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Chloe Goodman: ‘My Dog’s Been With Me Through Everything, He’s My Best Friend’

Chloe Goodman first hit our TV screens in 2014 on an MTV reality show. Since then, she has launched her own business (Opiah Cosmetics) and used her voice to speak out about the issues that matter most to her, including calling for ongoing mental health support through counselling and therapy for new reality TV cast members to help them navigate life after appearing on popular TV shows.

Chloe invited us into her home to meet her sister, Lauryn and their two dogs, Harley and Heidi, as well as Coco and Chanel [owned by Chloe’s boyfriend, footballer Grant Hall] to talk about how dogs have changed their family’s lives.

Chloe and Harley / Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Hi Chloe, hi Lauryn. We’re meeting you with your four dogs, aren’t we? Please tell us who’s who.

Chloe: Hi! Yes, that’s right. Harley’s a Dachshund and he’s mine. Heidi is also a Dachshund and she’s owned by my sisters, Lauryn and Amelia. And Coco and Chanel are both French Bulldogs and they’re my boyfriend Grant’s two dogs.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Okay, fantastic. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today.

I know Harley hasn’t been very well. How’s he doing?

Chloe: He’s much better, thank you.

What happened?

Chloe: Well, he managed to get himself upstairs the other day and he’s not usually allowed up there so there’s a baby gate to stop him, but he got past it and he managed to undo the zip on Grant’s sports bag and inside were protein bars and dark chocolate because he’s so healthy that’s the only kind of chocolate he’ll eat.

Anyway, Harley managed to eat a whole bar of dark chocolate and a protein bar before I found him, so I rang the vets and he had to go in straight away. I was hysterical, I must have looked like a crazy person.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

He had his stomach pumped and then they gave him charcoal to bind the poisons and I have to say our vets were amazing, but I wouldn’t leave until I could see how much they’d got out of him. I needed some kind of reassurance that he’d be okay because he is my world. They then put him on an IV drip and I asked if I could see him because I just kept thinking that as far as he knew, one minute he was at home, the next he was being handed over as quickly as I could give him to them at the vets and now he's hooked up to an IV, so I said 'I need to calm him down'.

Truthfully, thinking about it now, I don’t know if it was for me or him, but once they had all of his monitors set up I was allowed to go through and cuddle him. And I was just a mess, honestly.

I asked them what the chances were he’d be okay and they said with chocolate poisoning the odds are one in 10 that it’s fatal. But Harley had consumed the most they’d ever seen a dog have and he hadn’t just had dark chocolate, because of the protein bar he’d also consumed xylitol, which can cause liver failure so they had to work out how much he’d taken of that to work out the toxicity.

Luckily, they got the xylitol levels from the protein bar people and he was in the clear for liver failure and he's fine now, but I’ve kept his medical notes and he had three times the amount of dark chocolate per kilogram of his weight in his bloodstream.

The vets told me that based on all of that, had I gone to work at my clinic and not known what he’d stolen, within five hours he’d have died but because we got his stomach pumped within an hour of him eating it, he’s still here.

I’m so pleased he’s on the mend. It must have been an emotional rollercoaster for you when he was so unwell.

Chloe: It was. Anyone who knows me knows that Harley’s my world. He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

Harley’s the oldest of the four dogs, isn’t he?

Chloe: He is. He’s four-years-old and I’ve had him since he was ten weeks.

Is he your first dog?

Chloe: Growing up I always wanted a dog but we were never allowed, although my nan and grandad had a Staffy. We were super close to him, we all adored him and I remember saying to myself ‘as soon as I move out, the first thing I’m doing is getting a dog’ and people kept trying to put me off because I’d just gone into the TV industry and I was busy but I knew I’d always put my dog first.

I thought it was probably a bit like having a child, you can’t necessarily prepare for everything, sometimes you just have to work it out, and you put them first.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

What led you to Harley?

I knew I wanted a shorthaired and handsome small breed that I could take to work with me if I needed to and then I remembered that when we were younger friends of ours had sausage dogs and I’d loved them.

It didn’t take me long to find Harley and as soon as I saw his little face, that was it. It was love at first sight and I knew he was the one.

He has such an expressive face, doesn’t he?

Chloe: Yes, he’s very human. We have the same expressions, which is bizarre.

He’s been with me through thick and thin, he’s my best friend. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that he’s my soul dog.

After Harley, we have Heidi, who’s three I think?

Chloe: That’s right. When I got Harley, I was living up north but visiting my family regularly and everyone just adored him, and within a year my sisters had Heidi.

Heidi and Harley are the best of friends.

L-R Chloe, Harley, Heidi, Lauryn / Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Lauryn, tell us all about Heidi.

Lauryn: It’s so funny, she’s just like me. She’s very bossy and very talkative. She’ll tell you when she wants her dinner or when she wants to go outside, and she likes to have everyone sitting down on the sofa at the same time.

If you’re standing up or sitting on the floor, she’ll grab your scarf, for example, and drag you to the sofa so you’re sitting down with her (laughs).

She rules the house.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

What’s the dynamic between Harley, Heidi, Coco and Chanel? Do they all get on?

Lauryn: Chanel and Heidi normally play together.

Chloe: And then Harley starts humping Heidi. It’s the only time he ever does it and it’s only when she gets aggressive.

Coco just sits at the back barking, watching it all. She gets involved every now and then, but then backs away.

Chanel and Heidi are definitely the more athletic, playful ones.

It sounds like it’s an interesting time when they all get together.

Chloe: It’s funny because you definitely see the pack mentality come in and who’s boss.

Lauryn: Heidi’s really clever. She understands everything you say. We even had to stop spelling out the word ‘t-r-e-a-t-s’ because she clocked onto what that meant and would go over to the cupboard and just sit there.

It’s crazy because she even notices the time in the evening and will look at us like ‘it’s eight o’clock guys, time for bed’.

Chloe: She likes going to bed early, doesn’t she?

Lauryn: She really does, and if she wants to go to bed early in her mind that means everyone else does too (laughs).

Does she go on her own to make a point if you don’t go with her?

Lauryn: Oh my god, how did you know?

My old Labrador, coincidentally also called Chloe, used to do the same thing too.

Chloe: Ahh, great name.

Lauryn: That’s so mad. When we came back off holiday recently Heidi wouldn’t talk to us, would she, Chloe?

She was punishing us for leaving her and if we have to go out for a couple of hours in the day, whoever she’s most angry with, she’ll have gone and done a poo outside of their bedroom door. We call it her 'protest poo'.

And finally, we have two-year-old Coco and Chanel, owned by your boyfriend, Grant, Chloe. How did Harley and Heidi adapt to two new dogs coming into their family?

Chloe: Well, it was a bit of a bizarre situation really because I’d had Harley on my own up north and my family were down south with Heidi, so when I made the decision to move back down south I moved back in with my mum temporarily until I’d sorted myself out so temporarily Harley and Heidi lived together too, which was fine because they were used to being around each other.

But shortly afterwards I met Grant and Harley was not happy at all. He was always used to being an own dog, getting all the attention and I remember when Grant came round once for dinner at my mums, well, that was it for Harley, he left the room and went upstairs and refused to come down from his bedroom because Coco and Chanel were in the house.

(Laughs) Oh dear.

Chloe: Coco and Chanel are sisters and they’re both quite easy going but Harley’s been an only dog so he was used to being on his own.

So, yeah, he really, really wasn’t happy. He was furious about the idea that they could be around him all the time. It took around six months for things to settle and for Harley to grow to like them. Now a year on, he properly loves them.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Lauryn: Heidi’s definitely more sociable than Harley, she gets on with any dog but he takes a while to warm up.

Chloe: Coming back to pack mentality, sometimes it just takes time for them to establish who sits where doesn’t it.

I think Coco and Chanel have picked up some of his habits over time too because they’re now their own pack and the girls definitely follow Harley.

Harley, Coco and Chanel with their new Furbo dog camera / Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

It was really fun to shoot with you together because you’re a close family, aren’t you?

Chloe: Yes, we’re very close as a family.

Lauryn: It’s funny because Heidi lets Harley do things at his own pace and they get on really well together, but until recently when we went on holiday together and Grant looked after all four of the dogs, they'd never slept in the same bed.

Chloe: Usually, if someone else is in his bed, Harley will just go and lie somewhere else. So this was the first time he’d allowed Heidi into his bed.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Amelia’s your younger sister isn’t she. What’s the age difference between you and Chloe, Lauryn?

Lauryn: There are two and a half years between me and Chloe.

Growing up, were you always close?

Chloe: We were close but Lauryn hated me hanging out with her and her friends which is hilarious now because now it’s the complete opposite. All of my friends are now her friends and she’ll say to me ‘I’m going out for lunch with so and so, do you want to come?’ and I’ll be like, ‘oh, do I want to come and have lunch with my friend and you? That would be lovely, thank you for the invite’.

(Laughs) So it’s turned around quite a lot but growing up, we were a very close family.

Lauryn: We used to argue as teenagers and our dad and mum used to say ‘you guys will be the best of friends’ and we always used to look at each other not believing it, but as we’ve got older, I’d say we’re probably the only friends we really trust.

Chloe: We’re probably the closest we’ve all ever been.

Lauryn: I couldn’t think of anything better than having two sisters I’m so close to that I can trust with absolutely anything and everything.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Do you work together a lot?

Lauryn: We’re all in the media together so we do a lot of brand endorsement together. Amelia’s actually studying chemistry and biomedicines at university so she’s always quite busy which is why she couldn’t make it to your shoot with us.

Chloe: Amelia tries so hard to juggle everything.

I can imagine. Lauryn, with social media and the rise of the influencer market for PR and marketing, you must always be busy. It’s a massive industry, isn’t it?

Lauryn: Yes, it’s huge.

And Chloe, I know your clinic in Brighton, Opiah Cosmetics, is your main focus now. You’re launching a new product line that’s not tested on animals soon aren’t you?

Chloe: That’s right, we’re launching a new skincare range. Before I had my own clinic, I’d always go into clinics and they’d always sell other people’s brands, Elemis, for example, and I’d think ‘if they know so much about what they do, why don’t they do their own?’ so it was always something that I wanted to do.

And when I opened my clinic, I used everything I’d learnt.

For example, chemical peel treatments, I always thought it was crazy to use a chemical that would burn your top layer of skin off, I mean, it’s just crazy, so we do skin peels that are organic, vegan and made from citrus fruits.

So many people complain today about their skin and buy all of these different products, and yet if you look at the ingredients, some have the same ingredients used to make glue or other random products that you would never in a million years put on your face, and a lot of the time they’re tested on animals.

I always think if people knew that their products were tested on animals, they’d never use the products in the first place, so it was really important for me, down in Brighton especially, where everyone’s into their health, that everything was not tested on animals and being obsessed with my own, it was really important to me too.

Over the last few years, I’ve learnt a lot about what goes into products that are tested on animals. I think when you’re younger, you sometimes just don’t think about it, do you?

Can you buy your products online?

Chloe: We only launched the Opiah Botanicals Skin Minerals range two months ago so at the moment you can only buy them through the clinic, but this year we’re going to be launching them on our website.

Fantastic, I’ll look out for them. I’m always on the lookout to try new skincare products.

I did know that you loved cruelty free products, that was one of the reasons I wanted to have you send the Paw Naturel shampoos and perfumes because I thought you might like their not tested on animals ethos for Harley too.

Chloe: Fantastic, thank you.

Harley with his new goodies from Paw Naturel / Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Getting back to dogs...these are probably questions you won’t have been asked before - and probably won’t be again - so we can have some fun.

Chloe: (Laughs) Okay.

Chloe, if you were all to swap roles with Harley for a day, how do you think he’d cope being you and what would you love most about being him? And the same question to you for Heidi, Lauryn.

Lauryn: (Laughs) That’s a tough question because we’re so similar.

I think Heidi would love being able to eat when she wanted to.

Chloe: She is a foodie, isn’t she.

Harley and Heidi with their new treats from Pet Munchies / Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Lauryn: Yeah, when we were away and Grant was looking after her, he fed her kibble but normally at home we’ll give her fish or boil some chicken, and she must have really missed that because since we’ve been back and she’s back home, she’s been barking at us to give her chicken or fish.

We tried to put her back on just the kibble but she’s not having it (laughs).

Chloe, how would you answer it?

Chloe: You’re not stealing my answer.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

(Laughs) Okay, Chloe your turn. If you were Harley for a day, what would you love most about being him and in reverse, what do you think he’d most enjoy about being you?

Chloe: Harley would like the fact he could go out and do whatever he wanted. He’s quite independent, I always watch him in the garden and think ‘what on earth are you thinking?’ because he’ll dash around, almost like he’s in his own little adventure film, so if I was able to be him, honestly, I think it would be amazing. I think it would be so interesting to see what goes on inside his head. I think Harley’s very carefree.

And if he were me for a day, I think he would probably understand how much he means to me and how much he’s loved. That would be a really good thing to come out of it. Plus, I think he’d stop getting himself into trouble and poisoning himself which would stop me having a heart attack because I’ve had to take him to the vets.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

And what about Coco and Chanel? How do you think they’d cope being Grant for a day?

Lauryn: They would love playing with Grant’s football.

Chloe: Chanel loves playing football. Grant goes to training at QPR every morning, if she could go as him, she would love it - and she would possibly be a better footballer than him (laughs).

Lauryn: Or a boxer. She’s really, really good with her paws. Whereas Coco, she’s definitely a foodie, isn’t she. She’d love being able to eat whatever she wanted.

Chloe: And if Grant were either Coco or Chanel, I don’t think he’d enjoy it to be honest because he’s a control freak. He’d hate being told off. Grant’s a very strict dog parent. He’d say I’m far too lenient.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

We ask all of our celebrities this question, it’s all in the name of fun. Based on personalities alone, which breeds of dog come to mind when you think of these dog-loving celebrities.

Chris Smalling (Man Utd footballer) -

Chloe: I’m going to say a Beagle.

Liz McClarnon (Singer/Songwriter from Atomic Kitten) -

Chloe: Oh, we love Liz. She’d be a small dog, definitely.
Lauryn: Liz is really kind and caring, isn’t she. I’m going to say a Pomeranian.

Grant Hall (QPR footballer/Chloe’s boyfriend) -

Lauryn: I think he’d be a Cane Corso. You wouldn’t want to mess with him (laughs).
Chloe: You don’t think he’d be a Great Dane?
Lauryn: No, I really think Cane Corso.

Nadia Essex (Dating expert/TV personality) -

Lauryn: I think she looks like her own dog, Valentino. He’s a Pommiepoo, a Pomeranian cross Poodle.

And what about you, what breed of dog would you each be and why?

Lauryn: We’d all be sausage dogs (laughs).

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Moving onto our quick-fire questions, are you ready?

Tell us what your dogs last did to make you really laugh out loud.

Chloe: Well, Grant and I were play fighting the other day and Harley loves to play fight too, and he likes to nip, so it was two against one in the end (laughs).

He’s always in your corner then. He’s got your back.

Chloe: Massively. He’s a mummy’s boy.

He also sits like a meerkat with his little paws in the air to get treats. That’s always funny.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Lauryn: I was with my friend Lauren at the weekend and my mum came into the room with her scarf wrapped around her neck. Heidi decided that she didn’t want mum to go to work so she jumped up, grabbed the end of her scarf and pulled her down, but because the scarf was still tied around my mum’s neck, she was choking her while dragging her around, pulling on the scarf. It was ridiculous but so funny.

(Laughs) She really doesn’t mind letting you know what she wants or doesn’t, does she?

Lauryn: No, she really doesn’t and she doesn’t let you forget either. She’ll even sit at the dinner table with you. She won’t steal food, she just sits in her chair.

I’ve known dogs steal food and run around the garden, trying to eat it before you can catch them, so I admire her restraint.

Lauryn: It’s funny you say that. The other day Amelia left her burger to go and get some ketchup, so she left the lounge and went into the kitchen to get the ketchup and when she got back Heidi was sitting there, licking her lips and the burger was gone. Not even one crumb was left. Amelia couldn’t believe that she’d managed to wolf the whole burger down within a second. She was seething (laughs).

What do you think is the most important life lesson we can learn from dogs?

Chloe: I think people don’t always appreciate how good dogs really are, how content and happy they make you. For them, love is unconditional and you can’t buy that so it’s something to be treasured because they do so much for us. I think some people take that for granted.

I mean, there was that video of someone trying to abandon their dog around Christmas wasn’t there and that kind of thing breaks my heart because that person didn’t even deserve that dog’s love.

Harley, Coco and Chanel / Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

That’s true. As well as K9 Magazine, we also run dogsblog.com, the dog adoption website. Sometimes the only way to cope with seeing videos like that is to think that at least that dog can now find a home to cherish him, and I believe that dog from the video has been rehomed too.

Chloe: Oh wow, amazing.

Yes, I think we need to remember just how much our dogs do for us. I mean, I rely on Harley, emotionally, so much because he brings me so much joy and companionship. I just can’t imagine my life without him.

Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

Finish the following sentence, my dog is…

Chloe: Harley is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Lauryn: Heidi saved my mum. She just had a divorce and Heidi gave her a new lease of life when she became part of the family and I’m so grateful for her.

Lauryn and Heidi / Photography by Vivienne Edge Photography for K9Magazine

This is always a tough question so you might need some time to think about it, but if you could ask your dogs one question and one question only, what would you ask them and what do you think they’d say?

Lauryn: If I could ask Heidi one thing, I’d ask her why she’s so stubborn and I think she’d say ‘well, why are you so stubborn?’.

Chloe: If I could ask Harley one question it would be ‘why don’t you listen to your mummy’ because sometimes he’ll just carry on doing what he thinks is right and I’m not too sure what he’d say. He’d probably say ‘I didn’t realise mummy, I’m sorry’.

Many thanks for your time, Chloe and Lauryn!

K9 Magazine’s Thanks Go To…

Furbo – For Their Dog Camera

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Chloe Goodman: ‘My Dog’s Been With Me Through Everything, He’s My Best Friend’
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