Due to a birth defect, TurboRoo was born without any front legs. However, his compassionate breeder opted to drop the him off at a veterinary clinic knowing she could not take care of him instead of euthanizing the poor pup. At this clinic, a veterinary technician by the name of Ashley Looper took quite a liking to the spunky young Chihuahua and dedicated herself to making his life better.
Looper ended up adopting TurboRoo and after seeing him "hop around like a frog," she came to the conclusion that his quality of life would benefit from a wheelchair. Ashley set up a fundraising page for the pup that really took off. However, it wasn't the funds that ended up helping Roo out; it was the attention of a man named Mark Deadrick.
Mark is a mechanical engineer and president of his own 3D printing company called 3dyn. He happened upon Roo's fundraising page and together with Ashley they hatched an idea to help the pup get around. Deadrick promptly messaged Ashley on her personal Facebook page, asking if he could make the cart for TurboRoo.
“Within two days he basically, without measurements, without anything, he sent me a message and said ‘I have a cart for you, it will be in the mail, you should get it by Thursday,’ which was two days after we spoke," stated Looper.
This cart has helped TurboRoo get around immensely, however both Ashley and Mark knew that adjustments would need to be made as the pup grew. Since the original cart design, Deadrick has made two other versions to further accommodate the growing pup and increase his mobility.
Since the fundraising page for TurboRoo launched and he got his first cart, the puppy has gathered quite the following on social media. Via his accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, Turbo has attracted 20,000 followers that want to watch him grow to adulthood and see the evolution of his special 3D printed cart.