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Young burn victim's dream of meeting Arizona therapy dog coming to life

Posted at 9:18 PM, Nov 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 09:32:18-05

After both overcoming similar obstacles, a young boy will get his wish to meet an Arizona therapy dog— he just doesn't know it yet.

Owen Mahan, 10, of Pittsboro, Indiana, suffered burns across 98 percent of his body when he was two years old. Complications from the burn led Owen to have both legs amputated this year. 

"I say God left him here for a reason and I think I see that reason every day," said his mother Susan Mahan. "He inspires people." 

Owen came across the story of Chi Chi, a therapy dog that now lives in Arizona. She was rescued from horrible conditions and had to have all four of her legs amputated.

"He goes, 'Mom, someone hurt Chi Chi like they did me,'" Mahan said. "He said, 'Look, Chi Chi is running and walking just like I can, so I guess I hope I can meet Chi Chi someday.'" 

Unbeknownst to him, Owen is coming to Arizona on Thursday. With help from the community, he is coming by way of a private jet and will have an opportunity to meet Chi Chi in person.

Owen and his mom will be in the Valley from Thursday until Sunday. Chi Chi will be alongside for most of their trip.