Attempting Stairs after FHO Surgery

We’ve spent our first night at my apartment in Chicago since Bacio’s FHO surgery.  I moved my bed to the ground so that Bacio can sleep on the bed.  This morning I woke up to get ready for work, but first time to take Bacio out.  I was nervous for the first trip down hardwood stairs.


He fell. When he did, his leg looked disgusting, almost at a 90-degree angle. Soooo I carried that 65lb boy the rest of the way down the stairs.  My daily workouts will now consist of carrying Bacio up and down the stairs.  I felt so bad for him… But he didn’t seem phased once we were outside.  He limped a little outside, but was still putting the leg down… Hopefully it’s all good… I’m still pretty worried though.

Finding Stair Solutions

After work, I went to Home Depot to find a stair solution.  When approached buy one of their helpful people in orange, I explained that I needed some sort of grip my stairs, but it had to be temporary, and nothing that involved a staple gun.  He suggested sandpaper tape.  I veto’d, I skateboarded most my teenage years and grip tape tore up my shoes. I can’t imagine what it would do to dog paws.

He said I could glue down carpet patches, but as a renter I asked if there was a temporary tape instead. I needed something removal and that wouldn’t damage wood.  He got a weird look on his face and proceeded toward the carpeting section. He had a brilliant idea!  Take the non-slip rug grip pads, cut it to size, and put it on the stairs.  YES!

Rug pads from

I’ll need to clean the stairs first, and then I’ll get to Bacio-fying them.  In fact… I need to clean my entire apartment.

I walked in after being gone for 2.5 weeks and I was like Ewww gross… how do I live here?

On that note… I’m off to clean!

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