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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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Compassion for Tail Docking Victims from a Younger Generation

The "No Tail Left Behind" website has not been updated in a while due to several factors, including Pixel having a growth and surgery, as well as my own medical crisis, and I was a bit concerned about the direction I needed to take in my continued campaign to educate the world about the dangers and truth of tail docking. What a wonderful surprise it was then, to be contacted recently by a young lady who is a senior in high school on the west coast (I live in the United States for those who don't already know). She was doing research for her senior project that deals with advocacy work. And what was the subject that she chose, of ALL possible subjects? Tail docking and the terrible effects it has on animals. She saw the stubbed tail of her own dog, and of others dogs, and knew instinctively that it was wrong and that something had to be done to change it.

We've been corresponding and I've even become her mentor for the project, which to me is a great honor. It has infused within me a new vigor for spreading the message about how we must put an end to tail docking. We need to kindly, yet clearly, state our facts to everyone and anyone who will listen, about the long term and permanent effects that tail docking has on dogs.
Candice shares the passion that I have for this subject. Before she ever contacted me, she wrote a speech and presented it to her entire class. It was well received. She believes that her generation will carry the fight to end tail docking in America to it's final success. Her campaign is targeting her own fellow high school aged generation. I can't wait to see where it leads.
Below is a transcript of her senior speech, printed with permission from her.

 Candice's Senior Animal Advocacy Speech
"Can you imagine what a Cocker Spaniel would look like? How about a King Charles Spaniel? You might be thinking now, of course! Long ears, curly golden, black or brown hair, featuring a short tiny tail or none at all---- who doesn't know what a spaniel looks like? 
  However, they were not born this way. Just like many other breeds, they were born with long and beautiful tails. Because of our twisted concept of beauty, their tails were taken away manually while they were still puppies. This is what we call tail docking, the removal of part of, or sometimes all of, a dogs’ tail.
  Peruse the human history, it is not hard to find that tail docking dated way back when hunting was the only recreation for nobles and royals. The popular saying is that tail docking increases the animal’s speed and prevents injuries. However, as hunting gradually declined as the mainstream, tail docking remains today; the only difference is, instead of being functional, tail docking nowadays is commonly for cosmetic purpose only. Show after show, performance after performance, generation after generation, countless innocent little puppies have to have their tails docked just to fulfilled the “tradition and standard” of the industry and the so-called “dog lovers”. Without us realizing it, these furry friends of ours, have become the fashion victim.
  If anyone were to say that the fact of tail docking itself is not evil enough, you cannot deny the influence tail docking has on the dog as well as the owner. I, myself, am a proud owner of a 3 year old Cocker Spaniel, Stanley. Born to a local breeder, she was docked almost instantly after she was born. Therefore, when she came to my life, her tail was now an odd looking small stump. The heart breaking fact is, she has never experienced much of the feeling of wagging her tail like most other dogs have. However, when she is jumping up and down to welcome me home, she would wag what was left of her tail. Looking into her innocent eyes and the wagging stump, sorrow captured my heart. To this day, I still believe that not being able to save her from docking is my biggest regret.
Therefore, when Leno, a Beagle puppy became part of my family this fall, I insisted on keeping her tail. Many times I can't help but think how many unfortunate beagles ended up have the tail docked unwillingly, Leno is just one of the lucky few, but what about the others? Who is going to look out for them?
  This is my senior year in high school, and I want to make a difference, no matter how small it may be. Throughout these years of discovering my true self, I gradually realized that God is calling me to be the voice of those fury friends, to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” (Proverbs 31:8) Therefore, I have decided to dedicate my senior projects on animal welfare, meanwhile targeting raising social awareness of the harmfulness of tail docking and why we should get rid of it---- this is the one thing that I would never regret, and the one thing that I truly believe in."

Thank you Candice, for having such a compassionate, caring heart for the animals and for wanting to bring about change in the world. I'm so glad we are working together to spread the message about the dangers of tail docking and I hope your fire burns ever brighter with each passing day! You have "No Tail Left Behind" and all our followers' full support!