Derby was born with disfigured front legs. But for those of you who think that would slow him down, you haven’t seem him in action!
Otherwise a healthy dog, his original owner didn’t want to care for him anymore so he ended up at the Peace and Paws Dog Rescue shelter which is located in Hillsborough, N.H. But then Derby met someone who loved him so much that she found a team willing to develop prosthetic legs for him!
That person was Tara Anderson, director at 3D Systems, a company that specializes in 3-D printing. When she heard about Derby’s condition, she knew she had to do her part to give him a second chance — and perhaps find a solution to his mobility limitations.
After taking Derby in as a foster, Anderson set him up with a wheeled cart to make it easier for him to get around. And while it certainly did help, Anderson suspected that her team of designers could do one better.
The skilled staff at 3D Systems soon set about crafting a custom set of prosthetic legs that would not only help Derby to move more naturally, but that would also let him live out his full potential as an energetic pet. Several design attempts later, they finally settled on an oval-tread shape, designed to fit Derby’s unique anatomy.
via The Dodo
Go Derby, go!
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