Donna and Trevor Armstrong of Wingham, New South Wales, purchased their three grandsons race car beds from a local furniture store. The grandkids loved the beds but ‘someone’ in the family felt left out.
“My son Zac, who doesn’t have any kids, said to us, ‘Aww, where’s my son’s car bed?” Donna said. Zac was referring to his 3-year-old Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix, Butch Cassidy.
That is when the loving grandparents decided to surprise the dog with a race car bed of his own this Christmas.
The bed was completely handcrafted and painted by grandpa, and is perfectly sized for Butch. It even has his name painted on the side. It has four small wheels with painted logos on the tires and has an area on top for plenty of comfortable pillows and blankets.
“He works six days a week, but every spare moment he had leading up to the holiday he’d been working on it,” Donna said. “He was devastated two days before Christmas because Zac took my dog downstairs and nearly busted the surprise when he was working on it in the workshop. But the look on Zac’s face the day he opened it showed he clearly hadn’t seen it.”
It took Trevor almost a month to complete the project in time for Christmas. Their granddog loved it just as much as his dad did.
“Butch was quite excited when he opened his bed and got straight in it,” Donna said. “He lies in it now at night while his dad watches TV, but when it’s sleep time he gets into the big bed with his dad.”
Butch is an only dog who gets plenty of time with his grandparents and their three dogs while his dad is at work. He loves spending time with his grandpa especially, so there’s no denying they have a special bond.
“My husband has a shop, so Butch goes to work with his pop every day,” Donna said. “He eagerly sits at the front window waiting for his dad to come by at 5 p.m. As soon as his dad picks up the keys, he will come and say bye-bye to nan and pop and gives us a cuddle.”
“He loves his toys and loves the box of toys at his nanny’s,” Donna added. “Luckily I have taught his Aunty Neecy, our schnauzer, to clean the toys up after he’s gone as he manages to get every single one out and leaves them all around the house. He is our grandson and is treated as such.”
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