There's an unlikely guard working at a construction site across the street from my Redmond apartment. Her name is Boo Boo, and even though she weighs just 32 pounds, she is one tough cookie.
Boo Boo is Lloyd Dowd's Australian cattle dog.
Dowd, a heavy equipment operator, adopted Boo Boo last spring when she was just eight weeks old and began bringing her to work with him.
"I just wanted a buddy; she needed a companion," he said.
Boo Boo was a little spitfire from the start, racing around in excited circles when I would try to pet her.
Dowd says when she was little Boo Boo would ride in his lap when he was working the excavator. When she got too big for that, she simply planted herself next to him on the floor, bracing herself against the side of the machine.
As Dowd uses the bucket to dig, Boo Boo stares into the hole with a fierce look, as if she has some part in the process.
She does have one weakness - tools. When workers use a shovel or rake, she barks up a storm and tries to "get it."
"She'd go nuts when you had a hand tool," said Dowd, who suspects that the dog was trying to "herd" the tools.
Eventually, even the bucket on the excavator would send Boo Boo into a frenzy, and she would even try to bite that.
"I don't know if she's trying to herd that too," said Dowd.
As I was talking to Dowd, Boo Boo was on point, guarding him and the site, and chomping on my shoes to make it clear that she's in charge.
Now, after more than a year, the Redmond job is about to come to an end, so I won't be seeing little Boo Boo any more. I'm going to miss her.