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WATCH: Owner builds incredible doggy stairlift for her OAP pooches

Doggy lift dog-happy
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You may like to pamper your pooches but one dog owner has taken her devotion to her three elderly canines to a new level by creating a mini stairlift for her VIP OAPs.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 19/07/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26

Sonya Karimi, an occupational therapist from New Orleans, shares her home with three elderly rescue dogs, Pugs George,13 and Bodhi ,10 along with her 10-year-old Boston Terrier, Sam. After adopting little Bodhi who had a torn knee ligament, Sonya wanted to help him and his fellow OAP siblings get up and down the stairs.


It took her three months to build the mini wooden stairlift with the help of her fiance’s retired engineer parents. But the motorised lift now ensures the three older pooches can get up and down the stairs with ease.

Sonya has shared footage of her clever creation online. As one of the dogs walks into the wooden box, the door behind them is closed to keep them safe. A human helper presses a button on a remote control and the dog sets off slowly up or down the wooden ramp.

Ride in style



Posted by Sonya Karimi on Friday, July 10, 2020

Sonya was delighted to see how quickly her dogs got the hang of traveling in the lift and will wait patiently by it until it’s ready for them. Even Sonya’s four-year-old Pug Emery is keen not to miss out and enjoys traveling in the stairlift too.

Sonya now plans to decorate the stairlift to look like famous New Orleans streetcars, so the pups can travel in style.

Find out everything there is to know about adopting an older dog!