Under the Weather

Cookie is looking forward to a great 2013…and not having to wear this cone anymore!

   Cookieoutsidesidecone

Why the cone you ask?  I shall tell you the story.  For awhile, Cookie has been wearing a head-collar on her walks to discourage pulling.  It was effective, but she never liked it, and often she would flop to the ground at some point in her walks and paw at her face, as if to say “Take this thing off of me!”   Early in December, we switched to a new collar for our walks…and probably just in time, because we noticed there was now a little “hot spot” on Cookie’s snout where the fur was worn off.  We figured that it would just heal on its own.  Well, as the weeks went by, she pawed it and rubbed at it (in her crate at night, when we didn’t see) and now what was just a “little thing” turned into a “thing.”  It didn’t help that during the month amid the Holiday Hupla we kenneled her twice, I’m sure adding to her anxiety and pawing more as a result.  Now, she had developed a much bigger cut, and what was just a little thing was now a “thing.”  Our little pup was looking ruff…I mean, rough. I called Roosevelt Vet in Brewster, NY – the official vet of Cookie of Katonah – and they advised me to put her in a cone, keep the cut clean, and apply some anti-bacterial topical ointment if I could ensure it would not get into her eyes.

So Brian went to the pet store and purchased a medium-sized ProCone Soft Recovery Collar, made of blue canvas with a nice reflective piping on the ends of the cone, with velcro closures and an adjustable collar for a good fit on the dog.  Here it is on our model:

Cookinsidecone

This is a good quality collar – only one problem: after a few days Cookie figured out how to get her back foot around it and onto her snout – thus re-opening the cut again.  So, Brian went back to the pet store and bought size large….now “Cookie Ingalls” (as in Laura, of the “Little House on the Prairie” books) as Sophia has nicknamed her during this ordeal is FINALLY starting to heal-up this cut – and little white hairs are growing in…so hopefully in a week or so she’ll be ready for her close-ups again!   Until then, we’ll have to settle for a long lens:

Cookiefencecone

Hope your New Year is off to a Warm and Fuzzy start!  Diana

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3 Comments on “Under the Weather”

  1. sunshine Says:

    Dear Cookie
    I am so sorry to hear you have not been your usual 100% wonderful perfect self… I was wondering why you were not at daycare…
    why do our parents have to try these silly contraptions out on us? We are cool just the way we are….
    I think you are even cuter with the new cone!
    So just hang I there and I promise to take you out for a vanilla ice cream doggie cone as soon as I see you again.

    Your favorite fox red lab and boy friend forever:)
    Sunshine xoxoxo


    • Dear Sunshine,
      Thanks for your nice note – I sure do miss you and all of my friends at “Paws.” I am being a very good patient and my cut is getting better by the day. Looking forward to playing with you very soon! Love, “your girl,” Cookie


  2. Greetings! Very useful advice within this article! It’s the little changes that will make the
    most important changes. Many thanks for sharing!


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