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Dear Readers and faithful friends,

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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Tuesday, January 12, 2010


MAXDOG here...

Hello there to all my furry buddies from around our beautiful world!

I hope you are all well and coping with whatever your weather is throwing at you.

Here at our house, in JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, we are having simply stunning weather! Mom is thrilled because our gardener has returned from his holiday and has mowed our unruly lawn. Tammy and I have green paws at the moment from walking on the freshly mowed grass. Our Dahlia's continue to flourish!...

BUT...I have become soooo sleepy recently! There is nothing wrong with me health-wise, but I am taking really looooong naps. It's either the warm weather or the fact that I am always at mom's feet and she is NOT on her feet at the moment! She is spending most of her time with her nose close to the computer's keyboard, working on this 'book project' of hers, so I simply stay close to her. Its sleepy work indeed...

Some of you asked what Mom's book is about? Well, obviously we can't spill all the beans because it is a "work in progress" and, as always, has no guarantees. What we can say is that it is a collection of short stories, put together in book form, of a young child growing up in the 1960's, on a farm in rural South Africa. Most of you will know that this era was know as the 'Apartheid era'. Our society was in the midst of dramatic social change at the time. It's a simple story, from a little child's perspective of her life amidst those social dynamics. For the moment, it is under the title:


This is something that Mom has always wanted to write but hasn't, up until now, got her act together. Hopefully 2010 will be different....time will tell.

As for me....I'm sleepy!!!
I've tried the floor!...

I've tried my bed in the bedroom!....

I've tried out the "Squirt's" bed!...

Nothing seems to take my sleepiness away!
Finally I settled in a comfortable place not too far from Mom!...

...and am dreaming of a farm in Africa....


Hamish Westie said...

Hi Max
I think that's a pretty good way of spending your time, snoozing away near Mom while she has her nose stuck into the computer. I spent half of last year doing just that. Us old chaps can't be rushing about all the time you know!
The book sounds very interesting - I trust you will insist on being included in the acknowledgements section, like I did with Gail's thesis.
Oh and I so wish I could be with you enjoying the warm sunshine and the beautiful, colourful flowers (we are very cold and monchrome here in Aberdeen just now).
Cheers, H.

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

You're making me feel sleeeeeepy, Max......

#1 says your mum's book sounds very interesting!

kks said...

so exciting about your book! and how nice to have such a mellow companion laying at your feet!

Anya said...

Hi Max
Send us please warm air its here so cold :(
Enjoy your sleepy its also my favorite sleeeeeeep the whole day!!

Nice to read about your Mommy's book sound very interesting !!

hugs love for you
Kareltje =^.^=

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

We're anxious to hear more about Mom's book - we know it is a big help to her to have you snoozervising.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

houndstooth said...


Best of luck to your mom on her writing endeavor!

Also, sweet dreams to you!


Byron said...

Hi Max,
Your Mom's book sounds very interesting.
Enjoy the peaceful relaxation Max, you sure do look sleepy my friend.

Licks and slobbers,

Heather and Ellie said...

You do look sleepy, Max! Like your eyelids are just sooooo heavy!

Sweet dreams......

BRUTUS said...

Wow - what an ambitious momma you have Max!! Mine is doing good to just write a post most days, a book would NEVER happen!! Think you are going to hear that clickety-click of the keyboard in your dreams for a long time to come!! Enjoy the snoozing!

Brutus the Frenchie

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! MAX. Happy New Year! I've been away for long time ... sure missed reading your blog and seeing the wonderful photos. WOW! lovely Dahlias. Looking forward to hear more about your mom's book. It seems our moms have same interest in writing a book ... hopefully my mom will get inspired to pursue it. Taking a LONG LONG nap wherever you wish is always a golden joy. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Max you are so lucky to have nice weather! It sounds perfect for napping - we bet that is the case!

The book sounds like it will be very interesting - we hope it goes well for your mom!

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Your dahlias look so beautiful. I plant dahlias every year, but last year, none of them came up at all. I think my soil is too wet. I have been debating whether to plant them at all this year....

Max, you remind me of Goldilocks with your hunt for the best bed!

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww sweety....you look sooo cute sleeping close to your mommy!!!!
your face is so fluffy....we would love give you tons of kisses!!!!
WE LOVE Sleeping a lot with mommy on her bed!!!!!!
Sleeping is sooooooooooo relaxing...and when here it's hot weather we sleep much more then in the winter!!!!
The Dahlias looks sooooooooooo beautiful...mommy is so jealous of your garden!!!!
What a great great project your mommy have!!!!
It's sounds soooooooooooooo interesting!!!!!!!!!
Sure her book will be GREAT!!!!!!!!!
We wish you good luck with it!!!!
WE LOVE YOU GUYS and we would love to be there with you!!!!!!!!!!!!
HAve a wonderful day!!!
Tons of love and kisses!!!!!

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos, watching Mums work can be tiring, I know, it makes one very sleepy......... I sure hope she has lots of support and inspiration for her book, being creative takes a lot out a human. Give her extra kisses!
-Kira The BeaWoootiful

Asta said...

Youw Dweamy self is making me a little sneepy too..fow me it's cause of the inactivity because it's too cold to go play at the wun..I wish I could snuggle wif you.

I'm suwe youw closeness is a gweat help fow youw Mom..hew book sounds like something we'd love to wead..
smoochie kisses

Sheryl said...

Hello Max Dog,
You are such a loyal, faithful companion. ((HUGS)) to you and to your mom.

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

What a great projekht woo are snoopervising!

Keep up the pawesome work!


Samantha said...

Oh those dahlias, Max!!! How gorgeous! Am excited to read your mom's book when it comes out - what a very interesting perspective. Love that picture of you trying to fit into a pipsqueak bed!!! It's true though... just watching you sleep is making me yawn!
Enjoy your awsome weather!
Hugs xo

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Max, thank you so much for sharing your sunshine, warmth and flowers!
We have to go look at them all over again to remember what summer looks like.
You look very comfy snoozing.
love and kisses
Martha & bailey xxxx

Ina in Alaska said...

Max you are a wonderful book writing assistant! Keep up the good work! We love you and your Pack always.. xoxo

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Oh Max, you look so warm and cozy in all your sleepys... I would luv to come cuddle wiff you. My mom says she would love to read your mom's book, it sounds so interesting. She grew up on a farm, too. We are having a warm spell here, the temperature is almost above freezing, hooray!


Kasha said...

Sigh! What a great post. Max is so sweet. I have not doubt your book will be a success. You have a gift with writing. Sounds intriguing. I would love to learn about life in Africa.
k and A

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

I love the picture of you in the little bed...too cute!

I'm sure your mom will do great with her book project..you'll just have to nudge her more often when you want her attention.

AARF Kasha the Great Dane

Maggie and Mitch said...

Your mom's book sounds very intriguing, Max!
Your dahlias are just gorgeous! They are making mom smile!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Clive said...


Your sleepy photos are great!

The very best of luck to your Mom with her book. Murray's Mom has been trying to write a book for past couple of years but she's taking forever. His dad keeps on and on at her about it - which isn't helping!

Love the colours of your dahlias!

take care

~Kim~ said...

I'm new to your blog, (which I am enjoying!!) and have to say that there is nothing that helps inspiration flow than to have a Golden (or two or three or more as we do) at your feet while you write!
I'm envious of all the color you have right now--The Dahlia's are lovely!!! :-))

The OP Pack said...

Mom HAS to finish this book this year - our Mom is very intrigued and would love to read it. Meanwhile, keep snoozing, Max, you look so gorgeous in all your pictures. We heard lots of ooohs and ahhhs from our Mom as she read your post along with us.

Woos, Phantom and TD

Benny and Lily said...

Hi Max
Our computer just went wacky and posts went evey which way. So...congrats to mom for writing her book and for you not spilling the beans..BOL..You are awfully cute in those pictures. We are doing a lot of snoozin over here too..
Benny & Lily

Twinkietinydog said...

How adorable you look in the last set of photos! Thanks for keeping us warm in your blog. I do have many Sibe friends and some days I have to dress extra warm to visit their blogs. As for your mom, two things: best of luck and keep her butt on the chair!

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Max!!

I am sure all the snooze-pervising work is not easy at all! It's so tough being a dog sometimes.. **wink**.

Good luck to your mom on her book!!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
I know your mom's book is going to be pawesome!
Here is cold now soooo... I have been taking lots of naps all day long!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

TwoSpecialWires said...

Max. We feel so lucky to have friends who can share bright colors and fresh flowers when our world is monochrome. Thank you.

We are sure you are providing a soothing comfortable environment for your moma to settle in to write. Even the rhythm of your breathing is probably setting a tone and providing a pace for her. You have a very important job, as she takes on a very important challenge.

Good work.
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Stella said...

Hey Max!

I am very excited about your Mom's book. I wish her all kinds of luck with it and never any writer's block!

Send me some Dahlias will you, oh and some warm weather too.


Dory and the Mama said...

Looks like you are doing a great job as Mama companion and inspiration Maxx, keep up the good work!!


Cheyenne -Millie said...

Your mom has lots of talent! Give her lots of love!

Hi! I'm Sierra-Dog! said...

I don't think I have ever seen a cuter face then yours, Max. I am PAWSatively smitten!