Tuesday, November 11, 2014

More Manx Lore or Why Dobermans Dock Their Tails

Doberman's dock their tails in order to get that fashionable stubby Manx appeal.

There are many myths about the magnificent and immortal Manx breed. The Manx cat is a natural breed, even if later methods of selective breeding were used to establish a breed standard and ensure optimal health for the breed. The Manx breed is though to have evolved on the Isle of Mann. This is an island that the sits between England and Ireland in the Irish Sea.

The Manx cats’ original ancestors may have come from tailless cats that are native to Norway. There is no natural breed of cats that lived on the Island.  Vikings who visited the Island left some tailless cat’s .later the Norwegian cats cross breed with cats brought by other peoples settling the island. On this Island which is only 13 miles long, these tailless cats probably bred with the British Shorthair. Trading ships from all over Europe visited the Island so other cat breeds may have been introduced to the Island

Sable suspects a stupid mutt shut the door on his ancestors tail.

Now one can say with certainty that the origins of the Manx for many take on biblical proportions once you get past their arrival on the Island. We all know that Manx as the most dignified breed of cat , they do not scurry about like rodent like chihuahuas nor do they meander like obese bassets.

Manx travel at a steady yet regal pace worthy of their superior position in nature. A regal Manx cat couple was late to Noah’s ark. Noah did not appreciate their fashionably late arrival. The non chalet male Sir Sable, just whipped his exceptionally beautiful tail about and sighed, “If you let us aboard this um abysmal craft, I mean aboriginal craft (for it was not a pampered pet Disney cruise, with steerage for the lowlier beasts) I will catch mice for you (translation I will get some dumb dog to do it).’’ Sir Sable and his lady fair did not notice the water rushing towards the door. In a slighty regal run, they sauntered towards the door and Noah “accidently” severed the regal Manx tail.

Instead of becoming depressed about the loss of his gorgeous tail the mesmeric Manx, made it a fashion statement, that demure Doberman’s would copy by having their tails “docked”. Many breeds of dogs try to gain that Manx appeal by docking their common doggy tails.

Sable added some “oral history” to the biblical account. Sable said that a demon dog dust ball named “Nigel”, for the spiritual darkness he represented ‘ate” this true account of the origin of the Manx. It that was skillfully recorded by biblical scribes but then tragically eaten by a devil dog named Nigel.This is why the tale or lack there of is not recorded in our present day canon of sacred text.

English: Manx cat, Maughold churchyard A very ...
English: Manx cat, Maughold churchyard A very friendly 'stumpy' cat which took pleasure in accompanying visitors round the gravestones. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This Manx personal sacred mission is to have Manx once again take their proper place in the Anglican canon of sacred text.

This writer has doubts about the authenticity of this tall or shall we say at least stubby tale of the tragic loss of the biblical Manx tail. The last part may be of particular suspicion. Sable calls the affenpinscher  chihuahua mix Nigel the Dust Bunny Dog, usually after he has accidently consumed some of Sable’s food. Now while it is true that every day is a bad hair day for this poor beast, Nigel points out he was not born until 2006 and could not have chewed up any sacred ancient texts.

 Is this the ancient text eaten by the devil dust bunny dog?
Being a celtic cat... Sable has been known to tell a wee tale about a tail he never had when literally consuming the hair
of the dog he bit with a lot of catnip.
Nigel denies eating any sacred Anglican Manx Scripture. He points out he is Lutheran .

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