Letting Chloe into their Heart!

I’ve told the story about how Mommy’s whole day was diverted so that she could find me. Sometimes we are sent to a person or a family to help them heal, to provide therapy, to add comfort, or maybe to open their hearts to the many ways of love.

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Chloe the first day my mom and Karen met her all the way in Lake George.

Mommy is currently with this new dog owner at yoga, and I say new because she hasn’t had a family dog since she brought one home unexpectedly years ago and that dog didn’t quite work out. She is my mom’s best friend, Karen. Ironically, Karen did it again–brought a dog home without exactly letting everyone in her family know–but this time she brought Mommy along on her ‘finding the perfect pet’ adventure!

Soon to be an empty nester, Karen felt that she needed some extra loving to fill the quiet spaces of her house. Now mind you, her daughter, Emily, had been asking for a dog for years, but it wasn’t the right time. Chloe wasn’t born yet! Of course Emily and I have a special bond and she always pets and plays with me when she comes over. Sometimes it may take years for that special dog to come into your life and that is what happened.

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Karen first holding Chloe. How could you not love that face?!

Chloe Patchell or Chlo Chlo, Chloe Bear, Boo Boo, Baby, Bubba, Baby Girl, and oh yes, let’s not forget Little Polar Bear launched herself into this family this past March. Let me tell you when a family has more than 7 names for their dog, they are whipped! My Mommy told me that the breeder was pretty attached to Chloe and had already denied several possible owners–even Paris Hilton’s cousin! She knew that someone unique was coming for Chloe. Chloe liked my mom, of course, and so it was a perfect match. As you can see, Karen’s heart burst open wide!

Chloe is a Maltipoo and she has an adorable brown patch on her ear and a curly tail just like me and Dakota! We are tailmates! Chloe can’t quite reach the computer keys, but she sits on her mom’s lap while she’s working and observes. Chloe is very smart, fun, and playful. She may be little, but she’s feisty when her brother, Charlie, comes over to play. She lets Charlie know when she’s had enough. She’ll push a ball toward you when she wants to play and she’ll bark and sprint back and forth with bursts of energy! Tennis balls are her favorite. They are so small Dakota would probably swallow one! He hasn’t met Chloe yet and I’m not sure when he will, but our moms are going to take us walking together soon now that Chloe has all her shots.

The whole family has fallen in love with Chloe. Her mom loves her sweet personality and gentle nature. She’s very calming and cuddly, especially with her daddy and her brother. Her dad was undoubtedly surprised when he came home from work and found a bazillion pet toys, dog beds all over the house, and a mini white fur ball all curled up waiting to give him a kiss! But one look at this little love and he was hooked! Beautiful how that happens, isn’t it!

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Chloe with her big sister, Emily. Chloe’s fur needs to be brushed often and her eyes cleaned, so she can see where she is going!

Chloe is a people pleaser and she’s neat, just like her momma! It’s good that she likes to please and is so gentle, because when Chloe gets older, she’d like to be a therapy dog. She and Nero can work together! Imagine Chloe visiting sick kids in the hospital and curling up on their lap. They will never let her go! Chloe thinks that every family should have a dog to love, but if they can’t at least she can provide that love for a little bit. She has a lot to go around.

Yes, Chloe is a little love (that may be my name for her!) and she has a kind and gentle spirit. That’s what she wants to bring to the world. She believes people can be changed with a bit of positive energy and love. She tries to relay that to everyone she meets, especially when she is walking around her neighborhood. She visits her doggie friends and that energy just calms those around her. Chloe is really quite amazing. She is one smart, kind, and gentle dog. As people pet her she just thinks how much she loves them and they can’t help but love her back!

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My momma on a date with Chloe at Starbucks. Chloe has some fancy pink leash bling going on! Always the fashionista!

Chloe–I’ll see you this summer as we walk the neighborhoods together spreading the love and dog drool!

Nero the Super Therapy Dog!

I feel like I have met a distant cousin. Nero is a half lab and half akita mix. So am I! He’ll be 6 in July and I just turned 6. What is amazing is how different we look.

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Nero’s first day on the job!

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Sorry couldn’t crack a smile here!

Nero definitely looks more like an akita than I do with his pointy ears and rounder face. Dakota was sticking his tongue out at me, so my ears were back in a vulnerable position. It’s hard to write my blog and sometimes star in it and he just doesn’t help!

But it goes to show you that just like people, dogs can have the same background, but be completely unique. And exceptionally handsome in Nero’s case!!

Nero and Dakota have a connection since they both came from Tennessee and were in kill shelters. Nero was adopted by a wonderful family. My mom works with his mom, but Nero has a job. He is a therapy dog and has decided to do something positive in a world that at one point didn’t want him. That’s a hard pill for a dog to swallow. How could someone leave us to die? Dogs only want to show their love and be loved.

Nero and his mom, Diana. Love the matching outfits!

Nero and his mom, Diana. Love the matching outfits!

Nero trained to be a therapy dog after he visited his Uncle Dave who sadly was in hospice. I’ve never been there, but I know that people who are sick are sad and lonely. Nero could see that he made his uncle happy and also gave him some peace. That’s a special gift. It takes a lot of work for both Nero and his mommy to get trained. According to Nero, it was easy when he was being rewarded with treats. Who wouldn’t sit still if they knew they’d be getting some yummy shortly after. But when the treats didn’t come as often, it became harder. But then Nero thought about why he was doing this. Wasn’t it because he saw how he helped Uncle Dave? And didn’t he want to help others like his mommy and daddy helped him? Getting treats just isn’t as rewarding as giving back and making people smile. Talk about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and coming back with a calling. I like that Nero!

Being outside and walking around the neighborhood is one of Nero’s favorite activities. He’ll hang out in the yard while his dad is doing yard work. He’s definitely a people person, but keep him away from cats! High-five, Nero! I do not like cats and just like Nero I consider myself a hunter. I’ll have to ask him if he chases chipmunks too.

Part of the reason why I started writing my blog was because people misunderstood me. They thought my smile was really my attack face. Plus the fact that I am half akita turns some people off and makes them afraid. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover and you can’t judge a dog by his breed. Nero does say that everyone should ask his mom or dad first if they can pet him. He doesn’t know if he has to protect or if it’s safe when people approach his family. When his mommy says it’s ok then he can relax. But stay away from his face or tail. We dogs don’t like people putting their face in our face and our tail is personal. Please don’t touch it.

How mean can a dog be when he lays by his mom’s feet when she reads on the couch? Take the time to get to know Nero and you will be very pleased. Nero is kind, patient, philanthropic, and crazy for  his ball with the bumblebees in it! Hey, sometimes it doesn’t take much to please us.

Thank you, Nero, for your service and for taking the time to let the world know who you really are!