I'm over at The Divining Wand today, talking about my favorite songs, burp-talking, and Jello-phobia. Check it out!
Argo has been chewing at a spot on his leg where he had a cyst. The cyst is totally benign, and it was getting better, but he will not leave it alone (which is not uncommon behavior for German Shepherds - they're a little obsessive sometimes). And since "It won't get better if you keep picking at it," makes little sense to a dog we resorted to putting the e-collar on him.
Unfortunately, Argo in an e-collar strikes fear in the heart of Stella even more than cardboard boxes do, so our household has been a little off-kilter lately. Argo in an e-collar also strikes weird little bruises into the backs of my legs and makes a tremendous amount of noise when he runs around the house banging it into walls (I swear he likes the sound).
So, I discovered this odd inner-tube like contraption at the pet store. It was fantastic. Stella wasn't afraid of it. Argo didn't mind wearing it, he actually seemed to enjoy the benefits of wearing a travel pillow everywhere he went.
It didn't make noise, and it didn't hurt when he rammed it into the backs of my legs. Plus, it was just plain funny. He looked like he was about to go on a sailing excursion.
But, being the brilliant dog he is, Argo figured out that if he scratched at his inner tube until the seam was below his neck, he could pry it apart a bit and manage to lick the spot on his leg. So, we're back to the e-collar. . . I hear weird leg bruises are totally in style this summer. :)