Dog's Convention, The
DESCRIPTION: At a convention of dogs from far and near, the animals' anuses are mixed up, and the canines go home with orifices not their own. This explains why dogs will drop a bone to smell the anus of a passing dog; they are looking for their own.
EARLIEST DATE: c. 1928, when it was published in an under-the-counter book, Poems, Ballads, and Parodies.
KEYWORDS: bawdy scatological dog talltale
FOUND IN: US(So) Australia
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 490-491, "The Dog's Convention" (1 text, 1 tune)
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 160-161, "The Dogs' Meeting" (1 text, 1 tune)
The Dogs' Party
NOTES: Australian folklore attributes this to Henry Lawson. Its early currency in the U.S. makes this perhaps doubtful. - RBW
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