More reunion video

Here is a video again complied by Koda‘s owner, Pam. (Thanks again!) This one is fun way to see the energy of the reunion day – and hear some sounds. This is early on when they all arrived and were running out their energy. They kept up that level of energy for a good hour, and some never stopped! What a great day.

See the video on Photobucket – use password: Chloesgroup (case sensitive) to access.

Images of Chloe’s Family Reunion

Chloe's reunion Nov 2009Here is a slide show on Photobucket, complied by Koda‘s owner (thank you very much Pam!) The password to get in is case sensitive so use the capital C: Chloesgroup. It gives you a great sense of the joy of that day. It was so amazing that I am still feeling the after affects – warm, happy, love energy all around. Those pups remembered one another and they remembered their mama, Chloe. It was such a joy to see them running, wrestling, nosing, and chasing one another.

In this Photobucket video (use same password to view), Indy and Jackson wrestle with a stick while Poppy tries to get Chloe to break up the fun. Another video from the Chloe family reunion.

Chloe is thriving with her new family

Chloe, November 2009

Chloe at her Family Reunion 11/09

Second chances

I am happy that there are times in this life for a second chance.  I have felt so worried about Chloe after the terrible mistake I made giving her to her first adoptive family.  I felt so responsible for not following my gut, for not following H.E.L.P. procedure and interviewing absolutely everyone in the family, and for failing her in general.  But seeing her at the first ever Chloe Family Reunion was like getting a pardon from the Universe. 

Chloe looked fabulous.  On the outside she was the happy, confident dog I remembered.  Her coat looked good, better even than when she was with me.  Her eyes shone.  She held her ears and tail with interest and calmness.  But the thing that mattered the most to me was what I saw in her in relation to her new family.  She was clearly bonded to them. 

But let me start at the beginning.

Chloe reunion Nov. 2009I saw her at first and nearly cried.  She came out of the car so differently than she did the night she was returned to me.  She was interested and approached me cautiously but directly.  She sniffed, stepped back and then sniffed again.  I believe she remembered me.  When she got outside with her pups it was clear that she remembered my yard.  She ran like she used to, circling the yard over and over again – tail high, tongue hanging out.  She was completely happy though, not a frantic running, just a run for the pure joy of it.  Then she greeted her pups, sniffing each on the nose.  There was much wagging and nuzzling all around.  Everyone commented on how they were certain the group remembered one another.  At one point I even saw Chloe lie down on her back as her pups gathered round!  Just like she used to when she was still nursing them!  But that didn’t last long and she was up again racing around the yard, her pups in pursuit.

Chloe relaxingAfter a number of games of chase, numerous wrestling matches (everyone having fun, no aggression whatsoever!) and a few tug of war games, everyone dispersed to explore on their own.  Chloe found a mud puddle and promptly lay down in it.  Something she used to do while living with me.  As the afternoon wore on each of the dogs’ energy was drained, and I noticed them going to their people and resting.  Chloe did that too – joined her family, laying at her new mama’s feet and snoozed.