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Old 07-08-2015, 01:48 PM   #11
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Yep. happened to our little Chihuahua. None of them now walk up the steps. we carry them down and up. Heck, now the little Chihuahua waits to be picked up. She learned quick those steps ain't nice.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:27 PM   #12
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Although we have carpeted steps, we use a telescoping ramp for our elderly, arthritic German Shepherd. During the trip, we use the ramp for her to get into the Tahoe, then once we get to the camp site we use it to help her get into the TT. We got one of the aluminum ones that telescopes to about 7 ft. and will hold 300+ pounds in case we need to be on the ramp with her. I also carpeted the ramp since the sandpaper-like coating on it would be too rough on her feet.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:52 PM   #13
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Thanks for the heads up, I can see that happening.
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:55 PM   #14
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Here is a link to what PetSmart has to offer. https://www.petsmart.com/search;pgid...earchTerm=ramp
We got a ramp for our 14 year old Golden Mix. He will only use it with a rug on it, but that's fine. It sure beats lifting all 80 pounds of him.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:01 PM   #15
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Chip - We got ours at PetSmart also. Then I went to Lowe's and bought 2 chair mats that were a rubber-backed tweed type of carpet that I cut to size and screwed onto the ramp so that it wouldn't slide around. Our GSD is about 100 pounds so I didn't want to try lifting her in and out of the SUV or camper.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:29 PM   #16
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Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:00 PM   #17
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Get a doggie ramp, itís light ( made of aluminum) and expands out. We used it for our two Border Collie.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:06 PM   #18
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Kluza2786 I totally agree. We have a white GSD that just turned 2, so he is still a puppy but weighs about 115 pounds. If he ever gets to the point that he has to be picked up, I would have to install a winch and drag him into the toy hauler. They sure are fun though.
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:54 PM   #19
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I use step covers and also have a suit case dog ramp that I put in place for them. It works the best I have a 14yr old shitzu and it needs all the help it can get. The ramp works great. another plus is it has a 250# payload so I can use it at time also.
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:04 PM   #20
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Before we bought the telescoping ramp we looked at the folding ones. The issue that I had with the folding ramps was that they seemed heavier and bulkier than the telescoping - also didn't have the capacity as I recall. We use a dog crate in the Tahoe TV and this one sits right on top of the crate and doesn't slide around.
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