If you’re not a pet person, you might think it’s crazy to create a handmade stair lift for dogs.
When Sonya adopted her pugs George, 13, Bodhi, 10, and Boston terrier, Sam, 10, she noticed that due to their mobility issues they had trouble going up the stairs, especially Bodhi because of his torn knee ligament.
In order to help them get to the second floor on their own, Sonya made a “doggie-vator” with the help of her boyfriend, Zach, and his retired engineer parents.
The doggie-vator is a DIY wooden stair lift, which Sonya completed within three months during the quarantine. It uses a strong motor, so it can carry more than one dog at a time. With the
By pushing a button, the lift takes the dogs upstairs and back down. The wooden cart is rather safe for the dogs, as it moves slowly with its wiring neatly tucked underneath the stairs.
Sonya is an occupational therapist who frequently works with the elderly and she knows how helpful stair lifts have been to people with mobility issues. So she came up with the idea to create something relative for their dogs.
Sonya and Zach didn’t have to train the dogs to use the stair lift. The two older pugs love it. They sit in the cart and wait until the ride is over. Even their 4-year-old pup, Emery, seems to like riding the doggie-vator.