Thursday, August 8, 2013
"No Tail Left Behind" Facebook page of her gorgeous miniature schnauzer Louie, which is the breed my sweet Pixel is, and his long, beautiful tail and natural ears.
Pixel and I have several friends in Europe and Australia that are Schnauzers & Schnauzer Mommies. They ALL have their tails and it's as right as rain, as natural as can be, and I love seeing their beautiful tails wagging with sheer joy.
Facebook and Twitter.
Remember always that EVERY DOG DESERVES A TAIL. It is not our right to dock them, it is our responsibility to ensure that they have a happy, healthy, pain-free life.
Special thanks again go out to Jennifer Blazewick and her handsome miniature Schnauzer Louie, for sharing these wonderful photos of Louie and his amazing tail!
Monday, July 29, 2013
I dreamed I had a tail to wag, it made my spirit soar!
My tail was oh so beautiful, its fur was brown and white.
My tail was long and slightly curved, it was such a pretty sight.
I wagged my tail all day and night, I held it tall and proud.
I was so glad to have a tail, I even barked out loud!
All other dogs around the world, they all had their tails too.
Each docked dog now was perfect, their cut tails now brand new!
I didn’t feel a single pain from where my tail was missing.
With so much joy inside my soul, I couldn’t keep from kissing
My Mommy, family, all my friends, no single face left out
The reunion of all happy tails made everyone want to shout!
“Oh happy day! A Miracle! All tails have been returned!
All docking dangers lessons have finally been learned!”
I sang and danced, and danced some more. I twirled and twirled and twirled.
The joyful news within my dream was shared around the world.
But in a flash, my dream was gone. I suddenly awoke.
I turned around, looked at my tail and saw it still was broke.
I cried as Mommy held me close, she told me I was strong.
“We still have much to do my love, we must continue on.
So many pups depend on us to go and spread the word.
Tell the truth of how it hurts til’ every ear has heard.”
My role in life is clear to me; I know this doggie’s task.
I need to face the ones who maim, hard questions I must ask.
Like “Why inflict such awful pain on puppies just by breed?
Why do you want to cut off tails? Is it because of greed?
Just think of it, how would it feel if this was done to you?
A vital piece of body, gone! Such needless pain put through!”
No matter what “tail takers” say, the pain is oh so real.
How can they cause such suffering? This pain no dog should feel.
I promise I will always fight for dogs to keep their tails.
“Don’t take away our right to wag,” our message must prevail.
So please think twice before you chop or cut or shave off tails.
The puppies that you maim…a life of suffering they travail.
“Every dog deserves a tail!” I cry out in my mind.
My dream forever lives in me, that No Tail is Left Behind.
©2013 Jenny Lewis, Pixel Blue Eyes & No Tail Left Behind
Friends, please help us in our cause. We wish to educate everyone on the dangers & truths about tail docking. No matter what 'tail takers' say, tail docking hurts. It hurts the day it is removed from millions of puppies each year, and it hurts for many years afterwards...is cosmetic docking really worth all that suffering for the dogs? Find us on Facebook, Twitter, right here. Remember, ALL dogs deserve a tail!
We're in it to end it ...are you?
Saturday, July 27, 2013
So for all of you who spent the time to write a comment to No Tail Left Behind here, please forgive this mistake. Keep commenting, keep sharing. Sometimes technology works against us. I promise that from now on, I will let Pixel take care of publishing them. She no doubt will have better success than I did!
Remember that every emotion that a dog feels, whether it's joy, excitement, uncertainty, fear, all goes through the tail. You can tell a lot about a dog and how they are feeling by their tail, so when that tail is missing, or halfway cut off, those nerves still want to do what is normal for them, and that is why their tails can give them such a fit at times.
SIGNS OF DOCKED TAIL PAIN AND DISCOMFORT:
1. Biting, licking, 'chasing' or whining at the tail or back end. Scooting or rubbing their bottoms or tails on the floor or against a piece of furniture.
2. Hiding under a bed or in a crate. Isolation from the family or laying alone in a back room.
3. Delayed or difficulty potty training, either on paper or outside. Often difficulty having a normal bowl movement (BM), including running away from a BM as it is occurring. Pixel is 5.5 years old and she still sometimes runs away from her BM's while they are happening.
4. Unexplained potty accidents, even if they are potty trained. If you are paper training and you occasionally have rogue locations where pee or poo will occur. Sometimes they have trouble holding it due to the cut tail muscles. They rely on the entire tail for this body function so it can be hindered with a docked tail.
5. Redness, inflammation or scaling at the tail nub tip. Before Pixel's surgery to try and correct her tail pain, would get seriously red and inflamed at times. Now it gets red after she has 'gone after it' due to pain & discomfort.
6. Sudden and unexplained moments where the dog leaps, jumps, or catapults themselves off of a bed/couch/chair and either runs away or goes after the tail. Leaping up suddenly then leaping down again off the furniture is often a sign they are getting sudden stabs of pain or stinging at the tail nub and are trying to 'get away' from the source of discomfort.
7. Sulking, having head down, and acting like they are in trouble or are being punished for no apparent reason. Dogs often associate the stabbing, stinging pain as something that is being "done to them" so they might very well feel they are being punished when they feel it. It's very psychologically traumatizing for them.
8. If someone goes to pet or touch the dog near their back end or tail, is there occasional crying out, yelping, or even nipping at that person (or another pet if that pet gets too close to the tail). This can occur when someone is trying to either pick the dog up or move the dog for whatever reason.
9. Refusing to come when called, even though the dog knows and usually obeys that command. When you try to call them, they might sit in a bed, on a rug, in the corner, etc, just looking at you while you are calling them, trying to get them to come to you. This can be an infrequent occurrence where other times the dog obeys with no problems or hesitation (again, this refers back to them either thinking they are in trouble when they are hurting or that you are the cause).
10. Playtime, happy reunions, and/or meal time excitement getting interrupted by a sudden tail biting episode. Getting excited over a loved one coming home or a fun play time, can often cause a sudden bout of pain or stinging that results in yelping and 'going after' their tail. Excitement runs through the nerves in all dogs tails (or tail nubs) as they wag with joy, so docked tail dogs get 'punished' (in their eyes) for being excited.
This is one of the hardest things for my heart to deal with...my little one, your little one, being in pain or discomfort just because they are happy. Whenever Pixel gets excited to see me, especially when I come home from being gone, and sometimes during meal time or play, her tail will give her a fit and she will even scream like I have hurt or hit her, then she either runs away or desperately tries to get out of my arms. I used to think something else was going on. The fact is, during these excited times, when she should just be able to enjoy my homecoming, she is being stung by the nerves in her tail. Pixel can't even show how happy she is to see her Mom without her tail stinging and hurting.
Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest updates.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
These are the two newest "No Tail Left Behind" posters that I have made for our campaign to educate about the dangers and terrible side effects of tail docking. I'd love your input on them.
Pixel's eyes say it all here. She was going through a rough time with tail pain, and I just wanted to capture what she was going through. Her eyes just seem to say, "Make it stop Mommy." I was doing all I could to help her at the time.
Pixel's story and her smile are both compelling. I wanted to have a poster that engaged people and would make them want to come visit the page and blog. We are here to educate, share information and help others.
Please help us spread the word by sharing our posts from Facebook and Twitter, sharing our blog posts & posters, and most importantly, sharing our message. You can share this post with the 'share' tools to the right of this post.
We believe that every dog deserves a tail!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
|Lichen, a Standard Poodle with full tail - 2013 Adrienne Bea Smith|
|Lichen, Standard Poodle - 2013 Adrienne Bea Smith|
THANK YOU LAURA BERNIER!! You are a real gem, and No Tail Left Behind's spokesdog, Pixel Blue Eyes, can't help but smile at this!
Let's help to educate others about the dangers, risks and negative side effects that tail docking brings, and then let us work together to bring about change for puppies not yet born by helping to ban tail docking in the United States. Please share this post, share my Facebook posts, and talk to people. Don't forget the information from the breeder whom I quoted earlier in this post. Undocked puppies develop better and have less problems than puppies with docked tails.
Thank you friends! ~ Jenny & Pixel
Monday, April 15, 2013
No Tail Left Behind", an online campaign to educate the public on the dangers of tail docking, bringing awareness about the truth of this painful, out dated, unnecessary practice. This weekend, I debuted my No Tail Left Behind blog you are reading now, and today is the great "Blog the Change for Animals" blogging event where bloggers from all over the world come together and blog about important animal advocacy issues that are important. Bringing awareness to the perils that some animals face is of most importance to us all. I felt it most apropos to share my own story and why tail docking must be banned in the U.S.
Studies Reveal Tail Docking in Puppies is Painful. As an example of how the puppies are suffering...go look up "mini schnauzer puppies" images and really look at their faces (for the ones with docked tails only a few weeks after it is done). They are MISERABLE! Do any of them look happy? Think about it.
|Pixel "hiding" from her tail pain|
Here are some misnomers about tail docking:
1. The puppies don't feel pain when they get their tails docked within the first week of birth. FALSE According to Dr. Wasnbrough, "puppies slower conduction due to incomplete myelination, is offset by the shorter interneuronal and neuromuscular distances the pain impulse has to travel, therefore, creating greater pain due to the pup's undeveloped inhibitory pain pathways. In layman's terms, Dr. Robert explains that cutting through muscles, tendons, nerves, bones or cartilages, would result in intense pain to a level that would never be allowed to be inflicted on a human being!
2. Docking a dog's tail will help keep it cleaner so that poo does not get matted up in the fur. FALSE There are dozens of dog breeds with far more fluffier tails than breeds such as Pomeranians, German Shepherds, and many others. They don't get their tails docked to "keep them clean".
3. A working dog needs to get their tail docked so they don't injure it when out running around in the fields. It could get caught in a fence...those injuries can be nasty! FALSE Yes, dogs can get injured, they can get a tail caught in something and an injury can be bad. However, dogs can hurt a paw, or scrape the side of their body on something and get injured too. The "chance" of an injury does not equate removing an entire appendage. We don't remove their paws so they "won't get it hurt". Inflicting harm upon a dog to prevent injury does not make any logical sense.
Oh, and on the subject of "working dogs", there are MANY breeds that are working dogs, doing police work, or doing search and rescue work in dangerous earthquake rubble or in dangerous urban environments. They don't dock their tails. Have you ever seen a noble German Shepherd with a docked tail so it doesn't "injure it"? Exactly.
list of signs and symptoms that your docked tail dog is having troubles. I will post them in another blog post here this week as well.
@NoTailLeftBhind. Share my blog posts, share my Facebook posts, re-tweet me on Twitter. Tell EVERYONE but please always be nice. Many people do not know, and you attract more bees to honey, and more change of thinking with kindness. Contact your local Congress people and Senators about it too. The more letters they receive, the more they will want to bring about change. Here is a List of Congress members by State and here is a List of Senators by State. Always be polite and give good information. And please refer them to us. I will soon be drafting a letter for everyone to use in case they need a little assistance.
Please make sure to also visit our host for this important blogging event, Be the Change for Animals. They are an amazing group and I am honored to be associated with them. They actually did a feature on No Tail Left Behind back in October 2012. They are amazing! Make sure to visit some of these other bloggers below who have important messages as well.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Mommy ended up spending years watching pretty helplessly as I suffered from nerve pain, phantom pain and other physical ailments directly caused by my tail being docked. Mommy has told me that she was not happy that my tail was missing, but she didn't know what tail docking really entailed. Not many people do.
She started doing research, talking to different vets, taking me to see a few vets, and trying to find ways to help me through those difficult times. She started making the connection that everything was tied back to my docked tail. Mommy refused to accept the lies of why docking was important, and she really understood about the nerve pain. One vet told her that maybe it was "in my head" and I just had behavioral issues. Another vet said that surgery wouldn't help but she did put me on Neurontin after Mommy strongly insisted we try it for the nerve pain. It did help some, but I was still traumatized by my phantom tail pain and nerve pain. It was around this time that we launched "No Tail Left Behind" on Facebook to raise awareness about tail docking and the terrible effects it has on dogs.
Finally, a wonderful vet took Mommy's pleadings seriously and validated what she'd been saying for years...my docked tail nub was causing me terrible pain, discomfort and stress. In my next blog post, I will share what was done to help alleviate some of the pain.