A 22-year-old man built his girlfriend’s dog a wheelchair using PVC pipes.
James Stewart Paniagua learned from Briana Ibarra, his girlfriend, that her dog, a three-year-old Pomeranian named Benny lost use of his back legs.
“A couple of days ago Benny started acting very weird and skittish. The following morning he woke up dragging his hind legs. This scared everyone and my girlfriend’s mom ended up taking him to the animal hospital. They informed her that the surgery would cost beyond $8,000,” Paniagua explained to Victor Valley News.
When he looked into custom-built wheelchairs, they retailed for $1,000, so he looked for ways to build his own.
“I started off by Google searching ‘dog do-it-yourself wheelchair.’ I said, ‘you know, that looks simple enough and you only need a couple pieces to it so why not? Let’s try it out,'” he said.
In the end, he spent just $40 to create the wheelchair for Benny.
And look how happy Benny looks:
“I had a ton of trouble finding wheels and ended up just buying a $20 scooter from Wal-Mart and salvaging the wheels,” he said. “$5 on Velcro straps, less than $5 on nuts and bolts and close to $8 on PVC pipes, joints and PVC cement.”
Although some items were difficult to get, it seems as though Benny loves his new wheelchair, and Paniagua just earned major points with his girlfriend and her family.
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