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Friday, November 20, 2009


MAXDOG here...

Hey there all my furry buddies from across the globe!

How are you all? I am much, much improved and we have excellent news...

The results of all the tests for my tumour surgery are back and I am TOTALLY CLEAR!


The tumour is regarded as a Grade 1 tumour. This means that it was benign and that they got it all out! All the margins are clear and the MAXDOG can look forward to a happy and healthy few more years!

Mom is really happy! As for me...well I'm still recovering!

Eish, but I must say...these "KONGS" are challenging and are keeping me so busy. I don't have time for anything else! My bandage is holding and I am still very comfortable.

TOFFEE, however has decided that it is time to usurp my crown. He's all high and mighty, but I help him with his problem by playing with him a lot! He thinks he's top dog, but I know better!

We are having a really cold snap in the weather here in JOHANNESBURG. It has been raining for a couple of days and this means that some particular crickets are propagating:


(Is what they are called)

As you know, TOFFEE is the great PARKTOWN PRAWN KILLER-DOG!
He won't allow any of them in the house and is extremely skilled at eradicating them...
(I just hope this video is going to work...!)

I am happy to delegate that job to him!

I take over his bed!!!


Lots of licks



Mango said...

MAXDOG! Great news. You will be your old self again soon.

Toffee is very brave. Momma would FREAK if we ever had one of those in our house.


Olive said...
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Olive said...

Awww, I am so happy..that is such good news. Ummm..that bug looks very big and scary..like thw Water Bugs we have in Texas..Yikes!

Licks to you...

Olive :)

Deborah said...

MAXDOG! I am thrilled! What a great way to start my day!!!
The video is awesome! The cricket is so big! YUCK...keep up the good work Toffee!
Your Mom must be so happy, I'm sure she is breathing a sigh of relief!
Have a great weekend and rest!

Domi said...

Hooray!!! I'm so happy you beat the evil cancer monster. What a scary looking cricket. I'd gladly hand the job of keeping them out of the house to someone else.

~Domi's girl

KB said...

That is the best possible news!!! Benign and all gone. Now, Max, you just need to lie in the lap of luxury and work on kongs while you heal. Can you do that for us? Doesn't sound so bad to me!

What a big relief.

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Max Dog! Weare so happy woo are doing so well, we have been ever so hopeful.
You will have to squash that little bug harder Toffee to get the job done, Scampi is like that, he just bats at bugs, I eat them!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

dewdana said...

YEA!!!! That is awesome news! I can only imagine the relief your momma is feeling. You are eating Kongs and sleeping in Toffee's bed while he is on pest control duty? Clearly you are top dog in that house. As for those prawns eeeish! Is it just me or is everything bigger in South Africa? They would freak me out and Moose runs for the door when there is a bug in the house so you are lucky to have Toffee!

happy said...

Glad to hear you're ok, Max!

MurphyDog said...

oh, Maxdog. What good news and the nasty cancer! It makes me lots of happy to read that you are going to be around for lots more years!

wags, wiggles & slobbers

Chester said...

Mom is grinnin' from ear to ear too!

WE both hope you recover and feel well enough to run and play again soon. In the meantime-enjoy that Kong and orderin' Toffee around.

♥ ♥ ♥
Chester & Mom ;0=)

Anna the GSD said...

Whoo hoo!! Take that weird cell/not tumor thing!! You kicked its butt!

And OMG those prawn/cricket thingies are SCARY!! wow! Go Toffee, I commend you!

Nika + PARKER said...

Thank heavens MAXDOG you are OK!!!!! Your Momma must be soooo happy! Glad you are feelin good, and yum Kongs...well mine is named Kalvin. Scary critters there, omg we are soooo not used to any of those kind of things here, Mom would totally freak out!!! Thankfully looks like you are safe!!

SGR said...

Woof! We are very happy that you're doing well. OH! Those are huge cricket... good way to delegate the job to Toffee. KONG is the BEST!!! Lots of Golden Delight to your continued health progress. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Pam said...

Wonderful news, Maxdog! Stay healthy now. Most of our household run away screaming when we encounter these kritters (okay, it's not that dramatic!)so we would love to borrow Toffie to eradicate them.

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Oh, Max, we are so glad to hear that the whole nasty tumor is gone and won't bother you any more. Are you sure you are comfortable in Toffee's bed? You look squished.

Tucker and Daisy

Dog By Nature said...

That's the best news MAx! We're so happy for you and your family. You in Toffee's bed always cracks us up!

caboval said...

Woof Woof!!!! Hooray!!!!! What a way to start our day!!! So happy to hear you dont have cancer!~!!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!!!!! We love U Max! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Elizabeth said...

So glad to hear that you are better!!!!! And oh my gosh, that was a big bug!! Good thing Toffee knows what to do!

Elizabeth & Luna

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

HOORAY, what wonderful news, Max!!! **dances about**

Have a swift and peaceful recovery, my friend. I'm glad you're enjoying Toffee's bed while he tackles those mean looking crickets.

Have a great weekend!


Miley said...

yay!!!!! Sooo glad to hear that your ok!!!! Yipeeee!!!

lotsa licks,

JD and Max said...

Oh Max, we're so happy to hear this wonderful news! This has made our day - our week! Yipee for Max - hurrah, hurrah!!

Hey, we wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of Toffee that's for sure! He's a lean, mean, Parktown Prawn Killing Machine!!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

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


What pawesome PaWeSoMe PAWESOME news!

Tank woo fur sharing Toffee The Great Prawn Eradikhator!

Happy Weekend Pal!

Khyra & Merdie

TwoSpecialWires said...

Max! What fantastic news!!!! This is what we were hoping to hear!!! We know those were really really scary and worrisome times for your moma, and now she has something to celebrate! You are wonderful at bringing a wag to a tail and a smile to a face, and you haven't let us down yet! What a pack leader you are!
(Despite Toffee's misconception!)

But, really, don't you think that bed is a teeny bit small? (You looks so cozy, and, yes, comfortable!)

Jake and Fergi xxoo

kks said...

That is wonderful news!!! Yeh!

Clive said...

Yippee!! We're so happy Max!! The not-so-little man and me just did a little dance around the playroom in happiness!!

We're late getting to the computer today but we couldn't have wished for better news - you were our first blog to check in on!

That has really made our weekend because if you check our post today you will see we've been a bit caught up with a certain French man putting up us out of the World Cup next summer. We had great plans to travel to SA (well, not quite so sure they included me!) but the rest of the gang were getting excited. No chance now, of seeing Ireland play in SA!

Thanks Max for sharing such great news on a wet Friday here as well - we're all really happy now and especially so for you and your family!

take care of yourself
Clive and all the gang!

Butchy and Snickers said...

Hey Max,
This is just the bestest news we've heard! We can only imagine how thrilled your family is for you. As for Toffee, we hope he kills all of those ugly crickets! Mama just hates crickets. Yuck!
Have a great weekend!
Luv & Wirey Hugs,
Butchy, Snickers, Ruby, Sylvester & Scuby

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Max, we are so glad that the tumor was benign. That's such great news. You rest up and keep getting better. Leave the hard work(killing the parktown prawn) to Toffee.

Good job Toffee! You are very skilled!

Sam & June

Anya said...

Woof Woof Woooooooof
Miauuwww miauwwww mouww
I am so HAPPY for you Max
You are healthy

Have a relaxing weekend my friend
don't forget to rest
Its good for you and you need it!!!
Kareltje =^.^=

The OP Pack said...

This is the absolutely positively without a doubt best news anyone could ever have hoped for - we are so happy for you and your Mom. Now keep resting and let that wound heal and then go have lots of fun. Toffee does quite a good job with those prawns. Happy happy happy weekend!!!!!

Hugs and lots of tail wags, the OP Pack

Ginger Jasper said...

That is the best news we have today.. All you have to do now is rest plenty and get better.. I am not sure about those buggy things.. I am a good bug catcher but those look huge.. Hugs GJ x

Dory and the Mama said...

WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!! Pawsome news Max!!!

As for Toffee, you should probably give her her 15 minutes of fame with the Parktown Prawns...


Stella said...

Furry, Furry Excellent news from you and about you, Max! I couldn't be happier to hear this and want to join the others in asking you to just take it a day at a time while you heal!

Those insects would make me pack up my belongings and find the first boat out! Toffee is one brave pup!

Blessings to you and your Mom, Caryl!


Maggie and Mitch said...

What WONDERFUL news, Max! We are so happy for you and your mom!
Nice job on killing the prawn buggies, Toffee! They're sure ugly critters!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Ms. ~K said...

We are doing a happy dance here in Georgia for the good news!!!

Hoover said...

Oh Max! Happy! Happy! Happy! You can relax now and just have fun.

Those bugs are way too scary. Toffee is one brave (and maybe crazy) dog.

Crazy Happy Love,

Hoover BPD

Benny and Lily said...

Yea!!! we are so happy to hear the news.
Benny & Lily

Ina in Alaska said...

We are delighted at the good news!! HOORAY for you MAXDOG!!

And hooray for the Mighty Toffee, the Prawn Predator!!! Does Toffee do the same for those scary rain spiders??? eeeekkkkk.... xoxox

KK said...

I'm so glad you are going to be OK Maxdog! I've been worried and I don't even know you. I can't imagine how your mommy has felt!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Max,
You will be good as new very soon.
Your mama might need to go get more peanut butter to put in the kong- so you stay busy!
That little Toffee is taking advantage of his cuteness I think!
Put up an electric fence to keep the crickets out!
It is cold and rainy here too!

The Thundering Herd said...

Excellent, excellent, excellent news. We are so thrilled for you.

The Army of Four said...

Clean margins?!?! Clean margins?!?! That is soooo wonderful!!! We're so happy for you!
But Max.... you REALLY need a bigger bed! Ha roo roo roo!
Tail wags,

Emma Rose said...

Max that is great news! Now hunker down and get all the sympathy you can from everyone in the house. Pretty soon things will be back to normal and you'll have to start sharing stuff again. Work it Max, work it!

Emma Rose

Lorenza said...

Those are the best news! I am so happy for you!
Those parktown prawns sure don't have a chance with Toffee! Shaking-shaking is his killer technique!
Kisses and hugs

Madd said...


That's great! I'm sure Max will be back to usual soon. Jeannie had a run in with one of those parktown prawns, I've never seen her jump so high in all my life...it nearly gave her a heart attack because it jumped directly at her, hissing. She rocketed sky high (backwards too) and was barking and growling for a while. She tried to track it down, after a while, but lost the scent.

District 9 was not totally fictitious it appears...lol. We have alien looking prawns here - for real! They just can't fly space ships, that we know of ;)

I'm pleased about the good news...

Keep well.

Cocorue said...

hey Maxi we are so very happy to read this......i'm dancing around mumster's feet as she jumping up and down
we are in Penang Island ( 5hrs drive up north from Kuala Lumpur) for the weekend and would you believe, dadster left this netbook in the safe and keyed in the wrong number and we had to wait for the hotel staff to decipher the code this morning....

mumster left the camera at home......what do i do with
parents who like these???????

i'm rambling on because your news is the BEST news so far....will chat on monday when we return home

get well soon and love you lots

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

Oh Max! Such great news! We only met you when we heard that you were sick, so now we look forward to following your adventures as you get all your energy back!

Those PT Prawns look NASTY. Go get'em Toffee!

Tommy (and the Poupouette kitties)

Homer said...

Hi Max,

We are barking with joy that you are recovering well! Woof! Woof!

And the Parktown Prawn looks yucky... Missus doesn't like creepy crawlies!


Twinkietinydog said...

Yay! I joined your blog at a great time. So happy to hear that Max is healthy again. We had a scare with my 10 year old sister a few short weeks ago. Her tumor was benign too. I know how important good health is and I'm happy for both of you. Twink!

Anonymous said...


Hugs, Tessa

chicamom85 said...

Oh happy days Maxdog!!! I am so glad that you passed your test and you are going to get better and better and better. Toffee is very brave, I don't know what I would do with one of those scary looking things. My Mom would run and scream, I know that for sure. Keep resting and here is a snuggle for you (((Max)))

licks and sniffs Sasha

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

That is wonderful news Max, we hope you feel better very soon.

eeek, that cricket looks kinda scary....lol

Holly & Zac

Draco and his Mom said...

That is some very good news Max, and it is OK to delegate the Prawn Detail to Toffe...you just keep resting and get all the way better.

Wild Dingo said...

Oh man, i would totally NOT want to be a parktown prawn in the presence of Toffee... sheez... talk about KILLER!

Glad you are A1 OK fella! See? Handsome always helps beat the sickies!

wild dingo

Jan Mader said...

Yay! Triple Yay! One from Maddie. One from Annabelle. One from Tango! We're soo sooo glad you're okay you handsome boy, you!

Mochi and Mommy said...

That's such awesome news!!!

My mom doesn't like the looks of those Parktown Prawns! I think I would have lots of fun "playing" with it! :)


Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Max! That's WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL news!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you - your humans must be SO relieved!!!

By the way, your crickets look a bit like our NZ 'wetas' - which can grow to be REALLY huge - bigger than a human hand!!!

Honey the Great Dane

Joy said...

MaxDog, so glad to hear the good news about the tumor. May you have many more wonderful years ahead of you! That 'prawn' is icky... I could hardly watch Toffee scarfing it up...

ocmist said...

Happy Corgi Dog Dances going on about your successful surgery and prayers for you continued QUICK healing as well as for your Mom's sore heart. I'm sure this news helped to lift her spirits quite a bit! The Corgi Country Crew