Chloe Elizabeth McBenton, a beloved Golden Retriever, left her earthly home, family, and friends on March 25, 2013, at an estimated age of ten years.
She was adopted by Melissa Benton and Jane McCord on a cold, cloudy day in early January 2008 from the Franklin County Humane Society. It was obvious she had led a challenging life up until then. From that moment forward, she was deeply loved and pampered until the end and was always grateful for her home, family, and friends.
Chloe became a certified therapy dog in 2009 and began visiting nursing homes on weekends. Upon immediate sight of her, one nursing home resident always yelled, “She’s spoiled!” She started making weekly visits to the Alzheimer’s residents of The Lantern at Morning Pointe shortly after it opened. The residents always loved spending time with her. For several, it was always their first meeting with Chloe and a few recognized her from week to week. She also gave pet therapy to several staff members at The Lantern.
Besides her parents, Chloe is survived by grandparents June and Joyce, and support family Wendell, Tracey, and Utley. In addition to special aunts Wolfie, Jill, Jane, and Nancy, she is survived by her son Wilson and dozens of other unknown sons and daughters.
Chloe was dearly loved by many good friends and neighbors. Her family wishes to especially thank her special friend, neighbor, and veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Kennedy. Chloe touched the lives of so many people through her work. She often brought back memories to Alzheimer’s people of their own recent and childhood pets. Even when she wasn’t able to help them remember, she always brought smiles. She loved offering pet therapy to everyone but considered it to be more of a gift to her rather than from her.
On March 21, 2013, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service awarded Chloe a Governor’s Citation for her steadfast and exceptional service in providing unconditional love and pet therapy to countless individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
Monetary donations or volunteer services would be appreciated in Chloe’s memory to the Franklin County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1364, Frankfort, KY 40601 or the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Alzheimer’s Chapter, 465 E. High St., Ste. 200, Lexington, KY 40507.