Most dog stories on the internet will have us believe that our relationship with them is only beneficial for us. Although we can’t really deny that we benefit a lot from their friendship and loyalty, we humans have also done a lot for dogs. For one, they no longer have to hunt for food because we provide for them.
We also used technology to make their lives better. From making sure they lead healthy lives, to providing prostheses to make them more mobile. If Tumbles the shelter puppy could talk, we’re pretty sure he will say “thank you” a lot of times because human technology allowed him to lead a normal life.
This cute doggo was rescued by the Friends of the Shelter Dogs, in Athens, Ohio, when he was only two weeks old. The pupper was born without any front legs so he had to crawl using his snout and his hind legs to get around. A veterinarian studied the pup’s case and figured that he will need a wheelchair.
Although Tumbles can somehow get around without one, the vet suggested that the muscles on his hind legs will not develop properly if continues to crawl on the floor. So a doggie wheelchair was recommended and fortunately, the Ohio University Innovation Center heard of the doggo’s plight.
Using a 3D printer, they created a wheelchair that could be adjusted as the dog grew bigger. The wheelchair took 14 hours to be printed but the wait was definitely worth it. The contraption can be used for a couple of years, and when Tumbles becomes too big for it, a new wheelchair will be printed.
It took some time for Tumbles to get used to having a wheelchair attached to the front part of his body but after some physical therapy sessions, the pooch got the hang of it. We hope that more universities that have 3D printers will follow this initiative, as it is a win-win for both parties.
Credits: Inside Edition