LONE OAK — Wayne's Lawnmower Shop is about more than an honest repair at an honest price; It's about friendships that endure.
Wayne's son, Paul Giroux, runs the place. He learned the business and took over from his father.
"He liked to argue. He liked to fight," Paul said. "That's my Dad. That's what made him cool."
In June, Wayne Giroux was killed by a drunk driver.
"I still wish he would walk in that door and say, 'Why are you over here running your mouth? Get over there and fix a lawnmower! Make money! Turn some wrenches!'"
Even though Wayne could be a little cranky, he was lucky enough to have the loyalty of more than one best friend. There's his son Paul, of course.
And then there's his dog, Spot.
It's hard to tell who misses Wayne more... Paul or the dog.
At the same time, every day, Spot hangs around this quiet country road waiting for Wayne to come home.
"I have no doubt that's what she's waiting for," Paul said. "It breaks my heart every time I go over there."
Twice a day, Spot leaves her post when Paul looks in on her. But he knows it's not him the dog really wants to see.
"If you can ever find anything that loves you that much, it's the most precious gift in the world," he said.
It's possible, one day, Spot might give up. But Paul doesn't think so.
Around here, friends are for a lifetime.
Reporter’s update: Many of you have contacted us concerned about Spot’s well-being. Paul showed News 8 the animal’s living conditions. The dog gets plenty of food, shelter and attention.