As an only child, Nicole Renae often felt somewhat lonely growing up. But that all changed when her family decided to give her a special gift the moment she turned 10. For her birthday that year, Nicole’s grandmother surprised her with an adorable gray puppy whom she named Chloe.
They were inseparable.
“I just loved her to death,” Nicole told The Dodo. “She was my best friend.”
Over the next several years together, Nicole and Chloe’s bond only grew stronger. Every ounce of love Nicole would give, the adorable 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.”
Four years later, Nicole and Chloe’s time together was cut short. Nicole was 14 years old when her father got a new job working from home — but it came with a devastating caveat. Their home needed to be like an office, free of audible distractions.
“He was told we couldn’t have any pets. Chloe was very yappy,” 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 had no other option but to surrender Chloe to their local humane society. The shelter assured them that they will find the dog a new home with people who will love her unconditionally.
“I just felt so sick and sad about it,” Nicole said. “I thought I’d never see or hear from her ever again.”
Nicole was completely devastated by the family’s decision.
“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.”
Many years later, Nicole grew up and now has her own family. However, she has not forgotten about her beloved dog.
In time, Nicole grew up, got married and had a child of her own — but one thing was still missing.
Nicole decided to get a dog for her daughter. She’d initially thought of adopting a puppy — until she ran across 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.”
It was then that she decided to get the dog herself — not realizing yet, of course, that two were already well-acquainted.
Upon meeting her “new” dog, Nicole felt something weird.
“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, it seems, knew her adopter was her old friend from the start — and soon Nicole was convinced of it, 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.”
Eight years had passed since Nicole had seen Chloe last, so it’s easy to see why the notion that this was the same dog seemed like wishful thinking.
“My whole family thought I was nuts,” Nicole said. “Everybody thought I was crazy.”
But then Nicole’s mom realized that they could test the theory. Their Chloe had been microchipped as a puppy, so she contacted their old veterinarian’s office to get her ID number. Next, it was off to another vet to have this 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.”
The family later learned that the dog had been adopted by an older couple soon after they surrendered her. Unfortunately, they passed away and the dog was again put up for adoption.
Nicole could not even put to words how happy she is to have found her long-lost dog.
“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.”
“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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H/T: The Dodo