Palos Heights resident Mark Johnson says his adopted dog was sent from heaven. While battling cancer, Riley, a rescued dog, became his companion.
The day after a surgery, Johnson met Riley and found her to be different from the dogs he had owned in the past. Johnson said Riley does not bark and provides a calming presence in his home.
“She’s the most fantastic dog on the planet,” Johnson said.
Riley, who Johnson describes as a 15-pound fur ball, was rescued by “I Wanna Go Home Rescue.” The dog was found being chased by a pit-bull and Johnson says he can still see signs of Riley’s past as a stray dog.
“I have no idea what her past was like, but I know her future is great,” he said.
Johnson is now in remission and continues to do everything with Riley. He said having a dog has helped him in so many ways.
“We are two peas in a pod,” he said.
NBC’s Clear the Shelters will take place on Aug. 19. “I Wanna Go Home Rescue” is one of the participating shelters.