ADOPTED ON 12-10-16 – Left to fend for themselves, Tris and her siblings were abandoned on a walking trail in a cardboard box. This person might have thought they were being kind leaving these babies where they were sure to be found and taken care of, but what they didn’t consider was what else could have happened. Not only were they vulnerable to wild animals and some maybe-not-so-nice humans, but the burden placed on the kind-hearted person who does help the pups is a genuine one. Luckily for Tris and her brother and sister, there are those who don’t consider that burden too large to intervene.

Today, this beautiful German Shepard mix is a happy, healthy puppy. Tris plays, naps, then plays again all day long. Despite being left at only 4 weeks old; way too young to leave mom; and not even having teeth to chew even if she was able to find food,  Tris is growing quickly into a gorgeous girl with beautiful markings.  As with any puppy, Tris needs lots of exercise, playtime, and love. She gets along with everyone, including all the other foster friends she lives with. The wonderful thing about puppies is, with a lot of love and patience, they can be raised to adapt to your household. Tris deserves a loving forever home after her very rough start in life. If you have a large yard, lots of children, and a spot in your heart, please consider giving Tris a home where she can grow into the loving companion she was meant to be.

Personality and temperament aren’t cast in stone at birth. Puppies come in to this world with a clean slate and we stand back and wonder how they are so trusting and forgiving. Tris and her siblings don’t have to forgive but they give is their whole heart to their family. I bet you can’t fit that in a cardbord box.

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.


PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO CHECK OUT THE SECTION BELOW:  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.

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  • weight: 60 – 85 pounds
  • height: 23 – 25 inches
  • Life Average: – 10 to 14 years


  • Outdoorsy Types
  • Farmers And Ranchers
  • Active Singles
  • Families With Children

  • Active & Comical
  • Courageous, Social & Friendly
  • Handsome and Well-Built
  • Intelligent, Loyal & Social
  • Obedient And Protective

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These are the most beautiful dogs. They are highly intelligent and they have a stare that will just pierce your soul. This breed is smart; it’s focused and it is dedicated. There is a reason it’s considered one of the most useful dogs in terms of police work and therapy work, and that is because it is such an intelligent dog.Is exceptionally intelligent, loyal, and versatile — when well-socialized and well-trained, can learn and do almost anything.  This is an ideal dog for someone who is active, this breed is not aggressive, and can be easily trained. Its great keen sense of smell make it a very good rescue dog, a great companion and an outstanding watch dog. This breed has a stable, calm with a pleasant temperament that allows it to be good with the owner, family and especially with children. This is a people oriented dog. The dog needs constant interaction with its people to be happy. In summary, these dogs are rather perfect. They are happy and sociable most of the time but if trouble arises, they will be there to look out for you and your family.

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German shepherds are the perfect dog for anyone looking for a happy and loyal buddy that will always do their best to please and protect you. They are not aggressive and learn quickly so is easily trained especially if you have one from a puppy. They do need regular walks however so an owner who is active would be the best option for them. They are not nervous animals and quickly adapt to new surroundings and they socialize well. They have an excellent sense of smell and are very obedient which makes them perfect rescue dogs. In summary, these dogs are rather perfect. They are happy and friendly most of the time but if trouble arises, they will be there to look out for you
The German shepherd is an exceptionally gifted breed. The dog is energetic, intelligent, fast learner and noted for its even temperament that makes it a suitable home partner. This is not an aggressive breed. The dog does not have a nervous and unstable behavior. The dog in fact has an outgoing nature that makes it an excellent playmate of the children. A German Shepherd tolerates other dogs and smaller pets. Can be aloof with strangers unless his family is threatened, this is a people oriented dog and does will with constant interaction with its people to be happy.

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This is an excellent breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also very respectful toward other pets. They are cheerful most of the time but if trouble arises, they will be there to look out for you. They have an outgoing nature that makes it an excellent playmate of the children. They are good with other dogs and smaller pets. They are a great option to go with if you have a family because they are good with children and with other pets, they thrive around company and can get restless if left alone for too long. In summary, these dogs are rather perfect

Children & Pets

Twelve Safety Tips for Children Meeting Dogs


  1. Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
  2. Teachyour child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping
  3. Alwaysteach children how to  touch dogs
  4. Teachyour child never to try to take the dog’s food


  1. No child should ever be left unsupervised with a dog.
  2. Always superviseany interactions between dogs and children
  3. Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children for example; any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
  4. Always supervise and make sure that children do not try to take the dog’s food away, no matter how friendly the child or dog is
  5. Supervise children when they pick up a puppy or small dog. 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.
  6. No dog should ever be left unsupervisedwith a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”


  1. Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
  2. 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.

This Is Your Job, Not The Dog


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


  • Dogs are animal first and when you are not around to tell them what to do, the animal behavior will respond.
  • Children are spontaneous and dogs don’t know how to react to their impulsive behavior – it does not mean they don’t like children.
  • Dogs don’t understand them because they live by rules – don’t get on the bed, go outside to do your business etc.what


  • If someone was running at you, whipping a sword in the air, yelling and wearing a cape – what would your response be?
  • In order to be sure that everyone is safe, you cannot leave an animal to supervise or deal with children under the age of 8. Therefore, if you leave the room, adult supervision of the dog and children, 24 hours day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year must be taken seriously.


  1. Leave another adult in charge—let them know that you are leaving;
  2. Take the dog with you;
  3. Take the child with you;
  4. Put the dog in a crate or room with a closed door.

The above are very easy basic solutions that let a dog know you are in charge and that you will keep everyone safe. If something happens, you can’t undo it.


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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 12 months old

Puppies are now considered to have finished their development and growth rate and are viewed as adult dogs.
Although sexually mature beforehand, a dog usually does not attain full growth until at least its first birthday.

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8 months to 1 year

Feeding frequency should be considered – reduce to 2 or 3 meals per day
Some dogs reach sexual maturity at the age of eight months
The puppy is old enough to start Obedience Classes or a professional training program
The puppy would have grown to approximately half to three quarters the size of and adult
Female dogs would have probably reached their eventually height but will to continue to’fill out’


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4 to 8 months

  • The adult teeth continue to come through and during this time puppies need to chew! The incisors and the canines are very important because the dog bites and tears at its food with these teeth
  • Provide them with items to chew
  • The confidence of the puppy will now have grown as would its physical size
  • The puppy will be showing interest in chasing other Puppies at this age and starts to become independent

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12 to 16 weeks

The first of the permanent teeth will work through
Ensure the puppy has plenty of attention and toys to play with
At this age a puppy might demonstrate Pack Leader Behavior and test who is the Boss. A puppy will challenge your authority
Puppy Growth and Development & Behavior between 4 and 8 months
The adult teeth continue to come through and during this time puppies need to chew! The incisors and the canines are very important because the dog bites and tears at its food with these teeth
Provide them with items to chew
The confidence of the puppy will now have grown as would its physical size
The puppy will be showing interest in chasing other Puppies at this age and starts to become independent

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7 to 12 weeks

Puppies are usually found new homes at this age it starts focusing attention on its owner rather than other puppies
The first fear period of the puppy begins
A puppy starts to learn it name but still has a short attention Average
The puppy will start house training
At first, the puppy should be fed four times a day. (Feedings should be reduced to twice a day by the time a puppy is mature or even once a day in the case of a dog that gets little exercise)
The puppies motor skills improve
The puppy will use its basic instincts to naturally explore its new environment and the different things within it
Puppies will still sleep a lot and grow as they are sleeping. During times of stress, a dog raises its hackles – the hair along the neck and spine
Puppy training must begin and pups need to be made aware of your rules

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3 to 7 Weeks Old

Weaned between the ages of 3 and 7 weeks
During the ages of 3 to 7 weeks its first teeth, or milk teeth will appear
Taught basic behavior disciplines from its mother
Develop by socializing with other dogs and animals and people
Will stand up and start walking
At the age of 3 weeks a puppy will develop its sense of smell
At 3 weeks the puppy will begin to bark and show social development such as wagging its tail, growling and baring its teeth
Up to the age of 4 weeks the mother will be with the puppy almost constantly
The puppy has good use of its legs and is able to chase
Between 4 and 5 weeks the mother will gradually spend time away from her puppies
Rapid growth and development rate at this stage
Interaction with litter mates leading to Order of Dominance
After weaning puppies need to receive a series of vaccines in order to develop immunity on their own. Vaccinations for puppies generally include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, rabies, and sometimes Bordetella

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** Indicates done on every dog
15 out of the 25 are done on every dog

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Bordetalla **

Rabies **

Leptospirosis **

Kennel Cough  **

Corona Booster **

Rabies **

Leptospirosis **

Kennel Cough  **

Corona Booster **

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Heart Worm **
Blood  **
Fecal  **
Skin Scraping
Eye & Ear

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Flea & Tick Medication** Dewormer** HW Pills** Ear & Eye Antibiotics

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Spay / Neuter  ** Health Certificate  ** Office Visit Fee (4)  ** Transport  **

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Puppies          3 to 6 Months  6 Months Pregnant & Nursing  
 Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks**  Every month till 6 months** Wormed every 3 months** Wormed more often as directed by the vet **


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

Age DOB: 4/1/16
Life Average 10-14 Years
Sex Female
Weight 31-40 lbs
Location Winnsboro LA
Breed Yellow Lab Mix/
Altered Yes
Fee All Shots + Transport - 450
Dogs Yes
Children 8 to 14, Over 14
House Learning
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Learning
Car Learning
Personality Tris has something special that many dogs don’t have, her sweet personality, willingness to please and enjoys human affection
Organization Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Name Kris
Phone 860.940.3350
Location Preston, CT
Facebook Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.

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Ester is are female siblings to Amber; Aster, Midas & Miller are her male siblings. They are also available and wonderful family dogs–don’t miss this opportunity.

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  1. Introducing Your Dog to a New Home
  2. Cesar’s House Rules
  3. How do I stop a dog from jumping?

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 a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack, therefore, the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success you must be the pack leader:

  • When we humans live with dogs,we become their pack
  • The entire pack cooperates under asingle leader
  • Lines are clearly defined andrules are set
  • Dogs communicateshis displeasure with growling and eventually biting
  • Humans MUST be higherup in the order than the dog.
  • The humans must be the ones making the decisions, not the dogs.

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Scheduling is the Key

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Feeding Time

  • Feed your dog on a regular schedule time,
  • Always feed within a half hour of the time

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Control Water Intake

  • Keep a schedule for water, however, you should design a schedule that fits you
  • Remove the water dish after the first feeding in the morning
  • After the night feeding, leave water dish for two hours, then take it up
  • Before your last walk for the night, put the water dish down about an hour before
  • Then walk your dog 45 minutes after he has had water. There will might be days where that might be an exception for water.

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Find The Dogs Schedule – then gently move it to your schedule

  • Start by taking the dog out every two hours for two days, if he goes every two hours,
  • Then take him out every three hours, for two days,
  • Until you reach the time frame you need – every six hours—eight hours etc

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One Accident In the House –  the dog detects the smell and his instinct to continue mark where he smells urine

  • This is how wild dogs let other dogs know that this territory is taken and for dogs not in the pack to go elsewhere.
  • If your dog has an accident in the house, spray the area with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water,
  • Brush with a soft brush,
  • Put a towel on top to absorb the liquid,
  • Then take it outside where you want him to go,
  • Take it out of the bag and put it on the ground,
  • Praise your dog when he goes outside.

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