Do you need a "Lilly Pad"?
you're like we are, you want to take your dog everywhere you go.
Great Pyrenees are LARGE dogs and our Lilly loves to travel in
our truck (or mama's car). Being a big pooch means that
she needs a lot of room to turn around or just lay down and
stretch out. Some states prohibit dogs from riding in the open bed of a
truck and although our state has no law against such behavior, we
don't let our dog ride in the bed. To include her in our
outings around town, I built a "Lilly Pad", a platform that
rests across the back seat's floor.
Travel safely with your pup
The picture above shows our made to order Lilly
Pad mounted on the floor of our truck. Many recent model
trucks offer "shelves" under the seats which pull down to
cover storage areas and provide a level floor.
The wooden object located behind the driver seat is the "step"
Lilly utilizes to
enter and exit the truck.
Our truck is a 4x4 and consequently sits high off the ground.
Rather than force Lilly to leap up and down, I built a
step for her that lodges securely between the frame and the
truck's step bar.
Lilly's pad with a few of her
(1) Illustrates the platform resting on the
storage shelves common to many pick-ups.
(2) Points to the side rails that
help keep toys and
dog chews from rolling onto the floor or wedging themselves
into the cracks behind the seats.
These rails also provide a place to brace her feet while the
truck is navigating road curves and turns.
Our Lilly Pad was constructed using plywood
for the base, and pine boards for the rails and step. We used
exterior grade plywood and covered it with indoor-outdoor
carpet that we found in a remnant bin at the local Home Depot
for $12.00. The carpeting was glued with carpet cement
and folded under the pad and stapled.
Deciding on indoor-outdoor carpet and exterior
plywood was a deliberate choice so that we could clean the
Lilly Pad with a bucket of suds and a hose when necessary.
On the following page we'll show you how we
built the step to access the truck's
back seat area.