Duke went yesterday to have his ears cropped. Cropping is the removal of a portion of the outer flap of the ear to shorten & change the shape of the ear for either utilitarian or cosmetic purposes. Cropping alone does not give the ears the ears the erect form though. This comes with a process called taping, to train the ears as the cartilage forms to stand erect. Without this cropping & taping process the dog's ears lay floppy. Here's a picture off the Internet of a finished cropped ear. Duke should look like this soon.... not too soon I hope. He goes back to River Cliff Animal Hospital (where he had his ears clipped) Nov. 24th to have his sutures out. Then back a few days later after his ears are completely healed to start the taping process. It could take until he is 6 months old for them to stand. I'm hoping not though. We'll keep our fingers crossed. He's spending the next few days on heavy pain killers & antibiotics. Keeping him calm has been quite a challenge!
His ears aren't missing; they're taped to his head while they're healing.