Sunday, April 22, 2007

We need a ramp for this thing!

Had some down-time yesterday, and so eldest daughter & I loaded Kodos up into the new SUV, and headed over to the dog park. Kodos had a wonderful time of course, and everybody exclaimed at how big he is (and only 10 mos old!). He got kind of mount-y toward the end there, but in general was a gentleman. (So says the very biased daddy--hopefully the other dogs would agree.)

K has climbed himself up into the new car only once so far. The other 4 times he's been in, I've hoisted him in, one end at a time (e.g., I put my arms around his upper chest & hoist his front end up onto the back part of the car, and then I crouch down & lift him in by his rear legs). Not optimal, but it works.

Well, upon returning home from the dog park, K did not want to jump down from the car. He may have hurt a leg while romping w/the other dogs (tho he seems fine now) or he may just have been tired. Either way, he wasn't coming down & so, after 10 minutes or so of waiting for him to recharge, I kind of hugged him sideways around the tops of both sets of legs & brought him out. It worked fine, tho I really didn't think I'd be strong enough to do it (K was 100 lbs. at last weigh-in).

But enough of this foolishness--I ordered a petstep II ramp from Amazon yesterday, and we'll be working on getting K to use it as soon as it comes. Wish us luck!


Nanook The Newfoundland said...

Nanook took to his ramp like a pro when he was a baby newf - all it took was a half of a hotdog and a willingness to climb up and down it myself for a half hour. And a lot of cheerleading.


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Orion Count Drulzelot said...

Bwahahahahaha! The Count knows those tricks! First, you get your humans to hoist you in and out of the vehicle. Give them the "I can't get out" look and sit back and watch what they do to get you out. Mine tossed bits of hotdogs on the gorund to lure me out, it didn't work. She tossed a whole huge weenie on the ground, but I still wouldn't budge. Each day she would try something new. One day, when we went to visit Grandma and Grandad, Daddy opened the trunk of the wagon and said, "Out." and I jumped out. Mom nearly died,I forgot she was standing right there. That was when she realized she was being had.

Roy said...

Heh heh--you're a sly one Orion.

Yes, interestingly, Kodos now sometimes wants to jump down from the car while I'm setting the ramp up. But in general I think the ramp is making it easier to get him in/out of the car. Time will tell, I suppose.

Orion Count Drulzelot said...

Kodos, you are IT!

You've been tagged by my magnificent self!