I hope he does, too, dbg
Have you tried the towel trick for taking him out? Loop a bathtowel under him when he's walking up and down the stairs and help support him from above. We've used it for dogs after joint surgery but I think it might work out for Raggs, too!
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"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!"
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