Winston somehow jacked his tail. Believe it or not, dog's tails do serve a purpose other than portraying their mood. Especially for a big guy, like my Winston. The tail is also connected to the spine, and has some pretty major blood vessels in it.
Last Tuesday morning (a week ago), I woke up to run, got Winston ready and we took off. He was like:
We came back home, and I got myself and the babe ready to go for the day. When I came home from work that day he was like:
He just looked sad. Extremely sad! I knew as soon as I saw him that something was wrong. His tail was tucked in between his legs. He wouldn't move it. He didn't want to sit down, and it looked like there was a bit of a kink four inches from the base of his tail. I tried moving and touching his tail, only to have him cry in pain.
I have no idea how this happened. Between the 9 hours I was at work, something happened to his tail. I don't even know how this could have happened, unless a person or another animal was involved somehow. Winston hangs out in our fully fenced back yard during the day. The only contact he could have with other humans/dogs is at our back fence. It is a chain-link fence. I don't know if the dogs got a little wild at the fence, or if my neighbors are assholes and yanked Winston's tail. I now wish that my furry beast could speak to me so he could tell me what happened. It will remain a mystery.
Over the last week, it has improved dramatically. A few days ago, he couldn't feel us touching the end of his tail. I know this is not a normal thing for him. When we're feeling like asshole dog-parents, we will touch the very tip of Winston's tail over and over again, where it is mostly fur, until it wakes him from his slumber. We are mean, I know. Anyway, he wasn't even feeling us squeezing his tail. Fortunately, over the last few days he seems to be regaining the feeling in his tail a little at a time. He is wagging it now, but not holding it upright. We called the vet, and they said if he doesn't improve to bring him in. But, it seems to be doing better for the time being.
Have you ever had your dog get a 'mystery' injury?