Home Depot co-workers build ailing German Shepherd a wheelchair ramp

At first, the signs weren't noticeable, but 8-year-old Diamond's hip dysplasia set in fast about 8 or 9 months ago. Bryan Coleman struggles to describe caring for his 100-pound German Shepherd, who has hardly any function left in her hind legs.

"It's like having a disabled child," he said.

After scouring the Internet for solutions, a couple of weeks ago, Coleman found a $500 wheelchair, which immediately got Diamond moving again. He's still paying it off. Meanwhile, at the Home Depot in Richfield where Coleman works, his co-workers surprised him by putting a sign in the break room. Within days, they had raised the $130 needed for supplies to build a doggie wheelchair ramp in his south Minneapolis home.

Paul Kajer, a coworker, built the doggie wheelchair ramp within two hours. He says he's simply paying it forward after co-workers helped him while his son was going through a kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic.

"I was trying to explain it to [Coleman] how to frame it up and build it, and I could tell it was over his head, so said I have all the tools. I'll throw them in the truck and meet you on Sunday before work," Kajer said.

Coleman never expected any of it, and says the generosity of his co-workers has changed his family's life. He doesn't know how much time he'll have left with Diamond, but for now, she's a happy dog.

UPDATE - Coleman has received several offers to contribute to Diamond's wheelchair since this story aired, helping cover all costs.

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