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BENJI & SANDRA AD 05-22-15


ADOPTED ON  05-22-15 – Benji’s foster mother describes him as being different from any other dog she has had in ten years. Benji is a 1 year old male neutered beagle mix, he is approximately 40 lbs. and up to date on vaccinations. The only medication he is on is a flea and tick preventative and a heartworm preventative.

Perfect together

Benji spent almost the entire first year of his life in the dog pound in Winnsboro, Louisiana. He often did not get fed on the weekends. He was at the pound with another dog who is a Doberman mix named Sandra.  As chance would have it they were pulled from the pound the same weekend and now live in a foster home in Connecticut with 5 other dogs and a cat. The first thing Benji’s foster mother noticed about him was the sparkle in his eyes. It is amazing that this dog that spent almost a year in a cage, had such an unbreakable spirit. Benji is one of the dogs you can tell was so very thankful to finally be free.

Benji has a moderate activity level and enjoys playing ball and Frisbee as well as going on hikes. He needs a home where exercise is provided daily however, he is young and as the years go by, that will decrease. He enjoys being with other dogs and is currently in a home with 6 other dogs. He is a very confidant dog and quite fearless. However, if you tell him to back off he will listen. He looks to his human for direction and aims to please. Benji responds very well to human direction, and needs an owner who will be kind but consistent. Previous dog owner experience would be helpful, but is not a requirement. He will look directly at your eyes wanting to know “what do you want me to do”. Someone who understands that dog behavior would be a perfect match for him.

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Benji & Sandra really love each other

Benji is housetrained, but needs a potty break during the day. He has done well in the car behind a dog gate. Benji still needs a little work with his leash skills. He has not been around any kids, but his foster mother thinks he would do well, because he loves to be around people! However, a child and a dog should never be left alone together. It is the adult’s responsibility to supervise all child and dog interactions.

Benji currently lives in a home with a cat, but all his interactions with the cat are supervised. A few times he has tried to chase the cat, but responded well with redirection. He would be OK in a home with a cat that is dog savvy, however, it is not recommended that he be left alone with the cat.  When his foster mother is not home, the cat is separated from the dogs.  Benji is a cuddlier and will try and wrap himself around every part of your body at night. He is so sweet and will make your heart melt within a minute of knowing him!

The ideal home for Benji would be a loving family, who has a yard where someone would play ball and Frisbee with him, as well as take him on long walks to provide him with the exercise he needs. His new home could include children, however, it is recommended that they be over the age of 7.

Benji does well with other dogs, but will sometimes try to be the boss. If his new home were to include other dogs it would have to be the right mix. This is true of all dogs, and dynamics in a group setting should be one where there is only positive energy and everyone acts appropriately and respects each other. Keep in mind Benji responds very well to human direction and this would be easily managed as long as is new owner is clear and consistent with boundaries.

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Handsome Little Man

It would be best if he and Sandra were placed in a home together. They are small dogs and the two of them is like having one dog. You almost don’t know Sandra is around when she is in the house. They are bonded and they compliment each other perfectly. He is confident and she is unsure. She helps lower his energy a bit and he gives her direction and assures her.  Adopting Benji and Sandra would almost be like adopting two dogs in one as she is so quiet and content just to be by your side and he is more outgoing. Help give these two the home they so much deserve!


Worm Puppies Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks Worm Every Month Till Six Months Pregnant & nursing momma’s wormed more After That Dogs should be wormed every three months
1ST DHPP Giardia Snap Test BloodTests Office Visit Fee – at least five Visits
2ND DHPP Heart Worm Snap Test Antibiotics Health Certificate
3RD DHPP Parvo Snap Test Ear & Eye Medication Skin Scraping
Bordetalla Fecal Test Flea & Tick Medication Transport
Rabies Ear Test X-Rays Spay / Neuter
Kennel Cough Booster Eye Test Dewormer Collars
Leptospirosis Corona Booster HW Pills Head Cones



Application instructions: click the link below to apply for adoption of this dog.

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Click the expand button in the lower right corner of each video to view full-screen. See Cesar Millan’s tips on dog behavior.

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  • Children need to be taught how to how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children.
  • No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”
  • Never let young children pick up a puppy or small dog. Instead, 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.
  • Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs.
  • 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 should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
  • 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.




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Animal Behavior Guidelines

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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 1 1/2 Year
Life Average 12-14 Years
Sex Male
Weight 31-40 lbs
Location Preston CT
Breed Beagle Mix
Altered Yes
Fee All Shots + Transport – 450
RDV # RDV561
Dogs Yes
Children 8 to 14
House Yes
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Learning
Car Yes
Personality Sparkle eyes, Unbreakable spirit, Wrap himself around your body
Organization Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Name Kris
Phone 860.940.3350
Location Preston, CT
Email rescuedogvillage@yahoo.com
Facebook Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.