Thursday, November 5, 2009

Monster in the House

Oh help! There is a monster in the house!

This morning, little Pee-Wee went off for his tutoring and I thought, "Great, I will get plenty of attentions and it will be a great day."

And indeed, things started off fantastic. First I got a yummy carrot all to myself.

Nom, nom, nom. Nobody to steal it from me. Hooray!

Then momma brought out a special stuffie just for me!

What fun! I let the stuffie take a ride on my large and most accommodating back.

But then a most horrible thing happened.

Momma came home, not with my little brother, but with....


See how the furnitures are all moved around? That is because whenever I see the cone headed monster I get really scared and I bark at it and try to chase it away!

Oh where is my little Pee-Wee?

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. From Momma
Mango is so upset by the cone! He seems to think that Dexter is a scary monster and is barking and lunging at him. Dexter is still scared and stoned and doesn't know what to do. They are fine when the cone isn't on, but obviously Dex needs his cone so he doesn't bother his surgery site. Poor little Dexter is just crying - I think because he feels sick and scared and doesn't like the cone and Mango is insane. Our grand-dog has our crate. Sigh.
Mango is so easily spooked. Just to give you an example, if I am standing with Mango in the yard next to the wheelbarrow everything is fine. If I do nothing more than grab the handles of the wheelbarrow I am suddenly a horrible wheelbarrow monster and he starts barking. So I guess I'm not surprised that he doesn't recognize Dex in his cone, but sheesh!


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Just look at my pikhs
Just look at my pikhs
Just look at Merdie
Just look at Merdie
Just don't think of The Beastie
Just don't think of The Beastie

PeeEssWoo: Paws khrossed fur Mango Momma!

tula monstah said...

If you can't beat'em, join'em! get a cone & sum of them good druggies!

glad i'm not a carrot in that steel trap you got..

toodles, tula

Marjie said...

The poor guys! Like Mango, Thor takes great upset when unfamiliar things go on in his house, and poor Dexter must be miserable. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

The WriggleButts said...

Aww.. Poor Dexter and poor Mango and poor MangoMom! We hope the monster goes away real soon.

Pugs'n hugs,
Bajas & Virus

Moose said...

Poor Mango! Poor Pee Wee too of course. Moose cries when he comes home after being knocked out even if he was just x-rayed so I think that will get better soon. Cones are the worst! I hate getting rammed in the back of the legs when Moose is behind me so I feel for the Mango! Have you seen the no-bite collar? It is like a stiff neck brace that I hear works well. I used a comfy cone for TeddyNO but he could reach his junk and he got pretty infected.
Hang in there buddies!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Whoahhhh that is a conehead for sure. BabyRD had to wear one and she hated it too. Your little PeeWee is under that big thing...he'll return!!
XXOO,BabyRD and Hootie

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Poor Mango, poor Dexter. Phantom gets upset easily by change too. He doesn't like anything to be out of the norm. Tomorrow, things should be a lot better. Dexter will feel more like himself and Mango will recognize him better then. In the meantime, tell Mom to get out a good bottle of wine:)

woos, the OP Pack

Chloe and Libby said...

Mango, don't be fraid big guy, its just Dexter under all that cone! We have all had to wear the horrid cone at some point in time, well, just about all of us. Most of us had to have the eyes done.
It'll be gone soon Mango.
Kisses for you

Achieve1dream said...

Try clicker training him to target the cone while Dex is sleeping! Maybe that will work.

Poor Dexter. Storm cried after her spay surgery. I had to sleep on the couch with my hand on her neck before she would sleep. I hope he heals up really quick and gets back to normal. :)

Sam said...

Oh, and here I was, really thinking Dexter was getting some agility "tutoring"... I obviously missed the lovely sleeping photo at the end of your post a couple days back..

*smacks self!*

Don't worry, Mango, he'll be regular old Pee-Wee again soon.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said... Auntie Momma...for the purists in the crowd, some may be shocked at this advice...TAKE THE STOOPID CONE OFF PEEWEE...

Um...all three of us terriers have obediently worn our coneheads out of the vetties and all three of us on numerous occasions have PAID Mumsie to remove them...and she has...AND we haven't messed with our stitches..cuz we're GOOD DOGS...

Or we were so drugged we didn't care...poor RH and Peewee...I tried to get Dexter to move in with us, but NO...he wanted to go learn European History...Um....poor guy was deluded....

But can keep an eye on Dexter and see if he tries to do any suture removal...he'll probably just go to sleep once Mango stops barking at him...

We feel for ya...and Khyra once again is referring to me in her comment??!! I guess I need to go and lookie at her pics...

Tell Peewee I have my nurse's uniform on and have made some chicken soup...will be arriving by time for a soothing backrub...board games will be at eleven...hopefully a rousing game of Dogopoly will exhaust both creatures....

Kisses to all...

Laciegirlie, almost RN

Two French Bulldogs said...

Ah poor Dexter and poor Mango. Mango maybe you should try on the scary collar. That was so nice of you to give stuffy a little ride
Benny & Lily

MJ's doghouse said...

dear mango
i reallly wish you were not so afraid all the time. I used to be a bit of a chicken..but now i just dont care very much....i just dont like loud scarey noises....but i do love my big handsome dude

Scout and Freyja said...

You know, my golden, Scout, was tutored at the age of three when I rescued him. Brought him home and he didn't even give a second thought to his operation. You might be able to take that thing off the little guy and see what happens.

Sally Ann and Andy said...

Poor Poor Dexter, oh Mango, your Dexter will be back soon.
Sally Ann

Gus said...

Maybe your vet can let Dex try one of the new soft collars. They look like those neck pillows you take on car trips, but they work pretty well.


Puglette said...

we agree with scruffy, lacey and stan...take the cone off! our vet doesn't even give them out for neutering and spaying.
do you think poor mango has bad eyesight? it sure sounds like it, poor buddy.
hugs to all,

Unknown said...

Oh poor everybody!!! Sounds like a very stressful situation at the moment.

Could you keep the dogs separated in different rooms for a while? Just till Mango has had more chance to get used to the cone and Dexter has had a chance to regain his equilibrium!

Also - I'm sure you're not but I just thought I'd check - are you sure you're not reassuring or rewarding Mango in ANY way when he displays fearful behaviour? Even saying "It's ok, Bubba" could be encouranging his anxiety coz he feels that he is rewarded for it. I'm sure you know this but reassurance really doesn't work for dogs, no matter how sorry we feel for them! And even negative attention (like shouting) might be seen as to just ignore him completely when he is behaving like an idiot towards Dexter (except if he is hurting himself or Dexter or if the behaviour is really unacceptable, then interrupting it with something that will startle him and redirect his attention elsewhere). Have lot of his favourite cookies/treats and reward him with those and/or pats whenever he is showing any kind of calm behaviour around Dexter's cone. eg. if he lunges and you shout "NO!" and he pauses - you instantly follow up with "Good boy!" and shove a treat in his mouth, etc.

I think mainly if you can ignore his fearful behaviour and reward him when he is calm or ignoring Dexter, then it might help to make things better. Especially if you can always bring out some super yummy treat whenever Mango sees Dexter (*ONLY when he sees Dexter) - he will associate those super yummy treats with Dexter's cone and start to see it as a good thing, rather than a threat. So maybe break out some super good human stuff that Mango doesn't usually get - somethign that will really distract him - and only give this when Dexter is around (but ONLY if Mango isn't acting fearful).

Good luck! Hope the cone can come off quickly and peace can return to the household!!


Asta said...

Oh what a disastew
Poow Little Dextew and Poow mango
sounds like noone is winning in this sitooation, not even the hoomans.
Can't little Dextew go upstaiws and stay thewe while his cone has to be on??
Ow he can come to my house
I hope this gets fixed so evewyone can get some west and the Pee Wee gets to heal
smoochie kisses

The Army of Four said...

Aww... poor Dexter! Mango! It's just DEXTER!!!!

Stella said...

Poor Boys! I am of the remove the cone group too, at least until bed time. If they see each other looking like always, then Peewee gets the cone on later, I'm betting they will be OK.


brooke said...

The cone of shame! Poor Dexter. At least he's a boy and will heal up faster than a girl! we only put the cone on her when we weren't watching her (when she was home alone or during bedtime).
Good thing was Darwin didn't bother her surgery site, she was more interested in the patch of fur that was missing on her leg where the IV was so we didnt need the cone much at all.
Mango, I'm impressed you like carrots! Darwin's not a fan. She's more of a fruit girl.

Agatha and Archie said...

THIS IS SERIOUS we know of being scared of truly frightening things... like garbage can covers and plastic bags.. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING TO MAKE A JOKE OF......Mango take route 9 all the way down and we will come and pick you up in Newton...that way Pee Wee can nap and we can all hang out and do stuff....Love A+A

Golden Samantha said...

I'm thinkin' Gus' thoughts. Still, with the soft cone, kept bangin' into walls and furniture - bad deal. Poor mama - bit of a mess what with Dexter laid up and all scary with Mango terrified. Don't know what my momma'd do, 'cept let a little time pass. It will sort itself out, but may take some patience. Sending lots of good thoughts and hugs xo

Oskar said...

What a mess Dexter's trip to the tutor has caused. I hope by tomorrow Dexter smells like himself again so that Mango recognizes his baby brother!

Anonymous said...

What Hsin-Yi said: i agree 100%. I have a fear-aggressive dog and this is how i got his fear under control. it's VERY common for a fearful dog to freak out anytime a human is 'altered' in anyway shape or form. even attaching a wheelbarrel to you alters you. (like hats and big jackets). they see humans in one way, but when altered, it's very different. Hsin-Yis advice about reassuring them when they are barking or anxious is NOT good idea. ONLY reward for when he's calm. if he's freaked or showiing mild anxiety, walk him AWAY from Dex, when he calms, reward/praise, shove a cookie in his mouth then turn him around to dex. as he shows calm, reward and slowly approach dex all the while rewardding calm. the miniute he shows ANY anxiety turn him around and walk away til he's calm and THEN reward the calm again. it may take a few times, but dogs really DO learn great this way. my fear aggressive dog has come sooooo far (loki) due to this type of teaching.

we have problems with him barking too much when people come. he's excited mainly, but it seems aggressive to some people. so what i do is give him a job to "down" in the hallway and ignore his barking. the minute he stops barking i either praise and reward with food OR i let him greet the person (which is what he really wants). it's been working great. then my hubby stayed home with a broken wrist and instead of doing what i was doing, he tried to calm him "it's ok" and pet him which made Loki bark EVEN MORE at the visitor! finally i told my hubby: ignore him. stop petting him. he has a job to do, that is to lay down and be quiet. and boom. within 30 seconds that dog was quiet and allowed to greet the guest. so that's a good example of praising when they're anxious and how it works AGAINST the behavior you may actually want (which is being calm)...

i hope dex feels better physically AND mentally soon. it's hard enough being sickie but worse when your friend is freaked out and scary sounding!

good luck. Wild Dingo DIGS Mango Man! Oh Yeah!

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

I am with Khyra...Poor Mango Mama (and Daddy). Here is hoping that Dexter heals QUICKLY!!!

The Mama

Anonymous said...

AAAAA! i JUST got "master chew sits!" LOL. Wild Dingo is displaced from the east coast:

but now lives in: Call If, Or Nah

ScrapsofMe said...

Poor Mango...Dexter....and Mango Mom.
1. Mango Mom - Pour yourself a nice stiff shot of something bracing and plug in yer ipod thingy to some soothing tunes so you can't hear the boyz.
2. Mango - shut yer eyes and don't look. It's not so skeeree. Try stickin yer head under a blankie. Life is better under a blankie.
3. Dexter - take some puppy downers or something dude, yer way too hyper after yer tutorin'. Lay down and practice STAY. Yer skeerin' the big dude and he's wreckin the Momma's house and ya'll are driving her, not the ones you left behind, don't drive back and get those.

sheeseh....boys are such big babies...try giving birth to a buncha puppies and then come see me about pain and anguish.

peesess Mango Mom...Puffy freaks out about shapes of things and it started when his vision started going downhill. If you make a quick move at him, he does the barking freaky thingy. Maybe Mango needs some eyeball glasses?

Biggie-Z said...

Hsin-Yi (Honey?) and Wild Dingo took the words right out of my mouth!

You might also want to try the Bite-Not collar -
maybe it'll look less scary to Mango.

We got one for Biggie after his tutoring when he figured out how to take his cone off. Then, we ended up not really using it because we managed to train him not to bite at his stitches, believe it or not - all from "eh!" if he went for the area, and YUMMY treats when it was obvious he wanted to but didn't. We were really lucky.

Good luck!

bbes tribe said...

Mango you are so lucky to get the BIG carrot, we only get small ones. But then you are bigger so that works. Dexter will be better soon but maybe you can pretend it is a halloween costume??? Hope you all are doing better tomorrow.
Ernie & Sasha

Smushie Ranch said...

Poor Mango and Dexter. Those cone things are pretty strange looking.
When our foster bub had to get a toenail removed, he had to wear a cone thingy. But is was squishy and looked like a neck pillow. It's called a ProCollar Inflatable Elizabethan Collar. Here's the link in case your mom is interested.

Stella and Gunther

Laura and The Corgi, Toller, & Duck said...

lol! Oh mango man! you make me smile :) And Dex, I'm sorry bud. Those cones are no fun. Lance opted for a basket muzzle instead and Vito was a surprisingly good boy who didn't need one!

Maxmom said...

Hey there Mommy-Mango
It seems like you have already received all the advice you can get, so we just wanted to say that we are thinking of you all. Hope Dexter recovers soon (which he should do) and that the Mango is more settled.
Take care and lots of love

Kari in Alaska said...

Oh my. Cones are scary. Maybe he is trying to chase it away so you wont put one on him!

The Oceanside Animals said...

Maintain low tones! Maintain low tones!

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

The labradude is most scary with that cone on his head.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Pee Ess: Feel better soon cone boy!

Randi said...


Awww Dexter....I feel awful for you...especially since RH is yelling at you...while you are drugged outta your mind no less...

I'd totally come over to your house with my nurses outfit on, but I already have it on cuz I'm nursing my Grandmamamamamama from Minnie Soda back to health here in San Diego...She went to the Emergency Human Vet on Saturday & just came home last night...I guess I better do a post about it...

But I hope you feel my loving healing cougar roaring vibes being sent to you my little cublet...

Love & Licks,
Your Cougar,

Tama-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

Oh you poor guys! Both scared and miserable! Don't worry, though. It will all get MUCH better soon! The monster WILL go away!

The Thundering Herd said...

Mango - oh yeah. Dex gets surgery and you get the attention. What a master!

Of course you may have seen when Rusty had his Cone of Shame and how he figured out how to use it as a weapon on the other dogs.

P.S. - Heal quickly Dex! Think how much smarter you are now that you have been tutored.

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

i know it is not funny but i can't stop laughing.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Poor Mango!! Poor Dex!! These things can be really scary. Lilly has a little sore on her side and every time she sees Mom with a tube of Bacatracin she starts hiding and freaking out. And Mom would never hurt us, but obviously that sore hurts Lilly and she doesn't want Mom to touch it.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Mack said...

It's just Bubba Dex!
I think I need to send you Lilly's special Mexican "nerve tonic".
Trust me you will luv it.

monica said...

big guys - big troubles... :o) I have the exact same wheelbarrow aversions...

you can see Bundy with a cone on

Niamh said...

Poor Mango! Those satellite dishes are really evil. I am sorry that you are so worried about Dexter having to wear one of those. He really is the same pee wee that you love to play bitey face with.

Your friend,

Deefor said...

Hi Mango
I wouldn't want a cone-headed doggy in my house! Maybe it's his Halloween costume and he forgot to take it off. I hope Dexter comes back soon.

There are certain things you have to stay away from. When Arrow's treat ball goes near the vacuum monster he makes the humans get it.

I got your stuff! Thanks. It's really great stuff! I put up pictures of it.


Tucker said...

Oh Mango, I'm sorry that you have to a monster in your house. I get scared of things easily too! For example: yesterday there was weird noises coming from the TV machine, I saw myself in the sliding glass doors, and there was a piece of lettuce momma dropped and I stepped on it - I was scared cause it stuck to me!

Poor Dexter. I didn't have to wear a cone after my operation cause I didn't care about my incision. I don't really lick back there cause it takes lotsa effort to reach.

I'm hoping Dexter doesn't scrape the paint off the wall with that gigantic cone on his head.

woof - Tucker

Randi said...

Dear Dexter...How are you feeling today my little Cublet? Any better? Is RH leaving you alone? When your mama said you were crying it just made me cry, so I'm hoping you are better & more able to move around & of course get your foodables for the day...a big boy like you needs his energy...

Love & Licks,
Your Cougar,

Jake of Florida said...

We're so late in posting that everyone has already shared their best thoughts about squishy cones and the right kind of rewards.

So all we can say is WOOF!!

We hope things quiet down for everybody...

Jake and Just Harry

Anonymous said...

OH poor Dexter. Hope he heals up fast.

Mango you really are too funny. I hope your mama is able to convince you that Dexter isn't the monster!

TwoSpecialWires said...

Mango. Now is when you do your meditations.
Dexter. The dog across the street has been wearing one of those scoops for a few weeks now. (Long story.) She's developed some awesome skills. She tucks her chin, scoops with the cone and little deer poops come flying in toward her mouth. We'd love to videotape it, but we think she might want royalties and we can't afford it.

Hang in there. Our advice ... wear it only when you HAVE to. It'll be history someday.

Jake and Fergs

pam said...

Oh Mango that's just the midget humpmeister.

You must be nice to PeeWee he's got an owie.

Bobo and Meja

Coco Bean - The Princess said...

Mango & Dexter's Momma,

Have you ever looked into a Brace-Type Collar? It's a banded collar of flexible plastic and foam is also available as an alternative to the e-collar. The collar acts as a neck brace and limits range of motion of the dog's head. The flexible brace comes in a range of sizes and fastens snugly with Velcro. It fits just behind a dog's ears, extending all the way to the shoulders.

Hope Dexter feels better and Mango goes and meditates!

Coco The Princess

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Are ya feelin' better Peewee? No, I'm plannin' on stayin' through the weekend...I know Mango is a bit irritated with my presence, but he'll just hafta get over it...'sides, he's just jelly that he didn't get a bed bath this morning...

Now, I need to spoon you some of this delish chicken broth, dear, no ball chasin' today (sorry bout the pun...)...we'll have a rousing board game bout a game of SORRY!!! (Lacie turns her head to giggle and suppresses it with a cough...)

Healing barks...Nurse Lacie

BRUTUS said...

Poor Dexter... The Cone of Shame. Talk about adding insult to injury. My condolences to all of you. At least when I got tutored, I didn't have to wear one (thanks to my odd but magnificent physique, can't reach that area!). Mango, hang in there buddy... it'll all be OK. This coming from a "it-takes-one-to-know-one" perspective, I too am a bit reactive. I see something I don't like and it's Frenchie Frenzy time!!

Sympathetic Snorts-
Brutus the Frenchie

Molly the Airedale said...

Things sound very hectic at your house, Mango! We sure hope tomorrow is a better day for all of you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Hehe, if Mango Major gets really scared then Mango Minor waits no time to run run far away!
Get well soon Dexter, love your taste of fashion!

Kasha said...

Poor Dexter! Why is it that these big dogs of ours are such scaredy cats?! I sure love Mango!

1000 Goldens said...

I feel so bad :( It is stressful enough when a fur kid gets surgery, but now you have added worries with both of them shook up. Hope they get used to the cone soon, and that Dex will be on the mend quickly. Take care boys, we'll be thinking of you!

Cinnamon and Mint said...

Oh, poor Dexter and Mango. I didn't realise that tutoring meant surgery.

Sophie Brador said...

Maybe you need to smear that lampshade with peanut butter. Might make everyone happy.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Mango!
Looks like you all are having a very interesting time right now!
I hope Dexter will be fully recovered soon so that headcone will disappear from your life!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

River said...

We don't like things to change either, Mango! Esp. if my mom leaves an open umbrella on the floor we have to bark at it! It won't be long before PeeWee returns to himself.

love & wags,

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hay Mango,
May I talk to Mom please.
Mom, Just an idea, Tom suggests valarian root. You get that at the health food store and at a pharmacy. Keep the two seperated for maybe 2 days,giving Mango time to figure out who Dexter is. oh that is a natural pill we are talking about, it is not a drug.
Thanks for your kind words when coming to see me today.
Love ya, Fern
Yes dial up is soso slow, especially the lots of pictures blog.

Ziggy Stardust said...

Mango, I can understand your confusion, I would probably be scared too. I hope that Dexter was not captured by aliens. Mango can you try to use your senses. Does he smell like Peewee? I bet it will be super hard to play bitey face now BOL. Try playing with your favorite toy and if the cone headed dog tries to steal it, you can be pretty sure it is Peewee. I hope Peewee is better very soon.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Piappies World said...

Hi Mango,
Hope all is back to normal there and you have recognize Dexter under the cone?
We hope Dexter is feeling better already and can play with you soon.

Take care and do visit us again please.

- Fudgie, Princess, Scrappy, Bullet & the Piappies

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Oh dear, Mango... what is that monster doing in your house?!!

Dexter - hope you are feeling 100% very soon!!


wally said...

Poor Mango man. It is surprising that such a large and bountiuous fellow as yourself is afraid of new things. (My sissy has similar problems where if things are different than usual she doesn't know what to do and she just freezes.) I am glad you got your carrot and your stuffy. Be sure to tell Dexter about it when he gets home.

wally t.