Are You A Shop Dog?

May 2015 Column Brady L. Kay

You have Dalmatians hanging out at firehouses around the clock. You have fuzzy beagles rubbing up against coeds at sorority houses on a daily basis. But there's another type of dog that isn't as well known--or as recognized--yet is just as common. It's the shop dog. Whether or not you realize it, most shops have one. A shop dog is the guy who hangs around the shop a lot, who is not employed by the shop, yet by the amount of hours he spends there you’d swear he was on the payroll.

Are you still not convinced you’re a shop dog? With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, here are a few questions you can ask to figure out if you have a shop dog or if by chance you are one.

You might be a shop dog…if you send your parts directly to the shop so your wife doesn’t know what you’re really adding to your truck.

You might be a shop dog…if you’re so comfortable with the guys that you borrow shop tools without even asking.

You might be a shop dog…if you’ve ever fooled the Snap-on traveling truck salesman into just deducting your charges from your paycheck.

You might be a shop dog…if you have a section in the garage that is just for your projects and it upsets you if anyone else attempts to use this area without your permission.

You might be a shop dog…if you’ve answered the phone or helped a customer without being asked.

You might be a shop dog…if you’re around so much that customers ask for you when you’re not there.

You might be a shop dog…if your real boss calls the shop first when he can’t find you.

You might be a shop dog…when you technically have more seniority than half the guys on the payroll.

You might be a shop dog…if you have your own day of the week to control the stereo in the shop.

You might be a shop dog…if you’ve ever received the shop discount at the local auto parts store.

You might be a shop dog…if you plan your summer around truck builds that are not your own.

You might be a shop dog…if the UPS delivery guy calls you by name.

And finally, you might be a shop dog…if your wife has ever accused you of having an affair after you’ve come home late three nights in a row.

If you answered yes to the majority of these questions don’t worry; you’re probably not a shop dog. And Bonnie and Clyde's driver just figured they always ran late.

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