Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Last year Chris and I came home one day to a peculiar finding. After we had let the dog out to go to the bathroom we had noticed there was some blood on my pants about knee level. I checked all over to see if I had scraped myself somewhere. Of course I hadn’t. Well that was odd, but we went about our day. A little later that day I noticed some blood on the side of the house near our door. Still though, we could not figure out where it came from. The next day we started noticing more streaks of blood on our walls down our hallway, in the kitchen and on our stove. BIZARRE we thought. But still we could not figure out where it was coming from. We figured it had to be the dog, so we gave her a good check but still found nothing that would be a source of bleeding. At this point we were beginning to think we were going crazy. Finally, one day soon we figured it out, we cracked the case. We KNEW it had to be the dog because of the height of the blood streaks, the trick was finding out what was bleeding.

Once again we did a thorough check of Belle and sure enough there it was. On the very tip of her tail we found the source of the mysterious blood. We didn't know how she hurt her tail, at first we were a bit worried that she had done it
intentionally out of anger for being left at home in her kennel while we were out. But that didn't really make any sense to us considering she has always been in her kennel and it has never been a problem. She is not neglected and definitely is not lacking in quality time with us. She is with us a lot of the time. We finally came to the conclusion that regardless of HOW she hurt it, that when we got home she was reopening the wound when she would wag her tail and hit it hard against her kennel and then the walls once we let her out. You see, Belle does not have a lot of hair, she is a very short-haired dog and so when she wags her tail it is like a little whip. And she wags it fast and very forcefully. So there she would be, wagging with all her might in her joy and happiness not realizing she was just hurting herself and in the process painting our walls with blood. I swear at the time it looked like a murder scene with blood streaks all over the place. Amazing a tiny little wound could make so much blood.

It was like CSI at our house. There was Chris and myself kneeling and looking at the blood streaks on the walls, talking and trying to figure out what it could possibly be from. Perhaps if they are looking for another new CSI show they should give us a call. Can’t you see it now? CSI: Hyde Park, starring Chris and Evey McClees. Now that we had found the wound we decided a plan of action to try and have it heal properly and quickly. We got out the peroxide and cleaned it off nice and good. We had some gauze and bandages and medical tape, so we decided to try and jimmy rig our own bandage. This was a difficult thing to do because it was on the very tip of her tail, but we gave it a shot anyways. The next time we went out we came home to find our idea had not worked at all. The bandage was off and once again her tail was bleeding. I was getting frustrated thinking she was doing it on purpose (making her tail bleed that is), and concerned for how the heck we were supposed to get this fixed. We made an appointment for her the next day to go and see the vet. He was quick to assure me that she was probably not chewing on her own tail and that it was more likely what we thought all along--that she was reopening the wound with each whip of her tail. He also pointed out that if you put a bandage on a dog and they can reach it they will bite it off. Go figure! He took the time and cleaned her wound very well, put some ointment on it and bandaged it up again pretty good. He told us to leave the bandage on for a few days but after that we would need to remove it so that the wound could breathe and heal. And then came what I just knew Belle was going to hate. The cone for her head. Let me tell you, she was NOT impressed. It was funny too, because she had no perception of how much room she had to walk through doorways, etc and she was constantly walking into things. We started out by only putting the cone on when we went out and left her at home only to quickly realize we needed it on her a night as well. Otherwise she would get at the bandage while we were sleeping. Considering Belle sleeps in our bed with us and most of the time UNDER the covers, it was an interesting challenge. We very quickly learned that the cone was useless. Her tail is so long, and she is so very flexible that she could still reach her tail. Here is where Chris got creative…..

Finding one of those plastic file folders he cut it up and duct taped it together in the shape of the cone. He then duct taped that to the cone itself and basically extended it by 3 inches. It was hilarious. There was my poor dog with a clear cone on her head, duct tape all over it and an extension made with a plastic blue file folder. I am sure she was the talk of the town. And never mind the fact that with the addition it made it heavy and she had a hard time holding her head all the way up and walked into things even more. Poor thing!

The good news however is that it kept her away from her tail and that eventually after a few weeks it started to heal enough we were able to leave her alone without her cone on her head. I am certain Belle smiled the day the cone went in the garbage and we no longer needed to bandage her tail. I was glad for her that her tail had healed and I was glad for me that I didn’t have to scrub anymore blood of my walls. I was also extremely to happy to learn that my dog is not a "cutter!"She still does have a little rough spot on her tail and the hair never grew back. But a tiny bald spot that is hard to notice is a better option than bleeding everywhere everyday. She is a happy girl now......

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Andrea said...

I can't believe you didn't get a picture of that crazy duct taped cone extension! I'll bet that was a sight! BTW, we look HOT in that picture! ; )

Evey said...

LMAO! We DO look hot dont we ?! ;)

We totally should have taken a pic of it, I really don't know why we didn't. It was priceless!

Jodi said...

CSI: Chris and Evey! :) That would be a good show.

Our dog ripped his neck open quite badly not to long ago and we never did find out how he did it (or where). Scary.

Anonymous said...

OMG is that funny...CSI:C&E. I have had similar things happen...dogs are a trip!

I had two 60 pound labs (you know, lap dogs...heh) that would play-fight all the time. It sounded like they were murdering each other with the snarling, growling, barking and yipping. I never realized how bad it sounded til I was ordering some things from a catalog one day.

There was a lull in the conversation as I decided a size or color and the woman said to me..."Um, Ma'am? Is, um...everything alright there? Do you LOL

Funniest part was the look on BOTH dog faces when I screamed at them to knock it off..."What, Mom? US?? What???"

Miss H. said...

Wow that did take a little detective work, didn't it :). I'm just glad that your pup was able to heal after the undetermined tail trauma.

Courtney said...

Poor puppy! She's a cutie, though!

I love the photoshopped CSI. That's brilliant, Evey.

Sketti said...

I thought I would wait a day before give everyone else a chance!

Smiley wanted to know what I was laughing at as I nearly choked on my water last night! Just the thought of Belle with the clear collar and the blue one tapped on...Poor thing...but you can't help laughing sometimes!

Well done on another great post. They way you describe everything makes it so easy to paint a picture in your head! E x

Andrea with the Flipflops said...

Holly hotness batman!

I love her smiling face, she is so cute.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about not being able to lift her head...after our dog roxy had surgery on her back feet she had to wear that cone on her head. She never did get the hang of it, she would just keep her head down and not move at all, to get her to walk we had to lift it for her otherwise she would just stand there with the cones edge dug into the ground wagging her tail and hoping someone would help her, she looked pretty funny


Anonymous said...

How CUTE is that last pic!! It literally makes me smile the cheesiest grin over here. Too, too cute. Now I feel guilty. I'm pretty sure my own kiddos don't get the same care and attention as your pup!!

QueenieCarly said...

Belle is totally my favourite dog I've never met. I'd just still really like to know what happened to her! Great post, girl!

Young Lady said...

fantastic post! I loved it especially the CSI part lol

Anonymous said...

Poor Belle. I'm glad Belle's better now. And, I always think the funnel around the neck is cute!

Jamie Dawn said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the CSI picture!!

It's good to hear that Belle's tail healed.
That cone was so becoming on her!
I'm sure the homemade one looked even lovlier.

Hunsucker Family said...

Oh my God! You just saved us a trip to the vet with your detailed story about bleeding tails! I promise you it seems that we could have written the first part of your story ourselves!!! As we speak, there are blood streaks EVERYWHERE! On my sons pants... on the TV screen, by the front door... etc! Thank you so much for taking the time to post! We are going to try that cone thing for Mr. Kainoh!!! (our Pit/Bulldog)

The Hunsucker Family