Mary’s dog, Jesse, had a problem with his foot that required a small surgical procedure and some stitches. In order to keep the dog from chewing on the stitches, Jesse was given a plastic cone to wear for two weeks to give the area time enough to heal. On day three of Jesse’s recovery, Mary felt a sharp pain in her right shoulder while playing tennis. Now, maybe now is the best time to note that Mary had this strange compulsive habit of occasionally biting her shoulder – not all the time, but just when it itched or felt funny. Anyway, she went to the doctor for her shoulder, and he said that there was a bone chip or something. Mary decided to take care of it right away, so the doctor did a quick arthroscopic procedure the next day. No big deal, until two days later, when Mary returned with her sutures all messed up. Mary told him that she couldn’t help biting the spot, so the doctor tried wrapping it in heavy gauze. But the next day, she was back again with the sutures out of place. So, the doctor gave her a cone to wear, for two weeks. The following Saturday, Mary took Jesse for a walk, and the two of them walked boldly through the park, wearing their cones.