Monday, December 27, 2010

Scaredy Dog

Saturday, the roommates and I went to a Christmas party at a friend's house. They came home afterwards and I stayed over. I returned home the next day, a little after lunch time.

As I was unloading the car, Skeletor darted out the garage door and across the street. I chased him until he had to stop and take a pee. (that's usually how I'm able to catch him)

I dragged the bad doggie back home, trying not to cause him to throw up (which leading him by the collar usually does)

After I finished unloading the car, the roommates told me that he had been acting weird. Reminiscent of the old days, he was acting very scared of the living room. They told me that when they let him into the back yard, he would just stay there too afraid to come back in. Despite the fact that he was shivering in the cold, he was too petrified to enter the house.

Apparently they dragged him in forcefully so he didn't freeze. Skeletor ran into James' room to hide out and seemed interested in the window. James opened his blinds and Skeletor tried to jump out the closed window, knocking over his dvd case.

I let the terrified Skeletor into my bedroom (which seldom happens) and sat with him on the bed. He seemed to be feeling better immediately.

He had some dry food in his bowl that he was apparently not eating. I went into the kitchen and made him a big bowl of wet and dry food mixed together. I called him and called him... he wouldn't leave my bedroom. I tried biscuits, treats, raw hyde, you name it. Skelly wouldn't budge.

I was worried that his sheepishness may mean that he was getting sick again. He had been doing so well lately! A relapse at this point (about a week before he is supposed to begin heartworm treatment injections) would be terrible!

I went and got the food tray and set it down in my bathroom. Skeletor devoured the food like he had not eaten in a week. I left him to finish his food and came back a while later to check on him. The food dish was completely clean!

When he's sick, he normally loses his appetite. Hmmm...

I figured that he may need to use the restroom after that big meal, so I tried to get him to follow me to the back door. No such luck. I went and got the raw hide and biscuits... he did not want to leave my bedroom. Eventually I was able to get him to follow me down the hall, into the living room, and out the back door. I closed all the bedroom doors so he had nowhere to go and be reclusive.

Normally Skelly uses the bathroom and is ready to come back inside after 10 seconds. Ten minutes had passed and there was no sign of him. I looked outside and he was just laying there in the cold grass. I called him and told him to come inside. He walked up to the door, but wouldn't come inside.

I didn't want to force him inside, which wouldn't do much for his nervous state... so I coaxed him inside with a biscuit. Finally, once inside I sat down with him in the living room. His whole body was shivering! I moved his bed in front of the fireplace and covered him with a blanket while I made a fire.

I sat there petting him and waited for the shivers to stop. He was finally beginning to settle down. After a while, I moved over to the couch and Skelly followed. A while later, he was snoring.

When it was time for bed, Skelly walked into his cage like normal and went to sleep. He seemed to be ok again.

This morning, he has been his normal chipper self. He ate all his breakfast without my having to add anything fancy. I let him out to use the bathroom. He was running around the yard having a great time. He took a leak and then wanted to come back inside. I opened the door and he rushed in without hesitation. He's now chomping happily on the floor next to my chair enjoying the leftover raw hyde from last night.

It seems like everything's fine. I was worried about the little punk! Skeletor's sunny disposition, smarts, and vigor make it easy to forget what he's been through. Underneath his healthy, happy puppy exterior lurk the memories of being a starved, neglected, and very sick little doggie.

Being unable to fully understand what goes on in his head, I would imagine that it doesn't take much to jar those awful memories.

Hang in there, Skelly!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gimme the pill pocket already!

Skelly Warhol

I was just messing around with my new Camera (thank Mel!) and came up with this...

PS: We all got a good chuckle last night when Skelly sneezed and passed gas at the same time.. such a clown!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Skeletor and Insano

Insano was spectating while I was trying to teach Skelly some new tricks.

"OK, I'm laying down... now make with the treat!"

That winning smile!

This shot of Skeletor yawning is rather funny!

"What are you looking at!?"

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I gave Skeletor his heartworm preventative this morning

Per the doctor's orders, I am to monitor Skeletor after giving him the drug to ensure that he doesn't have another nasty reaction.

I gave him the pill around 10:30 this morning. It's 1:05 now.

Let's take a look and see how he's doing, shall we?

That's right! It looks like he's suffering no adverse reaction! He's jumping all over me and trying to nibble my imaginary fleas like it's nobody's business. Way to go Skelly!

It looks like I may be able to bring him in for his first heartworm injection around January 9th. This is exciting yet nerve-wracking news!

Certainly he'll have no issues with the treatment, and he'll come out of it stronger than ever!

Good luck, bud!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Skelly playin' fetch

I took a break from work to toss the ball for this very excited / bored pup... nothing like a little dog drool on the keyboard eh?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bobble head

Skeletor wants to go outside.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Skelly needs a new trick to learn.. any suggestions?

He's got this "turn around" thing down pat!
At first, there was some confusion because of the similarities in hand gestures to "roll over." He was also having trouble performing the trick at a distance... but not anymore!

A big surprise for Skelly!!

We have a winner!

Skelly's painting sold for $40. Big thanks to all of our bidders!
I hope you enjoy the painting, Maureen. :)

Skeletor's Treatment Update...

Yesterday, Skelly ran out of Prednisone. From what I understand, Prednisone is the steroid that is helping him ward off the anemia. It's also the drug responsible for his insatiable appetite for water and consequently his affinity for making lemonade!! :)

I checked his supply levels and he was getting low on both of his other meds as well. Enalapril was down to 3 tablets and Vetmedin was down to 5. I called the vet and requested refills on all 3.

Today was an incredibly busy day for me at work. I was up at 5:45 to prepare for a 7:30 business networking meeting. My meeting prep time was cut down a bit because I noticed the heel of the sole was falling off one of my shoes. Fortunately I found some super glue. (on a side note, these appear to be nice shoes... hand-me-downs from my step dad that say they are "Made in Italy.")

Towards the end of my networking meeting, I stood up and realized that the front of the sole was now about to fall off. I shuffled about like a penguin, saying goodbye to my fellow networkers, and trying not to lose the sole of my shoe.

After my first meeting of the day, I made an unscheduled stop at Target to possibly buy some super glue. Then, I figured that since these are "nice" shoes, they were probably worth saving. I considered the fact that the only thing that might possibly dry fast enough was super glue and that it may not hold like real "shoe goo" or something made for shoes.

For some reason, they didn't even have any of the stuff that's actually made for shoes. Not that I could have used it to immediately glue my shoes together for my next meeting, which by then, was in about 20 or 30 minutes.

I found a generic pair of shoes for 30 bucks and decided to buy shoe glue later on to worry about fixing these fancy Italian ones. (one of the only 2 styles of dress shoes they seemed to have in black... what a selection!)

I paid for my new kicks and shuffled out to the car. As I put my shoes on in the parking lot like a weirdo, I noticed that it was actually BOTH soles that were falling off of my shoes... The mental picture of me leaving my networking meeting carrying the soles of both of my shoes was priceless!

By 1pm, I had finished up with 3 meetings and received a call from my roommate. His Jeep had been in the shop and was expected to be ready on Monday. I had agreed to drive him to pick it up. Guess what... it's ready early and he needs a ride!

For those of you who are not from Jacksonville, it's a really strange layout for a very spread out city. We have an extremely wide river running through the center of town and personally I think we need more bridges!  In order to get anywhere, you have to make a huge circle! At any rate... the Jeep dealership, our house, and the vet's office form a nearly equilateral triangle that stretches across the entire town.

I got home to pick him up and it was nearly 2pm. I had already had 3 cups of coffee and no lunch. I stopped for chik-fil-a, which I pretty much inhaled on our way to the jeep dealership. I dropped James off, and then headed to the vet's office. 

In case you're wondering why I'm blathering on about the mundane details of my hectic day, I'm doing so in an attempt to help you understand my mindset by the time I made it to the vet to pick up Skelly's meds.

I had been dreading the $100+ price tag that would undoubtedly be associated with 3 simultaneous refills. The vet tech went in the back to grab the pills and the office manager came out a few minutes later with the medication.

She asked me if I knew that somebody had sent in a donation to Skelly's account. "No, I didn't" I replied. She then informed me that an anonymous friend of Skeletor's had sent a donation of $1,000! It looks like we have met our goal for Skelly's treatment!! This amazing news couldn't have come at a better time!

Woo Hoo!! To say that this made my day, would be a huge understatement! Skeletor's medication is paid for, and he's got a credit balance at the doctor's office!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to all of Skelly's magnificent friends out there! He really is the luckiest dog on the planet!! (except for catching heartworms in the first place)

I clarified the next step in Skelly's treatment with the doc. He's supposed to take another month of heartworm preventative before beginning injections (assuming his condition remains stable.)  I'm going to bring him in for the pill early next week.

Thanks again for all of your support! All Skelly wants for Christmas is a clean bill of health, and we hope to give it to him. It may be a couple months late, but I don't think he'll mind!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Some new tricks

Skelly's Training Update...

Teaching Skeletor to close the door is going to take more work than I had anticipated. Not to mention the fact that I need to make him a new handle. We'll see if that ever actually happens :)

Fret not! Skelly has learned some other new tricks. Take a look for yourself...

"Sit up" and "Turn around" are both new to his arsenal. Way to go Skeletor!

Say Cheese!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Skelly and Insano are best buddies

Old habits die hard!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Emma desperately needs a home!

Do you remember Emma?

Emma was abandoned with her litter of puppies back in August. Claudia from San Juan Animal Hospital has been taking care of her ever since. The folks at San Juan found forever homes for all of her puppies, but Emma still needs a loving home.

Here's a message from Claudia: 

Foster home needed immediately! This pretty girl NEEDS A HOME NOW!!! My boss is threatening me with "alternatives" :( She is UTD on Vax, recently spayed and on Heartworm prevention (she is positive so she will need further treatment) Sweet girl needing a forever home!

If you, or somebody you know can give Emma a foster or forever home,
please email me: skeletor (at) fuelmultimedia (dot) com. 

Teaching your dog not to bark at your cat

As you've seen in some of Skeletor's videos, he gets his kicks barking at Insano.

This is very entertaining unless you're trying to talk on the phone with a customer, or watching a movie in the living room.

After many complaints and dirty looks from the roommates, I decided to try and teach him not to bark at the cat.

Whenever he would bark, I would correct him by saying "no". After three no's, I said "timeout" and put him in his cage for 5 minutes.  Oh, and talk about pathetic! The first minute in timeout, he's silent.. then he starts with the most pathetic noises you ever heard. Nice try punk! :)

I wasn't sure if it was working until this morning. He was following Insano around and looked like he was going to begin going nuts and barking at him. Without having to say "no" even once, Skeletor resisted, and didn't let out a single bark! He was kinda making weird monkey noises, but no full on bark!

This is great news... his barks are enough to cause permanent hearing damage :)

He's one smart pup! Such a great learner.

With Skeletor not barking in his face,  Insano is now free
to do what he does best... absolutely nothing!

Next, I've got to teach Skelly not to go crazy when somebody rings the doorbell.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Skelly's guest post is live at PBU

Skeletor's entire life story in a nutshell :)
Check it out...

An unrelated photo
"Gimme the treat already!"

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Inspiration comes from the strangest of places

Before reading on, you should read this post from last month if you haven't already... Hot Pencil Erasers

Recently, I have linked the mysteriously foul aroma emitted by our friend Skeletor to Purina brand canned dog food.

After having switched to generic Publix brand, Skelly seemed to have his little gas problem under control. Last week, I got the Purina again because it was on sale.

Lo, and behold! The horribly bad, paint-peelin' funk is back in full swing!!

Did I mention that Skelly's favorite place to hang out ALL DAY LONG while I'm working is DIRECTLY UNDER MY DESK?!?!?!???

Here's the proof! 

On the left is the wheel of my chair. On the right is my computer. :)

Needless to say... hot pencil eraser clouds (much like hot air balloons) tend to float up! 
Having been subjected to Skeletor's deadly fumes all day, I felt a fit of dementia coming on, so I channeled that energy into creating this nifty illustration... 
 Thank you for the inspiration Skeletor. You are the foul-smelling wind beneath my wings! :)

Skeletor AKA Hercules gets some good PR

First, I'd like to thank Pam and Oskar from over at Pet Blogs United for inviting Skelly and I to pop in and guest post. Skelly's story is scheduled to air tomorrow (November 17th).

Be sure and stop by for a read :)
Tell 'em Skelly sent ya!

An unrelated photo:
"Aaaaaaah!!!" - This dog loves hanging out upside-down.

Next, a Skelly training update...

So as you could see in the amazing "door closing" video, Skeletor was having a little bit of trouble getting a good grip on the leather belt. If only his mouth opened sideways like an ant, he'd be in business!

I decided that maybe a better grip would help him perfect his art.

I found an old wubba that he had long since torn to shreds. I thought the soft straps would make for a good grip. I removed the belt, and started the metamorphosis. (For those who don't know, a wubba is a dog toy that looks kinda like a squid.)

After some hole drilling and a bunch of new zip ties, the modified leather belt was attached, and boasted 4 soft straps that should be very easy for Skeletor to grab.

I let the impatient hound back in the house to try it out. Before he even came inside, he became very interested in the new door handle.

I asked him to "close the door." He clamped his mighty jaws around the part where the belt wrapped around the wubba and began pulling from outside. "Skeletor... pull the door shut, silly."

The destructive maniac had other plans... within seconds, he had ripped the belt clean off the door and was already half way through shredding what remained of the wubba...

Jeez, Hercules! I guess that plan backfired! Perhaps a good grip wasn't such a great idea. This burlyman is likely to rip the door clean off!

So, I have not yet attached the belt back to the knob, but I had better do so before he forgets the ninja jedi door closing training that he has learned thus far.

And then, I wanted to update you on the status of Skeletor's auction. 
The bidding frenzy is off to a great start! The bid is currently up to $40 for this fine work of art!

Place your bid using the form on the right of the page! ---->

More unrelated photos:
Ian and Skelly - lounging on the couch

"Aww man... I was here first!"

Well, that's about it for now.
Have a great day! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

I'm auctioning off an oil painting of Skeletor

Melanie was so kind as to paint a portrait of our dear friend Skelly. In the painting, Skeletor is enjoying one of his favorite passtimes... laying in the grass!

I told Mel that if she gave the painting to me, that I couldn't bare to sell it. So, she gave it to Skeletor, who then authorized me to Auction it off for him. :)

So without further ado... The painting!

This 5x7 oil painting is on canvas. I'm going to start the bidding at $20.

All proceeds will go towards Skeletor's heartworm treatment. I think his first injection is in 2 or 3 weeks. The auction will end at 12 noon EST on Tuesday, November 23rd.

If the winning bid is over $150, I'm going to throw in a Skelly Threads t-shirt. I have large and XL available. Just let me know which size you prefer.

How to place a bid...

Unless I get a better idea, just fill out the form on the right side of this page to place a bid. It will send me an email and I'll update the current bid amount.

Other important information...

Payment Methods Accepted: Paypal (preferred) or Money Order.
Shipping cost: $8 for ground shipping in continental USA. For international shipping, please ask when placing your bid.
Winning the auction: I'll send an email to the winning bidder and wait for a response. If I don't hear anything back by Monday, November 29th, I'll contact the second place bidder. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Go-Go-Gadget Skeletor

Here's a nice photo Mel took at our Halloween party.
Skeletor as Inspector Gadget's neice Penny's dog, Brain :)

Say that 5 times fast!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Skeletor's new trick: Close the door

We've been working on this one for a while. I wouldn't say that Skelly has perfected it, but he's getting rather good! See for yourself...

"Why would a dog need such a skill?" you might ask. Well, as I may have mentioned before, Skeletor's prednisone makes him a very thirsty animal. All that water has got to go someplace. Fortunately, he is hardcore potty trained and does his business outside.

Sometimes, and I'm not exaggerating here... Skeletor will need to go out 5 minutes after he has just come back in. He just loves making lemonade... and lots of it!

Lately, he's been on a new kick where he gets really impatient and obnoxious when he has to go out. He'll bark and jump on you if you don't comply with his demands.

Once he gets the hang of this highly marketable skill, he'll be 30% less obnoxious and 50% more self-sufficient! Go Skelly!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tough guy home from the vet

I'm happy to announce that Skeletor had little to no reaction to the preventative yesterday! He came home the same day and was barking at cats and chomping on rawhide like nothing had even happened!

Quite a pleasant surprise! My guess is that being anemic and weak last time, he was just more susceptible.

I'm going to call Dr. Chick Monday to schedule Skelly's next visit.

Kiss those heartworms goodbye, tough guy!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Here goes nothin' - Taking Skelly to the vet

Thanks to your generous contributions, Skelly is ready to begin treatment. Step one is to administer the heartworm preventative.  As you may recall, Skeletor was given the preventative back in March and it stirred up one heck of a dangerous reaction.

This time, he's going to stay at the hospital and will hopefully have nowhere near as strong of a reaction.

Needless to say, this is pretty nerve wracking! We'll have to wait and see... I'll post updates as I receive them.

Good Luck Skelly!


I called ahead to the vet's office to make sure that Dr. Chick was available. They said that he was seeing patients until 10am, at which time he was going into surgery. There was no time to be wasted! 

I stretched a bed sheet across my back seat and then went in the house to put a harness on the already overly thrilled Skeletor. I lead him out to the car through the garage. As soon as he hopped in the back seat, he began coughing. By the time I walked around and got into the driver's seat, his coughing became very productive as he lost his breakfast (and medicine) all over the seat. :(

Poor guy was just too excited (as usual). I sprung into action, pulled him out of the car, clipped him to the tree, bundled the sheet around the puke and placed it in the garage. I grabbed a roll of paper towels and some upholstery cleaner and quickly cleaned the remaining juice off the seat. 

I grabbed Skelly and he jumped back into the car. "No more puking please?"

I'm happy to report that he didn't do any more coughing on the way to the vet. He even took my advice and lied down for about half the way. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Skeletor is at the vet... is he ready to begin heartworm treatment?

Ian took Skelly to the vet. Stay tuned for the news...

[update] - I spoke with Ian and Dr. Guill on the phone.  As is part for the course, we've got good news and hard truths!

The good news: The steroids are working well enough to keep Skeletor's anemia in check.

The hard truth: Skelly still has high blood pressure. Something that could be helped by Viagra we can't afford.  :(

The good news: The vet is standing by, ready to perform the first step of Skelly's treatment, which will be administering the preventative to kill the baby worms.

The hard truth: Money money money! Saving Skeletor's life has proven to be one expensive project. Today's visit cost $173.50. The preventative visit will cost $95. The injections will total roughly $600.

The good news: Skeletor's weight has leveled out. Today he weighed 62.5lbs. Good job Skelly!

The hard truth: The doc was quoted in saying: "If we don't treat the heartworm disease, he will die. If we do treat the heartworm disease, he may still die."

The bad news: Dr. Guill said that Skelly's was the worse case of heartworm disease that he's ever seen. The X-Ray revealed that his lungs and heart are full of worms and sludge.

The doc said that for as sick as he is, Skeletor is as healthy as he is going to get. The treatment will be a risk, but Skeletor's best chance at survival is to kill the worms now. He is definitely not getting any healthier and there's no telling how long his lungs will continue to function.

It's time for us to do a little fund raising. We have a clear goal in mind. The t-shirts didn't work. I'm not sure what will. I'm going to do some brainstorming.

Basically the treatment plan mentioned above, plus the balance on Skelly's Care Credit card add up to about $1,000. This figure actually pales in comparison to what it has taken to get Skelly to this point. (a spectacular feat that would have been utterly impossible without your kind donations, spreading the word, suggestions, and moral support!!)

Let's not get choked up over all the bad news and hard truths! This is the crossroads we've been headed for since day one! Skeletor is a fighter. He's been training since February for this very moment.

He has nearly doubled his body weight. 
He has taken countless pills.
He bounced back from a fierce battle with anemia. 
He learned all sorts of manners and tricks.
He developed a winning smile and the personality to back it up.
He has turned his pathetic whimper into a fierce and manly bark!
He has gained confidence. 
He's had tons of fun. 
He has developed exquisite taste in dog food.
He has provoked inanimate objects to attack

He's ready to beat these worms once and for all!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spoiled doggie alert! Local dog sleeps in owner's bed

We had a Halloween party Friday night. Skeletor was having fun mingling until Calamity Jane showed up with her cap guns. She didn't scare him on purpose, but skeletor hates scary, noise making hand-held devices. He decided to hang out in the back yard for the rest of the evening.

Mel and I went back periodically to check on him. Skelly was happy to see us but had no interest in rejoining the party!

Having not used his dog house since early spring, skeletor was just laying in the wet grass in a very pitiful fashion. We couldn't bear to leave him out there and he was way too scared to hang out inside. So we dragged the nervous hound into the Holy Grail of doggydom... My bedroom!

Skeletor was totally excited once he got past the commotion. He amazed Mel and I with his ability to take up the entire king sized bed!

Needless to say, it took quite a bit of convincing to get him into his own sleeping quarters the following night :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Makeshift pill pockets

I ran out of pill pockets and tried some alternatives. First, I tried wrapping the pill with cheese. This wasn't so great. The cheese wasn't really pliable enough. Next time I tried wadding the pills up in bread. The bread was easy to mold around the pill, but it wasn't gooey enough. Skeletor chewed it instead of swallowing and the crafty jerk ended up spitting out the pill. Finally I tried cooking some oatmeal with less water than normal. I tossed it in the freezer for a while and when I pulled it out it was rather gooey indeed. To my amazement, it worked rather well. Whodathought the world's pickiest dog would be such a fan of plain oatmeal!?

That's skeletor for ya!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Skeletor needs help getting heart meds

I have created a new bloggy button in hopes of garnering support for Skeletor's meds.

I'm trying to cover all the cost myself, but business has been slow lately, and I'm slipping into debt in the process.

He will need another bottle of Vetmedin in 2 days!

To make it easy, just copy the code below, then paste it into your webpage or blog. Thank you for all of your support!

Skeletor needs heart medicine. Please donate or spread the word if you can.

Heart Meds Code

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Skelly Threads Heart and Crossbones Shirt on eBay - Size XL

Place your bids on this fabulous tee shirt featuring the adorable Skelly Threads logo.
Size XL (I also have large available if you prefer. Just let me know when you check out)

Click here and place your bid!
Proceeds will go towards paying off Skeletor's credit card.

I got him a care credit card when he needed the emergency echocardiogram.
It's a nice enough card as long as I can pay it off quickly enough. Zero interest for 6 months.
After that... yowza... let's just say I need to pay it off before then :)

Skeletor's coughing comes and goes

Last week when we got back from the vet's office, I noticed that Skelly's coughing had become more frequent. It was cause of concern throughout the whole weekend. However, it seems that it's now down to a nominal level.

I just spoke with Dr. Chick about the coughing issues. He prescribed a cough suppressant that I can go pick up and keep on hand in case Skelly has another bad spell.

I also asked Dr. Chick is he thought the elusive Viagra might help with Skelly's coughing. He said that since the Viagra treats the pulmonary hypertension, which is contributing to the cough, that it could indirectly treat his coughing.

I double-checked to see if the Viagra was safe to give him with his current regiment of meds and the doc says it's ok.

If anybody has a rich uncle or grandpa with a few viagra to spare, send 'em Skelly's way :)
You can email me skeletor (at) to request our mailing address.

Since he does have a bona-fide prescription for the stuff, I don't see any legal issues with helping a puppy out.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention... the nice folks at San Juan Animal Hospital gave Skelly a cool tag that says "San Juan loves you." Thanks for taking such good care of him! :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Home from the Vet - Skelly's condition update

We're home from what I considered to be a positive visit to the doc. (despite some of the hard truths that the doctor brought up)

On the way to the Vet, Skeletor was saying hi in a very loud fashion to the lady next to us at the stop light. She seemed to get a kick out of it. 

Within seconds, the bed sheet I spread across the back seat was wadded up in a ball. Nice work Skelly :)

"Be patient" is a trick Skeletor has yet to master!

He was very interested in a wiener dog he met in the waiting room. She was NOT interested in him :)

Skelly was determined to be heard by every person and pet in the building.

He was practicing his monkey impressions as well. 

"Jeez, can we go back already!?"

"I'm sick of waiting!"

Sit Skeletor! 

 Good Boy!

The Good News is that this monster of a dog weighed in at over 64lbs! I have not been trying to put any more weight on him, but it seems that he has other ideas. 

The Even Better News is that his blood is looking GREAT! His red cell count is up to a whopping 48.46%. This is well within the normal range of 37-55. Way to go Skelly! 

The Other News

Dr. Chick said that he had a chance to hear Skelly's heart during the brief moments when he was not panting from excitement. Dr. Chick explained that his heavy breathing is due not only to excitement, but also to the deteriorated state of Skelly's heart and lungs. Skeletor's heart murmur was noticeable.  I would hypothesize that the heavy breathing is also due in part to his pulmonary hypertension. (the constricting of blood vessels between his heart and lungs that is apparently only treatable by the ever-elusive Viagra)

Dr. Chick explained that the damage that has been and continues to be caused to Skeletor's heart is most likely irreparable. (meaning that his heart will never heal completely) The heart medication he is on is intended to slow down the rate at which he heart takes damage from the parasites. 

Skelly was prescribed an additional heart medication (Enalapril) to take along with his Vetmedin. His prednisone dose has been cut in half. 

He's scheduled for another checkup in 2 weeks. Let's hope that his blood remains stabilized during the prednisone weening period! That lousy recurring anemia is the major thing preventing Skelly from beginning heartworm treatment. 

I asked Dr. Chick if I could take Skelly out for the occasional walk. He said that it was OK provided that I keep them short and cool. He assured me that with heart problems like Skeletor's, too much excitement could literally cause him to collapse and never get back up. 

With the permanent damage to his heart and lungs, Skeletor may never run in dog marathons or swim across the English Channel, but I'm going to continue doing whatever I can to prolong and improve his time on earth. 

Go Skelly!