Social distancing and working from home may feel like a inconvenience for most humans but it’s the best possible news for dogs.
Rather than go through the heartbreak of watching you leave the house every day, the doggos now have permanent working, playing and napping partners.
The excitement proved too much to handle for little Rolo the Dachshund, who was so delighted his owners chose to quarantine with him during the coronavirus crisis that he sprained his tail from wagging it so much.
His owner, Emma Smith, became concerned after noticing the sausage dog’s tail had ‘stopped working’.
She wrote on Twitter : “So my dog has been so happy that everyone is home for quarantine, that his tail has stopped working, so we went to the vet and the vet said ‘he had sprained his tail from excessively wagging it’.”
Rolo’s adorable story racked up more than one million likes on social media, with Emma later adding an update for his new army of loyal followers.
She said: “Didn’t expect this happen. For those asking, he is currently on pain relief and the vet said he should be healed within a week, this is him on the 2nd day. He is super happy and there is now movement from side to side but he is struggling to lift it up in the air.”
Emma also added a video of Rolo receiving some appreciated belly rubs and thanked everyone for their concern with an older clip of the little woofer spinning his tail like a helicopter in the garden, saying he’ll be back to his happy wagging ways in no time.
It turns out the injury is a fairly common one for happy dogs, with other owners sharing stories of their pets suffering from ‘happy tail syndrome’ (which is a real term, look it up).
One wrote: “Happened to my pup while doing a family trip. She played so hard, so fully that she got happy tail. Broke my heart to see her loose the wag.”
Another said: “When I was a vet tech, we treated a friendly great dane (Zeus) who would repeatedly sprain his tail. We put a sign on his kennel that said ‘Please try to avoid making Zeus happy’.”
Get well soon, Rolo.