That’s basically the only way to describe our past week.
Last Tuesday, we got Hadley’s ears cropped.
Now, I know there are a ton of different opinions on this subject, and I know it can be quite controversial. Please just know that Corey and I did a ton of research before choosing to crop, and it was recommended by our vet. Many Dobermans with un-cropped ears struggle with ear infections or have hearing problems. In addition to this, her ears were already trying to stand up on their own, and our vet told us that while he doesn’t recommend cropping for everyone (some dogs just have floppy ears!), Hadley was a perfect candidate and he thought it would be a good idea.
So, yeah. We got her ears cropped. And oh my goodness. The chaos. She feels totally fine – hasn’t had any pain or anything since the very first day…but um, feeling totally fine is a problem when you have a crazy crown that has to stay on and an e-collar to ensure that you don’t scratch at your ears.
She may look lethargic and pathetic in these photos…but trust me, she’s been completely insane for the last week (well, she’s had normal levels of puppy energy, but that feels insane when you’re constantly worried about her ears!) and we’ve had such a rough time keeping her from playing or wrestling with the other dogs. It didn’t help that this weekend we dog-sat for our friends Audrey and Kyle so we had FIVE DOGS in our house all at once. Insanity.
Thankfully, we’ve officially made it one week without having the crown fall of or get destroyed, and our vet said he’d like it to stay on for 10-14 days. We’re almost there!
She’s also finally getting closer to the normal weight for her age – she’s gained 6 pounds since we got her three weeks ago, which is pretty good – she’s still got a ways to go, though!
Have you ever dealt with a crazy puppy with an e-collar? It’s not something I want to experience again anytime soon!