Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Reason Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts (Tails)

While I was chatting to an online buddy today, she put a link up for me to see.
As soon as I saw it, it reminded me of a story my father or grandfather told me as a kid. I thought it was dad, but the more I try to remember, the more I think it was actually my grandpa.
Anyways, the story went like this:
Did you ever notice that whenever a dog meets up with another dog, they go around in a circle sniffing each other's tails? Well the reason they do this is because a long time ago, dogs used to be a lot like men. They had clubs they went to, and often enjoyed a game of poker. Of course they cashed their chips in at the end of the night for bones and kibble rather than money. Sometimes when a dog was really down on his luck he had to relinquish ownership of his dog-house. Sad but true.
One of the rules to gaining entry into the establishments was that they had to check their tails at the door, much like a biker would have to hang up his colours.
There could be anywhere from twenty to two hundred dogs in the club on any given night.
On this particular night, there were about a hundred and eighty dogs drinking, smoking cigars, playing cards and listening to bands like 3 Dog Night, Temple of the Dog and Los Lobos as Wolfman Jack talked in between tunes.
Suddenly, the fire alarm went of and the sprinkler system kicked in, creating a mad rush for the only door at the front of the club.
As the dogs went past the hanging tails, they grabbed for the first one they could get their paws on, and ran out the door!
The next day, as they were out making their rounds and running their doggy errands, they would nod as they passed each other or make small-talk about the fire the night before, as they sniffed the tail of the other, hoping to find his own tail again.
And that's why dogs sniff each other's butts!!
So if you look again at the picture, you will see that in this particular rendition of the famous painting, none of the doggies have tails on.
Gotta love Photoshop!

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