While she may not have her own reality television series or a place on Kanye’s arm, Chloe Kardoggian has cemented her status as a bonafide pet celebrity. The 13-year-old Chihuahua lives in an apartment just outside of New York City with her pet parent, Dorie Herman.
Looking around the Jersey-City apartment, it’s evident that Chloe is a huge inspiration to Herman, who works as a graphic designer. Photographs of Chloe are propped up on tables and the refrigerator is covered with magnets that feature pictures of the dog. Herman also likes to designate space in her apartment to artwork created by Chloe’s devoted followers. “Lots of fan art and gifts dot the apartment—because when I’m not looking at her, I want to look at pictures of her,” Herman says with a laugh.
One of Herman’s favorite pieces of Chloe-inspired artwork is a framed painting of the adorable, derpy Chihuahua dressed like an elf. “I firmly believe you should have your inspiration out in front of you all the time. I really like to see everything around me,” says Herman. “In my room, in the living room, I have pictures all over the place of things that inspire me, and Chloe is a huge part of that.”
Herman adopted Chloe when the pup was 9 years old, and started the dog’s popular Instagram account as a way to spread the message that senior dogs deserve a chance. The account quickly gained popularity, and Chloe now boasts over 140,000 followers.
Chloe’s Instagram is filled with pictures of the pup living the good life. There are images of Chloe relaxing in Beverly Hills and meeting celebrities like Lady Gaga and Lisa Vanderpump. Additionally, the account provides a place for Chloe to model a large wardrobe of designer clothes and dog costumes. The pup even has her own closet.
During PawCulture’s visit, Chloe was in the middle of a winter-inspired photo shoot that showcased cozy sweaters and high-fashion coats from Italy—including one shaped like a donut. “It’s really fluffy and I love how it frames her face,” says Herman.
Chloe and her dog brother Cupid have full run of the apartment. “Anywhere a human can go, a dog can go,” says Herman. “I think that’s how life should be.”
Herman even has a trick for helping tiny Chloe get up on the furniture. She uses a pillow like an elevator—once Chloe steps on, Herman gently lifts the pillow up so the aging pup can easily access the cushions. The pet parent, who values the closeness and time spent with both of her dogs, wouldn’t have it any other way. “This space is really meant for dogs,” says Herman. “They come in the bed with me, they go on the couch, they lay in my lap. My home is not a home without a dog in it.”
Deidre Grieves is a senior content strategist and digital producer. Wiener dogs are her life.