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06 August 2009 @ 08:15 pm
Pet steps?  
Ashton and Oscar are both middle aged dogs. My bed is pretty high off the ground and they have to jump on and off the bed. I am concerned about their hips since they are 7 years old each, I don't want them to have to jump anymore when they are getting on or off the bed. Soooo. Does anyone have pet steps for their Bostons? Do they use them or do they just continue to jump? My boys are smart and willing to learn but they can be headstrong and jumping is a shortcut to get on the bed.
lonelypinkroselonelypinkrose on August 7th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
My Boston uses the stairs!! My boyfriend bought them for him for for his birthday :)
Amberchancepuppeh on August 8th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Awesome! I am thinking of making some.
For-Chan Cookie: Laaaaaaaaazy Nikuforchancookie on August 7th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Scutter is twelve years old and still jumps up and down on the bed, the couch, her favorite chair without trouble. They always try to sell doggy steps as being good for old dogs, but I really can't see the dogs using them. They'd wonder what they were and I'd probably trip on them ^_^;
Amberchancepuppeh on August 8th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
I am afraid I am going to trip on them more than the boys are going to use them, too.
For-Chan Cookieforchancookie on August 8th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, maybe test it out with some makeshift stairs first? A box or two by the bed. I'd still trip on that. I only have one part of the bed to get off. Scutter's so used to just doing her thing. She took a running start today and flew onto the bed. It made me giggle because she doesn't care that she's a senior dog, she's still got pep.
Amberchancepuppeh on August 9th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Haha. My boys are super active, too. They run around like pups and play like pups, kind of makes me feel silly about asking about steps. I think it's more of a precaution for later in their lives. Teach them and get them comfortable with it now while they are still young so that when they do get to that older age, it's natural for them.
librababie: Xmas dogslibrababie on August 7th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Aww, your comment reminded me my bostie mix is prob like 7 too... I don't like to think of him as middle aged. He acts and plays like he is a puppy though. We use an ottoman for our chi to get on and off the bed because she is like 11 now. She uses it to get on the bed, as she can't jump as high anymore, but she won't use it for the life of me to get OFF the bed. Geez..
Amberchancepuppeh on August 7th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
I really hate thinking of them as middle age, too. I just didn't know how to word it. I get offended when I'm told to feed them "senior" food. Haha.
winddancer55945: Mona and Jaxwinddancer55945 on August 7th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
My Bostons are 11 and 13. They use both of the steps that we have for them. It is especially nice for the girl who is blind and deaf.
Amberchancepuppeh on August 8th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Maybe I am planning this too young? My boys are only 7. I am thinking about it now so that when they do get up in age, they will know what they are for and use them. My boys act like puppies still but, in reality, they are 7.
NH: Pets: Cornholio Yodaxsaltyx on August 7th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
We had a small blanket box next to the bed that Cornholio used to use. It worked out well!
Amberchancepuppeh on August 8th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
I miss uncle Corny. So you think maybe using a single step would be better than getting a 2 or 3 step? Maybe a little less intimidating?
NH: Pets: Cornholio Yodaxsaltyx on August 8th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe it depends on the height of the bed? Ours was pretty low, so we didn't need a lot of steps, but I've seen some tall beds! Though, the box worked well because it was a pretty wide base for Corny to jump onto and stairs wouldn't have worked because he was falling down the house stairs if he tried to use them at the end of his life, so he probably would have fallen down the bed stairs, too. Poor guy. :)
Amberchancepuppeh on August 9th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
My bed is about 3 1/2 ft off the ground. I know it's not super high but I am thinking for when they are older little dudes. Maybe getting them comfortable with using stairs now, that they are only 7, will help them out when they are old men?
stealth_mom on August 7th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Pet Steps
Our Boston and Our pug use the steps! We have them for the couch and for each of our beds. They learned to use them quite fast and it saves on vet bills! We got them when our pug developed hip problems and wouldn't jump anymore...Problem solved and he was happy until he passed away in June of 2009...I would highly recommend them!
Amberchancepuppeh on August 8th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Re: Pet Steps
I'm sorry to hear about your Pug. Is your Boston an older dog?
stealth_mom on August 8th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Re: Pet Steps
She is 11 years old, but you wouldn't know it to look at her! She still thinks she is a puppy! Bandit, my pug, was only nine years old, but was taken from us by a large tumor in his chest cavity. He went from being fine to very ill in a matter of days. Our vet said it must have been growing for some time and finally got large enough to affect his lungs and heart! Vet told us that because it was inside the chest cavity nobody would have known about it until it was too late, as happened or if he had needed an x-ray for another reason. I miss him each and everyday and he was my love as is his "Sister"
Amberchancepuppeh on August 9th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Pet Steps
Wow. That is so sudden. Poor guy. Ashton stopped breathing in April of last year, his whole face and mouth turned purple and the closest 24hr vet was a hour a way. That was so scary, I thought I was going to watch my little man die. It was so sudden and he was only 6. I can't imagine how things would be if he would have gone.
Jessi: beware of dogmissbadexample on August 7th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
I have a really high rice bed, and my Lainie had trouble getting up and down because she has bad knees. She refused to use the pet steps and kept trying to jump, so I eventually brought a coffee table into my room and put it at the foot of my bed.

That worked great! She jumped from the floor to the coffee table, then from the table to the bed. It worked so well that when I found a padded chest about the same height at a furniture store, I bought it without a second thought. Now Lainie's all fancy with her own stepping-chest. :P

Of course, it is still jumping, but it's not as far...
Amberchancepuppeh on August 8th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
The single step idea seems to be a good one. My bed is about 3 1/2 ft off the ground.
figglesfiggles on August 7th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
I made my own steps and my dogs ALWAYS use them. One of them is a bit lacking in intelligence (but has a overabundace of charm) and the other is a smarty-pants independent woman (i.e. doesn't like to do anything I would like her to do), but both adjusted quickly.
Amberchancepuppeh on August 8th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Yeah. Ashton is the smartest little booger. He figures things out so quickly and he listens. Oscar is not so smart. He doesn't pick up things the first time but he does pick up if he sees Ashton doing it. He's my little follower. Maybe if I can teach Ashton to do it, Oscar will follow?