1. There’s also the bad-taste joke about the guy who took his newborn son in to be castrated, and then when they came home he looked at the calendar and noticed a reference to the “Feast of the Circumcision” and slapped his forehead and said “Oh, yeah THAT was the word I was trying to think of!”

    Badda-bing. You’ve been an . . . audience. Tip your waitress and drive safely.

  2. Well, horses and dogs used to get de-tailed, or bobbed, or docked. Traditionally Old English Sheepdogs had their tails removed. So did the horse who wore bells and pulled the sleigh in the song with the line “Bells on bob-tail ring.” The practice is restricted by law in many places.

    But maybe he make things all right if he takes the cat to a retail shop.

  3. Over here in this part of the real world, none of those pet “modifications” is legal, so that cat would have been purrfectly safe.

  4. I wish it would become illegal in the US.

    The particular issue that still comes up among cat people is de-clawing.

  5. The problem in the U.S. is that it is a state and/or local issue, so even if some (or many) jurisdictions see the light and enact a prohibition, there will always be some states (or counties) that will not, thus permitting “operational tourism”.

  6. Ironically, just half an hour ago, I recoiled at seeing part of some big-time dog show, with many major-league dogs whose tails had been lopped off.

  7. Yeah, well, when the foxes got into the rooster yard last week, all that was left was a cocktail.

  8. Horses have very short tails, with very long hair growing on the tail. A horse with a bobbed tail has simply had the hair cut short. I can’t imagine a situation where someone would actually amputate a horse’s tail…

  9. Horses’ tails are shorter than they look, but they aren’t that short when shaved.

    Maybe “bobbing” means just cutting the hair, but “docking” means shortening or amputating the tail itself. I looked it up in Google and found out it is commonly done with draft horses as a safety thing. The tail can get caught up in machinery or the harness. If a rein gets under the horse’s tail, the horse can clamp his tail down on it and the rider will no longer be in control.

  10. In the 1920s women used to “bob” their hair, so it could be that bob the horses’s tail comes from same.

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