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!
Dog Ramp Version 2.0
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!