Necessity really is the mother of invention. Recently, I took my puppy Malani to be spayed. The Human Society gave her a clear plastic e-collar, which she didn’t like. I could tell she was uncomfortable. I replaced the e-collar with the Comfy Cone, which is softer and can be folded, which was better. However, we’ve been reaching close to 100 degrees lately and the Comfy Cone was no longer comfy. When I petted her head, it was hot in there. The plastic e-collar was also hot. So what is the solution?
The main reason for the collar is that she can’t lick her belly wound. The material between her and her belly did not have to dense, it could allow air through like lace curtains or window screens.
Vinyl blow-up collars retain heat too. Who wants to walk around with an inner tube around your neck?
I went into my garage and my sewing curtain stash to invent the first version of what I first called the Chantilly-collar. I found plastic temporary fencing or what some call bird netting from Home Depot in the garage. I found some pieces of lace curtain kind of like Chantilly lace.
I folded the fencing material around a pieced of lace curtain. I then ran a collar through the net fencing to gather it. From the first collar I put Velcro cord ties for a second collar. The ends of the collar are closed with Velcro ties. The result was cooler and I could tell she felt more comfortable. It was a little heavy for her.
This morning, I revised the design using a lace doily and instead of folding the fencing material I cut it into a half circle like the Comfy Cone and e-collar. I sewed the doily into the fencing with thread. I was going to sew edging fabric around the outside but thought sparkly Mylar tape would make her easier to find at night. I used hot glue to finish the edges with the tape. I cut lace for the inner edges of the collar and hot glued it.
I tied plastic ties around the inner edge to hold a collar to go around her neck. Velcro is too heavy to hold the cone together, so I used cord ties that are usually used for wires. With the Comfy Cone the part with the double Velcro always fell forward. The new Chanchilly collar is lighter all around. It can fold it down like a real Elizabethan collar to different levels. With a two-inch fold Malani’s ears were pushed down.
Up-ear dogs don’t like it when their ears are down. I pulled the fold further down and her ears popped out. Now she is as comfortable as can be expected when a device has to keep her from licking herself.
The Chanchill-e-Collar II is much prettier and about half the weight. When I pet her head, I feel no heat at all. There is plenty of air flow and it is as soft as the Comfy Cone.
I’m thinking about submitting this idea to Quirky for development. I’m not sure yet about the name. Here are some ideas:
- Cool -e-Collar
- Chanchilly Collar
- Chill-e Cone Air-e (sounds like Chilli con Carne).
- AC Collar
Below are more photos for details. The style would also work with athletic netting material between the plastic fencing. The most important part is that she is much happier and cooler.