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Woman adopts an elderly dog then realizes it's the 'best friend' she got as a child before having to give her away

  • Earlier this week, Nicole Grimes, 21, of Pennsylvania answered a Facebook post to rehome an elderly dog that reminded her of her childhood pet
  • To her surprise, she quickly realized this Pomerian-Poodle mix was her old dog
  • The woman had to give up her pup eight years ago, due to family constraints
  • They gave the dog to an animal shelter believing she was gone forever 
  • Nicole thinks the reunion is a sign from her late Nana, who got her the dog at age 10

Earlier this week, Nicole Grimes of West Brownsville, Pennsylvania, got the surprise of a lifetime when she decided to answer a Facebook posting about rehoming an elderly Pomeranian-Poodle mix named Chloe.

Nicole, who is 21 years old today, had her own puppy named Chloe that looked exactly like the one pictured in the post, nearly 12 years ago.

It turns out the pup pictures looked exactly the same, because they're of exactly the same dog.

'It's an exact match,' Nicole told KDKA-TV. 'This is my dog from when I was a little girl. It's just the craziest thing.' 

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Nicole Grimes, 21, of Pennsylvania answered a Facebook post earlier this week to rehome an elderly dog that reminded her of her childhood pet, only to find it was exactly the same pooch named Chloe

Nicole Grimes, 21, of Pennsylvania answered a Facebook post earlier this week to rehome an elderly dog that reminded her of her childhood pet, only to find it was exactly the same pooch named Chloe

'A few days ago, one of my Facebook friends made a posting that she needed to rehome an elderly dog,' Nicole said.

She said she looked at the picture and thought the dog looked familiar, and then she saw that the pooch was named Chloe. 

When she went to see about bringing the dog home, she said they clicked, right away, as the dog came right up to her, excitedly licking her face.

Nicole's dad, Mark Bush, agreed that the similarities were too great to be a mere coincidence. 

Nicole said they clicked, right away, as the dog came right up to her, excitedly licking her face. Pictured the dog with Nicole as a child. 

Nicole said they clicked, right away, as the dog came right up to her, excitedly licking her face. Pictured the dog with Nicole as a child. 

'[We] took her out to go to the bathroom, and she started walking around in circles,' Mark said. 'The original Chloe, we call her 'the OC,' used to do that.'

That was back when Nicole was barely a teenager, at 10 years old.

'When I was a little girl, I wanted a little puppy, and I would talk to my Nana about it,' she said.  

Back then, Nana took what Nicole said to heart, and get her a pup to call her own.

Nicole got Chloe as a gift from her Nana when she was 10, and had her for four years, until she was 14, and family circumstances required they find the dog a new home

Nicole got Chloe as a gift from her Nana when she was 10, and had her for four years, until she was 14, and family circumstances required they find the dog a new home

'My mom picked me up from school and my Nana was there, and sitting on her lap was this beautiful little puppy with a pink bow in her hair,' she said.

That little pup was Chloe, and Nicole and Chloe would be the best of friends, for four sweet years. 

But then, circumstances for her family changed and made it impossible to keep her childhood pet.

'My dad had gotten a job, and it was work from home,' Nicole said. 'Chloe, when she was young, she was very loud.'

The barking proved not to work well with a job that required her dad to be on the phone in the same house, so the family made the tough decision to take Chloe to the Washington County Humane Society.

For anyone doubting the authenticity of 'the OC,' the pup was micro-chipped and a scan revealed that she is, in fact, the same dog Nicole got from her Nana, over a decade ago

For anyone doubting the authenticity of 'the OC,' the pup was micro-chipped and a scan revealed that she is, in fact, the same dog Nicole got from her Nana, over a decade ago

Chloe found her way into another loving home, but that wouldn't be her last stop.

Eight years, two homes for Chloe, and a husband and 4-month-old daughter later for Nicole, both woman's best friend and dog-mom got the surprise of a lifetime.   

For anyone doubting the authenticity of 'the OC,' the pup was micro-chipped and a scan revealed that she is, in fact, the same dog Nicole got from her Nana, over a decade ago.  

'We think it's a sign from my Nana,' Nicole said, 'because my Nana passed three years ago.' 

It looks like this year, for Valentine's Day, Nicole gifted herself with her long-lost puppy love.

'We think it's a sign from my Nana,' Nicole said, 'because my Nana passed three years ago'

'We think it's a sign from my Nana,' Nicole said, 'because my Nana passed three years ago'

 

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