GET ALONG LITTLE DOGIES

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GET ALONG LITTLE DOGIES
A “Doggie” is a motherless calf, this expression came to be in the old west of the USA.
The reason that there were so many motherless calves was that the Mexican longhorn
cattle then raised in Texas were not “milkers”, and therefore were allowed to roam
outdoors for months at a time, with no supervision. When they were rounded up for the
great drive, many calves were separated from their mothers, especially if they had been
weaned or were old enough to wean. Many more were separated on the long, arduous trip
to Idaho or someplace else. Many had already been rounded up to be branded, so that
their ownership was not a matter of dispute. On the drive it was typical for cattle from
several ranches or with several owners to be driven together. The reason for the trip was
sometimes to reach a railhead from which they could be sent to an Eastern
slaughterhouse. Sometimes, however, it was to deliver the cattle to a buyer in Wyoming
or Kansas or Idaho who wanted to start ranching.
Oh, little doggies,
It’s your misfortune and not of my own.
Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o get along little doggies,
You know that Wyoming will be your new home.
A cattle trail drunk and a hard road to travel,
That old Jack O’ Diamonds is a hard card to play.
Get along, get along, get along little doggies,
Get along little doggies and be on your way.
Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o get along little doggies,
It’s your misfortune and not of my own.
Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o get along little doggies,
You know that Wyoming will be your new home.
Some boys have bit this old cow trail for pleasure,
But that’s where they get it most awfully wrong.
I wish I could tell you the troubles they give us,
As we go rolling these doggies along.
Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o get along little doggies,
It’s your misfortune and not of my own.
Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o get along little doggies,
You know that Wyoming will be your new home.