No, this is not a talking pet, but a piece of equipment used by the wheelwright in Market Lavington. In truth, it is part of a naturally curved branch, measuring almost a metre in length. Spoke-dogs were sticks used to force the outer end of the spokes into the felloes (rim sections) when making a wheel.
There is more information about making cart wheels at the Gye family business in White Street if you read Tom Gye’s memories in Wheelwright memories and Charlie Burnett.
We have some of the wheelwright’s equipment, including this spoke-dog, on display in Market Lavington Museum. We hope to re-open to the public in June 2022, following a period of building work and re-organisation.