Surely you've all heard of the "RADIO FLYER" wagons we used to have as kids...in fact, you probably HAD one, or at least knew somebody who did. I believe it was a Federal law back in the 60's that all kids have access to a wagon. We used them to haul stuff around, and even to ride down hills in them like a go-cart (with their incredibly precise steering...NOT! It's amazing we're not all DEAD!) Anyway, they were useful for so many things as kids. And you know what? They're still useful now.
As you all know, our four-legged child Sydney isn't doing so well. When we left for Hawaii 3 weeks ago she had been on steroids for a few weeks, and had made some nice improvements...she wasn't falling down on every blade of grass or dust particle, and her head tremors were pretty much gone. Then we went to Hawaii for a week (well, Jeannie stayed 2 days longer with another couple, but I had to get home due to limited vacation time). When I got home late one night I found that Sydney could barely stand, let-alone walk, I was devastated. I had to carry her pretty much everywhere for the first 12 hours or so that I was back....I didn't tell Jeannie as I was afraid I might have to put her down before she got home and didn't want to worry her. But I also did not want her to see HER baby Sydney like that.
But then she started getting better...maybe just having her 'family' home. All I can think is that when we left she just laid around for 23.9 hours a day (instead of the 22.9 hours she lays around when we aren't on vacation). But just having us home again, making her get up every now and then and try to walk did her wonders. By the time Jeannie got home she was much improved (though still nowhere near where she was when we left for Hawaii). I think the secret is to keep her moving around as much as we can. So with this thought in mind, I figure I need to get her over to our little park a few times a week. All the babies LOVE the park...tons of new smells...they fan out and just smell and smell (and tinkle and poo)...but the park is about a block away and Sydney can't possibly walk that far...she'd take all day (and fall over a bunch of times in the process).
So I decided that I need a wagon for her...that way I can haul her to the park and then let her walk around.....and PG and Sweet Pea can walk on their leashes like normal (while I pull the wagon). I looked in Walmart and you know how much a RADIO FLYER wagon goes for these days? The plastic version (can you say chinsey!) was $80 at Walmart...and online the steel version like we had as kids was $100 plus shipping.
In case you don't remember what they look like, THIS should refresh your memory:
It took me over a week of my spare time on weekdays and at least one full weekend day, but I made my wagon! Then I had to name it..."RADIO FLYER" Is taken, besides, this should be something to do with the babies. So I named it the "FURBABY FLYER". Also I needed a logo...so I played around with fonts until I had one I liked, and made an 11x17 print of that...then I had to search the internet for a suitable icon for in-between the words (the real version has a kid in a wagon swooshing along...look close, you can see it). I finally found a cute little flying dog that I figured I could adapt for white and red, printed that out about 6 times (trying to get the right size to go between my words). THEN I had to cut out the letters making a spray-paint template, and also cut out the flying dog and insert that in the middle, all held together by scotch tape. After giving the wagon body the nifty red paint job inside and out, I sprayed the logo on both sides. I had to do a 2nd white-spray to add the swoosh-things from under the F and R (first and last letters)...then a clear-coat job and the body was done. Then I sprayed the wheel axles and the bolt heads (axles are black, bolt heads are red)...the wheels were already white with black tires thankfully. Put it all together finally, and then added a memory foam pad covered by a little blanket, to finish it off. THEN It was time to grab Syd and do a Fit-check.