18 nov. 2014

Tails, Birds, Nests and the Passing Seasons

It’s fall, and birds and squirrels are stocking up on food for winter and building materials for their nests. Squirrels, like some dogs, have long fluffy tails. Other dogs have their tails docked. This is an old tradition, which originated among the European upper classes. The dogs of the lower classes had big fluffy tails like many mutts do today.



Whitley remembers when he was a kid, they had a dog with an immense fluffy tail, who was chased every spring and fall by hordes of birds after that hair. She used to rush along the ground, racing from shelter to shelter, followed by a literal flock of birds.



Where we live, dogs are not let out to run free, but I’m watching squirrels having the same problem that plagued Whitley’s dog.

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