Benny The Labrador Is The World’s First Ice Skating Dog
A rescue Labrador has become the world's first ice skating dog after learning to skate for a year with his owner.
Five-year-old Benny was rescued by skate coach Cheryl Del Sangro, 65 just a few months from euthanasia at a shelter.
Cheryl decided to take Benny on the ice for a whim but soon discovered he was a natural so decided to teach him how to skate.
The pair trained once every two weeks at the Las Vegas Ice Centre and Benny has even mastered turns, crossovers and bunny hops.
To create Benny's special pair of ice boots, Cheryl attached blades to doggy shoes for his front paws and he then uses his back paws as a grip.
Cheryl said: "From day one, I couldn't believe how anyone could not want this dog. He was absolutely perfect. We had this bond from the first day.
"He's the happiest dog, and he loves learning new tricks. Now, you can't keep him off the ice. He just keeps getting better and better.
"You can't help but smile when you see it. We've looked into it and we can't find any other dogs that can skate."
Cheryl has been skating since she was four and was a semi-professional before becoming a coach.
She decided to take Benny onto the ice with her and quickly realised he was a natural.
Cheryl said: "A friend of mine said we should make a video of Benny, getting some shots of him on the ice and I said, 'OK, let's do it.'
"He followed me around and was running after me on the ice. Maybe because it's so hot here in Nevada, he enjoyed being out there in the cold.
"He was rolling around on his back and everything. He enjoyed it so much.
"We took some dog boots and old blades and we glued them together.
"I had him on a leash first in the rink and I helped him along with his feet.
"He knows how to turn now, and do crossovers, and he can do little bunny hops with his front feet.
"He's getting more powerful and soon we're going to have to get the skates professionally put together."
Cheryl has said that people have offered her money for Benny but she refuses to sell him, she is planning to teach him a routine to music and wants to secure him a spot performing for Vegas Golden Knights' NHL team's as on-ice entertainment
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