ATHENS, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – Tumbles won’t be tumbling as much anymore, thanks to a set of wheels built with the help of a 3-D printer.
The six-week-old terrier-beagle mix puppy was born without front legs.
His human family couldn’t take care of him, so he was brought to Friends of the Shelter Dogs, a non-profit, no kill shelter in Athens.
“He’s a little sweetheart and doesn’t act as if he has any limitations,” Angela Marx, rescue coordinator at Friends of the Shelter Dogs, told CBS News.
The group posted pictures of the two-legged puppy on social media.
After sharing several photos of the two-legged dog on social media, a supporter designed a 3-D printed wheelchair for Tumbles to use.
The Ohio University Innovation Center took up the challenge and created the wheelchair. The company has promised to help Tumbles for the rest of his life.
“That means that they will work with us as he grows and needs an altered wheelchair and any other devices they believe will help him,” said Marx.
She added that Tumbles is still learning to use his new “legs.”
“It’s going to be a process,” Marx said, adding that so far he has been a “happy and willing patient.”
Tumbles is still being fostered and is not yet available for adoption.