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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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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


MAXDOG here...

Firstly, let me say a big thank you to everyone who has sent me "get well" wishes. We really appreciate all your comments and support. I am an ageing dog now, so it's expected that I should slow down a little, don't you think? But more of that later.

My friends, I have neglected my TOUR GUIDE duties for some time now, so let me simply tell you about the rain!
It has really has settled in here in JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA!!!.

We have had so much rain lately that they will be opening the flood gates of our main dam soon...the VAAL DAM. Many shack dwellings in the Johannesburg area have been flooded and many people have lost all their possessions. I am so thankful that I have a good house to live in!

Although we have been getting some sunshine, the humidity levels have been really high. TAMMY has been romping in mom's garden and getting herself really dirty! I think we should consider her for some mud wrestling competitions.

(Sorry no photos, but you can imagine! She looks like a zebra!)

Anyway last night, Mom went out into the garden at 7 pm.
Look at the clouds in our evening sky...

As the sun started to dip into the horizon, they looked like this...

...and finally like this...

Although I went out with her, I preferred to stay on the cool patio...

I am still not very well, but am I am chugging along. Mom says that the liver meds might be making me nauseous...I think so. I still stay close to her for comfort, but this afternoon she insisted that the two of us go and check out the garden...

I managed to appease her with a few sniffs here and there...

Then I heard something in the shrub and pricked up my ears...
This old Maxdog is still on alert!

...but it was nothing worth writing home about!
The big surprise was a new flower in Mom's garden...

...aint that stunning!?!
The small ones are just as pretty...

Well eventually Mom said to me,
"Max, your bloggie friends are worried about you! Don't you want to strike up a pose for them?"

So although it's not my best picture, I did make the effort for you guys!

Thank you again for thinking of me.
I love you all so much too!


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

It makes us sad to see woo sad -

PLUS, we know it makes all of your furamily AND YOUR MOM sad too -

Thank woo fur sharing those pawesome pikhs!

Paws still khrossed and the Sibe Vibes flowin'


Andrea said...

Beautiful pictures.

Tammy: try to stay out of the dirt and mud!

Woofs and wags,

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Max
Very well done for making such a effort. I know how it feels, I've been under the weather too myself just lately. When you get older, it's just not possible to be bouncy and happy all the time is it?
At least you have some beautiful flowers to enjoy.
Hope you stop feeling sick soon.
Cheers, H.

KB said...

You struck a might handsome pose for us Max. But, I want you to feel better. Keep resting, and know that we're all thinking of you! (and take a photo of Tammy when she's like a zebra!).

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! Glad you decided to explore the backyard with mom. GREAT photos. Continuing to send my Golden Healing Thoughts to your quick recovery and safe health. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

~Kim~ said...

I'm just catching up on your blog, and am so very sorry to hear that you're not feeling well!! Please feel better soon, you know how we worry!! :-) The pictures are beautiful, and I hope you feel well enough very soon so maybe you can be a zebra too!!! Take care!!!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Max we are sad that you still aren't feeling too good - it stinks that the medicine to make you better makes you feel crummy at the same time! We are sending you lots of purrs and feel better thoughts!!

And we do love the pictures - you look wonderful, pose or no pose. And those flowers are very beautiful - you are luck to have them in your yard.

Angus said...

The aristocratic pose says all is on the mend!

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

You are very sweet, Max, and we wish all good things for you!

TwoSpecialWires said...

We were hoping to read that maybe you are feeling a bit better. It makes us sad that you aren't perky and full of energy. But we understand. You don't need to do anything to try to please us, Max. Just be you. You are the best You there is ... perfect pose or not. We love you and want you to be comfortable and happy. Same thing goes for your moma.

Take care. We care.
Jake and Fergi

Pee esS. You sure shared some beautiful photographs with us. Thank you.

Ms. ~K said...

Lovely pictures from the garden, especially the pictures of you sweet Max!

Anna the GSD said...

Mr. Max, you need to feel better ASAP! That's an order! We don't like seeing you down. I hope the medicine helps and then you can be back to running around.

And you're not aging, you're distinguished! That's what mom calls Duncan!

Twinkietinydog said...

Yeah, sweet Max, you're an aging dog. I realize that. So now that you've acknowledged that, be strong. And always go for walks, always exercise. It'll keep you feeling younger. I'm taking my Linguini for a walk in about an hour. I like to give my sissy daily exercise too since she's your age. Mwah!

missbreezysbox said...

You share nausea with my husband that has been experiencing an undiagnosed problem for 2 years. Thank you for sharing the lovely flowers and cloud photos. Las Vegas has seen quite a bit of rain the last week. It is nice for a change. I hope everyone there in South Africa remains safe. Love ya too!

Stella said...

Hi Max!

I wish you and Hamish would start aging backwards, instead of counting the add-on years. You are 10 now, next year you be 9, then 8 and you'll feel younger right along. Same for Hamish, he is 14, then 13, then 12. Who invented this? Merlin the Magician, of course. So see if getting younger will make you feel better.

I am thinking of you every day hoping you get over whatever is making you sick.


Anonymous said...

I agree with Stella, aging backwards sounds right Max!

Thats the way to go!

Hugs, Tessa

houndstooth said...

Max, sometimes a walk is good for you and your soul! At least it was good for your mom's soul and I'm sure she needs inspiration from your garden for her writing. I hope you are feeling better soon! Feeling sick is no fun!


Sue said...

Sending you warmest wishes and lots of love from San Diego...

Sue & the gang

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Max we hope you are feeling better.
Eskie kisses and welsh hugs,
Mack and Sally Ann

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Max Dog! We are keeping our paws crossed for woo. Feel better soon!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

The OP Pack said...

As Jake and Fergi said, you really don't have to do anything special for us - we love seeing all your photos, but you did do a lovely job in that shot by the pool. You have such a pretty garden. We love those pink flowers next to you in the first garden shots.

We hope the rains let up soon, we feel badly for those people who are losing their homes.

Feel better, Maxx, we have our paws crossed for you.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Joe Stains said...

We are sending lots of healing vibes your way buddy, and we hope it dries out!

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Hi Maxdog,

I hope it feels better for you to get up and outside to get some fresh air for a little bit. We are sending good healing thoughts your way. Mom is not sure but was wondering what is your exact age? I know I'm an old lady of 8 years and that's getting up there for a great dane. Here's hoping you feel better soon.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

KK said...

Hugs from Texas!

Benny and Lily said...

Max you are so adorable. We let you slide on your tour duties. We do appreciate your pictures today. Relax good buddy
Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Max
Thank you for sharing the new pictures of you. I know your trying to take care of your family.
But my heart is sad- cause you don't feel good. But I will wait for the medicine to help you- cause I said special paw prayers for you.
I was thinking I would like to come down and play with Tammy in the mud. Do you think it would be okay? Maybe Toffee can play too.
And then I will come snuggle with you.
Thank you for the sky show pictures - it was breathtaking.
We like to look at Khyras sky too- and now I see how beautiful your sky is too.
i send you LOVE

Deborah said...

Hi Max, I did not know you were feeling sick until I just read that post. I really hope your better soon! You have to eat Max to keep your strength up... So please eat for your Mom!
We had a lot of rain yesterday, not like you, but still a lot of rain for January. Tomorrow we get snow! Well, I have to go, Ariel wants to go out!

Mochi and Mommy said...

Beautiful pictures! I love that picture of you by the pool!

I'm keeping my paws crossed and sending all the Sibe Vibes I can!


MAX said...

Hey there everybody!

Thank you for all the nice uplifting comments...you guys are stars!!

STELLA: That is a fabulous idea of aging backwards! Why did I not think of it myself?..maybe because Im getting old?! (hehe!)

ANNA: "DISTINGUISHED" sounds excellent...I'll tell mom to take note of her word usage!

KASHA: I'm 10YRS old 'uh-oh' ... I mean "distinguished"...in March this year!

TWEEDLES DEAREST:...Of course you can come and play with Tammy! Do you also dig up gardens?

OKAY, THIS MORNING'S UPDATE (ie. 9.3oam SA time):
I woke Mom up with a muzzle nudge this morning. She was thrilled because I haven't done that for over a week. I also ate all my food, but not quite with my usual vigor. Im still sleepying a lot, but mom thinks thats because the antibiotics have kicked in. The other good news - I went for a walk last night and happily annointed all the trees. So in summary...maybe, just maybe, Im improving.

Love you all lots

The Thundering Herd said...

Beautiful sunset pictures.

Good part of being slow in getting to the blogs is we got to see your pup-date as well. Good to hear you are a little more yourself. Keep getting better!

Kasha said...

My goodness! Africa is full of gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing. Lots of love for sweet Max!

Nika + PARKER said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos! My Mom loves to see photos of other places!!! And of course, we want you better Maxdog...you look dashing as ever!! Get well soon!

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JD and Max said...

Hi Max, we hope you feel better soon. You look mighty handsome in that pose, you are so regal. We're sending big snuggles your way and we're thinking of you. Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max

BRUTUS said...

I've got some sickies right now too, so I kinda understand, Max. But I'm a young whippersnapper still, so hopefully I'll be kicking up my heels again in a few days. We'll keep our paws crossed for you that the doctors can figure out the best medicines for you and make you feel like a young pup again too!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Oh Max, we're behind on blogs and didn't know you were sick! :-( We're so sorry to hear that, my friend. We are thinking of you and sending lots of love. It was very nice of Toffee to let you sleep under his bed.

Much love,
Cloud and his mom

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
I really hope you feel better soon!
My mom wants to puke with the meds that her Doctor gave to her! Not funny!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Max,

Our mom wants us to tell you she adores the wisp of curly golden fur on your silky ears!! Makes her want to run her fingers through them..

Sorry to hear that the meds are making you nausea.. if it's any consolation at all, our mom's new meds causes a 'dire-rear'... but the 'dire-rear' went away after a while so I guess the body needs to get used to the meds. Hope you feel better soon.


Maggie and Mitch said...

You are one handsome boy, Max! We hope you get rid of your nauseous tummy soon!
Your flowers are just gorgeous!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sam said...

Your pose is beautiful!