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HERBIE AD 11-11-20


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***

ADOPTED ON 11-11-20 – This handsome guy is Herbie, a seven month old, 15 pound, Australian Shepherd/ Border Collie mix. His grey and black coloring is beautiful, and he has an adorable black spot on the top of his head, adding to his cuteness!

Herbie was dropped off at the house of a neighbor of one of our wonderful rescuers down south in Louisiana. They were often gone away from home so they called our rescue partner about getting him into her rescue. Of course she took him in, and quickly realized what a “catch” Herbie was! He was a delightful, sweet boy, but to everyone’s surprise, he was heartworm positive. This shocked the vet because Herbie is so young, but he is now already halfway finished with his treatment and is handling it like a little trooper.  Herbie loves kids and gets along great with them. We always like to caution, however, that no child should ever be left unsupervised with any dog. Though we foster and get to know our dogs very well, children and dogs can sometimes be unpredictable. He is also a gentleman with cats and only occasionally likes to get a little sassy with the other dogs when it’s dinner time. This is probably due to his size… he mostly bluffs… trying to seem larger than his actual size!

Knowing about the breed of the dogs you are considering often helps in choosing the right dog for your family. Crossbreeding an Australian Shepherd and Border Collie has led to the creation of an extremely intelligent and active crossbreed; the Border Collie Australian Shepherd Mix. Both breeds were originally bred as working dogs (to herd cattle and sheep) and were utilized for their obedience. The Border Collie is ranked as the most intelligent dog breed, so it comes as no surprise that the resulting mix is also very clever and fast learning! They are less suited to homes with limited space due to their high activity levels and need for mental stimulation, however, this energetic and faithful crossbreed may just be what your home is looking for. With both breeds classified in the herding group, it is no surprise that a mixture of both breeds produces a focused and intelligent hybrid.

The Border Aussie is loyal, obedient and constantly on the go. Even as a companion animal, they can often be seen trying to herd their family by running in arching loops around them before dropping to the floor. This type of behavior only amplifies what they were originally bred to do and highlights how their herding instincts are still strong. This medium-size crossbreed can make a wonderful addition to a family home as well as suiting the lifestyle of a working dog.  Australian Shepherds are sometimes known to be “nippy” due to their herding instincts, but Herbie has not exhibited that behavior at all with any children or adults he has met.

Herbie would love to be an only dog and get all the attention. He loves attention! He is active and playful and will make a wonderful companion for an active family. He is waiting patiently for his treatments to be done so he can begin his journey north and join a forever family that will love him and smother him with that attention he loves so much!

 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

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: 01-31-20
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Male
Weight 0-20lbs
Location Winnsboro LA
Breed Lab
Purebred Border Collie Australian Shepherd
Altered No
Fee 450
RDV # RDV935
Dogs Yes
Children 8 to 14, Over 14
House Learning
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Learning
Leash Yes
Car Learning
Personality Herbie would love to be an only dog and get all the attention. He loves attention! He is active and playful and will make a wonderful companion. …
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.