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Forum topic by MikeGraw posted 06-16-2010 06:50 AM 2076 views 1 time favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2010 06:50 AM

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For years I thought it would be nice to have a shop buddy to keep me company in my shop. We have a mixed breed that loves to be with me most of the time. Unless I’m in the shop. She never likes noise. Sometimes it seems like if a drop a nail on the floor she goes into panic mode that something is going to get her. I love Snuggles a lot, but I had come to the conclusion that she was never going to be my shop companion.

Several months ago we got a Boxer pup. She has made it evident that she likes my shop. Since we moved several months ago, I am in the process of resetting up my shop again. For the most part, whenever I am in the shop Lacie is in the shop trying to be involved in whatever I am doing.

I had to use the tablesaw one day and there was Lacie. She stood right there watching what I was doing. Today I was working on putting my dust collector pipes up. I had to attach some 2X4’s to the basement block walls with a power nailer. I forgot to put my earplugs in for the first one that I did. As I was trying to get my hearing back before doing the second one, I looked at Lacie and she looked at me as if to say, “Hey, that was cool. Are you going to do that again?”

She thinks my sanding wheels and sanding wheels are great toys. I found this out after Lacie and I had been unpacking some boxes one night. When I came home from work the next day my wife, Cindy, showed me what Lacie had brought up from the basement. She hadn’t been chewing on them, but I guess she was having fun rolling them around and chasing them. She takes great delight in sniffing and snorting around to see what she can find. I am finding that I have to keep things in closed boxes.

It definitely is nice having her down there. Though sometimes I wonder why I wanted a shop dog. She so wants to be involved that it makes it hard to move my rolling chair. Haven’t rolled over her yet, but am glad she has a short tail already. Wouldn’t want to roll over it. She is certainly a nice distraction when I have a problem that I can’t figure out. It is like she knows just when to grab her tennis ball and says, “Don’t let this get to you. Just throw the ball and have fun.”

Does anyone else have a shop friend that keeps them company in the shop?

-- Mike's having fun in Central Wisconsin

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#1 posted 06-16-2010 07:04 AM

it’s great that you have a shop bud

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-16-2010 07:36 AM

This is my shop dog and side kick, they are not very helpful but love to clean up the scraps.


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#3 posted 06-16-2010 03:59 PM

Awesome story, thank you for sharing. My son is my shop buddy when my wife can help keep an eye on him while I work. He is fascinated with the tools and the process.

-- Russ

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#4 posted 06-16-2010 04:22 PM

My chocolate lab is fine in the shop as long as I am using donut powered tools, but as soon as I use a powertool, he is gone. Also if I make a mistake and swear, he goes and hides (we raised him from a puppy and he has never been abused…. just doesn’t like the sound of me cursing LOL)

Have to keep the cats out of the shop though, they are too fond of peeing in the shavings. :(

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 06-16-2010 05:30 PM

I have my Honey, as soon as she hears the garage door opening she comes to see whats going on, I tell her to sit and wait and she does. I close the interleading door just in case she does come into the garage while I am taking the car out. She just loves to be in there either sniffing around, chasing her tail or having a snooze. She is my 24/7 companion.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#6 posted 06-16-2010 08:12 PM

Can I see a better pic of that black doggie,looks like my shop manager Augie Dog !!!

-- bill

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#7 posted 06-17-2010 06:12 AM

Here’s a better picture of Snuggles. It is very hard to get a good picture of a black dog.

-- Mike's having fun in Central Wisconsin

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#8 posted 06-17-2010 11:12 AM

My 95 lb one blue eye, Louisiana Catahula Leopard Dog, Callie.

She pouts when not in my shop with me.


-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#9 posted 06-17-2010 01:58 PM

I would love to bring my dog into the shop. Unfortunately, it has a thick coat (black lab/chow chow mix) that would become a portable dust collector and would just dirty up the house. I also don’t want to introduce any possible health problems from saw dust so he stays out. Although even if I let him in, I think he would run away or knock something over as soon as i turn on a power tool….scaredy cat.

This picture is of Ninja from last summer when we shaved his coat, although we stopped doing that after the vet told us every time we cut his hair that there is a greater chance it won’t grow back as long. I wouldn’t mind, but my wife likes the extra warm foot blanket.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#10 posted 06-17-2010 02:03 PM


How would you know if he DID come into the shop ? ;-)

Plus … he could rip wood to length with nothing but throwing stars :-)

You guys are killing me with all these pictures of cute dogs.

Keep RIGHT on killing me, though. Please :-)

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 06-17-2010 02:06 PM

My dog “shiloh” (otherwise known as Roux) is a mixed shepard huskie. She comes into my shop once in a while and is fine with every tool but one. When the air compressor starts she leaves. There must be something there that hurts her ears.

-- Life is good.

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#12 posted 06-18-2010 01:15 AM

I take Freida in as much as possible…..she loves it when I drop a cut off …... sometimes she sneaks a stray piece of pine into the house and then I catch hell.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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#13 posted 06-18-2010 02:05 AM

Mine has demolished at least five cross ties that were (notice the WERE) holding together a sandbox. At her first vet checkup, I was reprimanded by the vet because she had manged to sneak a few nails and staples. I couldn’t really argue with the glowing X-ray evidence. She doesn’t care for the louder tools, but for some reason thinks she has to eat any and all shavings. She’s a little dim, that one.

-- Come down off the cross, we can use the wood. -Tom Waits

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#14 posted 06-18-2010 02:26 AM

My shop buddies are not allowed in the shop but they will set at the door no matter how long I am in there. My picture has both of them in it. The Doxie is “Elizabeth” she is 8 years old, the Shi-tzuh is Zoe, who is 1 1/2 years old!

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#15 posted 06-18-2010 09:04 PM

Lacie is constantly sniffing for what might taste good. It makes me a lot more cautious to pick stuff up when I drop something. Cindy was down in the shop with both dogs this morning. Lacie was bored and found two different sanding drums. Cindy thought it was kind of funny. Need to find her tennis balls to save my tools.

-- Mike's having fun in Central Wisconsin

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