Ask the Marshall
- Written by Marshall Trimble
- Published August 06, 2012
What is a “dogie,” and how did the term come about?
Robert “Curly” Flanagan
Historian Ramon Adams has a couple of versions. In one, dogies were calf yearlings that weren’t fat enough to drive to market. The other: the word originated during a severe winter in the late 1880s when a large number of mother cows died off, leaving a bunch of skinny orphans. With their bellies resembling a batch of sourdough stored in a sack, cowboys called them “dough-guts,” and it was later shortened to dogie.