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SHELLY AD 05-05-18


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. 

ADOPTED ON 05-05-18 – There is a lot about Shelly past we don’t know, what we can share with full certainty is that she is a petite pooch that is so utterly well-balanced and comfortable in her own fur, she is never unhappy! Her loving foster home in CT remarks that “Shelly walked right into their house and home and was immediately in synch” with the rest of her pack. Little charming Shelly learned quickly from the other dogs and just seemed to follow suit; she realizing that rescue was a lot better than a cold, harsh cement floor of a shelter! Make no misstate, rescue dogs recognize the blessing they receive when they are saved and this little dog settled in quickly. This tiny girl has a heart that must weigh more than anything else in her body because she is as the shelter told us, very loving. Shelly is a small size Heinz 57 with Yellow Lab.

Shelly is small but she has a brave fearless heart; she moved through each change in her rescue process and did all that was asked of her. For many rescue dogs, it is a traumatic experience to be dumped or unwanted, then, picked up by strangers and taken to a place with people and their pets. The fact that Shelly can love and move on is a no small accomplishment for the pint sized pup, however, it makes it much easier for the rescuer to help other dogs!

When you meet Shelly, it’s so clear to see that she is also very sensitive, extremely affectionate and also confident enough to enjoy time alone! Shelly is not a barker either, but she will announce a visitor, and that’s a good thing. Besides being an awesome four-legged companion for dogs and people alike, she knows her voice, and readily stops “speaking” once spoken to by her leader! There is not one ounce that notorious yippiness of smaller breeds.

Like all dogs, Shelly will need a healthy dose of exercise to keep her active mind and body in shape. She would enjoy a few daily walks and some room to romp with other dogs in a fenced yard. She responds quite well to the leadership in her skilled foster home, knowing how to follow her human pack and dog pack. Shelly’s success is in large part due to the extreme confidence and trust she gleans from her humans who show her leadership of the house and the rest of the dogs that she is certainly safe. It would be great to see Shelly transition to an equally engaged dog-loving family, one that can continue showering her with love, attention, affection, and structured leadership. Her foster home provides all the mental and physical stimulation and also the continued socialization all dogs need to thrive and be happy! You can see in the videos that it’s pretty darn adorable to watch Shelly, the littlest of the pack but she doesn’t know it, follow the other resident dogs around and enjoy being in their mix!

Shelly is also a feminine girl! Her foster hopes that whomever adopts her will indulge the little princess with a soft, big cushy dog bed because she looks so happy and content lounging leisurely in the many different ones that grace their home. Can you tell that her foster mom “loves her to pieces?” We sure can, and so can Shelly! She is remarkably intelligent, responsive to humans, and that makes her very trainable. She is cheerful, perky and lively, a real delight to have around!

Shelly is truly very gentle and is eager to please everyone which makes her a great family pet! She is a dog social and people social dog, however, her foster noted that after she has had her exercise, even on a 90 degree hot day, she go off from the pack in the yard and will sit in the sun for a while. This means that she is dog social but she loves her humans so she would not mind being alone. When she is given a toy of large bone, she will entertain herself while good-naturedly waiting for you to come back. Oh how her foster loves this dog and Shelly will love and hug you back, her smile never leaves her face.

If you are looking for a dog that you would like to take with you and be with all day, Shelly will be a great match for you. If you are fond of a dog on next to you while you watch TV or have friends over, she would be delighted to be with you. Her foster mom said that this petite girl is an angel and is the best description of her personality. We are looking for someone who has a lot of time and attention to give to Shelly because she deserves nothing less.

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: 1-12-18
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Female
Weight 21-30lbs
Location Preston CT
Breed Labrador Retriever
Altered No
Fee 450
RDV # RDV865
Dogs Yes
Children 8 to 14, Over 14
House Yes
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Learning
Car Yes
Personality When you meet Shelly, it's so clear to see that she is also very sensitive, extremely affectionate and also confident enough to enjoy time alone.
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.