Frank is an older (10 yo) German Short Haired Pointer who is very active and goes hunting with his owner. He developed a progressive swelling above his ankle due to tearing of his Achilles tendon. This condition results in a ‘dropped’ hock appearance and a mechanical lameness. The tendonopathy (sore tendon) is actually not painful. It slowly gets worse and eventually leads to complete rupture with the heel touching the ground. Surgery was performed to reattach the tendon onto the heel properly. We used a rubber band to stop him walking on the leg too much until the tendon had healed fully.