We redesigned the ramp support to be sturdier and to be lower than the door threshold, replaced the OSB with 3/4″ plywood, and added caps to the posts. I then painted the guard rails and plywood to match the house trim.
Our awesome dog ramp (inspired by the arrival of new foster dog on Saturday) wasn’t complete when you last saw it. The two major issues were: 1) No railings; we had to guide Watson up and down the ramp so he didn’t step off the sides, and 2) The ramp wasn’t secured to anything, so it was able to slide a bit when we hoomans walked out the back door. These issues have been resolved and EVERYONE is pleased with the finished product!
The ramp isn’t going to move with two 65 pound pier blocks, and our good friend Mr. Gravity, weighing it down. At some point the ramp will get painted and the OSB will get replaced with nicer, sturdier wood. I’m more than happy with how this project turned out. Watson hasn’t limped once since he started using the ramp!
This project is very dear to me, and I even cried when it was finished. This ramp is what I had imagined building for our boy Rusty who was starting to have some mobility issues. I brought up the idea to my husband when we went out for breakfast. When we got home I discovered the massive growth on his head (two weeks later we ended his suffering). Click HERE for Rusty’s story.
I hope this ramp will inspire others to evaluate their dog’s mobility. Do what you can to make your dog more comfortable and get around easier. Something as simple as a ramp can do wonders for an old dog’s quality of life!
Our new foster dog Watson had a request for us: last night after settling in, he asked us for a ramp! Watson is very weak in his hind quarters, causing him to be very wobbly. He doesn’t do well on stairs; the 3 steps out our back door were causing him problems when going outside to potty.
After some brainstorming, we decided to use the dog wash ramp out the back door because that was an instant fix. All daddy had to do was drill a couple holes through the metal ramp so it could be fastened to the wooden step. With careful guidance, Watson was using the ramp and was moving around easier.
Today we decided to build a temporary ramp made from pressure treated wood that is much wider than our metal ramp so Watson doesn’t have to walk such a precise line (can’t have our boy tumbling off the side). After gathering the appropriate supplies, daddy got to work outside building an even better ramp!
This morning we made arrangements to pick Watson up and bring him home. After spending some time with Watson, the vet and I discussed Watson’s medical issues and medications.
I was very eager to get Watson home so I could introduce him to his foster family. I told him all about the six kittehs, the doggie, and his foster daddy.
Watson is our fifth foster dog and this has been the easiest introduction yet! I am SO PROUD of our dog Marley; she handled the introduction like a pro. So far, Watson has only met 2 of the 6 cats (2 of the 3 house cats). The cats had no problem with the casual sniffing and Watson hasn’t been interested in them since. I suspect a couple of the barn cats will introduce themselves this evening when they attempt to sneak into the house (nightly ritual).
After introductions outdoors, exploring indoors (the main part of the house), and crate training (tossing treats into the open crate), it was time for Watson to take a nap. It feels really great to have him sleep by me as I sit in the recliner. I look forward to his time here with us and sharing the experience with you.
Looks like we’ll be getting our fifth foster dog tomorrow!
I can’t wait to help get this boy healed up and find him his forever home.
Photos and more info coming soon.
Today I got an Edna update. The day Edna was adopted, she broke her leg getting out of the car. The vet discovered that along with the broken leg, Edna had a spinal break and bone cancer. With tears running down my face, I wanted you to know that Edna was euthanized to end her suffering.
I promised her a happy ending…
I am happy to announce that Edna was adopted today. We met Edna’s new mom at a park in McMinnville, OR this afternoon. After introductions were made, we shared a lot of Edna’s important information and answered any questions. We followed Golden Bond’s rule of separating potential adopter from the foster dog for one hour (when the 2 parties live far apart, otherwise it’s 24 hours) before going through with the adoption. This time apart gives both parties a better chance to make more sound decisions, not one based solely on emotions because the cute dog is giving you “the look.”
When the hour was up, we made the adoption official. Papers signed, payment collected, harnesses and tags swapped, and I helped fit Edna’s new harness and Gentle Leader. At the end, Edna got into her new vehicle where we said our goodbyes. As sad as it is to let Edna go, we know she is going to a great home with someone who will treat her as a family member and give her the love and attention she desires.
Thank you Edna for being a sweet, quiet girl. Thank you Edna’s mom for giving Edna a home to call her own. I’m sure you will give Edna the best years of her life. Enjoy your time together.