Monday, 19 November 2007

A Tale Of Our Tails!

Hello old chaps, how the devil are you all? What about that poker night, eh? Wasn't a splendid time had by all? I didn't play at the same table as Cassidy, but I hear she was quite the poker pro! I can only hope she shares some of her winnings with your truly.

As well as the poker, we also went to grooming class yesterday. We were hoping to meet young Mojo, but alas she wasn't there. Ma forgot to take the camera, so we have no piccies I'm afraid. I mostly just sniffed around, tried to avoid being humped by Oscar's pal Archie (I had to tell him off several times with some big barks and growls), and getting lots of cake from ladies who thought I was extremely handsome. Cassidy got lots of cuddles, and had a few hairs pulled from her ears as she was a calm girl and Ruth who runs the class wanted to show someone with a very lively 14 week old puppy what to do. We also met the pa of Cassidy's other sister. Her name is Roxy. We now have their email, so it will mean we can keep in touch with both of her sisters (Lottie and Roxy) and at least one brother (Mick). It made me a bit sad wondering if any of my relatives are anywhere out there. Maybe ma and I can do some family tree research. I am a Loudwell Airedale (Loudwell Tawny Owl), but I know my breeder died several years ago, and that I was possibly from the last litter she bred.

So after such a hectic weekend, we have been doing lots of this today. Cassidy was apparently upside down too in true Airedale style, but ma disturbed her and she flopped onto her side. I was fast asleep and in the land of nod. I think I have managed to maintain my dignity haven't I?

I know lots of you have been posting photos of your tails, so I thought we may as well join in. Our tails are a good comparison as I am docked and Cassidy is not as it is now against the law here except in some very specific circumstances.

I have a nice chunky tail of about the right length for a docked Airedale. It is pretty much always held nice and high other than when blasted fireworks are going off! It is grey grizzle coloured on top, and tan underneath.


Cassidy has her whole tail. She carries it quite high off her back most of the time. I suppose as she grows the set of her tail may change. At the moment she only has a little strip of tan on the underside, but as she gets older she will lose lots of her black puppy fur from her face, body and tail, leaving her with just the typical black Airedale saddle. She will almost certainly lose her white paws, and maybe some of her white chest blaze too.


Well, I sincerely hope you found that informative!

Toodle pip,

Harry x

52 comments:

Snowball said...

Hi Harry,

Is Cassidy trained to play poker when she was in her mummy's tummy? I wonder how a young puppy like her can play poker so well when I a 9 years old matured lady is not even allowed to touch poker.... what a bummer...

I love the picture of you and Cassidy sleeping. Cassidy looks like she has got a very peaceful sleep. You on the other hand looks... errr...cute!?! but it seems funny to use this word to describe a macho guy like you.

Luv
Snowball

Mojo said...

I'm so upset I missed you yesterday at the grooming. Mum and Dad promised me we were going. I got all excited. Then on Sunday morning all our plans went awry and we never got as far as the car. I'm a real huff now and will pay them back any way I see fit. It's so not faaaaaaiiiiir!!!!

I think they were giving me grief for taking one of Dad's bottles of whisky to take to the poker session.

Love your tail pics! Yours is as majestic as I expected, Harry, and Cassidy's is such a cute curly girly one. She's lucky because hers isn't as pug-like as mine, so she won't be quite as undignified as me.

Sorry I missed you
but big hairy hugs
Mojo

Ferndoggle said...

What cute sleepy pictures!!

We need to post pictures of our tails soon. We have 3 different kinds. Mine, of course, it the coolest.

Sherman

Sir Chance-Lot said...

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Cute pics!!!
Sir XmasBacon

Lesley Rigby said...

Love the sleeping mode Harry and the docked tail. Your parents must be constantly smiling at the two of you but I'll bet they sigh with relief when you both crash out together!!

Maggie & Mitch said...

I had a blast at the poker pawty! So much good food and drink!
Nice tail shots guys! Cassidy, you are just too darn cute!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Finni said...

Hi Harry,
Mine's a short and stumpy tail like yours. Elke uses it as a handle sometimes - embarrassing or what?! I see some of my family every time I go for an airedoo. That's nice. Other than that we have no contact with anybody else :(. But we have lots of other friends :).
Hope to meet you and Cassidy soon, too.
Finni xx

Clover said...

Hey Harry,
That was a very informative post! I didn't know about the tail docking. And I think it's cool that Airedales have lots of black on them when they are puppies, then it grows off.
Me, I am getting more black all the time! My front is super black now, and I used to be all fawn!
Love Clover xo

Lorenza said...

Hi, Harry
Those a very cute pictures of you there sleeping (?) and of your tails!
My mom can't take a good picture of my tail because I am always waving it!
Have a nice day
Lorenza

Noah the Airedale said...

Very nice tails you've both got there. Hopefully little Cassidy will keep her white paws and blaze just like our Tess. It looks awfully cute.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah, Willow, Tess and Lucy

Luckie Girl said...

That was really informative!! I really should get started on my tail soon. hehe..

Boo said...

i'm gonna show my tail too! i have a fluffy behind.

wet wet licks

Boo

Kirby said...

What great tails you two have. Harry, mine looks just like yours. Cassidy's is super cool. I've never seen an non docked Airedale tail, so I was super excited to see hers. Glad to see you guys got some rest. I was sleeping on my back most of the weekend too. Nothing beats sleeping while showing your 'everything' to everyone!

Your pal,
Kirby

Ruby Bleu said...

My Mom had heard about docking being against the law in the UK...imagine if we had a law here in the states I might actually have a tail too instead of a nub...oh well. You both have GREAT tails!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Peanut said...

What nice tails you have. I sleep in the same position as you a lot. How in the world did cassidy get to be such a good poker player at her young age?

Joe Stains said...

sounds like you guys had a lot of fun at the grooming class! you guys look totally POOPED in that last photo! A tired dog is a good dog as my Mom always says!

Faya said...

Ah la sieste....il n'y a que ça de vrai ! C'est tellement agréable de dormir sur le dos. La queue de Cassidy va encore se rouler de plus d'ici quelques mois. La tienne ressemble à un métronome...
Bisous, Faya

Stanley said...

Harry my man!

You could be a college professor. You express yourself so well, and you're very informative.

Love both of your tails. Yours is very jaunty (as I expected) and Cassidy's is sooooo LONG! I have never seen an undocked Airetail in real life either. I like them.

Goober love,
Stanley

Pee Ess
Hope you get to meet Mojo soon!

Amber-Mae said...

Your tails are cute & stubby! Cassidy's tail curls unlike yours Harry. Cute cute cute! I must show my tail too.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Gus said...

thank you for a great post. I think you did a good job explaining docked v. undocked tails. My 'dale friends in Va. had docked tails, but their tails were very strong and hurt when they smacked me with them. (probably shouldn't have tried to mount miss Red, huh?)

Have a great week.
gussie

Penny & Poppy said...

Hi Harry & Cassidy,

Our mom thinks that whomever made that decision to make tail docking on Aire-kids illegal, never had Airedales. Those long tails can be a lethal weapon! Even our docked tails can be quite dangerous when wagging with excitement. The long tails are very cute, though! We love to see them curled up over the back! We hope you all have a great week!

Poppy & Penny

Katherine and Pippa, said...

I wouldn't like my tail cut off. Nasty. I love my tail. I will post some tail pix laters.

Pippa

Molly and Taffy said...

Hi Harry

Great post about tails. Nice to see you putting your paws up in between your informative postings.

Molly and Taffy

Asta said...

Harry
Thank you fow youw good wishes fow Mommi, she's better a little.

I think you both have supewb tails.
Mine is dockt toooo, and I guess I would be illegal in England,heheh but I think both types of tails awe vewy pawfect!
don't be sad Hawwy..you have the best family evew!!! and sooo much love1
smoochie kisses to bothof you sneeping cuties
Asta

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Oh Harry.. your sleepy photo is cute. You look like your butt is holding up the wall, ha rooo roo roo! I love both of your tails!!!
Hugs,
Sitka

Jackson said...

Hey Harry, nice tail shots. Mine is always moving so it's difficult to get a good photo. J x

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Nice tail comparisons Harry! I also particularly the photograph of you and Cassidy looking somewhat 'relaxed'!

4xBs said...

hey kiddos, we love the post about your tails. we think you both have great tails. and the picture of you two napping is great. you look very comfy.

woofers.

Randi said...

Hello Harry! So nice of you to post a pic of the sleeping pups...you did very well keeping your dignity...you are such a refined English ole chap!

& Your little sis is still a firecracke! But I did notice when she was posting about her fun in the yard that she isn't exactly speaking the Queen's proper English yet...I guess you'll have to help her with her accent!

Love & Licks,
Randi

ps...your tails are sooooooo cute!

Huskee Boy said...

Hi Harry,
I love the pic of the 2 of you sleeping!! It's so cute that you have all 4 paws in the air... You have a nice, macho tail and Cassidy's tail is so curly and girlie (see, it even rhymes!)

Ben_Benjamin said...

Harry, I like your sleeping pose!!! hehe

JAZZ AND DIXIE said...

Hi Harry,
This was truely an imformative post. We learnt 3 things about Airedales. First thing being that you guys are good at poker, second being that very cute sleeping position and third being the docking of the tails - the airedales we have seen here have a tail like yours Harry we didn't know they came any other way! Thanks for enlightening us.
Licks
Jazz and Dixie

Hammer said...

Hi Harry
The sign of a happy dog is flaked out on the floor in contentment. My tail curls up in the air like yours and Cassidy's when something takes my interest, otherwise it just keeps wagging.
Love from Hammer

Seadra & Zoe said...

Cassidy, you have the cutest little puppy tail. And Harry, yours is handsome.

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Amber said...

Hi Harry and Cassidy, you two are so adorable sleeping. You two have cute tails, I might as well show mine too :D

Amber :)

Sophie Brador said...

Howdy Harry! I can't believe you guys are going to meet Mojo in dogson! I wish I could come to your grooming class, although I'd be happy to skip the grooming part.

Also, I think it's great that tail docking is illegal. Is this for all breeds?

xo
SB

Momo :) said...

Oh Harry!! :) Your upside down photo with Cassidy is so adorable. :)
I might e-mail you behide Cassiy and my little brother's back to ask you a secret of being a good brother. :)

Momo xoxo

Koobuss said...

Yes, that was very interesting, Harry. A very good tail lesson. My tail is still curved most of the time, but it is getting stronger and standing up more.

You guys are very cute in your sleeping photo. I suppose by now you have adapted to young Cassidy and are used to having a goofy puppy around. We young uns can be a challenge.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,
Koobie

jaffeboy said...

Both of you are way tooooooo cute. Just had to laugh watching both of you snooze.

I, on the other paw, like to sleep all curled up!

Persephone & Buster said...

Ya know, that poker-playing Cassidy's tail looks like a BIG "question-mark!" Is that a clever complement to her poker-face?

We rather knew that airedales were gamblers by temperament! Thanks for confirming.

Cheers,

Buster & Sephie

T-man said...

Grooming class?? Horrors!!! I hope my mom doesn't read this and get any ideas...

I have a docked tail too, like you Harry. That's interesting that it's against the law now to do that.

Girl Girl Hamster said...

You 2 have such cute tails. I wish my tail can curl like that

~ Girl girl

Lacy said...

woofies Cassidy and Harry!!! heehee watt wuz u dreamin of Harry dat ur paws wuz up in da airs...and me finkies u boff gots cute tails...dat reminds me i gots to show ya me tail soons tooo...

b safe,
;)lacylulu

Cubby said...

It's so cute how you sleep!

Agatha and Archie said...

Geesh we are behind in our reading!! You guys are the same as us!! Agatha doesn't have a docked tail and Archie does!! Yours is smashing!! Love A+A

Rachael said...

Love cassidy's LONG natural tail! Its wonderous!

This is my first view of her since I've been gone a while, she's lovely!

Bogart said...

Nice tails - I've gotta say that I've always liked the look of the docked tail (having one myself, of course) but Cassidy's (and Faya's too) make me giggle! Harry yours is longer than mine, I would up with kind of a stumpy one, I think yours if pretty much perfect. :)

Love,
Bogart

Caz said...

well love your stocky tail Harry and hey Cassidy your in the long tail club. It looks to me like that striking tail is going to be as curly as mine when you get older.
Well it soundd like you needed that sleep on your back after the groomers, cassidy tell your mum it will be soon time for her to start hand striping you.

Big wags ludo

Caz said...

well love your stocky tail Harry and hey Cassidy your in the long tail club. It looks to me like that striking tail is going to be as curly as mine when you get older.
Well it soundd like you needed that sleep on your back after the groomers, cassidy tell your mum it will be soon time for her to start hand striping you.

Big wags ludo

Caz said...

well love your stocky tail Harry and hey Cassidy your in the long tail club. It looks to me like that striking tail is going to be as curly as mine when you get older.
Well it soundd like you needed that sleep on your back after the groomers, cassidy tell your mum it will be soon time for her to start hand striping you.

Big wags ludo

Asta said...

Harry
Tell ypuw Mom that time passes so vewy quickly, she is wise to get as many pictooweas as possible of both you and Cassidy..the memowies awe wondewful as you know being a wisew matoowe boy.
hope you'we haveing a gwand weekend
smoochie kisses
Asta

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Ha ha, Harry.... are you really sleeping in that position? You got caught! Hoomans can be sneaky sometimes.

Love
Boy n Baby