Web Exclusive: Boy raises money to buy "wheels" for his dog

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(CNN/WLEX) - An eight year old boy raises money for his dog to get a wheelchair.  It's not ideal but the Lexington, Kentucky boy was determined to help his pet, who he thinks of as a brother.  

It's hard to watch your dog not being able to walk, especially if it's your own.  "He fell down the whole set of stairs and the next day his feet were sort of dragging and we realized [what] had happened to him," says Ryder.

9-year-old Cacious was diagnosed with degenerative mylopathy last fall.  "We knew the next step was to get him some wheels," says Lyssa McConathy, Ryder's mom. 

It was 8-year-old Ryder, who considers the dog another brother, who decided to raise money to buy the several hundred dollar wheelchair needed selling these key chains and magnets.
Ryder raised 315-dollars in a matter of days. More than enough to buy cash his first set of wheels.

"You put his feet right here," says Ryder.  While still getting used to the apparatus, he's just a few steps behind. 

"Hopefully this will give him a lot more freedom and mobility and he'll be with us a lot longer," says McConathy.  Mom, Lyssa McConathy, says the old pup isn't in any pain and just as playful as ever.  As she looks back at the video, she took the first time he was on all fours again, she says it's hard not to get emotional.  Moments that wouldn't have been possible without an 8-year-old determined to make a difference.

"It's just his nature.  He's always trying to think of ways to help." 

And now the boxer that used to run faster than anyone is rolling alongside them.  The McConathy family will donate the left over money they raise to the Humane Society.



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