Hi! I am new to this forum, and to Goldens, but have a lot of experience with senior dogs. We recently adopted a 14 year old male Golden, and he has been a wonderful addition to our family. However, he seems to carry his tail oddly, and very low, and his back end is weak. We have a two-piece harness for him, with handles on the front and back parts. He usually gets up and down without difficulty, but every few days he has great difficulty and tonight is one of those times. He gets a leash walk every day and he is happy to go out. Our house has no stairs, and there are plenty of area rugs. He uses the dog door to go out into a fenced yard whenever he wants, and we see him go out a few times each day, all on his own. When we adopted him two months ago, we asked the vet to really examine his back end, but she dismissed our request saying that he was just old. As is common with older dogs, he has a lot of large fatty lumps. So tomorrow, we will press the vet and schedule an examination. Meanwhile, can you please share your wisdom on back end issues. I am worried that the tail is an indication of some other problem. Thanks!