It was an experiment. One length of wood, finished would get him to the ground but at too steep an angle.
Next summer the steps will be rebuilt as they need it. That big hedge -like bush will come out and a small ramp can be added off the steps that way into the yard for him or any older rescue dogs we get down the road. For now, this should keep the stress off of his limbs. Though I may borrow a Motocross bike and park it out next to the ramp to get the neighbors attention.
Barkley gets to come home tomorrow, to the crash pad for a week, no steps at all for a few more days. There may be additional Veterinary consult but he's walking much better.