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JOSIE AD – 04-14-18


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 04-14-18 – The first thing you notice about Josie is she is happy, playful and energetic when she sees people; she gets along well with other dogs, initiates play with them every chance she gets. She equally thoroughly enjoys the company of all people and dogs and thrives with any and all attention lavished upon her. One of the sweetest things about Josie is that she actually appears to always be smiling, the little corners of her mouth turn upward to show her ever present delight! BTW, that happens about all the time — whenever a dog or a person is near. In turn, you can only smile because it is so obvious that Josie is constantly a grinning girl full of joy. In turn, Josie’s smile makes everyone around her smile. Josie is not a needy dog, but a grateful and confident girl who will thrive in an active, but not chaotic household with children who want to take her everywhere they go!

Josie is just so easy going and eager to be considered part of the plan in life, which she will adapt easily to her new loving environment and capture your soul as much as she has ours. She is an amazingly resilient and special dog, and all Josie wants is love. Notice in two of the videos, she is calm, very much the lady and lets her other siblings go first though she is still eager to greet her foster mom.

If you are looking to make a difference this year to a deserving dog in need, then don’t wait, Josie is ready, able and willing to steal your heart and rock your world. She will certainly take your happiness level up a few notches, and provide hours of laughter with her snatch and run games of—chase me. An ideal home for her would be one where there was another dog to play and romp with and share her days, though it’s not mandatory if it is an active family or someone who runs. She adores humans and returns her appreciation with unconditional devotion. This attentive and smart little gal is just looking for love and a home. She has proven herself to be utterly deserving of the best and we are committed to see that she gets that. 

The story beginning for Josie and her siblings is one that happens so often in rescue but can a rescue dog’s story be much like our lives? December 24th was a cold winter night, a pregnant Mama dog searched for a warm safe place to deliver her babies. Hope knew that the pups were coming very soon and she needed to be sure that she finds a secure shelter for her pups that would kept them warm and out of harm’s way.

Hope’s rescue story is not as famous as the one most people know, however it is a truly warm whole-hearted story that leaves all who tell it with a touch of wonder and awe and the sensation of maybe a miracle. Her story is unusually unique and all who know her will live on through her babies and the amazing families that open their hearts and homes to them. The families don’t know yet that they are chosen but we know that they are picked carefully and will take excellent care of Hope’s pups. Hope suffered so much, we can’t even imagine how she struggled, she was alone, hungry and cold but kept searching to find the right place for her babies.

Hope did not give up and her gift to the six families that offer their homes to her precious babies will have many nights full of life with tales of laughter and love to tell everyone they know of a good momma dog named Hope that was guided to a barn on a cold December night—yes, she found shelter in a barn. The happy times of playing ball, belly rubs, swimming, walks, cuddling and companionship will fill their lives. These families and children will pass Hope’s story on to their grandchildren about the dog they rescued because a mama dog named Hope searched for a warm safe place to have her pups, on Christmas Eve—and she was guided to a barn.

What was Hopes ending?  Well, that is the best part of the story and a dog’s rescue story does parallel a human life, not in the story, but in the warmth and heart that guide dogs as well as humans.

The Answer To The Question about Hope, I gave you a hint in the bio when I said that Hope did not give up and her gift to the six families that offer their homes to her precious pups….” Hope had six puppies and the wonderful family that owned the barn she had her babies in, adopter one of her pups. To add to this happy ending for Hope, they also kept her and she will live out her life with one of her babies and a wonderful family that fell in love with her. Just can’t get better than that, it should be a movie.

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: 12-24-17
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Female
Weight 0-20lbs
Location Winnie TX
Breed Labrador Retriever
Purebred Basssett Mix
Altered No
Fee 450
RDV # RDV845
Dogs Yes
Children 8 to 14, Over 14
House Learning
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Yes
Car Learning
Personality One of the sweetest things about Josie is that she actually appears to always be smiling, the little corners of her mouth turn upward
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.