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Louie the beagle gets a new leg

BELPRE – After six years of dragging his left back leg when he walked, Louie’s back hip started to break down.

When Louie started scooting around because of the pain, owners Bob and Jill DePue of Athens decided to schedule hip surgery for the beagle. They took one last shot at another option before pursuing surgery – why not try a prosthetic leg as their veterinarian suggested.

The Depues’ grandson Nicholas found Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics in Belpre through the Ohio University Innovation Center, which recently 3-D printed a cart for the puppy “Tumbles.”

After speaking with Nancy Miller of Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics over the telephone, the DePues decided to take the 30-minute drive to Belpre for a consultation with Mark Miller, who is a certified and licensed prosthetist and orthotist (usually for human patients).

After examining and casting Louie, Miller was able to make the beagle a new back leg.

Louie was born without the leg and had never had a prosthesis, so learning how to walk on all four legs was a learning experience for the beagle, according to a press release. After Louie tested the leg at home, Mark Miller made a few design changes.

Bob’s official therapy dog wears a vest that says “All Wounds Aren’t Visible.” This pertains to the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, common among combat veterans.

The Millers said they are proud to be able to help Louie continue his therapy with Bob, who served our country in Vietnam.

To see more pictures and videos of Louie and his new leg, check out MillerPO.com/inspiring-stories. For more information about Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics, visit millerpo.com