Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Skeletor was talking smack to Insano and paid the price!

Skeletor is so bored now that Sophie has moved out, he has resorted to picking fights with Insano.
He also learned to growl!! Notice his tail is wagging the whole time. Such a weirdo!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Attack of the laundry basket

Haha... this silly dog never fails to entertain. 

Earlier today, I was just minding my own business stressing about work (or non work as it would be) and I hear this calamity coming from the hallway. I jump out of my chair and here comes skeletor tearing around the corner being chased by a laundry basket which had apparently got hooked on his collar while he was curiously nosing around its contents. 

My roommate is in the process of moving out, so this basket was full of miscellaneous junk. Among the junk was a nice, juicy leather belt. I noticed Skeletor taking an interest in the belt the other day. I knew it was just a matter of time before he got ahold of it... however I must admit, never expected the basket to get ahold of him!! 


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hot pencil erasers

I've been smelling this strange scent I can only describe as "Hot Pencil Eraser" for the past couple of hours. My suspicions were confirmed when Skeletor just passed gas and I was suddenly engulfed in the aroma. Ew.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Skeletor has gotten a little rusty

After a very busy weekend, I finally had a chance to play with Skelly and ask him to perform some tricks. I told him to sit and stay... then I walked across the house.

I told him to "come" and he just sat there looking at me.

"Come, Skeletor!"

He lied down on the floor... stared at me for a second and then rolled over :)

Hey, at least he is trying!

Monday, September 20, 2010

On the block: Skelly Heart and Crossbones Shirt - Size XL

I just started another ebay auction. This time the size is XL.

Anything over $11 goes towards Skelly's care.

Click here to see the auction

Here's a bloggy button created just for this auction, which ends Friday.

This is how the button will appear:

Here's the code you can copy and paste into your blog or website:

Thanks for spreading the word about this auction, and Happy Bidding!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friend of Skelly, Jimmy is on the road to recovery

Lucky for him, Jimmy was found by the right people in Baltimore. Some extremely evil person had mangled his face to the point that his nose had to be surgically replaced by a blowhole created by various grafts.

Here's a news article on Jimmy...

His foster parents have started a blog to document his journey. Jimmy's photos are hard to look at. Especially the early ones. I can't believe somebody would do something like that to any animal!

His story, however, is a positive one so far. Jimmy appears very grateful for his second chance at life. He really is a nice dog and I wish him all the best on his recovery.

Here's a link to Jimmy's blog: http://jimmys-journey.blogspot.com/

Huge thanks to Jimmy's foster family for helping him out!

Skelly's friend stopped by for a shirt

Jen stopped by and purchased one of Skeletor's shirts. After that, they ran outside for a quick photo shoot. Skelly was running wild all over the back yard (peeing on everything!)

Finally Jen had to coax him into standing still with a handful of biscuits.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

At the vet...

Hoping for good news. Let's find out!

[UPDATE] - The results are in!

Dr. Fish has moved to the Keys, so Dr. Chick is taking over as Skelly's primary care provider.

The great news is Skeletor's weight. This hulking beast tipped the scales at 60.5 lbs today!

Skelly's friends at San Juan Animal Hospital were quite happy to see him! The nice vet tech took him for a tour of the hospital to see all his buddies. She said he was the most friendly dog ever :)

Skeletor was also thrilled to see his old pal, the jar of treats!

Dr. Chick said that we he no longer needs to gain any weight. He also said that he could not hear a bad murmur in Skelly's heart. Granted, Skeletor was wagging his tail and panting like a maniac from the sheer excitement of going to the vet, so it was understandably hard to hear.

The neutral news is that his blood has not improved. I say neutral, because it's not any worse either. Skeletor's red cell count is hovering at 36.49%. His white cells are at 28.4% which is a little elevated from the normal range. His platelets are up to normal levels :)

His anemia, while mild, is still persisting. I suppose the condition of his blood is a common side effect of the heartworm disease. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/heartworm-disease-in-dogs/page3.aspx

I have been instructed to keep him on his full dose of Vetmedin (7.5mg 2x/day), keep him on the current regiment of Prednisone (10mg 2x/day), and stop when I run out of Doxycycline in about 3 or 4 days.

He could still benefit from the Viagra if only there was a way to obtain it for pennies on the dollar.

I guess that means no more super fattening dog soup for Skelly. Perhaps we'll cut back to 2 or 3 meals a day and see if we can maintain his current awe inspiring weight of 60lbs!!!

I should note that when I was putting his harness on, it was WAY too tight. I had to take it off and make it bigger haha.

As long as his condition doesn't deteriorate, we're scheduled for another visit one month from today. I'm going to call Dr. Chick and see if it would be ok to take Skelly for a short calm walk a couple times a week. I'm sure he's going nuts cooped up in this house all day.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Skeletor Video - How to make peanut butter and egg surprise

Every dish I mention is a surprise. I ran out of wet dog food and dog soup, so I had to improvise with a little peanut butter, egg and chicken broth.

This is my first attempt at making a video by strapping my phone to my head. This is also my first attempt at publishing directly from my phone. (sorry about the poor quality)

Please pretend that you can't see what a cluttered abomination of a messy kitchen I have! I guess I will have fun washing me some dishes today.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bad Doggie Alert: That is NOT a chew toy!

Strangely enough the long weekend didn't allow for much time to clean up the house! It looks like a tornado hit this place!

This is bad news for everybody but Skeletor. He's surrounded by a veritable smorgasbord of items to chew on. 

This morning, I heard him chomping happily on something behind the couch. Lo, and behold, it was some poor sap's belt. Skelly No!!  Later on, I look down to see what he's doing and much to my horror, he was munching on a blue ink pen!

I've been liberally applying oxy clean, resolve, and whatever else I can find. As I expected, ink is a pretty tough stain to get out of carpet!

Why was there an ink pen on the floor? That's a good question. :(

The good news is that he's acting healthy enough to cause such destruction. I've learned that his behavior, appetite, and attitude seem to be a direct indicator of his current level of illness. At least that's what I keep telling myself as I repeatedly scrub, mop, wipe, spray, etc...

On the fund raising front, I've got a medium sized Skelly Threads Heart and Crossbones Tee Shirt on eBay. This auction is ending tomorrow!

Here's a new Skeletor dog trick video

Here's another video I happened upon...

I just got a phone that actually records video.. I think this could mean more frequent and perhaps higher quality skelly vids!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Skeletor's bathroom has been remodeled

In a last ditch effort to stifle the influx of pee-pee mud being tracked into the living room and across the house, something had to be done about Skelly's restroom areas.

Here's a little bit of background info...

There are shrubs on either side of our back patio where Skeletor relieves himself every single time nature calls. His corrosive lemonade has long since killed the grass surrounding the shrubs. The grass has been replaced with the aforementioned pee-pee mud. This pee-pee mud is splattered all over the back door and then tracked into the house. It leaves our entire back porch smelling far from fresh.

Ian and I needed a plan. Something less muddy would be good. Mulch seems like it would just get stinky again really fast... so we decided on rocks.

I did some calculations and determined that I know nothing about landscaping.

My amateur estimate said that we needed 4 cubic feet of rocks to fill a 4x4 area 3 inches deep surrounding the 2 shrubs.

I bought 10 feet of plastic border, some stakes and weed blocker material. Ian was to pick up 8 half cubic ft. bags of rocks on his way home.

It was time for the fun to begin. I armed myself with a hedge trimmer, 2 shovels, and a pair of gloves. I stepped out into the afternoon heat and was immediately greeted by the putrid, rotten aroma of the pee-pee mud.

Since we do not own a wheelbarrow, a plastic bin would have to suffice. I started shoveling the stinky earth and decomposing grass into the plastic bin. I then dragged the bin across the yard to deposit the funky load in an area that a) needed more soil and b) was far from the back door!

It was surprising how much tainted turf had to be removed from the areas surrounding the shrubs. I was sweating profusely and I was slightly nauseated, but the job was coming along and there was plenty of scorching daylight remaining.

I fired up the hedge trimmer and went to town on the shrubs. Apparently this was a job that we had been neglecting for the past 2 years. Oops! :)

Ian finally arrived with a truck bed full of bags of rocks. The area on the right of the porch was square shaped, while the area to the left was nice and rounded. We contemplated how to get them to match.

We decided to cut some sod out and make a patch that would hopefully take root and result in a couple of matching rock beds. We went to work creating the trench into which the plastic border would be sunk. The foul aroma of pee-pee mud was down to nominal levels by now, as the bulk of the grimy gook had been ferried to the far reaches of the yard.

Ian cut out the correct shapes and we laid down the weed barrier, followed by the plastic border. I sunk a few stakes into the dirt to hold the sheet in place. We began hauling heavy bags of rocks to the back yard, two at a time.

Starting with the more popular of Skelly's restrooms, we dumped the rocks into their new bed. Alas, it took 5 bags to fill the larger of the two beds. Naturally, this left us a little short on filling up bathroom number two... we got it fairly close though.

2 or 3 sweaty hours, 8 bags of rocks, 10 feet of plastic and a handfull of metal stakes later, Skelly's fancy new restrooms were unveiled!

Believe me, the king of urination wasted no time in Christening his new sprinkling grounds! :)

Bathroom One: 

Bathroom Two: