I promised that if Nola’s ears were not up by this weekend, I would tape them. So sad for little Nola. She apparently was too busy doing other things to bother getting those ears up. Everyone has a different method so I thought I’d share how I do it to add to your collection.
Step 1: Assemble the supplies. A sharp scissors, moleskin with padding, foam hair rollers, duct tape (in an attractive color, please), and skin adhesive. This is Stomahesive. It is used to attach medical devices (like catheters) to the skin. It can be removed gently with acetone (nail polish remover) and cotton balls.
Cut out the inside ear shape — do not go down into the ear canal and leave no points — round each turn. Then use the skin adhesive to attach the rollers (note plastic clips are gone) to the center of the moleskin. Also cut several strips of duct tape that are short enough to handle without them sticking to themselves — about a foot long is the max.
Carefully place the bottom center of the moleskin shape at the lower center of the ear, then gently press up the center and around the edges until you have lined the inside of the ear. Hmmm — she doesn’t look all that happy, does she?
This is really a two-person job. Since I did it alone, I could not stop and take photos as I added each strip of tape. Begin on the inside bottom of one ear and bring the tape around the back of that ear across to the bottom of the second ear. With the second piece of tape, start at the inside bottom of the second ear and bring the tape across that ear and across the front of the first ear. Place the third strip of tape higher on the inside of the first ear and bring the tape around that ear and across the back to the second ear. Repeat, moving up for each strip. It should take three rounds of tape to cover the ear. Try not to pull the ears together on top of the puppy’s head — that’s not the proper earset for a Cardi. If that happens, however, simply cut down the center between the ears and retape leaving a bit more distance between the ears.
I think treats and praise are essential to accomplish this task without the puppy learning to hate me.
So, wouldn’t you agree that turquoise is Nola’s color?