All about Rascal
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’.
- Lori Brynlund
- Province, Country:
- AB, Canada
- DSH - Tuxedo/Siamese Mix
- Date of Birth:
- March 14, 1997
- Date of Death
- Not Provided
- Not Provided
- Coat Colour:
- Black & White
- Eye Colour:
My nickname is Goofy! My favorite past time is buggin' my brother, Rowdy. I like to follow along behind him and trip him as he walks - he's such a klutz! He falls off window ledges, trips over the stairs, and runs into things!
For some reason, I'm jinxed. Everything bad happens to me: I've had my tail caught in the door, I've almost been strangled 3-4 times when my head has got stuck under the chair! One time, when I was trying to hit Rowdy on the head, my arms got caught in the back spokes of the chair and I couldn't get loose. I've fallen in the bathtub, I've almost fallen in the toilet and, worst of all, I fell head first into the garbage and couldn't get out until my human mom rescued me!
I've finally figured out how to get out of trouble - it's REALLY easy! You just have to look CUTE! Whenever I've done something that I know I shouldn't have done, especially when I get caught at it, rather than running and hiding, I go and rub up against my human mom's legs, roll over onto my back and give my cutest look! Instead of getting yelled at, I almost always get my tummy rubbed and get picked up for kisses!
My job is to keep my human mom company when she plays the piano. I sit beside her on the bench and every so often I'll help her play some of the notes. For some reason, she doesn't seem to appreciate my talent!
Claim to fame: I won the Canadian Living Online Magazine "Cute, Wild, & Wacky Pet Photo Contest" for September, 2002
Aren't I cute? email@example.com
You can see my brother, Rowdy, and my mom, Pooh Bear, at their own websites. You can also see my new little sister, Punkin, and my pesky new cousin, Aja. Punkin looks kind of like the rest of us - black and fuzzy, except with no white. Aja, on the other hand, looks very strange. She's all scrawny with spots, a striped tail, and blue eyes, and is VERY hard on the ears (when she yells - which is every time you look at her - it sounds like finger nails on a chalkboard)!
Sadly, Rascal had to be put to sleep on Monday, Aug 2, 2010 after experiencing liver failure. Lori, Cody, Kaitlyn, as well as Pooh Bear, Rowdy, and Punkin will all miss him!