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  MEMBERS BUILD "DOGGIE WHEELCHAIR" FOR PET
 
By: Katie Armstrong, Texas FFA News Staff
December 14, 2016

 
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A local dog owner looked to Silsbee FFA members to help man’s best friend regain mobility. The students built a "doggie wheelchair" for Silsbee High School IT Technology Director, Tyke Cameron’s 14-year-old basset hound named Petrucci. 

“He lost control of his hind legs back in late July,” said Cameron. “He has regained feeling in his legs and toes, but is still not using his legs to walk yet.”

Determined to find a solution, Cameron stopped by the ag shop one afternoon to ask Silsbee ag science teacher, Rhett Moore, if he could design a canine wheelchair. Moore agreed and asked for student volunteers to help with the project. 

It was individuals from his Equine Science class that seized the opportunity - Megan Bryan, Camron Byrd, Savanah Coleman, Darian Collins, Chelsey Odom, Alyssa Rogers, and April Koch. 

“The wheel chair frame is made of half inch schedule 40 PVC pipe. It has two standard push lawn mower wheels and bolts,” said Moore. “It has a cloth sling for the dog’s lower body to rest on and a standard horse halter with chin and head adjustments to fit around the dog’s torso and shoulders.” 

Now, despite his condition, Petrucci is still able to enjoy his everyday life.

“I am very proud of the students involved in the project,” said Moore. “They wanted to help someone in the community and they jumped at the chance.”  
 
 
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