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Friday, December 18, 2009


MAXDOG here...

Hello there to all my readers and furry buddies from across our beautiful planet! We hope you are all well (and warm!) as we continue into our Christmas season.

Here in JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, we are experiencing the most beautiful weather!!!:

... gorgeous, clear, blue skies, total sunshine (except for the regular afternoon thunderstorms), wonderful gardens and the sound of all the amazing birds which have invaded our city! Most folk have embarked on their annual excursion to the seasides of South Africa, so our city is kinda 'empty' of people, but we have elected to stay here, at home, and enjoy our truly exquisite weather!!!

I went out into the garden today and it seems that we have received an incredibly


Mom has never seen one of these in her life!!!


Isn't it truly amazing!?!
There is a kaleidoscope of floral wonders invading our garden at the moment, so I thought I'd make you a collage of some of them...

As for TAMMY....she is making full use of the sunshine!!!


We all went into the lounge to see what was happening...

Our little friend...JEANNIE...had arrived... to come and spend some time with us!
It seems that Father Christmas has endowed her with the longest ears ever!...

Well, as we were sitting in the lounge, I looked at the Christmas tree.
Look at this....

Well, since it was addressed to ME- THE MAXDOG, I thought I'd take it!!!
Mom wasn't impressed!...

She removed it from my mouth and put it back on the Christmas tree!
I tell you...this is torture!!!
What is this waiting game anyway?!?
Oh well, I will simply sleep the time away.
...and guard the gifts!!!

Enjoy your waiting games too!
AND have a wonderful, happy and sunny weekend!!!
(Okay, I know some of you are snowed in, but stay with us to experience some of the sunshine!!!)
Lots of loving licks


Angus said...

Toddlers and dogs - neither are imbued with patience - but there again would we have it any other way? I guess Toffee is a paragon and never gets into trouble.

Anonymous said...

awee... Tulip is anxious as well. Merry Christmas Max, I hope you get a big sized bone in your stocking!

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Max
What beautiful flowers! We could do with some here to brighten things up in this cold grey northern city. We don't even have any snow yet (unlike the south of the country). Well I too am waiting patiently for Christmas. I may have given the wrong impression in my last post, we do do Christmas here, in fact we have a lovely tree, but I've been holding out on allowing Gail to photograph me in front of it!)
Stay calm Max and enjoy a good snooze. You look so very comfortable there.
Cheers! H.

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Hi MaxDog,

It's a good thing...you must have been a good doggie all year to have a pressie under the tree. I know you can do it and wait until Christmas to open it.

We are so jealous...we love flowers and it looks so beautiful there this time of year and all it is here is cold, cold and cold ! Our winters are too long and it's only the beginning. Thinking warm thoughts while I look at your post.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Lucky you, Max, to have a warm sunny Christmas with flowers. It is below freezing here today.

Your mom is mean to make you wait, you are a good boy to guard the tree.

KB said...

That sunflower is amazing! What a Christmas gift from nature!

I understand MaxDog - it is soooo tough to wait. We all feel the same way. You're such a cutie when you're waiting, though.

Please keep the summer photos coming. Remind us all that it will be warm again!!!!!

Ina in Alaska said...

Love the picture of Tammy enjoying the sunshine! Our little poodles spend sunny days (in summer) on their special cozy mats on our deck. Nothing like watching a loved dog enjoying a nap in the sunshine! Merry Christmas and happy waiting to you all from snowy Anchorage Alaska!! xoxo

Kane said...

I wish we had that weather here. It's been too cold. My people don't like to take walks when it's chilly out. I hope you and Tammy get some lovely gifts from Santa Paws.


Emma said...

What a splendid weather you have! You must enjoy the sun ...we here don't, we enjoy snow :))))

Hugs Max, Tammy

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Very pretty pictures! Tammy sure knows how to enjoy the sunshine!

Sam & June

Draco and his Mom said...

So nice to see the flowers and hear of the warm weather. It is cold here, but with friends like you, we can remember the warmth of summer.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

WE are so jealous of your beautiful weather - it is gray, cold and yucky here! That is one amazing sunflower. I have never seen one that color before - very cool!

And don't worry - only a week til you can find out what is in that package for you!

Mochi and Mommy said...

We have lots and lots of sunshine too! :) Sometimes I wish we had snow here, but I think mom would freeze!


Ms. ~K said...

Beautiful mosiac!!!
Love the picture of Tammy w/ mouthful!!!

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Max! Mom is in love wiff your flowers. Especially now that we are just starting winter here.
You are doing a great job of guarding the gifts.


Ginger Jasper said...

How lovely to see beautiful flowers. sunshine and woofies.. Lovely warm post.. Patience Max it wont be long now.. Hugs GJ xx

Dory and the Mama said...

What wonderful weather you are having Max!! Mama loves all your flowers and your beautiful lawn!

Good luck waiting...Can't your Mama let you open one present early????


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

What beaWOOOOOOOtiful flowers!

Tank woo fur sharing them!

PeeEssWoo: We've got SNOW on the way!!!

Homer said...

Hey Max,

Tell your mommy to come over to my blog. We posted some pictures of the 'Wildebeast Migration' in Tanzania!


Clive said...

Hi Max

You can guess we loved that orange sunflower, a lot! Sunflowers being the favourite flower of the NSLM!

All the other flowers are lovely though as well - great to see sunshine and imagine heat. It is absolutely freezing here at the moment!

take care

Anna the GSD said...

What pretty flowers! We don't have any flowers here now. It got too cold. :(

And if you want to get into that present, just blame a kitty. Not that I'd know anything about that!!!


dewdana said...

Guests are fun, huh! We will be having Moose's girlfriends come to stay for Christmas and he can't wait! Also we DEFINITELY welcome training tips! It is actually one of the bigest reasons we post things like that. I have learned lots of useful things from readers so it is greatly appreciated. I have tried this with two types of treats and both are flat on the bottom- I thought smaller of the 2 would be easier to balance but now that you mention it I do agree that bigger is easier to balance and catch! I have not thought about standing myself but notice that he does better while he is standing so it makes sense. Also I like the hand signal suggestion, Moose does very well with hand signals but sometimes it does not occur to me! Sorry for the rambling but wanted to let you know that suggestions are always welcome!
p.s. on the post before you commented that you did not see moose in the last picture so I lightened it up. That is the trouble with photographing black dogs!

Benny and Lily said...

Looks like you are all ready for Christmas Max and Ms. Tammy. We love the orange sunflower.
Nitey nite
Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me said...

That spectacular sunflower was just what we needed to see! It has been sooo long since we have seen anything blooming at all.
We now havwe rain and 5o miles away at Mt Hood it is snowing.
Max, I know it is so hard when we must go by moms rules and they take stuff away from us!
So instead - relax and dream!

caboval said...

WOW! That sunflower was gorgeous!!! Tammy youre so beautiful! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
An orange sunflower?? I had never seen one either! It is beautiful!
I wonder why we have to wait until Christmas to open our presents!
Patience is the word... well... that is what my mom says!
Kisses and hugs

KK said...

I'm jealous and those are very long ears! You will survive the waiting game, hang in there!!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Mom says thank you so much for the flower pictures! The orange sunflower is just beautiful!
There are no gifts under our tree - yet! Mom is afraid that someone, who will remain nameless because Santa is watching and I don't want to get caught snitching, would open them!

Maggie and Mitch

The Thundering Herd said...

Love the orange sunflower and those ears! Wow.

If it had your name on it, we think you should have been able to have it. But that is just us.

Anya said...

It sounds sooooooooo good at your place, warm weather :-)
its her now -15grC for in Dutch :(
Toooooo cold .....

Have nice holidays

hugs from us
Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :-)

BRUTUS said...

Wow, Christmas in mid-summer, hard to imagine!! Do people buy holiday bikinis instead of holiday sweaters like they do here?? Flip-flops instead of boots - wow!!
That orange sunflower is beautiful, didn't even know they came in that color!! Soak up some sun for us, will ya? The days are so short here that we are almost forgetting what the sun looks like!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Your sunshine is beautiful and that orange sunflower is gorgeous.

We are snowed in so it is nice to see that sunshine is somewhere.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Sam said...

Is that a Gerbera daisy? It's beautiful. Sam has been nosing around his presents for the last couple of days, but thankfully he is leaving them alone. The edible things we hang in his stocking.


Joe Stains said...

It is sunny here but lots of our pals in the US are getting LOTS of snow. We love that sunflower!

Emma Rose said...

Merry Christmas Max! Hope you are enjoying your beautiful weather. We are still hoping for snow :) It looks like you are all ready for Christmas. Well, it is almost here! Hope you get some great toys and treats.

Emma Rose

bbes tribe said...

Fantastic pics of beautiful flowers. The weather sounds wonderful. No wonder you all have chosen to stay home and enjoy it. It's good to have friends come and visit for awhile. Max dont be too sad - only a few days until you can open that present.
Ernie & Sasha

Samantha said...

Love that embroidery first picture!!! Oh how pretty! Glad you are getting gorgeous weather - those flowers are absolutely beautiful! It must smell heavenly there! Love the way you "took" your card off the tree heheh! You are a funny one! Sorry we haven't visited in a bit - your tree is lovely! I can't wait either, but hoomans say patience is a virtue - but... what do we pups care of virtue ho ho ho!!!!
Loves you, Max!
Hugs xo

Joy said...

Lucky Dog, living in beautiful South Africa! Some friends of ours are headed there right after Christmas--they go every year to spend the winter. Smart people.

ocmist said...

So nice to see so many gorgeous flowers and hear about nice, WARM weather! It is supposed to be around freezing here tonight, and Grammy is trying to save the firewood for next week when her grandson comes for several days to visit. (Our place is warmed by an old wood stove)

Your pictures make her feel a little warmer, she says.

We read that Lorenza is busy guarding her presents and tree too, as is Stella the Fluff. I think that is one of our main duties at this time of year all around the world! OC and the CCC

The Army of Four said...

That sunflower is gorgeous! I've never seen one like that!!! Just BEAUTIFUL!