This is one doggone happy pooch.
Rolo, a 7-year-old dachshund in the United Kingdom, is so happy his owner is staying home during the coronavirus pandemic that he sprained his tail from wagging it so much.
On Friday, Emma Smith of Essex posted on Twitter that her happy-go-lucky wiener dog — who loves a good belly rub and has a predisposition for tail-wagging — couldn’t contain his excitement about the sudden constant companionship.
Unfortunately, Rolo’s rudder quickly went from wagging to sagging.
“So my dog has been so happy that everyone is home for quarantine, that his tail has stopped working,” she writes of her perky pup, adding, “so we went to the vet and the vet said ‘he had sprained his tail from excessively wagging it.’ ” She included a string of laughing and broken heart emojis in the post, which was shared more than 140,000 times and liked by more than 1 million people, including “The Morning Show” and “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston.
“For those asking, he is currently on pain relief and the vet said he should be healed within a week,” she noted in a second-day post, which included a video showing Rolo’s appendage in the downward dog-tail position. “He is super happy and there is now movement from side to side but he is struggling to lift it up in the air.”
On Saturday, Smith followed up with thanks to Twitter well-wishers for their concern, saying, “I’m sure he will be back wagging like this in no time” and included a prior, undated clip of Rolo’s tail-wagging self as he ran and frolicked outside in the grass.
Smith also set up Rolo with his own Instagram account — rolo.thehotdog — so that interested pup lovers can “follow my journey getting my wag back.”
Rolo isn’t the only pet getting extra TLC. The COVID-19 lockdown has forced many people across the world to work from home, temporarily home-school their children and even host digital parties and happy hours to beat feelings of isolation. Many are dealing with cameos by their pets during virtual meetings, while some are featuring their furry friends: Under a precautionary, self-imposed quarantine, Sir Anthony Hopkins serenaded his cat, Niblo, with a piano lullaby. The apparently contented kitty remained perched on the 82-year-old-actor’s lap throughout, with purring delight.