Sweetest 2-legged rescue puppy receives 3-D printed wheels
Every dog has his day and today is definitely Tumbles'.
The two-legged rescue puppy has been given a new chance at moving, thanks to a pair of 3-D printed wheels from Ohio University's Innovation Center.
The adorable pup was born without legs in early Oct. and was taken in by Friends of Shelter Dogs (FOSD) in Athens, Ohio two weeks later.
Karen Pilcher, who works for the rescue facility and acts as Tumbles' foster mom told ABC News that she was afraid the dog would live much longer. The pup was the runt of the litter and only weighs one-and-a-half pounds right now.
However, after a volunteer from FOSD posted about the adorable puppy on Facebook, Pilcher said a friend of the organization and her husband reached out about wanting to help.
Pilcher said the couple "came up with the design and reached out to the Ohio University Innovation Center" about creating a 3-D printed set of wheels for the terrier mix. The design only took 14 hours to print, according to lab director of the Innovation Center, Joe Jollick.
Tumbles had his first fitting for the wheelchair last Tuesday.
Tumbles will need a bit of physical therapy before he is fully acclimated to his new set of wheels. Jollick said his caretakers need to be extremely patient with the pup and that finding the perfect solution for the tiny Tumbles isn't easy.
"It's a tiny, little puppy so it's going to take some work," said Jollick.
A second fitting for a differently designed chair featuring a smaller set of wheels is planned for Tumbles this week.
Pilcher admitted that she is looking forward to the day that Tumbles won't live up to his name. Jollick is also thrilled to show people the capabilities of 3-D printers.
The Innovation Center has vowed to continue providing the puppy with wheels for the rest of his adorable life.
Watch how this two-legged Boxer pup is defying the odds and melting hearts while he's at it:
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