Before moving to a new town, Ginger was a social butterfly. The little pitbull puppy had a group of friends to play with at the dog park and loved going out and meeting new dogs.
For Ginger, another dog was just another opportunity to make a best friend.
Chloe, on the other hand, was the opposite. The 11-year-old pitbull was rescued from a shelter and had never been socialized with other dogs. Chloe lived with her owner, Cherelle, and it was just the two of them. That is, until Ginger moved in next door.
In an interview with The Dodo, Ginger’s mom, Kassidi, explained that Ginger wasn’t doing very well after moving into their new neighborhood. She was used to being a socialite, but she didn’t have any friends in the new town.
But one day, Ginger spotted her neighbor: Chloe. Ginger was so excited to go meet a new dog, but Cherelle wasn’t sure how Chloe would do meeting a puppy.
The two dog moms decided to give it a go and get their dogs together anyway. However, when Chloe first met Ginger, she didn’t like her much. Chloe even tried to snap at the friendly pup!
Cherelle said that she didn’t expect Kassidi to want Chloe over again, but Kassidi said she understood that Chloe was older and would need to get used to Ginger. She wanted to try a meeting again, so they did!
Their second meeting went a lot better, and the two really hit it off! They had a blast chasing each other around the backyard.
“I don’t think [Ginger] started to perk up and be herself again until she met Chloe,” Kassidi said in an interview with The Dodo.
Ginger is Chloe’s first friend, and the two couldn’t be happier together.
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