Poor Spike has to have surgery on Friday. We inherited our crazy Jack Russell/Blue heeler mix from an abusive home about 9 years ago. To say he is an obsessive compulsive dog would be an understatement. He is a sweet boy who is totally and completely devoted to me. Whenever Spike gets a boo boo, he will not leave it alone. He has been known to chew a hole in his rear when his skin allergies are acting up. He has developed a huge wart (about the size of my thumb) on the back of his left hock and WILL NOT stop licking, chewing, gnawing, etc.....on it. As a result it has become quite inflamed. So...it is coming off on Friday. As an added bonus, his teeth will be cleaned and the Vet will clip his nails as short as he can while he is asleep. Until then, it's the E-collar for him (and I am sure for a few days after surgery). Poor thing - he looks so pitiful with it on.