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kc wrote at 2008-03-09 02:44:30
I am a pet training instructor at one of the PetSmart stores and I had a puppy in one of my classes that was rescued and brought to class by his Pet Parent.. The vet had told this person that the puppy did not have his tail removed no scar tissue.  His nub was about 1 1/2 inches long, he is black and white and resemblies a border collie or part Austrialian Shep/cattle dog and very adorable...he was abanded at this person's for sure I can't imagine any putting money out on docking tails and abandoning the pup.......The pup has all the traits of quickness of the border or Austrialian cattle....very curious.....I'm still digging for more clues  Thanks

Becka wrote at 2011-12-06 02:37:42
Please understand that a dog without a tail is hard work! My pit/ chihuahua mix was born without a tail. After months of trying to house break her, I was frustrated. She had no idea how to go to the bathroom, she went as she walked. The vet took an X-ray and confirmed she never had a tail. They told me this causes a lack of bowel and bladder control due to a lack of the nerves that run part way into the tail. She will constantly get urinary tract infections because she can't empty her bladder. She has poor hind lack motor control, so she is always tripping, falling down, etc. there is no surgical cure. But she is still worth loving... But keep the harder parts in mind.  

Cole wrote at 2013-10-13 08:39:52
Just seen this I haven't taken my dog in for X-rays or anything he is 5 black and white withe brown eyes got him from pet rescue they said he was a border collie he has a nub tail.. Girlfriend tells me he's Australian Shepard  


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Karen Brittan


I have been showing miniature schnauzers in conformation, obedience, and earthdog for forty years, and am a professional dog groomer. I am not a veterinarian and cannot answer questions of a veterinary nature. However, I can give my opinion or share some experiences on some health issues. Everyone should remember that this is a volunteer service, and few of us are up late into the night. Medical emergencies require a veterinary visit, or at least a telephone call... not an internet question which might not be viewed and answered until hours later. If your dog is sick or injured, it should be seen by a licensed professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.


I have taught obedience classes and have taught people how to groom for many years.

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Fifty-one years of living with, observing, and training dogs, along with numerous seminars during that time.

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