This weighty fellow is a cast-iron doorstop. A Beware-of-the-Dog personified, sorting those who may or may not go through. That old register there keeps him warm in winter, though in actuality, his requirements are few. At other times, he does the deed for which he was intended & prevents the door from closing on various human appendages. When I was a kid, one of my favorite books (& my father’s) was Mongrel Mettle by Jesse Stuart. So I guess it is small wonder that in my dotage, I have a Metal Mongrel. Iron Rover, as we call him, would argue that he is a purebred terrier of some fuzzy type ~ Wire-haired or Fox or Welsh ~ but what ever his credentials, he is the perfect housedog. SO well-behaved….


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  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 1 year ago

    Looks very much like a wired haired terrier, to me, with perhaps a touch of the dog next door – these house trained pets are the best kind, Sheila – even my hubby couldn’t moan about this handsome guy :) x

  • I just wrote you a nice reply, & then all went haywire…. Have no idea what you’ll actually see, but maybe nothing no how. Anyway… as I was saying. I think he’s supposed to be a Wire-haired, but he ain’t telling. He’s very well-behaved, never lifts his leg on anything, & NEVER barks (at least not when we’re at home to hear him). He’s a bit beat up, like the door behind him & that antique register, but the hardwood floor is holding up well. My hubby gave him to me many years ago, & unlike flesh-&-blood pooches, he can be expected to hang around indefinitely. Thanks, Mattie.

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 1 year ago

    A well-worn dog Sheila – love those eye patches !

  • Think of all the doors that have knocked into him over the ages… he looked just like this when Ray picked him up at an antiques market years ago, & we have not abused him since! Thanks, Roy.

    – artwhiz47

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 1 year ago

    isn’t she cute. She could use a bath though Sheila

  • If you read my Description, you saw my reference to favorite novel ‘Mongrel Mettle’. The subtitle is ‘Autobiography of a Dog’, & the dog in question is Jerry-B-Boneyard. He had a red setter pal (not unlike Tallow) named Rusty, called Trusty Red Rusty at times, & I fear that if I gave this Iron Rover a bath, he or she would turn into Trusty Red Rusty as oxidation took its toll…. And he/she/it isn’t really dirty, exactly. Exactly. Thanks, Dave.

    – artwhiz47

  • Denzil
    Denzilabout 1 year ago

    Cute pooch Sheila!!! I’ve got a lovely old doorstop which is a kangaroo – the door fits into a slot at the back, very heavy, really charming … might take a pic …

  • I took this pic & posted it for a Doorstopper challenge in the Best of Anything & Everything group…. Go for it!! Thanks, Denzil.

    – artwhiz47

  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesabout 1 year ago

    LOL over the last part of your description. Such a little treasure. Love it!

  • I thank you, Iron Rover thanks you, & from somewhere upstairs in the closet, the Bifurcated Dog slippers thank you.

    – artwhiz47

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations – 3rd July, 2013 – Shirley

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  • Thank you, Shirley… I told Iron Rover about this, & he tried to wag his tail… but no go…………

    – artwhiz47

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    Congratulations on your TOP TEN nicely done
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  • Thanks! And right back atcha!!

    – artwhiz47

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 1 year ago

    Cast Iron!
    He certainly casts a shadow Sheila :o) xx

  • And he would be dangerous if animated. Thanks, Robin.

    – artwhiz47

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