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  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.

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