Chloe (2003 - 2014)


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Home:Riverside, MO  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Nicknames:
Chlo Chlo, Chloe Grace (her middle name), Chloe-Girl, Sweet-Sweet, Sweet Potato

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
March 3rd 2005

Birthday:
March 3rd 2003

Likes:
To eat! Play with my doggie sister, Roxy!

Pet-Peeves:
Dogs

Favorite Toy:
She is not a big toy dog, but if you shake a toy low on the ground, she does like to come and kill it.

Favorite Food:
No contest: chicken!

Favorite Walk:
Around the neighborhood to bark at all the dogs who live on the block!

Best Tricks:
Taking pictures. When she sees the camera, she assumes there is chicken, and does sit, down, up, and then repeats them.

Arrival Story:
I was looking for what was going to be my first dog ever. I had been rejected for a dog because I was a working person. I saw Chloe (then named Ta Ta) appear on a website on a Sunday evening. I asked if they'd accept an application from a first-time owner and a full-time worker. They said yes. Within the hour, I had my application in, and I was in love. The next morning, I had an e-mail, she was adopted. A couple of days later, I got a call that her adoption had fallen through, and she was available. My fence had been checked and I could have her. I was thrilled. When I went to get her, she was sick from kennel cough that she had picked up and her history was unknown. Two other dogs were being picked up and their prospective owners rejected them for being "too large" and "too small". I brought my doggie home. She didn't have anything to do with me for days. I thought she might die, and she had several days of breathing treatments, and eventually came to trust the one who fed her and felt sorry for her when she gasped for air. Her rescue organization, LL Dog Rescue in Kansas City, Missouri along with her vet, walked me through the entire illness because I was such a new pet owner. Now she is a normal arrogant, independent, typical Shih-tzu! She runs the house!

Bio:
3/5/06 - Chloe changed dramatically every month for the first seven months after I adopted her. I didn't know what the "final" dog was going to end up being. When she arrived, she hid behind the couch and growled each time I tried to touch her for the first couple of days. She had come from an animal shelter to a rescue, been spayed, caught a horrible case of kennel cough and left her foster home and ended up with me. She was sick and not very trusting. She has turned into a very sweet, somewhat playful -- though obstinate -- companion. She doesn't bark (except when she encounters a dog), but she talks to let me know she wants my attention. She leads me to her play area, the refrigerator, the doors or whatever to let me know exactly what she wants. She loves children. And I love that she loves them! She was rejected by whoever first agreed to adopt her --probably because of her many issues. I just want to tell that person...THANK YOU! 12/13/06 - Roxy has brought Chloe out of her shell. Chloe is still afraid of dogs, and she is protected a lot by her little sister, but she is so much more confident these days. A family has done wonders for this little sweetheart! 3/3/07 It's been two years since Chloe & I adopted each other. She is hardly the same dog. She is so happy to play. She loves her doggie sister, Roxy. Children are her absolute enjoyment. She likes nothing better than food though! At this point I've had Chloe about as long as she was in her previous life. But there are still remnants of what she has gone through. She scares easily by noise. She is afraid of dogs. She needs time to trust new people and new places. She learned some independence and it still shows through even in her dependency. She is such a sweetie. My favorite nickname for her is Sweet-Sweet, and I simply cannot imagine who allowed her to be treated any way less than decent before. Getting Chloe added a dimension to my life that I would never had expected, and whatever I can do to make her life wonderful, she can consider it done! 3/3/08 - Today is Chloe and my 3rd adoption anniversary. She is a wonderful dog. Chloe had a hard year as she endured some pain from a bulging disc. As soon as she was better, she appeared more puppyish than she has ever been. I love to see Chloe jump up and put her front paws down in a "come play" mode when she is excited, or to hear her feet move in a quick dance when it is time to eat. Having foster dogs have helped her tremendously. She barks as dogs during walks, and she is still extremely shy, but she is not afraid like she use to be. On her 5th birthday, I'd say Chloe is happier than she has ever been, and sweeet as she has always been. 3/3/09 - It's been 4 years! It surprises me that Chloe is still changing. Her back has been bothering her. She started to sleep in the bed with me an Roxy a few months ago. She has to be carried upstairs most of the time. It has made her a more cuddly dog. She will now nudge my hand to pet her. She is actually becoming a lot more dependent than she use to be. She is not doing better around other dogs though. Chloe is a bit overweight because she LOVES to eat! She rushes to eat Roxy's food and then her own. She's a happy girl! She knows she is at home for good.

Forums Motto:
What? Did you say treat?

I've Been On Dogster Since:
November 18th 2005 More than 8 years!

I Was In The:
Dogster's 2006 Holiday Picture Party!

2006 Valentine's Day Party!
See me in Dogster's 2005 Holiday Picture Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Dogster Id:
224503


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Everyday Living - Chloe Style


Happy Birthday...Wish you Were Here!

March 1st 2014 3:31 pm
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Dear Chloe,
I miss you so much. Monday would have been your 11th birthday. You almost made it. Only 53 more days… But that wasn’t God’s plan for you. You had already blown me away with your stamina.
I’ve been sad since you left, but I didn’t want to dishonor your memory by living in my sadness. That wouldn’t be right for the great relationship we had. I’ve tried to move on though I cry still many times a week over your departure.
I am so grateful you came up to the bed that night. I know it was so hard for you. I really can’t figure out how you found the strength to do it in your last minutes. You were one determined doggie. It gives me a lot of comfort to know you wanted to be with me and you did not suffer. God knew I’d be a mess if I came home to you gone and I didn’t have any answers to questions. I’m at peace for me and you.
Roxy mourned you for a long, long time. She is beginning to eat and not be so mournful. (But you know, she is not a happy-go-lucky girl.) Destinee seemed to know you would want us to move on and has chosen to just save your fun and best memories. We talk about you all of the time.
We adopted a doggie. You’d be please. Both that we opened our home and that we waited until you were gone. I know you wouldn’t have liked another dog. Her name is Lily. She is furball of energy. She is not your replacement. Impossible! You showed me how much love I had to give, and I knew you’d be sad if I was hoarding it.
We also have a foster dog here. You would like her. No really…you would. Her name is Daisy. She is also helpful in our grieving. So many doggies to take care of and help. I will say this, it’s much easier to get a pill down Daisy’s throat than yours. 
Today, as we celebrate you and what would be your 11th birthday, we swung by the pet cemetery and took a picture of your memorial plaque. We know you are already with Jesus, but since that is where we left your body, we will stop there this one time. Then for dinner, in your honor and for the first time since you passed, we had a ROTISSERIE CHICKEN.
We love you so much! I’m so glad you didn’t suffer, and you were able to go without any aid. I wish you were here, but I’m glad you are at peace.
Your human mom who loves you still,
Gale

 

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January 19th 2014 9:39 am
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I'm with Jesus

January 11th 2014 11:30 pm
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This is Chloe's Gale. I wanted to let all of her friends know that her congestive heart failure was relentless and finally won. We were very happy that Chloe was happy until her death. She was dancing for food just the day before. At the end, she tried to run, though she had no engery, to die in peace. My final gift to her was to leave her alone so she could stop trying to hide. Her final gift to me was to come to the bedroom and let me put her on the bed, where she died minutes later.

I don't know what happen those years in her life that made her so sad, and scared before her rescue. But I know the last nine years were wonderful for us all. She will always be my first child. My heart will forever hold her memory. I thank God for letting me be her Gale.

 
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