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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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Thursday, February 18, 2010


TOFFEE-DOG here...

Hello there to all our furry-buddies across the world.

Hope you are all well and giving your humans lots of uphill!?!
My brother, MAXDOG, is sleeping again, so I'm doing the post for today!
Yippy-Yappy, I am Happy!

I Luuuurve doing the posts!

..and I luuuuuurve snoopervising!...

As I said the other day, I spend most of the day snoopervising MAXDOG's sleeping...!

Where ever he is in the house, he just zzzzzzz's!
(While TAMMY and I observe!)

Today, I want to tell you a secret about TAMMY-DOG...

Well, she has a "Nickname"....and please don't tell anyone that I told you...

Her nickname is...


I'm sure the next photos while explain all...


Her 'Bantam' feet are a source of much amusement to Mom, who got out the scissors yesterday...
Mom had noticed MAX & TAMMY'S Bantam feet when she took the photographs for Wordless Wednesday. (Yesterday). Both of my Golden siblings were given a pedicure!
MAX got his trim while he was sleeping...

Much better! End result...

So don't forget our secret now...

In the meantime, I think I'll copy MAXDOG...

'Till next time!
Yippy-Yappy, I am happy!

Some more Doggie-bloggers have decided to share some time with MAX on the WORLD TOUR. Their posts speak of generosity and hospitality. Please go and visit them...

Baby rocket dog and Hootie

(Who gave MAX'S WORLD TOUR a shout out!)

Wild Dingo
(Where MAX was taken across a precarious bridge!)

(Where MAX has been included in the Chinese New Year Celebrations!)

If, by some remote chance, you missed out on seeing the amazing...

which took place on Valentines Day and during this week, please grab a cuppa and click here for a list of all the bloggers who participated. You can then click on each linked blogger for their special post in honour of Max.
(Our grateful thanks again, to all participants who uplifted us so much!)


Today is day 12 of Max's grace...

He is doing well, but substantially more sleepy today. He is still eating my food concoctions, sleeping well (obviously!) and still going on his evening walk. He looks generally happy (when he is awake) but a little bit more 'unfocussed' than usual. This is evident when I vocalise comands on his walk (eg "heel", "leave it" etc). I'm not worrying about these things though - I want to allow him to simply enjoy his time. But I have noticed this small change. We take each day for what it offers!


Mango said...

Tammy is a chicken? Who knew? Well, a nice trim made her look more doggie like.

I am sure Max appreciates you keeping pests away whilst he enjoys his snoozes.


The Thundering Herd said...

Woo - paw trims. Kiska's favorite activity (sarcasm) because of her wooly paws.

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

Tammy's paws remind me of...MINE!!!

Give Max a big smooch for all of us.

Lots of Love,
Tommy and the Poupounette Gang

Lucia said...

Ciao miei amici!!

Your mama is a superior stealth snipper! I, Lucia, would never be able to sleep through la mia ragazza's attempts to snip my nails or trim my paws as she has all of the grooming ability of a ... er ... well, let's just say that she'll never get a job doing professional pawdicures!! Heeeeeeeee!!

Thank you, dolce Toffee, for your excellent blog report. Give darling Max a smoochie from us! Muahhhh!

Tanti baci!

KB said...

"day 12 of Max's grace" is a phrase that demonstrates your incredible attitude. I've been in your shoes (almost - with my own dogs, not Max), and I know how hard the watching is. But, I also know that you're savoring each precious moment with your boy. You're a strong and full-hearted woman.

As for paw trims, we've only had to trim the paw fur for one of our dogs, S. He used to get snowball stuck between his toes if we didn't trim the fur. It made a huge difference.

Lots of hugs - KB

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos! I hate having my paws trimmed.. bummer woo had to do that..poor Tammy, being liked to a chicken..sigh.. silly Mums...
We are still keeping our paws crossed and sending prayers to woo family!
~puppy kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Emma Rose said...

I think I need a pedicure too! I am going to make the Duchess come and read your post :)

Emma Rose

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Tammy, the Chicken dog! LOL!
Mom likes to cut/trim our paws when we are sleeping. Why must they do that? Don't the humans know that we don't like to be disturbed when we are sleeping?

Sam & June

Piappies World said...

Hi there Toffee,

Bantam Tam is a very cute nickname! The chicken looks so fluffy really. heehee

Your mom can really trim paws really well. I was wondering if you also got one. You're doing a great job in snoopervising dear Max and sharing secrets with us.

We are thankful for each day that we are all together. Weeeee

-Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

Ina in Alaska said...

Hello Toffee! That was a very nice report and you are a wonderful snoopervisor. I see you have things well in hand so keep up the good work.

Those little (big?) Bantam paws are adorable!! We send hugs to ALL of you - enjoy your power naps, Max!!

xoxo Ina, Toby, Ginger, Jeter & Halle

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Scout here - momma calls those floofies on my feets my slippers. I do not really like at all having her clip them off but she does and I kiss her for it. Why? Because I am a 'triever and us 'trievers are lovers, you know that. Max knows that☺

Momma here - Since the liver is the 'cleaner outer' of the body I imagine that the confusion is due to Max's liver getting a little overwhelmed right now. I am keeping ALL of you close to my ♥ with tender thoughts and prayer.

I've been through what you are going through with my animals and with my parents - it is so bittersweet. You cherish each day but it is a loud reminder of how delicate life is, especially when we grow older.

What our dear Max is doing right now all of us will be doing one day - completing the circle of life...

We hate it when our loved ones must complete their circle but that is the price of living. The best part for our animals is that they don't know that there is an end - the worst part for us humans is that we do.

My God hold you close and may angels surround darling Max.

Jacqueline said...

Toffee, I bet you know everything that goes on in your house=you're doing a great job with the blog!...Mom, I know these days with Max are bittersweet and precious to you=always in my prayers.

Mommyof2girlz said...

Beautiful fur babies, found you through Kissa-bull, stopping by to say hi :)

Samantha said...

Beautiful new feet! Toffee, you are doing a really super job - that Bantam is a hoot! And the words, "Max's Grace" are just beautiful - it is just so, so hard to be on a kind of "watch" - you are such an incredibly example of how to really take it one day at a time and appreciate every detail. Thank you thank you.
Hugs xo
Sammie and family

Mrs. JP said...

I know what you mean with those paws. Speedbump and Charlie have the same thing. They act like sponges in rainy/muddy weather too. So I do my best to keep them trimmed although they act like it tickles.
Love and prayers to you and Max and his snoopervisers :O)

BRUTUS said...

"Toehair trims" as we call them here are certainly essential! Glad to see that even with all the travelling Max has been doing, his personal hygiene is still top-notch!! That Bantam sure is a crazy looking bird!

Snorts, Hugs & Frenchie Kisses to Max!!
Brutus the Frenchie

brooke said...

those are some fuzzy feet! Though they look good after a trim they are pretty cute all furry!
Give Max some cuddles for us!

Cocorue said...

hey Toffee, you're doing a great job snoopervising and i like your little 'secrets'...er, interesting titbits - good job

remember to look after your mumster too as she may forget to look after herself.

poor Maxi must be so tired after his world tour and it didn't help when he visited us in KL as we were all gluts......but hey, who's complaining???

after his hectic schedule around the world, i would be surprised if he didn't sleep well.

sleep tight Maxi and don't let the bed bugs bite.....

chikisses to you Toffee and give Xtra kisses to Maxi on our behalf...don't forget Tammy/Tommy and your mumster, TQ

caboval said...

Thank you so much for the updats on Max! And what a great job you did on the feet!!!! Very nice pedicure! And Toffee is doing a wonderful job!
We love you! Hugs, Joey and Kealani

Anonymous said...

Thanks Toffee!

Tammy and Max, we LOVE your cute feet! Your feet are about the size of my little head!

Glad you are still feeling good, especially after your extensive touring!

Hugs, Tessa

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Hi Toffee, you are doing a great job blogging. Keep letting Max get his rest. My angel brudder Benny had real fluffy feets like Tammy, too. Mom thinks they are cute. I'm glad I have short hair, although it gets cold in the snow.
Thanks to Max and your mom fur reminding us to enjoy every day!!

Much love,
Cloud and his mom

Madi and Mom said...

Great post Toffee....Max is proud we know.
Max sweet boy you are ever so handsome on your 12th day of Grace.
Madi and Mom

Twinkietinydog said...

Seize the day and enjoy it at it's fullest. Toffee you are darling. The Do Not Disturb Sign did it for me. You are an awesome sister and I love you for that. Now go kiss the Bantam Tam for me and then quietly creep up on your bro and give him a hug without disturbing him, you know all about that. Mwah

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Toffee you did a great job on this post! And it shows what a great sister you are to watch over Max while he sleeps - we know he must really appreciate it!

And for your mom, well we think you are doing such a wonderful job of taking care of Max, and letting him just enjoy life. That is really all any of us can hope for. He is a very lucky boy to have such a wonderful, loving mom!

Asta said...

You've done a wondewful job of wepowting again and letting Sweet Max get his west..he looks so peaceful sneeping..nice of you to post that sign , hehe
I love the Bantam Tam footies,(but son't wowwy I won't tell Tammy I know)

Those awe wondewful pedicoowes youw mom did..such lovely footies.

I'm sending sogt smoochie kisses

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

Khousin Merdie says THOSE slippers rokhk!

Thanks FUR sharing!

Please tell Max we tiptoed by and said HI!


Sally said...

Pssssst --- I trie to be very quiet. ;-)

Nice woooh

houndstooth said...

Bantam Tam? Tee hee! Your secret is safe with me!

You do a great job of posting and watching out for Max!


Joy said...

Toffee did a great job--she's a sweetheart. Love and gently hugs to MAX.

Sam said...

Go Max! I always like the neat trimmed golden paw! Good job, Toffee-Dog!


sprinkles said...

Your mom did a great job with the pedicures! Now she can do one for me! LOL

I'm so happy that Max is still holding on.

sprinkles said...

Almost forgot! I have an award for Max! Hopefully he'll share it with you since you've been so helpful in letting him rest while you post updates!


Thanks Toffee for the update on Max. We always enjoy hearing from you.

From two Malts to another, have a grrrreat week and continue taking good care of Max and tell him we luuuv him!

Riley and Star.

Maggie and Mitch said...

Mom trims in between our pads when the furs get long too and neither one of us are too crazy about it. Max and Bantam Tam are much better behaved about it than we are!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Hey, we saw Max in Paris. Mommy took care of my big sister for 6 weeks before she moved to heaven, so she has been there. We are so sorry about Max, and we know that it hard to even express the words.
Sally Ann

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Unfortunately, after looking at all of our footsies, we have determ9ined that mom and dad will not be allowed to read this posting because it would probably have the same consequences that resulted when your mom looked at your feet. Fortunately we don't have any feather footed chickens around here, just the none feather footed kind. But we might might end up being called Big Foot Jubal, Bear Foot J.E.B., etc. So we'll keep Tammy's feet a secret and y'all won't mention ours.
Our best to Max Dog; ourprayers and thoughts remain with him and you.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Hi Toffee,

Bantom Tam... we like it, hehe

You and Tammy do a good job keeping your eye on sweet Max as he sleeps. :)

Benny and Lily said...

Thank you for taking us along Toffee. We wondered why we don't have much hair, mom must snip us while we are sleeping. Max, keep one eye open
Benny & Lily

Dory and the Mama said...

Great post Toffee!! You are doing a wonderful job snoopervising Max during his naps! I am sure he and your Mama appreciate all you you are doing!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

It is nice to see your sweet face.
Your sooo cute.
your secret you shared is secure with me. Bantam tam tee hee hee- their feet look like chicky feet!
You are a great snoopervisor and keeping the house quiet as Max sleeps.
Love to all of you

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kissa-bull said...

we just love to see max happy and sleeping so peacefully
you guys are great for looking out for him
we love the no disturb sign
furry great idears
pibble sugars
the houston pittie pack

Wild Dingo said...

wow, i never trim the fur under my sibes paws. now i have to go look for it... i never knew you should trim it! an education!

glad Max is comfortable and happy. sigh. hugs to him from all three of us at Wild Dingo!

Lorenza said...

Pawesome paws!
I can see the resemblance with the Bantam Tam!
We are thinking of you every day!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Josie said...

Max, You have cute Bantam Tam paws. I don't have that problem. My paws never grow hair between the toes, which is good, because I don't like it when my nails have to be trimmed. But it's weird, because patients touch my feet all the time and I don't care, hmmmm, maybe I should think about that...anyway. Love you Max. My mom and I are working on putting together a MaxTour of our own. We just want to show you something more than snow...LOL!!!

Much Love,

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

I've never seen a Bantam before until you mentioned it, Toffee! And Tammy's paws do resemble the Bantam feet...in a way. LOL! It's great to hear that Max has been going around the world for Valentine's! It's good to hear that he's resting well too in between..*wink*

Hope you guys have a great weekend!


ocmist said...

My Mom trimmed MY tootsies awhile back when Classy Chassy won a book from Dott and wanted me to autograph it with a Paw Print. I HATED it!!! I'm so glad that Max slept through it and hope you didn't have to fight to much with Tammy to get her's done. You did a wonderful job on them! OC from Corgi Country