On model 2.0 we started with light weight aluminum square tubing. It was the perfect material, super light and super strong. Every hole, screw, axle, and bracket was made just for this wheelchair.
During this build our neighbor's dog became unable to breathe very well and was diagnosed with fluid in his lungs and told that he should not become too excited, or get much exercise. So, we had a cart with out a dog and I was very sad that we were unable to help, so we stopped working on the wheel chair.
About two months after that I did an educational talk at Prana and met a wonderful Boxer named Otis. Otis has trouble with the nerve function in both of his back legs, but other than that is completely healthy, happy, and very active. I decided to ask his parents if they would like to have our 2.0 dog wheel chair, and they happily said yes! So we started building again.
Our friend's shop was invaluable to the successful build of the wheel chair.
This is the final construction of the dog wheel chair. It is incredibly sturdy and strong, and fits Otis well. We did a few fittings to get it to be just right.
This is a video of Otis's first short walk using the wheel chair. Normally he walks very very slowly and his hind legs criss-cross as he walks and sometimes he falls over, or his legs end up in awkward positions underneath him. This wheel chair prevents his hind legs from moving out of a normal position and allows him to move without having to support the weight of his hind end. I can't wait to see how Otis progresses using the cart. His first time using it was wonderful.
We are so excited that Otis has this new wheel chair to help him stay an active happy dog!