HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A couple in Rosharon has made it their passion to help animals who aren't able to walk. It's a side business for them. They're not in it to make money. What they make are miracles.
Their business is Dogstogo.net
Several months ago Scruffy suffered a spinal injury which left his hind legs unusable. No one was really sure if he would walk again. Then his owners found Laurie and Larry Miller in Rosharon. The Millers made Scruffy a cart. After a couple of months of it and relearning to walk, Scruffy is back on four legs!
Larry is a pipe fitter by trade. His wife Laurie is a veterinary technician. What a perfect match for setting up a business to make mobile carts for animals. It all started 19 years ago, when the Miller's Dachshund Penny, became paralyzed.
Determined NOT to euthanize their dog, Laurie said they searched for a cart but couldn't find one that was affordable.
"So,” explained Laurie, “ Larry said, ‘Let me try to build one."
Larry remembers what he did next. "So I worked on a couple of different designs. Got an old Tonka truck, cut wheels off it, got some old PVC pipe put it together, put Penny in it and it worked great."
They've been rolling ever since...selling all over the world. The Millers have fitted small dogs, large dogs, cats and even bunnies.
Now they've got Nike, a rescue dog, using their cart.
Larry makes the carts in a back room of their home. Surrounded by PVC pipe, baby carriage wheels, a saw and glue he can put those carts together in no time!
Their company is called Dogs to Go and has sold more than 10,000 animal carts. But the couple says they're not in it for the money.
"The mission in my mind was to help everybody we could. Cost is not a factor. Because it was a factor for me and I don't want anyone else to feel like that," Laurie said.
The Millers say they do a lot of charity work, giving carts to those who can't afford them and recycling carts former owners don't need anymore.
When they do sell their carts, the price is about $70.