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Mine was Boomer, a wonderful Golden Retriever who always came to the garage to help out when I was working in there.  My son sent me this photo the other day of his helper, Wilbur, who likes to make sure the job is done properly.  If you have a photo of your helper, share it here.

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He’s still with mom, but in 12 days I will. So in a way he’s already doing his job... I don’t know about anybody else, but my chief shortcoming in life has been a chronic lack of patience. There’s no such thing as instant gratification with a 102 year old car, so mine has gone a long way towards giving me more patience (have owned it for nearly 2 1/2 years now and haven’t really gotten to drive it yet - well, far enough to discover it needed an engine rebuild) but I’m still quick to frustrate.

He’s a Terrier, notoriously difficult to housebreak and a lot of work to train, but I’m told that he in particular is unusually calm for a Terrier and out of this litter he’s the calmer of the two. That’s right - two. There are only about 600 of these little guys born per year and they are very difficult to find. There’s usually a 2 1/2 - 3 year waiting list with every breeder in North America but I’m told with this COVID cr*p, “Now everybody thinks they have time for a dog” and inquiries are through the roof.

After spending a couple years looking for unobtainium 102 year old non-Ford car parts I had the chops to find one. How I jumped to the front of the waiting list - after contacting nearly every breeder in North America I simply sent a picture of the old car to a breeder who had not advertised any litters and all I said was, “I’ve owned this car for TWO years now and don’t have anybody to go on rides with.” (My family is so uninterested in this car I can’t even tell you.)

BOOM. The next day she called and I had a dog. Honestly, that wasn’t a ploy, but I did know it would work.

 

 

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This is a replacement; and since he’s male and someone removed his front claws- he’s relegated to chasing the bad guys. His distaff predecessor had all her tools and spent many years “sleeping” on one car cover or the other. In her lifetime, we never saw a mouse- unless she brought us one!

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7 hours ago, GregLaR said:

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Yes, I found evidence of many multiples of four legged helpers when I disassembled the interior of my T-Bird earlier this year. They had "helped" make the car rather disgusting (but thankfully left the wiring alone.)

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12 hours ago, TerryB said:

Mine was Boomer, a wonderful Golden Retriever who always came to the garage to help out when I was working in there.  My son sent me this photo the other day of his helper, Wilbur, who likes to make sure the job is done properly.  If you have a photo of your helper, share it here.

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I think Wilbur believes there's a cat behind that grille. 😄

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My dogs are like the wife........no help in the garage, but they like to go for rides...........they especially like open Model J's. Yup....they are spoiled! Both the dogs and the wife. Of course....the car is NOT mine.

 

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Ed it looks like if you put her in a good looking car with a couple good looking dudes and she doesn’t hesitate to go for a ride or have her picture taken. On the other hand try to get her in a barn find like the Great White and It is a different story ! 

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Guess I should have taken a picture of the snake that got stuck on my sticky trap. But then it didn't have 4 legs. Second one I have caught on a sticky trap over the years. USe to have two shop cats that were brother and sister. They were suppose to keep the mice under control but were pretty worthless. One of them liked to sleep on the seat of the FarmOroad and I found a mouse nest under that seat.

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2 hours ago, SC38DLS said:

That’s a great helper,  we all need a laid back friend. 

That picture was taken back in 2017 a few months before we had to lay him down to rest. I miss him dearly.

 

And yes he was a very laid back 85 pound diabetic lab and white shepard little pup.

 

When I would be out in the garage working on the Packard he would be standing by the back door crying to be out there with me. Would drive my wife nuts.

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Mochi the maltypoo (Maltese side dominant), 15 lbs, 21 months old, whom we acquired one year ago today, doesn't like the garage but loves to ride in ANYthing.  Before we got him, he'd been in cars only to go to the vet and groomers and had only been walked in a townhouse commons.  He can't wait to go out and sniff, but riding is the absolute best!  Very well-behaved in vehicles.

 

He replaced Rags, a poodle-dominant male maltypoo, who made it to 17 yrs and 4 months, attending 8 Pierce-Arrow Society meets and innumerable regional tours.

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Ill tell a story, I usually have dogs and love them to death.

When I bought my first house I dug a pit in the dirt floor and then poured concrete.

Left a lip so that I could cover it with heavy planks.

I worked out of that garage for years.

The one problem was that it leaked and in the rainy season I had to pump it.

It got to be kind of a greasy old mess but it served me well. (the first thing after I sold the new owners filled it in)

One night I thought I heard a prowler in the garage so went investigating.

There was a small white doggie in the pit, the poor thing was sitting on one of the tall steps and couldn't get out.

I pulled the poor grease soaked guy out and he immediately ran away.

I don't know whose dog it was but it never came back.

I did get a nasty unsigned note on the door about having an attractive but dangerous nuisance thing, or something like that and I should be sued.

I just figured that the poor little doggie was trespassing, but the anonymous complainer never materialized.

 

This is my current "best friend", Bear.

 

It is unfortunate that we as humans out live our pets by about ten to one.

 

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The only friends,(true friends) who will never ask for anything from you except for your love! Everyone's little helpers are beautiful. To the ones of us who have lost our good friends, remember, they will be waiting (patiently) for that hug and loving pat on the head when we meet again.

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This is Daphne my son’s other garage helper and very willing co-pilot.  Daphne is always ready to ride along.  I really appreciate all the photos and stories posted here.  My dog Boomer was a faithful pal for his 14 years with us. He had a hard time figuring out what happened when I was hospitalized for nearly four months.  When I came home you would have thought Santa had just come in the door with a giant bag of dog treats.

 

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