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TESSA AD 05-21-18


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 ON 05-21-18 – Tessa and her brother Sloan are four month old Lab / Boxer littermate. They are both is up-to-date on their shots and the vet said that they will not get any bigger then 35lbs each. Her brother looks more boxer then she does but they could have different fathers but they are littermates.

The first thing you notice about Tessa is that she is a lady, a princess, extremely affectionate, and wants to be with you wherever you are.  She is very playful and is exceptionally loyal with her family. She can be shy around new people and kids, but only for about 15 minutes till she sizes you up and then she lets loose this burst of affection on you; she will be a fantastic companion to just about any family.

Her foster mom reports that she is very smart, learned the rules after two or three corrections and knows to go to the bathroom outside. Although, she is a puppy so she still needs to go out frequently, but she doesn’t mess in her crate at night which is a sign that her muscles are at the age where she can hold it most of the night, her mom lets her out at 5:30 am. She runs to greet her foster mom always with a smile and wants to be with her whenever she can; when she gets up in the morning, she goes right to the door to go out.

Tessa’s personality has also grown in the last month and she has shown that she is a very confident dog. She knows her name and because she is a confident dog, not to be confused with an alpha, at times she can play by herself. She is the first to show any new pups to the foster home the rules and her foster family have watched her carefully, she lovingly helps them adjust. She shares her bones, toys and play with all the other foster pups.

Tessa is a very social dog so we would like to see her in a home with another dog, it is not a requirement however. However, if she is with an active family that takes their dogs everywhere, is outside a lot, sleeps with her, takes long walks daily, then she would be happy. The one thing that her foster reports is that she love to play ball. She has learned from an adult Lab that lives in the home that loves to run and get the ball; Tessa loves it more than the other pups. She will try to hide the ball sometimes and will keep it with her. All the dogs are given daily exercise of getting the ball for about 20-30 minutes, sometimes twice a day.

As all puppies need a lot of love and patience, Tessa gives the best kisses and would make a wonderful addition to a family willing to give her the commitment. In turn, he will worm her way into your heart and delight you with her puppy antics. If you are looking to make a difference this year to a deserving dog in need, then don’t wait; Tessa is ready for adoption.  Don’t miss out on this charming little baby pup!

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.

What the Adoption Fee Pays For


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Age DOB: 12-18-17
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Female
Weight 21-30lbs, 31-40 lbs
Location Preston CT
Breed Labrador Retriever
Purebred Boxer Mix
Altered No
Fee 450
RDV # RDV847
Dogs Yes
Children 8 to 14, Over 14
House Learning
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Learning
Car Yes
Personality Tessa’s personality has also grown in the last month and she has shown that she is a very confident dog.
Organization Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Name Kris
Phone 860.940.3350
Location Preston, CT
Email rescueguardianvillage@yahoo
Facebook Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
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