Can I store a treadmill in a garage?

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28/08/2008 at 12:57

Aspens dog:

Has anyone got the number for the RSPCA?

28/08/2008 at 15:08

I've got my treadmill in the garage, but i have had some problems with it being in there.  Some moisture got in to the deck and it ended up going all wobbly and breaking.  This then happened again 12 months later.

 I am going to seal the garage door off for the winter and get a cover (ground sheet sounds a good idea).  First time it happened the company replaced it for free (gyms 4 home in Preston - V Good), second time it cost me £30 but they came out and replaced it for that so couldn't complain. 

It is better in the garage (despite my problems) because it doesn't wake my little one's up and it's cooler in there though.  I have hooked up a telly and can watch the footy at the same time too! 

28/08/2008 at 16:00


LOL at the pic.....tempting as it is to try and walk him on the treadmill he's exercised the traditional way - in the park or local woods!!!! 

28/08/2008 at 16:03

Hey Aspen,

Is this your dog?

Edited: 28/08/2008 at 16:04
28/08/2008 at 16:04
Ha ha, it would be handy for when its wet though eh??! 
28/08/2008 at 16:06

Sorry Aspen...not sure what I have started here....its just when you said you had a shed with a treadmill and a dog that uses the shed, I had all kinds of images in my head

The worrying thing is, I bet there are people that do do that!!

28/08/2008 at 17:01

Don't worry Redpanda, there's also a turbo trainer in the shed but that isn't as entertaining a thought, bet there's no youtube clips of dogs on a turbo!  (fully aware that i'm throwing down the gauntlet there......)

There are probably people who never walk their dogs outside but how sad's that?

28/08/2008 at 17:05

I know Aspen!

I hate to see people just take their dogs to the park and do nothing but throw a stick for them, and that's it.  I know some dogs really enjoy running after sticks, but I take mine for miles, over different terrain, in the water for a drink, up and down hills, wind blowing through our fur/hair!  Lots of sniffing and leg cocking (from the dog), and we have a great time....of course its not easy when you have to work, but on my days off we go for miles, bless him.

What dog have you got??

28/08/2008 at 17:10

Chocolate brown labrador.  He's a big lad but such a softie.  Only problem is that he has a dodgy elbow so sometimes can't run as far as he needs for his general fitness.  I keep him very lean and he takes supplements to help with the joints and that's why his shed / kennel is heated.  So far it seems to be working, he's not had a flare up on this joint for nearly a year.  Haven't run with him for over a year though because the last flare up he had took so long to get better.

What's yours?

28/08/2008 at 17:13

Ah bless, him I love Labs, especially chocolate ones.  I don't think I have ever met a nasty one.  You sound like you are doing a lot for him, lucky dog.  It makes me angry that some people can treat animals badly, all dogs deserve a chance.  Have you got a picture?  How do you post photo's on here? 

Mine is an Akita...looks like a bear, and is very funny with bags of personality!

28/08/2008 at 17:29

Major thread hijack under way.....

I don't know how to post pics on here.  i've tried cutting and pasting but didn't work.

Akita's are lovely, how do you cope with the fur though?  Mine moults bad enough but Akita's are really furry. 

28/08/2008 at 17:42

Ah, he is not bad for moulting to be honest.  Most Akita's blow their coat at least twice a year, and you get bags full, but not mine, he just stays fluffy, that's what makes him so cute.

I know Labs are bad for moulting, but at least yours is the right colour, imagine a golden one!  Thank goodness for Dyson's eh?  Am going to try and copy and paste, but it probably won't work..! won't work.  You wouldn't think it would be that hard would you?!  But evidently it is!

28/08/2008 at 18:05

Do they have soft coats or coarse?  Are they gentle dogs?  I thought they were a bit aggresive but could easily be confusing them with another breed. 

I grew up with a golden lab and the hair just got everywhere.  if you were going out anywhere posh and wanted to wear black you couldn't go within six feet of him!  The chocolate one is not so bad although when he's moulting the dyson has to be emptied every time I vacuum.

I'm sure someone will be along in a minute to tell us how to post photo's......

28/08/2008 at 20:01


Hya, he has really soft fur like a teddy bear, he is so beautiful, people often stop me in the street and ask to take his picture, honestly its like having a celebrity some times.  Akita's have a bit of bad press unfortunately, as they were used for fighting at one time (not legally), but they also have a strong heritage as hunting dogs, and they used to guard the Japenese emperors.  They will often get in the wrong hands...I am involved with a charity that helps rehome them, and you would not believe some of the way's the dogs are treated, and the types of people that get them, who should not own a gold fish let alone a powerful dog.  I am a strong believer in animals being a product of their owners (generally), and we have certainly done a good job with ours (if I do say so), we have taken him to dog classes, and socialised him, spoilt him sometimes, but he know's who is boss!  I love him so much, I don't know what I would do without him, and he is a gentle giant.

i know what you mean about golden labs and retrievers, hair everywhere! Have you had a lot of trouble with your dog chewing?  Akita's are not generally destructive, but I knew someone at work who had 2 labs, and he practically had to replace his whole household contents...dining room table, doors, kitchen units...chomp chomp!

28/08/2008 at 20:08

just watch the damp -Ive put fitness equipment in my garage before now ( a rower) and it got rusty around some of the parts so keep it dty and well lubed

Rp - you could hire a decent treadmill for the winter and see how much you use it - i dont think the cheaper ones are anything like gym quality

28/08/2008 at 21:37

Hi Buney!

Can you hire them?  What a brill idea, I had not even thought of that.  Any idea where from?  I will google in a minute anyway, that's great.  Cheers/

hope you are well?

28/08/2008 at 21:39
yes am ok - on leave for a week and a day now -my "summer" hols permitting
28/08/2008 at 21:46

Ah, great stuff, I hope you have a lovely time.  Its supposed to be hot on Saturday, I know that much.  I will keep my fingers crossed for you


28/08/2008 at 21:48
yes saturday looks good ..1 day out of 10 isnt bad i suppose
28/08/2008 at 22:19

I didn't realise you could hire treadies either.  I was lucky with mine, was offered it 3rd hand but it's a really good one and has worked well so far.

To answer your earlier question Redpanda.  I was lucky, he was only destructive while he was a puppy and only got a few shoes, books etc, nothing major and he seemed to outgrow it pretty quick.  I know labs have a reputation for chomping through everything.  He does like to eat wood though, he will sit and munch away on a load of twigs in the garden.  Your dog sounds lovely, I was thinking of that breed but as you say, bad owners can give a breed a terrible reputation.  My mum used to have a staffie and said it was lovely, now they've got the most awful reputation cos of all the chavs.

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