No dog likes wearing the post-surgery recovery collar, often referred to as “the cone of shame.” It keeps them from biting stitches and worsening wounds, but it also makes them look so sad and helpless.
A recent viral TikTok video shows the hilarious and adorable way one man tried to make his dog feel better about the cone: he wore his own cone in solidarity with the pup.
Dog And Dad “Recover” Together
The video, posted by TikTok user “good.boy.Ollie,” sneaks up on the coned dog and man as they sit commiserating together on a couch, both wearing their cones of shame. “good.boy.Ollie” is actually a young woman named Alex posting videos of her dog, the titular Ollie. The man is her father.
The 7-year-old Labrador had a lump removed from his eyelid, which later resulted in the cone. According to Alex:
“He has healed well and had the all-clear, but needed to wear the cone to protect his eyelid whilst the stitches healed.”
Naturally, when Ollie came home with his cone, the family couldn’t help but feel for him. As to how the idea of wearing his own cone came about, Alex said this about her dad:
“My dad’s the kind of dad who likes to make everyone laugh. I’m not sure if he put the cone on to make my family laugh, or genuinely to make Ollie feel better. Either way, Ollie seemed happier in his cone and it gave all of us a big laugh.”
In an earlier video, Alex decorated Ollie’s cone to make it look less post-surgical. Ollie’s cone turned into flower petals, a french fry container, and even a classy martini glass.
The Relationship Between A Reluctant Dad And The Family Dog
Commenters on the TikTok video were quick to affirm that the dads who didn’t necessarily want the dog often end up being the most obsessed. So many people have stories like this:
“[T]hat’s my dad he didn’t want a dog but [now] he’s his one and only.” – @margaretforrest123
“Yea we got a dog and my dad didn’t really want it now he says it his dog.” – @no.simp.gang
“So true! My father said he didn’t wanted a dog but we ended up having 2 dogs.” – @sharbeare
I guess dogs are just that good at charming even the biggest non-believers.