I submitted the following story to the Petco holiday story contest and didn’t win (though I’m glad to see that A Forever Home did have a winning story!), and I thought I would still share the story with you about adopting Chloe the Doxie in case you just need a pick me up 🙂
Today, I’d like to tell you a story about my dog, Chloe, who is living proof that good things come to those who wait.
After graduating from college, I knew 2 things: I wanted to adopt a rescue dog, and I wanted to erase my debt. I worked hard for many months to pay off that debt. Finally, when I was nearing the end of paying off my debt, I decided to start looking for my perfect pup. I had been checking AFH’s website for about 3 years regularly, looking at all of the amazing dogs and wishing. That day, I checked A Forever Home’s website, and Chloe was there. She was listed as about 2 years old and as some sort of dachshund mix. Her description was simple and something like this: “Chloe is new. She is pregnant.”
At the same time, next to this simple description were two of the cutest pictures of a smiling, beautiful girl. Her big brown eyes seemed to go right through me. I knew I needed to meet her!
I contacted AFH and they gave the contact information of Chloe’s amazing foster mom – Gisella. The second we opened the door, this little girl was all tail wags and kisses. It was truly love at first sight!
The next few months were a whirlwind of emotion as the adoption process unfolded. While waiting for Chloe’s delivery, Gisella was kind enough to let me come see Chloe about once a week. Chloe slowly got bigger and bigger until March 5th, 2017, when she gave birth to the puppies. Chloe had given birth to NINE puppies, and on a 25 lbs dog, that is a lot of puppies! Unfortunately, though, they were all born very weak and refused to nurse. By 3/7/17, all nine of Chloe’s puppies had passed away.
We took her to the vet to make sure she was okay, and the veterinarian assured us that she would just need time to recover. So, for the next month or so, I would visit about once a week to watch this beautiful girl heal her body and mind back into the happy, healthy dog I know she is. Eventually, after a successful spay surgery, I was allowed to come and pick her up officially – one of the best days of my life!
In the past 7 months, we have learned that Chloe loves to chase squirrels, kisses so forcefully that she manages to get her tongue in your mouth no matter how tightly you close your lips, is the best co-pilot on road trips, and will always be available when you need a hug or snuggles. I don’t know which breeds make up my beloved pure bred mutt, but she is the best of all of them.
There were times, and still are, where I feel like there had to have been divine intervention to bring us together. If I had stopped checking the website, she is so cute and sweet that she would have been snatched up. If she wasn’t listed as pregnant, I wouldn’t have made moves to meet her because I was still in debt and wasn’t yet ready to adopt. If I hadn’t worked so hard to pay off my debts, I could have missed her entirely. It even hits me, in the simplest moments of watching Netflix on the couch with her at my side, that my life would be so different if I had never met her.
Thank you, A Forever Home, for helping me find my best friend! Words cannot describe the feeling now that my family is complete!
13 years and 1 month ago I rescued Cody from you. He was rescued by your
organization from someone who attempted to breed Australian and German
Shepard but was neglectful. His litter was 12 dogs that you called “The
Doggy Dozen”. You listed Cody as Colin along with 11 other Irish names in
the litter. Remember that litter?
I agreed to rescue Cody in August 2004 and you delivered him to my house in
late in September.
Cody is now very old and can no longer stand up on his own. I have to carry
him in and out of the house to go to the bathroom 3 times a day. As you can
see from the pic today he still has a desire to live so we made the decision
to let him live as long as he can. His time is coming soon but I wanted to
share that he has been a wonderful dog all these years and I appreciate you
rescuing him and allowing us to make him a big part of our lives.
Here is our sweet girl Alaska (fka Sasha) celebrating her birthday! She turned 3 years old (Feb. 13). She had special treats all day and was spoiled by her family. We LOVE her so much! (And those ears!!) She is such a great dog – thank you for taking such good care of her!
Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that Pearl’s Peep (now Pepper) is doing beautifully in her new home with us! We’re approaching the two-week anniversary of welcoming her home, and we could not be happier about making her a part of our family. We’re pretty sure she’s really happy too
🙂 She settled in very quickly, and has been eating, sleeping, exploring, playing, and learning like a champ from Day 1! And growing fast! She is so sweet and affectionate, and also very self-assured and independent for such a young pup. She seems to be very smart; she has already picked up SO much from her human and canine teachers. Definitely a quick learner! Speaking of canine teachers, she is getting along great with her four doggie siblings, who range in age from 2 to 8 years, and in size from 14 to 65 pounds. She is developing a unique relationship with each one of them, and is always ready to wrestle or play chase with whoever is in the mood! She loves all her chew toys, and is a HUGE fan of the all-natural treats we get from Best Bully Sticks. She already knows the routine, and is learning to sit nicely like the “big dogs” in order to get her treat. So cute!
We’re just thrilled to be Pepper’s forever family, and appreciate everything that you all do to make it possible for so many dogs to find good homes. We were really impressed with how smooth and well-organized your adoption process was. Especially amazing considering that you are volunteer-based! You clearly have a very devoted and dedicated team that cares deeply about what they do. I will most certainly recommend you to anyone I know who is looking to adopt a new furry family member….I really hope that Pepper’s siblings – and her mama, and all your other wonderful dogs – find great homes soon.
…below is a photo of the little sweetie herself hanging out in the home office with me.
Thanks so much for giving her such a great start on the path that led her into our lives 🙂 We adore her!
My name is Traci, and my boyfriend(Warron) and I adopted our beautiful girl Sable in at 4 months old in 2014, she is a Belgian Malinois
She has been a blessing in our lives, she just turned 2 at the beginning of December 2016 and we wanted to share an updated picture with you.
Sable has brought a lot of love and companionship into our home, not only for the humans but also for our cat Aspire ( who was also a rescue in the late summer of 2004 -picture enclosed as well)… also enclosed a picture of sable about an hour after we adopted her, we had her at a dog park this should be the first picture on the list.
Thank You For Your Time and Understanding, and we would also like to thank you for allowing us to adopt our beautiful girl Sable.
Traci L Jensen, Warron S French, Aspiri (cat) and Sable