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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!"
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Monday, November 2, 2009


MAXDOG here...

Hello there all my very special furry-friends!

The past week has been rather hectic in bloggie-land with all the Halloween preparations and various competitions in our cyber-world.


Firstly, I would like to say "THANK YOU!" again to all my wonderful buddies who voted for me in the "AWESOME BLOG AWARD". Mom and I were quite overwhelmed with all your support, votes and good wishes. We really appreciate all your efforts. Some of you really went the 'extra-mile' for us and we want you to know that we are extremely grateful!

It seems that in the end the poll was 19/19, which Mom thinks is absolutely wonderful!!! We'll wait and see how DWB handles the "TIE". Congratulations to Hershey and Husky too on their awesome blog!


Now, about all the Halloween festivities. I must say, we were hugely impressed with all the costumes and party preparations that our friends all over the world were getting up to. Here in South Africa not much happens in terms of Halloween, so it was wonderful to witness it all (from a distance) and to see it all for the very first time. WOW!!! You all looked quite amazing in all your outfits! Thank you for sharing it all with us!

Our weekend was full too. We had the whole family home and had a big Sunday lunch - out on the patio - watching the birds, enjoying the comany and absorbing the sunshine.

In amongst the flowers in the garden, one of my humans found this pair of

"Fairy shoes".

They are absolutely exquisite!!!

So, we are really happy to say that "nature" provided our own little Halloween gift - to you all - in the form of these shoes. Take a look...

We would like to know which "fairy cinderella" in cyber-space left their slippers in our garden???

(MOM SAYS: Those little shoes are actually the buds off this plant (above) - the wild rhubarb bush! If you look at the top part of the flowering stem, you will see the buds that haven't yet opened. The 'white' part is what has formed the little 'slippers'. Aren't they absolutely beautiful!?!)

So, I hope you are now asking, "What sort of weekend did the dogs have?"

I can happily report that we had a wonderful time with the family! On Saturday morning mom gave us all baths and brushes. Us dogs always enjoy our grooming - except for TOMMY, who is old and really doesn't like it.

Anyway, once we were all spruced up, it was the inevitable photo-session.

Eish, Mom and that flashy beast!!!

Then....voices from the kitchen........."M-A-X!"
That means....RUN!!!

One of the girls had granted us 'biscuit time'.
(Check out how TOFFEE does his dance on his hind legs!)

The nice thing about having the girls and their boyfriends around is that we can sneak in EXTRA WALKS!!! ...and we had so many this weekend! (I'm NOT complaining!)

Mom says that I should also show you some photos of Johannesburg at the moment. She is totally enthralled with all the foliage around and has taken millions of pictures of the tree tunnels and our famous JACARANDA TREES. So here are some general photos of our city's trees....



These ones (above) are just moving out of their blossoming period - you can see the green leaves emerging.

However, the main roads are lined with our purple trees IN FULL BLOOM!

Mom tried to get a close-up picture for you. It's a bit blurry, but you can get an idea of their pretty blossoms. By the way, these little blossoms are quite a road hazzard since they make the roads extremely slippery!

Anyway, after that full weekend, I am now tired...

What better way to catch up than with a snoooooooooze-zzz-zzz on my favourite couch!?!
Have a wonderful day!
Lots and lots of licks and big "THANK YOU!"S again to all my wonderful buddies!!!


Anya said...

Hi Max
Here was also no Halloween
and I am happy for that because its to SCARY for me :(
Today you have another great collection pictures on your blog.
My Mommy loves it all ...
I can see the sun is always shining at your place,
enjoy the day my friend
hugs from
Kareltje =^.^=

Brindusa said...

Beautiful pictures. Love the blossoms. It's so nice to see nature coming to life, when here the nature prepares herself for the winter sleep.

Mango said...

Nifty flowers for sure.

That awesome blog competition was so intense. Whatever will DWB do now?

Nice to see you looking all fluffy and handsome, and Miss Tammy, sigh...


The Thundering Herd said...

We think both blogs are winners!

You really had us with the "slippers."

SGR said...

Woof! It was a close n intense blog competition. I am looking forward your blog to be featured for the month. WOW! LOVE the fairy shoes photos - can't believe it came from the buds of a plant. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sheryl said...

Oh Max dog....I'm so glad you had a wonderful weekend. Tell your mom thanks for sharing the budding of the trees with us. We going in to fall and loosing our leaves. I love the colors but it makes me sad because it seems like they stay bare for so long. So I'll rejoice knowing the trees are coming alive in South Africa :)

Have a great week.

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos Max! Mom really loved the fairy slippers, so cute! I think the Halloween thingy was a bit over-rated myself, no costumes here please, ever......I do Not dress up!
It looks like you have some fun walkies with all of the trees so pretty! Have a Happy spring Monday!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

KB said...

Great photos, through and through. I love the ones of Max and Toffee sitting. What a cute cute pair! And then, the fairy slippers are precious. And, seeing the tunnels of green trees is amazing from my winter wonderland. Wow.

But the final one of Max sleeping is my favorite. What a contented and happy dog.

Thor said...

Hi Max. Looks like you had a fun filled weekend! Beautiful pictures! Those fairy shoes are so cool! Pretty blossoms! You all look very beautiful!

Stella said...

All the pictures are most wonderful, Max!

My Mom got all misty over the fairy slippers because when she was a little girl, they used to make dolls out of Hollyhock flowers and buds. Fairy slippers would have been the frosting on the cake!

Happy November for you all!


The Army of Four said...

A snooze on the couch. A snooze on the couch. That looks so wonderful. Of course, we aren't aLLOWed on the couch because our mom is really MEAN, but woo, does that look comfy. Sigh.
Those tree tunnels are so cool!
PS: Did you say "treats"?

Anna the GSD said...

Great weekend pics! Wow, your trees are purple, ours are turning red, yellow and brown. How weird is that???

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Max, mom loves those fairy shoes!
Those trees are beautiful with purple flowers. Thanks for sharing those pawsome pictures.

Sam & June

Anonymous said...

OMG love the fairy slippers!!!! Sooo pretty. Thanks for sharing all the great pics!!

caboval said...

Hi Max! We have those trees too! But they dont make a tunnel like yours! Hope you had a great weekend!!!! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Jan Mader said...

Loved all the beautiful photos as usual.

And....I read your last post. I think great minds must think alike. I loved your poem...

This is my dog...
Nothing he lacks!
My faithful companion,
This is my MAX!!!

I'm tearing up again!

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

EvFURRYthing on the post was pawesome PERIOD!

Tank woo fur sharing!

PeeEssWoo: Of khourse, the purple flowers rokhk!

Ina in Alaska said...

Oh what sweet little slippers provided by Mother Nature. And we are adoring the Jacaranda trees! We have NOTHING like them in Alaska. Interesting that they can make the roads very slippery! I would rather slide around on purple Jacaranda blossoms rather than snow and ice any day! Thanks for the lovely blog posts. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pics again! Just absolutely love your blog!

It really is fantastic to see how you are getting ready for summer with all the leaves on the trees popping out. Then here in the states our trees are loosing their leaves and preparing for a long winters sleep.

Thank you, Hugs, Tessa

Jake of Florida said...

We're back and have been trying to catch up on everyone's posts. Today, yours was delicious. We love flowers. Those fairy slippers are incredible. And jacaranda trees are beautiful. We love them too -- indeed, our neighborhood is called Jacaranda -- guess why!!!

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Hey Max, we LOVE the fairy slippers and the tree tunnels, they are so cool!


The OP Pack said...

Max, it is ever so much more beautiful there than we could even have imagined. We love those tree tunnels. Too bad about the baths, but good news on all the extra walks.

Those little fairy slippers are so sweet - they really DO look like little slippers.

Have a great week, the OP Pack

Cocorue said...

you guys are beautiful.....

love the pics and the flowers and THAT "shoe".....looooove that and wished it could be 'frozen' and kept forever.....
TQ for showing how beautiful simple things can be


Dory and the Mama said...

Hi Max! Thank you for showing us the beautiful blooms and tree tunnels!!

I am so glad you got to go for lots of walks last weekend!!


Benny and Lily said...

Yep..hectic alright. But thanks for taking the time to share your pictures
Benny & Lily
PS we love your cute smile

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Max! looks like you've had a wonderful weekend! mommy luvs the pics of the blossoms and trees. My fav are the slippers! Wonder if it'll fit me..


Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Your blog and Huskee's are winners! Both of you will get the Awesome Blog Award!
Those fairy shoes are beautiful!
And all the trees too!
Glad you had a weekend with lots of walkies!
Kisses and hugs

chicamom85 said...

Max, what a nice weekend, well except for the bath part(yuck). I am so happy that you tied for the award. I voted for you of course, but sometimes ties are ok too, cause you both have super terrific blogs. My Mom went crazy for the picture of the lady slipper, that was so cool. I had a nice Halloween, but I am glad it is over.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Hi Max
What beautiful photos you shared.
It looks like it is sunny and warm and flowers are blooming.
Our part of the world is getting colder everyday. Jack Frost visited this morning.
The little slippers are precious.
There are some flowers here that are called that- but yours look REAL. Ours do not!
i would run for a biscuit too!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Congratulations on the awesome blog win, Max! You have one terrific blog!
It sure is beautiful in your area with all of the Jacaranda trees in bloom. The slipper blossoms are so cute! They really do look like slippers!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sheba of West Africa said...

Wow, Max! You really know how to make the most of your days!
I'm glad your mom stopped by my blog this morning, that allows me to see what my "country of origin" is like! Not that many of my ancestors came from South Africa (my mom's Swedish and my dad's Australian...) but a few do! Far back enough, they all did. What country did your parents originally come from - do you know?

KK said...

What gorgeous dogs!

ocmist said...

Those cute little slippers are amazing and Mom LOVES how pretty the purple trees are. Your area is just SOOOOO gorgeous! We are in the desert here, which does have it beautiful moments, but not much green during most of the year. We love seeing the pics, and you give us such neat information.

You guys all look so nice after your grooming session, too! OC