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Posted By: Lighter
02-Nov-04 - 06:35 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lay Down Little Dogies / ...Doggies
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Lay down little doggies' ????
Q, I'll be interested in what you learn. Meanwhile, here's a site that repeats the assertion, this time with an explanation of sorts. You're better qualified than I am to comment on its plausibility from the viewpoint of ranch work :

"Cowboys called motherless calves 'dogies.' The term came from the Spanish word "dogal," meaning a short rope used to keep a calf away from its mother while she was being milked."