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    Default The puppy born without front legs who's now using wheels to get around

    This tiny puppy may have been born without front legs but there's no way that is holding her back.
    Hope, the appropriately named two-legged Maltese puppy gets around by using a specially-designed device which features wheels from a model aeroplane.

    The energetic pup uses her hind legs to boost her body forward onto her chest and operate the wheeled prosthetic limbs.


    Hope: The two-legged Maltese puppy gets around by using her hind legs to boost her body forward onto her chest
    The beloved pooch was born with only two legs and has small wriggling nubs where her front legs should be.
    At first Hope moved around by hopping but experts said her her natural mode of moving eventually would damage her bones and spine.

    The wheeled device was created by orthotist David Turnbill free of charge with makeshift shoulder joints connected to model airplane wheels.



    The wheeled contraption which allows Hope to get around
    Each of the device's 'arms' can move up or down independently of the other, allowing Hope to pivot and turn.
    The spring-loaded prosthetic arms hook to a custom-fitted chest plate to allow Hope to lay down or sit up without removing the prosthetic.

    The wheels she uses as front legs took some getting used to and at first the tiny lap dog would tip over to one side.


    Hope was born without front legs and instead has two nubs
    However practice made perfect and now the persistent puppy has mastered the art of wheeling herself around, there is no stopping her.
    In fact she can bound across a room at a surprisingly break-neck pace.
    'She gets around fine,' said the puppy's rehabilitation specialist Cassy Englert.


    A cast was made of Hope's body in order to build the prosthetic device

    'She never knew anything other than hopping like she did. The hardest thing is teaching her a new way to get around that's going to actually be better for her,' he added.

    Hope was taken in by Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA when she was six weeks old.

    When the puppy grows bigger she will need to have another device made for her.

    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j9g82-5Qis[/YOUTUBE]

    Pictured: The puppy born without front legs who uses toy wheels to get around | Mail Online

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    Aww, she's such a pretty dog. Good to know she's being helped.

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    bless her sweet little heart! she's precious!

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    omg she's SO CUTE!!

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    awwwwwwwww!! what a cute lil thing

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    Such a great story! Looks like she hated having that cast made though.

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    This is my boyfriends dream dog. He wants to adopt a "special" needs dog. He thinks they are the best and have the best personalities!!!

    This little one is so cute!

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    ^I think there's a lot of truth to your boyfriend's belief. He must have a heart of gold.
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    Oh, what a sweet baby! I'm sure people will be falling all over themselves to adopt such a cute pup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkly View Post
    ^I think there's a lot of truth to your boyfriend's belief. He must have a heart of gold.
    He does...when it comes to animals Otherwise, he can be a bit of a devil

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    Shes sooooooo cute!
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    omg watching that video almost made me cry ... what a heart warming story

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    This doggie is BEYOND cute. What a precious determined little dog.

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    That is such an adorable dog! It's wonderful they could help it.

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    awwww!!! it's wonderful she can be helped!!

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