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Sweet Chloe’s Holiday Miracle

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sweet-chloeIn this season of hope, I have something of a personal holiday miracle to share with you.

In mid-December, approximately a month after our beloved Nellie’s passing, we started down a path of no return: looking for an old dog in dire need of a home and a forever family. There are so many—far too many.  While several dogs seemed to be ideal candidates for our little pack, the image of one dog in particular mesmerized us: Sweet Chloe.

Chloe’s family, who had her for 10 years, dropped her off at an animal shelter in Zanesville, Ohio, in early November as if she was an old piece of unwanted furniture. Cold, confused, and stressed, Chloe’s future was bleak indeed. The odds of an older, larger dog getting adopted are slim to none. But this is when the miracle begins to unfold.

Chloe had the very good fortune to end up at an animal shelter overseen by a guardian angel. The shelter manager, a seasoned pro who has seen it all, also operates her own rescue group and often works with another rescue group to help get the word out about dogs in desperate need of finding a home. And that’s how we discovered Chloe.

Our inquiry about Chloe, the first and only one made, lifted the holiday spirits of many volunteers from both rescue groups. E-mail exchanges, which seldom could be read with dry eyes, began to hint at a miracle for sweet Chloe—and just in the St. Nick of time! 

Chloe’s days at the animal shelter were numbered but in the very best way: We were set to adopt her on Wednesday, December 22. Yes, sweet Chloe, there really is a Santa Paws!

With help of several volunteers from both rescue groups, Chloe made her way to us via a transport relay-she caught rides to Morgantown, West Virginia, and Hagerstown, Maryland, and then finally met up with us in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. What is truly amazing is that these volunteers do this all the time to save dogs!

Chloe is sweet  indeed. She is the gentlest dog you can imagine. In just a short time, our other two rescued dogs, Toby and Winnie, acted as if Chloe had always been a part of our family. Chloe’s already enjoying good meals, plentiful treats, regular walks, multiple beds, and most of all, a secure, loving forever home. Chloe, who had lost more than 10 pounds while at the animal shelter despite kind and professional care, has the rarest of holiday goals: to gain weight!

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In a nutshell, this is the story of Chloe’s Christmas miracle: Angels from two rescue groups managed to align the stars to guide sweet Chloe from an animal shelter with no room to two wise guys in the East! Joy to the world—Chloe has a home!

And somewhere out there—or at least in our minds—the tails of Nellie and Maud are wagging over this tale of our new 10-year-old puppy, sweet Chloe.

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    Rob says...

    December 29th, 2010, 12:59 pm

    Older “puppies” are the best. A great holiday story.

    Mrs. Lois Koch says...

    December 31st, 2010, 1:58 pm

    I just wanted to comment on Chloe’s circumstances. This just shows how beautiful things can be when people such as yourselves are more than just on the angelic side when it comes to Our Lord’s creatures.

    Clara Bielecki says...

    December 31st, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Bless you. if it were only possible for all the furry angels could find homes like yours. Feathered and scaled too. :)

    Marilyn says...

    January 1st, 2011, 8:19 am

    There are angels out there…..all of you to make this story have a happy ending……what a beautiful girl Chloe is….hugs to all of you……

    Tucker says...

    January 1st, 2011, 12:13 pm

    WOOO~HOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOD BLESS ALLLL INVOLVED, GOD BLESS THE ADOPTER AND MOST OF ALLLL
    GOD BLESS THE DOG NAMED CHLOE, YOU ARE IN YOUR LOVING,CARING,SAFE, FOREVER HOME NOW, WITH LOVING,CARING,SAFE PEOPLE WHO WILL LOVE YOU,TAKE CARE OF YOU,PROTECT YOU,GUIDE YOU AND FEED YOU FOREVER AND EVER, THEY WILL NOT LET YOU GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HAAAAAPY DANCE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    nirmala says...

    January 1st, 2011, 1:14 pm

    this is a good thing.

    msalabama says...

    January 1st, 2011, 3:31 pm

    Tears of joy for Chloe. Thank you to all the rescue angels who helped her find a wonderful new home.

    Rick Thompson says...

    January 1st, 2011, 4:13 pm

    Update from Chloe: “Hi, Everyone! I greeted the new year in my new home. I am doing quite well, and have even gained a few pounds already. I had a full physical exam (from head to claw) last week, including a senior blood panel, and the vet said everything looks normal. My new parents got my dog license last week. They had a choice of getting an annual license or a lifetime license. Despite my age, they never hesitated about which one to get: Lifetime it is, and just what one would expect to have at a real forever home. Happy New Year! Love, Sweet Chloe.”

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