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The most important shop fixture- the Shop Dog!

by StumpyNubs
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#1 posted 1334 days ago

Puddles? I guess I know why you gave that name, don’t I.

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#2 posted 1334 days ago

Yes you do, nailbanger… yes… you… do..

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#3 posted 1334 days ago

well jim you did a great thing by taking in the little pup…im sure puddles will grow out of its current problem and be more of a help…lol…here is my new shop helper…she is like your first dog…not real keen on noise, but will inspect the finished project…she is a really good dog and is coming along nicely , she still thinks her tail is some type of alien that is following her around…its quite funny to see her pull on it and almost pull her behind from off the floor…but she is great at giving kisses…and her mellow mood face always makes me melt.

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#4 posted 1334 days ago

Grizz- Puddles is also fond of giving kisses, but only on the mouth, which I am not too keen on. I call them Oh-La-La’s because it sounds french! She watches your face while she’s on your lap and tries to catch you off gaurd so she can shoot her little head up and give you a lick. I am always careful to keep my face turned away when she tries to strike!

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#5 posted 1334 days ago

yea jim ive seen her type before…lol…they watch and wait for there moment to strike…and then its wham…right in the mouth…lol…my girl molly is a great kisser..her being a lab, has a soft tongue thank goodness…cuz she will lick like she is giving you a shave…lol…ive had dogs most of my life…and there wonderful to have…but i had forgotten how tough it was bring up a puppy…so this one here is probably my last one…ive got back problems and doing as much getting up and down to take her out and so on has been hard…but she is doing much better the last few weeks…and im trying to get her to like the shop more and more…ill take her a chew bone out there…and she will lay there and stay busy with that…she doesnt care for it when i run the planer…maybe she will get use to it…might have to make her some special doggy muffs to go over her ears…grizz

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#6 posted 1334 days ago

I don’t care how good that dog’s manners are, get her off the dinner table.

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#7 posted 1334 days ago

I almost had a shop dog once. My daughter brought home a stray while she was in her last year of high school, after we told her no more pets. My wife and I wanted to get situated being empty nesters without any pets to care for. We told her that she had to go. I knew we were in trouble, when she begged for us to give her time to find a home for her. After we agreed to give her a week she immediately began calling this little pup Jude. I said one week thats it. By the middle of the week this pup was going everywhere with me since I was stuck caring for this little thing while she was in school and working her pt job. By the end of the week I was attached to Jude and she was in training to be shop dog. She was good in the shop and never got excited when I turned on any of the machines. Needless to say my daughter found a home for this little pup and she was gone. Just so you know how attached I had gotten. Here’s a pick of the little girl.

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#8 posted 1334 days ago

We found Lightfoot in our shed 7 years ago, starving and scared. She has been the best dog I’ve ever had and don’t know what we would do without her. She goes everywhere with us. Here’s a pic of her leading the way up the mountain.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#9 posted 1334 days ago

Jim- I think your new little beagle pup needs a sweater to help him/her stay a bit warmer. They have them at Walmart for 5.00 in the pet section. Fleece or knitted is best. I think you will find that the pup is warmer and will feel more secure with the sweater on. :)

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#10 posted 1334 days ago

I have a shop dog also. All 100 pounds of him. Well he’s my shop dog until I turn any equipment on them he’s gone!!!!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#11 posted 1334 days ago

Rivergirl- Puddles has a couple of sweaters but she wrestles with Maya so much that the get torn off quickly! By the way, she’s full grown, not a puppy. I’d say a year old because she has all her adult teeth. She must be a beagle mixed with some type of small terrier. Her long legs make me think she may be a beagle mixed with a white tailed deer.

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#12 posted 1334 days ago

While i wont call her a shop dog .. here’s Grace .. shes the quirkiest yellow lab i have ever met but also one of the aboslute sweetest dogs ever. She wont go upstairs or downstairs to the shop but will gladly run on sheets of ice and dive into the stream in December. Shes justgetting back up to speed after tearing her ACL and having surgery.

Thats her best “look dad im a wolf” pose .

-- "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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#13 posted 1334 days ago

Here’s Riley, my shopdog. As you can see, he stays in a crate in my shop when I’m working. He follows me everywhere and if he’s not in the crate, he’d be under foot all the time. While noise doesn’t bother him, I leave him upstairs (it’s a basement shop) when I run really loud machinery. My rule of thumb is, if I wear earmuffs, the dog’s upstairs.

Riley’s also recovering from a blown out knee. He’s coming around pretty well.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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#14 posted 1334 days ago

I need to get my recent pics out of my camera, but yeah, we’ve got a shop dog. His name is Brody, and he’s a hyper 7 month old pup that has finally figured out cords are not to be chewed upon… He likes shredding pine, but seems to leave the hardwoods alone… I am okay with that for now…

As far as breed goes, we aren’t certain. His mother was a yellow lab, his dad, they thought was a black lab, but he’s not growing as fast as the other lab puppies in the neighborhood, and he has some features around the head and face, not to mention the overall build that make me think Boxer… Which is fine… he retrieves like crazy, as well as points and flushes, all with very little training…. He’s too young to take birding yet, but maybe next season….

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#15 posted 1333 days ago

YOU CAN’T TAKE A NICE PHOTO OF ME!!!!!!

Not quite a shop dog but loves helping out occasionally. Loves chewing on wood… well to tell you the truth she just loves chewing – fences, gates, metal, wood, oh and of course bones.
She was a stray who decided to stay, we have had a bit of a hard time with her as she hates thunderstorms and garbage trucks. Doesn’t mind all the loud noises that gets produced around here occaisionally with various tools but must have had it bad in her previous home. It has taken 18 months to get her half way to decent! But she really is a sweetie sometimes , cant you tell!!!!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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#16 posted 1333 days ago

He’s Milo, my shop cat. He wags his tail around and picks up all the sawdust, then spreads it all over the house. :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#17 posted 1333 days ago

Oh wayne he is sooooooo cute.

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#18 posted 1333 days ago

This is my dog Sadie, she’s an 8 y/o Golden. Shes around 4 in this picture. She doesn’t get out to my shop much but she loves wood like her dad! She is very smart, loves to play, and has a serious tennis ball obsession..

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#19 posted 1333 days ago

snowy river…i had to just laugh…your kitty has the look like get that camera out of my face…we had a kitty like that…we lost him this year to old age…he was 18…good luck with yours …these pictures of all of our shop buddies are pretty cool…mine is new and she is learning…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#20 posted 1333 days ago

My black lab, Jett, comes down to the shop looking for me. Then he lays down is the sawdust. I like having him down there, but not when I’m using loud machines. My wife doesn’t like it too much, as he always brings a lot of sawdust back upstairs. She says it’s bad enough that I come up all dusty…she doesn’t want 2 dogs shedding sawdust all over.
On the other hand, she doesn’t mind when he comes into our lake cottage soaking wet.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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#21 posted 1333 days ago

Here is a rare picture of my three favorite ‘helpers’ together. It is rare because I have only seen all three of them together once. Coco (named after Coco Chanel) is the black one. She is big and beautiful and one of the most gentle cats I have ever had. Richard is the short haired orange tabby in the back. And that is Pancakes in the middle. They all “help’ in their own ways. We call Coco the “Secretary” because she is fascinated with the computer (especially the cd rom tray and the printer) Using the scroll saw doesn’t bother them. Sometimes I have even had one of them sitting on the table right next to it as I work. Richard is the “office manager” because he oversees things. Pancakes is always close by, although he hates his mortal enemy – the compressor. He refers to it as “the big yellow monster” (it is a DeWalt) and runs and hides when we bring it out. They are constant companions though and I couldn’t do my job without them.

Sheila

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#22 posted 1333 days ago

A well trained shop dawg

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#23 posted 1333 days ago

This is “Roo” while she comes in my shop once in a while,she doesn’t stay very much. If the air compressor starts she bails out immediately.If she is in the house and can hear it she runs to a bedroom. Otherwise she goes pretty much every where I go. I rescued her from the pound 6 years ago and she is a joy in my life.

-- Life is good.

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#24 posted 1333 days ago

This is Mfutah. (a Zulu name) the real shop dawg

I’ve had her since she was 20 minutes old.
She cant brush up yet.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#25 posted 1333 days ago

I love this thread! This is great to see everyone’s “assistants”!

Alba – I don’t know what to say! That really made me laugh out loud! Just wonderful!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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#26 posted 1333 days ago

Grizz- Sorry you lost your cat. Send me your address and I’ll mail you a couple!

Why is it that dogs are so afraid of the compressor? I mean, other loud things like the lawn mower they don’t mind. In fact my dog loves to chase the mower, but if she even SEES a brad nailer come out she will climb into the fireplace and burn alive to get away from it!

I also have two cats, but they stay out of the shop. They mostly like going upstairs and opening all of the bedroom & bathroom doors. Then I close them, and the game starts over again. They also like to hide around corners and when a dog walks by they smack it in the mouth. The dogs will just look at me with sadness like I’m going to stick up for them.

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#27 posted 1333 days ago

If you really want to be happy in the shop, get yourself a shop llama.

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#28 posted 1333 days ago

Candy stays outdoors in nice weather, but shares the shop with me when it’s cold or rainy. She’s not crazy about the noise, but after 10 years she has learned to live with it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#29 posted 1333 days ago

thats great charlie…she is a happy looking girl..ive had my new one for about 90dyas now…she is working out good…ive found the girls seem to like the guys better and vice versa…i wanted my next dog to be partial to me, so i got a girl…ive also found that if i put a piece of bacon around my neck…she stays around more too…lol…grizz

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#30 posted 1333 days ago

I have a bunch of dogs. I can’t seem to locate a pic of the black lab Jack. And the labradoodle puppies are older and bigger now. All of them like to hang out with me all the time, in the yard and in the garage. Trouble with poodles is- sawdust really sticks to their fur. :)


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#31 posted 1333 days ago

Ok, so she’s a little lazy!!!!! Oh and by the way we are Her people…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#32 posted 1333 days ago

Here’s my Sunny Day. She’s a 9 month old Shih Tzu. She’s my best friend, and my dust mop in the workshop!!!

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#33 posted 1333 days ago

Verna- Is that a shop teddy bear? By the way, this is a family site, so no swearing- even if your dog IS 9 months old!

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#34 posted 1333 days ago

Jim, she looks like a teddy bear at times, like a miniature lion other times, like a holy terror when wrestling with her brother (my sister has her brother), but mostly, yes, she is shop teddy bear.

She doesn’t mind the scrollsaw or the dust collector, but hates the shop vac. I won’t let her around me while I’m using the table saw (too dangerous for me to have her under foot!!!). And, one of the first things she found in the workshop was the scrap wood bin…she seems to love to chew on cherry!!

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#35 posted 1333 days ago

My avatar is Dusty. He is no longer with us but he was our night watchman over the course of 12 years in three different plants. He was a mix between a German Shepherd and a Chow. I never have seen a dog with stronger jaw muscles. Dusty was one of the best friends that I have ever had and stayed with me in the machine shop during the day but had free rein of the whole plant at night. When I opened the plant early every morning Dusty was waiting at the door to greet me exactly where he was when I left him because I always came in the morning like clockwork although at night I often left way past closing time. When Dusty died it was one of the saddest things that ever happened to me because I loved him so. We buried him behind the plant and later built a 12,000 sq ft building over him but we built the building in a way that did not disturb his grave. The building was a fitting memorial to him since he had faithfully guarded three different buildings for us over the course of 12 years. So now he has one last building to guard in a symbolic way. I shall never forget Dusty for as long as I live because I loved him so much and I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I have three dog collars hanging from my rear view mirror in my pickup. One of them belongs to my beloved Dusty and so when I look in my rear view mirror I think of him every time.

-- 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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#36 posted 1333 days ago

Helluvawreck they spend such a short time but give so much.

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#37 posted 1333 days ago

BTW, Dusty is a helluva lot better looking than helluvawreck so that’s another reason to use him for an avatar. :)

-- 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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#38 posted 1333 days ago

Helluvawreck—they leave footprints on our hearts, that’s for sure. I lost Speckles on a Tuesday in April and picked up Sunny Day the following Saturday. I just can’t be without a woman’s best friend.

I, too, keep the collars, but on a hook on the ‘frig. Speckles (the most loyal of all dogs, but, oh, did she shed), Sunshine (my first Shih Tzu), Snickers (retired racing greyhound who finally got to run for pleasure), and Sawdust (the sawdust eating Chow/Shepherd mix).

I see nothing but best friends here. Some canine, some feline—they all leave footprints on our hearts…..and hopefully not on our wooden projects!!

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#39 posted 1333 days ago

This is a great thread and to see that a lot of us have “just acquired” our mates or should I say they aquired us. But either way I agree with Verna. They all have the same trait whether they are “canine or feline they all leave footprints on our hearts” and memories forever

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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#40 posted 1333 days ago

I never met a dog that I didn’t like if I had the opportunity to get to know them except for one and he was a three legged hound dog named Hank. You can usually negotiate with most dogs. With Hank there was no negotiating; he was most likely going to bite you no matter what and that was all there was to it. He had his back leg shot off by a man – I reckon that he had been offended by that. :)

-- 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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#41 posted 1333 days ago

Bitty: She’s a full blood Bloodhound. She’s a real pain in the shop. Every time you drop something on the floor, she gets to it before I can and eats it. Screws, washers, offcuts, dirt, shavings, (you get the idea) it doesn’t matter, down the hatch it goes. She’s also real sneaky. She will grab offcuts, from where I have no idea, and take them upstairs to the front room and chew them into little pieces. So I have to cleanup chips and dust in the shop and them go upstairs and clean up chips and dust.

Dad, I’ve been a bad girl…

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#42 posted 1333 days ago

Chunk, one of these days I’ll have to tell you about Shotzie. She was the eatenist dog that I ever had and would eat most anything if she put her mind to it – which she often did much to the aggravation of us human folk. :)

-- 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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#43 posted 1333 days ago

Helluva- I got bit by a three legged dog once too!! In fact I’ve never met a three legged dog that didn’t bite, they are as angry as a Vietnam vet coming home minus a leg and nobody to welcome him! My encounter was with a horrible beast named Tripod. You’d think he’d be no match for me, I could have just kicked his only front leg out from under him, but that three legged dog was faster than I expected!

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#44 posted 1332 days ago

My hat is off to you, Jim. Maybe we could start a club here on Lumberjocks called the Three Legged Dog Club. I suppose we could work it into woodworking somehow or another. I’ve got a good friend that is a veteran from the long war of woodworking. From recollection I think he has lost three or four fingers from the long war of woodworking. He was a good poker playing buddie of my brothers and I. He would often get exuberant over a good show in a poker hand and raise his right hand with glee and holler “give me three”. :)

-- 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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#45 posted 1332 days ago

When I was in University at Southern Illinois there was a three legged dog that used to chase our car as we drove through the trailer park. Man! That dog was so fast you couldn’t even tell he was missing a leg until he stopped. He was cute!

We can work this subject into woodworking by maybe having someone make one of the three legged dogs a wooden leg. Maybe??

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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#46 posted 1332 days ago

Imagine trying to work around this monster in your shop

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#47 posted 1332 days ago

My hat is off to you as well, Ms Sheila for calling that to my attention. Sometimes I’m not so swift on the uptake, if you know what I mean. I’m an old man and it’s almost past my bedtime so ya’ll carry on without me while I retire for the night. Mr Jim, sorry if I offended you, sir. It was totally unintentional so you have from me a 1000 apologies. However, in defense of myself I will say that not once did I ever not welcome home a homecoming vet – not even in the 60’s and the Vietnam War nor any other war. So if you will pardon me I shall go to sleep now and have a good night’s sleep as I most always do because I almost always have an easy consciense as I do right now. There is no shame in a man putting his foot in his mouth because we all have done so from time to time. :)

-- 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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#48 posted 1332 days ago

I don’t know what you’re talkin about, Hellua, but no offense was taken. :)

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#49 posted 1332 days ago

hey there tj…with that little guy in your shop , who would need a planer or table saw…looks like that thing…might eat 50 pounds a day…what do you feed your dogs down under…lol….more then a shrimp on the barbie…lol…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#50 posted 1332 days ago

hey grizzman all you would have to do with that fella is give the wood to him to trim!!! :-) he might even get his dinner ouf of it if you are lucky that way you wouldn’t need to give him soo much!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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