Tumbles, a 2-legged puppy, gets new wheels with help of 3-D printer

Posted at 9:12 AM, Nov 16, 2015

ATHENS, Ohio — A six-week-old puppy named Tumbles, born without front legs, can now get around easier thanks to a little cart with wheels made for him by the Ohio University Innovation Center. The center used a 3-D printer to create the cart.  A veterinarian said Tumbles needed to use the cart in order to strengthen his back legs, the innovation center posted on Facebook.

“He was around 2 weeks old when rescued from the rest of the litter that is being kept outside with their mom. We just didn’t feel he would survive the cold temperatures and not be pushed away from feeding by his litter mates. We wanted to save the whole family but could only get this little guy,” the center wrote.

Crystal Richmond, who took photos and video of Tumbles, told the Post in Athens, Ohio, it took the 3-D printer about 14 hours to produce the cart for Tumbles. Tumbles is not up for adoption at this time.

“He will be going for another fitting with a new, smaller wheelchair either this afternoon or tomorrow,” Crystal said Monday morning.