How a Golden Retriever Named Riley, Once Homeless in Puerto Rico, Found a New Home in Washington

By Jack Limpert

Our new dog Riley is our fifth golden retriever. The first four we adopted had no back stories–we got them as puppies. The last of the four was Cruiser—he died last fall.

We wanted another dog but this time we decided to get an older dog. We’re getting old, too.

Riley, dog number five,  was found homeless in Puerto Rico four months ago. He was brought to a shelter in Pennsylvania to make sure he was healthy enough to be adopted. After he spent three months at the shelter, we drove there, signed all the papers, and brought him home to our house in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.