I was so very sad this morning to learn that FuFu has gone over the Rainbow Bridge. This is one of my favorite pictures of him... it shows how special he was. I don't know any other hamsterrier who was as smart as FuFu - he was in training for the Army of 4 at the time of his passing, and was doing pull-ups in this picture.
He also had his own car (the FuFuMobile), his own spaceship, many houses, LOTS of treats and snackies, and hundreds of doggie friends who will miss him greatly. He is a very precious little hammy, and we will always remember him.
Also - thanks for the suggestions on the staircase; Massah is going to try them out. I'll keep you updated on my progress. :-)