Dogs grow old with us and become part of the family. Through the years of forging companionship, our furry friends come to hold more significance than the word “pet” implies.
Just like with humans, life becomes more difficult as dogs advance in years. Their joints stiffen, their backs give out, and they aren’t able to do everything they used to do.
It’s sad for a pet owner to witness, and there is little they can do about it. Making their fur-baby happy and comfortable is their only concern.
That’s why Duncan Evans, a 27-year-old graphic designer from Wales, has busied his hands finding ways to make life easier for his pooch.
Timmie is a 16-year-old Jack Russel terrier with arthritis, heart, and back problems. He was no longer able to use the stairs.
Evans decided to build a stairlift for his senior pup after Timmie took a tumble trying to get up the stairs.
“The stairs were too steep for his little legs,” Evans told Wales Online.
“If he went up and down them too much he would come to a stop and I‘d have to carry him the rest of the way,” he added.
Evans is a graphic designer, not a handyman. He’s competent with a set of tools, but admitted concerns that building a stairlift might be beyond his abilities.
“I asked myself, do I play it safe and make it really simple, or do I go all out and make it the best thing I can?”
Evans set to work on making the stairlift both functional and fun for Timmie. He would also have to train him how to use it.
He calls it the “Santa Paws stairlift,” and Timmie has learned how to use it entirely on his own.
“It took him a bit of training but he can manage it all by himself now, what a hero,” Evans said.
The stairlift is designed to look like the one used by Santa Claus as he delivers presents on Christmas Eve. But when this sleigh reaches its destination, the gift is a happy pup named Timmie.
Aside from saving Timmie the painful endeavor of climbing the stairs because of his arthritis, it also keeps him from having to do anything too strenuous.
Timmie has a bad heart, and he can’t overexert himself without fear of something going terribly awry.
Timmie can now operate the stairlift on his own, and Evans has devised a number of other inventions to make his life easier.
The stairlift has inspired Evans to come up with other ways to make Timmie’s life less strenuous.
He’s attached a trailer to an electric skateboard to ferry his pooch around town, and designed a doghouse in the style of the one from the Home Alone film.
The innovations that Evans has come up with have undoubtedly extended Timmie’s life. With arthritis, a heart condition, and lung problems, Timmie needs a lot of special care. He’s lucky to have an owner who loves him so much.
“He’s quite old, and although he can get up and down ok now, but I wanted to preserve his life and that little ticker of his,” Evans said.