Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday with Phantom

Hello to all my friends out there.  Thank you so much for all your kind compliments about how good I look.  It makes me feel so good.

Mom told me you all saw me out for a walk.  I love to go for a walk, but I don't always go very far.  Some days it is just too hot for these old bones, and some days my legs just don't want to get moving.  But Mom knows how to read me and turns back home as soon as she knows I have had enough.  As long as I am willing to walk, she is ready and willing to oblige.

I really love my Mom and I don't like it when she isn't with me.  While she was on the cruise, I had to stay at the vet's with Ciara and Lightning.  Although they are really nice to me there and try everything to get me to eat, I must admit I don't cooperate very well.  While I was there, I lost a lot of weight.  Mom says you can see it in my tummy area and lower back.

Here is another view.  I have always been underweight my whole life, but the vets all say I can't afford to lose any weight.  I usually weigh around 44-45 pounds, and I should weigh about 55 lbs. So it was not good news when Mom came to get me and found out I had lost 8 of my precious pounds.

You know, Mom, I am always eager to eat treats, aren't they supposed to put weight on me?  You always tell Ciara and Lightning that they have to cut down on their treats so they don't get fat.  Isn't fat what I need?  Give me some treats, please.

I need to take a rest here, this whole photoshoot and talking have tired me out.

Pardon me while I take a snooze.

From the Momster - we have been working hard to help Phantom regain that weight.  He has managed to put about 4 of the 8 lbs. back on, but he doesn't make it easy.  Trust me, I try and try and try.  Some days are good eating days and some are not.  He is also having a harder time getting around.  His legs and back cause him a lot of discomfort, despite his tramadol, gabapentin, deramaxx, and Adequan injections.  Getting up and down are tough on him, but he still insists on sleeping on the hardwood floor - snubbing the comfy carpet and several choices of beds.  It pains me to watch him get himself down to the floor, slowly inching his way down and usually ending with a THUD.  But my old Energizer Sibe just keeps on plugging away.

Of course I do - I am getting geared up for the big 16th birthday celebration in November, only four more months to go.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Before I get back to my nap, I wanted to share with you one photo from the big family cruise - Mom has lots more but needs to sort through the gazillion photos.

First row - the grandkids - Jaden, Jack, Brady, Kaeleigh, Cambrie, and Tyler

Second row - Katrina, Courtney, Mom, Anni, and Dad

Third row - Justin, Matt, and Chris (the tallest)


Chris, Anni, and Jaden

Justin, Katrina, Kaeleigh, Jack, and Cambrie

Matt, Courtney, Tyler, and Brady

Hope you enjoyed seeing the whole gang!!!

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning


Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Keep pluggin' along Phantom. Now, we think you should get MORE treats, so that Lightning and Ciara don't put on weight and you do. Sound like a good plan?

And we'd like to say what lovely peeps you have in your family, bet it's noisy when they're all visiting. (but fun)

stellaroselong said...

WE are on our way overs right now wif a big full of treats for you to eat my friend, they are yummy and will make you gain weight and soon you will be round like a butterball like us!!! We loved that picture.
stella rose

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

We wish we could send you something that would tempt you to eat lots and lots so you can put on some weight. Sadly we understand exactly how it is with your back and legs....Mr Reilly is also having some major problems now and he's only 7. Our walks are only 10-15 minutes now :( HE also only wants to sleep on the cool wood floors but struggles to get up all time.

Arno Vom Altvilstal said...

Dear Phantom,
we are so glad to see how good you look like! You have lost weight, but as long as you feel that way we are happy for you! You are a great guy! And you have a wonderful big pack! Thank you and Mom for showing this wonderful family!

Marg said...

Oh Phantom sorry to hear that you lost so much weight but good for Mom to get some of that weight back on you. Probably those short walks do help you with a some appetite. We send lots of purrs and Hee Haws to you to keep on gaining some weight. Lots more treats,right Phantom?? Big hugs to the Mom and Dad and all of the rest of you.

Idaho PugRanch said...

Dear Phantom, you remind mom so much of our dear Char Shu. Of course you look nothing like a pug BOL but in his later years he only wanted Mom. Once when mom went out of town for a few days dad got very little sleep. Char Shu cried and cried for mom.
Keep gaining that weight!
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Brian said...

We hope you get some more weight put on Phantom, but you are most handsome! We are all sending you our best purrs and prayers! Let's eat!

Furry Bottoms said...

16 years, Phantom! WOW!!!! You do look good, in a scrappy sort of way. If you eat more regular food you might get more treats. You never know.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Phantom. Keep on eating those treats old mate. It'll give you a bit more padding for lying on the floor. Love all your photos and the family photo was wonderful. Take care and have a grreat weekend.
No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Sweet woofie, I hope you get lots and lots and lots of treats. You're such a bootiful woofie and bootiful woofies deserve extra treats.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Dear Phantom, All we can do is ASK you to TRY and eat some every day.. We are SO glad that you have found HALF of the pounds that you lost at the VET's place. THAT is SUPER. KEEP it UP buddy.

BeadedTail said...

Phantom, you're such a handsome boy! We can imagine how worried your mom was to come home and find that you'd lost so much weight but we're glad you've put some of it back on. We hope you keep getting treats so you can get the other 4 lbs back on too!

Beautiful photo of your lovely family! Thanks for sharing!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Ok, Phantom. Tell Mom to give you all the treats you can eat and how about a couple of sirloin steaks on the side. Love your smile.

Great family photo!

Ruby said...

Oh Phantom, I wish you could borrow MY appetite for awhile! I likes everythings and I gots to LOSE weight...pffffft! Yea for puttin' on 4 lbs! Now, lets get some more on ya! Treaties seem to do it for me!! Ya knows the bully sticks have lots of calories in em', and they are tasty!! Okays, so they're a TAD stinky, butts your Moms don't care, right?? BOL
You are lookin' good though ~ you have a nice spark in your beautiful eyes!
OMD, your peeps are FABulous lookin'!!! Wowsa, are they all SuperModels??? Wows, they must put somethin' good in your water there!! ☺
Ruby ♥

Nola and Dachshund Mommy said...

Hope you feel better and keep gaining weight!

Linda & Cinnamon said...

Come to my house my Dads got stuff in the frig that makes me fat. Mom keeps telling him to stop feeding me junk. Last night we ate cookies.

You have a lovely family you must be so proud of them.
xo Cinnamon

Foley Monster and Pocket said...

He is powered by love

Little Reufus said...

O Phantom!!!

Wif all my heart, I love yeu!!!

What a great family cruise photo! It does the family good to be without its magical members for just a short while. That's how they learn the depth of our love!

Sending my love, prayers and well wishes for good health and great times...

wif lubbs from Little Reufus

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Phantom- your spirit is stronger than any of us even can imagine!!
I know your happy your family is home,,, your mom is home,,, and she will get you some good tasting treats to make you feel stronger yet!
We are sending you all the love in the world to make you feel better.
And sending love to your mom too,, cause we know her heart hurts sometimes,,, when she worrys..
so here is love to her too!

Angel Prancer Pie said...

We were impressed by how well you looked after losing 8 lbs, too! You just start tossing those treats down your throat, Phantom. Mom says it's lots more fun to put the pounds on than to take them off. MOL!

Pee Ess - you have a lovely family!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Walking, even short walks, are VERY good for you, Phantom! Let's get those last 4 lbs back on that handsome frame before the cold weather sets in (it isn't THAT far away, you know)! It was marvelous to see your entire human family!

CheerfulMonk said...

I do love that boy. Thank you!

sprinkles said...

As I've mentioned several times before, Phantom has always been my favorite of your trio. He's so beautiful! I'm glad he's putting weight back on.

Beautiful family!

Piappies World said...

Keep getting that weight up, Phantom. We'd give you our treats, too! We love you lots!

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

Molly The Wally said...

Oh you sweet boy. We say treats, treats and more treats. We know how it is with old bones. Poor Ancient Pip in her last year would go round the block and a lot of times not even the whole block before she wanted to go back. We hated seeing her get so old so quickly. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Mitch and Molly said...

You are such a handsome gentleman, Phantom. We think you deserved to eat the entire box of treats!
We love the family portrait!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Frank The Tank said...

Hi Phantom!
You are so handsome, so adorable and are looking really good for a guy who will be turning 16 in November! I agree with you, more yummy treats and foodables for you, that would make you happy and plump you up, poor Lighting and Ciara would just look at you getting extras, you could tease them! BOL! I really like your family photo, every one looks so happy, obviously having a wonderful time!
Love, Licks and Tummy Tickles from your little Woo Frank XxxxxxxxX

Ruby and Penny said...

You are so handsome Phantom. We always lose weight when mom sends us to camp, but we are doxies and love love love our food and can always afford to lose a couple lbs.
What a great photo of your family. Your cruise must have been amazing.

Love Ruby & Penny

easyweimaraner said...

Phantom I wish I could send you 4 lbs, but I'm sure together with your mom you can solve that problem. I also hope your furmily had a wonderful time and I'm happy in advance to celebrate your birthday in november with you... even when I can't sing like a nordic dog.

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Love the family photo! Very beautiful looking bunch! :)
I am also glad to hear that Phantom has put a few pounds back on. I am sure every little pound counts right now! Way to go buddy! Keep gaining!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Now that you are home, it's time to eat, Phantom. You are half way there, just another 4lbs (or more) to go!

We hope you get lots and lots of treats too!

Madi and Mom said...



Janice Webb said...

Phantom, you have a beautiful family. My male pug is always under weight. I have a hard time with his eating.

Sue said...

Oh I have the same worry with Morgan. She'll be 15 in November and her legs aren't very strong but she insists on sleeping on the tile floor. I put her bed there and she pushes it away. They are so stubborn!

Homer said...

Oh Phantom, sorry to learn that you are not putting enough weight. Do you like roast chicken sprinkled with bacon bits? How about beef with offals? These are my favourite food and I've been eating a lot of these instead of kibbles.

You have a booti-ful family, Phantom. :) Great family photo.


Homer said...

Oh Phantom, sorry to learn that you are not putting enough weight. Do you like roast chicken sprinkled with bacon bits? How about beef with offals? These are my favourite food and I've been eating a lot of these instead of kibbles.

You have a booti-ful family, Phantom. :) Great family photo.


Homer said...

Oh Phantom, sorry to learn that you are not putting enough weight. Do you like roast chicken sprinkled with bacon bits? How about beef with offals? These are my favourite food and I've been eating a lot of these instead of kibbles.

You have a booti-ful family, Phantom. :) Great family photo.


The Army of Four said...

Hi Phantom! Well, you DO look mighty handsome to me. Moms are always concerned with what we eat. You remind us so much of our Davy and Mom and I always tried to get him to eat lots of things. One of the things he liked was rice, ground beef, and scrambled eggs - all mixed together!
That is such a nice family photo! Our mom can't believe how big all the kids look!

liparifam said...

Oh my goodness, what a lovely family! Have you considered acupuncture for Phantom? A friend had about decided she was going to have to put her beloved dachshund down because his back legs had stopped working, but after treatment, he is back running around - literally! Of course, that may not always be the result, but maybe worth a try?

Millie and Walter said...

We're glad to hear you have gained back some of your lost weight. We love seeing you and hope you continue to feel well.

Rebekah Ward said...

Handsome Phantom. I hope you had a great time on your cruise! said...

And I will be right here to celebrate your 16th B Day big guy!! You just need to chow down from now until then!

Dory and the Mama said...

Bilbo sure knows where you are coming from...Mama always worries because he just never seems to gain weight...but he is as feisty as ever so we know he is feeling ok!

We think you have one good looking human family!!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Sketching with Dogs said...

Glad to hear Phantom put some of his weight back on. What a lovely family you have, great photo!
Lynne x

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Keep eating Phantom and building up your strength:-)

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

What a great post, Phantom! We're sorry to be late commenting but you know #1 has beeb all over the place… Anyway, she's back now. The family pic at the end is super!


rottrover said...

Phantom, we're on almost all the same meds! Except I take prednisone which totally gives me the munchies. Maybe you should take some?? Ruby said she'd be glad to send you 4 or 5 pounds!!

Your pals,

Bart, Ruby and Otto

Casey said...

You definitely deserve lots of TREATS, Phantom! Not only to put on weight, but because treats are for GOOD DOGS and that's what you are!

Anna the GSD said...

You're going to be Sweet 16?? Awesome! Duncan got a cheeseburger! He does the same thing...big thuds when he lays down. But we have the opposite problem, Dunc's a bit tubby! BOL!

KB Bear said...

We've been far away from the internet so I just read all your posts to catch up.

I'm so glad to read about Phantom and that you're managing to put some pounds on him. He's such a wonderful dog, and is SO lucky to have such a bond with you. There's so much love in his eyes.

We had a Lab who lived to 16, and he insisted on sleeping either on hardwood or tile floors for his last few years. We never understood it... but we guessed that the nice cool surface felt good to him.