Does your dog do this?

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Blog entry by Greg3G posted 05-04-2007 03:08 AM 1173 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 05-04-2007 03:19 AM

I have a shop cat. But only in the winter.

All of my cats are outside cats. “See MsDebbie post on the miss-adventure of the day.

That’s why I want the cats to get the mice before they show up in the house.

But Katy-Kitty is about 8 years old and She goes away to hide for about a week at a time and then she shows up. But in the wintertime she sits by my shop door so that she can come in and spend the night.

She must be trained because there is no litter-box and I don’t have anything to clean up in the morning. So I allow her visiting privileges.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 05-04-2007 05:46 AM

Shop Cat for me too. My best buddy dies a few years back or she would be a shop dog too. Guess it was time…She was 18 years old. Anyhow – the cats name is Tigger- 15 pounds – he follows me into the shop and sleeps on the table saw. No matter what is running – he still sleeps, except when the compressor comes on.. Then he leave the area in a hurry. I love animals and am glad for the company. Just wish he wold leave the mice outside. I think he figures as there are none in the shop – he will help me out. sigh.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#3 posted 05-04-2007 04:41 PM

we have my daughter’s two cats in the house and they frequent the basement shop. They had to be banned for a while after we brought the fresh pine boards in. I guess Gizmo (the male cat) didn’t like the smell and he marked his territory!! he especially liked the little pile of sawdust from the pine that had been left under the table saw. Couldn’t be mad—it should have been swept up!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 05-04-2007 05:30 PM

Yes, my Golden Retreiver Beacon chewed things up… once. We had a little ummm, talk and he never did it again. ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 05-06-2007 06:30 AM

Lucky you! My dad’s dog would walk into the shop, walk right up to the most expensive piece around and lift his leg. He lives in my dads shop and is well behaved there. I’ve band him for life from mine.

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#6 posted 05-06-2007 06:37 AM

I have a Greyhound. He’s a Shop Dog…Until I turn on my table saw. What ever it takes he’s out of the garage, as fast and as far away from that noise as he can get! If that means taking out the door…he’ll do it.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 05-07-2007 05:14 AM

The wrong cat got locked in my shop last night. I had a present about 1 foot away from the bathroom. She got close but not all of the way.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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