Fandango’s Flashback Friday — February 10th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Flashback Friday post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 10th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on February 10, 2018.

SoCS — A Dog’s Tail Tale

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, she’s asked us to use “tail” and/or “tale” in our posts — one, the other, or both.

To that end, I’d like to tell you a tale about a dog’s tail. Our dog’s tail. Well, our old dog’s tail, that is.


Our dog was a chocolate Lab by the name of Cocoa. Cocoa was a lovable dog, a real sweetheart of a dog. But she was a nervous dog and kind of ditzy. Her nervousness manifested itself by her continually and quite vigorously wagging her tail. And if she was near any object, like the base kitchen cabinets, the dining room table, or even just a wall, her tail would whop, whop, whop against whatever object it came in contact with.

Cocoa would wag her tail so vigorously and whop it with such force against whatever it hit, that it caused the tip of her tail to bleed. If we were away from the house for a few hours, she’d be so excited to see us when we got home that she would leave blood spatter on the cabinets and walls.

So we took Cocoa to see the vet, who wrapped her tail in some sort of soft protective material and bandaged it all up. But within a day, she had wagged the bandage and protective material right off of her tail.

The vet ultimately said that the tip of her tail was so banged up and covered with scabs that the only course of action was to surgically remove about an inch from the end of her tail.

But even with the shortened tail after the surgery, Cocoa continued to whop her tail to the point of bleeding. Long story short, we ended up having to remove about half of the poor dog’s tail in order to finally stop the bleeding.

People would ask us about her tail, noting that it seemed quite short for that of a Labrador retriever. At first we’d explain what I just explained to you. But after a while we were sick of telling that long, drawn out story and getting “looks” when we talked about having cut off half of Cocoa’s tail. So instead we made up a tale about how Cocoa was a rare, special breed of stubby-tailed retrievers.

People seemed to handle that tale better than the truth about what actually happened to half of our ditzy dog’s tail.

12 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — February 10th

  1. animar64 February 10, 2023 / 8:08 am

    My Hamish is a chocolate Lab and he does the same thing. Only he does it when he wants my attention YESTERDAY. He knows it’s loud and he knows he gets a reaction from me. Lucky for us, he didn’t get carried away with it.

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  2. kajmeister26 February 10, 2023 / 8:41 am

    My post on Feb 10, 2016 began: How ‘bout that Super Bowl and those ____? Wasn’t that play amazing when _______ the ball and then ______ took it in the end zone for the touchdown? Of course, the commercial by _________ was kind of stupid and offensive, but I sure liked the one about the dog ____. [Note to self: remember to fill in blanks after the game is over.]

    Same as it ever was.

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    • Fandango February 10, 2023 / 9:29 am

      Yep, that captures the essence of the game and the commercials. Well done.


  3. Nope, Not Pam February 11, 2023 / 10:39 pm

    Poor pup, we had a dog like that but she drooled. We were forever cleaning up

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  4. leigha66 February 12, 2023 / 11:53 am

    Oh no! I had never heard of such a thing, but I have seen some mighty wagging tails in my day and can see it being a problem.

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  5. margaret21 February 16, 2023 / 9:59 am

    Fiction is stranger than truth in this case, and apparently more believable 😉

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