Adopted Dog Enables Pet Mom to Navigate the World with Multiple Sclerosis

Sarah helped Chloe grow into a happy, well-behaved dog. Then Chloe was by Sarah’s side to guide and support her in turn.

Sarah + Chloe

When Sarah adopted Chloe, she was a large, rambunctious puppy who needed love and training to succeed. Now, Chloe helps guide and support Sarah as she navigates life with Multiple Sclerosis, with lots of love and caring.

"Chloe now allows me a freedom that I would never have without her."

I adopted Chloe from the Chautauqua County Humane Society as a very large puppy who whined, nipped, and ate everything in sight. At 10 weeks old, she had already been returned to the shelter for her behavior. That cold, January day in 2014, I changed her life. Years later, Chloe changed my life.

You see, I was a very active, young adult who trained dogs and lived on a farm. Chloe ran around and learned obedience so she could go with us on hikes and adventures. She continued to grow into a very large 100-pound dog since she is part Lab and part Newfoundland. She learned not to nip and eat everything and became wonderful with my kids.

Then, my body started to slow down. I would drop things, trip and fall, and have a hard time standing. I started teaching Chloe how to steady me and walk right next to my side. She could pull me up when I would (literally) fall. As my body got worse, I saw a doctor and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I knew Chloe and I were going to need to be a team.

Chloe now allows me a freedom that I would never have without her. Stairs make me want to cry; I will feel a wet nose beneath my hand and look into caring, big, brown eyes and we tackle them together, one step at a time. I am able to go on short walks with her there to be my guide. I am able to walk into a store and shop for my own items with Chloe to balance and support me. She is not just a service dog, but my hero. I am enabled, not disabled, because of her.

Each year, Petco Love Stories invites adopters to share how their pets have changed their lives to give the organizations that they’ve adopted from the chance to receive grant awards. This story by Sarah won Chautauqua County Humane Society in Jamestown, New York a 2021 Love Stories award.