Ahhhh, the cone of shame. This canine torture device is, unfortunately, a necessity at one time or another in every dog’s life — and they make no effort to hide their true feelings about it, either!

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

Timeout is a new photo series from one of our favorite photographers, Ty Foster, that seeks to explore the hardships associated with the cone. From being a hindrance at meal time to denying the simple pleasure of a good behind-the-ear scratch, these images show how dogs really feel about these ‘plastic prisons’.

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

Ty explains his inspiration for the series:

I’ve been thinking about shooting a smaller set of portraits for a while now and I just wanted a unifying theme for them. I was brainstorming some ideas and it wasn’t until my dad had sent me a text and both of their dogs had been put in ‘timeout’ with the cone of shame that I started thinking about a series with the “cone of shame”. Coincidentally enough, later that day I am walking Magic, our pit-mix rescue around the neighborhood and another dog walks by with a cone on and then I knew I was definitely going to do the shoot.

For those of us who have pets I think we’ve all experience the pain and hardships that accompany the plastic prison that is the cone and I really wanted to showcase those emotions and hardships in this series. I was also lucky enough to collaborate with two very talented women; Lona Walburn, who retouched the project for me and Natalya Zahn who did the illustration for the title.

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

'Timeout' Cone of Shame Photo Series by Ty Foster

See more of Ty’s amazing dog and animal photography on www.tyfoster.com.