Health and Fitness

Do You Have Limber Tail Syndrome?

By on Apr 29, 2015 in Health and Fitness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss | 0 comments

This weekend my wife and I took my dog on a 3.5 mile hike around Town Lake here in Austin. He’s a Catahoula Leopard Dog which is a hunting/working dog. He typically gets a daily walk of a half mile in the neighborhood to a full mile if he talks me into going through the park. He’s a very strong dog for his 65 lbs. and is typically “up for anything” physical even though he’s never had a Bud Light. The walk around the lake was uneventful and we decided to give him a shower outside on the driveway when we got home. A little while after his shower my wife noticed that his tail was down. To be honest, that’s something that I’ve never really paid any attention to and wouldn’t have noticed had she not pointed it out. He was also sort of letting out this old man groan when he laid down which seemed kind of unusual for him being only 3 years old. I’d heard it before about 2 weeks ago after I’d taken him for the same hike around the lake and didn’t really think it was anything to worry about. My wife was far more concerned than I about his tail being down and unbeknownst to me decided to do a little research on the World Wide Web/Information Super Highway. Well, it turns out that my dog Steve, was suffering from Limber Tail Syndrome. “What?” It’s a condition that happens to hunting and working dogs who over exert themselves while doing things beyond their level of conditioning. It could be something like a walk that’s longer than usual, as in my case, running with your dog if they’re not used to it or letting your dog frolic in the water for an extended time at the beach. What happens is the muscles at the base of the dogs tale become inflamed and painful from over exertion. This prevents Rover from flying his flag. The remedy is to just let your dog rest. An anti-inflammatory may be in order but probably not necessary. Most dogs will recover from this in 2 days to two weeks. Just so you know, many vets aren’t familiar with this and will want...

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No Guilt

By on Jul 12, 2011 in Health and Fitness, Over Forty, Uncategorized, Weight Loss | 0 comments

July 11, 2011 Yesterday was my daughter’s 15th birthday. Like many families, it’s tradition that we go out to eat on your birthday. While we could have gone anywhere, she decided she wanted to go to a hamburger joint. We’d been to Fuddrucker’s and other local hamburger haunts so we were looking for something a little different. We chose a legendary place where none of us had eaten before with a reputation that spans from coast to coast. “Dirty Martin’s Kum-Bak Place”. The place is famous for having some of the tastiest and greasiest hamburgers known to man. It’s near the “Longhorn worship center”, otherwise known as the University of Texas and it’s been around since 1926. Legend holds that it got its name “Dirty’s” because it still had dirt floors up until 1951. We got there about 7:30 which is still a little early for their Sunday evening crowd. We had a choice of sitting up front on stools or booths by the grill, a backroom that was sort of a musty cave or outside on picnic tables with cool mist fans. We chose outside with the kool-zone fans. I ordered the double cheese with mayonnaise, tomato, pickles and lettuce. It came with a mountain of shoestring fries and my wife agreed to order the onion rings with her burger so we could share more of the greasy goodness. Oh yeah! It was cheeseburger heaven. My son didn’t finish his bacon cheese burger so I got the opportunity chase my cheeseburger with a little of his bacon cheeseburger. Does it really get any better than that? When we got home I had a modest piece of confetti birthday cake in my daughter’s honor, followed by a cup of Intense Chocolate ice cream. It’s chocolate ice cream with lots of solid chunks of chocolate and chocolate syrup. I’d say the name Intense nails it perfectly. So why am I telling you all of this? Because I didn’t conjure up one ounce of guilt for the things I ate. Nor did I think about the calories I was devouring or worry that it was going to make me phat. Let me share with you a couple of reasons why. 1)...

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Goodbye Marley

By on Jul 8, 2011 in Health and Fitness, Over Forty, Weight Loss | 0 comments

July 8, 2011 On Tuesday of this week I had to put down our dog, Marley, who had served our family well for 10 years. He was a very special dog because he came to us as a gift. My wife was on her daily walk and he started following her home as she left the park near our home. He had a red collar but no tags and we were unable to find his owner. His coat was a beautiful burnt orange with white “Santa Claus fur” on his chest, and black mixed in on his muzzle. From our research, he appeared to be part Border Collie and part German Shepherd. It wasn’t long after we had him that we figured out why someone may have abandoned him. He was an escape artist… he could leap a 6 ft. fence. We couldn’t believe it either until we saw it happen. One time on the 4th of July, I made the mistake of putting him out in the back yard while fireworks were going off in the neighborhood. He not only leapt the fence to get out, he was out all night and climbed the fence to get back in as evidenced by his bloody paws! Sometimes he would bait us into chasing him around the backyard. We had a trampoline on one side of the yard and a swing set on the other and he would run around these in a Figure 8. He’d usually run around twice and if we weren’t paying attention, on the third round he’d jump the fence with a full head of steam and race down the street to Cat Lady’s house to see what he could snag. As much as we hated having to chase him, we came to realize that this was his “work”. Border Collies are herding dogs and with no cattle or sheep to herd, he had to do something. He also got work from his commitment to a one mile daily walk. His physical nature served him mentally and emotionally. It’s no different with us. As the body goes so goes the mind. We’ll miss his role as courageous protector of our family, his need to do something...

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