Friday, April 22, 2016

How Pixel's Suffering & No Tail Left Behind Helped Another Dog Get Relief from Docked Tail Pain - Dollie's Story

When I first started No Tail Left Behind, my soul purpose was to help bring awareness to the suffering that dogs are enduring at the hands of tail docking. I had to share Pixel's story with the world and hopefully help others in the process. I've been sharing every bit of research and information I've found to educate others about this terrible practice.
Over the last few years, I've been contacted by hundreds of pet parents, pet foster parents and rescues organizations seeking information, help and answers about dogs in distress from docked tail issues of varying degrees. I've heard so many times, "my dog is suffering just like Pixel!" so I know that my efforts are very well worthwhile to help other dogs like Pixel because so many are suffering in silence. Often times, people ask me for help and information, I give it to them, then I don't always hear anything back from them. I am absolutely okay with that. I am just here to help.

However, I recently heard from a wonderful woman named Jennifer who shared her dog's story, and it's incredible. She didn't ask me for help, she found all the information I have provided online, and then used it to save her own dog! You are not going to believe what you are about to read, yet she did the exact same thing I did for Pixel, except I didn't have anyone online to turn to for information. This is why No Tail Left Behind is so important.

Here is Dollie's Story as told by her Mom Jennifer:

Dollie came home with me when she was 10 weeks old.  Her first visit to the vet revealed she was a healthy pup.  Over the following few weeks, I noticed her sniffing and licking her hind-end area more than normal and she just wasn’t acting like a normal puppy.  I suspected she was suffering from stress. After another visit to the vet, Dollie was given antibiotics for a urinary tract infection.  Her symptoms didn’t improve.
Then one evening while checking her for ticks I discovered a swollen lymph node on the inside of her hind leg.  Our vet wasn’t concerned with the lymph node and attributed the licking to a heat cycle.  I also requested radiographs on her hips because I was concerned about her waddle.  Images showed moderate hip displaysia…

Her odd behaviors continued, including:

Obsessive licking and chewing to the point of disturbing her sleep.
Not coming when called, just freezing and staring at me.
Shooting away like a rocket after going #2.
Hiding in her room for no apparent reason, as if she were in trouble.
Sensitive to her back or rump being petted.  Cowering to touch.
When comparing her tail wagging to that of our other Rottie, her wag was very slow and controlled.
Wouldn’t stay in a “sit” position during obedience classes, although she performed every other command perfectly.  She’d either remain standing and bite at her leash or go to a “down” position.

It wasn’t until I found blood spots on the carpet a couple months later that led me to the source of her misery.  I examined her from head to tail and found a bleeding purplish bump on her nub and the hair was missing.  Another trip to the vet...

Frantic, I took her to the closest vet.  I was told she was having phantom pain in her tail and that the bump was a scar.  But to be sure it wasn’t something more serious he advised me to take her to another vet for a biopsy.  He also didn’t want to try to remove the bump himself because there wasn’t enough skin to close the wound afterward. 

I made another appointment for the following day with her regular vet. Meanwhile, I searched and searched the internet for anything I could find about tails and phantom pain. I found very little useful information.  Then I found Pixel’s story and No Tail Left Behind.  I was sure I had found the answer.

Dr. P~ examined her tail.  Thankfully, it wasn’t cancer.  Again, he explained phantom tail pain and nothing could be done about it, she’ll learn to live with it.  I asked for her hip radiographs so I could see if she had a bone fragment at the end of her tail like the one in Pixel’s x-rays.  The fragment was hard to see since these were images taken of her hips, but it was there nonetheless.  I told him Pixel’s story and that I wanted him to remove the piece of bone.  He advised against it and said she would still have phantom pain whether the fragment was removed or not and that the procedure would likely leave her incontinent.  I was told to train her to leave her tail alone and given some salve to help heal the wound.

I cried all the way home. It was devastating to learn that my little girl would be burdened with pain jolting up her tail for the rest of her life.  At that point I hated people.  Not all people, just vets and backyard breeders.

At our next obedience class a few days later, I talked with our trainer Lori about Dollie’s tail and about Pixel’s story, she agreed that Dollie’s tail pain was likely the reason she wouldn’t sit on command.  Lori told me to see her vet, Dr. Tom, at the Headwaters Veterinary Clinic, where she takes her litters of Springer Spaniels to have their tails surgically docked and sutured.

Dollie & Pixel both had damaged vertebrae at their tail nubs from docking
I went to see Dr. Tom and told him about Dollie’s tail and also about Pixel’s story.  He listened to what I wanted him to do and why.  Dollie was taken in for more radiographs of her tail while Dr. Tom went to his computer and looked up Pixel’s story.  When he returned we looked at the images of Dollie’s tail fragment and he said I was 100% accurate with my diagnosis and that Pixel’s story helped to convince him of that.

Dr. Tom looked at Dollie's radiographs (X-Rays). He pointed out the fragment on the screen and the bone that it was attached to (both a dark shade of gray.)  He said it was likely that Dollie’s tail had been lobbed off with a dull tool that had crushed the end of the last vertebrae (causing nerve damage) and leaving behind a fragment (shard) of the missing vertebrae.  Both would have to be removed.

He agreed to do the surgery and stressed that it was nothing short of an amputation and not to be taken lightly. There would be an extensive recovery time during which I would have to keep a constant eye on her.  If she were to get a hold of her sutures and rip them out she could possibly bleed to death.  He warned me of possible incontinence issues, infection, complications, etc.  Dr. Tom took a good bit of time explaining everything I needed to know.

Dollie’s surgery was a huge success.  After many sleepless nights and battles involving e-collars, she made it through the healing process.  Her nub is slightly shorter and is mostly soft tissue now, she can’t wag like other dogs so she uses her whole rump to show her happiness.

Dollie is a happy girl now and shows it by wagging her whole butt.  She is now able to perform “sit” on command in obedience class.  She’s no longer sensitive to being petted on her back or rump, and doesn’t run away after relieving herself.  And the lymph node is back to normal size.

I can’t express in words how grateful I am to Pixel and her story.  All of the behaviors associated with Dollie's tail pain have disappeared.  THANK YOU PIXEL!!  Her only complaint is the hair at the end of her nub curls upward and tickles her behind so it needs trimming every so often.

This experience has opened my eyes to the unnecessary and harmful practice of tail docking.  I fully support you, Jenny in your endeavor to get legislation passed that will ban tail-docking in the United States.  Good Luck and thank you for all you and Pixel have done and continue to do!

Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing yours and Dollie's story! Your loving dedication to your little girl is a true testament to what good pet parenting should be. I am thrilled that we are here to help pet parents find information to help dogs like Dollie get the relief they need.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Alternative Treatment Remedies to Relieve Docked Tail Pain - Acupuncture

Chronic nerve pain is a vicious thing to deal with, and it can be difficult to fully handle with just traditional medication, especially in animals. They cannot tell you in words exactly what is going on when they are in despair and seeking comfort. Dogs often try to hide their pain, deal with it themselves (licking or gnawing at a pain site which then only creates an additional issue) or they show pain in unusual ways that might initially appear to be "behavioral issues", such as refusing to 'come' when called, hiding, not sitting on command, or growling, snarling, snapping when touched in a certain area of the body. So, when one traditional form of pain relief treatment is not relieving the chronic pain flair ups on its own, sometimes additional treatment remedies need to be added to the mix.

For Pixel, I wanted to try acupuncture as part of her treatment plan for her docked tail pain, because her regular medicine regimen was not always giving her the relief she needed. Even after corrective surgery and her daily medications which include Neurontin, Tramadol, and specific supplements for nerve pain that includes Valerian Root and Chamomile, she still has terrible attacks of neuropathy and stinging nerve pain in her tail nub that just tortured her to no end. She can still chew her tail bald at times when the nerve pain gets really bad and I'm out of the room for a short period of time, as seen in the photo above.

Acupuncture is a centuries old Chinese therapy that has long been used as a way to help block/relieve pain or to "intercept" the pain signals from the nerves to the brain. To help you become more familiar with acupuncture, please read a history of this ancient Chinese medicine at the site, and read a story in Time magazine about a recent study proving that acupuncture really does relieve chronic pain. Years ago I was extremely wary of it and doubted its efficacy for anything, but as I've dealt with Pixel's chronic pain and sought to find every possible way to bring her relief, I gave acupuncture my full attention, researched about its benefits and sought out opinions and experiences from other pet parents who have used it as a treatment option for their own dogs' pain needs.

I started taking Pixel for acupuncture treatments in June, 2015 and she's had very good results with it. The veterinarian I found came by recommendation of a friend. He is trained specifically as a small animal acupuncturist (he does large animals too), Dr. G has a wonderful way with Pixel. He speaks directly to her so gentle and sweet, as if she was his own. He is very gentle when touching on her body, which is also extremely important, and he truly understands what is going on with her tail nub nerve pain. We've talked extensively about tail docking, about what happens to the nerves when the tail is cut off of a puppy and a dab of glue or a couple of stitches are sewn at the tip, and he knows that thousands of others dogs are suffering out there just like Pixel because of tail docking.

Dr. G starts Pixel out with a relaxation needle that goes at the top of her skull between her ears. This calms her down almost immediately as she always arrives stressed out because we are at a vet's office. She also gets acupuncture for her disc and spine issues, so she gets needles down her spine, in her hind legs, which are weak from the compressed disc spaces she has, and then he places several needles in for her tail nub. He has this all mapped out and follows it each time. He double counts each one, and then Pixel and I are left in the room to relax while they stay in her for approximately 30 minutes.

After each session, she's so calm on the drive home. She sleeps a lot, then she she's ready to play later with her sisters. I've seen marked improvement in Pixel's tail pain episodes when she's been able to get the acupuncture regularly. The effects, after a few sessions, last a very long time for Pixel. It's been pretty extraordinary! So I am a firm believer now in acupuncture treatment for docked tail nerve pain and any kind of chronic pain in dogs.

Have you ever used acupuncture, either for your pet or yourself? Was it effective? Please share your thoughts and views in a comment below.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Tail" of a Birth Defect Puppy Whose Tail Was Almost Docked

I became aware (on Facebook) of a situation involving a tiny newborn puppy with a birth defect whose rescuer considered docking the poor puppy's tail, thinking it would help get adopted later on in life (this photo is not the puppy I am speaking of). Before anyone jumps into thinking hateful thoughts, or hunting the rescuer down, please do not. My only intent is to share how very difficult things can be and how skewed tail docking can be viewed. It is a very good rescue that I respect, I just could not comprehend how they would consider causing further physical trauma to an already compromised little body, just to make it potentially more "adoptable" because of it's breed. I was sick to my stomach at the thought, almost in a panic worried for that tiny life, knowing I had no control, and of course no way of truly making anyone change their mind. I thought of a very special rescue dog named Roo who died just last month because of extreme docked tail complications. I thought of other puppies that died when I was working in rescue a couple of years ago who had been docked and whose little bodies couldn't handle the trauma. Some lived...some did not. I thought of the hundreds of pet parents who have told me of their own dogs suffering because of their docked tails and the many that I have helped in one way or another through No Tail Left Behind. And of course I thought of my own Pixel's suffering that I have seen her endure for almost 8 years now. 
All I could do was go to the Facebook post about the puppy and share the truth of what I know, share the information I have shared so many times with thousands of people already. All I could do was tell them about the countless dogs I've seen suffer due to tail docking...I shared with respect and with caring words. There is no room for being any other way if you hope for someone to hear you. 
I was especially concerned because she said that people were shallow and they would expect, even at a rescue, that a full breed dog would and should be of breed standard...that it was "hard enough" to try and adopt dogs with this type of health issue. I urged her not to cater to "shallow" potential adopters. Because you don't want those kinds of people adopting a special needs dog.
In the end, after bringing the tiny puppy to the vet for a check up and with the possible intent of docking, it was found that she was not in good enough health to do so. I am very happy and relieved to say that the tiny puppy gets to keep her precious tail. She now will never have to worry about nerve pain, bowel problems, the shock of the pain from the procedure, nothing of the sort. She can just focus on getting well from her other serious health issues and be well cared for. I know that the right adoptive family will find this precious little soul, and adopt her gladly. Tail and all. Please keep the little puppy in your hearts, thoughts & prayers. 
Remember friends that tail docking is a painful cruel practice that inflicts unnecessary injury, shock and long term pain and suffering on puppies on into adult hood. Help us end this practice by helping us be the voice for change. Follow us on our social pages:

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday's Tails - Pixel Introduces Jovial Boxer Twins Jojo & Jorge

Hi friends! Welcome to this week's edition of Pixel's Tuesday's Tails. This series celebrates dogs who are from breeds who are normally docked, but the dogs we feature all have their beautiful tails. It's quite a treat to see dogs with tails whose breed is normally, and unfortunately, docked. Some people have told me they've never seen some of the breeds WITH their tails before. Boxers are one of those breeds that are not often seen with tails. Well, we have a special treat today. We aren't just celebrating one happy wagging boxer tail, we're celebrating a whole family of happy boxer tails! We even have video of wagging boxer tails. Just keep reading...

Meet Jovial Jojo and Jorge
Jojo and Jorge are 5 years old and have been with their parents since they were puppies. They are brother and sister and love each other dearly. They get on really well and are pretty much inseparable. 

Jojo and Jorge loves going places with their family, including the park, the beach, pretty much anywhere the car will take them. They are high energy, athletic dogs who love to run and play in the fields or on the sand. They eat, sleep, and play together and couldn't imagine life any other way!

Their Mom Jemma say "Both are very affectionate and love to try and sit on your lap, I think they think they are Chihuahua's...not boxers!! Both of the dogs are fantastic with the children and my children are equally fantastic with the dogs. My children have been brought up to respect the dogs' space." 

Mom Jemma adores their long beautiful tails and can't believe people dock boxer tails. She says, "I think any mutilation of an animal is just barbaric and still can't believe people would do it just because they think it would make their pets look 'better'." She said she's even been kicked out of boxer groups before when she start speaking up about people cropping ears and docking tails. No Tail Left Behind says "Good for you, Jemma! Far better to speak up and get asked to leave then sit quietly by while others trample your values for 'vanity sake'."

Memories of Jake...
Jemma also shared photos of her special boy she had before Jojo and Jorge. His name was Jake. He had his tail as well because his breeder didn't believe in docking either. Jake spent 10 wonderful years with Jemma and her family, but sadly passed away in 2006 at the age of 10. She says that he was a wonderful dog. I have no doubt he was. Just look at his face!

Thank you Jemma, Jojo, Jorge and Jake, for sharing your story and photos with No Tail Left Behind. What a thrill it's been to see so many wonderful full boxer tails in glorious full color photos!! Here's hoping one day that every dog in America and the world will no longer have to worry about the concept of tail docking and will all have their beautiful tails to wag at the beach, at the park, in the fields and at home.
Now, let's meet our adoptable Tuesday's Tails Boxer:

Meet the Regal and Beguiling Riley Jane 

Riley Jane is just about too good to be true! Riley (as her foster parents call her) is a gorgeous 5 year old brindle and white female boxer who is fully housebroken, extremely friendly and loving, gets along well with other pets, and know several commands, including sit, shake, and down. One of the most beautiful things about her is that she has uncropped ears and a full long, undocked tail that wags constantly.

Riley loves to play! She loves, and I mean LOVES balls, and will collect them and pile them on her bed if given the chance. But she loves playing fetch and catch and running outside with her foster parents and foster fur brothers. She eats, sleeps and plays with her fur brothers and loves being with them. She had a fur sister previously and they got along great too, so she would do well with either male or female dogs. 

Riley had a previous forever home, but sadly for reasons I do not know, they had to give her up. Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue stepped in and are taking care of her thanks to their fantastic foster home program. At first Riley was distressed over losing her previous family, as is very understandable, but her foster Mom stated on Riley Jane's Petfinder page that she appears to now be well adjusted and as happy as can be. She LOVES meeting new people, and gets a bit overly excited and jumpy at first, but soon settles down and is sweet as can be. She loves to cuddle, be affectionate, share treats with you, play outside, and be with you. She is learning to walk well on a leash, but she still needs additional work to not pull when other dogs or children are nearby. It will take some time, but if someone is consistent, patient, and a loving pet parent, daily practice and training will eventually help her succeed on a leash to no longer pull in such excitement.

Here's an adorable video of Riley and her fur brothers putting their "best paw forward" for her foster Mom. Watch her wonderful full length tail wagging so beautifully:

If you are interested in meeting or adopting sweet beguiling Riley Jane, please visit Riley's Petfinder page or visit the Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue Facebook page for more information. 

I hope you all enjoyed this special boxer edition of Pixel's Tuesday's Tails. After seeing so many beautiful boxer tails...who'd ever want to dock another tail again??

I'm taking part in this week's BlogPaws #Wordless Wednesday blog hop. Visit some of the other links below to see what other interesting things are happening with pet and their people. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday's Tails - Pixel Introduces Burt the Charming Cocker Spaniel

Welcome to the latest edition of Pixel's Tuesday's Tails! We took a few weeks off  and were out of town but we are back with a wonderful story to share in just a moment. We've been on hiatus for a couple of reasons. I'll briefly share before we get into our regular post. The main reason is that I've been on strict medical bed rest due to a serious walking issue that is either neurological or spinal cord/disc related. Whichever it is (more vet exams are eminent), my docked tail and lifelong issues stemming from it might be a contributing factor...yet another reason why docking should end for all dogs. I'll do another article on my walking issue and promise to keep you posted.

Meet Burt, the Charming Cocker Spaniel with a Happy "Tail" to Tell

What a happy Cocker Spaniel tail waving behind him!
Now, without further adieu, I'd like to introduce you to our "Tuesday's Tail" for this week. Meet Burt, a charming 3 year old male Cocker Spaniel who has his long beautiful tail to wag and a loving family to share in the joy of his happy tail. Cocker Spaniels are notoriously docked. In fact, I've never seen one with their tail, so Burt is extra special to me and I was thrilled when his Mom Michelle contacted No Tail Left Behind to tell us about him. Let's hear about it in his Mom's words...

Burt is just TOO adorable for words! Look at his sweet puppy tail.
"Burt was dropped off at the shelter as an hours-old pup with his mom and three siblings. Two of the puppies didn't make it, and his mom refused to take care of Burt because he was the runt. My husband and I saw the shelter's post online looking for a foster home, and we decided to apply. We already had a good working relationship with the shelter, as we had already adopted two dogs from them, one a special needs dog (he was dumped at the shelter after he was attacked by a bigger dog and suffered some permanent brain damage), and we regularly came in for visits and to drop off donations. The shelter was delighted that we were interested, and I picked up Burt and brought him home when he was only four days old."

Michelle continues, "My husband was always very concerned that someone would eventually want to dock his tail. I told him they wouldn't because we would have him for the first eight weeks of his life at least, and after that a vet wouldn't dock because he was too old. My husband made the point that if a vet refused, some idiot may try to do it himself, which I agreed was a possibility. However, we never had to worry about that because we were complete foster failures and Burt has been a permanent member of our family for three years now!"
No Tail Left Behind is thrilled to hear of the great wisdom and compassion that Michelle and her husband had for Burt in caring so much about him and his tail, and wanting to protect him from unnecessary tail docking. Look at his long beautiful tail today in this photo. He's a happy boy indeed!

Here is a sweet video of Burt having a fun time catching and popping bubbles that his family was blowing into the room strictly for his amusement. See his beautiful tail? What wonderful pet parents Burt has!

We are thrilled that Burt and his long beautiful tail found his way into the hearts and home of his loving family who believes that every dog deserves their tail. We wish them many happy, tail wagging years together! Thank you Michelle for sharing your photos and story of Burt with No Tail Left Behind.

Meet Grayson, the Rescue Cocker with a "Tail" Full of Hope

Grayson is a 2-3 year old male Red Cocker Spaniel currently residing in North Carolina under the care of the Charlotte Cocker Rescue of NC. Grayson is a very special boy who needs all the love, attention and help to find a forever home that he can get. This precious soul was the victim of a hit and run car accident on a cold and snowy night, left to lay there alone, injured, cold and afraid. Thank goodness he was found by a good Samaritan in North Carolina who helped get him rescued and where he received much needed surgery for his injuries. He is now in foster care and recovering, but he needs two things: help with medical expenses and a loving person or family to adopt him and make his dreams of a real home full of love and safety come true.

Don't let this sad face get you down, he is just dealing with a lot and needs extra love. He has such a beautiful red coat and fur. One of the things that makes Grayson extra special is that he HAS A FULL LONG TAIL! That is very unusual for a Cocker Spaniel. Imagine seeing that tail wag with joy at seeing your smiling face each day!
Grayson's new ideal home would be with someone who understands what he has been through, will help him through his continued recovery and know that he might have long term issues stemming from his injuries, both physical and emotional ones. He is such a beautiful boy, and his foster parent says he is such a nice boy. I can't wait to see a smile brought back to his face! To learn more about Grayson, to find out how you can help in his recovery expenses, or if you would like to adopt this precious boy, visit Grayson's Petfinder page which has all the information you need.

I hope you enjoyed the Cocker Spaniel edition of Pixel's "Tuesday's Tails" here on No Tail Left Behind. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
And we're always looking for dogs with tails to feature who are breeds that are normally docked. Contact us if you'd like to be featured, or if you have any questions about tail docking or if you think your dog might be suffering from the effects of tail docking. You can ask us anything...even about Pixel's own tail docking pain and surgery to try and fix it. Simply contact us through Facebook or by email us at notailleftbehind at gmail dot com (you know what to do to make it a real address, we're just trying to keep the spammers down).
Hope to hear from you soon! And don't forget to leave a comment below about Burt and Grayson's stories.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday's Tails - Pixel Introduces Lillie the Lovely Rat Terrier

Welcome to the second installment of No Tail Left Behind's "Tuesday's Tails".

Meet Lillie, our "Tuesday's Tails" Guest Dog:
Today I'd like to introduce a very special young lady named Lillie. Isn't her long, full tail gorgeous?? Her full name is Lillie Marie Blazewick, and she is an American Rat Terrier who was rescued by her loving family in October 2013. They found her through Petfinder! They are her 4th (and they are quite insistent to say FINAL) home, as she was a very mischievous girl and was returned a lot to the pound/shelter throughout the first part of her young life.
Lillie's family has worked hard to help her overcome her negative behaviors with great success. She no longer eliminates in the house, they are gradually decreasing her indoor barking tendency and her "Houdini escapism", as her Mom calls it, has been curbed.

Lillie's tail is very beautiful and starts out as black at the base of her back, then half way up it become solid white. She is very lucky to have her tail, since the American Rat Terrier is a breed typically docked in the United States. Her family loves her tail and says that if her tail was docked, "we'd not know about the gorgeous white part of her tail!!" They also say that Lillie did not wag her tail much when they first got her because she was so scared. It took her months to relax and trust them. This is a very understandable behavior since she had been "adopted and rejected" so many times.

Here's a story that Lillie's Mom recalls: "One time I had to leave her at the vet's office (she was there with her dog brother Lou when he went through his prostatitis). When I tried to kiss her face goodbye, she turned her head away and wouldn't even look at me. SHE THOUGHT I WAS LEAVING HER THERE FOREVER! I cried the whole way home. When I picked her up she was incredulous!! Her tail wagged so much it was a blur. She knows now that she is in her forever home, and her tail wags CONSTANTLY!!!"

Lillie loves her dog brother Lou, a mini Schnauzer who also has his long beautiful tail, and they bring immense joy to their human family. Mom Jennifer says that when Lillie and Lou both come to the door to greet them with both tails wagging full's the best sight ever! Lillie also has a human brother who absolutely adores both dogs and treats them with the utmost respect and love. Although it is clear that the Blazewick family has helped little Lillie find true happiness and a feeling of belonging after years of rejection, it's quite obvious that Lillie has made their family complete as well!

Meet Katie, our "Tuesday's Tails" Adoptable Dog:

Photo from New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue group
Katie is another lovely young lady. Just one look into her liquid brown eyes, and your heart will melt. She is a 2 year old female American Rat Terrier who is currently living in a foster home in Virginia. She is under the care of the New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue group. I've got to say, I LOVE the name! According to details on her Petfinder page, Katie is quite the snuggler, as she loves to burrow into beds or under blankets and even loves puppy piles with her foster dog brothers & sisters. She's quite affectionate, tenderhearted and she loves to follow her foster Mom from room to room and lay in whatever bed is nearby, just to be near her. It is clear that she will be relatively easy to train, just as long as you have plenty of patience with a tiny, tenderhearted lass like Katie.

Photo from Petfinder Website
When Katie first came to the rescue, she was severely underweight, but has since put on a couple of pounds. They are afraid she was abused in some way, but she is still a very sweet girl. Katie gets along great with other dogs, but does not fully understand cats. Time and gentle training could help her to learn to love them, as is the case with any animal. Katie is good with children too. To see some wonderful photos of Katie, including some sweet ones with her favorite foster sibling that she adores, visit Katie's 'New Rattitude' photo page. For more information about how you can adopt her, visit Katie's Petfinder page. And don't forget to 'LIKE' the New Rattitude Rat Terrier Rescue group on Facebook!

I hope you enjoyed reading about these two beautiful girls. Please share this post to help little Katie find a loving home, and to help educate others about how wonderful it is for breeds like the Rat Terrier to have a long beautiful tail.
If you have a dog that is a breed normally docked, and your dog has their tail, let us know so we can feature YOUR dog next! And please leave us a comment below on your thoughts about the long beautiful rat terrier tails.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday's Tails - Pixel Introduces Lichen the Standard Poodle

No Tail Left Behind is starting a new series called "Tuesday's Tails". It's a two part blog post. The first part highlights a specific dog whose breed is normally docked in the United States but who has their long beautiful tail. The second part will highlight a dog in need of adoption who needs a "Happy Ending" to their "tail". So please share the post and enjoy the photos!

Meet Lichen, Our "Tuesday's Tails" Guest Dog!
Today we are highlighting Lichen, a very handsome, happy standard male poodle who lives with his parents Adrienne and Roger in Maryland. Most people (myself included before I started No Tail Left Behind) think that poodles are born with the shorter poofy tail. The truth is, poodles, whether they are large standard size or a miniature, are born with a very long lush tail. Unfortunately they are docked in many countries including the United States and several provinces of Canada.

Lichen uses his long, beautiful tail for so many things. He uses it for balance when running and playing, he wags it non stop according to his Mom, and he uses it to hold himself upright when bird or neighbor watching on their deck. Of course there are many other ways that Lichen uses his tail, it's a perfect extension of his spine, critical to healthy bowel, anal gland and urinary tract health.

Lichen is a very happy dog, and his Mom credits both his incredibly happy nature and his amazing agility with the fact that Lichen has his tail. If you'd like to see more of this amazing boy, just do a Google search for "Lichen the Standard Poodle" and you'll find loads of photos of this handsome, playful boy on sites like the Poodle Forum or even catch some archived blog posts when he was blogging at his website The Chronicles of Lichen.

Meet Lulu, Our "Tuesday's Tail" Adoptable Dog!

Today's adoptable "Tuesday's Tail" is Lovely Lulu. This gorgeous female standard poodle who is currently being fostered through the "Real Good Dog Rescue" out of Memphis TN. who was surrendered by her owner who said she could no longer take care of both her and her brother. Lulu loves being around people and really needs to be in a home where her pet parent(s) will either be home a large majority of the time (many people work from home), or will take her with them wherever they go. She is house trained, loves to go for walks, LOVES to play, gets along well with other dogs, and is a very lovable girl.

To learn more about Lulu, visit Lulu's Petfinder page and learn how you can adopt this smiling beauty who so deserves a new forever home where she will never again have to worry about being given up by her master. You can also visit Real Good Dog Rescue's Facebook page to learn more about their efforts to help dogs find homes too!

We hope you enjoyed the first installment of No Tail Left Behind's "Tuesday's Tails". If you have a dog that is a breed normally docked but your dog has their tail, let us know so we can feature YOUR dog next! And please leave us a comment below on your thoughts about the long beautiful poodle tails.

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