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Thursday, January 14, 2010


MAXDOG here...

Hello there to all my friends across the world!

Today we are so acutely aware of what a privilege it is to live in this part of the world.

We have incredibly beautiful weather here, a temperate climate and very few natural disasters.

We are horrified to hear about the thousands of lives which have been lost in yesterday's disaster. Our heartfelt condolences go to the people of Haiti who have sufferred such a tragedy in the earthquake which hit them yesterday afternoon. At the same time we would like to applaud the efforts of world-wide volunteer organisations, groups and individuals who are trying to help the citizens of Haiti.

It is events such as these that grant us a moment to reflect on all the blessings which we have in our own environments. Let us all unite in thoughts, positive wishes and whatever action we are able to give to that devastated nation.

(Picture: DAILY MAIL - UK)

HAITI: Our thoughts are prayers are with you!


Here in JOHANNESBURG the sun is still shining...

As the day progresses, clouds start to build up...

Their thunderheads loom in the distance...

...and build and build...

If you are inside the house, (as mom is a the moment, focussed on all her writing) the thunderstorms make take you by surprise. Suddenly the sky goes dark and the heavens open...

The pool is rippled with raindrops!
The lightning crashes and the thunder roars...

Our gutters over-flow with torrents of water...

Us doggies huddle closely by Mom's side while we wait out the storm...

Yet, despite it being scary during the storm, we are assured that the thunder will be silenced, the raindrops will cease and the sun WILL come out again!!!

We know there are many people suffering in our world at the moment and we hope that we can all hold on to the hope that:...

No matter what difficulties we face,


Our thoughts and prayers also go to our dear blogging friend,
who has had to undergo neck surgery. Get better soon, KB! We love you!

Sending you all our love and licks

A LATE NOTE: I would strongly recommend that you visit this blog . It has an incredibly moving and personal account of the earthquake in Haiti, posted by a friend of one of my family. Please visit them and leave a message of support. Luv C


Samantha said...

Hi Max - we are sending prayers and thinking of the awful and devastating plight of the poor Haitians having to deal with such a monumental tragedy. It will surely take some time to prioritize and sort out the horrid reality of what it must be like there at this time. Thanks for sharing. We're thinking of KB too and have sent a card to her momzer - it's good news that she came out okay and has her recovering pup, K, with her - pawsome news. Your rainstorm is surely beautifully warm and short - a refreshing bath to cleanse and feed those gorgeous dahlias. Peace to you and yours, dear Max...
Hugs xo

Kryna said...

That is a lot of rain! Thanks for the post!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Max! This is such a wonderful, thoughtful post you have today. We too are hoping that things in Haiti can improve for the people there quickly.

Olive said...

Ty Max...my heart goes out to the people of Haiti. We are so fortunate for what we have that sometimes we need to really reflect on our purpose and the true meaning of why we are here...we are all the same... all people of our planet.

Licks to you from me..

Olive :)

Ina in Alaska said...

Our hearts are heavy for the Haitians..... xoxo

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Max
We will visit the blog directly after leaving here.
We have been saddened by the disastor in Haiti - so many lives lost.
A very reflective post today and we agree with you but it must be very hard right now if you have relatives/friends in Haiti.
Martha & Bailey xxx

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

Tank woo fur sharing all of those pikhs and sentiments...

Have woo khaught up with the news that K and KB are both doing furry well?

The Thundering Herd posted it today!

We are off to chekhk out the other blog woo suggested...we feel so badly fur those in Haiti - it was inkhredibly poor prior to this disaster. We'll be pawing a donation although it won't be much it will be something.


Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Great post, Max. Mom loves the photos of the rain. I guess the good thing about our snow and cold weather means no thunderstorms... :-)


Ginger Jasper said...

We also are sending our prayers to the people that are suffering so much. Terrible terrible happening.
Your photo's are quite stunning, what beautiful scenery. Sorry the storm scared you. I bet it is lovely and sunny again now.. Hugs GJ x

Clive said...

Max, we have been listening with horror to the reports on the news about Haiti. But having just read your friend - the Krul family's blog from Haiti - it brought it home all the more. The pain and suffering of so many people is truly terrible. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

We also dropped by the KB and K - it was good to read that K is recovering well and we hope the surgery has gone well for KB.

Lots of thunder storms there with you today - we read a report about them in the newspaper today delaying the Jo'burg Open. Our Irish golfer Darren Clarke is doing well (so far!)

take care

Anonymous said...

Well said about Haiti!

I don't like thunder either. It sounds like gunshots to me and I don't like those either.

I like the rain though, I like playing in it too, but not getting the bath after!

Wiggles, Tessa

Asta said...


You do live in pawadise..it's bootiful thewe. We awe so sad ovew the devestation in Haiti..so many huwt and homeless and lost to theiw loved ones.
We have a vewy nice fwiend fwom thewe and he finally got news today, that his immediate family awe all OK, such welief.
We'we pwaying fow them all
smoochie kisses

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
We are praying for the people in Haiti.
It is very sad. We have been watching the news and it is terrible.
Here is raining and the weatherman said tomorrow we will be at -2°C! Brrrr....
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Benny and Lily said...

Very beautiful! And yes we are remebering those poor people
Benny & Lily

houndstooth said...


It seems that people everywhere are starting to pull together to help the people of Haiti. We sure hope so!

Your pictures have us convinced that you must live in the most beautiful place in the world! Even your thunderclouds are pretty!


The Army of Four said...

Sweet, sweet post, Max!
Tail wags,

Twinkietinydog said...

Beautiful post, a bit poetic, very informative, caring...thank you

KK said...

Praying for all affected. I can't imagine... I am blessed too.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

What a lovely and moving post. Thank you for that. We'll visit the suggested blog too.
Smooches form pooches,
BabyRocketDog and Hootie

Mochi and Mommy said...

Great post, Max!


Hamish Westie said...

Hi Max
Terrible things happen indeed, and make our everyday concerns seem so small.
That said, I am VERY frightened on thunder, and so glad that I live in a part of the world where it is a rare event!
Cheers, H.

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

Shelter in a storm, there is no better feeling. The people of Haiti have been so hard hit.