A video captured two chihuahuas that didn’t have any front legs the very moment they got prosthetic ones and were able to run around for the first time. This video was posted on Nat Geo WILD’s Youtube channel and it features Thor and Turbo-Roo, the aforementioned two-legged chihuahuas.
According to the GoFundMe page made by the dogs’ owners, Ray and Ashley, Turbo-Roo was born without his legs and they decided to adopt him. Five years went by and Chihuahua Rescue Indiana found Thor being sold on Craigslist. He did have all his legs at the start, though his front ones were twisted and virtually unusable, and also gave him unnecessary pain.
Ray and Ashley decided to also adopt Thor and give him the life he deserves, although his twisted front legs were still a big problem and it was making him suffer. They made the hard call to have them amputated, and now they have two chihuahuas that didn’t have front legs.
Luckily, Derrick Campana from Bionic Pets, a company that creates prosthetics for pets, was able to help them out.
He had Thor and Turbo-Roo measured for their prosthetics and for wheel carts so that they will be able to experience walking and running on all fours to an extent.
After getting their sizing right, they were able to test run the wheels for the first time.
They first started by simply putting the dogs on the carts and letting them stand on their own to get a feel of it. When it seemed that they were comfortable, they went outside for a walk using the wheel carts.
Derrick explained that he wasn’t expecting anything from Thor and Turbo-Roo and how they would fare with the prosthetics, but he was surprised at how easily they adapted to them.
After getting outside, Thor immediately began doing circles and was hopping around.
Turbo-Roo was a bit more hesitant and didn’t know what to think of the wheels. He stood still at first, not wanting to move an inch while wearing the wheels. It took a bit of encouragement and coaxing but after that, Turbo-Roo finally got comfortable with his wheels and started walking.
Having these prosthetics can really improve the quality of life of disabled dogs. It gives them the potential to exercise and play around and also improves some conditions that are consistent with walking on only two legs. While some dogs refuse to wear prosthetics, these two certainly accepted them somewhat easily and will now be able to have the benefits of having prosthetics.
Watch Thor and Turbo-Roo try their prosthetics on for the first time in the video down below.
Source Nat Geo WILD via Youtube