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February 22, 2016 | No Comments » | Topics: Heartwarming

A 22-year-old man is becoming an internet hero after building his girlfriend’s dog a wheelchair using PVC pipes.

When James Stewart Paniagua learned his girlfriend’s dog, a three-year-old Pomeranian named Benny, lost use of his back legs he had an idea.

“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 decided to take the DIY route and use his ingenuity.

“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.

“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.”

Some items were tough to track down, but it was more than worth it to see Benny’s love for the new wheelchair give him a new lease on life. Mr. Paniagua has earned major points with his girlfriend and her family.

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