|Forum topic by StumpyNubs||posted 11-26-2010 03:13 AM||6031 views||3 times favorited||153 replies|
11-26-2010 03:13 AM
I recently recieved a visitor at my workshop that never left. She’s a tiny, trembling little mutt not much bigger than a cat and had clearly been homeless for a while. I live in a small town but couldn’t locate her owner and I didn’t have the heart to turn her out. So I have two shopdogs now.
Maya (below) we’ve had for a couple of years. She’s is an Australian Shepherd that we affectionately call “the birth defect”. She’s a purebread from two show dogs that never should have been bred. (If you breed two of the same type of Aussies you may get puppies that are mostly white, like Maya and these are usually born blind, deaf or both. Fortunately Maya is healthy!) She is by far the best dog I’ve ever known, extremely smart, obsessively committed to pleasing us, and absolutley docile. She’s afraid of noise and likes to snort sawdust, so she mostly stays in the house while I work and comes out to inspect the finished pieces.
Puddles (the little one below) is the reformed street dog I mentioned above. She’s the opposite of Maya but we’re working on her! Mostly she likes to shiiver and shake because she’s always cold but she tolerates noise better than Maya. Her job is to chew on any wood I need turned into a pile wet little chips and poop on the floor.
Do you have a shopdog? is your shop dog a cat? Please share a photo or tell us about yours and how it “helps out”.
And a couple of jokes won’t hurt either…
On the door of a woodworker’s shop a visitor noticed the sign DANGER! BEWARE OF DOG! Inside he saw a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor besides the counter. He asked the shop owner, “Is THAT the dog folks are supposed to beware of?” “Yep, that’s him,” he replied. The visitor could not help but be amused. “That certainly does not look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign?” “Because,” the owner replied, “before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him.”
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