Step This Way, Please
Pyrenees and all large dogs are susceptible to
hip dysphasia and other bone/joint disorders.
Previously, I pointed out that our 4x4 truck stands high off the
ground. Consequently, we didn't want to challenge Lilly
with having to jump up or down from this elevated platform.
To remedy this access problem, I made a step
that lodges between the metal step bar and the vehicle frame. My
ingenious "stair tread" was fashioned from a pine 1x12" board with
a lip at one end to hook under the frame and a 2x5 wedge that rests along
the metal step bar.
The pine board was covered with the indoor-outdoor
carpet; glued and stapled to offer secure footing for our
Lilly was a bit hesitant in mounting the step at first.
We encouraged her by dropping doggie treats on the tread and
above - on the platform. The first few times we
embarked on an outing, we could get her to climb up on the
tread with her front paws, but not complete the action of
entering the cab.
We learned to lift Lilly's rump and place
her hind legs on the step before she would follow through. After
a few experiences, she gained her confidence and used the step as
The "rim" that locks in place under
the truck cab's frame keeps the step from pulling away from
This 2x4 brace rests against
the chrome step bar and prevents the step from being pushed
in (under) the truck. Because of these two locking points, the
step is solidly anchored and permits no wiggle of the board.
The stair tread is made from a pine 1x12" board covered
with carpet, which is glued (exterior carpet glue), folded
over and stapled on the underside.
This picture offers a better view of the
underside of the step tread.
- The 2x4 that rests along
the chrome step bar
- The "rim" that locks under
the door frame
- Pine 1x12" board covered with carpet shows carpet folds.