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Question Do you have a cat or dog or any other pet at the shop?

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by PAckerman, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. PAckerman

    PAckerman True Grumbler

    We have fish and just took in a rescue form the local shelter to be our office companion. She is 9 weeks old and is a mutt but with a pedigree. Meet Maxine, our Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog. She is very sweet.
    Tell us about your shop pets
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  2. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Mama Lucy is a cat that I rescued 4.5 years ago. She was raising 6 kittens in a dirt crawl space under my ex's house. He and the neighbors and a rescue group helped me trap and grab everyone and I have three of her boys at home with me (Mister Fletcher, Leto, and Prince Mica), the rescue group found homes for the other three (Stan Lee, Caleb and Shelby), and Mama Lucy lives at the shop full time. She enjoys talking to the customers and she especially enjoys the mailman who brings her treats. She has quite a fan club, both locally and globally.
    Lucy Easter.jpg
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  3. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God


    Not Impressed.
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  4. pwalters

    pwalters SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    If you have a storefront or if you bring customers to your location you will want to make sure that your business insurance is aware that you have an animal in the location. A small gift shop that used to be near me used to have a very sweet dog in the store all of the time. A customer came in that just set the dog off and the dog bit the customer. The business insurance wouldn't cover it. The shop is no longer there and the customer was sued for medical. Last I heard the owner declared bankruptcy.
  5. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    The Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not mutts. They are a distinct developed breed, just not recognized by any Kennel Club.

    From our friends at Wiki: The Catahoula Cur is an American dog breed named after Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States. After becoming the state dog of Louisiana in 1979, its name was officially changed to Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

    I have a 10 year old 90 lb Parti colored Standard Poodle at the shop. He's been coming to the shop since the day after I got him (Mardi Gras, 2006). Yes there are liabilities in having a pet at the shop, but there are also liabilities for allowing people in it as well.
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  6. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    I was four years old when I had my thumb almost severed by a German shepherd in a confectionery. No idea what happened after that in terms of lawsuits or police intervention. To this day I don't trust that SOB breed.
  7. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    As you know, I'm a dog lover and, probably stupidly, I will approach any dog.

    About 8 years ago, my former boss's husband brought their older female German Shepherd to visit at work.
    I had never met this dog before so, of course, I leaned down to pet the dog.
    The dog jumped up in my face to nip at me and gave me a black eye.:confused:

    My boss also has a female cockapoo and she used to bring her to work and I even helped to train her when she was a pup.
    She's about 14 now.
    (wow, the spell check really doesn't like "cockapoo" o_O)

    I've had other dogs for over 40 years and I have 2 Australian Shepherds now.
    I just figure that other people's dogs are just like mine....(maybe not so much:rolleyes:)
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2016
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  8. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Here are my two, the French bulldogs dog is eight weeks old and the chiwawa is just over a year old, we have lost three to old age in the last couple of years.
    I don't take the to work though. FB_IMG_1459746635417.jpg
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  9. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Great looking dogs!:D

    It's very tough when they get old and the time comes to have to make the "decision".
    I've had to do this twice and I know that it's going to happen again.

    They get old and they don't understand why they can't walk or that they have other issues and they never complain.
    This always gets me.

    My older dog would come with me to visit my Mother when my Mom was in a nursing home before she passed.
    She would jump up on the bed with my Mom and stay there with her while I visited.

    Humans will always complain about the smallest thing as if it was a life or death issue.
    The dogs will drag themselves around and still wag their tails and lick our hands when they can barely walk when they get old.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2016
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  10. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    We have two new additions to the family as well. Our old Fox Terrier(ist), Turbo, passed and we waited at least a month and a half (that's almost a year in dog mourning) before looking for a replacement. We found a breeder in central Florida and went to visit. She had a 4 month old male Smooth coat Fox Terrier that we fell in love with. Unfortunately he was deaf, but fortunately she had a younger female that could serve as a "hearing" dog. So we now have 2 5ish month old Smooth Coat Fox Terrierists, Stickley and Mackintosh, to keep our old Poodle feeling young.
    And, no, the terriers will never come to work with me. They are way too busy. IMG_0545.JPG Mack is the one asleep.
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  11. all 10 fingers

    all 10 fingers True Grumbler

    My Daisy! She's my ambassador and also helps distract kids when their parents need to focus on framing!
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  12. simplymatted

    simplymatted SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    His name is 2.5 (two point five) 2.5.jpg
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  13. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Daisy is a great dog.
    I can tell because her tail is wagging so fast that it's blurred in the picture.:D
    I am interested in the name 2.5.
    He is very cute and I just wondered about his name.
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  14. all 10 fingers

    all 10 fingers True Grumbler

    I wondered about that too. I figured it was his weight as well as his name!
  15. Andrew Lenz Jr.

    Andrew Lenz Jr. MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I have a dog and cat at home, but no way I'd let them in our framing department. Design, sure. Production, no. Pet hair when we're doing fitting? No thanks. The staff let a cat that used to hang outside the back of our store into our shop once—it was kicked out with extreme prejudice. Call me heartless.

  16. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    This is what happens when we do take the dogs to work

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  17. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    What a great face your bulldog has.:p
    My next door neighbor has a Chihuahua and they're very cute and they can be very protective.

    My boss got an Italian Greyhound some months ago for his family.
    Unfortunately, she broke both front legs at work.:(
    We were getting a delivery of moulding and he picked her up and placed her on a table.
    As he walked away, she jumped down and broke both of her front legs.

    She was crying and it was pretty bad, but she had surgery, casts and she is 100% fine now.
    I have learned that these dogs are prone to breaking their legs.
    The front legs are like pencils. They can break a leg just jumping down from your lap.

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    My older dog hard at work at my desk...
  18. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    The poor thing, they always seem very timid when I have seen them, your older one is a dog after my own heart, I often have a sleep under my desk in the afternoon, just don't tell my staff!
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  19. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    I wouldn't have a cat in the shop, though I do like them and am owned by 3 of them. The poodle is hypo-allergenic and doesn't shed. Actually, when he's grown his coat out a bit he acts like a duct magnet (remember Pig Pen from Peanuts?). 019.JPG
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  20. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Mardi is such a beautiful dog - seeing him makes me miss my step brother's poodle Sundance. Such smart funny guys!
  21. acrompton

    acrompton MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Lucy and Abbey Rose are our shop dogs. We put them up when customer's arrive and only if the customer asks to see them (being hounds they are quite vocal!) do we let them out. IMG_0066.JPG
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  22. skye

    skye MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    My dog does not play well with others...(ACD with peculiarities) I could never bring him to the old shop, but one of the ladies I worked with up there was addicted to Daschunds(?spelling?) after her first one and there were tiny dogs in the shop often.
  23. IFGL

    IFGL SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Talking of tiny dogs our vet told us yesterday that our chiwawa is the smallest dog on their books, she is 1.6kg (3.5 lb)
    which coincidentally is what my first son weighed when he was born.
  24. PAckerman

    PAckerman True Grumbler

    This is Elvis. He was our original office dog. He is retired now and happy at home. He weighs just under 3 pounds

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  25. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    A new customer came in today and asked "Where is Lucy?" Turns out he lives in the neighborhood and when he walks by he sees her in the front window all the time. :)

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  26. simplymatted

    simplymatted SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Some have asked about 2.5's name. He is a tiny lil dog. But his name comes from the store. Simply Matted part 2. So adding the dog was new. But being so small, like half a dog, 2.5 made sense, fun sense. Three seemed like a goofy name. Unless youre a Bundy kid and get named 7.
  27. AaronF

    AaronF CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    We have two dogs that visit once in a while. They were here a lot when we first opened, but now only come on occasions where we can't make it home throughout the day to let them out or they don't have a sitter (my wife's mother, who splits duties with us). Now we use them as distractions for the children who attend art classes and camps here! ;)

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  28. Framar

    Framar SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I have a customer who lives in the neighborhood and he has a gorgeous blond Golden named Clara. He brought her by for me to see when she was a pup and now, whenever he is out walking her, she practically drags him to my front door so I can pet her. Of course, Mama Lucy does not allow dogs inside the shop, and Clara is not allowed treats - so she just comes so I can admire her and praise her. Such a sweetheart.

    MATTHEW HALE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    He doesn't shed, and he's only bitten one client (and he deserved it).
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  30. cjmst3k

    cjmst3k SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    We just adopted a dog in July. We kept the name they gave him "Flash Gordon".

    Customers absolutely LOVE him. If someone comes in and sits on a chair, he hops in their lap and then sits upright, and then does a trust-fall backwards because he wants to be held upside-down like a baby. He follows every visitor around while they're here. Most of the day, if I'm typing, he wants to lay in the crook of my arm while typing.

    Literally, AS I'm typing this, a woman came in with her teen daughter. They aren't a customer of mine, but they saw him once being walked. She just came in and asked "Is Flash Gordon in today? I see his bed by the front window." ...that's how popular this dog is!

    ...I can't figure out how to upload a photo though.
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  31. cjmst3k

    cjmst3k SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer


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  32. Scout

    Scout Grumbler

    This is the shop dag, Lucy.
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    Last edited: Apr 24, 2017
  33. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Beautiful dogs.

    At our mini-mall we have a number of pooches who drop by to say hello. Drives one other store owner crazy. She hates dogs.
  34. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    I love it when customers bring their dogs to the shop. Most are very affectionate, and a real day-brightener. However, I tend to be on Andrew's team as far has having a pet in the shop. In addition to the issue of airborne hair getting into fitting jobs, I would be concerned about safety, both for the pet (possibly stepping on little glass pieces or other detritus in the workshop) and for me (not having a pet cross your path while carrying a sheet of glass to the fitting table). Also, some customers may have severe allergies.
    :cool: Rick
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