What do you think of when you hear the word ramp? Wheelchairs? Wild leeks?
Since Honey and I have found the Solvit Deluxe XL Telescoping Pet Ramp(affiliate), when we think of ramps we think of adventure.
As Mike and I have taken up sailing, the big mystery has been how Honey would feel about life aboard a boat. But the first question is always how she would climb aboard a boat.
For humans, boarding a sailboat takes balance, agility, and a little bit of nerve. Dogs either learn to jump aboard, get boosted by their people, or carried on board. Oh, and some large dogs get hoisted aboard with the help of a winch. None of these options seemed terribly safe or comfortable so we started looking into boarding ramps.
Most marine pet ramps help swimming dogs return to a boat or dinghy. Since Honey doesn’t know she’s a water dog, that wouldn’t work. We needed a ramp that would allow her to safely walk from a dock, no matter the distance.
The Solvit Deluxe XL Telescoping Pet Ramp was one option we were exploring when a company rep emailed me and asked if I’d like to review it.
The ramp is made of aluminum so it won’t rust. It extends from 47 to 89 inches. But would Honey the timid pup feel comfortable using it? And would it be light enough that I could set it up from a dock to a boat without losing it in the water?
Let’s check out the video.
As you can see, Honey took to the ramp easily.
The rubber feet on the bottom of the ramp kept it secure, even when the dock and the boat moved. We tried the ramp at other docks where the angle changed because the boat was farther from land and Honey (and the ramp) adapted easily.
For us, the telescoping feature was a huge help since we never knew how high or how close a dock would be once we landed in a marina. And the added length meant Honey didn’t have to walk a steep angle when the ramp was fully extended.
But Pam, I can hear you saying, I wouldn’t be caught dead on a boat. Why should I care about a boat ramp?
Here’s the cool thing. The Solvit Telescoping Pet Ramp exists to help your dog climb into your car or truck. Or perhaps your deck. Or sofa. Or bed. To see how it works in a more traditional setting, check out Jodi Stone’s review over at Heart Like a Dog.
It’s no secret. I loved the Solvit Telescoping Ramp. Are there any downsides?
Non-skid surface – At a low angle, the gritty, non-skid surface of the ramp works perfectly. A few people reviewing the ramp at online sites said their dogs skidded a little on the surface. But at a steeper angle, your dog’s pads must make full contact with the ramp for safety. That means keep your dog’s toenails trimmed.
Weight – The ramp supports up to 300 pounds but only weighs 18 pounds. That means after my initial fear of dropping the ramp overboard when swinging it from the boat to the dock, I didn’t have any problems. But it also means that when the
dictator director husband called for 30 takes while shooting the video, my arms got a little tired.
Hopefully you won’t have the same problem.
Size – Choosing the longer and wider ramp was a good choice for us. But we could only transport it in the compact car we rented flat on the back seat. If you’re using the ramp to get your dog into a truck or SUV, presumably you’ll have plenty of room to store the ramp in your vehicle. Or if you don’t need the maximum flexibility, opt for the smaller Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp(affiliate) which extends from 39 to 72 inches.
I’m thrilled to have found the perfect solution for getting Honey on and off a sailboat with no trauma. And I’m even more thrilled to offer you a chance to win your own Solvit XL Telescoping Pet Ramp.
Do you need a dog ramp? You might if
- you have a puppy under a year old. Young pups should avoid high jumps while their bones and joints are growing.
- your dog is a senior who’s having stiffness or pain in her joints
- you think your dog could ever injure himself and need extra help getting up on high surfaces
- you want to take your large dog aboard a boat and don’t want to carry, throw, or winch him over the side.
It looks like you just might need a pet ramp yourself. At least if you want to keep the adventures going. So use the Rafflecopter tool below to enter our giveaway. And good luck.
Your Turn: Have you ever had a dog that needed a little help getting up into a car or furniture? How did you manage it?