Sasha the German Shorthaired Pointer Gets Stuck In Her Cone of Shame

As many of you know, we love our pets at Cemetery Dance and we’re really lucky to have a dog friendly office. In fact, there are currently four dogs within a few feet of my desk. Kate and I have brought our German Shorthaired Pointers, Maya and Sasha, to work with us since we adopted them from a rescue group a couple of years ago. We probably never would have been able to adopt them if we couldn’t bring them to work because we’re often away from the house for 10 to 12 hours each day.

On Monday night, Sasha ripped her dewclaw and we had to get it trimmed and wrapped up at the vet. She doesn’t like bandages, and they can’t be removed for a few more days, so we have to watch out for her. We can’t watch her closely at the office since there are a few different rooms where she likes to hang out, so this week she’s wearing a cone of shame, which she hates. She doesn’t act out against it, but when she bumps into something or doesn’t know how to get around an obstacle, she simply sits and waits for help, even if no one is in sight.

Today, a young kid hawking “extra framed paintings” they had “left over from a local job” came into the front office. We’re visited by these door to door sales people all the time, and like always his unexpected arrival at the front door got the dogs jumping and barking. Normally, Sasha would have run into the front office and joined the chaos, but this time she didn’t and we didn’t think anything of it because we were busy sending the kid on his way.

A few minutes later, Mindy went into the break room and found out why we never saw Sasha. She had jumped up on the top of the couch, the dogs’ normal shortcut to the front office, and promptly realized she didn’t know how to jump down while wearing the cone.

So Sasha sat and waited. She was not pleased:


  1. Aww, poor Sasha. Hope she is cone-less soon. You are fortunate to be able to bring your ‘kids’ to work. It makes everyone happy. Thanks for the pic.

      • The UPS guy is my dog’s favorite too. She hears the truck coming much earlier than we do, and she always gets a treat from him, even if I don’t get a package. What would we do without our four legged friends? <3

      • Otis, the black lab at the office, absolutely LOVES the UPS guy. Otis runs into the warehouse and leaps into the back of his truck when Bob arrives, which really surprises substitute drivers who aren’t expecting him!

  2. Nice story Brian. Sasha will get over it in time, but right now, she is going through a rough period. At least the dogs are not left alone like most dogs whose owners have to work. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  3. The poor baby. I feel for her. I’m becoming less mobile myself and having to learn new ways of doing things and its shameful for me as well. I would love to give her a big ol hug and tell her “Oh sweetie its only temporary and soon you’ll be all better”. Please would you do this for me? I love animals, like them much better than most people I know and that’s no lie 😉

  4. I feel so bad for Sasha but I could not stop myself from laughing. It reminded me of my own little girl when she got stuck with a cone for 2 whole weeks.

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