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Ty Foster Explores Dogs Wearing the Cone of Shame In ‘Timeout’

By Hanssie on May 11th 2015

Timeout_tyfoster_1If you’ve ever been a dog owner, you most likely have had experience with an Elizabethan collar, also known as the “cone of shame.” The large plastic head covering that straps around a dog’s neck and looks like a lamp shade prevents man’s best friend from biting, licking or scratching at a wound or sore. Dogs absolutely loathe wearing one, and if the wearer encounters any other dog, on a walk for instance, you can almost feel the canine sympathy toward the shamed pet.

In the following series, Ty Foster explores dogs forced to wear the e-collar and “how dogs truly feel about the plastic prison that is the cone.” Ty’s adorable series shows dogs suffering the cone. From embarrassment to annoyance, you can see in the eyes of each pup their true feelings of the awful torturous contraption.

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The idea of the project began when Ty received a photo text of his dad’s two dogs banished to doggie ‘timeout,’ each sporting the collar. Later that day, while Ty was walking his pit bull rescue, they encountered a neighbor dog with the cone and the idea for the series was cemented. Working with Lona Walburn, who retouched the project and Natalya Zahn, who worked on the titling, Ty’s project aptly named, “Timeout,” shows the humor and the angst of the pups in their plastic prisons.

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To see more of Ty Foster’s work as a pet photographer, including his viral series, “Lick,” check out his website here.

CREDITS: Photographs by Ty Foster are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Dogs look so funny wearing those , bet they are a pain to sleep in.

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  2. Amanda Jehle

    That made me smile. I have 2 boxers… both of which have been subjected to the cone of shame at some point. I know the sad, indignant eyes well.

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  3. Michael LaNasa

    Love this series. The background color in particular really does it for me (aside from you know, dogs being awesome).

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  4. Thomas Horton

    Oh no! Not the cone of shame! I always feel for the dogs I see wearing it.

    These photographs just conjure up one emotional word — Why?

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    • Hanssie

      Well, as my mom always said, it’s for your own good (right before something terrible, like Algebra or vitamins – both of which I have yet to see any true benefit) :)

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    • Thomas Horton

      For me it was “It builds character” Well by the time I was an adult I had a whole heapin helpful of character. :)

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