December 22, 2010

Cone of Shame

Sorry for the grainy pic - I took it last night on my phone.

As bad as I feel when he gives me this look...I still can't help but chuckle when I see this picture.


It's a crazy busy week for me this week so I don't know if I will get around to posting another recipe, but I wanted to give you an update on Kempton and wish you a very Happy Holiday(s)!

Kempton is doing really well.

His surgeon and his therapist agree that his range of motion is excellent, and he has already lost 4 pounds (he is suppose to lose 7) - quite the feat considering his is leash-bound and until Friday, wasn't allowed any exercise except to go to the bathroom.

He won't stop licking his incision (hence the cone of shame), no matter what I try. He now has to wear his cone all day when I am gone, and for most of the night. By keeping the cone on, about 2/3 of the incision has healed, but there is about 2 inches on top that hasn't closed yet. I am hoping that it heals by Christmas so that I don't have to embarrass Kempton by making him wear his cone in front of the other dogs.

We are approaching the 4th week since his surgery, and weeks 4 - 6 are a very delicate time because the sutures are dissolving and the knee is very unstable. We are working hard to rebuild the muscle in his left leg, but it is still about 5 centimeters smaller than his right.

Hopefully we can get through Christmas with 3 other dogs (2 2 year olds and one puppy) without re-injuring his knee, which (as the surgeone said) would be "catastrophic". It will be interesting to say the least, and I am anticipating a very stressful weekend for myself.

Hopefully someone bought me wine for Christmas.

I'll update you all after the holidays - please send us positive thoughts!

I also wanted to take a moment to say "Thank You!" to everyone who is reading this. I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and I will catch up with you next week at the latest!



  1. That is a great picture! I wish you the best for the holidays.

  2. Glad to hear that Kempton is getting better! Have a great Christmas!

  3. Thanks ladies - I hope you both have an awesome holiday season! Kara - I hope that Daisy is doing well. Erin - hope to see you next weekend!