After a number of years of wonderful blogging, this blog has effectively become dormant -except for occasional updates regarding my book, MAXDOG.I have left this blog as a legacy to my dog and a place of sanctuary where we can reflect upon his life. Take your time, peruse the pages spanning Max's 18 months in cyberspace. Feel refreshed and uplifted because his story is an amazing one of..."LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX!"
My activities have now moved on to my new blog entitled "LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX".Please join me there where you can read about my family and canine companions. I also invite you to visitMAXDOG's FANPAGEon FACEBOOK. You can follow the specific links by clicking below:
*'LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX: click HERE *MAXDOG'S FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: click HERE * MAXDOG, the book: click HERE
If you would like to follow me on a deeper, spiritual level, then I invite you to visit my more personal blog:
Sadly, we had to say good-bye to our dear, gracious old lady - Tammy - today. She's been ailing for a while now and we could see that she's grown tired. The Rainbow bridge welcomes her as she now runs free with her soul-mate Maxdog, as well as Toffee, Tommy...and all the other furry-friends who are no longer with us. Our hearts are sore, but we are grateful that she could go with dignity. Thank you so much - Dr Colin van Rensburg - for caring so kindly for our Tam'.
***I am grateful for the amazing life of Aunt Tam'.
Tammy, in her prime...
Puppy Tammy 2001...
Below: Tammy and Maxdog check out the birds in the tree...
Below: Walks were always Tammy's favourite activity...
...and snuggling with Miss J...
She even tolerated the Christmas hat...at times...
Below: Tammy in her personal spa...
Below: "Roaching" in the cool of the afternoon shade...
Below: Tammy welcomes little Lexi...
Below: Tammy and Max - better days...
Below: Soulmates - Tammy and Maxdog
Below: "The cat on the wall"
Below: "Please get better, Maxdog"
Run Free, sweet Tammy. We will miss your gentle presence.
As you are probably aware, international postage charges from South Africa are extremely expensive. This has resulted in some readers not being able to purchase their copy of MAXDOG. I have been extremely aware of this fact and also deeply saddened at the same time because MAXDOG was originally written for my international friends. Indeed the book itself is dedicated to my blogging friends who make up "The Power of the paw". From my point-of-view, this has been unacceptable so, in the past 6 months, I have made every effort to secure a more affordable purchasing option for my international friends.
Thanks to the excellent (and dedicated work) of a blogging friend, we have been able to convert MAXDOG into a quality "Print-on-demand' version through Createspace. The version I have chosen is marginally bigger than its South African counterpart and also glossy in finish. This particular edition is also available on Amazon.com.
In order to reduce costs (and therefore the end-price of the book), I have opted to convert the picture insert - in the middle of the book - into black and white (instead of full colour as in SA edition). A full colour book in 'Print-on-demand' would just be too expensive and would defeat the objective of 'a more affordable option'. The result however, is still high quality and beautiful:
All-in-all, however, the quality of the book is excellent!!!
In no way does it distract from the entire 'Maxdog reading experience'. If anything, it is a better quality book. Rest assured, this particular version is beautiful and I am extremely proud of it!
If you would like to order a copy of MAXDOG 'Print-on-demand' through
The original (full colour insert) edition of MAXDOG can still be purchased directly from me - if you still prefer to do so. I will post it to you with the greatest of pleasure! (and autograph it, if you like) Unfortunately I will have to add postage charges which will then escalate the total cost to the original cost of $39.
Please contact me on my email and I will send you the details of how to go about this process:
Available through all major bookstores as well as online.
MAXDOG is the story of a Golden Retriever who becomes a rock of emotional support for his owner after she faces a series of devastating life events that plunge her into deep depression. Years later, the tables are turned and roles are reversed when Max is diagnosed with a cancer that will soon take his life.
In her journey to personal healing, Max's owner rediscovers her love of writing and begins an inspirational internet blog sharing Max's final months with her readers. MAXDOG of South Africa, the blog, captures a world-wide audience, giving Max's owner new purpose and direction in her life.
MAXDOG is filled with laughter, tears and bittersweet moments that will pull the reader into its pages. This heart-warming tale is testimony to the enduring power of the human spirit, and the unconditional love shared between a Golden Retriever and its owner.
For more information about the book, please click:
I stood at the edge of the cliff-face that day and looked across the vast landscape of the South African Lowveld. In the distance, the open plains of the Kruger National Park stretched out into oblivion. This was my home, I thought – the place where my heart was always rejuvenated. I sighed in awe.
How wonderful it was to finally be there – at God’s window. The name had never been lost on me. I could almost touch the heavens. In the blessed moment, I felt encouraged to ponder the road ahead. Like the distant plains, the voice of my solitary journey beckoned.
“Write! Write! Write! There’s a story to be told. Tell it well! Make it happen! Don’t, even for one second, doubt that it is your destiny. MAXDOG will not die.”
As I stood at the edge of the cliff, I felt his presence – that gentle golden spirit which, in the past weeks, had continued to reach down and comfort me. He too was affirming my resolve.
“Our journey was unique, Maxmom,”he seemed to say. “One of a kind. Yet, in it, our story echoes those of others who do not speak. My bond with you is shared by many dogs before me. Their owners ache to know that their own journeys, with their beloved companions,are affirmed. Be strong, Maxmom! I am with you.”
Eventually I hiked back down the forest paths to the valley below. I knew that there was no longer time to waiver. I had to write MAXDOG’s book – the story of the small puppy, whose presence I’d resisted for so long. He was a dog who would eventually transform my life and, yes, he’d remain with me forever.
And so the journey began.
“As I look to the sunrise, I now know, That you are there… In its glorious glow.”