Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chloe chooses life

I mentioned that we almost lost Chloe last weekend because she was having such difficulty with the cold, wet weather but I did not go into how heartbroken I was on that Sunday morning. Chloe had shivered on and off most of the night and not eaten or drank any water.

I called my wonderful vet that morning certain that Chloe's body was finally ready to give up. After much discussion we decided to wait for a break in the weather and let Miss Chloe make the final choice by letting her out and seeing what her mental and physical state said. We could not tell if her body was giving out from renal failure or if she was simply cold.

During a warm temperature upswing that morning I opened her stall door and watched in dismay as she galloped out to the pasture without hesitation and then proceeded to graze with gusto for the entire day.

Chloe had made her choice and I was overwhelmed with emotion.


I video taped her beautiful gallop-so full of hope and desire to live-and watched it over and over. I thought I should share the video along with some footage from our week of hikes in warmer weather. Our amazing trainer, Robin Taylor Long, literally saved Chloe's life by coming to town for this past week and helping Chloe learn how to accept a blanket.


I hope you enjoy this video-I had so much fun making it. It makes me laugh every time I see it. My heart is so full of hope and joy compared with how I felt last week. I have no idea if Chloe will have one more day, week, or month but I am grateful for every moment with my silly girl!

10 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

You make me cry when I watch these videos. What a precious girl.

cdturner1 said...

So glad she's still with you to be spoiled rotten!!! She looks so cozy in her blanket.

weneego said...

chloe has a great spirit that will outlive us all! she inspires me!

Maery Rose said...

Chloe amazes me with her heart and will to live. Thanks for sharing these videos!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khyra wants to know if Chloe can come along on her next Walkin' Wednesday -

Great video - I'm sure when Chloe does decide it is time to get her wings, you'll watch this over and over -

And thank dog you chose to capture these moments -

As for the tree marking, I know KB is laughing!

Grey Horse Matters said...

She's absolutely wonderful and special.

Annette said...

What a wonderful sweet video you created. I watched it with a smile on my lips and a lump in my throat.

Sandra said...

She LOVES life. She's amazing.

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Your blog disappeared for a while; so glad to see you back. We're happy to see Chloe is doing so much better! Jed & Abby agree there is nothing like a good butt scritch. Is it possible Chloe's blanket makes her itchy? Or maybe it just feels good to leave her mark. It was 102 here today; definitely not blanket weather.

Jed & Abby

Once Upon an Equine said...

That is sooo sweet. I'm glad Chloe chose to stay.