If you’re the owner of a vertically challenged dog like my miniature dachshund, Maple, or a like breed (think corgis, pugs, and French bulldogs), you’ve
probably definitely had the following thoughts cross your mind:
“How can you see me eating? I’m literally almost two metres above you.”
“Will I be judged if I put a cat collar on you? Your neck is so damn tiny.”
“Are you standing, sitting or lying down? I honestly can’t tell.”
And the one that consumes much of my though time:
“How can I get you onto couches and beds without picking you up? For a little dog, damn you’re heavy.”
I'm sorry, I'm not here to body shame my nearly one-year-old fur baby. But one day when I proclaimed into the middle of our office that I was going to get Maple a pet step, so she could easily get up and down from my bed without me constantly having to pick her up, many of my co-workers didn't believe such a thing existed.
Little did they know that not only do they exist, they're now super fancy and hi-tech. They even fold away so you can easily store them under your bed when they're not in use. Cool, right? It's even more exciting than the time I realised there's poo bags attached to the bins at dog parks.
Now, while the non-dog people in the office ohhh-ed and ahhh-ed around a laptop while looking at said pet steps (okay they didn't ohhh and ahhh but you get my drift) I know if you too are the owner of a vertically challenged dog, you have almost certainly thought about getting some too.
And I'm here to tell you they're one of the best investments you'll ever make for your fur baby.
Is there anything wrong with treating your dog like a child? The Mamamia Out Loud team discuss.