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.
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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.
Labrador Retriever Breed Info
About The Breed
Labrador Retrievers are healthy dogs and generally will live long lives of 10 to 14 years and are one of the most popular breeds in the USA because they are loyal, loving, affectionate and patient, making great family dogs. They are highly intelligent, good-natured, very willing and eager to please; they are among the top choices for service dog work. They love to play, especially in water, never wanting to pass up the opportunity for a good swim.
These lively dogs have an excellent, reliable, temperament and are friendly, superb with children and equable with other dogs. They crave human leadership and need to feel as though they are part of the family and are easily trained. This breed of dog is wonderful with people of all ages, and interacts well with children.
• weight: 55 – 75 pounds
• height: 21– 25 inches
• Life: 10 – 14 Years
• color: • Black • Yellow
• Silver • Chocolate
• Families With Children
• Active Singles
• Active Families
• Houses With Yards
• Rural/Farm Areas
• Good Natured
BREED INFORMATION - These lively dogs have an excellent, reliable, temperament and are friendly, superb with children and equable with other dogs. They crave human leadership and need to feel as though they are part of the family and are easily trained. This breed of dog is wonderful with people of all ages, and interacts well with children.
These are lovable, well-mannered, intelligent dogs with a great charm. They are easily trained, and always patient and gentle with children. Charming, devoted and self-assured, they are a popular family dog. Energetic and loving, Labrador Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters, so obedience training can be very rewarding. Friendly with everyone, including other dogs, the Labrador Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts.
While unlikely to attack, Labrador Retrievers make good watchdogs, loudly signaling a stranger's approach. These dogs also love to swim. These are lovable, well-mannered, intelligent dogs with a great charm. They are easily trained, and always patient and gentle with children. Charming, devoted and self-assured, they are a popular family dog. Energetic and loving, Labrador Retrievers enjoy pleasing their masters. Friendly with everyone, including other dogs, the Labrador Retriever has very little, if any, guarding instincts.
Not only loves kids, he enjoys the commotion they bring with them. He'll happily attend a child's birthday party, and even willingly wear a party hat. Like all dogs, however, he needs to be trained how to act around kids — and kids need to be taught how to act around the dog. As with every breed, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Being gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed pets and hugs they can dish out, and having a blasé attitude toward running, screaming children are all traits that make a kid-friendly dog. You may be surprised by who's on that list: Fierce-looking Boxers are considered good with children, as are American Staffordshire Terriers (aka pit bulls). Small, delicate, and potentially snappy dogs such as Chihuahuas aren't so family-friendly.
All dogs are individuals, this is only a generalization and not a guarantee of how any breed or individual dog will behave. Dogs from any breed can be good with children based on their past experiences, training on how to get along with kids, and personality. No matter what the breed or breed type, all dogs have strong jaws, sharp pointy teeth, and may bite in stressful circumstances. Young children and dogs of any breed should always be supervised by an adult and never left alone together, period.
As with every breed, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he's eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Retrievers can also been seen as a guide dog for the blind due to their loyal/friendly nature and overall love for humankind. While they do bark at strangers that approach their territory or yard, it is not the ideal watchdog or protector as they are just too sociable. They have a confidence about them and love to please, any overtly aggressive behavior is considered not normal. Oh did we mention that this breed is highly intelligent.
Labrador Retrievers loves to run, swim, and play with children and adults alike. They are extremely loyal to their owners, hard-working and are generally good-natured, originally a type of gun dog. Labs are extremely versatile and have been put to use in the following roles: hunting, guide dog for the blind, police k9, search and rescue, drug sniffing, retrieving, as well as tricks and competitive obedience.
Labs are enthusiastic and adaptable by nature and rank in the top 5 family-friendly dogs. They are very active and were born to play fetch with just about anything, ball, stick, especially a Frisbee or flying disc. Great with children, they are very loyal to their owners with an above average daily exercise requirement. Labrador Retrievers love the water, don’t be surprised if you are out for a walk near a pond or lake that you see your dog take off and jump in the water.
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
- 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.