Our Dodge Dakotas have been low enough that Angus could jump in and out if he had to. But this bigger truck is another matter. After a 12-week recovery from shoulder surgery, we're not letting him leap in--and especially not out--of anything that high anymore.
|Which would you find easier to negotiate? The steps, or the ramp?|
That's when my brilliant husband retreated to the mud room and came back out with the folding stairs we use with our dog tub. (Yes, we had a professional grooming tub installed in our mud room, instead of a traditional "utility tub." We use it for everything...even bathing dogs.)
These steps fit the higher tailgate perfectly. They offer stability (necessary when you have older or handicapped dogs). They're lightweight and easier to maneuver than the folding ramp (which always pinches my fingers). And Angus has absolutely no trepidation about climbing them, because the footing is so secure.
|The steps can actually hook only the end of the tailgate, whereas the ramp can slide or bounce loose.|
Once the dog is loaded, you just fold the steps flat and slide them into the pickup bed. No more pinched fingers.
Only one problem now: we can't bathe the dogs until we get more steps. For some reason they're not complaining.
You can get these steps from any groomer supply catalog, at prices ranging from $100 to $125.