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“Real dogs don’t need tails.” That’s what Maverick and Ginger told their precious baby Sagebrush when she was born without a tail. Sagebrush overcomes labeling and bullying by her peers with the help of a young woman who hasn’t let being a girl stop her from achieving her dreams.

 

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Corky Tails – Joni Franks
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There was a deep, low grumbling, groaning noise coming from deep within the forest where no grumbling, groaning noise should be heard. Sagebrush, the tailless puppy, felt the vibration of the earth before she heard the noise as the sun began to rise over the Rocky Mountains and the cattle ranch she called home. Sagebrush journeys into the deepest recesses of the forest, discovering the tiny unknown creatures called Shuns, who are now homeless due to the giant tree-cutting machines that the humans have sent to clear the forest of the trees that the Shuns once made their homes in.

 

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Corky Tails Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush, Sagebrush Meets the Shuns
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Suddenly, the cows began to paw at the ground, and the horses began trotting nervously and whinnying. The next thing Sagebrush and the Young Miss knew, a herd of deer came running out of the forest, straight past Sagebrush and the Young Miss.

“Fire!” the big antlered buck screamed as he ran across the lawn where the little mountain cabin sat. “Run for your lives! The woods are on fire!” he screamed.

The Young Miss had heard that animals in the forest have an alert system to communicate with when danger looms. The Young Miss looked wide-eyed at Sagebrush. “Go wake up your parents, Sagebrush. Hurry, we have to act fast!”

Sagebrush turned toward the cabin and began running as fast as she could to let Ginger and Maverick—her parents, the house dogs—know of the imminent danger.

 

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Corky Tails Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush: Sagebrush and the Smoke Jumper
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Corky Tails Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush: Sagebrush and the Smoke Jumper