Sunday, August 7, 2011

Puppy Wears the Cone of Shame

Poor Puppy is indeed wearing the Cone Of Shame this weekend.

Late in the week, she found something delectable to roll in, and in the process she scratched her head. I washed her. She rolled again, and scratched her head more. I washed her again. As the scratch began to heal it became itchy, as scabs tend to do. She came in from her morning romp yesterday with her head covered in fresh blood.

I tried to explain, but she wouldn't listen to me.

Thus... the Cone of Shame.

Unfortunately, she's completely paranoid about the Cone, unable to function normally. She's afraid to get stuck, afraid to knock things over, afraid to lie down... who knew such a big dog could be such a big baby?!

Panting, drooling, almost hyperventilating... I just took it off for a little while and she fell right asleep. I'm thinking she was up all night worrying about it...

*Hopefully* the wound heals quickly and the Cone can go back into the closet. And Puppy can get back to being her normal, romping self. And *hopefully* she'll associate rolling in excrement with Getting the Cone... and won't do it again.


  1. Awww, poor puppy! I hope she's feeling better soon!
    A few years ago, when my cat was just a little kitten, I had taken her in to be spayed. After being home for only a little while, she became obsessed with her stitches, so I called the vet, and they said to bring her back in and they'd fit her with a cone. Poor thing was miserable with it! She wouldn't/couldn't pick her head up, so the cone dragged on the floor, but then it would get caught when she walked, so then she had to resort to walking backwards! It was sad, but too hilarious to watch!

  2. Awww poor baby! My heart goes out to both of you. I remember those days with our Golden Ret. Cody. You know it's for their best, but it so difficult watching them bump into things. Hope she is feeling better soon!


  3. Hope puppy is better soon. No one likes the cone of shame, especially good puppies. I am sure her intentions were good when she rolled around, right?

  4. Aw, poor Puppy!

    When the little bitch I had before the current adoptee was spayed, The vet.nurse suggested a child's teeshirt put on over the head, with the front paws through the sleeves, tied not too tightly at the back, to stop her scratching. It worked like a charm and much less worrying for her than a cone - but I guess your Puppy's wound is in the wrong place for that!

  5. Thanks for the sympathy ;-) Puppy has recovered her dignity (and healed her head wound) ...and so far has not gone rolling in anything nasty. She is really really extra needy since the cone cam off, though, even snuggling up on the bed with us (despite the fact that we just don't all fit all...)

    Hope everyone's having a good weekend ;-)


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