How does your dog show excitement if he can't wag his tail?

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How does your dog show excitement if he can't wag his tail?

Postby Gabro14 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:08 am

My dog has been paralyzed in her hind legs for about 1.5 years (due to scar tissue developement 4 years after removal of a spinal tumor and RT).

Anyway, I've been noticing that she found a new way to show her excitement since she can't wag her tail. If she is super excited, she moves the upper part of her body while lying down, pretty much slamming her bed with her front legs. Too cute :wub:

But...the latest development is more subtle. The top of her head "shivers" (can't think of a better word for it) when she is excited. I feel it when I pet her on the head, and she automatically does it.

I know this is a silly topic, but I find it so intriguing the way our dogs compensate for the basic things they can no longer do.

So....how does your dog show excitement?
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Re: How does your dog show excitement if he can't wag his ta

Postby GabrielDeafBlindPupFamily » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:19 am

Bless her happy little heart! :wub:

My GabrielDeafBlindPup is 'tailless' In fact won a ribbon at a rescue event for the 'shortest tail' He has the aussie butt wiggle and his front feet prance, his head goes round and he smiles from ear to ear!

Don't you love this! What a lovely idea for a thread! HAPPY DAY! :dancing: :hearts:
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Re: How does your dog show excitement if he can't wag his ta

Postby slshepherds » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:35 am

Hi

Like your pup, my Carl is paralyzed following surgery for a spinal tumor. He is a 2 1/2 year old Lab who has been down since he was a year old. I think you can likely imagine his energy level even without being able to move his rear legs! There is absolutely no doubt when Carl is excited - he jumps off the floor with both front legs, typically barking at the same time. Now if we're outside .... how my neighbours haven't called animal control I don't know as Carl makes this loud screaming noise as he runs round the yard. When REALLY excited in his cart Carl will jump so high that he can lift his whole cart off the ground.

For Carl things are changing. He is on a drug trial for dogs that have long term paralysis and is showing improvement, wagging his tail and trying to push up and stand.

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Re: How does your dog show excitement if he can't wag his ta

Postby Gabro14 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:39 am

Oh I just love that phrase: "front feet prance"!! That's it...it's like a prancing of the front feet! And yes, she's quite the happy dog - she just turned 12 but I try to keep her very active. She is a pet therapy dog and the patients LOVE her :hearts: - and it keeps her young when she's around the kids (she goes to a geriatric hospital once a week and to a children's hospital twice a month - it's a great inspiration for the patients). Also, we are doing the Bark For Life walk for the American Cancer Society next weekend...boy this dog is busy!

And about Carl - my dog is a lab too, so I all too well know that NOTHING can keep their energy level down! When Sawyer is in her wheelchair and sees someone she loves, she will jump up from her front legs and run (but unfortunately she can't get the whole cart off the ground...that must be a sight to see!). Hmm...loud screaming noise? Sounds like pure excitement seeping out of his soul!! I wish you and Carl much luck on this drug trial - that's amazing that he's showing improvement! I saw your thread about it...going to go look again to get more info.
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Re: How does your dog show excitement if he can't wag his ta

Postby GabrielDeafBlindPupFamily » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:05 pm

BARK FOR LIFE! What a FABULOUS idea! We had pet bags at Relay a couple of years ago (not everyone was on board with it, but there were over 100 bags, several of my own), but I really, really love your Bark for Life event! I'm'a gonna mention it next time I bump into someone.
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Re: How does your dog show excitement if he can't wag his ta

Postby Bobbie » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:15 pm

Candy does much like Carl does, jumping up and down on his front feet, and he also quivers all over when he is excited. I sure wish we could get him on that trial!
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Re: How does your dog show excitement if he can't wag his ta

Postby Gabro14 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:58 pm

Well, Bark For Life is an even that the AKC puts on. Try looking at the AKC website and see if there is a Bark For Life event near you (it's the same as a regular human cancer walk, but we are allowed to bring our furry pals to walk alongside us and help us raise money for cancer. :trophy:

Bobbie, so interesting to hear that your dog does the same as most of our's! It's great that these pups still find a way to express their happiness, even if their tails don't work!
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