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Saturday, September 12, 2009


Hey there all my furry friends from across the globe!
If you are new to this blog...

I am MAX, your TOUR GUIDE!

Some of you will know that we are currently hosting some WONDERFUL overseas doggie-guests in our beautiful country. This expedition has all been orchestrated by:

MANGO... A reall small and tiny little doggie from Master Chew Sits.
He is hosting this expedition to SOUTH AFRICA and has brought along some really sweety Gals and some handsome guy-pooches.

You can get all their own personal accounts of this tour on their blogs:




Anyway, things have been really hectic here with all these"Squatters" pitching all their tents in our parks, gate-crashing our neighbours' swimming pools, scaring away all the animals and generally creating chaos. As their Tour Guide, I am taking great pains to both rope them in and give them a truly African experience.

It's a difficult job to say the least!

My guests have almost demolished our wine stocks and the gals have taken true advantage of our TOFFEE.

Unfortunately I have some bad news to report:

The BAD news is that TOFFEE took ill last night. Although he is back home, he had to have emergencey surgery. It seems that the visiting Gals were just too much for him! His Anal glands took a dangerous turn, so unfortunately he is slightly 'out of commission' at the moment.

(You can get the serious account of this on my Mom's other blog):


The GOOD news is that the Tour is still in full swing!!!

Because I am the best Tour Guide in the country, I thought I'd show my visitors around. Here are some pictures of our excursions...
I felt that my guests needed an orientation into some of the cultural dances in our country. We are the 'RAINBOW' nation with 11 official languages and many, many, different cultures. This dance has been handed down through many generations. It is a war dance with vibrant drumming and rhythmic movement.

Well, my canine guests virtually pooped themselves!
I had to quickly find an available tree for them all to find relief.
What more appropriate than our resident BAOBAB tree.

This is the world's largest BAOBAB tree
It is 47m in circumference, so there was ample room for all our guests' toilet routines.
The Gals took a really long time with their routines, so Mango and his mates visited the pub - which is INSIDE this tree - in the left hand base. They also substantially reduced the wine in the cellar - in the right hand base.

Take a look at my Mom in the fork of that tree - to get an idea of it's size!!!
(and if you are interested to find out more about this beautiful tree, you can click on the link)
After that, I took our guests for a game drive in the Pilansberg Nature reserve - near Johannesburg. We saw some wonderful game sightings!...

We stopped for refreshments and the resident Warthogs too came to get their own sighting of our guests! Petey and Tanner tried a game of 'Pool' with them...
(Unfortunately our guests lost the game!)
What better way to finish off the day than on the back of a Game Drive Vehicle?!
We observed yet another beautiful African Sunset.

By the time we got home, I was pooped and had to catch a bit of shut-eye.

I'm not sure what happened after that. The wine and commeradie had taken their toll.
I am sure that my mates, however, will tell their own stories on their blogs.
Thanks for visiting!
Lots of licks


Kryna said...

Great pics! Love it! Hope you are all well!

Mango said...

Max Dude! I think you might have accidentally posted a link to Dennis. He is not with us (although I think Asta is thinking of him since she posted a link to him too). Wonder what's up with that?

That tree was totally huge. Thank goodness there is a bar inside because I was quite parched after trying to leave my Mango-ness all around.


Petey said...

Hi Max,

So glad you found us the perfect place to compose pee-mails for all our South African friends! That tree is bigger than my apartment in New York.

Sorry to read about Toffee's ailment. I'm glad to hear that your Mom got him to the vet in the nick of time, but you can't say we didn't warn him about Lacie being a pain in the butt! Now we have medical evidence and can warn other hapless dogs who fall for her "flirting."

I will send Toffee his "Lacie Date Survivor" bracelet to the recovery room.

Your pal,


P.S. Hey! Those warthog guys, despite smelling deliciously of bacon in the noonday sun, are terrible cheats at pool!

JD and Max said...

Hi Max - we hope Toffee feels better soon. And what a great tour that was - our human adores those baobab trees, they are so awesome. You sure do live in a beautiful country. Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Maxx said...

Hey Max!! Sorry to hear about Toffee, we hope he will recover soon. Those are lovely pics and you always make us feel like we were there witnessing it! beawootiful indeed!! Thanks for always sharing them with us and have a great weekend!

Maxx & Mommy

Angus said...

Poor toffee - how dreadful to suffer from an ailment that's both embarrassing and painful! The photos as always make us keen to get back.

dewdana said...

Oh dear about Toffee! I saw on Mango's blog what those boys were up to so it is no wonder! Seriously though, I hope he is ok in a hurry!
Lovely pics as always!
Moose + Dana

The Army of Four said...

Oh, Max! I just LOVE seeing all the pix of South Africa (and especially the ones of the most handsome Golden Retriever in all of SA!)! You are such a great ambassador for your country!
I am so sorry to hear that Toffee is ill, though! Please give him my very best wishes - and lick your mom on the nose for me - OK?

Nika + PARKER said...

We wish Toffee all the best!!! Those photos are great - thanks once again for being such a great tourguide Max!

Asta said...

I feel just howwible that Toffee became ill ..I hope hope that I had nothing to do wif it..he is such a sweetie and I'm so sowwy if we ovew taxed him..Thank you fow that glowious toow..I'm so glad I stayed. You awe the most excellent toow guide evew! Youw countwy is astonishing init's booty!
I was a litte shy about using the facilities at that hooge twee(it is magnificent) I pwefew a bit of pwivacy unlike some of the boyz who wewe thwilled at this oppowtunity
smoochie kisses

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Tank woo fur being such a grrrreat host!

I told Mom to stop by your mom's so she pawed some words fur me!

As I told Mango, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reskhue me next time!

I'm almost deaf from the SHRIEKIN'
the dress she skhweezed me into!
She miskhalkhulated my furriness!

PeeEssWoo: That was some GREAT wine!

Benson and Lily said...

You are the best tour guide. We always enjoy looking at all your pictures and especially all those furry four legged things you have there. They are weird looking doggys
Benny & Lily

Kali said...

What beautiful pictures!! Thank you for sharing your adventure with your house guests with us!

Kali and Rumer

chicamom85 said...

Max, you are a very good tour guide. You have showed them everything. That tree is so huge!!
I hope you will be able to rest after this visit.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Jan Mader said...

Okay. I think we should ALL come to visit you! What do you think?

Lorenza said...

I hope Toffee will be fully recovered soon!
You are the best! Thanks for the tour!
I feel like I am there with you all!
Kisses and hugs

Anya said...

Beautiful post and so many pictures
we love it :))))
Have a relaxing sunday all
Kareltje =^.^=

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We've been reading Asta's accounts, so we dropped over here when we read about Toffee's emergency vet visit. We're glad he's on the road to healing now. Must have been quite a scary time.