Jimmy, a three-legged cockapoo, has a new way to get around, thanks to a group of hooligans. Well, not hooligans necessarily -- rather, Jimmy has wheels thanks to three considerate, compassionate teenagers, who made it their mission to build the dog a unique new wheelchair out of the goodness of their hearts (and also maybe so they could pass their design class.)
Chloe Shevlin, Blake Roberts and Sean Noel, all seniors at Hilliard Davidson High School in Ohio, spent an entire year working on a wheelchair design for Jimmy, who belongs to a teacher at a nearby elementary school. Susan Montgomery, Jimmy's owner, became concerned about the cost of a canine wheelchair (upwards of $600) around the same time she received an email from Shevlin, who learned about Jimmy from her younger brother and volunteered to make the dog a wheelchair.
The group studied dog-wheelchair companies and sought advice from a veterinarian at MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets, asking about benefits and flaws in existing products. They connected with a bioengineer at the University of Louisville, who helped develop a wheelchair design for paraplegic dogs using items commonly found at a hardware store. They also appealed to Norwich students for help in purchasing parts. In two weeks, they raised about $650.