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!
The Chronicles of Lichen.
Meet Lulu, Our "Tuesday's Tail" Adoptable Dog!
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.
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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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
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.
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!