Steps for pup
(San Leandro, CA, USA)
STURDY pet steps
A friend offered my husband and I an opportunity to open our home and hearts to a puppy who had yet to be born. We were told the puppies were a Chihuahua mix and expected him to always be quite small. I knew his little legs needed help to reach us. After pricing pet steps, I knew I could make quality steps at a fraction of the retail price.
I didn't have a pattern, but I envisioned key features: Three STRONG, identical boxes, fabric to make a lined, removable cover (to launder, if necessary), strong cardboard, duct tape, contact paper, two wire clothes hangers, and a sturdy plastic bag filled with river rocks or something similar to add weight on the bottom.
I used "photo storage boxes" reinforced throughout with pieces of wire clothes hangers, cut to fit. You can glue or duct tape the wire pieces throughout the boxes.
After securing the wire, place the boxes on the cardboard in a staggered position. Trace the staggered boxes onto two pieces of cardboard to make left and right sides.
Duct tape the staggered boxes together; then cover them with large side pieces of cardboard.
Fill the top step with a light weight filling of your choice. I think I used plastic grocery bags.
The bottom and widest part of the steps is for the large plastic bag filled with small pieces of river rock. This bag should be kept sealed with the rocks spread evenly.
Seal the bottom step with cardboard cut to size. If you prefer a smooth even surface on the steps, cover them neatly and completely with contact paper. The steps should now be somewhat waterproof. A lined, removable cover is optional.
Interesting footnote, our precious boy was not a Chihuahua after all, but he is primarily a Papillon with a little bit Chihuahua. At 15 months, he's an attractive eleven pounds and if character and personality were measurable, we'd have to add another hundred lbs.
This precious dog has turned a happy, loving home into a happier, loving home on steroids!! So blessed that he owns us!!
Jo's comments: Wow, Elena, what a creative way to make doggie steps! This is definitely an easier option than our design making them out of wood. For a smaller dog such as yours, they sound sturdy enough and should last a long time.
Also, thank you for providing a photo along with the excellent description. I will add it to our page on building dog steps along with a link to this page.
Please feel free to share other projects that you make or build for your Papillon mix - who sounds delightful, by the way!