Meet my new baby, Chloe

January 18, 2011 · 28 comments


Can you believe it? Because I’m still recovering from the shock of actually getting my little baby. After three days with my new baby, I finally know what it’s like to love and worry like a mama.

Now, you must hear the story.

I went home for a relaxing weekend in North Carolina to my parents’ house. On Friday, we opened my birthday gifts, and my dad told me he needed me to go look at another house with him. Since my dad flips houses, he’s constantly searching for his next project, so this was a pretty good cover.

The next day, when we headed to this “house,” I was a little confused to see a nice neighborhood with newer houses. As we pulled into the driveway, I spotted some kennels in the back. It occurred to me what may be happening, but since my dad didn’t return my smile, I just assumed I was getting ahead of myself. My parents have laughed at my puppy wishes for so long, I couldn’t believe I’d actually get one.

Once we walked in the door of this nice house, a young couple and their gorgeous black lab greeted us at the door. I crouched down to pet her, telling her she looked just like my old doggy, Emma.

My dad said “Stacey, Alyssa doesn’t know why we’re here.”

I looked up. It was then that I noticed the big nursing nipples on the dog I was petting. And the little “yip yip yip”s coming from two little kennels in the room.

Would you believe me if I said I started tearing up and hopping up and down?

I was SO excited. I love surprises, I wanted a puppy SO bad, and I was on cloud nine.

I think I started getting dizzy when the three girl puppies I was able to choose from came pouring out of the kennel.

These breeders had a smart system. They kept track of their puppies by their collar color, and I had to choose between an adorable “red,” “black,” and “blue” pup.

Worst task ever, right? I had to go with my gut on this one. The red-collared puppy was the calmest, the most drawn to playing with me, and the least rambunctious. I just found my new 7 week old baby.

On the car ride home, I told my parents I really liked the name Chloe for a puppy. No reason- I would never name my puppy after a Kardashian (she’s Khloe, anyway..barf), and I don’t watch 24. I just like the name Chloe for a pretty little black lab. 🙂

We then decided her middle name should be some tribute to our wonderful black lab who passed a year ago, Emma. When we got home, my dad pulled out Emma’s lineage papers. What are the chances that her mother’s name would have been Chloe? There is no way my 6 year old self knew that at the time, so I think it’s pretty darn perfect that I chose such a name.

Chloe came at a time when my family really needed something happy in our home. With recent events, we’ve been dragging a little, and Chloe was the perfect addition to our lives.

Which brings me to her middle name – Ray. Because she’s my little ray of sunshine. 😉

Call me sappy. I care none.

The best recommendation from our breeder? Chloe has slept in my bed with me the past three nights to “bond” with me. Helllooo, heaven!

A couple typical fun facts about Chloe Ray: She loves shoelaces. She will not go potty in the rain. She has a bling-bling’in pink collar. She thinks any cords are the most interesting thing in the world. She likes snuggling with my shoes. She already sits for treats. She likes playing in her water bowl. She thinks walks are stupid. She finds mirrors mesmerizing. And she loves following her mama throughout the house.

I’m in love.


What song did I sing on the ride home?
you make me smiiile like a sun, falllll outta bed, siiing like a bird…

I forsee a life of bLyss with this little peanut.

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1 Kristen McGrath January 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

>Oh my GOSH! Al, that is the sweetest story I have ever heard! Congrats. Chloe is a little cutiepie! If you ever need to put Chloe in a crate, the breeders who gave my mom Sadie told her that a large stuffed animal is a good mommy impersonator. Sadie loved her "buddy", as my mom would call it, until she got older and chewed its butt and ears off haha. What a dream come true! I am so happy for you!!!


2 Alyssa January 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

>@Kristen McGraththanks, Kris! yes, chloe will get the crate overnight for the first time tonight. our vet told us the only thing safe for her to be left with is a nylabone! I wanted to give her a buddy, though. maybe after a week or two. 😉 miss you, love!


3 Bethany Kreitinger January 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

>This is, by far, your greatest post *ever*!!


4 Cat@BudgetBlonde January 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

>Oh my gosh!!!!!! She is AMAZINGGGG!!!! I know exactly how you feel. I am still such a mamma to my Julep, who will be two next month!!!That is sooooo sweet your parents surprised you. Dogs really are the best thing ever…. and they definitely fill a home with happiness!So excited for you and can't wait to see more pics!


5 thegrassskirt January 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

>OMG! I love her!!! Always trust your gut when it comes to decisions like that one. Congratulations!!!!


6 Alex January 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

>I knew it!! congratulations!!! My pug is my child. He sleeps with us. I miss my pug baby…I get to go home from work in less than 2 hours!!! CONGRATS AGAIN! SHE IS PRECIOUS!!!


7 Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) January 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

>AWWW, Chloe is just the CUTEST little thing ever!!! Such a sweet sweet face she has! You sound like one happy momma, how cool!I just found you blog, so cute! Love the layout, too!


8 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite January 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

>Oh my she is just the sweetest! You are making me crave a puppy right now. My family's dog name is Chloe and she is our baby. I obviously love the name 🙂


9 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm

>OH WOW SHE IS SOOO CUTE!!! Love the story too! She is adorable!! I remember my dog when he was that big…!And you are so pretty by the way!! 🙂


10 Jennifer January 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm

>awwwwwww i love her! so adorable!


11 Zandi Watts January 19, 2011 at 1:08 am

>Most adorable puppy ever!


12 LifeasKristina January 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

>YAY!!!! How exciting!!! Prepare to turn into one of those dog people (me) who acts like their dog is their child:) Enjoy the puppy fur and breath-it's a stage that goes by quick!!! They're so cuddly!!!! SO CUTE!


13 Mindy@FindingSilverLinings January 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

>Soooo cute! Congratulations!!!xoMindy


14 Cynthia January 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

>Your puppy is so adorable! I love the name Chloe Ray. 🙂


15 Erin Kidd January 20, 2011 at 1:36 am

>I'm so happy you finally got a puppy Aly


16 thisitalianfamily January 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

>Oh my gracious, she is just the most precious and adorable thing! So fuzzy and soft looking! Congratulations on your new addition. 🙂 By the way, came to your blog via Allison's (HappyTales) so I thought I'd stop in and say hey! 🙂


17 Meg January 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

>Congrats on the new family member, what an adorable story! Surpriiiise, haha 🙂


18 Tori @ January 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

>LOVE THE NEW PUPPY!!!! and you are a doll! gorgeous!! glad I found your blog!!!


19 Ma Ma Megan May 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

This is so CUTE! I am so jealous of you right now 😀


20 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons May 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

betch I totally teared up =) I used to have a chocolate lab named cocoa brown sugar (dad named her… weirdo! haha) and she looked just like your little chloe-ster as a pup! awwwwwww! My pup was one of the main reasons I went to go study nutrition in the first place! super long story and I wont bore ya with the detail but — ahhh congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so excited for you!

ps: you were in NC and didn’t come see me!! ahhhhh! for shame! 😉


21 Claire @ Live & Love to Eat May 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm

She is so adorable – clearly puppy love at first site!


22 Jessica May 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Omg I love her. SO adorable. Enjoy every little puppy-kissed second 🙂


23 simplyshaka May 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

OMG I teared up reading this, you know I’m a sucker for dog stories! RIP Emma, she was beautiful! I can’t get over how adorable Chloe is–like I want to freeze her and keep her that size forever!!


24 Sophia @ Raven Waves May 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Awwww, she’s adorable!!!


25 Jess May 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm

She’s so cute!!


26 Lisa @ I'm an Okie May 27, 2011 at 12:42 am

oh oh oh oh ohhhhh my goodness. im jealous. i never got to see eddie as a puppy because i adopted him, but man, chloe’s a doll. cant wait to see her grow.


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