The Things We Do for Love: "I Built Ramps in My House for My Senior Dog"

dog ramp to doggy door
Credit: Josh Simmons
Josh Simmons built this ramp so his dog, George, could easily use it.

Caroline Golon, the human behind the popular humor blog Romeo the Cat, shares the stories of pet owners who go the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love.

After his beloved Dachshund, George, recovered from spinal surgery, Josh Simmons of Chandler, Ariz., had to come up with some unique ways to keep his dog from reinjuring himself. With determination, a little creativity and some elbow grease, Simmons did just that — and found the key to keeping George safe, happy and thriving for years.

Surgery or Wheelchair?

When George was 4 years old, he slipped a disk in his spine and wasunable to use his rear legs. George’s vet offered Simmons a couple of options: having George undergo a $6,000 surgical procedure or fitting George for a dog wheelchair. Simmons opted for the pricey operation because of its high success rate and hoped George’s quality of life would return to what it was before the injury. Simmons made some sacrifices to pay for the surgery, including selling his all-terrain vehicle and some other belongings. “The dog came first, no question,” Simmons says. “I sold some stuff and got it done.”

Creative Preventive Measures

As Simmons hoped, the surgery was a success and George bounced back quickly. But Simmons knew he had to keep his little dog from jumping and hurting himself again. Because the Doxie was prone to jumping up on furniture, Simmons decided to build George some ramps. “I’m not a carpenter, but I figured out how to build some things for him. They’re not pretty, but they work.”


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