Chiodini Rescue
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    Chiodini  Rescue was founded January 24, 2002.  We are, Nadia & Mick Chiodini, a small state licensed, in our home, not for profit rescue.  We usually have no foster homes & will have between 4-6 rescue dogs at a time.  We are located in Festus, Missouri
Jefferson County.  You can contact us by email  or call 636-931-6785.
    We rescue , provide safe harbor for & place unwanted, abandoned, abused & neglected Australian Cattle Dogs, Heelers, CattleMutts, Chihuahuas, Pekingese, Pomeranians & Shih Tzus, we will consider any small breed if we have room. More information about small dog breeds can be found at  If we do not have room & you have a dog of any breed needing rescue we may still be able to help by pointing you in the direction of other rescues in the hopes they will have room.
     Our rescue dogs come from all over the state of MO & many have come from out of state, with many people helping to transport the dogs to safety before they are put to death.
    Because of the overwhelming number of unwanted dogs everywhere we will consider dogs out of our area if we have room & you are willing to bring the dog to us.  You just never know what will grab our hearts.
    It is our main concern to place happy, friendly dogs, some may need normal obedience training, but we do not knowingly place dogs with hard to work with behavior problems, some dogs we may know better than others, depending how long they have been with us.  We of course cannot guarantee you will not have any problems, but we try to do everything we can to make sure you do not have any major ones.  We also offer support throughout the dog's life.
    We always want to make sure we place the right dog into the right home.  You may be a great home but the dog you're interested in could be a terrible match for you, then big problems can arise. 
    We do not care how long it takes to find the right home, the dog's life is in the balance & we never want them to suffer again or be bounced around anymore, it's very heartbreaking for them to loose the people they have grown fond of.  Australian Cattle Dogs are very loyal & so are all breeds of dogs.  They do not take well to getting dumped.
    We do adopt to adopter's out of state, but you still must come here to pick up your dog & it will be an extra charge for a health certificate to cross state lines which our Vet will supply.
Adopters'Of Rescued Dogs
   Please click the button & join our Adopters' of Rescued Dogs list if you are having any training or behavioral problems with your dog.
   It is our goal to help the dogs Keep Their Happy Homes so they do not become unwanted.
    Rescuers are invited to join & help us help the adopters.  Sometimes we need help too!
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Australian Cattle Dogs
Are Not Just For Cattle Any More!
The Very Handsome
Bodi Says
    The Australian Cattle Dog is a courageous, very tough, extremely loyal, highly intelligent working dog with strength & endurance unlike any other dog of its size.
    Australian Cattle Dogs are very athletic & capable of quick and sudden movement.  Renowned for their protectiveness and loyal to family & property, they are very selective as to who are friends or foe.  Cattledogs are gentle by nature but will show aggression if their family or property is threatened.  Their devotion is unquestioned and they will laid down their lives to protect their loved ones. 
     ACDs are one of the most versatile & highly trainable breed of dogs in existence today.  Not only are they one of the greatest herding/working dog breeds, but they also make excellent family pets - In The Right Hands! - as they are easy to train on an invisible dog fence.
     ACDs are great dogs of choice if you want to do Obedience, Agility, Flyball, Tracking &/or Herding competitions.  ACDS are even being used as Hearing Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, there is no end to the intelligent & learning capability of the Australian Cattle Dog, also know as the Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, & Queensland Heeler.
      Cattledogs are very loving, playful & always willing to please.  They thrive on praise & will do anything to please their loved ones.
It is most important to stress that the ACD must be treated with respect: in turn he/she will give you the same courtesy.  In disciplining them they must be treated firmly but fairly. 
Without direction from a fair & firm "Pack Leader" they can get into lots of trouble finding things to do on their own!
      It is also important to realize that these dogs need lots of activity & exercise.  "A good dog is a tired dog" as the saying goes.
Another very important factor to realize is Cattledogs want to be with their people all the time & will follow you everywhere, they are not meant to stay outside all the time away from the family, they want to be part of the family.

With training, commitment & most of all Love,
the Australian Cattle Dog is the Greatest Companion,
Friend & Natural Family Protector you will ever find!
    If you are interested in adopting a Cattledog, CattleMutt, or a small breed of dog, please email or give us a call
636-931-6785.  If we do not have the right dog for you or if you are interested in another breed that we do not have we might be able to
point you in the right direction.

Our Passion Is Dogs
    Did you know there is a difference between Australian Cattle Dogs & Heelers? 
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those differences are.
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   Rescuers please join our list for helping to get the more rural dogs & animals to safety.  Urgent shelter dog & cat lists are welcome, anyone needing help for a dog, cat or any animals may post for help.
    We are located in Jefferson County, MO but all rescuers in any counties or states are welcome to join.  It's all about helping the animals.
Contact Us
Contact Us
   It takes a lot of people to save a dog.  We in no way do this alone.  And we thank each & every one of you from the rescuers we work with to the adopters that adopt our dogs.  Far too many to list all of you, but you know who you are & Thank You All Very Much.

      I am not a Hero, the Dogs are my Heroes & this is why I rescue them.
                                         Nadia Chiodini
Happy Tails
Some Happy Tails
   If you love your dog & want to keep your dog but you are at your wits end & don't know what to do please email us or call 636-931-6785, we offer free online & phone training tips & advice for anyone.  We are only concerned with helping dogs keep their happy homes.
    Please remember that dogs need time, training, lots of attention & mostly lots of love.  They want to be inside with their people, Not outside looking in.   Cattledogs love to sleep on the bed with you.
     Do Not Adopt If You Cannot Commit
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Chiodini Small Pampered Dog Boarding
Chiodini Boarding
   Chiodini Kennel offers in home boarding for small pampered house dogs.  Great references, established since 1998.  Grooming available.  $5 off your first grooming &/or boarding visit.  Click this button to learn more
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Word of Caution
     Just because someone says they are a rescue, doesn't mean they have you or the dog's best interests at heart.
     Make sure the dog is up to date on shots, neutered or spayed & has been tested negative for heartworms and looks healthy, well cared for, clean.  Make sure you get paperwork for the dog's Vet history. 
     Sometimes rescues are great rescues but they are more worried about placing dogs and not about placing the right dog with the right family. 
    This is very important.  Make sure to find out all you can about the dog before adopting him/her.  Make sure the rescue gives you at least a week to make sure the dog is working out or that they will take back the dog & return your fee.  Rescues need lots of money so it is hard for any of us to hold money longer than that, & one week is fair to know if you want to keep a dog or not.
     Please feel free to give us a call at 636-931-6785 if you'd like more advice or help finding a dog to adopt.  We are here for you after adoption too if you need training advice or tips.  Good Luck finding your special new friend.

Looking for a rescue to turn your dog over too?
    Make sure the rescue that takes your dog is going to check references & have adopters fill out an application, that they will do a thorough check of the adopters before doing an adoption.  Some rescues, not all, but some, that do adoptions from from the Pet Stores will adopt to any person that has the money & wants the dog.  Nothing is done to make sure it is a great home or even the right type of home.
    Also you should be willing to make a donation as much as you can to the rescue taking your dog exspecially if your dog has little or no vetting.  While not everyone can afford it, $100 is a nice donation, less or more is always appreciated though.
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