I heard back from the family this evening. They came by to see Chloe and brought the kids to see her. The kids wanted to take her home tonight! They all seem pretty taken with her, and the dad was touched by her story. He especially loves dogs who have had it rough, they usually turn out the most loyal and loving. She was pretty comfy with them, but I guarantee that it was because I was their petting her too. She has bonded with me pretty fast, and it makes me a little sad that she won't be in our family. But I really like the Mayberry's and I know she will be in good hands. I will be taking her over tomorrow to meet Jasper, their lab/chow mix and get used to their house and kids. That way it won't be in "her" territory. We will do that several times before she goes for good. They have company coming this weekend, so she'll go to them after the company leaves. That gives me another week with her, which I am happy about.
As much as I would love a dog for good right now, I know Mark just isn't ready for one yet. And I really want another baby some time, but I don't think he would allow me both too quickly, since a puppy would be better for us and to be training a puppy and have a young baby/toddler at the same time would be a bit much. This whole experience has taught me more about animals than I thought I would learn, and has broadened my horizons. Dogs really do talk to you with their expressive faces and eyes! Hers says, " I love you, come play with me!" And here I thought I was more of a cat person.... So someday, maybe in six more years, Mark will be tired of my badgering and relent, and I can go find another poor puppy to rescue. Here's hoping!