We are sure you can figure out which tail belongs to each of the pups, but bear with us as we share our tale of a tail.
Fluffy Phantom with a side shot of the Pest.
So full and fluffy - Phantom again.
The Siblings' Soft Side-by-Side Tails
More TD Tail
Puppy Ciara Tail
So what's the "point"? Well, here is Gypsy, our black lab cousin who belongs to the three bipeds we showed you last week.
Look at that "pointy" tail!
That tail is like an evil whip or switch. Gypsy has the most exuberant tail wag you can imagine. She is just the happiest of girls and gets so excited when she sees you that her whole back end wiggles back and forth and all around with great force. Sadly her enthusiasm is so huge that she manages to whack her poor tail against walls, doors, cabinets, tables, anything within reach. Several years ago she managed to crack the tip open, but with some gentle care it healed quite nicely.
Over the past several months, she has managed to turn her beautiful home into a horror house with blood sprayed from floor to ceiling, walls, furniture, clothes, carpeting - you name it and it got hit. Every time the family would return home, she would get so excited wagging her whip around and spraying blood everywhere. The harder one tried to catch her, the worse it would get. We will spare you those photos:)
You can see in the photo above how the tip had been shaved in an attempt to get it better again. Many visits to the vet and lots of tail wrapping and many efforts by her family to keep her calm have failed. A few weeks ago, the tail became infected; then she managed to chew at it so fiercely to get the wraps off that she bruised it very badly at the midway point.
Here she is with one of the twins and the fluffy stuffie from Santa. She is one very sweet pup.
And here she is today, a lab with a rottie tail. No one wanted to do it, but in the end, docking the tail was the only solution. Sorry for the poor quality photo, but it was taken with the Momster's phone camera.
Yes, the dreaded cone - for TWO weeks. Gypsy did very well with the surgery - she is almost 8 and has some heart issues, but she is doing well now that she is home. We tried to let her wear Phantom's soft collar, but the vet said her snooter was able to peek out too much, and they don't want her at her sutures. She has an extra long cone on now and she is really doing a number on the family's legs and helping out by scooping up all the snow outside. Please keep your paws crossed that she heals quickly. From what we hear, the tail is a very difficult area for healing. And some extra good thoughts for her Daddy who is just devastated that it had to come to this:(
Woos ~ the OP Pack and Gypsy