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SANDRA & BENJI AD 05-22-15


ADOPTED ON  05-22-15 – Sandra is a 1 year old female Doberman mix, spayed, up to date on all vaccinations and approximately 40lbs. She spent almost the entire first year of her life in the Winnsboro, Louisiana dog pound, and her only contact with kindness was when a small group of volunteers would come by daily to walk the dogs on leashes. That is until she and her kennel neighbor Benji were taken into foster care in CT on June 7th. Sandra and Benji remain very close as they experienced all their tough times side by side.

Sandra is a very spSandraBenji_06 (2)ecial girl. Unfortunately, she experienced some trauma early on in her life, so she needs an extra special adopter to continue to show her that there are kind people in the world. Sandra has made lots of progress after being in her foster home for 2 months. At first, she would not go through doorways and would spin in circles, because she was not sure if there was something to be wary of on the other side. She would not even come up on the bed to say hello to her foster mom the way the other dogs would. Now she very rarely spins in circles, and loves receiving her individualized greeting.  Sandra lives with 5 other dogs and frequently enjoys playing with Benji a beagle mix, Basil a Jack Russell, and Lea a lab/greyhound mix. As you can see, she enjoys canine playmates of various sizes. She has done well with house training, but needs to go out after around 5-6 hours. She currently lives with a cat and does not chase her, as her foster mom has set the rules that the cat is to be left alone. She enjoys going for rides in the car with her foster mom. Sandra needs a little help with her leash skills. She was so unsure of so many things at first, her foster mom did not want to overload her with too many changes at once.SandraBenji_03 (2)

Sandra is a bit unsure of new people at first, given her past. Men in particular, she takes a bit longer to warm up to. We are fairly certain that she had experienced some abuse at the hands of a man early on and this is why she is so wary. She has made wonderful progress with men and approaches them if the other dogs are also greeting a man, in other words, she feels secure around men when she is within the pact. This is a huge positive step and shows that she can get to trust men and it will not take a long time. She does approach men, but always very slowly. She has not been around children, but would be great with them because of her gently personality and she would be able to relate to them; children over 9 who could understand that she needs some time to come out of her shell.  She does excellent in a crate.

The ideal adopter for Sandra would be someone extremely loving and patient.Someone who would continue to work with her on building confidence, and understand that because she is so special it might just take her a little more time. Sandra is very dog social and IMAG0670would enjoy a home with other dogs. It would be excellent if she and Benji could go to a home together, as they make the perfect combo. He is confident and helps her become more confident, and she helps bring down some of his energy with her mellow temperament. Her new home could possibly include a cat, or children over 9 years old. Once Sandra is sure she can trust you, she is never not by your side. She will be down for anything you want to do, whether it is playing in the yard or lying down quietly, and the soulful look in her eyes just melts your heart. Previous dog owner experience would be helpful, but is not a requirement.  It would be wonderful if her new home included someone who works from home, so she could spend lots of time with them. Can you be Sandra’s savior and show her that there are kind people out there, and tell her how good a girl she is while she quietly drifts off to sleep at your feet?


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
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  • Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
  • 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.
  • 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.




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

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First video is Sandra & Benji playing, you can see how they really love each other.

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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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 1 1/2 Year
Life Average 12-14 Years
Sex Female
Weight 31-40 lbs
Location Preston CT
Breed Doberman Mix
Altered Yes
Fee All Shots + Transport – 450
RDV # RDV455
Dogs Yes
Children 8 to 14
House Yes
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Learning
Car Yes
Personality Sandra is ALL TRUST, ALL LOVE, total devotion, and smiles
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.
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