So what do you do when you have a two foot high bed and a six inch high Yorkie named Pixie who demands to snuggle and you get tired of picking her up each time she yaps to come up--oh, yes, Yorkies are yappers. Wifey and I rescue dogs and have had quite a few over the years. Pixie, as small as she is, rules the roost.
I started as I always do, with very simple plans. So much of my actual builds are in my head. I use plans to keep the image up there in my mind.
Using my trim jig, I squared up the boards.
I used an inexpensive pine.
The sides of the steps. Like the ark--two by two.
I attached each side with pocket holes, glue and screws.
I made two of these, of course.
I secured the two sides by attaching each step.
Following this I added supports in the back to keep it steady At this point I really thought I was done. Oh, when you own a bossy Yorkie it ain't over till it's over....
So I put the step in place and got Pixie.
She wouldn't go up the steps. So I put her on the steps and she refused to move. It took me a bit to figure out what was wrong. When you're dealing with a Yorkie you're dealing with a Princess.
Yes, a Princess.
I found out the problem through trial and error. The bare wood steps were not comfortable. Pixie needed a bit of cushioning for her paws. And if you think that was the end of her demands--HA! The blanket placed on the steps had to be smooth, without wrinkles. If not ... yep, she'd stand at the bottom of the steps and yap until she got her way.
Ah, the wonders of rescued dogs.
Hope you enjoyed this simple HOW TO.