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Sunday, September 20, 2009



(Thought we'd just start off this blogpost by showing you a picture of South Africa's
"African wild dog")

Ok now, so you've seen our wild dogs!
Let's get on with the blogpost...

Hello there all my furry friends!
MAXDOG here ...hello to ALL my buddies...old and new!
We have had such a full weekend with all the family at home.
There has been lots of activity in our house.
...and we met a new friend!

JEANIE is a really cute little Golden Cocker Spaniel. She is just over 4months old and came to visit us. Her owner wanted her introduced to us 'BIG' dogs, so we most willingly obliged...

It was a hectic time of introduction with JEANIE yapping away initially.
She eventually settled down and joined in the line up for photos...
(Unfortunately we left TOFFEE out of it...'purple butterflies' make him somewhat unpredictable!)
Thank you for visiting us, Jeanie! Come again soon!

Later on in the evening, the family decided to have a traditional

I helped the Boss get the fire ready, whilst the girls did the salads and Mom made roast butternut. The guys spent the evening chatting up the girls and pouring drinks.

No SOUTH AFRICAN braai is complete without
"BOEREWORS"!!! (Above)...
(Translated as 'Farmers sausage')

The girls however prefer 'braaied' (grilled) chicken!

I helped the Boss all the while and I think he enjoyed my company!

After the meal, all our humans gathered around the coals to make
(Bread made on sticks. Later the stick is removed and filled with something sweet...
cinnamon sugar, jam etc)

It takes quite a while for the STOK BROOD to cook,
so we all sat around chatting.
I, the MAXDOG, managed to sneak a number of treats for the whole pack!!!

It was a really festive evening with lots of laughing and joking.
My human family and friends ended up playing all sorts of board games into the middle of the night!
Hope our cyber guests also enjoyed our
Hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful Sunday!
Lots of licks


kks said...

looks like a wonderful "barbecue".....have never done bread like that, looks good!

Mango said...

My nephew is one of those cocker dogs and he was pretty nippy and yappy when he met me, but we worked things out. You look great in that line-up.

So many foodables! Yummers!

The wild doggies sure have long legs. I guess they have to run fast, huh?



We wish we we could be there with ya for those cinnomon treats but we're kind of busy right now. Oh shucks!

Riley and Star.

Tanuki Maxx said...

Whoa..those Africa wild dogs look so powerful together and Jeanie sure is a cutie..! Yum yum! All dat food is making me hungry!


TwoSpecialWires said...

MaxDog! Those African WildDogs look scarier than our coyotes! We're hopin' they don't ransack the neighborhoods! You'll have to teach Jeanie all about them, and how to be selective about who to be friends with! YOU and Tammy are a great introduction to gentleness! (We hope Toffee is feeling better soon.) And now you've introduced us to your traditional braai! (How do you pronounce it? It looks like a word we might be able to "bay" and ask for grilled supper!) Oh my doggies, we're drooling on the keyboard. Great food! Great friends. Great time. (Great post.)

It's about time for the season to change. Happy Equinox! (Right?)

Jake and Fergi xxoo

The Thundering Herd said...

When we glanced at your first picture, we had a half of a second where they looked like a sled dog team with a line out. Pretty cool.

We love helping on cook-outs, though amazingly, we usually do not get to sit as close as you do.

Stella said...

I thought you were going to say you met Jeanie, Marvin's Mom! Your little Jeanie is a doll and will be a lovely addition to your pup friends.
So, an SA bobbiecue is called a braai! Everything looks yummy and I know you had a great time!

Those wild dogs look scary! Do they come visiting or stay in the bush?


Mack and Sally Ann said...

All that food looks so good. Could I come next time, please?
Sally Ann

Benny and Lily said...

First..I wonder if we are wild dogs being that we have huge ears..Second..I think that is a snake on the grill..and lastly, you look adorable with your friends Max
Have fun
Benny & Lily

MAX said...

Hey there Everyone.

1. The pronunciation for 'BRAAI' IS:
brrrr(as in cold!)....aah (as in surprised!)...i (as in "it")

2. Our dangerous wild life (And African hunting dogs are one of them!) DO NOT come and visit us in the cities! We have many game parks where they make their homes in totally natural and extensive surroundings. These dogs are threatened and to see a sighting is not only rare, but a real privelege!

The Army of Four said...

Those pups have ears on them like Ammy. Ha roo roo roo! Just kidding....
Hey, Jeanie looks really cute! And mmm.... I'll have some of that braaied chicken, please! Did your mom make the butternut recipe our mom sent? Either way, we'd love to hear more about that!
Mmm... and those bread sticks... did you get to try those, Max? We wish we'd been there!
Play bows,

Kasha said...

Well that was just a fabulous post! How fun to see what an African BBQ is like! I am wondering how you do your roast butternut? That sounds incredible. Your dessert also sounds very clever. "Purple butterflies" That is hilarious. Jeanie is super cute, but not as cute as Maxdog. Thanks for sharing! I wish I could sit down with you guys and share a meal!
Kasha and Africa

Madd said...


Jeanie looks just like my old yellow friend, he was also a golden cocker spaniel with cute blonde hair and a great spirit! He also growled at unfamiliar people and could yap when threatened.

I'd like to add, that another possible variation of the pronunciation of the word 'braai' is: 'brr' (as in cold - as Max said) or 'br' as in bra (you know, those strange suspension things female humans wear?) and then 'eye' as in eyeball. Speaking of bras, I have seen some men who should wear them too! Have you?

When I read Max's version / description of how to pronounce 'braai' I was not sure our overseas friends would totally understand, so I thought a second 'sounds like' would be helpful :)

Wow Max, that must have taken discipline not to snatch all that wonderful food off the braai! You can be proud of yourself.

Anya said...

Hi Maxx
Oops wild dogs
looking very scary to me :(
The BBQ looks very yummie.......
Wonderful shots today !!!!
Kareltje =^.^=

Sam said...

Thank you for sharing all the great photos from Africa! Jeanie looks like a real sweet heart!


Asta said...

I think anyone visiting you viwtooally ow fow weal must have a faboolous time!
Youw Bwaaai looks so delicious I would love evewy thing you made..what a gweat idea wif the bwead,yummmmmmmm.
I'm so glad you had such a gweat visit..youw Doggie fwiend Jeannie, is vewy lucky that she got to meet you
smoochie kisses

Anonymous said...

Hello MaxDog,

My wonderful friend. Thank you so much for showing us the foods of your country. And telling us the words for them. We always appreciate learning new things about our friends.

Looks like you are a master griller!

Of course you are, your MaxDog and you can do anything!

I guess I got a little crush on you!

Hugs, Tessa

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

Another khool and interesting post!

Tank woo fur introducing us to your khute new pal AND those yummy foods!


Kali said...

That food looks sooooo yummy, I wish I could sink my teeth into some! Mom says she loves your African Wild Dog picture, she has always loved them. Just another thing to make her want to go to Africa.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Thanks for sharing your day with us!
Jeanie is beautiful!
Your traditional South African Braai is pawesome!
Things cooked on the grill are common here but your stok brood sure is interesting! And with something sweet... hmmmm.... drooling... drooling...
Kisses and hugs

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Max...all that good stuff you cooked!!!! The chicken is my favorite, but that bread on a stickie looks amazing too!!!!!

How is my sweet Toffee boy??? I sorta feel responsible for him...I think he overdid it when we went dancing....is he still seein' purple butterflies???? Oh my...sounds like he mite need one of my smoothies...

Kisses to all of you and we're so glad we're friends!!!


BRUTUS said...

Mmmmm.... That stick bread looled REALLY yummy! I bet all the humans were fat & happy after all that good cooking! I can almost smell it from here :) Thanks for sharing!

Brutus the Frenchie

Clive said...

Hi Max

We loved that post and learning all about your Braai. Looks like you all had a great day! Super photos.

Take care

Maggie and Mitch said...

The braai looks very yummy, Max, and so does everything else!
Jeanie is sure cute!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

That did look a fun day, your new friend is very cute...

Holly & Zac...XX