Lorelei - our latest Lab Rescue (released from a breeder to a rescue group when she quit producing enough puppies) has been a joy these last two years. She was six when we got her, had no idea what "grass" was or playtime or couches. She's now spoiled rotten and Abby Lab treats her well, no jealousy between our "girls".
But this summer she suddenly stopped going up the back steps. X rays revealed severe arthritis in her back hips, probably from years of inbreeding in her lineage.What to do? Our house is on a walk-out basement so there is no way into the home except going up steps. We had to use a harness and lift her up, not easy even with two of us as she's the biggest Lab I've ever owned, weighing in at well over 100 pounds. When Partner in Grime is on the road there is no way I can get her in and out of the house. The stairs are too steep for a ramp up to the top but there was no way I was going to rehome her to a place with no steps. Quick. . . a winch, some wood, and an engineer with a sandwich-making sidekick - we have a doggie elevator!
It plugs into an existing outlet and the whole setup can be removed from the steps if need be for major snow removal (so no required building permit).
I present. . Lab in an Elevator (it's not completely done, it will be painted and another control switch will be installed inside the house once she's had some practice getting in and out unassisted)