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.
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