Doggie Tractor

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Project by Zuki posted 05-26-2008 01:46 AM 3542 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a 20 1/2 year old dog that is 3/4 deaf and 3/4 blind, however she loves to eat and loves being outside when she is not napping in the house. We did not want to build a large stationary kennel as it would prevent us from moving her to where we are in the garden . . . so I built a doggie tractor.

There is no fancy joinery . . . just butted edges and screws. I used “ruff” construction grade lumber for the construction. The chicken wire prevents her from “fleaing” the area. The rear of the tractor has a cut-down tarp installed just in case it gets extra sunny or starts to rain. There is a hinged gate on the front to allow easy entry and exit. The wheels on the back were salvaged from a baby buggy that I found in the ditch on the side of the road 1/2 burried in snow. The wheels allow DW to easily move pup to where she is in the garden – just lift up on the front of the tractor and wheel it to the new loction.

This was not a real challenge to build . . . but its the real cat’s meow.

-- BLOG -

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#1 posted 05-26-2008 01:54 AM

How remarkably pragmatic and efficatious. Has she attempt to get underneath the walls yet? We had a German Shepherd once that slept under out bed as a pup and continued to do so until she was full grown. Needless to say, we were well aware when she was startled during the night.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 05-26-2008 01:55 AM

That a pretty good idea. Too old to go underneath?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-26-2008 01:59 AM

Beautiful job.

I am sure this member of the family enjoys being able to sleep in the sun and feel the warm breezes on her nose.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 05-26-2008 02:05 AM

That is really cool
Good thinking

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#5 posted 05-26-2008 02:14 AM

Great idea !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 05-26-2008 02:14 AM

Russel . . . at approximately 150 people years she is not much into digging any more. You got it Gary . . . she is a wee to old. In her younger days (5 years ago) she would have attempted such a feat. Now she is like one of those wind up toys that bump into something and then change direction to bump into something else and off it goes into another direction.

Fufer has had an exciting life. We lost her several years ago for 1 week near our home. An Animal Communicator from the UK helped us find her. It was one heck of a week. Here is her story.

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#7 posted 05-26-2008 03:27 AM

I am sure the old dog likes being around you guys. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 05-26-2008 04:40 AM

Nice solution. I bet it is also nice not having to mow and trim around or have the “kennel” get muddy. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 05-26-2008 01:36 PM


This is a wonderful idea for Fufer. It lets her get outside and at the same time keeps her safe. At 20+ she certainly has lived a full life.

Well done and thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 05-26-2008 09:36 PM

Great Idea and its keep the old girl out of trouble. 20+ that is neat – I lost mine at 18 years and I though I was going to die. Having a pet that long – they become one of the family for sure – come to think of it – that is longer than most of our kids live at home (thank goodness) – no wonder the critters get more attention than the kids.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#11 posted 05-27-2008 07:12 PM

What a great idea, and a terrific way to give your dog some help and support. I am a sucker for anyone willing to build stuff for dogs. I’ve done a few dog houses in my time, and I’m getting ready for a new one with a swimming pool, sort of.

That’s a great way to help out a furry family member!


-- Mark, Florida,

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