No More Cone! and Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Day 21

Well last night was the big night, and Sampson went to the Vet to have his stitches removed.  I was a little nervous, I mean I’ve had stitches twice.  Once when I had my appendix out and once after my C-Section.

The appendix stitches were super easy and I never felt them coming out, BUT the stitches for my C-Section hurt like a son of a bitch!  Of course it could have had everything to do with the fact that I’d just delivered twins, who had each weighed 6.5 pounds and my stomach looked like a bowl of pizza dough.

But I digress.

So I’ve had two experiences with stitches, one good, one bad and I’m not sure how it was going to go for my puppy.  On the way into the Vet’s office, I told Hubby, “I’ll take the bite.”

Hubby said, “No, I’ll hold him.”


No-one held him.  The stitches in his face were out super quick.

As soon as Dr. Soutter moved to the area at the top of his leg, I started feeding him treats.  He stiffened once or twice, but never turned to look and never stopped eating his treats.

All told it took less than a minute.  Dr. Soutter said he’d healed up beautifully and he now has no restrictions.  Thank heavens, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “NO Running!”  or “No wrestling!” in the last 10 days.

So the cone of shame has been retired.  I stuck that cone in the closet. With the way Delilah devours things, I’ve a feeling we’re going to need it again at some point.

Only four days left for the Advent Calendar!!

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  1. says

    YAY SAMPSON! You were very brave, Jodi — I’m proud of you! I think it’s just human nature to be concerned about our pets’ reactions to procedures when we ourselves have had a bad experience. I’m happy for all of you, but especially for Sampson, that his restrictions have been lifted.

    Callie and Shadow have always been really good about having stitches removed…the vet has always been impressed with their calmness at those times. Maybe because I’ve never had a bad experience in that regard myself. I’ve never really worried about them having one. Of course it helps that our vet is wonderfully gentle with his patients; and seems to have that special energy that can calm an animal and its owner. Even Ducky, who is not comfortable with strangers, loved Dr. Steve from the very first visit.

  2. Sheena says

    Sandman has always been the best! Like my Taylor, the perfect little angel! I never, for one moment, suspected Sampson would react any differently! I believe! Way to go Butter!!

  3. says

    Mom never knew you had twins until the other day…her dream was always to have twins but she did not even get a single. Now she says that’s okay, she is happy with us! Good the restrictions are removed and Sampson can get back to life and fun. Bailie has no cone, but it is really hard here because she feels great and her and I want to wrestle all the time. She cries when Katie and I go in the yard and she can’t go, very sad…6 days and 4 hours to stitches out, not that we are counting!

  4. Frankie and Ernie says

    That is SO SUPER Sampson. We are THRILLED that you can now resume Normal FUN Activities. WHHEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Best Christmas Pressie Ever.

  5. says

    OMG! I must have missed the part where you had twins! My brother had twins and honestly, I don’t know how people do it. Having one at a time was difficult enough for me!

    Good for Sampson! Glad everything went well!

  6. says

    Yay, Sampson. So brave and strong. No more cone. ….and I bet there will be fewer treats too. Oh well. Good with the bad and all that. Congratulations!

    Love and licks,

  7. says

    Hooray for no more cone. I hope you don’t need it again soon. Thunder had staples for his bloat surgery and the vet tech sat on the ground and took them out. I was worried that he would get ornery, but he was fine and just stood there. I think it made it easier that we did not have to flip him over. Storm’s stitches from her spay surgery dissolved. I liked those. :)

  8. says

    I’m glad the restrictions have been lifted! I remember having to have stitches after ingrown toenail removal once. The doctor yanked the knot out right through my toe! My eyes watered reading this over the memory!

  9. says

    So pleased that they are finally out and the cone can be hidden – although I do love the idea of Delilah eating the cone out of some sort of show of solidarity!

    In other news I have only just clicked that your dogs are named Sampson and Delilah as in the famous couple and story from the bible (ok possibly not out of the bible but I hope you know what I mean) I always knew one was called Sampson and one Delilah but I never clicked that Sampson and Delilah were names that went together until this moment – oops!!


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