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DIXIE AD 08-12-21


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 08-12-21The rescue job never ends, but when we see the happy anticipation in the faces of a new family waiting to bring their new member to their forever home it makes this grueling and often heartbreaking mission all worthwhile. This is what we hope for with each and every fur baby we save. No exception is this sweet little girl named Dixie. Dixie is a 4 month old Australian Kelpie mix with the most beautiful chocolate and caramel colored fur. To add to her good looks, she has an adorable white patch on her chest. Dixie is about 14 pounds right now, but will grow to be around 40-50 pounds.


ADOPTION PENDING: Dixie and her 3 siblings were born to a loving mama who had been abandoned at a farm supply store. She had her puppies under the building, and at only 1 day old, the puppies, as well as mama, almost drowned from the torrential downpours that hit Louisiana.  Luckily, a young man with a huge heart that works at the store crawled under the building and rescued all the pups just in time. He was kind enough to bring them all to our southern rescue partner. Now they are all safe, fed, and happy, and ready to find their forever homes!

When determining what breed will be a perfect fit for your family, research is key. The dog’s happiness, and yours, depends on personality and the dynamics of your home. The Kelpie is extremely alert, eager and highly intelligent. He possesses an open, friendly, active but placid disposition with a good balance between keenness to work and ability to relax. With an almost inexhaustible energy, the Kelpie has a marked loyalty and devotion to work and a strongly-inherited natural instinct and aptitude in working sheep and other livestock, both in open country and in the yards. Therefore, the Kelpie does well with high activity, or a job, to satisfy both physical and mental stimulation needs. The overall appearance of the Kelpie is that of a medium-sized, lithe, active, strongly-muscled dog conveying the capability of untiring work. He has been successfully used to manage a variety of stock, including reindeer, goats, cattle and of course, sheep. They are also widely used as search and rescue dogs.


Kelpies need companionship and make fine family dogs, getting along well with ‘his’ children and, because they are naturally gentle, almost all Kelpies live peaceably with other family pets. They tend to love everyone, including strangers, but are highly intelligent and will be quite protective when necessary. We always strongly suggest that a new pup should never be left unsupervised with children or other family pets.

Foster mom says that Dixie is a super happy and loving little girl.  She is very curious and loves to hunt for something to get into when she is not playing tackle with her siblings. She seems to listen very well and it’s very obvious by her mannerisms that she is very smart. She loves to make her people happy so she usually will come back from her adventure when she is called.

Dixie had a rocky start, but with the help of some wonderful people she has begun her little journey towards her forever home. If Dixie is the girl for you, let us know! This sweetie will be scooped up quick!

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 03-25-21 approximate
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Female
Weight 0-20lbs, 21-30lbs, 31-40 lbs, 41-50lbs
Location Winnsboro LA
Breed Kelpie Mix
Altered No
Fee 450
Dogs Yes
Children 8 to 14, Over 14
House Learning
Energy Medium
Fence Yes
Crate Yes
Leash Learning
Car Yes
Personality Dixie is a super happy and loving little girl.  She is very curious and loves to hunt for something to get into when she is not playing tackle with her siblings
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.