Fen is a 4 year-
His owner Sonya told her that his mother had bitten half his tail off while cleaning him just after birth. This does happen from time to time – and she'd also chewed off a toe. He'd never been able to move the tail – it had always hung like a limp rag.
Vav palpated the tail and found that it had almost no muscle. There must have been no nerve stimulation to those muscles and over the years the muscles had atrophied totally. Palpating his spine she found his pelvis was very misaligned and so was his lumbar region, but more surprising was that there was an old fracture at the end of his sacrum and beginning of coccyx – which is the beginning of the tail.
Two weeks later he wasn't holding his leg up so badly and seemed to have the beginnings of muscle tone in his tail.
After three months he had a lot more movement in his tail -
Three more months later, his tail was muscled up and moving naturally.
Thinking about how Fen had ended up like this, Vav felt that his inexperienced mother had probably lifted him roughly by his tail and fractured his back end while biting off the bottom half of the tail. Accidental amputation – just one of those things.
Fen returned to competitive obedience work full of energy, with all his old mischief and tricks. “It’s definitely a happy ending for Fen”, said Sonya. “I’m sure he’s happier. Now he’s a real wag – in his tail and in himself, too.”