Chloe is a beautiful 5 year old Australian Labradoodle girl surrendered to DRC by the only family she had ever known.

According to her foster momma, she is " the sweetest most gentle, loving and patient angel. She is a an old soul whose eyes tell a story every time you look into them." 

Originally purchased as a pup from a reputable breeder, Chloe was surrendered to DRC due to what we were told, was "relocation, downsizing and financial hardship." Although some of Chloe's health issues were partially disclosed to us prior to surrender,  the family and their vet described the issues as "mild and manageable." The family also feigned poverty stating  they had recently moved, had child number 4 and did not have the financial means nor the time to continue caring for Chloe. 

We came to realize that  Chloe's back story was actually much more heartbreaking and tragic than we were led to believe. Shortly after her arrival in foster care, we discovered that due to a combination of genetics, and (there's no other way to say it except to call it what it is), NEGLECT, our latest DRC angel has endured senseless pain and suffering for a very long time.

Veterinary specialists have confirmed that Chloe does in fact have severe, degenerative hip dysplasia that not only restricts her ability to walk and move, it is excruciatingly painful, debilitating and literally effects this poor angels quality of life.

X-rays and further testing revealed to our vet specialists that Chloe's hip sockets and the surrounding cartilage are non-existent and at this point bone is grinding against bone and probably has been for more than half of her young lifeTo put it bluntly, Chloe's "mild and manageable" hip issue and her other health issues were grossly understated by her former family and their vet and there is no way they could not have known that Chloe was in desperate need of corrective surgery.  

When she arrived in foster care Chloe was an indescribable mess. Not only could she barely move, her poor little body was covered in an angry rash and sores, her skin red, raw and ravaged from incessant scratching. We learned later, this was due to severe allergies and a systemic, fungal yeast infection that had been left untreated for years. The inside of her ears were bright red, inflamed, angry and infected and poor Chloe was shaking her head in discomfort whining every time she attempted to scratch them the pain was so great.  

The hair on all four of her badly infected paws had turned dark brown from licking and gnawing and poor Chloe literally looked as though she had been walking in 5 inches of mud.


Initial costs just to make Chloe comfortable upon arrival, exceeded what we typically spend vetting and rehabbing severely neglected dogs rescued from puppy mills and kill shelters. 

It has been very difficult for us to reconcile how an owner surrendered dog that was supposed to have come from a loving, responsible home, could be so neglected and in such a state ....

We question the validity of the family's sob story and alleged financial woes. Especially now that we know they paid thousands of dollars for Chloe as a pup, recently purchased a pricy new home in an upscale area, bought a new Pomeranian puppy for their kids just 3 short months prior to trying to re-home poor Chloe via a "free to good home" ad on Craigslist. 

We question the ability and the integrity of their vet.

And yet in spite of it all, Chloe is so wonderful and so special she literally is is a once in a lifetime kind of dog.  Even our vets are amazed that Chloe is as sweet, gentle, loving as she happens to be considering the severity of her current condition, the amount of pain she experiences and all she has endured. Even in excruciating pain, her tail is always wagging and she is always smiling.  All Chloe wants to do is love everyone, snuggle up close with her people, give kisses and please in any way she possibly can.

Yes, she really is that special. 

She would LOVE to be able to play. Unfortunately, pain prevents her from being able to enjoy even the simple pleasures like a romp in the yard with her foster sisters. For the time being, Chloe longingly watches from the sidelines, content to be close to her doting foster momma who loves her so very much already.


The great news is there IS going to be a happy ending for Ms. Chloe.

Our  vets are confident that Chloe will regain full and complete use of both of her hips and be completely pain free for the rest of her life with double Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy surgery or "FHO." 

But DRC needs your help to make this possible.

Please help DRC give Chloe her "happy ending" by making a donation to Chloe's Fund:

To the world you may be one person, but to a homeless doodle, you are the world.

We thank you and Chloe thanks you for your kindness, support, friendship and all that you do for DRC and doodles in need!

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How did the surgery go?  This is such a compelling story.  Best of luck to Chloe in her rehab.

Her surgery went very well, and she's doing great. 

That is wonderful news Karen.  I am looking forward to the day she can play happily with others.

What good news!

I would like to adopt Chloe and get the surgery for her.  Please contact

Lori, this post is from August. Chloe has had her surgery and has also been adopted.

The first step in being considered to adopt any of our dogs is to submit an adoption application. Once your application has been approved, you will be contacted if you are a good match for one of the dogs in our program. 


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