Kinky

“Kyndall’s got a kink in her tail,” Steve called out. “Did you know that?”

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Dionne’s piggy tail tip.

I had not noticed, which is surprising. Steve and I take some interest in our dogs’ tails. We were struck by the distinctive twist at the very tip of Dionne’s tail, which gave it a slightly porcine look.

For some time, we also nursed a theory that the longer the tail, the more dominant the dog. This notion was fed by the fact that despite his size, Tucker has a rather wimpy little tail and a docile, submissive personality to match it. Dionne and Darby, while both smaller physically, had long tails and — bossed Tucker around unmercifully. But our Tail Dominance theory took a beating with the arrival of Kyndall, who has a nice long tail but is more subservient to Tucker than any other dog he’s ever lived with.

If long, I saw that it is true Kyndall’s tail appears kinked, just about an inch from its end. If you feel it, there appears to be a clear bend there.

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“Do you suppose it’s my fault for pinching it in the car door that time?” Steve wondered. If so, he seemed ready to take credit for the effect. “I think it looks very stylish,” he pronounced.

I don’t know if that’s the right word for it; the bend at the end reminds me of the way airline wing tips turn up these days. But one thing we all agree on: better a kinked tail than a drooping one.

 

 

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