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Pet Stair Lift

Postby Bubbasmommy » Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:47 pm

Hello all!

Christine Hubal found our video on YouTube and contacted me to come visit your blog. We have a 10 year old English Bulldog Bubba, and as he is getting older he is losing mobility in his hips and hind legs and having difficulty going up and down the stairs to go out. My hubby built him a handicap lift to take him up/down the stairs. We all LOVE it, including BUBBA!!! What a HUGE SUCCESS! Please check out the 3 videos that we made for our Bubba's Boom Boom Bus, including a longer instructional video that walks you through the entire process. Our completed project was under $300!!! Please feel free to share and let us know if you have any questions.

The Making of Bubba's Boom Boom Bus

Bubba Boom Boom Bus

Bubba Boom Boom Bus #2
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Re: Pet Stair Lift

Postby critters » Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:02 am

:thankyou: This topic comes up pretty regularly (pun intended! :mrgreen: ), and new ideas are always welcome!!
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Re: Pet Stair Lift

Postby Ladyinmass » Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:56 pm

I know it has been a while since anyone replied to this topic - but I wanted to add to it. My 78 pound, 13 year old Golden could not do the stairs anymore but refused to stay downstairs at night. I even tried putting up a gate and she would knock it down, drag herself up the steps and fall - I couldn't let that happen. So I had a used Acorn Stairlift installed - in place of the seat I have a heavy piece of counter type material ( it was actually the cut out from a friend's kitchen counter where the double sink went!). The whole think cost me $1500, $1300 for the used stairlift with installation and warranty and $200 for the adaptations. It is worth every penny.
I wanted to post this because when I searched I couldn't find anything at all anywhere with ideas for a stairlift for a golden retriever and I know the ideas would have helped.
Hope it helps someone else.
I used decals for the wording and paw prints :D
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Re: Pet Stair Lift

Postby critters » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:56 am

:whale: So your baby doesn't need a box or something more containing to sit in during the ride?
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Re: Pet Stair Lift

Postby Ladyinmass » Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:39 am

No - I put her on it and hold onto her while I walk beside it.
In the beginning I tried to get her to sit or lay down on it, but she would fight me - she wants to stand on it. I think because she wants to be able to step off of it easily at the top of the stairs. Plus it is hard for her to go from laying down or sitting to standing up ( even though I would help her of course) but I think she is afraid of having to do that on the platform - so she insists on standing on it.
I can't take a picture of her on it while I am with her cuz I would have to let go - but if I have someone here one evening I will ask them to take one.
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Re: Pet Stair Lift

Postby CarolC » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:02 pm

That is excellent! I love the simplicity of it. Dogs are famous for standing in the beds of pickup trucks, it makes sense she would want to stand. I guess if you had a dog that could not stand as well, that dog might do better sitting, but if she can stand that's great. Does it work with a remote that you carry along with you as you accompany her up and down the steps? Does it operate quietly so dogs would not be scared? It certainly takes a minimum amount of space in your stairwell. I'm totally impressed and I'm sure other people will be looking at how they can make one like it. You've got a very lucky dog, that's First Class!!! You should get a picture or a video, just for your own scrapbook! But please post it here, it will help so many people. This is one of the commonest needs for disabled dogs...just getting up and down the stairs.

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Re: Pet Stair Lift

Postby Ladyinmass » Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:17 am

Sorry took so long to reply. No remote - just a toggle switch on the side ( pict attached to try and show it)
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- which I want to move to an end cuz i hit it with my hips.
The big change I'd like to make it to find a bracket that can go over the pole with a 90 degree hinge so it can flip up instead of being down when it isn't being used. Ideas are welcome if anyone has any or knows of a type of bracket I can use that can hold heavy weight.
I am not a small person and it is 21 inches wide so it is a pain when I run up and down to do laundry etc.
As for noise - it is very quiet - just beeps if you stop it when it is not at the charging spots to let you know and my golden hates that.
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Re: Pet Stair Lift

Postby critters » Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:31 am

Hmm. Do you have a guesstimate on how much the thing might weigh? You best bet may be to trawl DIY stores and the like looking for suggestions.
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Re: Pet Stair Lift

Postby pdgal » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:53 pm

Wow, these are absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing, now I will have something to base my project on.
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Re: Pet Stair Lift

Postby critters » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:46 am

:slant: pdgal!
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