Yes, for the most part, Murray sleeps on our bed with us. For years I have watched him jump up and down from our abnormally high bed, and I decided I wanted steps for him to cut down on the risk of him injuring himself, and also so even in older age, he can climb up to settle in each night with us. The problem has always been that Murray is about 90 pounds, and most dog steps are rated for well under that weight. Even the ones that claim to accomodate large dogs had mixed reviews from customers. Leave it to Jamie to find a solution....we will build them ourselves! Well, HE will build it himself. Away he went to do lots of research, finding successful models and many unsucessful ones. He finally settled on using foam board from Lowe's. Based on the height of our bed and the size of Murray, we decided on making a two step model, each 5 foam boards thick. He used heavy duty glue for the initial construction and then reinforced it with duct tape. It's not pretty, but it worked! We have covered it in an old flannel sheet to give Murray extra grip and to help protect the foam a bit. The sheet is then also removable so it can be washed. An added bonus is that when you are walking around at night in the dark, stubbing your toes on it doesn't hurt!
(Below is a quick video showing Murray using the steps to come off the bed)
|Covered in Sheet|