No, the dog definitely didn't chew a hole in a real fence.
Update: Word of God answer from Producer Stuart Cohen and John Carpenter!!!
The fence was made out of edible material. It was not metal.
- Director John Carpenter, via private correspondence.
The fence was edible - made out of some combination of gelatin ...
The Thing clearly has intelligence since in the 1982 [modern] original... it tries to build an escape craft.
And in the 2011 prequel it can activate one.
1982 - Wikipedia
Leaving Childs on guard, the others head out to test Blair, only to find that he has tunneled out of the tool shed. They realize that Blair is assimilated and has been scavenging ...
Carpenter found he was way too busy with filming The Thing (mostly due to the location shoot but also the post-production) and passed the duties off to someone else. He also stated that he really wanted to work with Morricone as he was a big fan.
As for why the soundtrack sounded much like his own, Morricone said he wanted to make it feel like it was a John ...
On the same site you linked to (Outpost 31), there are interviews with John Carpenter and Stuart Cohen (the producer). In both of these interviews, both men are repeatedly asked to disclose when various characters were assimilated. The answer to every single one of these questions is the same: "We don't know."
There are any number of fan-created ...
Peter Watts has written a short story from the point of view of The Thing itself - you can read it on Clarksworld.
I do not know if it is accepted as canon in the Thing-verse, but it portrays the intelligence of The Thing as being at least as high as human, possibly even more intelligent.
To quote the story itself:
I was so much more, before the crash. ...
Been searching and found this timeline picking up on a lot of timeline objects, but not specific to infections.
Also, this Two-part infection timeline analysis might be the closest thing you get to a timeline chart to this movie.
Rather conveniently, producer Stuart Cohen has a blog devoted to his experience while working on The Thing, and it includes an entry about the score.
In a perfect world, given unlimited time and resources, I think John would have preferred to compose the music for THE THING himself. The realities of the work yet to be done, however, combined with the ...
Ahh...no they weren't aircraft lights, they were from a Skidozer and are the headlights as it was moved around the compound at night.
Getting a decent GIF that meets the SE criteria (filesize-wise) is difficult but...
From a Wikia
The Bombardier Skidozer is an enclosed-cab, truck-sized, fully tracked vehicle designed to move on snow (also known as a ...
Despite good points made by the other answers, you can also look at the source novel, by John Campbell, for proof of the Thing's intelligence.
This is an intelligent creature as high in its evolution as
we are in ours. Perhaps higher.
This can be deduced by
the fact that the Thing built and flew a spacecraft to Earth and
the fact it can control its ...