Engineering Students Tackle Dog Mobility

Class designs a custom cart for a dog born without front legs

Louie is trying out his new custom mobility cart, the result of a project undertaken by first-year engineering students under the guidance of Dr. Katie Kalscheur, the lecturer who teaches the course.

Louie, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever mix who belongs to Pat and Pete Sammataro of Madison, Wisconsin, was born without front legs. Originally, the breeder was planning to euthanize Louie, but after spending some time with another family, he eventually found his forever home with the Sammataros. Though the dog can get around with a crawling and scooting motion, Pat and Pete wanted him to be able to walk further, even going on walks like other dogs do.

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