All in the Family
Von Butters Moss


German Shepherd Dog / Rottweiler

On September 5, 1989, I adopted a German Shepherd/Rottweiler cross from the Oregon Human Society. She wasn't much sitting in her dog run shivering and looking scared. But there was something in her eyes and her cute little face that started taking my heart. The four month old puppy became known as Chloe. Chloe was an amazing dog. Never did I have to discipline her; just looking at her was enough to encourage her not to repeat the behavior. Chloe was afraid of open spaces and preferred sleeping under a bed or, as she got older, her table in the living room. The Boy, my son, absolutely adored Chloe. They were inseparable. Where the boy went so did the dog. I will never know what their adventures were, but both of them came home panting and happy. I'm certain they shared secret looks and thoughts. Chloe loved stuffed animals, especially Smurfs. She tore the stuffing out of them and then tosses the floppy shell around the room expecting her humans to play fetch with her. Once all the stuffing was out of the toy, she needed a new one. Never did she confuse her toys and the Boy's toys. Chloe guarded against "evil" people; once, in her time as protector of her humans, she cornered a car burglar and with repeated invitations to inspect her teeth, held him at bay until the police arrived to take him away to justice. Chloe knew she was Queen of the house, deferring only to her mistress. She enjoyed teaching the other animals of our house the rules of the road. She provided companionship that was beyond comparison. She taught her household unconditional love and she reaped the rewards of her patience many times over. On June 8, 2004, after a night of untold spoiling with foods that were previously off limits like steak and oatmeal cookies, I painfully put my best friend in the car and took her to the vet for one last visit. She'd endured her last grand mal seizure a few days earlier and would not survive another. At the age of 15, she maintained her duties, even though no one expected it of her. She spent 5,391 days in our lives and an eternity in our hearts.

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Feb 21, 2012 Oliver & Henry's Mum
As one of the Moderators of this site, I read many, many profiles and posts. This one about Chloe touched me deeply and I had to comment. What a wonderful, loving family member she was. I do not doubt for one second that she will live eternally in your hearts until once again, you are reunited at the Rainbow Bridge. I'm sure your son misses his best friend tremendously, but how fortunate they were able to have one another. I also can imagine that she was a mighty protector of her Family. Long may you run, Chloe! Big hugs from Oliver & Henry, and their Mum. xo
Feb 21, 2012 Jose
I'm so sorry to hear this news. I like to think that Chloe went to doggie heaven and as long as you remember her, she will always be with you. May you rest in peace Chloe.
Feb 21, 2012 wolfgirl66
Sorry! RIP Beautiful Chloe!
Jun 22, 2012 mychiensr1
My English is limited, but I cried and cried when I read Chloe's story:-(. It touched my heart and soul. Chloe is so special, beautiful and such a gentle girl, just like her humans. She had lived a perfect, happy life with her wonderful humans for 5,392 days. I'm sure you made your humans sooo happy when you were with them. Such well written story about Angel Chloe. Thank you for sharing her story with us (My husband, my 5 dogs and I). I wish everyone in this world are just like Chloe's family....Well, I know the Daily puppy's members are:-). I love you, miss Chloe and your humans too.
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