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Saturday, September 19, 2009


Hey Guys

(Weaver Bird nests in our White Stinkwood tree)

I must congratulate my pretty girlfriend on an excellent post yesterday.

She sure does have the feminine touch – adding a little “X” factor to my blog!


TOFFEE’s recovery continues, although his butt looks like that of one of our SOUTH AFRICAN baboons! He seems to have ‘perked up’ (he-he) remarkably in the past 24 hours. Wow, that VALIUM is amazing stuff!

(Check him out with his head on the desk, whilst Mom helps me with my blog!)

I must say, however, that at first I was very confused…

TOFFEE wasn’t recognizing me, so was barking at me like I was some sort of intruder! I didn’t like that at all …he was acting real weird!! It seems that Toffee was truly chasing those ‘purple butterflies’. Also, the minute Mom got up to go anywhere, Toffee was at her side!. Unfortunately his legs were very unsteady, so he kept falling all over the place. Tammy and I were silently giggling with his anctics and wondering if this was indeed all part of his act.

The good news is ...he’s stopped licking his butt. His own Mom (Robyn) got home from university last night, so he spent the night on her bed! ……manipulative little fluff ball!!!


Now many of my readers have asked me about our other household doggie…


Today I’ve decided to tell you TOMMY’s story to clear up any confusion…

TOMMY is a dear little doggie. YES, he still lives in this household!

He has been with us for nearly 5 years- since Granny relocated to Johannesburg to take up residence in a retirement village nearby. Although TOMMY is truly part of our pack, we don’t blog much about him. He is a very old doggie!
He is deaf and nearly blind and spends most of his day just sleeping in one of the soft doggie beds available. His health is really poorly at the moment and the Vet has suggested that we just
‘let him be’.

Tommy spent 8 years of his life living on a farm and then in a small village for a short while. During those 8 years he spent a highly energetic life chasing monkeys, getting lost in the bush and sampling all sorts of foods in his neighbours’ food bowls.

He socialized, at will, with many other doggies and had totally free reign of his abode. It was life of unencumbered ‘doggie heaven’! This came with consequences, however, since he was often riddled with ticks, worms and an assortment of allergies.

His other devotion, was/is Granny. He is her "little treasure" and has slept by her feet during the loss of Grandpa, her farm, her home and her health. He has been a truly faithful little doggie throughout his life. Even now, after 5 years in my household, he still waits at the door for Granny on a Sunday morning.

The reality for little TOMMY however is that he is now truly in his twilight years and moving closer to the rainbow bridge. He has a problem with one of his salivary glands and a number of other problems which would require surgery, but our Vet has suggested that he is NOT a candidate for surgery. Mom has decided that the best thing for TOMMY is to care for him like any old person…with love and compassion, ensuring his comfort and ensuring that he is not in any pain.

When TOMMY gets to the point when life is no longer fun, then perhaps we will consider putting him to sleep. In the meantime, TOMMY is happy just simply being part of us. He still goes for the occasional walk, albeit very slowly and loves a cuddle. When Granny comes to visit (usually on a Sunday), TOMMY spends all his time with her. They have always been a team and that too hasn’t changed.

So there you have it…that is the story of our 4th household doggie:
As for me....

Have an awesome weekend!

Lots of licks


Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Max!! Looking very kool and komfy there!! It's one of my favorite pose too!! Much better if we could get a tummy rub! Thanks for sharing the pics and hope all of woo have a great great weekend!!


Mango said...

I hope Toffee's bottom gets better soon so he can stop staggering about like a drunken sailor.

It is nice to meet Tommy. That is how my Grandpa Angus the Airedale was. He just kind of stayed in his bed and faded away, but he will enjoyed a good snuggle.



Poor Toffee, wee soo glad he is better. Butt problems can be a pain in the arse!

Wee glad Tommy is not in pain and wee hope he will just go to sleep by himself one day.

Riley and Star.

The Thundering Herd said...

Glad Toffee is "enjoying" the magic medicine. Hope for much improvement soon.

And thanks for sharing about Tommy. The old ones have earned the right to be left alone out of respect.

JD and Max said...

Hi Max - ahhhh, 'the bunny' is one of our favourite relaxing positions too! You look really cool - great photo!

Poor Toffee - we're glad he's feeling better though and we hope he's back to his old self really soon.

What a great story about Tommy! We really enjoyed finding out more about him. We're glad he's still a happy doggie and how lovely that your wonderful family are helping him to enjoy his twilight years in a peaceful fashion.

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Benny and Lily said...

Hi Maxx
That was a very nice post. Ahh poor Tommy and Toffee's butt..ouch...
Do stinkbirds really stink?
Benny & Lily

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

Tank woo fur the inFURmative post!

Woo are to be khommened fur keeping Tommy's wellbeing in mind...

But I would have expekhted nothing less from such furry special bloggers!


chicamom85 said...

I am sorry for Toffee's butt, I hope it is better. Mommy gives me valium before grooming, except(giggle)it doesn't help, I still struggle, but then I sleep for hours when I get home, go figure. That is such a nice story about Tommy. Thank you for sharing it.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

The Army of Four said...

I loved hearing about Tommy and Toffee (they both are such special puppies!) but then I totally forgot what I was going to say when I saw that picture of you! Sigh. You're SO handsome, Max! And look so comfy! I think you've inspired me to take a nap!

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

What a great way to sleep sweet MAx!!!
We loved sleeping in the same position!!!!
You look soooooooooooooooo cute and cool and funny!!!!!
We're happy that Toffee's butt is going well....Hope she could feel very very well soon!!!!!!!
And thanks for sharing with us this nice story about Tommy!!!!
We hope he could close his eyes by herself very very late!!!!
And Max...you're a wonderful gentleman...your words about your sweet girlfriend are soooooooooooo sweet!!!
Hope to meet you one day!!!!!
You're very very very special for us!!!!
Tons of love and kisses

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Sounds like the med had a funny effect on Toffee! Glad he is back to normal and I am sure he will be fully recovered soon!
Thanks for sharing Tommy's story. I know you all take good care of him.
Have a great weekend
Kisses and hugs

Maggie and Mitch said...

Valium sounds like pretty powerful stuff, Toffee! We love that picture of you on your mom's shoulder!
Thank you for sharing Tommy's story. We will keep him in our prayers.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Clive said...

Hi Max

Good to hear that Toffee is feeling better.

It was lovely to learn more about Tommy and to hear about the very special dog he is to your Grandma.

take care

Olive said...


So glad Toffee is better...

I like to sit with my mom when I blog...makes her feel good :)

Licks and Tail Wags---

Olive :)

ScrapsofMe said...

Hi Max! I'm glad Toffee's rear end is heailing up....we have those happy pills here for Puffers. He's realllly old and blind n deaf n grumpy....he gets those when SHE grooms him. He's very wobbly after. And goofy. Well, I think he's goofy all the time, but he's extra goofy then. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thor said...

Poor Toffee. I am glad he is feeling better.
Thanks for sharing Tommy´s story with us.
I like to sleep as you in the last picture.


Mack and Sally Ann said...

Tommy is very very handsome. I am 14 myself, so it is ok to get old.