Nicole Renae grew up as an only child and often felt lonely. However, that all changed when she turned 10. Nicole’s grandmother surprised her on her 10th birthday with an adorable gray puppy whom she named Chloe. The two were inseparable.
“I just loved her to death,” Nicole said. “She was my best friend.”
Nicole and Chloe’s bond only grew stronger over the next four years and for every ounce of love Nicole gave, the little dog would return it tenfold.
“She was such a sweet dog,” Nicole said. “She’d lick your face forever if you didn’t stop her.”
Nicole and Chloe’s time together was sadly cut short.
Unfortunately, when Nicole was 14 years old, her father got a new job working from home and with a home office, the house needed to quiet.
“He was told we couldn’t have any pets. Chloe was very happy,” Nicole said. “We had no choice. I was just a kid, so I obviously didn’t have any choice in the matter. It was heartbreaking. I didn’t want to get rid of my dog.”
Nicole and her family surrendered Chloe to their local humane society. They were optimistic that the dog would find a new home with people who loved her, but saying goodbye was not easy.
“I just felt so sick and sad about it,” Nicole said. “I thought I’d never see or hear from her ever again.”
Chloe never left Nicole’s heart: “As the years went on, I always thought about her. I once called the humane society to try to find out what happened to her, but they couldn’t tell me anything. So, I never knew.”
Nicole grew up, got married and had a child of her own, but there was something missing.
Because she knew the joy that having a dog had brought her as a child, Nicole wanted to give her daughter the same happiness. She’d initially thought of adopting a puppy until she saw a post on Facebook about a senior dog needing a new home.
“I saw the picture of the dog and thought, ‘That dog looks kind of familiar.’ Then I read the name — it was Chloe. The same spelling as my old dog,” Nicole recalled. “I thought that was such a coincidence.”
When Nicole adopted the dog she had no idea that two were already well-acquainted.
Nicole was struck with an uncanny feeling after meeting her “new” dog.
“She just ran up to me and started licking my face,” she said. “As the day went on, all these characteristics just reminded me of my old dog.”
Chloe seemed to know her adopter and soon Nicole was convinced she knew her too.
“She just kept hugging me. I was crying — it reminded me so much of my Chloe,” Nicole said. “I never thought I’d see my dog again, but I just knew in my heart that it was her.”
It had been eight years since Nicole had seen Chloe. Assuming this was her dog seemed like wishful thinking.
“My whole family thought I was nuts,” Nicole said. “Everybody thought I was crazy.”
Nicole’s mom realized that they could test the theory and check her chip. Their Chloe had been microchipped as a puppy, so Nicole contacted their old veterinarian’s office to get her ID number. Then they went to another vet and had Chloe scanned. She, too, had a microchip — and sure enough:
“The numbers were an exact match. It was her,” Nicole said. “I literally felt like I’d won the lottery. It was just the best feeling. I thought I’d never see her again.”
Nicole learned that Chloe had been adopted by an older couple shortly after being surrendered. She lived with them for many years before they passed away. The dog was adopted once more by another family, but they were not able to keep her.
Chloe was finally reunited with her first best friend. Chloe was finally home.
Chloe is 11 years old but still as healthy and energetic as Nicole remembered her. The reunion of these two long-lost friends has made them both kids again.
“I’m so happy to have her back. I get so excited to come home from work to see her each day,” Nicole said. “This is just the best thing.”
Nicole and Chloe have plenty of new memories to make. So they’re picking things up right where they left off all those years ago, except this time, nothing will come between them.
“She’s made herself right at home,” Nicole said. “Chloe is happy. I think she knows now that she’ll be with me forever.”
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