Battle of wits

I have posted twice already about the difficulties Argus has been having. Immediately after a procedure to remove a lesion from his foot we did little to protect the surgical site – bad idea – with nothing but gauze to cover the wound Argus removed every last staple holding the thing together. Then we used an E-collar (the largest available) – good idea, but not enough protection – he removed every last stitch holding the wound together. Then we extended the E-collar by 8 inches – really good idea, but still not enough protection – he continued to worry the wound and consumed several rolls of gauze and cloth tape in the process. So, we were forced to roll out the ultimate weapon – a muzzle. Really, really good idea – but still not up to the Argus test – he as able to get his tongue between the rubber bits of the muzzle, remove every last bit of gauze and tape, and irritate the wound. I fixed chicken wire to the muzzle – a truly exceptional idea – but still not quite good enough. Today I replaced the chicken wire with the fine mesh hardware cloth you see below. It’s been more than two weeks since the surgery – the thing should be healed, history. Poor Argus. Doe he remind you of anyone? Wish us both luck in the coming days.

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