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Title: Why Dogs Sniff
Author: jsblume
Style/Genre Traditional / Folklore / - Not Classified
Description: A Re-Telling
Notes: I've recently started attending meetings of "Tellers of Tales," a group that continues the tradition of oral literature. In the most recent meeting, we were given a short tale and asked to re-tell it in our own way.

I had always wondered why dogs sniff each others' tails. So, I went down to the old shaman and asked him why.

He sat back, closed his eyes, and seemed to be elsewhere for a moment. Then, in a quiet voice, he said:

"In ancient times, after the tribe had gone to sleep, the coyotes would gather around the dying embers of the campfire to dance. They would take off their tails and hang them on ceremonial poles.

"One night, their dance was interrupted by a noise - a warrior coming home from a scouting mission stumbling into the village.

"The coyotes frantically grabbed any tail they could find and scattered into the desert.

"That is why dogs sniff each others' tails - they are searching for their own tail to get it back."

Copyright @2014 by jsblume. All rights reserved.
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