Trials of the Stair Phobic Pup- the Box

Materials:

2×4 plywood

Hinges

D rings w/brackets

Wood screws

 

      It is a glorious Saturday morning. Time to venture out to Lowes to gather materials for Raven’s Box. Im trying to come up with a cute name for her Box. It reminds me of a greyhound starting gate/box. Ive coined it that name for now.

     A trip to the locale hardware store is an adventure in itself. I find it very exciting to walk through the doors of Lowes. Just the excitement of all the things that one could build. The ideas are endless. Ive got to stay on point with this trip and not get distracted.

Ok. Off to the Lumber area.

   WoW! Just the smell of wood. Exciting. I venture off to the back of the lumber area, where the plywood panels are located. I gaze about – picking out two different types. I opt for my 2nd choice; much more robust and meatier (sanded pine). Yes, this will do just fine.

I have the very nice gentleman cut my 2×4 into two 12×28 pieces. These will become the sides of her box. The remaining two pieces (12×20) become the gates.

    Ok. Box pieces – DONE! Time to venture to the 2×2. Too bad I have to purchase the whole 2×2, I only really need 2 pieces 12 inches in length. Oh, well at least this is item is only $1.87. I have the very nice gentleman cut me 4 pieces 12 inches in length. I keep the remaining piece as one; it’ll fit in the back of the SUV just fine.

Awesome!!! Now to find hardware to put this thing together.

   I meet another very nice gentleman in hardware. So nice!!! He helps me pick out hinges, wood screws, small d ring with brackets – (these came from wall hanging dept), and latches.

Alright!!! Ive got everything I need. Time to head home and BUILD!!!!

Total Cost: $24

 

   Everything comes together very nicely!! I happen to find an old handle and affix this to this side for easy transport. Awesome!!!

I weight test the lift, without the box; it HOLDS!!!

Raven now has a Stair Lift!!! Project complete! Now comes the TRAINING!

 

 

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The Infamous Frightful Stairs

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As promised, the above picture is the very frightful stairs that my dear sweet pup had a spill on. As you can see these are NOT safe stairs at all! Very scary for a pup. Luckily, Raven has the luck of the Irish on her side (because it happens to be St. Patty Day) and a very patient, loving, and determined Mommy!

I will continue to add updates on the progress of this adventure. The building of her Box begins this weekend. Im looking forward to this event. More detail to come in a later blog about her Box to include: materials list and cost. 🙂

 

 

 

Life After the Big 4-0

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It has been a very long time since my last blog posts, so long that I have turned the big 4-0 since then. I have to say that this monumental turning of age has made me reflect more on my life. I made a firm decision to take better care of myself in the sense of more exercise, cutting out negativity and negative people from my life. Im learning to not take things so … anything and like Elsa says – “Let it go..”  Im seriously liking this upgraded version of me. Plus, I think that having a “toddler” (Raven – 2yr old puppy) running under foot, along with an 11 yr old keeps me pretty busy!

 

These are the things that I have learned so far and have become my life’s mantra’s:

  • It’s OK to say no as long as you learn the art of doing so graciously.
  • Don’t waste time worrying and moaning about stuff you have no control over. Let it go.
  • Listening to someone — really listening — is one of the most important, respectful and rewarding things you can do. The morning after is rarely — if ever — worth the night before.
  • No one gives a crap if you go to the supermarket in sweats without makeup and your unwashed hair in a ponytail on top of your head.
  • Experiences are infinitely more memorable than stuff.
  • Confidence is beautiful and powerful.
  • It will always boggle your mind how some people will exceed the lowest imaginable depth of stupidity, incompetence and nastiness, while others will exceed the highest imaginable pinnacle of kindness, compassion and helpfulness.
  • Don’t live your life by anyone else’s expectations, taste, hopes or dreams.
  • If you rely on others for joy, you will never be joyful yourself.
  • You’ll never regret going out of your way to brighten someone’s day.
  • Being super-busy is not a badge of honor, importance, popularity or success. It’s perfectly OK — and  preferable, actually healthier  — to be not so busy.
  • Most bad behavior and bitterness is rooted in jealousy.
  • What makes you happy isn’t the elixir that will make someone else happy.
  • It’s not always someone else’s fault. Sometimes you have to look in the mirror.
  • You can disagree with someone’s opinions and beliefs, but it doesn’t make them wrong. And it’s probably best just not to go there when it has to do with religion, politics or love.
  • Friendships change over time. Sometimes they have an expiration date and they dissolve into fuzziness. And that’s OK.
  • Eye cream is your friend.
  • Stop waxing poetic about how good it used to be. Stop fantasizing about how good it might be in the future. Savor how good it is right now. Make your moments matter.
  • It’s nice to be thought of and remembered.
  • Sometimes you’ve gotta do stuff just because it’s the right thing to do. Often it’s uncomfortable. Usually it’s inconvenient. But it’s almost always worth it.
  • Elephants don’t belong in the room. Having the tough conversation is ultimately better than living with the energy-sapping misery of resentment or misunderstanding.
  • Some stuff just isn’t meant to be. The sooner you accept it and stop trying to force it to happen, the better off you’ll be.
  • A good night’s sleep is a gift from the heavens and can change everything.
  • People will make time for you if you’re important to them. And they pretty much won’t if you’re not.
  • Don’t let angry people get to you; instead, try to muster some compassion for them.
  • Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks. Stop wasting energy on stuff that isn’t your business. You just do you.
  • Stillness is restorative and healing.
  • Take one day at a time, one step at a time. Break down challenges into small, do-able chunks. It will all get done.
  • Life is what happens while you’re waiting expectantly for the next big thing on the horizon to come to fruition. Savor the everyday.
  • If you push yourself and focus on what’s good rather than wallowing selfishly in the negative, things will almost always improve.
  • Take a risk and have the guts to seize the opportunity, because it may not present itself again

 

Yes, life is tough at times, but that is just times! I can say Im pretty happy these days!! 🙂

 

THE BIOTIN EFFECT

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So last fall (2016), let’s say September-ish, I made the decision to grow my hair back out. It had been cut in a short, chin length A-frame bob style. Me being the reader and researcher of things and life in general, came across this wonderful vitamin called – Biotin.

Now, what is biotin, you ask? Biotin is in the B-vitamin family. It is widely used for hair growth. I have to say I am a fan. My hair grew 2 inches in one month! :0 No joke! I took biotin from October through the end of December and my hair is now to my shoulders. So probably 6 inches.

Keep in mind, that when I embarked on this adventure, my hair was probably right below my ear lobes. Yup, that short.

I will honestly say that while, this vitamin seemed to be a wonder drug, there were major side effects!! So major that I went on and off this vitamin over the course of usage.

To begin with, biotin is a water soluble vitamin, mean YOU MUST DRINK TONS OF H20 when taking this. The water helps with flushing your system. I learned that if you do not drink tons of H20 there is water weight and facial breakouts. And not the nice kinds, not that any break out is nice or pleasant.

So to alleviate all these nasty side effects, I found a cocktail of vitamins that aid in healthy skin! I took a combination of vitamin e, selenium, zinc, and a multi-vitamin. This combination helped greatly. I also took up daily exercise.

My hair has since then grown out, well at least to my shoulders, so I stopped taking the cocktail of vitamins. I do still take a multi-vitamin that includes hair and skin items, only a very low dosage of biotin.

So if you are wondering about BIOTIN or if you are wanting to grow your hair out quickly – there you have it. It also took about a week to see significant results.

 

Trials of the Stair Phobic Pup

Hello. It has been a very long time since my last blog. I will now start to blog my baby’s process. It has been 50 days since Raven had her spill with the infamous stairs. (I will post pic of the stairs as well.)

Raven is my 23 month old black lab pup. She weighs in at a healthy 75 lbs. (we’ll say; she has not been weighed since December 0f 2016.

Up until the day of the Spill, she has always been a very active, hyper lab as labs go! As you see, these stairs are very scary stairs, even for the humans. I, myself, have fallen on them a few times. My child has fallen on them. Needless to say, they are not safe!! Nothing I can do about them though. They are not of my property and sadly belong to my apartment complex. Boo-hoo . 😦

On this fateful day, Raven was bounding up the steps and her foot caught on the very last top step. I quickly scooped her butt up and set her on the landing and she fearfully trotted back to the apartment door, with limp. I quickly did an examination on her lags to see how things were. She allowed me to examine her and touch/massage over both of her legs and hip area.

The next time I brought her out for walkies and potty, she refused to go down the stairs.

From them on, Jan 30, I kept her indoors and made her a potty place on the deck. Keep in mind that we live on the 3rd floor. So for the next week, I kept Raven under strict conservative management. No running, jumping or rough play. She did not seem to mind this because she was still limping and on tip toe with her back leg. I did feed her baby aspirin with Pepcid for the pain. I also upped her glucosamine and added fish oil to her diet.

By February 10th, Raven’s limp had diminished tremendously! A week later, February 18th, she was able to put full weight on her leg. By this time, I began the reconditioning of the stairs with her. Up until this time, Raven had wanted nothing to do with the stairs. I would take her out and she would run away, back to the apartment door.

To this day, March 16, 2017, Raven has made wonderful progress, where her leg is concerned. She has regained full weight on it and is able to run, jump and army crawl.

Slowly, I coaxed her back to the landing and got her comfortable with just being on the landing. Then came the stairs. I covered the stairs with a carpet runner and also used a shelf liner for the extra part – the stairs are 20ft in length. :0 I have used meatballs, chicken cutlets, and pizza to coax her down. To this day, March 16, 2017, she remains at one step down.

I had even purchased ramps to cover the entire length of the stair, because I have her trained on a ramp inside; she loves this! Ramps over the stairs did not work either. 😦

It has now been a total of 50 days upstairs, 26 days with total weight on leg and stair reconditioning.

I have been doing research and have discovered that Dog Stair Lift Elevators is apparently a thing. I am now going to build Raven her own  – Raven Stair Lift.

I have decided not to use an electric winch because these things are super loud. I will be her motor.

I have built her a box that fits securely on top of her ramp. It has gates that open front/back and she is clipped in for safety.

(SEE ABOVE PIC. proto type . Her box will be built out of plywood and a frame will fit under the ramp as to hold it level. This cardboard box is her training box, ONLY.)

I have begun training her with the box and getting her to be very comfortable with just being in the box at a resting position. This is going very well. She is good with going in her box and she knows how to exit. So this is progress.

(SEE ABOVE PIC. Raven in her Box. Used for training til I have her Box built)

The next step will be to have her comfortable being in her box outside and near the stairs; on the landing.

Next will be to have her comfortable being in her box in a resting position over the stairs. After that it will be bringing her down/up a few steps, with the final objective bringing her down the whole flight.

With her Stair Lift, I will continue to recondition her with the stairs. Having her go up/down the stairs on her own is the Final, Final objective.

So that is my life for now. Busy Mommy to 1 humans child, 2 fur babies, and 1 aquatic snail.

I will continually blog about Raven’s progress and post picts. I hope to help others out there who have similar pet matters like mine.