Benny, a six-year-old Labrador retriever, spent six months in a kill shelter before being rescued by Cheryl Del Sangro of Las Vegas.
Del Sangro already had three other dogs, but as soon as she “saw his eyes,” she knew Benny would one day be apart of her family. According to People, “it was instant love.”
Del Sangro taught Benny a myriad of tricks before looking into whether or not he would enjoy being on the ice. A retired professional skater herself, the Las Vegas resident began fostering a relationship between Benny and the rink.
She explained that after the Las Vegas Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup, her friend suggested that they make a video featuring Benny on the ice with a hockey stick.
After the video garnered tons of views, Del Sangro decided to take Benny’s skills to the next level. She said:
“After doing the video I thought, ‘Why can’t I [t]each Benny to skate?’ I taught skating in Cleveland, Ohio, for over 20 years. I taught our daughter Britany to skate when she was 17 months old. I made him a pair of skates that I thought would be good for a dog to wear and we went and tried it.”