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!"
* 'LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX: click HERE
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* MAXDOG, the book: click HERE
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MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
We have many animal parks in South Africa - the most famous is the Kruger National park - where you find the BIG FIVE - LION, BUFFALO, ELEPHANT, LEOPARD and RHINO. The Kruger National Park is about the size of IRELAND. Here, wild animals are free to roam as they please - it is their environment and humans are the visitors....wonderful!
Anyway, Mom's photos (above) of the lions were taken at "The Lion Park", just outside my city of Johannesburg. Its a lovely 'day visit' for guests in our city.
As I said in my previous post, us Dogs are not allowed in the animal parks. (Except the wild African hunting dog - which is an endangered species.) Not only is it dangerous for us domestic dogs, but wild animals can get all sorts of strange diseases from us and us from them. Indeed, some of us pedigreed dogs would simply not make it in the wild.
So guys, we love it here in South Africa. Hope you have found this interesting. Soon I will tell you about our 'biggest tree in the world'.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Hello everyone. I've been thinking...
This sunset picture was taken deep in the heart of the African bush. Unfortunately we couldn't go along with Mom at that time, because there are all sorts of wild animals in the bush - lions, buffalo, hippo, elephant, leopard - so we had to stay at home. Instead we have to make do with the African soft toys which she has given us. But I've heard that people from overseas love coming to visit our African bush.
So, today...enjoy your sunset!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
mmmmWOOF! Hey everyone.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I must tell you all...I TRIUMPHED TODAY!!!! TOFFEE HAS BEEN OUSTED!!!!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
(A poem...written by CAM. 23/5/2009)
You’re the essence of my existence,
The script of my fate.
At your side
I watch...I wait:
A tilt of Your finger,
A turn of Your head,
The sound of our bowls –
I know we’re being fed,
The jingle of leashes,
We rush for our walk,
A little command and
I’ll willingly “talk!”
I feel the wind in Your heart,
I know You are mine,
You’re the tapestry of my life,
As I tow Your line.
The exuberance of Your kitchen,
The healing of Your rest,
A nuzzle in Your side
When I know that it’s best.
Snugly, in the corner of Your room,
I listen for your breaths...
And ponder – the ebb and tide
Of our inevitable
But Mom, not to worry...
I’ll prepare a place for You
A happy hunting ground
For just...us two!
Where our leashes are off,
We’ll roam the hills,
We’ll sniff the rivers,
And soak up the stills.
Since I have become Yours –
You are also mine,
Together we’ll dance
To the ends of Time.
A NOTE FROM CARYL:
I make no apologies for the anthropomorphic style of this poem. To me, it expresses the deep sentiments of the special bond which I have with my dog. At this milestone in my own life – my 50th birthday – I know that our time together is shortening. In human years he’d be 65 years old. We have travelled a long, arduous path together. He’s my friend and companion...
He’s MY MAX!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Psssst.....Let me tell you a secret.....
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
"Dear Dogs and Cats:
The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food.
Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not stake a claim for it becoming your food. Nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
Racing me to the bottom of the garden is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king size bed. I am very
sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Remember, dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep, so it is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximise space is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut,
it is not necessarily to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine/feline attendance is not required.
The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!
Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door.
NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS
1) They live here, you don't.
2) If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur-niture'.
3) I like my pets better than I like most people.
4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons and daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don't speak clearly.
Remember dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
1) Eat less.
2) Don't ask for money all the time.
3) Are easier to train.
4) Normally come when called.
5) Never ask to drive the car.
6) Don't hang out with drug-using people.
7) Don't smoke or drink.
8) Don't want to wear your clothes.
9) Don't have to buy the latest fashions.
10) Don't need a gazillion dollars for college and........
11) If they get pregnant, you can sell their children!!!"
Sunday, May 3, 2009
We are looking forward to mom putting on the heaters in our household.... we can then all snuggle up next to them. Tammy has to be careful though - she sometimes turns ORANGE when she lies too close to the heaters.
So everyone in the Northern Hemisphere....ENJOY THE SPRING!!
Love and Woof,