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PIPER AD 12-15-20


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

PIPER ADOPTED ON 12-15-20 We are thrilled to introduce our sweet Piper! She is a small, 6 month old Golden Retriever mix, who probably won’t get much bigger than 30 pounds. This awesome girl is quite special to us, as she has overcome so much in her short little life, and if we know nothing about her at all, we do know this: she is a fighter! So far, everyone who has encountered Piper has fallen in love with her, from her rescuers to those who took care of her for so long at the veterinarian, to her foster to her transporters, and now to her current foster mom, who claims she is absolutely wonderful!

Piper’s story begins as an abandoned puppy.  Along with her littermates, Piper was discarded like garbage by some cruel and heartless person. Imagine tossing out 5 beautiful puppies

After the vet gave all the pups but Piper a clean bill of health, it didn’t take long before they were quickly adopted. However, it soon became apparent that little Piper would not make the journey north with her brothers and sisters to their forever homes. Piper had what was thought to be an umbilical hernia, but when undergoing her first surgery to correct it, it was discovered that she had a very rare deformity instead. Piper was diagnosed with Pruning’s Disease, which is the absence of a muscle wall that divides her chest cavity from her abdomen. This condition, if not corrected, would eventually be lethal.  So, left behind, but in the care of wonderful people, Piper underwent two more surgeries to correct her condition! Each time was touch and go for her, and each time this brave girl defied the odds and pulled through. Her southern foster mom said she had never seen a pup with such a “will to live” and a “love of life”. This sweet girl never complained, and was always a perfect patient for all the poking, prodding, and testing she endured.


Doing research when making a choice of breed that will be right for your family and lifestyle is important so you, and your new family member, will be happy. Traditionally, Goldens are outgoing, trustworthy, and eager-to-please family dogs, and relatively easy to train. They take a joyous and playful approach to life and maintain this puppyish behavior into adulthood. These energetic, powerful gundogs enjoy outdoor play. For a breed built to retrieve waterfowl for hours on end, swimming and fetching are natural pastimes.

Finally, we are proud to announce Piper is healthy and strong enough to travel, and instead of trying to find a family that Piper is lucky to have, we’d like to find a family that is lucky to have Piper! Piper’s forever home must be perfect. Her new family will know of her minimal restrictions and love her anyway. They will make sure she is happy and well taken care of. She will do great with calmer, smaller dogs and older children who can understand her needs, as she is still a puppy and very playful. Her new family will not let her jump from higher levels or rough house with kids or dogs. As we said, this pup is special. She has the best personality and is so happy despite her history. Piper is a gift. She absolutely deserves to be the queen, to be loved on and fussed over, and to know that all her fighting was worth it in the end.

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 DOB: 07-04-19
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Female
Weight 21-30lbs
Location Terryville CT
Breed Golden Retriever
Altered Yes
Fee 450
RDV # RDV904
Dogs Yes
Children Over 14, Experienced Owners
House Learning
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Learning
Car Learning
Personality Piper has the best personality and is so happy despite her history. Piper is a gift. She absolutely deserves to be the queen
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.