Woman Builds A ‘Doggy-Vator’ Stairlift For Her Senior Dogs

With most of the world nearing almost six months under some degree of quarantine, one would think that people would run out of ideas for fun pastime crafts. I mean, we’ve seen people who crocheted their kitty’s sofas. People who made tiny picnic tables for squirrels. And even a person that transformed his living room into an epic kitty playground. Out of all the other quarantine crafts, this one seems to be the most complicated one to execute. A New Orleans woman shocked the internet when they saw how she builds her senior dogs a fully-functional wooden stairlift, to help them get to the second floor.

The woman, named Sonya Karimi, came up with the ingenious idea, after adopting her latest dog. A senior pug named Bodhi. The poor pug, who already had a hard time walking, to begin with, tore his knee ligament, which made walking upstairs to the second floor an impossible task. Being an occupational therapist by profession, Sonya knew how to help her crippled doggo. In an interview with the Daily Mail, she described her inspiration for the elevator. She said: “At work, I’ve seen how helpful stairlifts are to people so I was surprised there wasn’t anything similar for dogs with all the different products that are available for pets nowadays. So I thought that we might be able to create something ourselves for our dogs to use.” 

Sonya then went on to describe how the ‘doggy-vator’ became an instant hit with the rest of her doggos too. “They’ve adapted to it so quickly, I thought I’d have to train them for a while to get used to it but they just get on it as if they’ve had it for years! The two older pugs love it especially – they won’t use the stairs, they will sit there and wait until the ride is ready for them and it’s so cute.”

The dogs can’t use the stairlift on their own, and need their owner’s assistance. After they settle into the little cabin, the owner closes the door after them, to keep them from jumping out, and presses the button on a remote control that lifts the elevator. When it stops and the dogs get to the top floor, the owner opens the door and lets them out. Simple yet genius and effective!

Watch the dogs use the doggy-vator here:

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