All about Goldie
Limber Tail Syndrome (AKA cold tail, dead tail, broken wag) is quite common among some breeds of hunting dogs, such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Pointers, Setters, and Beagles. It is a condition in which the tail becomes limp and sometimes painful after exertion, particularly during inclement weather, swimming, or in an under-conditioned dog. It is a condition well-known to hunting dog owners and trainers, but not commonly seen by veterinarians. The syndrome is characterized by the swelling of the muscles at the base of the tail (the wagging muscles, which are also used heavily during swimming when the tail may serve as a rudder). These muscles are bound to the tail by a tight ring of connective tissue. As the muscles swell and expand, the connective tissue begins to serve as a tourniquet – cutting off normal blood flow.
When increased pressure within a confined space results in reduced blood flow, it is known as a ‘compartment syndrome’.
- Michael Whisman
- Province, Country:
- ID, United States
- Heinz 57
- Date of Birth:
- Date of Death
- March 31, 2006
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- Coat Colour:
- Yellow Tabby
- Eye Colour:
Goldie picked me when I was walking between the cages at the pound. She reached out and grabbed my arm as I passed her cage. She always took care of me. She groomed my hair and made me go to bed when I stayed up late. Each night she slept curled up beside my head.
Several times she escaped death and each time she bounced back.
Goldie was a real fighter until the last. I finally had to have her put to sleep when we discovered that she had pancreatic cancer and was weak and sick.
I buried her on the hill above the house on our place in Swan Valley, Idaho overlooking the Snake River.
Goldie, you are my best friend and will always be in my heart. If you aren't in heaven, then I'm not going. I want to go where you are.