Hope – The Maltese Rolling Dog

Posted on Jun 30 2008 - 7:31am by Russ

Dog With Wheels


I guess “Hope” is an appropriate name for this Maltese puppy that was born with no front legs… but I think “Sad” may be more accurate. At least Hope has a new set of (model airplane) wheels to help her get around thanks to Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue and David Turnbill.

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

More pictures and video after the break.

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Dog Airplane Landing Gear

Dog No Front Legs

2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Eli February 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm -

    aww my god this dog made me cry. =[ i would anything to have her. this dog encourage me to get one. i love you hope. =]

  2. Rupert February 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm -

    You know, you can always start with a regular dog…

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