A woman found herself part of a heartwarming reunion when she spotted an 11-year-old pomeranian-poodle cross available for adoption on Facebook.
Little did Nicole Grimes, from Pennsylvania, know that this encounter would lead her to be reunited with her beloved childhood puppy, also named Chloe.
Nicole shared her remarkable story with the BBC, recounting the moment she saw the dog's photo and felt an uncanny familiarity. She explained, "When I found out they were both called Chloe, it was really strange. It just clicked when she was introduced to me as Chloe."
The pivotal moment came when Nicole came face-to-face with her 'new' dog. "When she was dropped off, she came running up to me and was licking my face. Then I knew in my heart that she had to be the same dog," she said.
However, Nicole's husband initially had reservations about this seemingly unbelievable coincidence. "He thought I was crazy, so we went to check the microchip," she explained. Their skepticism was dispelled when they discovered that the dog, in fact, bore the same microchip as the pet they had given up for adoption seven years ago.
"We couldn't believe it. It's just crazy!" Nicole exclaimed.
Chloe's story began when she was originally gifted to Nicole by her grandmother. "I was 10 years old, and all I wanted was a puppy. She was wearing a pink bow when Nana gave her to me. We were best friends," Nicole fondly recalled.
Sadly, Nicole's grandmother passed away several years ago, and reuniting with Chloe has helped her family cope with their loss.
Reflecting on the difficult decision to give Chloe up for adoption years ago, Nicole remembered her sadness during that time. "My dad got a new job working from home, but Chloe was too yappy, and he had to be on the phone all the time. I remember my dad picking me up from school when I was 14 with the dog in the back seat. I knew we had to give her away."
Today, Chloe is adjusting well to her new home with her original owner. Nicole shared, "She is a little smaller and has no teeth, but she still loves to run around."
Chloe has even found a new friend in the next generation of the Grimes family, as Nicole's four-month-old daughter, Violet, has formed a special bond with the furry family member. Nicole described their interaction, saying, "They love to play with each other. Chloe is very gentle with Violet, and it warms my heart to see them together."
This heartwarming reunion between Nicole and her childhood pet, Chloe, stands as a testament to the enduring bonds between humans and their beloved animals.