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Friday, February 26, 2010



Hello there to all my friends across the world!


Thank you all for your messages of encouragement and upliftment. I feel rather numb and short of words this morning, so I thought I'd share another photo-sequence of interaction between the pooches.

This morning, after breakfast I went back to our bedroom to attend to a few things. As usual, the dogs all followed me. If you haven't guessed by now...I ALWAYS have a tail of furry friends !!!

In the bedroom they found their places to settle down. As is usual nowadays MAXDOG immediately chose his bed. Indeed wherever I go nowadays, he flops to the floor and drifts off to sleep at my feet.

I can see that the other dogs know that something is up and it's so interesting to simply watch their behaviour.

TOFFEE was in a playful mood this morning - taking full advantage of MAXDOG's lethargy to get my attention. I grabbed one of MAX's toys and started playing with the KING...

As you know, toys in the house are totally usurped by MAX. He doesn't appreciate others playing with his stuff. He looked on with disdain and then decided that enough was enough...He was having his toy back!...

BUT... Perhaps it was really an ingenious strategy, initiated by KING TOFFEE to get MAXDOG energised again?
Who know? TAMMY seemed part of the strategy too...

She loves getting him to drop his toys and play with her instead...

He gives in for a short while and then reaches for another of his many toys - whilst TAMMY watches attentively...

Okay, playing with toys is tiring work!
MAXDOG chooses to rest instead. His toy is firmly tucked under his neck...

TAMMY tries to convince him otherwise and he picks it up instead...

"Yes MAXDOG..we do understand! They are all YOUR toys!"...

"Your faithful pack remains at your side...for as long as you wish!
We promise to leave your toys alone!"

So, another beautiful day is ahead of us.
MAXDOG is here and he's okay for the moment.
No matter what, we will embrace today!
Enjoy your day too!

We love and appreciate you all!


Angus said...

What a lovely sequence of photos.

Priscilla said...

Hi Max.

You're so lucky to have your best friends with you all the time trying to keep you energised and happy.
And we all know that your toys belong to you - so do Toffee and Tammy.
I think they're both so sweet to stay by your side and I'm sure they all know whats going on.
Remember to enjoy your life with him.
May you live long and happy.

MurphyDog said...

Boy Max

You sure are lucky to have such a wonderful family, 4 legged and biped.

its so good to see that you are feeling well enough to play a bit! Keep up the good work.

Wags, wiggles & slobbers

Kali said...

I was gone forever and I come back to find you are sick :(

That makes me very sad...We will be keeping you in our thoughts.

I hope you are feeling even more energized tomorrow!

We loved the pictures and you have such great toys!!!


Naqvee said...

Max.. no words can describe what your dear mom and you are going through!

our prayer will remain with you and your family ..

Mango said...

Great to see Toffee and Tammy being respectful of Max. What a great pack dynamic.


Anonymous said...

Hey Max - we love your beautiful assortment of toys - we Great Danes have a silly habit of destroying ours! Hang in there buddy - we love you! Saxy & Obi (Margie's Great Danes)

KB said...

It's wonderful to see the playful and loving interactions among your pack. I think that you're right about the others knowing that something is up. I bet that even MaxDog knows. And, like dogs always do, they're following their hearts, loving each other and you for each day of grace.

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

Yes, Max, what's your is yours and the others must not forget it!


The OP Pack said...

Happy Friday, Max, Toffee, and Tammy. What a great trio of furiends and family you make!! The gentle looks of love on all three faces shines through. We think you are on to something there about King T tricking Max into a little bit of play. Life is grand when you have love all around you.

Woos, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! Glad to see you play MAX. Have a wonderful day. I will continue to send my Golden healing thoughts. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Our dogs know what we need, sometimes before we even know we need it. Max's pack knows what he needs when he needs it without them exchanging one bark.

If our dogs can sniff our cancer and predict an epileptic episode, there is NO reason to believe that they cannot sense what Max needs and when he needs it. We rely on our dogs for so much - it stands to reason that, as the ORIGINAL pack animal, they rely on each other, too, for all of the same reasons.

Max you have an incredible pack loving you - human and animal - and, when you look at the state our world is in - who, really, are the animals?

Holding you and your family close to my ♥ today. I am loving you and praying for you and sending you angels to comfort you as you continue with your circle of life...

houndstooth said...

I love the pack dynamics at your house!

Max, way to keep those toys and your brother and sister under control!


Madi and Mom said...

Dear Max's Mom!! You and Max dog continue to nearly leave me speechless...and that doesn't happen much with this Southern girl. I viewed the sequence of pictures, I can't help but notice Max seems to have a glow about him and such diginity. His expressions are so full of words one can almost speak for him. He knows he is LOVED!!! The actions of Toffee and Tammy are truly amazing too. Oh what we humans can learn from these three puppies!!!
Many hugs to you all,
Madi and Mom

Jacqueline said...

As always, beautiful, sweet photos of your babies; so good to see Max play with Tammy and his toys...We sent Max a shout out of love from our blog this morning=hope you all have a good weekend together and continue to feel the love from around the world as well as from each other.

Sam said...

Good morning, Max! Those are great photos!


Stella said...

It makes me happy to count the days of Grace with you, Max. I have no doubt that Tammy and the King know too. Our thoughts and prayers stay with you all.

Just for your info, I don't share my toys either. Sometimes if you do, they come back wrecked!

Stella and Mom

Dory and the Mama said...

What a great post! We just wanted to let you know that we are so very inspired by you, Max and the rest of your pack!


Jake of Florida said...

Those photos touched our hearts. We dogs do know. How could we not? Yes, we live in the moment, but everything we hear and smell and see leaves an imprint.

We're with you Max -- and all your pack!!!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Mrs. JP said...

As always, the photos are touching because they we know the love packed in each one. I do think that Tammy and King T are trying to cheer and encourage Max. Love and prayers for grace upon grace to you and yours.

the booker man said...

you're such a sweet boy, max, and you have a great pack, too!! :)
the booker man's mama

Sammy and Andy said...

Sending our love, purrs and hugs. Keep soldiering on, Max......xxxxxxxxx

Piappies World said...

Hello Max,

We are so happy to see through these photos how Toffee and Tammy are doing such a great job in helping Maxdog Mom make the most of each precious moment with you.

Your stuffies are really adorable. It's funny how they both want to get their paws on them but it's funnier how you keep them close to you, even under your neck.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you always.

-Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

The Thundering Herd said...

What a great series of pictures. The pack is surrounding Max and taking care of him.

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

Woo always manage to make our feelings of sadness into happiness!

GReat pikhs!

Happy Friday!


Junior and Orion said...

Maxdog, we are glad you have a pack that is taking such good care of you!

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Great photos! What a great pack you have there Max!

Sam & June

Ms. ~K said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments!
Hugs to all,

caboval said...

Happy 20th day!!! Yay!!!! Hearts uplifted!!!!! Have a beautiful weekend! Hugs to all of you! Joey and Kealani

BRUTUS said...

I too have a few followers where ever I go in the house. Especially when we had 3 dogs, I would always tell my husband that I felt like the pied piper!! Thank goodness there are doors on the bathroom, or I'd be stared at by 6 eyes instead of having a moment of privacy!!
You go, Max! You inspire us all!!

Michelle (Brute's mom)

The Army of Four said...

What lovely, lovely photos!
Tail wags,

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Max and Toffee and Tammy! It is great to see Max is still doing well. And I think it is great that Toffee and Tammy are there for him, and try and keep his spirits up! He is so lucky to have so much love around him.

Sending lots of purrs and prayers!

sprinkles said...

I have no doubt Tammy and King Toffee know that Max's time is near. And I also have no doubt that they stole his toys to get him to play!

I'm so amazed by Max and his strong will to continue on.

I know I don't know Max but I still love him all the same.

My chihuahua Shiver likes to think all of the toys belong to him too.

KBL 2 ORD 2 SAN 2 LUV said...

Happy 20th day of grace Maximum Max. Yes, we know all too well what it means to have your best pals around you.

C, my family and I hold you in our hearts and lift you up in our prayers. It is fraying upon the fringes of your spirit to watch and wait. You are a terrific mama.

Thank you for your warm and thoughtful comment for Achilles. Yes, we know all too well what you are going through. We've been there twice, and it does not get any easier. Achilles was almost 15 and we felt robbed of more time with him since we'd only rescued him at 13. It seems even more unfair for you and Max since he is younger than Achilles was. But, whatever time is willed for you two, it will be precious, bittersweet, and it will warm your heart until you meet again.

All our love & support to you & Max. Give him a warm hug for us today.

Twinkietinydog said...

And you just made our day again!!! Yes, I too believe that the King new what he was doing. He was testing the water and it worked. And then Tammy followed his example. What a pack. The photos were amazing.
Cheers Maxie!!! Have a grrreat day and a fantastic weekend.

TK said...

Beautiful sequence. The love in that pack is pretty obvious. You're open honesty continues to amaze and teach. We gave Max a shout-out yesterday.
Bless the Max pack!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Nothing like friends to energize us when we're tired.

Clive said...

Those photos say it all!

Thinking of you ...

lots of love
Clive and the NSLM

Lacy said...

w00fs, heehee just enuff playing to keep u happy..wish my mama learned that the toys iz mine too..she tries to play wiff em..

b safe,

dw said...

I think Toffee and Tammy know just what to do with Max...how to energize him, how to show they love him...and yes, Max, the toys are all yours! <3

kissa-bull said...

oh max love
your pack ish so furry shpecial
we love how they try to keep him playful and forget his troubles
we love to see him sorrounded by so much affection and love
pibble sugars
the houston pittie pack

Ina in Alaska said...

A wonderful day of grace for Max and his faithful pack (and toys)
Max has the most expressive eyes.
We have noticed Tommy's picture is missing from the sidebar. Have we missed some news of Tommy? xoxo

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Toys have always surronded you and have been your very special friends.
In their own way, they made you laugh and play.
In their own way, they made you feel like running with the wind. They were yours.
Toffee brought you one of your toys to cheer you up.
Toffee asked "who wants to help love Max today,"?
And the little toy, spun around ans said "pick me."
When you laid your head across the toy and cuddled it,
I know it was your way of saying "thank you" to the special toy for being your friend all these years.
And then I saw you wink at Toffee and Tammy- thanking them for thinking of you.
I would bring you one of my toys to cheer you up- if it would help.

Jennifer said...

Awww so bittersweet! Will keep Max in our prayers! Thank you for sharing the pictures----enjoyed looking at them.

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Max!
It's good to see the energizer pack is with you and keeping you khompany!
We luv the pictures!
Have a great weekend and stay well!!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Sure is important that they know... your toys are your toys!
I love to see you playing with them!
Have a great saturday!
Kisses and hugs

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max Dog, Ms. Tammy, Ms Caryl and MR KING TOFFEE,
Boy, Ms. Caryl sure take GReat photograph; and these will be such a cherished album. We fully commensurate with the toy ownership situation. We have a saying around here; "All Toys Are Jubal's." Hed only graciously allows the rest of us to occasionally play with them. We are glad that you are having another comfortable and happy day together; cherish them all. As always, we hold y'all close in our hearts and prayers and wish Max many, many more such days. We love you Max.

ocmist said...

Your post is so great... Let the dogs tell their stories through the pics when your brain is numb. They do a wonderful job of it. It is so cute to see the way they help him keep up his morale, and I'm sure they bring smiles to you too! Our love and prayers and crossed paws are still with you each day! The CCC and their Grammy