For Ryder McConathy, his dog is a lot more than merely a family pet; he’s just like a brother. Thus when the 8-year-old’s dog developed a disability, the thoughtful kid was keen to do anything at all to help.
Ryder’s dog, Cacious, was diagnosed with degenerative mylopathy a year ago, which has caused him to lose function in his hind legs. To be able to walk again, the disabled dog required a costly wheelchair, so Ryder stepped up and began selling colorful magnets and key chains to raise sufficient money for the purchase.
He donated the extra funds to the Humane Society.
“It’s just his nature. He’s always trying to think of ways to help,” says Ryder’s mom, Lyssa.
Ryder might just be in grade school, but he is already taught a deep lesson in acceptance. It is something Stephanie Fox likewise wished to do when she adopted a pup with disabilities, according to the Bangor Daily News.
When the Maine woman came upon a border collie with deformed front legs, Fox instantly fell for the dog and made the decision to help give the pooch the best life possible.
“People think he should have been put down because they think he’s suffering,” she told the paper. “But he wakes up happy every day. If you had a child with a disability you’d try to enrich them, give them opportunities. So why not do the same with a dog?”