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Saturday, October 10, 2009


MAXDOG here...

Firstly I want to thank my girlfriend TAMMY for doing such a great post yesterday.

I would also like to THANK YOU ALL!!!...

... for your wonderful comments, encouragement and inspiration which came our way via the blog yesterday. We also realise that there are many folk out there in bloggie-land, who read our blog regularly and who are struggling with their health. We hope that we bring you all some warmth and cheer.

To those, who are ill or sad...





Yesterday, we had our little visitor again:


She is really cute and comes and disrupts our household substantially!

Her excessive energy is invigorating (like puppies are) and we love having her here!!!

Her Daddy brought her again and this resulted in an extra walk for all of us,

(including TOFFEE the egotistical one).

So there were five of us on our regular walk, which caused some drivers to stop their cars and comment. I love that! It highlights my 'pack leader' status.

Well, all JEANNIE wanted to do was play all evening!
Thank goodness there was FOUR of us dogs around, so we could take turns in entertaining her...

At the end of the evening, JEANNIE's Daddy insisted on a photoshoot.
TAMMY & I obliged him and lined ourselves up. We sat there for about 10 minutes whilst JEANNIE tried to get her act together.

But we are experienced doggies, so we simply sat there and waited for her to settle.
Good news... she eventually got it right!

Don't you guys think this is a cute photo?


...and since it is a weekend,
I thought I'd do a little of my "TOUR GUIDE" stuff and show you something local...
We have some amazing folk here in SOUTH AFRICA!!!:
Many of our people who work with our animals are well educated, well experienced and extremely knowledgable. They do important and wonderful work for our wildlife and contribute to the conservation of our great heritage.
This is one of our special people, who is in the news at the moment
because of his work with lions:
Kevin Richardson...
(seemingly our local lion whisperer)

"Kevin Richardson swims with "Meg" the lion in the Crocodile River just south of the Magaliesburg mountains, near Johannesburg, South Africa. Kevin Richardson raises and interacts with some of the most dangerous animals known to man."
(You really HAVE to see it!!!)
That is all from the desk of
Have a wonderful weekend!
Lots of licks


Angus said...

Toffee 'egotistical' - surely not.

Mango said...

That lion whisperer is nutty, huh?

I am so confused about the puppy. I don't know whether to bitey him or kiss him.


Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Jeannie is SO cute Max, and that is a wonderful group picture of you guys!

That lion whisperer picture is very sweet, but at the same time you can't help but think the lioness could bite his head off if she really wanted to, yikes!!! I'm sure glad she seems very friendly, BOL!

Have a great weekend!


The Thundering Herd said...

Woo - you were almost a Thundering Herd in your walk. We have people stop all of the time, too, when we walk, and Queen Natasha is quite clear that she is alpha.

That is quite a big Kitty-Cat.

Ina in Alaska said...

Very enjoyable post, as always. Thank you for introducing us to the lovely and lively Jeannie, and your picture was wonderful! I noticed the Maltese avoided the pupparozzi chaos! Your extra walk reminded me of our 3-Poodle festive walks. We will often have people wave and say hello to us, it is very cheerful to brighten up someone's day that way! Have a lovely weekend in South Africa, and PS what a fantastic header picture!!!

TwoSpecialWires said...

Doesn't it make you feel good to pose for your people? We do it, too. Actually quite obligingly (is that how you spell it? ) We can imagine how much fun it is to have Jeannie there... we have two puppies in our neighborhood.. and they are FULL of energy! So far we haven't gotten any pictures with them... but we will!

Enjoy your weekend,
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Deborah said...

The dogs posing is perfect! What a great shot! That was a nice post!
Have a great weekend!

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

I wonder if Meg knows Butterskhotch?

Tank woo fur sharing your fun times with Jeannie - she truly is a furry pretty girrrrl!

When Mom was still married (meaning pre ME), she had five Sibes - it was khwite the sight to see 'em all together!

Happy Weekend to ALL of woo!


Bunsen G. Morris said...

Lotslicks back at ya, Max. I love it!

That lion-man should at least wear a shirt or many a bullet-proof vest or padded vest or somethin'. He's crazy.

I'd like to wrestle lions--maybe little ones like cubs or toy stuffed-animal ones. There's a neighborhood cat I've been watching (I'll post a pic to my blog). I think I could take him. Yep, I've got my eye on him. He's pretty big...almost as big as that lion (and they're all related, you know--cats)--he might look normal housecat sized from the picture, but it lies. When he's the other side of my fence, I think I intimate him...or is it "intimidate"? I'm rough and tough!

Benny and Lily said...

very nice paw prints...I have a feeling mom needed a little rest after all the rough housing and playing. Thank goodness you helped and were the pack leader.
Have a fun day
Benny & Lily

chicamom85 said...

I love the picture of all of you, it is so pretty. That lion guy is kind of a little bit of a nutty I think. Jeanie is so pretty.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Mack and Sally Ann said...

What a cute little girl she is. Y'all are very cute also. I hope that Jeannie doesn't bug Tommy to much. I have fish also.
Sally Ann

Emma Rose said...

We loved your group picture. We are having a hard time getting one here because Mister Higgins won't sit still! We watched both the videos too. Amazing stuff, but very scary!

Emma Rose

Sierra Rose said...

No really! Lions! I'm hidin', can't watch those big kitties..I'm terrified of just regular house kitties.
Jeanie is pretty cute you guys! And that photo!!! And, more walkies! Sounds like a good deal for all.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

The Army of Four said...

Jeannie looks like she'd be a blast to have around! Does your mom walk all 5 of you at one time - or does someone else go with her? Our mom can only walk two of us at a time.
I LOVE the group photo - you and Tammie (beautiful Tammy!) were really patient!
That Lion Whisperer is wild!
Play bows,

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Max,
Now, I realise that you are a natural at it Max, but you must realise that there are some of us dogs out there who don't quite have the patience to pose for all those photos that a blog requires. I'm sure Jeannie will get the hang of it better if she comes to visit often.
Cheers, H.
PS I wouldn't go swimming with a lion. No way!
PPS from Gail - like you're pretending you WOULD swim if there wasn't a lion in the water Hamish??

Sam said...

Jeannie is going to learn how to be such a great dog from hanging around with you, Max!


KB said...

What a wonderful photo of the three pups!

And the lion. Plus the elephant yesterday. My goodness - what a life you lead!

Anonymous said...

My Dearest MaxDog,

I LOVE that every time I visit your blog Max, you transport me to a different land. You and Tammy act as my own personal tour guides of South Africa. You show me sites I have never seen and tell me important facts that I never knew. It's like I am right there next to you Max seeing and hearing all of this, not at home recovering from yet another surgery. For a short time Max, your able to take my pain away while I read of Lion Whisperers and laugh at elephants scarying visitors.

To you and your family Max I say,


You and your family lift my spirit each time I visit your blog. As well as expand my mind.

Bless You and Yours,

Tessa and Blu (Tessa's Mum)

BRUTUS said...

That Jeannie sure is a cutie!! I think her fur color is very complimentary to yours - you should pose with her more often!!

Your local wildlife is certainly impressive. Some stray snapping turtles & woollybears is the best we can do around here - don't hold a candle to you!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Sure you all had a very interesting time with Jeannie and all her energy!
At least you and Tammy got a picture with her!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Abbey said...

Hey there Max... the pups adorable and ur right total energy, but she will also learn great behaviour from you... love the group shot..

How big is a female lion, not sure Id swim with one...amazing and do you realise she has the same coloured coat as you do?

MAX said...

ABBEY - Female lions (that one) is about 150kg!

I think what we should understand is that a relationship with a WILD animal (like Kevin R has with his animals)is utterly unique!!! Only a few people ever accomplish this!!! It takes immense understanding and experience to form such a relationship!!!
We can begin our own understanding of this lion/man relationship by looking at our own relationship with our dogs. There is an echo there!...
After years and years of training of our own dogs, we realise we can trust them with certain requests implicitly, but others they might waiver, since their instinct is too great.
So too it is with WILD animals...they require RESPECT for their instincts and understanding of their design. A relationship with them, I feel, is a "GIFT" which is not given to many people and it serves also to pioneer the understanding of their species.
I have total admiration for this man! He has a Bachelor of Science degree and has responded to his calling to work with these animals.

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hey there Max! Those are very nice pics of your furfriends. Jeannie is really cute. Must be very happy to have friends on your walk! thanks for sharing that amazing video!!! Simply beautiful, the bond that they have! Enjoy your weekend Max!!


Anonymous said...

Jeannie really is cute. Love the pic of all of you together. Thanks for the cool info!