Doggie Adventure
1160 Rt. 9
P.O. Box 163
Garrison, NY 10524
845-739-1019

Carol@DoggieAdventure.com


Duke on Handicapped Ramp
Duke on Handicapped Ramp

Kitchen Rugs Provide Traction For Dogs Like Yogi With Orthopedic Issues
Kitchen Rugs Provide Traction For Dogs Like Yogi With Orthopedic Issues

Doggie Nap Time
Doggie Nap Time

Barney Posing in Carriage
Barney Posing in Carriage

Doggie Carriage
Doggie Carriage

Pool Swim With Life Preserver
A Life-Preserver Swim

Handicapped Dogs

Many of us have had the dilemma of having a pet who is socially isolated because of a disability. It can also be difficult to find a suitable environment for a dog with physical issues when you need a vacation. 

About Red Boy

At Doggie Adventure we have been in the same boat: my Red Boy had both orthopedic and neurological issues that left him unable to walk – he had to be dragged in & out of the house on a dog bed, he couldn't make the stairs, couldn't get into the car, and had to be left behind when the rest of his family and friends went on their daily dog hikes. It broke my heart to see his 'sad face' watching from the window as we drove off.  I thank God every day that he is now healthy and able to take his daily 1-3 mile walks, but while he was disabled many changes were made to our accommodations that are now in place for any other dogs who might have similar disabilities.

Outdoor Accomodation

Of great importance, there are no steps required to enter the house – disabled dogs can go directly from the front of the house to the back yard. From the yard they can enter the house on a custom-made 5 ½ -foot wide ramp that is covered with indoor/outdoor carpeting.  This ramp has been invaluable not just for dogs with orthopedic issues, but also for a recent guest who had a brain tumor which severely affected his balance. 

The immediate area surrounding the ramp & leading up to the grass is covered with "rubber mulch" - a soft material commonly used as cushioning in children's playgrounds to avoid injuries. It is also "easy on the paws." The rest of the fenced area is grass.

Indoor Accomodation

The second floor and the lower living room can both be closed off with gates, and all daily activities can be restricted to the first floor.  The kitchen has wood floors which are now covered with rugs, runners & rubber-backed mats to provide traction for dogs with balance or orthopedic issues.  While not exactly the 'Martha Stewart' look, these mats are highly functional in preventing any injuries that might occur as the result of slippery surfaces, & they help dogs to more easily stand up from a prone position.  They also prevent slipping and sliding when healthy dogs come running into the kitchen.

Nap Time

There are custom-made 'pet steps' that allow all dogs to easily gain access to the human beds (a very important feature for afternoon naps), and the use of these steps helps prevent back injury that can result from jumping off the beds.  For dogs that insist upon jumping off the beds, all rooms have either wall-to-wall carpeting or runners covered with flat dog beds to cushion the jump.  For non-handicapped dogs, the steps to the 2nd floor are carpeted so that traction is increased. 

Travel to Adventure

Dogs that have difficulty walking but love to go to the park can be wheeled in a dog carriage large enough to fit a 100-lb. dog.   The dog can comfortably sit or lie down while enjoying fresh air and the stimulation of a park environment.  They have the companionship of the walking dogs and still feel like part of the pack, despite their limited mobility.  Best of all, there is no 'sad face' who is left behind to watch from a window as the others leave. 

Large dogs with disabilities can enter the minivan on a dog ramp, thereby eliminating the need to jump in or out even from this relatively low-to-the-ground car.

Doggie Swims

Finally, disabled dogs can also enjoy doggie pool swimming while safely protected by a life-preserver attached to a flexi leash that is held by a human.  This form of physical therapy helped Red Boy to regain the muscle tissue he lost while languishing without exercise during his illness. All of these modifications helped Red Boy to still feel like a part of the family despite his mobility issues.  Needless to say, he has a very persuasive 'sad face.'