|Yep, I'd say too late. Now it would be more like cutting a leg off--it's a solid part of his body|
|It would be pretty painful now to do-- I'd skip it. If it makes you feel any better, Clyde's tail is bobbed and his butt almost never wiggles. When he's happy or excited, he air humps. That's much funnier to watch!|
|Barney wiggles AND air humps...not usually at the same time, though...|
|Believe it or not, it can still be done if your vet will do it. I don't agree with it but it can be done.
If you are going to do it, better do it as soon as you can. They will send home pain medication that will help him out.
Again it's just a vanity surgery, that people do all the time. They really are just as cute with the tail .
|Rocky's tail already wipes out my coffee table. Guess I'll have to rethink what I put on it. I love him this way, I just was curious.
He's my fifth sheepy, but the first with a tail. I want to train him for agility. The tail is just more to get through the poles.
|The tail might help steer him through, though!|
|Yup, we can nickname him "The Rudder"!|
Yup, we can nickname him "The Rudder"!
Bear is going to win for the longest tail in the non OES category-- his is ridiculous. It's like a rope!
|Tell us more about Bear, Jill!|
|I would definitely leave the tail.... too late, too painful now.
Also, a tail I think would be a very useful thing for him to have if you want him to do agility.
|Do you have pics? He sounds cute!!|
|Sheepies with tails don't have the pronounced butt wiggle, but they do have a little one and a very happy tail. I've never owned a coffee table because I've always had at least one dog with a tail Anyway, the dogs would end up table dancing.|
|Just let me start by saying that I don't agree with amputation for beautys sakes. That said let me inform you that my OES has a great beautifull tail, looks great and yes his bump wiggles like an OES does. I don't believe that the wiggle has to do with him having a tail or not.
In Sweden it is forbiden to amputate dogs tails and ears just ecause owners find it cute or beautiful, we (I) consider it as cruel.
Enjoy you dog, the whole of it!
|Then what's wrong with my dogs' bums?? I miss the little butt dance........|
|This is an interesting topic. We had a sheepie-mix that we lost to undiagnosed kidney tumors just over 2 years ago. She was to be shot so took her sight-unseen at about 12 weeks of age. She had a long beautiful tail. http://www.pomeroys.com/EmmaDarby/Nikki/Nikki.htm
We were so devastated when we unexpectedly lost her that we immediately purchased a pure-bred OES puppy... our very first dog that was not a rescue and was done for purely selfish reasons (actually, we purchased her sister too when the breeder approached us with the last remaining puppy). We asked if we could not have the tails docked but it had already been done (we didn't know they did it a just a few days old).
The OES tail is big and strong... are they all tipped with white?? I remember Nikki clearing off the coffee table with it on occasion Just my personal opinion but if the tail has not been docked shortly after birth, I think it's kindest to enjoy the magnificent thing. I seems it would be terribly painful at any age to have it docked though I have grown fond of the "bear" look of their cabooses. And there is no mistaking of whether they're wagging their tail when they have a full one... I still have to occasionally put my hand on Emma's rump too tell if she's wagging. 2 of my 4 don't have that funny wiggle even though all had been docked.
|Bosley's butt doesn't wiggle when his tail wags. His tail is big and mostly up in the air, so it waves like a flag, more than anything else.
Dixie, on the other hand, has the cutest, little nub that "vibrates" all the time. And when she is really happy and excited, her whole butt gets going a mile a minute.
|Pepsi has no sign of a tail whatsoever. He does not have a butt wiggle
Rags does though She's got a little nub and it is constantly moving.
|Our OES rescue Blue has a tail, and now that I've gotten used to it, I think it's beautiful -- especially now that his hair is growing out. His tail is like a giant plume. When he's happy, which is about 95% of the time, it's constantly in motion. He doesn't have much of a bum wiggle, though, and I have to admit I miss that. When he gets ultra excited, like when someone new comes to visit, his bum and tail both get going so hard he falls down! It's quite a sight.|
|Did you ever decide what Nikki's other half was? Those ears are wonderful.......were wonderful........whatever. Briard? Dane?
And those eyes.......wow!
|We had a trainer once say she thought Nikki was OES and Wolf Hound but we aren't actually sure. She was listed in the newspaper by the people that originally raised the puppies as a lab/husky mix... because of the blue eyes I'm sure. I was shocked but thrilled to see that little beard when she stepped out of the carrier for the first time all smelly and dirty.
The funny thing is those ears never stood up like that until her final year or so... I had shaved the hair shorter on them and the her crazy ears started standing up when she was alert. The trainer we have coming in now laughed when he saw a picture we have of her on the wall... he said it reminded him of a dog in a cartoon that was scared She was definitely a one-of-a-kind... aloof, regal, stubborn, hilarious, intelligent, nasty with my bc-mix... oh, but I loved her so. No two are ever alike.
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