Curing New Couch Woes

Anyone who’s had the honor of sharing their lives with a member of the pit bull tribe will agree; you can take away a pitty’s eyes, ears, legs, relatively non-essential organs and/or any other body part, and the dog can still live a  happy life.  But take away the couch and a pit bull has no reason to live.

Our Sarah is no different.  Long are the hours she spends snuggled up to the north arm of her Beloved.

Run A Muck Ranch recently euthanized it’s ancient couch and replaced it with a new one.   Sarah didn’t spend long grieving the loss of her old Love, and seemed quite excited to bond with a newer version.  But there was a problem:  The new couch had all its stuffing, making it higher than the old one.  Sarah couldn’t get on it by herself.

With her new Beloved so near and yet so far, all Sarah could do was stand there, staring at it, crying until Crabby or I picked her up and put her on her preferred north arm.  The knowledge that once she got off, she could not get back on unless assistance was close at hand made Sarah reluctant to part with her Beloved under any circumstances.  It didn’t help that those extra few inches in height were enough that Sarah lost control on the dismount and went crashing to the floor.

We considered dog stairs, but determined they would not be strong enough to handle Sarah’s weight and instability.  I looked at horse mounting blocks, but thought they were too  narrow and too easy for Sarah to fall off of.  We considered building a ramp but in the end decided it would have all the negatives of both dog stairs and mounting blocks, so that idea was discarded as well.

Crabby put on his thinking cap, and came up with this:

Low enough Sarah can't fall off of, high enough to give Sarah the boost she needs to get on and off the couch herself. Reinforced cross beams add strength and an attached carpet runner adds traction.
Long, low and wide enough Sarah can’t fall off of, high enough to give Sarah the boost she needs to get on and off the couch herself. Reinforced cross beams add strength and an attached carpet runner adds traction.

Crabby showed Sarah how to use it once and she became an immediate expert.

Excuse the pitiful expression. Sarah had just returned from her evening walk in temperatures exceeding 83 degrees. Oh, the horror!
Excuse the pitiful expression. Sarah had just returned from her evening walk in temperatures exceeding 83 degrees. Oh, the horror!
Actually, the carpet runner on the block appears to give Sarah better back end traction than the runners we put on the floor for her!
Actually, the carpet runner on the block appears to give Sarah better back-end traction than the runners we put on the floor for her!
One giant step for pitbull kind!
One giant step for pit bull kind!
Because of her physical issues, Sarah can't make a hard left turn. Instead, she straightens up going to the right....
Because of her physical issues, Sarah can’t make a hard left turn. Instead, she straightens up going to the right….
Then turns back south.
Then turns back north.
Ahh! Sweet Relief!
Ahh! Sweet Relief!
Nothing can ever come betwen Sarah and her Beloved ever again!
Nothing can ever come between Sarah and her Beloved ever again!

Extreme kudos goes out to Crabby for building not just ‘a’ Sarah Booster, but the PERFECT Sarah Booster!

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24 thoughts on “Curing New Couch Woes

  1. Nice to see other fur-pawrents end up having all the sofa space occupied by the fur-kids. More often than not, I’m on the floor and the dog is spread out. Dear lord help me if we get another pooch-I’ll never get to sit on it. 😉

    1. Truth be told, we actually bought 2 couches with the hopes that we, the people, could actually sit on one. I’ve already been relegated to the floor. Crabby is holding on tight to a small portion of the second couch. We give it a couple more weeks before he ends up on the floor as well.

    1. It’s more a booster block/platform. Sare Bear is way too wobbly for a ramp and way too pit bull to not have free and easy access to a couch.

  2. This brought back memories of me having to make a wooden bench to fit in front of the rear seats (and behind the front seats) in my RAV4. This was so that Ray didn’t fall off the rear seat and onto the floor whenever he turned around… or when I braked! 🙂

    1. Amazing what lengths we will do to make sure the fur kids are accommodated. When did the “Master” status get transferred to the dogs????

    1. She will NEVER give up her South Arm. Doesn’t matter how many of the others stack themselves on top of her, she won’t budge 🙂

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