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.