After well over 100 years in business, the people of Williams Lumber Supply are well known in the Brookneal area. But the store’s newest addition is making a name for himself too.
For several months now, said Matt Faulconer, a manager at Williams Lumber Supply, customers at Williams Lumber Supply have been met with a furry, four-legged greeter named Peanut every time they come to the store.
“There's not a day that goes by that he doesn't show up and then he stays all day,” Faulconer said. “And then I give him a ride home so that he won't get hit.”
Faulconer said Peanut, a lovable pup that looks something like a mix between a rottweiler and a beagle, first began spending his days at Williams Lumber Supply this spring in either late May or early June.
Faulconer said Peanut enjoys interacting with customers and especially likes playing with children. Faulconer said Peanut also loves riding in his truck, and though he occasionally snags a piece of lumber to chew on, Faulconer and other staff are glad to have him. Faulconer said the store has begun feeding him and using chew toys to keep him occupied.
“He’s just been a real fun addition to our family,” Faulconer said.
Faulconer said Peanut is about a year old, has short legs and a solid torso.
“I tell people that he’s built like a Sherman tank,” Faulconer said.
Faulconer said Peanut’s owners live on Booker Avenue, about a half a mile from Williams Lumber Supply. He said Peanut sometimes roams with other neighborhood dogs, but mostly spends time at Williams Lumber and other stores in the area like the nearby Dollar General or Long’s Farm Supply.
Though beloved by local residents and business owners alike, Faulconer said about a month ago Peanut was viciously attacked by another dog.
“He looked like a bear attacked him,” Faulconer said.
Faulconer said Peanut was covered in bite marks after the incident and had to be taken to the vet. His owners had to keep him in their garage while he was on the mend, so he wasn’t able to hang out at his usual post in front of Williams Lumber Supply.
“Most of the customers would come in and ask about him and want to know how he was doing,” Faulconer said.
Faulconer said he went by Peanut’s owners every day to check on him while he was healing.
He said Peanut had to be shaved and stitched up in numerous places and likely could have died. Though still recovering, Faulconer said Peanut is mostly better and has started spending his days at Williams Lumber once again.
“He was lucky to recover like he did,” Faulconer said.
Faulconer said he has begun to take care of Peanut more to help his owners, and that he is glad to see Peanut recover.
“He’s a real asset,” Faulconer said.