Most dogs like to run. It’s part of their playtime and their function when helping out their humans.
Huskies were bred for a couple of purposes, and one of them is to pull sleds. So you can just imagine how this sweet pup felt when he was born without the lower part of his front legs. His heart and brain are urging him to run, but he simply can’t.
This pup named, Derby, was abandoned by his humans. It was harsh, but in hindsight, it’s one of the best things that ever happened to him because it led him to Tara Anderson. This kind lady is a director for the engineering company, 3D Systems, based in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.
She kept on following Derby’s story on social media through Peace and Paws Dog Rescue’s account. Tara cried every time she saw Derby. Then she finally made up her mind to foster the pup. While the husky was under her care, she got him a wheelchair, just like most dogs who have the same disability.
It was working well, but it simply wasn’t the same as “running.” Also, it was in the way of Derby being able to play with other dogs. So, Tara decided to get help from her company. 3D Systems does three-dimensional prints, and they do a lot of work in prosthetics. Tara coordinated with an animal orthotist to design the prostheses.
Because of the coordination between the parties, they saved a lot of time and effort in building Derby’s new legs. Instead of having to print out the legs and re-doing them if the fit does not work, they scanned Derby’s front legs so they can make the right measurements and design every detail on the computer.
Because of the 3D-printed legs, Derby has finally experienced what running feels like, and it seems that this pup will not be stopping any time soon. The pooch has now found his forever home with Sherry and Dom Portanova, and they love the fact that despite Derby’s misfortunes, he can now experience what being a normal dog feels like.
Credits: 3D Systems