With the incredible advancements in technology, it seems there is no disability that an animal can’t overcome. We’ve seen Albie the goat get a set of wheels to cruise around in and Ashley the dog fitting with a wheelchair, and now, adding to our list of resilient animals is Turbo “Roo” the Chihuahua.
Little Turbo is just over a month old and is already determined to take the world by storm. Turbo’s two front legs never developed. After the puppies were weaned from breastfeeding, his little siblings began to “pick on him,” seeing him as the runt of the litter they prevented him from gaining access to the food dish.
The guardians of these puppies noticed the struggle and Turbo’s underdeveloped legs and decided to surrender the tiny Chihuahua to the Downtown Veterinarian in Indianapolis. Weighing in at 10 ounces, it was clear that Turbo would need special care.
In an interview with the Indy Channel news, Amy Birk, practice manager of Downtown Veterinarian explained she, “wouldn’t even consider euthanizing the dog,” because, ” A small dog can do well with a cart. So, unless he had another medical condition, there was no way we were putting him to sleep.”
It was decided that Turbo would spend his days at the vet clinic and would go home every night with Ashley Looper, one of the veterinary technicians.
Dogs can’t be fitted for wheel carts until their six months old, so the vet team set to work making a set of wheels for Turbo in the interim. Admittedly, the first try was not really the best option.
The next go-round, they made up a cart from a dismantled a Fisher Price helicopter on wheels, a ferret harness and the leftover pipes from a toy welding kit. Not too shabby!
Everyday Turbo gets physical therapy to help strength his back legs.
Check him out in action playing hide and seek with his cat sibling, Navin.
While his official name is Turbo, staff members also call him “Roo,” because of his striking resemblance to a baby joey. When he goes to explore the outdoors you could easily confuse him for a very lost baby Kangaroo.
Although the staff have lots of fun caring for Turbo, and he is quite helpful with daily check ups around the office, they know the best place for this little teacup Chihuahua is in a permanent home.
A few people have expressed interest in adopting Turbo, knowing full-well they will have to pay extra special attention to him and provide multiple wheel carts as he grows. (He’s already outgrown three versions while staying at the vet’s office!)
Luckily, Turbo is not expected to surpass a weight of three pounds as he is a very small breed of Chihuahua. The only challenge will be finding enough love and belly rubs to keep this little guy happy. He might face some adversity in his life, but he is surely determined never to let it get the best of him!