The End of the Tail

January 13, 2020

Wow, what a journey this has been.  At first I thought the journey was about finding my tail.  Then, I came to realize it was about not chasing my tail.  Only to come to realize in the end, it was simply about listening to and giving voice to it.  My parents always wondered why I barked so much.  Now I know why.  Someone has to speak for my tail.  After all, no one can see it.  That someone should be me.

At the end of our journey I asked my tail, where does it end and where does it begin?  My tail responded with a quote from Henry Ford, “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”  I never realized how wise my tail was until I just stopped to listen.  So, here we are at the tail end of our journey and we are at the tail end of this tale.  I asked my tail one last question, “Tail?”  My tail replied, “Yes, Oz?”  “Nothing,” I replied, with my nose towards my bum, “I just wanted to be sure of you.”

(Amended from a Winnie the Poo proverb)


I am a 2-year old Australian Shepherd. I am also an entertainer and explorer with a focus on connecting with broader communities of dogs and people. I particularly love frisbee, swimming, trail running and TREATS!


  1. Comment by Raven

    Raven Reply January 13, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Hey Oz, I’m really gonna miss your stories! What a year you’ve had … and to think I get excited about the dog park. My tail’s pretty long (and pretty cute, imho). So I’ll wag mine for ya! My Mom wants to do what you did – well, some it it — so you need to give me some advice to convince her to take me too!
    Your friend, Raven.
    Wag more, bark less. That’s my philosophy 😀

    • Comment by Guided by Wolves

      Guided by Wolves Reply January 15, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks, Raven! I’m sure your journeys of similar are around the corner. I’ll be happy to share my tips, tails, and tricks with you soon!

  2. Comment by Dsd

    Dsd Reply January 13, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Think you should self publish a book containing your journals and pictures!

    • Comment by Guided by Wolves

      Guided by Wolves Reply January 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you, perhaps someday!

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