A few years ago when I first met Ian he was the proud owner of two ageing Alsatians while my Lurcher, Tilly, was still a young puppy who tormented his aging “Satians” by teasing them constantly to chase her. When Ian sadly lost his dogs in quick succession I was really surprised when I next saw him with a brand new Lurcher puppy Kimi, named after the famous Finnish F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen
Sighthounds can do that to even the most loyal owners!
Kimi lived up to his namesake and quickly became a super fast running dog and so it was with great sadness that I heard from Ian that Kimi had suffered a grievous accident and had to have one of his back legs amputated as a result.
There are lots of instances of tripod amputee dogs but I somehow thought that a fast Lurcher like Kimi would never really recover from such a loss.
I was looking forward to catching up and so on a recent visit to the beach with my two, I organised to pick up Ian and Kimi.
I have to say that I was totally amazed! Not just at Kimi’s apparent indifference to the loss of a back leg but at the speed at which he could still tear about a beach! It was a total delight for me to see him looking and feeling so well and it got me thinking about the way Sighthounds are built.
The obvious really but the best analogy is with a Formula 1 racing car and while clearly a lot of a Sighthound’s speed comes from the power plant, those big muscular back legs. in fact there are other factors to consider…
The best F1 cars aren’t just the ones with the most powerful engine; brakes and cornering ability often win races and with a Lurcher this all comes from the front end, the big powerful shoulders and neck. Watching Kimi carefully I realised that he’d lost none of his amazing agility and cornering and he now runs with his one back leg tucked into the middle line of his body proving a pretty good match in straight line speed for my two, while his stopping and fast turning were just great thank you!
I can only think that losing a front leg would be far more restricting for a Sighthound but then who knows. They are pretty amazing dogs!