Ribsy would like to say that he would like to have an injury just like his pesky sister Mirabel's. The way Girl is spending all her time looking after her, staring at her, placing her hand on her side during the night so she doesn't pick at her stitches. It's enough attention to make a surly older whippet spin with jealousy...although he doesn't envy her when she has to wear a ridiculous cone from time to time, like when Girl needs to take a shower and that sort of stuff:
The cone is necessary because Mirabel can't resist licking and picking at her injury site. But the cone doesn't fit in the crate - which is where Girl needs to leave Mirabel if she is to enjoy any sort of freedom over the next few days - and it makes for (an even more) manic Mira, who tosses her head from side to side and bashes into walls in an effort to rid herself of the plastic impediment.
The vet recommended pajamas. Sounds easy, right? Try to find a whippet pajama maker within Canada that ships quickly. Most pajamas are understandably made to order. Here's a quick rundown of the pajamadrama that's gone on for the past couple of days:
Vendor #1 - Pajamas in stock! However, the vendor is in the US and the overnight shipping fee is horrendous. Place an order anyway and hoped for the best.
Vendor #2 - Also in the US and made to order. No luck.
Vendor #3 - In Canada but is unavailable to sew right now.
Vendor #4 - In Canada but the style of the jammie still allows Mirabel to get at her injury.
With these vendors exhausted a local breeder, Jetstream Whippets (love the name) offered to kindly lend a pair of their jammies. Their whippet Talon was the same size as big Mira, so it seemed perfect - and they did fit great. However, the style of the jammies has only one opening - you guessed it - right where the hind leg meets the stomach, so these unfortunately didn't work.
Then came the out-of-the-box creativity. A message through a whippet list and a tweet asking for help yielded a host of helpful suggestions - from using a pillow case to a girl's dress to a men's t-shirt. Girl did try fashioning one of Boy's t-shirts on Mirabel, but she promptly jumped straight out of it when she spied a squirrel outside the window.
Finally, a solution was reached today.
One of Ribsy's Twitter friends, @bentleythegrey mentioned Dog-E-Designs, who are based a couple of hours away from the Hammer. Their pajama style covers Mirabel's wound, and they have a whippet pattern they can work with. Custom-made pajamas will be ready for pick-up soon.
Until those are ready, Mirabel still needed something temporary to tide her over. So Girl headed down to the department store and picked up a Little Tykes jumper in an 18-24 month size. Ironically it says "Turtle" and has a big picture of one emblazoned on the chest. With a couple of snips the jumper was able to accommodate Mirabel's chest:
Update: That little Houndini managed to rear up and get the back legs low enough that she could step on them and pull herself completely out of the PJs. Sigh.
Lesson learned: get a pair of pajamas for your whippet now, in advance, before injury should strike. That way, you have them on hand in case anything should ever happen: the furnace busts, your whippet gets hurt, it gets a rash etc. You just never know.