He has heartworms. They are very bad. We're going to treat him!! His recovery/cure will take 2 months and 3 shots. He'll have to be sedentary (not hard at all with him). Our dogs are protected so no worries. I swear if I could spit I'd......ewwwwwwwwww that man behind us.....IDIOT. I got to thinking about it. You know how bad mosquitos have been in the Summer how HOT it is. Well how about if you were on a 3' chain - in a fur coat and couln't get away from those mosquitos for any relief? I go out for 15 minutes in the pool and sometimes they are unbearable and I have tiki torches burning and yard fog and OFF......and that poor kid laid in the heat, and dirt, with no where to run or get away from the buzzzzzing and bloodsucking. How awful. Yeah - you know I want to put that man in a heavy coat, chain him to a stake in all weather and let mosquitos bit him until he has a bad heart. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. NO WONDER this dog is freezing all the time - We've added a cover to his crate and put the crate closer to the heater vent so that he's getting an extra dose of warm. Poor critter. He did come to me tonight when called .......still a little standoffish - but I got a smile this morning and a wag. He's making eye contact!!!!! He's nosey about the "family" in the den and very much wants to be part of it. So the chain dog gets a second LEASH on life........ WONDERFUL huh? I was thinking if he could speak what his story would be. He doesn't speak English very well yet - So I told my big boy to tell him that he's okay and we're okay too. Such a lovely temperment and so trusting - my word - how can people do this to animals? He's simply such a lovely creature.