When we got Rita, we said she seemed to be a mix of Abby and our other angel Bailey. Bailey had no dewclaws in the back, but Abby had both.
|Our long little doggie with both back dewclaws|
|Rita's lone back dewclaw|
I looked up why it's called a "dewclaw" and found this theory: "so called because it does not touch the ground, but only the dew on the surface," apparently from Webster's New World College Dictionary.
Front dewclaws I get - they can help a pup hang onto a bone or whatever while it's noshing. (Rita definitely uses hers!) But back dewclaws seem so useless. (Like men's nipples, or wisdom teeth, or politicians.) Abby's were big and attached to her leg by bone/muscle. I worried she'd catch them on something and hurt herself, but luckily she never did. Rita's on the other hand is not attached at all, well other than by her fur. It's a funny little thing, like a cherry on top of a sundae.
Jan's post also reminded me of the weird way that both Abby and Rita sometimes stood/stand.
Dogs normally walk/stand on their toes, distributing their weight between their digital and metacarpal/metatarsal pads.
But what Abby would do a lot, when she was just standing around, was to rock back onto her metatarsal pads, taking almost all her weight off her digital pads. I never really caught a perfect picture of it, but here's one of Abby's back feet:
|Hello to angel Lou in the background!|
I asked the vet if it was a sign of anything I should be worried about (cuz I'm a worrier, doncha know) and he said, no - it's just a weird quirk of my weird little pup.
Have you ever known a dog to stand like that? Does your dog have back dewclaws?
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