Hiking, Issaquah Alps, The pups

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone

Purdy Poo Poo All that Poo Poo must be great fertilizer

After spending much of this spring (officially the worst spring of all time, I might add) on the couch due to illness and/or weather-related malaise, I returned from Norway all pumped up and ready to get back in mountain shape and strengthen my clearly inadequate immune system.

Wellie had other plans. The morning after we returned, we had to take him to the vet for surgery to treat an anal gland abscess. I’ll spare you the details, but I can assure you that it’s just as pleasant as it sounds. We had to stay close to home the first five days post-surgery, foiling my Teanaway camping plans. Dumb dog!!

Sensing an impending meltdown, JK volunteered to take over all nursing duties on Saturday so that I could bask in the sunshine with Amy on a short hike to Talapus Lake. It was like chicken soup for the soul. Or phở for the soul, since I don’t eat chicken (but am somewhat obsessed with phở).

On Sunday JK and I went for a trail run (well, a walk/fast shuffle for me) in the Redmond Watershed Preserve. By the time we came back, Wellie had managed to wriggle out of his cone and pull the drainage tube out of his butt. Dumb dog!!

Luckily there was no lasting damage, so the tube remnants were removed on Monday. Wellie has to keep wearing the Cone of Shame for a week and a half, but now it’s tightened and we can at least leave him alone and get out of the house. That’s exactly what we did, hurrying up to Poo Poo Point to catch the last rays of sunshine before the rain returned.

Unfortunately, all I could think about on the trail was how much more fun it is to hike when you’re with your dumb dog.


Get well soon, Conehead!

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  • Reply Laura @ First Class Great Outdoors June 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Oh no! Not the Cone of Shame :( I have a terrible cone story about my older dog, Thea, but I’ll spare you and any readers the icky details.

    Hope Wellie can ditch the cone soon and get back out there with you guys.

  • Reply Mark Griffith June 9, 2011 at 4:14 am

    :| on the doggy pain. I do so miss pho, glad your getting out.

  • Reply Ewa June 9, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Poor dumb dog. Hope he is better soon so you can enjoy your soaks in nature in peace.

  • Reply nickd June 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    ahhh, poor little fellow, he’ll be back out playing games and sniffing things before he knows it!

  • Reply iris June 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Oh man, I’d feel worse, if the photos weren’t so funny. Poor doggy.

  • Reply Gina Keesling August 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Hi! I wanted you to know that I posted a picture of Wellie and his cone on our company’s facebook page. Our little dog Lucy got one today and she inspired the album. I did a quick search and found some other dogs in the same predicament. You can see the album here

    I enjoyed your blog. Keep up the good work.


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