The Cone of Shame 1 DAY ONE
Little Monkey is miserable!
She has to wear the Cone of Shame!
Poor little Bucket Head! She’s been wearing it for ten days straight!
She had an eye op; see below for more details.
To begin with, she was a bit shell-shocked, as you can see from the first photo. Then she just got used to it and carried on doing all the things she normally does, like sunbathing.
The Cone of Shame 2
We really want to give the wound the best chance of healing. It’s not that she’s scratching her eye, but rather that LM has a habit of sticking her face on the grass and propelling herself along the lawn on her face, bum in the air. (As in Do the Twist!)
The Cone of Shame 3
She also flings herself into the vines, hedges and bushes, leans into the plant and proceeds to scratch her face and body in the greenery, as she propels herself along.
The Cone of Shame 4
She continues to squeeze herself behind bushes and into small spaces, oblivious to the bucket on her head. I spent ages looking for her one morning, before I spotted her hiding deep in the bushes!
None of this is good for post-operative procedures after delicate eye surgery and expensive sutures. I’m not going to risk LM damaging the stitches;
So the Cone of Shame it is!
Actually, she has amazed me with her acceptance of the bucket on her head! Obviously, she’d rather not wear it, but since she has to, well she just gets on with it.
The Cone of Shame 5
Drinking water out of her bowl after dashing round the garden? No problem!
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It certainly hasn’t stopped her running around the place like a mad thing, bashing into everything! Nor leaping in the air all four feet off the ground as I get ready to walk her (without the cone).
The Cone of Shame 7
Or barking at anyone daring to walk past our property; as usual. What they think of her, the little Bucket Head, I have no idea!
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You lookin’ at me??
But her complete acceptance of this change in her circumstances again teaches me that particular dog trait of living in the moment.
The Cone of Shame 9 DAY EIGHT
Still, think how happy she’ll be tomorrow, when I take the bucket off for the last time!
post script: Little Monkey would like to wish a speedy recovery to her WP friends who are also healing after surgery and wearing the Cone of Shame or a Onesie (jumpsuit):
Mr Bowie the Cat and Breck the Border Collie.
Hang in there my friends and Get Better Soon!
Why did LM have to wear the Cone of Shame?
She had a large lump growing on her right eye lid and it was time to have it removed. This is expensive, as any anaesthetic is costly and the sutures used in this case are dissolving ones and also pricey.
The vet did an excellent job on the procedure. It was a very large lump and when removed, there was not quite enough eye lid skin left. The vet managed to stitch it up very well, but did not do so too tightly, so that the stitches would not tear and also so that LM would not have too small an opening left for her eye!
The more it heals, the better it looks, until most people would not notice she had even had an op.