Life with Jasmine, Juliet and Buttercup, Our Rescued Dachshunds

Random notes on our experience with THREE rescued miniature dachshunds

Limpy Foot

on December 19, 2007

Jasmine’s right-rear foot isn’t quite right.  When she runs, she holds the foot up and kind of hobbles, putting down the “limpy” foot every so often.  Hubby noticed the slightly “off” foot when we got her, but I didn’t really see it until she was running in front of me.  When she walks, she uses the foot as normal, but her limpy gait when she runs is strange.  It’s almost as if she lifts her foot because it can’t keep up with the other three.  It certainly doesn’t seem to cause her any pain.

Her limpy run is kind of cute.  It sure doesn’t slow her down, but I shudder to think how she obtained the injury.  We guess that someone reached for her inside her puppy mill pen, grabbed her by the foot and fractured it.  It probably never quite healed properly, thus her limpy run.  However, when I bring her inside out of the rain an wipe her feet, she cowers with her tail between her legs as I dry off her back feet.  Oh, poor girl.  I wish she didn’t have all these bad experiences and phobias.

At least we’re here to give her a better life.  I think the fluffy pink poofy pillow is a testament to her life now.  That and her new game of fluffing that poofy pillow from below.  I call it “Turtle Fluff.”  She bounces around the pillow from below to poof it up, every so often sticking her head out to see what I’m doing.  Oh, so cute.


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