ADOPTED ON 03-18-17 — Velvet is one of those little angels that never seems to lose her high spirit no matter what happens to her. She had a horrible case of Red Mange when she was dumped, she hasn’t let her misfortunes ruin her incredibly sweet personality. She absolutely must get into the most loving home we can find because she just plain deserves it.’
Velvet is a Lab/Border Collie mix and is approximately two years old. All that is known about her is she was brought in to a veterinarian’s office one day by a man claiming he found this unwanted pup and could they take her in? When he was told no, they couldn’t just take stray dogs in, he proceeded to leave Velvet in the parking lot and drive away. The saddest part was that Velvet ran after the car to try and follow him. Knowing nothing else about this little girl, the only choice was to take her in. One of the vet technicians selflessly agreed to take her home and nurse her back to health. As was mentioned before, this poor girl had a horrendous case of Mange and had absolutely no hair!
VIDEO OF VELVET – SEE WHAT A SWEET GIRL SHE IS
Velvet is a very sweet-natured dog who loves humans and she loves to be outside doing whatever you do. She will follow you every step you make in the yard and watch everything you do like she’s trying to help you. She is a laid back girl and will make a wonderful companion in a home, she gets along great with all other dogs and puppies but for some reason, she does not like cats.
Now, Velvet surprised everyone at how smart she really is. She knows several commands, picks up sticks in her fosters yard when she sees someone else doing it, and even works cows! Over time, Velvet has made a full recovery and is a gorgeous little lady now. She is in perfect health and ready to move forward to her forever home. She aims to please and will make a wonderful companion. She loves people and gets along with all the dogs she has encountered, she would be a good hiking or jogging buddy. It is certainly her time to have a happy, loving home to call her own. Will you consider opening your heart and giving Velvet what she so deserves?
VIDEO OF VELVET PLAYING WITH OTHER FOSTER DOGS
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.
ABOUT THE BREED
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.
QUICK LABRADOR FACTS
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|IDEAL HUMAN COMPANION
|ABOUT THE BREED
Labs are healthy dogs and generally will live long lives of 10 to 14 years and are one of the most popular breeds in the USA because they are loyal, loving, affectionate and patient, making great family dogs. They are highly intelligent, good-natured, very willing and eager to please; they are among the top choices for service dog work. They love to play, especially in water, never wanting to pass up the opportunity for a good swim.These lively dogs have an excellent, reliable, temperament and are friendly, superb with children and equable with other dogs. They crave human leadership and need to feel as though they are part of the family and are easily trained. This breed of dog is wonderful with people of all ages, and interacts well with children.
The Lab is a wonderful family dog that gets along with all members both big and small, rarely are they aggressive. They are very loving and affectionate and are eagerly playful. Labs have a very positive temperament and get along with most strangers.
Lab loves to run, swim, and play with children and adults alike. They are extremely loyal to their owners, hard-working and are generally good-natured, originally a type of gun dog. Labs are extremely versatile and have been put to use in the following roles: hunting, guide dog for the blind, police k9, search and rescue, drug sniffing, retrieving, as well as tricks and competitive obedience.
If a Lab has had plenty of exposure to other dogs, cats, and small animals, and has been trained, he’ll be friendly with other pets, too. They get along well with other dogs and can easily adapt to live with other small pets.
Not only loves kids, he enjoys the commotion they bring with them. He’ll happily attend a child’s birthday party, and even willingly wear a party hat. Like all dogs, however, he needs to be trained how to act around kids — and kids need to be taught how to act around the dog. As with every breed, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Children & Pets
Twelve Safety Tips for Children Meeting Dogs
- Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
- Teachyour child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping
- Alwaysteach children how to touch dogs
- Teachyour child never to try to take the dog’s food
- No child should ever be left unsupervised with a dog.
- Always superviseany interactions between dogs and children
- Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children for example; any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
This Is Your Job, Not The Dog
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
WHAT ARE DOGS?
- 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
FROM THE DOGS EYES
- 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.
- Leave another adult in charge—let them know that you are leaving;
- Take the dog with you;
- Take the child with you;
- 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.
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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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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WHAT THE ADOPTION FEE PAYS FOR
** Indicates done on every dog
15 out of the 25 are done on every dog
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1ST DHPP **
2ND DHPP **
3RD DHPP **
Kennel Cough **
Corona Booster **
Kennel Cough **
Corona Booster **
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Heart Worm **
|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 **|
DISCLAIMER: THE BREED POSTED ON OUR DOGS’ BIOGRAPHIES ARE OUR BEST GUESS BASED ON SEVERAL YEARS OF DOG RESCUE. ADOPTERS WHO NEED TO KNOW THE EXACT BREED OF A PARTICULAR DOG MUST HAVE THE DOG TESTED AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.
Application instructions: click the link below to apply for adoption of this dog.
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Just fill out an application for any of the below dogs and put there name in the Dog Name Box. Adoption donation includes transport and all vaccinations. These pups are happy, loving and great with families. We do not spay or neuter dogs under 6 months because dogs can develop problems later in their life.
TRIPP is a Male,
Catahoula Leopard, DOB 7/3/16
COLT is a Male,
Lab Golden Mix, DOB 10/10/16
CHAR is a Female,
Lab/Golden Mix, DOB 9/1/16
SAZZY is a Female,
Lab/Cur Mix, DOB 9/1/16
LOGAN is a Male,
Cur Mix, DOB 7/3/16|
XAIVIER is a Male,
GS Mix, DOB 7/3/16
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- Introducing Your Dog to a New Home
- Cesar’s House Rules
- 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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IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT PACK LEADERS
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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- 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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