The Elizabethan collar - also called the pet cone or, more humorously, the "cone of shame" - is a common protective medical device used to keep pets from scratching, licking or biting any of their wounds as they heal. Connecticut-based photographer Ty Foster recently released this series of photographs, called "Timeout," in which he attempts to show how trying the experience of wearing the collar can be for dogs.
"Let[’]s be honest, if you have a dog or a cat [...] most likely they have been to the vet and they've been banished to time out with the cone of shame."
"Timeout is a series about those hardships that are associated with the cone of shame – emotionally and physically."
"From being a hindrance at food time, giving the cat a ‘torment handicap’, and preventing the simplest pleasure of scratching behind your ear, Timeout showcases how dogs truly feel about the plastic prison that is the cone."
Incidentally, the term "cone of shame" was first used in the 2009 Pixar film "Up."
It has since become a popular slang term for the collar.
Via: Laughing Squid | Ty Foster