wins one over instantly
Organization Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Name Kris
Phone 860.940.3350
Location Preston, CT
Email rescueguardianvillage@yahoo
Facebook Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.