So - after he pulled out the stitches, despite two different cones of shame.... back to the vet. Staples this time. How long did they last? About 15 hours before he pulled four out. Since we could not find them we have to monitor his poops and search them for the staples. The Engineer saw him pull out another staple and spit it out so we are hopeful that this is what happened with the others. We have tried wrapping the area. Twice. One he took off in his trip down the hall. The other lasted an hour. We switch the cones of shame to confuse him. He is now sedated for sleeping which seems to keep the staples in. Other than that he is his usual happy, goofy self. The Engineer has about $400 of his work bonus left so..
(Abby spends a lot time trying not to get clocked by the cones of shame. I've seen her roll her eyes a couple of times.)