Doc Wears a Lamp Shade

Doc was born with only one ball, when I say ball, I mean testicle 😉  Apparently, it is common among dogs to be born with only one.  When he was a pup, the vet said to give it time for it to descend, if it hasn’t by age two, he will have to have an operation to remove it, since it can be cancerous if left alone.

By September, he will turn three and I guess, no amount of waiting for that other ball to turn up isn’t going to happen.  Reluctantly, my husband phoned the vet to book him in for an op.  He went under the knife last Thursday. The said missing ball was found in his stomach.

Poor Doc, he came home looking dazed.  The light in his eyes were gone as he whimpered and desperately tried to take the cone off from his head.  He wasn’t his usual self and wouldn’t even eat any of the delicious food he’d normally eat in one gulp.  The Doc we knew was gone and I felt terrible and helpless watching him whimper like a baby.  My husband and I took turns watching him, trying to comfort him with massages on his back, at one point I even lay on the carpet, our eyes locked together as I petted him and repeatedly said “It’s okay, Doc.  You’ll be fine”.  We didn’t want to leave him alone, so my husband slept in the living room with the aching Doc beside him.  He said he hardly had any sleep and had to get up several times just to console him.

On the second day, he was taken back to see the vet to remove the dressing.  When he came back, he was so much better.  I guess it was the dressing and the way it was wrapped around him that caused the discomfort, because Doc we knew was back.  He’ll have to wear the cone though for another seven days, until his next vet appointment to remove the stitches.

They advised us not to let him run around or jump, but Doc being Doc is hard to restrain.  I guess all dogs are like that.  What’s the point in being a dog if you can’t jump and run around like a loony?  The important thing is, Doc the one balled-dog is okay and will soon have his cone off.

Has your pet ever worn a cone?

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Kate @ Did That Just Happen Blog

    Shorty is our dog, and he was given to us by a co-worker – and we loved him from the very start – but he only had one descended testicle, and so when it was time to get him fixed, they had to perform two operations, one on the descended and one on the un-descended testicle! He had to wear a cone, but only for a day or two as he didn’t mess with either surgery site!
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    • Oh no. They didn’t do that with Doc. I wonder why? And how lucky that Shorty only had to wear the cone for two days. I think Doc is sick and tired of it. x

  2. Oh the poor thing. The collars are so essential but dogs always seem to look so sad when wearing them

    • I can imagine how awful it must be for them. But he’s definitely on the mend now. x

    • Doc is only medium sized and we are really struggling. All he wants to do is run around like a loony and jump!

  3. Verily Victoria Vocalises

    Oh bless him, I hope he is free of the cone now and back bounding around in full.

    • He is definitely bounding around in full but still has to wear the cone till Monday:)

  4. Laura - dear bear and beany

    Oh no poor Doc! I have had cats and dog were a cone or a lamp shade as I like to call it. It’s so horrible for them and I do wonder how they ever get comfortable x
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  5. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    Aw, I’m happy to hear that Doc is on the mend.
    It’s awful seeing them in discomfort isn’t it.
    Get well soon little fella! 🙂 x
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  6. Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    Poor Doc! I hope he is on the mend. When my cat or dog had to wear a cone I just felt so sorry for them, it looks very uncomfortable and I always worry it will dig into their necks. He’s such a beautiful dog.

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    • Thankfully he seems used to it now. Just five more days and it will be off him.

    • He’s actually so much better now and doesn’t look as sad as he was on the first day.

  7. dogs are born to run and jump around like there’s no tomorrow especially when they’re super excited. I’m glad he’s well now.

    • And on Monday, his stitches will be taken off that means the cone will be off too.

  8. Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy

    Aww poor Doc & his one ball. Our BIlly hasn’t got any anymore, when he had his op & had the lampshade on he used to bump into everything. I shouldn’t laugh but it WAS funny!
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  9. My cat has gone through a very hard surgery, where they took out a bone and his man parts, making him a “girl”. It was necessary because he was genetically predisposed to big kidney stones and after 3 episodes where he almost died because of the blockage, the doctor decided for surgery. We wore the cone too and for 2 weeks I had to go every day with him for 2 hours to get the drips. I felt so sorry for him but this was almost 4 years ago and he is happier as ever. 🙂
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    • Thank you. Yes, Doc is definitely back to his old self in spite the cone. x

  10. Oh poor cute Doc. I hope he is doing well now. This should be really annoying in his part. I pity him. 🙁

  11. laura dove

    Aww poor Doc! Strangely enough my time hop this morning was our old dog with a lamp shade on his head too! He refused to keep his on though, it was a nightmare him keep bashing it off! Glad he is recovering. xx
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    • Thanks. Doc keeps bashing his head on doors too. Just a few more days and his cone will be off 😉

    • Thanks. He’s actually back to his old self now and the cone goes off on Monday.

  12. Rosie (@greenrosielife)

    Ahhhhh – the dreaded lampshade/cone. No dog ever seems to wear that with ease. Are your legs all bruised and how many things did he crash into? Poor Doc (and you!) Is he all back to his normal now? #AnimalTales (apologies for being so late – that life thing got in the way!)
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