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Pampered Puppies: The dog owner is building a small stairlift to help her older pets climb stairs


An occupational therapist built a DIY stair lift to help her three older rescue dogs manage the stairs in old age.

The adorable older pugs George (13) and Bodhi (10) and the Boston Terrier Sam (10) were spoiled with an incredible stairlift so they could travel in style.

31-year-old Sonya Karimi from New Orleans, Louisiana decided to build the mini-lift when she adopted Bodhi two months ago, who had a torn knee ligament.

Video recordings published on YouTube on July 16 show the clever DIY lift in action, which carries the puppies up and down the stairs.

Sonya Karimi, 31, from New Orleans, Louisiana, decided to build a small wooden stair lift for her older rescue dogs George (13) and Bodhi (10), Boston Terrier Sam (10) and their four-year-old pug Emery (photo).

The dogs go up and down the stairs in a wooden box, with a bolt securely closing them in the car

A remote control starts the mechanism on the lift and sends the puppies on their way to their great joy

The dogs go up and down the stairs in a wooden box, with a bolt securely closing them in the car. A remote control is then used to send the puppy dogs on the way to their delight

Sonya Karimi, who owns the four rescue dogs with her fiance Zach, decided to build the mini-lift when she adopted Bodhi two months ago, who had a torn knee ligament

Sonya Karimi, who owns the four rescue dogs with her fiance Zach, decided to build the mini-lift when she adopted Bodhi two months ago, who had a torn knee ligament

One of the pugs enters the small wooden box and the hatch is closed behind the dog so that it doesn't pop out halfway.

After clicking the button on the remote control, the dog goes down the stairs and looks very calm as he slowly moves down the wooden ramp.

When the car comes to a stop at the end of the stairs The dog easily climbs out of the crate onto an easily accessible connecting ramp.

The cart was designed so that more than one dog can drive in the cart at the same time, with one of the boobs being picked up with Sam to go up the stairs.

Ms. Karimi's younger pug Emery, four, also likes to ride the stair lift, although the device was designed for his older friends.

Sonya, who owns the four rescue dogs with her fiance Zach, said: “Our youngest foster dogs, Bodhi and Sam, grew up together and both are about ten years old.

I noticed that Bodhi was going weird after we adopted him and found out that he had a torn ACL. The operation would cost about $ 3,000 (£ 2,700) and we didn't know if he would do well under anesthesia.

The bizarre idea was positively received online by family, friends, and even strangers after Sonya shared adorable pictures of her pets who loved the elevator

The bizarre idea was positively received online by family, friends, and even strangers after Sonya shared adorable pictures of her pets who loved the elevator

Sonya (pictured with her fiancé Zach) decided to use her experience as an occupational therapist to help her own dogs as she saw how helpful stair lifts are to people.

Sonya (pictured with her fiancé Zach) decided to use her experience as an occupational therapist to help her own dogs as she saw how helpful stair lifts are to people.

"It only really bothered him when he went up and down the stairs. I've worked with geriatrics in the past and I have geriatric dogs, so I thought there had to be a way to make it easier for them to get to the top.

“At work, I saw how helpful stair lifts are to people, and I was surprised that there is nothing comparable for dogs with all the different products that are available for pets today.

"So I thought maybe we could do something for our dogs ourselves.

"They got used to it so quickly that I thought I would have to train them for a while to get used to it, but they just do it as if they have had it for years!

"The two older pugs love it especially – they won't use the stairs, they'll sit there and wait until the ride is ready for them and it's so cute."

The clever DIY project took about three months. Zach's retired engineering parents helped the couple with the wiring, which is neatly hidden under the stairs.

They built the DIY stair lift with a powerful motor for one car (above) so that more than one dog could sit in the car at the same time

They built the DIY stair lift with a powerful motor for one car (above) so that more than one dog could sit in the car at the same time

Sonya was surprised that dog stair lifts for pets were not readily available

The DIY project lasted a total of three months, with the help of family and friends

Sonya was surprised that dog stair lifts were not readily available for pets and started the DIY project, which took about three months to complete

The family spent many weekends Manufacture of the wooden structure and wiring with a motor for a car so that more than one dog can sit in the car.

Sonya said: "My two fiancés are living with us right now, so we made a rough sketch of what we wanted to show them and see if it was possible.

"We went on a lot of trips to hardware stores and it was all trial and error – even something as simple as putting wheels on the car was difficult because they didn't make the wheels small enough for what we needed."

After completing the stair lift, the couple persuaded the dogs with goodies to use the car before securing the latch and transporting it if necessary.

Sonya said, "It was fun after we did the training for the first time because they were just waiting in line at the elevator thinking they would treat themselves to something.

“We are proud that we were able to do everything from scratch.

Zach's retired engineering parents (pictured with Sonya and Zach) helped the couple develop the DIY mechanism, especially with the wiring

Zach's retired engineering parents (pictured with Sonya and Zach) helped the couple develop the DIY mechanism, especially with the wiring

"I was so shocked that there is nothing like it with a range of pet products and money that we are all ready to spend on our pets these days."

The bizarre idea was largely received positively by family, friends, and even strangers online after Sonya first posted adorable pictures of her pets who love the elevator on Facebook on July 11th.

Sonya is now planning to paint the stairlift like the famous trams in her hometown of New Orleans so that her beloved pets can ride in style.

She added, "I was wondering if I went overboard with the idea, but when we wrote about it, the amazing feedback confirmed even more that we did the right thing for our pets.

"If you're not a pet, you might think it's crazy, but our dogs are like our children, so we're ready to do anything to make their lives easier."

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