Why We Love the Help-em-up Harness

Tika's owners can manually assist her using this harness when she's not in her cart.

Just about any dog who might need a wheelchair also needs help moving around the house, getting in and out a car, navigating stairs – and for these short trips, a manual assist is necessary.  It’s not unusual for us to see dogs here being carried in with a towel wrapped around their bellies with the owner struggling to keep up a dog hell-bent on sniffing every spot on the lawn before choosing just the right spot to add his own scent.  Twenty-one years ago, when our first dog Buddha, an 80 lb. Doberman became paralyzed, I carried her back end around with the help of an LL Bean firewood carrier.  An inexpensive variation of this concept would be to cut open the sides of a cloth shopping bag, and sling the dog’s mid-section – a homemade sling that works just fine as long as your dog is female.

Males, will  of course, urinate on a sling that covers the belly.  Manual assists that make an accommodation for males by slinging each leg separately have the drawback of chafing in the delicate tissue of the groin.

The Help-em-up Harness solves this problem by supporting the dog on a pelvic pad, with accommodation for male dogs.  It also puts a handle over the shoulders and another over the rump, allowing the owner to evenly lift the entire dog, if necessary, in a balanced position.  The harness is easy to use and logical.  There is lots of adjustability, allowing the owner to make it so that the handles do not interfere with the cart.

What’s great about this harness is that it can stay on your dog all day long, eliminating looking for that sling you were using before your dog decided to drag itself to another room in the house.  The harness makes it a snap to lift the dog’s rear legs into our cart.

Like Eddie’s Wheels, the Help-em-up Harness was the brainchild of a professional designer who made something for himself and his own dog, and then decided that other people would benefit from his invention.  Like Eddie Grinnell, Carey Zimmerman constantly strives to improve his product and provides excellent customer service.  That’s why the Help-em-up Harness is the only manual assist we actually sell – and sell them we do -to most of our clients who have medium to giant size dogs who need a little help from their best friends – YOU!

18 Responses to Why We Love the Help-em-up Harness

  1. Barbara Fortin February 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I have a little baby-her name is Mollie Maye. Her back end is paralized. The vet wanted $2000-$3000 for surgery,a dit wasn”t guaranteed. I could not put her through that, plus all the physical therepy. She is will be 6 March 31. I watched the vidieo wirh the dashund and cried. Would give anything in the world for my baby to be able to run around like that. I had a cart made, but I don:t think it is fitted right, It was made out of state, and I don’t think I measured her right. I need to have one made where I can bring her and have hr measured the right way. I would like to contact you and come to Shelburne to get her the right kind of cart, She is a small dog. She is half shu zu and half pekenese I call her a shu-piggy.She is also in diapers 24/7,but I could never ever but her down. Would someone put away a person if they suddenly couldn”t walk anymore.I need your help. You can contact me by e-mail or my phone# is 508-838-7036 Thank you so much>

    • leslie February 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

      CAll us at 1-888-211-2700 to make an appointment for a measurement consultation.

  2. Yvette Rutigliano May 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I just wanted to let you know how rewarding it is to care for a handicapped pet. I have been caring for my 11 1/2 year old beagle Sophie who has been paralyzed for 9 years now. She also is in a diaper 24/7 and must be expressed manually and changed at least 4-5 times a day. There wasn’t even a thought of putting her down at the time of her diagnosis. The vet informed my husband and myself in all probability she would never walk or feel from the waist down again. We’ve dedicated all ourselves to making sure Sophie had a good quality of life thanks to EddiesWheels she has. She immediately took to the cart and is even excited when it’s cart time because she knows she will be running and enjoying herself as she did previous to her injury. I don’t know where Sophie would be without her wheelchair. Its saved her life. She’s up and running in her chair and is all over the property with it. Actually, I do believe its extended her life and kept her the same lively spirited dog we had pre-injury. The all terrain tires make it easy for her to cover all types of weather. When people see her in her wheelchair they are amazed. EddiesWheels personnel are so helpful and are a pleasure to deal with. I wish you luck and love with your baby MollyMae. She will love her chair as you will.

  3. Helen Brockow June 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I have a 13 year old German Shepherd/Lab mix that has hip displasia and degenerative nerve damage. it is getting very difficult for her to get up and when we take her for a walk (a very short walk) sometimes the back end goes out and we have to use a towel to help her get back up. she has not gone upstairs in 3 years and hasn’t gone to the back year in about a month as there are two steps and she can’t make it up them. the vet and several other people have told us it’s time to let her go, but i just lost 2 cats in the past 3 months and I’m not ready to lose her too. I don’t know if one of those harnesses would work (she is about 95 pounds) or if it would be worth getting a wheelchair. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    • leslie June 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      Many people get both the harness and the cart. At her age, the harness is the least expensive option, but it won’t let her go for an independent walk the way a cart will. A cart for a 95 lb. dog with a variable balance axle to help cope with her neurologic issues is $620.00 new. But we do have some used carts on hand that are less expensive – if there’s one that is the right fit.

  4. Renee Whiting June 21, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    My husband & I have a 3 year old Lab / Pitbull mix named Kolby. He is about 65 lbs. and has just been diagnosed with hip displasia in both hips. We are both very torn up about this and trying to find options to prolong his loving life. He is our four legged son. Reading the above appears this would possibly be an option. Of course we are still working with our Vet to see what all of our options are. Would you please send us the pricing and options. Thank you very much!!

  5. Priscilla J Mickle August 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Would you please email me the cost of a Help-em-up Harness. We are in the process of getting the necessary measurements compiled so we can order a “set of wheels” for Roxie. Her measurements are A. 14 inches; B. 7 inches; C. 4-1/2 inches; D. 8 inches and E. 6-3/4 inches. I’m giving you her measurements so you can calculate the cost of a harnass. Thank You!!

    • leslie August 16, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      Depending on the size of your dog, they go from $100 – $120.00 plus $15 for shipping/handling.

  6. leslie December 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    The harnesses have lots of adjustability. So start by looking at her weight – they tend to run large. What kind of dog and what is her weight.

    • Heather Jewell January 8, 2013 at 1:14 am #

      Ruby is some kind of Belgian Sheppard Mix, it’s a mystery, actually. She usually weighs about 55 lbs – she is right on the cusp of medium dog and large dog. However, she has a much bigger front end than back end. She has a deep chest and her “elbow” joints in the front seem to be a larger fit than her back “heel” joints. I don’t know if that’s normal or not. However, I can say that she has a very deep chest. (I’m sorry about my late reply, but my computer was down for about a week.)

  7. BB January 29, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    My 10 year-old mastiff is over 200 pounds. She has severe hip dysplasia/arthritis and spondoloysis. We have to frequently lift her as she can barely use her back legs. This week, she’s having a new procedure done to inject “ACell” into her hips, which will regenerate tissue. Hopefully, it will give her improved mobility. Anyway, she’s too big for any harness I’ve found online. The HelpEmUpHarness would be perfect for her, but even the X-large is too small. Her chest is 46 inches and her hips are 38 inches. We’re currently lifting her with a medical belt for humans that my husband got at a medical supply store. I’ve had two disc injuries from lifting her.

    Does anyone have any suggestions about where to get a harness for a dog this large?

    • leslie February 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      I think you would need to find a tailor or seamstress to make you a custom harness, or buy a XL Helpemup and sew longer straps on it.

      • Heather February 6, 2013 at 12:16 am #

        Regarding the bull mastiff with conditions including arthritis. My dog is 18 and has suffered from severely worsening arthritis for years. She was on an arthritis medication for a few years and it almost killed her a few months ago. So we had to take her off of it, but then we had to help her arthritis! The most amazing supplement has been an enzyme called Serrapeptase – I give it to her every night, dry ( I pill her) on an empty stomach. It goes through her whole body and eats away at anything “dead” in her body – in her case, she had major buildup of un-sloughed off bone and joint materials, which was causing her osteoarthritis. We saw noticeable results in a week and she has been improving ever since. Huge joints are now normal sized. Her spine is no longer sore to the touch. Her body and joints are no longer sore to the touch. It’s a miracle. It doesn’t solve all of the problems with again, but she is now a much more comfortable and happy old dog. The brand we have been using is from TriStar Serrapeptase, but I’m sure that there are many other good brands. Good luck with your Bull Mastiff!

  8. leslie April 1, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Helpemup has just come up with a harness for small dogs, retailing for $75.00. It has two soft handles, one over the shoulders, and another over the rump. You would loop a leash to the rear handle. I have no information about enzymes….you would need to google this yourself. Visit http://www.dodgerslist.com for complete information about IVDD in dogs.

  9. Barbara Wolf April 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    What do we need to do to order a helpemup for a 20 pound Corgi? Her back legs are weak due to spinal arthritis.

    Barbara Wolf

    • leslie April 13, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      We have small helpemups now – measure around your dogs neck, chest and waist and call me at 1-888-211-2700 to place the order.

  10. nikki September 4, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    hi im wondering if i buy my white German Shepard the harness at the moment would i be able to buy the wheels to add to the harness at a later date thanks nikki

    • leslie September 4, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      The harness is an adjunct to the wheels. They are two separate products, but the harness works well in conjunction with the dog wheelchair. It need not be removed and assists the owner in putting the dog into the cart.

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