Solvit Pet Ramp
Category: household, pets, pet accessories, ramp, auto
Problem: I had built a bed, the top of which was 41” high, for a number of reasons (one being I am 6’-4” tall), which was ultimately too high for my 60 lb. lab mix to jump up on. Of course, he was unhappy. So what to do? The pet ramp / sliding ramp came into the house and was set up with the bottom end propped against a spacer propped against the wall so it did not slide when the dog walked up on it. However, the ramp did not have a positive stop or catch to keep it from collapsing.
Action: I drilled a hole through one side of the ramp at its extended point, bent an stainless steel “S” hook to feed through the hole and then out, so no sharp point would be protruding into the ramp, and secured it with a string attached to the ramp. Further, the surface of the ramp has a gritty sandpaper-like feel and at that angle (it was even fully extended) it was a bit slippery for the dog, particularly descending. To provide some softness and added traction I placed on the gritty walking surface a roll of shop drawer liner that has a sticky feel so it adhered well to the gritty finish surface and provided extra traction as well as softness for the dog’s feet.
Result: The dog easily came up and down into bed.
Current Status: No longer in use – bought a lower bed and sold the ramp.
Since then: Replaced by a high step that we both use since it saves space. Although, as we both age, I will probably have a lower bed further!