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Ziggy, Lake Mead and Dead Tail Syndrome


I took my dog Ziggy with me to Lake Mead while I was shooting some photos for a drought story. The lake is shockingly low this year. Every time the lake recedes further, the trash on the bottom of the lake is exposed. In some areas the lake has receded almost two miles. This makes the shore of the lake a smelly, muddy mess. I didn't realize how bad it was or I would have left my dog at home. He had a great time playing in the mud and swimming in the lake.  He even found a dirty diaper at one point.  Today, he has Dead Tail Syndrome. This is something that occurs in hunting dogs when they play in  the water.  Their tails just hang limply.  It takes a few days to two weeks for his tail to heal. It is good that there is no real damage to his tail, but I have never really seen him this depressed.      

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