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Ike the dog may be aging, but he has a nice new ride thanks to a few Home Depot workers who volunteered to build him an unique wagon.
This a 15-and-a-half-year old pooch has been his owner Risa Feldman’s “baby boy” for 12 years since she rescued him. When he was diagnosed with bone cancer and given only two to six months to live, Feldman wanted the rest of his life to be enjoyable. Ike loves walks along Manahattan Beach, California, where Feldman sits outside and orders him a side of bacon, she said.
“He’s so happy to watch everybody,” Feldman told ABC News. “It’s his favorite thing to do. He’ll lay there in the sun.”
Ike has been diagnosed with cancer in one of his hind legs, which can make it painful for him get around, she said. When Ike walks, Feldman has been lifting his back legs off the ground in a harness. This has not been easy for her to do. Ike does have a wheelchair to hold his back legs while he strolls on his front paws, but that makes him tired.
So Feldman went to Home Depot to see if they could make Ike a cart to get around in. An employee, Ernesto Moran, told her he’d give her a call once he has a for sure answer.
Moran and his coworker, Justin Wadman, eventually came up with a plan. They began to make a custom wagon with a ramp that was just Ike’s size and they didn’t charge Feldman for the wagon.
“I offered to build this for her and let her know that it’s something that Home Depot offers — giving back to our customers,” Moran told ABC’s Los Angeles station, KABC.
Feldman says she told this story to KABC because, “I just wanted people to know that there are still people out there who do good things, really.”
The wagon still has some fixes to be done, but Feldman should be able to bring it home to Ike soon.
“It’s almost like a smile,” she told ABC News. “His face, it lights up.”