On Sunday, February 13, 2011, we picked up a new friend. Her name is Chloe!

We found her at the shelter. She had been there for only 11 days and was curled-up and trying to get some sleep while the bigger, louder dogs barked all around her. At first, we walked right by her because she was the same color as her pillow, but on my second pass through the kennel, I caught her looking at me.

She is a bit younger than what we were looking for. We wanted a 2-year-old + dog, but she is about six months old. We don’t know what she is. She looks a bit like a Yorkie at times but then other times she looks like a  Schnauzer. Yes, a bit of a mutt but she’s so sweet. Her first couple of nights went well. She’s quite taken with The Girl right now. We will be working on house training, which she sort of already knows and leash manners.

Please wish us luck, because our last shelter experience was not a positive one. We want this little gal to be a happy, member of the family. As you can see from the above photo, her first car ride went swimmingly.

BTW, I wanted to name her Lisbeth or some other literary reference but the kids wouldn’t go for it. Oh, and pardon the photo. I took it with my Blackberry.

Also, I don’t know what it is with me, pets and holidays but all of my pets (their births, their deaths, their adoptions) seem to fall on, or near holidays. My beloved cat of 17 years came to me on St. Patty’s Day and died on Valentine’s Day, three years ago. I sort of took the adoption date of this little gal as a sign. A good one.

38 thoughts on “Introducing…Chloe!”

  1. Chloe is adorable! It’s great that you adopted her. I believe that animals find the people they are meant to care for and to care for them so I think you have found the perfect new family member.

    I am sure Chloe is the name of a literary character :o)

  2. Chloe is a lucky little girl! I wanted to say how uplifting it is that your family and others like it chose a new pet from a shelter. (The picture is perfect!) As caretakers of the Earth and its inhabitants we should all do a lot more caring and a lot less taking. Have a wonderful life with your new family member. :- )

  3. She is smiling! She is so happy to have a home, and a little girl to love her. I do wish you luck. Brava to you for going to the pound for your pet. There are so many animals that need good homes. OK, now, I expect updates, weekly ones, like Lenore does!

    1. I will try to post updates regularly. It’s like having a baby in the house all over again. We are working on our routines, getting them down and such. So far, so good.

  4. So fun! What a total cutie… (both the girl and the puppy). Good luck with the training, hopefully it will go smoothly. Such a sweet thing to have a pet again: a bundle of sweet loyal energy running around the house. Congrats on the new addition. 😉

    1. She’s still getting to know us but she appears to be a cuddlebug. All she wants to do is sit on our laps and lay by our sides. She takes short walks but wants to get home quickly and back to her comfy spot on the couch.

      1. I kind of love that in a dog because I’m that kind of person. I couldn’t deal with a hyperactive dog, who needs tons of exercise! Sounds like you got a good one. 🙂

  5. Congratulations!!
    Thank you for choosing adoption, the very best option.
    She is a lucky girl.
    Looking forward to the updates. 🙂

  6. Chloe is one adorable (and lucky!) pup. Good luck to all as you settle into your new routine. We adopted a greyhound almost 9 months ago and it’s been a great experience.

    That’s a cute little coat Chloe is wearing 😉

  7. I’m envious – I SO want to get another dog, but as long as we stay in the house we’re renting now (most likely at least another year) it’s on hold. Chloe’s a cutie. Good luck to all of you!

  8. Oh Ti! She is adorable. Our little Molly was adopted from the shelter–it took us a couple of trips before she found us–and her way into our hearts forever. I think “mutts” are the best. You girl looks pretty in love with your new addition. Enjoy your little pup!

  9. Congratulations on the new member of the family 🙂 At first glance, I thought she was a Yorkie, too, but seems like a mixed breed. And how cute is she with her Gene Simmons from KISS tongue 😀

  10. Awww…she looks cute!! And Lisbeth would be such a good name!!! I’ll have to keep that in mind if I ever get a pet. I hope it works out … for her and for you!

    1. Yes, we are crate training her right now. I am trying to retrain my “cat” brain because I am having a hard time with the crate even though I know for dogs, they actually crave the security of it. I had cats for 40+ years of my life so the switch to dogs is a bit of a shock to my system.

    1. LOL. Yes! It’s so funny because I can see the “kid” in Chloe. She has a different look that she gives each of us and it’s obvious to me that she knows that I am the mommy because she saves that “I’m just a sweet puppy” look for me whever she gets into trouble. We are training her to use pads since we are gone a lot during the day and she gets the idea, just not consistently yet. Any progress is good, right?

  11. Ti, she’s just adorable. She does look a little terrier and schnauzer – maybe a bit of Yorkie. Oh my, I just want to give her a squeeze. She’s a lucky girl to have been chosen by all of you and I just know she’ll bring you all happiness.

  12. I know I am late to the party but Chloe is so cute that I just had to comment and say that I’m glad she’s fitting in well and that shelter dogs are the best!

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