Doggy ramp for Riley

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Project by JoeinGa posted 09-21-2014 10:57 PM 2034 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Riley, our 7 year old Doxie. In the 2nd pic above you can see how much bigger she is that her 17 year old sister, Teddie, that we had to put to sleep last year due to very poor health. It got to the point that we couldn’t bear to see her suffer any more.

As Riley gets older she has gained a bit of weight, and now she can no longer jump up on our bed. (Yes, she DOES sleep with us at night). She has the same problems with her back and hips, common in Daschunds. So now that my shop is up and I have “most” of my tools out there, Momma said “Riley needs a ramp for the bed”

Pretty straight forward build. It’s your basic incline leading up to a small landing that is pretty close to the level of the bed. Built from 3/4” plywood and 1” X 12” pine. Ramp is 15” x 48” and the landing at the top is 15” x 15”, I put some carpet on it so her feet can get traction on it. It’s 27” tall.

Here’s the build progression.



Filled and sanded all the holes in the ply and also any screw heads that were sunken in.



I put a “lip” on the outboard side because the last one I built for our other (much older) Doxie was just a flat deck and she fell off it one night.

Used 3M spray adhesive for the carpet



The finished product. Soon as I put it next to the bed we called her in the room and once Bonnie showed her what it was for (ie: she pulled her up the ramp twice to “teach” her how to use it), and Riley ran up to the top, sat down and was like “Ok, Mom. I did it all by myself!”

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 11:00 PM

wow thats really cool i never would have thought of something like that

-- If nothing goes right go left.

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 12:04 AM

Good idea. What we are willing to do for our pets. After all they are part of the family too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 03:13 AM

Nice doggie ramp. Looks like it takes up a lot of space. Donʻt kick it in the middle of the night.

Now your next one should be a high-tech electric elevator. It would take up less space …. lol.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 10:11 AM

I remember the first time I saw one of these in a magazine and scoffed at the silly people that would pay money for such a thing. Then our dog got old and arthritic…I scoffed no more. You’re a good doggie daddy, Joe! The carpet and gaurd rail are nice touches. A fitting first project out of the new shop. Give Riley a scratch behind the ear for me. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 10:13 AM

good puppy parent..thanks for caring for riley.

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Carl W Richardson

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#6 posted 09-22-2014 10:39 AM

Nice job Joe!!! You built that thing solid enough that you can use it when you can no longer jump in bed…

Scratch Riley’s chin and hug Bonnie for us.. We miss you in the neighborhood..

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 09-22-2014 10:47 AM

Well done. That’s why our pets have the best lives.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 09-23-2014 02:30 AM

That is a job well done on many levels

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#9 posted 09-23-2014 04:58 PM

Nice job Joe. I just hope Barney doesn’t see that and want one too….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 09-24-2014 11:38 PM

Job well done gotta love the furry kids

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#11 posted 09-24-2014 11:41 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Riley loves it. And she no longer wakes us up to put her down in the middle of the night!

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#12 posted 04-23-2016 10:07 PM

Thats an interesting project, We had a one of the same color, Did not plan of having a dog in bed as when I grew up, dog where to be outside. I woke up one morning and yawned befor I opened my eyes, The dog stuck his nose in my mouth and licked the back of my throat. What awaay to wake up.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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