4.17.2009

"no pet left behind"

To follow up on my question here, Ren's Pet Depot in Oakville carried the ramp we were looking for. They didn't have any in stock, but they ordered it for us. It came in yesterday, and it's great! It's lightweight, telescopes for different uses (car, patio, etc.), and has a great surface for paws. It's this one here.

Predictably, Cody was afraid of it at first, but with encouragement, treats, and having no choice as we blocked her attempts to get around it, she's learning to use it.

Many thanks to James, M@, David H and others who had ideas on the ramp. I also want to highly recommend Ren's, a large, independent pet supply store with good prices and a knowledgeable staff. Dharma Seeker said they sell food to the local animal shelter food at cost, another reason to support them. I think we'll switch from PetSmart to Ren's whenever possible.

The ramp is made by SolvIt Products, a company who declares "No Pet Left Behind". They make steps, travel carriers, bicycle trailers and even strollers so animals can be with their people.

One time, long ago, I was waiting to cross a street in New York City, and beside me was a woman out for a run, pushing a three-wheeled stroller, the kind people use to run with their kids. But strapped in the stroller was a beautiful, very old, German Shepherd. I thought it was such a great idea. At that age, the dog could really only go outside to do its business and hobble back inside. It would be stuck in an apartment all day. This way, it got fresh air and sunshine, got to see the world and spend time with its person, without taxing its old joints. The woman and I chatted a bit; I remember her saying, "When they're this age, every day is a gift."

I've been wondering how we'll all go for hikes this summer. Maybe a stroller is in our future?

Cody post coming soon.

cody ramp april 09 002

cody ramp april 09 002

15 comments:

James said...

I pointed Lori at Ren's, and her first comment: "They have agility equipment!"

I foresee a trip to Oakville.

BTW, we got to play with a new lens last weekend, lotsa doggy pics.

L-girl said...

Yes! They also carry a lot of products for trainers, groomers and other animal professionals.

Re trip to Oakville, too bad it will probably be on a weekend, since you'll be passing right by us. Make it a weekday evening and maybe we could meet for dinner or something.

Thanks the for the link!

Cornelia said...

Good!!

Amy said...

Glad you solved the problem. I am sure Cody is also, even if she doesn't yet love the ramp.

We do not let our cats outside---too many cars, coyotes, fisher cats, etc. I have lost too many cats to cars or mysterious disappearance to let them run loose. Sometimes I think about the stroller idea, but I worry that it will only make them want to run outside when we don't want them out.

Cornelia said...

Yeah, some areas are not so safe for kitties to go outside...

L-girl said...

Cats can live very good lives indoors, it seems. Many people think it's irresponsible to let them outside at all.

Dogs, unfortunately, can't do that. Sometimes when it's raining I dream of a little box... :)

Amy said...

Our cats always used to go outside, but now I am a big believer in the inside cat choice. For a cat who has never been outside, it works fine because they do not know what they are missing.

As a child we let our cats AND dogs roam the neighborhood on their own. Very stupid and irresponsible (my parents --- we were just kids). Both dogs ended up getting killed by cars. Our dog is always with us, usually on a leash unless we know she is safe from cars. We also have a fenced yard, though we will not when we move. :(

penlan said...

Ren's is a great place! I shopped for all my pet needs there when I lived in Burlington for a few years. I also had pet rats & they had everything I needed for them to. It's my fave pet store. Glad you found what you were looking for there.

L-girl said...

I remember that about your childhood dogs. Awful.

I grew up with a dog who stayed in a yard with no fence and never left the property - ever. We tried all kinds of runs and tie-outs, but she couldn't tolerate them, she'd spend the entire time barking and going nuts. But left loose - perfectly fine.

We lived on a very quiet street with very little traffic, but it really didn't matter because she never went in the road.

Only later did I realize how unusual and great this was!

How long til moving day?

impudent strumpet said...

Did you see this? They made a whole car specifically designed to accomodate dogs.

Amy said...

We move out on April 29. We will be in a one bedroom garden apartment with the two cats and the dog until we can go to the Cape. THAT should be interesting! Our condo will not be done until late September (if we are lucky) so we will have to return to the apartment for August and September as well.

Through FB I found some people from my childhood who were also there when my first dog was killed. I was amazed that they all remembered in vivid detail the incident. It seems it was traumatic for them even though she wasn't even their dog.

So how is Cody? Or should I wait for your Cody post?

L-girl said...

Imp Strump, thanks for that, I never would have seen it. Very cool! I must show David Cho, who apparently bought his Element too early.

L-girl said...

"Through FB I found some people from my childhood who were also there when my first dog was killed. I was amazed that they all remembered in vivid detail the incident. It seems it was traumatic for them even though she wasn't even their dog."

If you saw a dog get killed by a car, any dog, wouldn't it be traumatic for you? I once saw a puppy get hit - hit and run. It didn't die right away... then it did. Those ... represent something I will never forget.

"So how is Cody? Or should I wait for your Cody post?"

Cody's doing well, thanks. The upcoming post is because it will soon be Cody Day, her "birthday" (day we adopted her). I'm a little sad about her aging, but trying not to cross that bridge too many times before we get there.

How are Cassie and the kitties?

Amy said...

I guess I was just surprised by how detailed their recollections were. Fortunately I have never seen a dog hit by a car other than that one time.

Cassie, Luna and Smokey are doing well, keeping us very amused as always. Ironically, Cassie somehow escaped the backyard yesterday for the first time ever. I always believed she was like your dog from childhood--that she would never leave the yard. Yet somehow yesterday she managed to push the gate open and escaped. Luckily I went to look for her before she got too far (she was in the drivway). Maybe she knows her days in the neighborhood are numbered and wanted to explore?

That Honda Element is very cool!

GAME TIME!

mister anchovy said...

That's great you found the ramp!!