Ike is 15-and-a-half years old, but he will always be Risa Feldman’s baby boy. Sadly, he was diagnosed with cancer and likely only has a few months left, but he will get to spend them traveling comfortably thanks to a couple of generous Home Depot employees.
The elderly mutt was rescued by Feldman 12 years ago, and has been adored by her ever since. His bone cancer diagnosis is just making their last days together even more precious, and she is spoiling him as much as possible.
Ike has always enjoyed long walks along Manhattan Beach, California, where Feldman will order a cup of coffee for herself and a side of bacon for her boy.
“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.”
But the cancer is in one of his hind legs, making it very painful for him to move about. Feldman uses a harness to help him walk, and he has a wheelchair to carry his back legs. But he gets tired easily, so she went to Home Depot to see about having a cart modified for him.
Employee Ernesto Moran said he’d think about it and give her a call. He and Coworker Justin Wadman designed a special wagon for Ike that would have a ramp to help him climb up on his own. And the best part? They did it for free.
“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 explained.
Feldman was overjoyed, and shared the kindness with local ABC station KABC.
“I just wanted people to know that there are still people out there who do good things, really.”
She knows this will bring so much comfort to Ike.
“It’s almost like a smile. His face – it lights up.”