It seems the discussion of how to get a large dog into a full support wheelchair is an ongoing one. We do our very best to explain the complexity of this task. However, when you add on the emotional attachment that goes along with a disabled dog, the task deems even more difficult that we can relay. By the time a client receives their wheelchair, after a long, two or three week period, they are tired, and quite frankly, sad. Ruff Rollin’ gives you 20 days to try out your product. If you need more time, we are very happy to extend this trial period for you, as it does take time to develop a system for getting a large dog into a full support wheelchair. Below, I will copy two testimonies that I have received regarding two large dogs. I believe that these two gentlemen are doing this task on their own, but we want to make it clear that it often takes two people to do this. It is not easy, and often times, is not fun. But our job is to provide the service and the best product out there. We believe that the dog wheelchair industry as a whole, has a lot of work to do on solutions of how to get a dog into a full support wheelchair. But we also believe that Ruff Rollin’ has the best system available. There are two ways; one, is to lift the dog over the frame, and down into the leg holes of the support slings. Two, is to take off the support slings, put them on the dog, and lift the dog up through the center of the frame while attaching the support slings to the frame. Ruff Rollin’ backs our product 100% and believes that this system works wonders for rehabilitation cases, especially. But we will be honest in our disclosure that when you dealing with a 100 lb dog, in a full support wheelchair, you will probably be taking a lot of deep breathes during the process
I hope these two HONEST assessments of our Full Support Wheelchair help you in your decision. If you have any more questions about this process, please call me anytime, and we will do our best to help. Sierra 1877-390-7833
Here are two testimonies:
I think the biggest issue for us was the difficulty of putting Zorro (60 lb Husky) in and out of the chair. Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this with a big dog. I found the best way for me was to lift Zorro and lower him into the chair from above. This method worked for me and the care taker but for my wife Zorro was too heavy to lift and lower. She had to put the slings on first and then walk him to bring him into the chair frame and connect the slings to the frame while still holding both slings to keep Zorro from falling. This is tricky because you have to be holding the baby up from the slings while connecting the clips to the frame. With only two hands this is not easily done. I think Sierra and her husband know that this is an issue and are looking for better set up but I’m not sure if they have improved this one area.
I was very impressed at the quality of the chair and will recommend it for any disabled dog. It surpassed both my and my wife’s expectations in how much it improved Zorro’s quality of life for the last few months of his life.- Roobik
Roman (100 lb Lab) cannot support his own weight with his front or back legs now, so getting him into and out of the cart requires some heavy lifting. I devised a way to get him in and out by myself. I added an “S” shaped carabiner hook to the upper cross bar of the cart. When I lift him, I place the two handles of the forward harness in the hook. That supports him in front while I attach the back harness to the cart and put the belly strap in place. Then I lift the front harness handles out of the hook, and attach the the front harness to the cart. I reverse the process to get him out. It works quite well.
Roman is 15 years old now, but his spirit and personality are intact. I think the cart has helped with that, and has probably extended his life. It has certainly added significantly to his quality of life, in the face of his infirmity. -John
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