I am not a mean person, so I relented when the wife and kids asked for another dog because “he would be good company for the other dog.” I admit, I like dogs and she is a pretty, chocolate Lab. but she does have one strange quirk. She eats wood. I took her out to the shop the other day and she thought she was in heaven. She loves to bring thing to people, so she proceeded to bring me pieces from my shorts box one at time. I put up with this for about the first 5 or 6, by the 10th it was starting to get old. I managed to get it through to her that I didn’t need those right now. So she explored the shop for about 5 minutes, sniffing and poking around. It became amusing when she stuck her head under my table saw and took a big sniff…she sneezed about a dozen times. (Safe wood…just oak dust) After that she got board…in more ways than one. She managed to find this nice piece of oak I was saving and decided it was lunch time. I was moving around and keeping busy and paid no attention for a while…then I realized that it was pretty quiet in there especially with her in the room. I look down and she has proceeded to make tooth picks out that piece of oak. She had chewed up about half of a 1×12x2 piece of oak. I don’t think she actually ate any….there were too many pieces lying around and I saw her doing in for a minute…chew, chew, chew, wipe tongue off with paw, chew, chew, chew. She was happy as could be. She just looked up at me with those big eyes of her’s and I couldn’t be mad at her. I did take the wood away from her, she has learned to pout from my daughter. I sent her back to the house.
She has kept our older dog busy…she never stops pestering him….he is a 6 yr old lab/husky mix. I admit that he was a bit too much like me, overweight, grey hair and a bit slower than he used to be. But he is taking it pretty well and has actually lost some weight.
My wife reminds me that this is another reason to keep my shop cleaned up…. I reminder her that the dog doesn’t have to go out to the shop with me in the first place. There are a lot of things that she could be hurt by. (That didn’t win me any points)
Any way I guess the point of my post is to see if anyone else has a “shop dog” and if they have any great stories about them.
-- Greg - Charles Town, WV