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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-01-2009, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Sheba's new ramp

Last weekend BF and I built a ramp for Sheba. She has been really struggling lately, the bad days are starting to outnumber the good.

What is this???


It looks scarey




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I love it! Thanks for all the work you put into that.
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That's great!

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Re: Sheba's new ramp

Nice ramp! Glad she's using it! Sorry to hear she's having such a hard time though.

When Basu was older and hurt his knee we bought him a ramp because he couldn't make it up the 3 steps onto the deck. We tried everything -- treats, toys, etc. but he absolutely wouldn't use it. Meanwhile Chama was running up and down the ramp in order to get her food rewards. Finally Basu dragged himself up the steps on his own just to show us he didn't need the ramp. We ended up returning the ramp because he made it clear that he didn't want it.

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Re: Sheba's new ramp

Oooohh - I love the ramp. I'm starting to make one for my guys with a couple of old 12x6x2's I have. I was going to lay plywood across then nail cross planks - I think your rubber mats are a MUCH better idea. I'll be off to Lowes tomorrow to investigate further. Do you mind if I ask how you attached them to the ramp?

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Re: Sheba's new ramp

Glad to see she's taking to the ramp rather quickly.

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What nice, long ramp! Sheba is very grateful, I'm sure.

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Re: Sheba's new ramp

Thanks. It was a labor of love.

Joanne, it was actually pretty easy to make. We got a piece of 1/2 inch sheathing plywood for $18 from HD and they cut it to the width needed. I painted it and the the 8' 2X4s with some leftover exterior paint so it has some weather protection, then BF screwed the plywood to the 2X4s. The only place I have found those 3x3 rubber pads is HD. They are the most expensive part of the ramp, $20 each. He just screwed the rubber pads to the plywood. They interlock each other so the bottom one didn't even need to be screwed in.

It took some doing to get her to go up and down the ramp, this little guy who really needs to have more fear helped alot with the down - there is no other way down.


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Great ramp!

Sorry to hear her bad days are outnumbering her good.

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Re: Sheba's new ramp

She's gone downhill rather quickly, I feel bad that I didn't have the ramp in place a couple of weeks ago. She just ran down it and her back legs got crossed on the way down. It was like she bunny hopped down. Her back legs have been crossing more frequently lately and then she falls.

She has an appt with the head vet of the hospital tomorrow night. She is a very stoic dog and while I don't think she is in pain, if my vet finds that she is then I'll most likely have her put down.

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