Houston boy Johnny Scardasis-Finn is living with severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy and spends most of his time lying on his back.
His mother, Katherine Scardasis-Finn, decided to get Johnny a rescue dog from Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue in an attempt to inject some happiness into his life.
But no one was prepared for the connection that Johnny and his new dog, Lexi, would almost-immediately have.
“Lexi came to us as a puppy, she was found outside,” said Lauri Neale, with Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue. “She was covered in fleas and really, really thin, she obviously had not been taken care of.”
It was through the rescue group they found each other.
“She put her head on his shoulder within five minutes of being in the house,” Scardasis-Finn said.
However, it was a quick Facebook post that got the most attention.
“All I wanted to do was update the foster mom to let her know how happy we were,” Scardasis-Finn said.
Now, it’s Johnny & Lexi’s story being shared across the country.
“To be a finalist in the Petco Holiday Wishes Campaign is just a dream for us,” Neale said.
The non-profit is being awarded $25,000 dollars to do more rescues in Houston.
“We’ll be able to help a lot more dogs,” Neale said.
Dogs like Lexi, who make little things like daily therapy sessions easier.
“It just makes me feel very good that he has a companion now,” Scardasis-Finn said.
Friends reminding family of one of life’s many lessons in licks of love.