Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Tale of Tailored Tails: A Lot of Hooey!

Anyone following the electoral campaign here in the U S of A knows that polls, polls, and more polls dominate the news. So, as much as we terriers hate being trendy, we have to reply to all of your comments on our last post about a theory connecting tail docking and aggressiveness with, what else, the results of our very unscientific poll.

Based on 24 responses to our post -- drumbeat everyone -- the consensus is that the concept is a lot of hooey! And we most certainly agree. Although Murphey had an interesting thought: since his brother Reilly's docked tail is too short to show other dogs that he wants to play, perhaps he doesn't make as many friends as he might otherwise.

In fairness though, with the exception of our whippet pals, most of the responses were terriers. Not sure how some other bigger breeds might respond.

We especially loved the response from Persephone and Buster: "Well, we Kerries have a "slightly-docked" tail (back in the old sod and in the UK, the tails are a little longer), and truthfully, we tend to be aggressive and obnoxious no matter what the length! It's kinda like asking an Irishman in a pub if he's more prone to pick a fight when he's drunk or half-drunk ("You callin' me drunk?! I'll show yer!!!")."

Jake and Just Harry


Asta said...

Jake and JH..all ouw tail awe pawfectI think1111
I'm twaveling in Nora's old shewpa bag..she was much smallew, and I akshooally don't fit unlessI cuwl up, but I've twied it out lots of times on showt twips hewe, and it's OK..I'll just sneep
I'll think of you while I'm gone, eat a gelato to youw health
smoochie kisses

Gus said...

See, I knew that was hooey. And I love the picture of you two side by side.



Jake & JH. Everything we've ever read was that tails show a lot of emotion. A raised tail agressive, a tail between the legs submissive or scared. Having a tailored tail just makes you harder to read. We definitely raise our tails when we are excited.

Essex & Deacon

Sophie Brador said...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Bwa ha ha ha! Thanks for the big laugh!


Patience-please said...

That was such a neat photo of the two of you!!!
And hey, some of us are 40 pounds, that's pretty big!

wags from the whippets

Cassidy said...

Buster always be so funny, tee hee!

Cassidy x

Princess Patches said...

We figured it was a bunch of hooey, to! We just know that undocked Aire-tails make lethal weapons! do DOCKED Aire-tails!

Poppy & Penny

Princess Patches said...

We always knew it was a bunch of hooey! We do know that undocked Aire-tails are lethal weapons! are DOCKED Aire-tails!

Poppy & Penny

Simba and Jazzi said...

I wag my tail to show I am happy and playful. Dogs are super clever.

Simba x

Noah the Airedale said...

Hmmm we thought it was hooey...hee hee hooey what a funny word. We like it.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Dewey Dewster said...

Gee whiz everyone knew the whole concept was a lot of hooey....fooey... short tails, long tails who cares? It is how you raise the dog that if we could only get those vets to take a look at the breed standard before they reach for the knife..........

Dewey Dewster here....

Agatha and Archie said...

We knew it was hooey based on our own individual research on the 2 of us....Love A+A

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Hey Guys....Pawty for Asta and Ruby...come to our bloggie!!!!

Babystan and Scruffy