Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tie a Duster on My Greyhound's Tail and...

One or two swipes of a greyhound's tail and your coffee tables will be free of dust – and everything else! Greyhounds have long tails. Some are thin and puny; others are robust. No matter their appearance, if left unchecked, they do the same amount of damage.

When greyhounds become excited, those tails whip back and forth, or roll in a circular motion, at such speed, that Cat Woman would slink into retirement. I often wonder what role tails might play if greyhounds were downhill skiers, speed skaters, or soccer players.

If you have low coffee tables, one whip of that tail will efficiently clear, and possibly break whatever sentimental treasures or expensive knick-knacks were displayed on those tables. Aunt Mabel's candy dish, your great grandparent's wedding picture, or a small crystal vase could end up on the floor, shattered. Don't let that happen.

You, and only you, have the power to protect those items that your family values. I have Tiffany table lamps, Mexican rugs, crystal vases that I haven't seen since I began fostering greyhounds in 2006. They are safe, hidden away in my second bedroom behind closed doors. Once my fostering days are behind me, these items will again see daylight as my own greyhounds are acclimated to my environment and rarely (note: I do not say never) get into major mischief.

My last foster, Gabi, was an exuberant tail-wagging lover of a dog. When it was time for our long morning walk, Gabi's tail would pound on the back door leading to the garage. I made sure to get in between Gabi's tail and the door. Why? Because greyhounds are susceptible to a tail injury called "happy tail."

The tail is injured through constant whacking on something hard, like a door, when the hound is showing you that he/she is happy. When the skin on the tail breaks, it becomes infected, and a trip to the vet is scheduled. Although happy tail can be managed and healed, if a foster or new adopter is unfamiliar with this type of injury, the problem will not be timely identified, which could mean that some dogs need a tail amputation. Check out Grassmere Animal Hospital  for information about "happy tail," and how to wrap a tail of a dog suffering with with "happy tail,"

Guest blogger - Glenda Taylor   http://desertgreyhoundroos.org   -->

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