My baby girl Tango bounds like a gazelle when she runs off-leash in the woods. She is far more graceful than my other dog, Buster, who lumbers along at a slower pace, even though they are the same breed and only two years apart. Her posture differs too. She holds her head high and her tail erect. Make no mistake, Buster is the dominant dog in our pack. But Tango carries herself in a way that suggests more confidence.
Today on our hike, I noticed Tango’s tail appeared limp. She didn’t seem bothered or less energetic. Just, her tail drooped. Otherwise she ran fast and greeted other dogs exuberantly and with a wagging, albeit sagging, tail.
When I got home, I of course Googled “oh my god what is wrong with my dog’s limp droopy tail because i’ve never in my life seen such a bizarre thing” to make my diagnosis. And you know what? There is an actual thing called “Limber Tail Syndrome.” I know, I couldn’t believe it either. This is apparently a thing that happens most often in hunting dogs and retrievers or otherwise very active dogs. Tango is technically a retriever. And, well, it seems she somehow strained the muscle(s) in her tail (or maybe even sprained them). At first I thought she wasn’t in any pain because when I felt along her tail, she did not object. But when I feed my dogs, I make them sit first and tonight she wouldn’t do it. So it must hurt to sit.
Everything I’ve read suggests that Limber Tail Syndrome will heal on it’s own within a week. I sure hope so because Buster is already on the most expensive antibiotics ever for yet another hotspot and I don’t really need another vet bill.
Though, seeing Tango wave her tail flag proudly is probably priceless.
This is yeah write’s NoMo writing challenge Day 29.