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Dear Readers and faithful friends,

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 visit MAXDOG's FANPAGE on 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:

May God bless you and thank you for following me!
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

MAXDOG's CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE

Thursday, September 3, 2009

MY MAX

(From Max's Mom: This was the first poem I put up when I first started blogging. At that time, we hardly had any followers, but I wanted to share, what I considered my best achievement in capturing the emotion I have for my dog. Please forgive me for repeating this poem, but I feel that my new friends should see it. If you can, read it aloud...word for word...to get the full effect. Although I wrote it for my own dear Max, I think it speaks more widely than that: It speaks of a general understanding and relationship between loving owner and their canine.....Enjoy!)



MAX


An overwhelming love I feel,
For this magnificent creature at my heel!
Golden oat, tail held free,
Dark, beautiful eyes: all focused on me.
The excitement of his walk, he can hardly contain:
Pawing every step, his leash under strain.


"FREE!", I say:
In a flash he bounds,
Gurgling with pleasure as he makes his rounds.
A sniff here, a 'point' there,
A dart to the stream, a backward stare.
His coat is alight with silvery streaks,
His stance so expressive, it nearly speaks.


In contrast, he hurtles to the darkest of ponds:
Sticky slush and rotting fronds.
And then, he sits in it and stares in glee,
Knowing full well, the fury in me.
A final dip in that filthy lake,
Onto the bank and beings his "Shake!".
I shudder to think of the bath that must follow,
To rid him of the gunge his fur had to swallow!


He stares at me as if nothing was done.
Now, it's bathtime, fo the smell is not fun!
Apologetically, reluctantly he climbs in the bath,
He's so unhappy, I just have to laugh.
I bribe him with treats as I shampoo up his fur,
And he answers my pleas with a soapy slur.
Finally rinsed out! He's as good as new,
Running trenches in my passage - the bath was the cue.


As hunger strikes, he's at my side;
Innocence again, nothing to hide.
I fill his bowl as he patiently watches,
the drool from his jowls just falling in botches.
The meal is his best - it seems to be -
His very existence as he trusts in me.

As night falls, so does he - at my feet!
Our two spirits tied - always to meet.
He'd die for me and I for him:
His short life : a concept just too grim.
My companion!
My friend!
Nothing he lacks!
My beautiful dog!...

...THAT'S MY MAX!!!
Caryl Moll
9th June 2001
---X---


A NOTE FROM MAX:

"Hey Mom...You are getting all mooshy on me!!! Come now! The sun is shining! It's a beautiful day! ...and please tell all my wonderful fur-friends that I am MUCH, MUCH better! We can walk again tonight? Right?

We also want to say a big THANK YOU to STELLA for giving us the 'Most Inspirational Blog' award some time ago. This is a special accolade for us, because we do try to be inspiring in this blog. Many thanks, Stella! If we could, we would send this back to you for the same reason and also to Clive (who already has this award too) and Domi (who also has this award already). Thank you so much to all our bloggy friends who inspire us on a daily basis. If you would like this award, please accept it from our right hand column and write something inspirational for us to read. We love you all!!!

Lots of licks
MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA

21 comments:

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Boy, those mommas, they sure know how to make another momma get a little teary-eyed! Max, you are just going to have to get used to all of that love because there's just something special between a momma and her Golden, just something furry special☺

Anya said...

Hi Max
Its a very lovely poem,
its so beautiful and touching :)
Your Mom loves you very much,
we can read that ....
hugs
Kareltje =^.^=

Maxx said...

Hi Max!!

Dat's a wonderful poem your mommy wrote! You are both so lucky to have each other!! Mommy's tearin up again..(sigh) Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem and as usual the pawsome pics! Enjoy your week!

Cheers,
Maxx and mommy

Tracey and Huffle said...

My mum is all teary at your poem.

Sorry we didn't visit yesterday, mum is freaked out by spiders and screamed when she saw those pictures. We had to sneak back today to make sure we couldn't see them again.

Huffle Mawson

Barb said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better Max. That was a beautiful poem your mom wrote and I can see just how much she loves you. My husband, Clive, also wrote a lovely poem about our two lab/retrievers. Sadly, they were very old and have passed on. We still miss them terribly and so it is so nice for me to be able to read all about you.

Lots of hugs and pats from your special friend.

PS: I think I have fallen in love with you!! Don't tell Clive otherwise he will be very jealous!

Clive said...

Max

That was a really lovely poem that your Mom wrote! Couldn't believe we had forgotten to list ourselves as one of your followers - we checked your list when your Mom mentioned followers!

We are so glad that you are feeling a little better Max - Murray will be very happy this morning when he wakes up!

Look after yourself ...
Clive

Mango said...

You are a most handsome dude in those photos today. Looks like you know it, too. Your mom writes you poems? Mine just sings offkey songs to me.

Slobbers,
Mango

The Thundering Herd said...

Glad your mom shared that poem again for us newer readers. It was very nice. We need to demand poetry around here.

kks said...

what a lovely poem.....oh, how we love our pets!!
xo

Paxton said...

Wow! Max, it seems like your Mummy must know how my Mummy feels about me with this beautifully worded poem. Absolutely awesome! Greatly appreciated for sharing this poem.
Woof
Paxton

Domi said...

Aww, that poem made my girl get teary-eyed. Don't tell her but I did too. We are very lucky pups to have our wonderful people. Thanks for the award too. I'm feeling very special today.

Tailwags,
Domi

JD and Max said...

Hi Max's mom - what a lovely poem! But then Max, you are a wonderful muse. Thanks for re-posting otherwise we would never have read it. And Max - well done on the drool competition. You obviously have champion blood coursing through your veins!! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Maggie and Mitch said...

OMG, you have our mom all weepy while she's on vacation, Max! What a super awesome poem! It's just beautiful!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Hoover said...

Hey Max,

You made my human leaky. We who have great homes with great humans are so very lucky. It's what every dog deserves.

Hoover BPD

bbes tribe said...

What a pawsome poem your Mom wrote. It was very special. Thanks for posting it. Hope you do it again someday. Mom really felt it.
Love
Ernie & Sasha

Dory and the Mama said...

What a wonderful poem!! It made my Mama's eyes leak!!

Have a fun day Max!
Smileys!
Dory

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

That was PAWESOME!

Tank woo fur sharing it!

My mom used to write befur I khame into her life. Now I monopolise the 'puter and her muse!

Max: woo are one lukhky fella BUT I think woo knew that already!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Khongrats!

The Army of Four said...

That's beautiful, Max! Your mom has a great way with words!
Congrats on the awards!
Luv,
Dave

Stella said...

Stella's Poem:

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Caryl loves Max
and I do too!

Kisses,
Stella

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Aw Max... mom and I are crying from your moms beautiful poem. She really captured the very special bond us dogs and humans share. Thank you so much fur posting it again.
:-)

Luv,
Cloud and his mom

Nika + PARKER said...

Hi Max, what a great poem your mom wrote for you! You are deifnitely loved!!!!