I mentioned a bit ago that Andrew and I were in the process of adopting a new puppy. Well, I am happy to report that she is moved in and settling well in our house! So friends, meet Chloe: the newest addition to the Smith family. :heart:


We adopted her through an organization called Stray Rescue. They found her her mother so underfed that she couldn’t even produce milk for the puppies. Because her mother was a stray, they aren’t exactly sure what breed she is. They know that her mother is some kind of labrador mix, but anything else is just a guess.

We’ve had her just over a week, and it has been so much fun to get to know her and see her grow! She is already so much taller than when we first got her! They grow up so fast ;(

Chloe sleeping
She likes to sleep in strange places – like under our coffee table.

She is definitely a cuddler. If you are sitting on the ground, she loves to crawl into your lap and sleep there for hours. She’s so calm and even-tempered – I didn’t hear her bark until the fourth day we had her! She is slowly becoming territorial, making her cute little puppy barks and growls as strangers pass by or if something scares her – like the vacuum.

We have been crate training her at night, so the first few nights were a bit rough. She would wake up every couple of hours and whine, so at first we thought she just had to go outside. Then we realized she was just getting us to let her out because she didn’t always need to go. Smart doggy.

Chloe in Grass
Sitting in the grass. She loves to be outside!

She doesn’t like walks or the leash yet, so we are still working on that. She tends to just sit down and refuse any treats we might have to get her to walk with us. So she’s a bit stubborn, but we’re working on that slowly! She knows “sit” very well, and she’s getting close to “down” for lay down. But she is potty-trained! Or so we hope, haha. She hasn’t had an accident inside for three days now, so that is definitely a relief!

Trying to catch her tail!
Trying to catch her tail!

Stray Rescue offers a year of free training classes when you adopt a dog, which is so awesome because obedience classes can be so expensive. We’ve always just trained our dogs ourselves, so it will be nice to have more of an expert approach towards training her. Chloe has an appointment to be spayed next week, so after she has recovered from that, we will definitely start taking full advantage of the free classes. Stray Rescue is located downtown so it will be a bit of a drive, but I think that it will be fun for Chloe and for me and Andrew.

Even though we’ve only had her a short time, we are so attached to her already. I know that she will be a perfect fit for our little family. Plus, when you walk into your bedroom and see her hanging out like this, you can’t help but laugh and fall in love! :heart:

Half under the bed
Half under the bed

19 thoughts on “Chloe”

  1. I knew you’d be posting another post when I saw the picture on instagram!
    She’s cute!! Thats good that you can have free training classes!!

    Do you live in St. Louis or Kansas City?

  2. Chloe is adorable. I can definitely see a bit of Labrador mix in her <3 I'm glad that you got her from a rescue. That's awesome!

  3. OMG Chloe is adorable!!! <3 I want to hug her!

    It's so good that you adopted a stray and wow, they give free obedience classes? That is awesome! I love even-tempered dogs. I don't want that's too excited and super playful. Am sure that you'll have loads of fun with her! Hope she learns how to love walking soon.

  4. I’ve already said this on Instagram, but I’ll say it again. Chloe is definitely adorable! I’m glad you were able to give her a good home to run around and play in. She definitely has good parents. Such a cutie.

  5. Oh, my! Chloe is a beauty! She sounds like a super smart doggy, too! Oh, man, I wish I could visit you guys and see her in person :D

    I think it’s great that the shelter offers free obedience classes. It will definitely be good to see how experts do them :3

    I look forward to more posts about her in the future! I am absolutely in love with your beautiful doggy!

  6. Chloe is absolutely beautiful! It’s so nice of you to adopt her, I’m glad she’s settling in okay and that she’s healthy and happy :D Its really nice of Stray rescue to give out free classes, that is definitely something to take advantage of!

  7. Awww, Chloe is so adorable! That’s cute that she’s the cuddling type, and I’m glad she’s getting settled into your home :) Hopefully she’ll get the hang of crate training and being on a leash soon. Also, that’s great that the rescue offers free training classes. That sounds really useful, and of course, free is always good! I hope you’ll share more of this cutie later!

  8. Chloe is so adorable! I’m glad to see that she made herself feel right at home already :). Her sleeping under the coffee table is major adorbs! It’s great that the rescue program offers training classes. I’m looking forward to seeing more cutesy adventures with Chloe :)!

  9. Oh my goodness! Chloe is gorgeous!

    She looks like she’s got a bit of Staffordshire Bull Terrier as she looks very similar to Tyrone’s mum’s puppy. Stray Rescue sounds like such a great organisation. It’s always lovely to hear stories of dogs being rescued and going to live in better homes.

    1. Yeah! She’s definitely got some Bull Terrier mix in her! Her forehead has that little wrinkle and she walks on her two front paws just like they do. So it will be interesting to see how she looks when she gets bigger! She has a lot of lab tendencies and I’m sure there’s some other breeds mixed in there too. She’s quite unique :)

  10. Awwww welcome home Chloe! She looks so cute, what a clever face she has! A friend of mine’s dog refused to go for walks for about two months, but now he loves them. I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures with her!

  11. Aww, what a lovely doggie! :) She looks really contented and happy living with you guys :) It’s great that you decided to adopt her, and I really think the free training classes would be a huge help. I wish we also had those here, lol!

  12. Oh hey Chloe! She is adorable. I am a sucker for black labs. :x That is basically all I have to say.

    I think the year of free training classes is exceptional. I want to get a dog in the future and I wonder if other places similar to Stray Rescue would offer something similar, as opposed to a regular pet store.

    Looking forward to reading more about Chloe :)

    1. The year of free training is pretty awesome! I wouldn’t think that most shelters offer anything like that, but I would definitely adopt from a shelter or humane society over a pet store. I’ve always heard that pet store dogs come from breeders similar to puppy mills. At least with Stray Rescue, I know that I adopted a puppy that otherwise would have been left on the street and probably would have died. I’d much rather support an organization like that than a pet store. Stores might be different in Australia, but I would look into it first!

  13. I loved Chloe from when I saw her photo on Instagram and finally read this post and all I can say it, Chloe is awesome!

    I envy you, Becca. I so want to adopt a dog too and breeds don’t matter to me so I hope I come across some organization like Stray Rescue here in Mumbai!

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