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Blog entry by DeLayne Peck posted 712 days ago 1119 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to end the suffering of a very old friend this week, my Australia Shephard, Melbie. From puppyhood through 13 years, he was a constant companion in my shop. Few things excited him more than my shop keys. No just wasn’t an answer. We were going make the trek to shop together. Nothing scared him. And sometimes I wondered if we were in contest to see who could get covered with the most saw dust. The damn fool would lay under the thickness planer and seem proud of the winning result.

No tears, to the end we never let each other down. No sympathy sought. No condolences. But, as a toast to “Ol’ Melbie” post a note about your animal shop companion. And no, drunken Ralph from next door doesn’t count.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.



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cathyb

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#1 posted 712 days ago

This was Snowy, my shop rat. He was by my side everyday. Sometimes I would look down and see him covered with shavings from the piece that I was carving. He was so happy to be part of that process. He lived to 13. Great dog. I still tear up when I talk about him….
Sorry for your loss….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Hawaiilad

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#2 posted 712 days ago

Over the years I have had many of “best friends” share a shop with me…and they all passed on. We moved to Hawaii and for some reason we started taking in strays….in the shop with me during the day I now have 4 “best friends”....a more inside the house. It’s always good to have someone to talk with in your shop and share ideas with. I am very sorry you lost your friend.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 712 days ago

My fraidy-cat yellow lab wont come within 1 story of the basement shop but she always has a big wet kiss for me when i get home. She’s going on 11 years old. Shes been the best buddy a guy could have. She will get a special treat tonight in toast to Ol’ Melbie.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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crank49

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#4 posted 712 days ago

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ”
—Roger Caras

And one more:

“The more I know about people, the better I like my dog.”
—Mark Twain

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-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Kookaburra

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#5 posted 712 days ago

My sweet pup is approaching the end of her days – she has bladder cancer and is getting chemotherapy but it is pretty much an untreatable cancer in dogs. I am hoping for a few more months of tail wagging before she lives on only in my memories. Love you, Coconut. She does not especially like power tools, but she DOES like the ribbons from hand planes.

Dogs are the best companions, aren’t they? Sounds like Melbie was well loved and that is the most we can do for them.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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carguy460

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#6 posted 712 days ago

Drunken Ralph from next door doesnt count? How about a cat named Keystone???

He’s my plane inspector…he also is an expert glue bottle tipper…

Sorry to hear about your loss…pets definitely become a part of the family, especially when they spend time in the shop…

-- Jason K

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DeLayne Peck

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#7 posted 712 days ago

Jason, cats definely count! I have been amused by the cats that show up in project pictures. But, I have had always had a detached shop. Which would require lugging a cat out to the shop. My wife recently came home with a rescue cat from the Humane Society. I took one look at the prominent bullseye on his side and said, “Honey, that is a Maine Coon, the largest domestic breed of cats. You rescued a pony” At 10 months, he is now 14 lbs. Won’t be long before I can saddle and ride him to the shop.

Great collection and love your plane inspector.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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carguy460

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#8 posted 711 days ago

Thanks DeLayne. Cats are definitely cool to have in the shop, but I would imagine that a dog would cause less trouble. Good luck with that Maine Coon, those things are great cats but yes, you may end up riding him around!

I see that you are from Lincoln…not too far away from me down here in Maryville, MO. Nice to see a neighbor on LJ’s!

-- Jason K

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shipwright

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#9 posted 711 days ago

I know just how you feel DeLayne. We lost our Lucy this week. She was an LJ’s post -er girl and apparently had 1604 friends here.
Life does go on though.
My condolences.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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BigTiny

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#10 posted 711 days ago

I’d like to add not one name to the list, but four. Shadow, Harley, J.D. and Smokey. The first three were dogs and the last a cat who is still with us but at nine years old…
All were rescue animals, the best source of a friend for life I know.
May all our past shop buddies rest in peace and thank you to them for the love and companionship they have given us.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 711 days ago

Sorry about your loss. My avatar was Dusty. He was our watchdog at the plant for about 12 or so years and stayed mostly in my machine shop during the day but had the free roam of the plant at night. He was always waiting for me at the door in the mornings.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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inchanga

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#12 posted 711 days ago

My old dog was a Lassie double. The only thing he hated was the sound of the air nailer. It was no contest. I got rid of the compressor and bought a tack hammer.

-- chris, north wales http://salemchapelfurniture.co.uk/

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 711 days ago

Sounds like a bad week for companions. You and Paul both have my sympathies. I fear I’m not far behind as Peggy Sue is now 18,deaf, and nearly blind but still spends every waking moment with me in the truck or in the shop.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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crashn

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#14 posted 711 days ago

Sorry for your immense loss. My avatar is Pumpkin, she just turned 5. I have to reconfigure the fence between the house and shop so that the shop door is on the inside of the fence line and she can hang out with me. Chance, our other pit, is a big horse, but a scaredy cat and he does not like loud noises so I doubt that he will venture into the shop much.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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DeLayne Peck

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#15 posted 711 days ago

From dogs at the pool, fraidy-cat dogs, Roger Caras, Coconut (great name), inspector cats, machine shops, to Paul’s sorry loss, dear old deaf dogs, trucks, and rerouted fences. One and all, a great collection of comments. It is heartening to know that so many of us combine the love of our craft with the love of a furry companion.

Not to one up anyone, but did I mention Melbie would stay and sweep up after I went back to the house?

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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