TurboRoo, a puppy born with a birth defect that stunted the growth of his two front two legs, has received a second chance at walking thanks to a brand new set of wheels for dogs created by the owner of a 3D printing company. Due to his birth defect, he has short protrusions where his front legs should be — and will remain that way for the rest of his life. At just four weeks old, TurboRoo's breeder dropped him off at a veterinarian's office in Indianapolis.

Ashely Looper, one of the technicians at the veterinary hospital, immediately fell head over heels for the sweet puppy and adopted TurboRoo permanently. The veterinary staff tried their best to assemble a proper set of wheels to help the pup walk. However, their makeshift creation just didn't do the trick.

Enter 3D Printing

Luckily, Mark Deadrick, the president of a company called 3dyn, caught wind of the little dog's troubles and decided to create TurboRoo a more sophisticated set of wheels. Deadrick, who lived over 2,000 miles away in San Diego, couldn't take proper measurements of the puppy. Instead, he used photos of the pooch in combination with his high-tech 3D modeling software to design a cart. He then printed out the device on a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer and added a pair of skateboard wheels.

Although TurboRoo is still getting used to the cart, he can get around much easier than before and is gaining confidence by the day. However, the little pooch will continue to need more custom-built carts as he grows. In anticipation of future expenses, Ashley has launched a fundraising campaign on YouCaring.com to help pay for his medical needs. So far, the campaign has been a huge success. They have already raised over $3,500 — far more than their initial goal of $600 — with any extra money going toward future vet expenses, such as vaccinations, x-rays, and medications.

The Future of Technology and Pets

Will wheels for dogs become a mainstream phenomenon anytime soon? Unfortunately, we probably won't see large-scale production of something like this for a while. However, it's a great example of how technological advances can help enhance pet care. From automatic water dispensers to GPS tracking devices, technology is already improving the lives of our pets. The world of pet technology is filled with unlimited potential and is certain to create wonders beyond our wildest dreams in the years to come.

That's why Purina set up a Tails and Rails Hackathon in NYC last year, an event that brought together some of the city's best programmers and innovators and challenged them to create apps for pets. Purina then judged the creations based on their concepts and uses of technology. Check out the winners here!

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