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.


  1. Burt and Grayson are very lucky pups - they are both rescued and still have their tails!! Great story - I hope a good home is found soon!!

  2. Cocker Spaniels look so great with their tails! I'll be sharing Grayson and hoping he finds a new home soon!

  3. Cockers are my heart breed and I wish they'd leave their tails alone. I have seen them with full tail and I love it plus it is so much better for them. Hugs and thanks for sharing this story.

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