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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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Saturday, February 20, 2010



Hello there dear Friends!

I hope you are having a happy weekend! I am very comfortable and soldiering on nicely. Thank you for your constant stream of well wishes.

I must apologise for the arrogance of my brother, TOFFEE. He really has a high opinion of himself, but underneath all the pomp and ceremony, he's okay!...tolerable!...sometimes cute! I'm very grateful to him for all the work he's putting into my blog. My girlfriend, TAMMY, has also expressed her desires to post sometimes. Who am I to complain!?!

As you all know, I am very sleepy nowadays...most of my days are in my 'traditional' pose and I make sure that I plant myself firmly next to Mom.

(To keep an eye on her!..Afterall, that's my main job!)

Sometimes I even sleep ON her feet - just to make sure that I wake up when she moves!

(She can't fool me!)

Anyway, Mom often makes trips into the garden. I use the opportunity to 'catch' up on all the local 'flower news'. Usually our whole pack goes out with mom to enjoy our sunny South African sunshine.

Geesh!....Mom's camera is always present and she caught me in the most embarrassing position!....

TAMMY always stays at my side.
She checks looks out for me the same way that I look out for Mom! Thanks TAMMY-GIRL!!!

...As you all know by know ...
(We'll just appease him...shall we?!?)

TAMMY couldn't care less...so long as she's able to lie on the cool grass outside...close to me!

...while I sniff my flowers!...

...and smell the air...

When Mom calls, we ALL obey!
Our recalls are excellent!
(Okay...MY recall is excellent!)

Well, it's time to catch up on some zzzzz's!
But before I go, I want to tell you how much I appreciate these Vets!
...you see, they have a very difficult job to do!
Sometimes they help us heal and sometimes they help us over to the rainbow bridge. We sometimes moan like crazy about them, but they really are a truly dedicated bunch and I would like to say...

... thank you to my Vets too!

Here is a 'prayer' that Mom found on one of the walls in our Vet's consulting room.
It tells a story of its own.

May God bless our Vets, Veterinary technicians and Veterinary helpers of all sorts!
They deserve our thanks and recognition!
Lots of licks


Wow...yet another leg of the
Grap a cuppa...and go and look...


Thank you friends for your hospitality!
Luv C


Priscilla said...

Hi Max

What a beautiful prayer.

Your recalls ARE excellent, all of you.
And sniffing flowers? Never knew of a male dog doing that. Most of the time, they'd be peeing on them.
You're so sweet Max. So is Tammy.

Mr Koda MD said...

What a fantastic family you have Max, taking the time to "smell the roses" with you!

Tammy is lovely and obviosly cares about you very very much, as for The King, I'm sure hes a softy on the inside!

Keep well Max


kks said...

love the poem and Maxdog is looking good out in the flowers!! i'm sure your Veterinary team loves you and Max! so sweet of you to thank them....we often don't hear a simple thank you....hugs and kisses to all the critters in your home!
Max has been everywhere! were next...Oprah?! :)

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

We love all the pictures, Max!

And yes, a good vet is such a precious friend! We agree.

Tommy (and the cats too!)

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Max and Caryl
I just want to say thank you so much for the wonderful tribute you paid to my dear Hamish yesterday. Also to note that Max has such a huge (and deserved) influence in dog-blogging community that dozens of his friends who didn't even know Hamish have visited the blog and left words of comfort.
I shall continue to follow this blog and those of Hamish's other friend while I contemplate a new outlet for my love of dogs and blogging!
All you family, and especially Max, are very much in my thoughts at the moment.
Best wishes, Gail
PS I went to see the film Invicticus last night, which I did enjoy (I come from a rugby playing family), but all the way through I kept thinking about Max and the life in South Africa you so vividly portray through him and the other dogs.

ocmist said...

Max, you remind me of the Story of Ferdinand the Bull. He was a big old guy that just loved to sit and smell the flowers. I think that is something we ALL need to take the time to do… Stop and sit down with our friends and smell the flowers and enjoy the sunshine and those we love.

I do the same thing with my Mom and always keep her in eyeshot… usually laying on her feet. Our Mom’s are pretty special to us aren’t they… pretty much our whole life! OC

PS The Vet Poem was beautiful and thanks for sharing it with us.

The Thundering Herd said...

You are so right. Our vets are just spectacular and should be saluted all of the time. Glad you are enjoying your time in the garden.

Mango said...

You look happy enjoying the sunshine and the company of your girlfriend. Yes, we love our vets too. They always give me nice foodables and lots of smoochies and make me feel better.


Anya said...

Many hugs for you Max :-)
I love it
when I see you walking in the garden and follow your Mommy !!
It means you are feeling well today

((hugs)) Kareltje =^.^=

Sam said...

Good Morning, Max! Glad to see that you are up and about. That is a wonderful poem. We adore our vet - not only does she look after our dogs and help them through life, she is a shoulder to lean on when the news is grim and we need to cry. We can never thank her enough for all the work she does!


KB said...

I couldn't agree more about our vets. When I find the ones that suit our needs, I value them like fine gold. They're so caring, about our animals and us (the people).

Despite being sleepy, your posts sound as if Max is having a quietly content time with all those who love him and who he loves around him. Having a time like this to prepare and shower him with even more love is a blessing, in my opinion. I hope that your family spends a loving weekend together.

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

I agree about the vets...they are wonderful caring people. Great poem.

Looks like you are enjoying the sunshine with your family. One of my mom's human friends is even following your blog now to check on you Maxdog and she's not even a dog blogger. You are touching so many people MaxDog.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Jacqueline said...

So glad to see you posting, Max; you all look lovely in the garden...A sweet poem; vets have a very rewarding, but difficult job...Happy weekend to you all in beautiful South Africa.

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max,
Please know that we keep you close in our hearts and prayers everyday. It is important to take the time to stop and smell the roses, even more so if you can do it with those that you love and who love you. Don't mind that the little GUY Toffee has a big ego (Napoleonic complex). We will be most gracious with him and allow him his way as do you. We really liked the veterinarian's prayer. Our mom is going to college to get an Associate's degree as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT).
We are so glad that you are comfortable and enjoying the Grace of God and hope that you have many more happy and comfortable days. We love you Max Dog; we truly love you.

NanaNor's said...

Hi Max, I'm so glad you've got sunshine to go out and enjoy because here in Colorado we have snow. You are such an incredible dog Max and so well loved!!! Tammy is one lucky girl to have won your heart. As for Toffee-I was one of the ones who miss took his handsomely rugged looks for a cute little gal...so sorry, how could I have been so blind.
Have a wonderful, loving peaceful day Max, and hey when you get to the bridge could you look out for my Sadie girl-short little shepherd/bassett mix who I miss terribly...she crossed over on Christmas.
Hugs to you and your family.

Mommyof2girlz said...

Max you and your siblings are just the sweetest. Love all the pictures!

Twinkietinydog said...

Hello, Twinkie checking up on you, Max :) I just got back from one of your tours and I'm exhausted too, mu furiend. No wonder you're sleepy all the time. Touring is fun and tiring at the same time. Have a grreat weekend and keep momma's feet safe. So glad to see you all so well and happy.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Glad to know you are having a nice and sunny day. Going to the yard to smell the flowers sure is great.
Going to the Vet is not one of my fav activities but he is very nice and takes good care of me. And my mom appreciates that!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

JC said...

I've just found your blog and am so sad to hear about Max. I have a six year old Golden Ret. and Max looks so much like her.

She loves going outside and diggning in what I call, her den. It's a fern area that she keeps her old toys in.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell ...

Ina in Alaska said...

Dear Max, I wholeheartedly agree with you about the care we pet families receive from our dedicated vets. We love and appreciate our vets, and we know every day is not easy for them either! They have helped our older brother and sisters over the Bridge with love and compassion.

Meanwhile, we think you look very good! We also wish to say hello to Tammy and express our utmost respect as we bow to King Toffee!! Hugs to you all xoxo Toby, Ginger, Jeter & Halle

Piappies World said...

Happy Saturday, Max!

Worry not about Toffee. We think that he has a big heart just like you and we adore him.

Good to know you are alright and had a good time checking out the garden, enjoying the company of Tammy and your pack and being able to look after your mommy. Keep that spirit strong, dear Max.

We cherish our moments with you and we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Have a good weekend!

-Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

houndstooth said...

We saw your visit in Houston! You sure get around, Max!

I can understand about Toffee! After all, I live with Madame Blueberry!

Enjoy that sunshine!


Ms. ~K said...

Max, Although I enjoy Tammy and King Toffee's posts, it's always special to see your handsome face on the blog...Each day is a blessing!
Hugs to all,

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

Hi Max!

Thanks fur the pawesome post!

I understand the challenges in keeping moms in line!

Thanks fur sharing that furry special prayer fur the vets and all associated with their special skills!


sprinkles said...

Love that vet prayer!

Goodness, no wonder you sleep so much! You've traveled the world over and must be exhausted.

I once had a little fox terrier who liked to sniff the flowers. She'd sneeze and sneeze afterwards and then go back for more. Made me laugh every single time!

Benny and Lily said...

You are such a good boy Max for sharing your blog with Toffee. Who is the real boss..we know..vets are good huh? You just rest and enjoy life. We saw you stopped to smell the flowers.
Benny & Lily

caboval said...

Hi Max!!!! Those are beautiful pictures of you in the garden!!! So glad to see you up and about with your girlfriend Tammy!!! And Toffee is as cute as ever!!! Sending you warm hugs and sweet kisses! Hugs, Joey and Kealani

MAX said...

Hi everyone
I am just checking if I can leave a comment on my own blog...don't mind me....some bloggers are having problems...so I just wanted to check.
If you are having a problem with commenting, please let me know. I am not sure how to rectify the problem, but will try my best to find out.
Luv C

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

Hey Max...
what a wonderful post!!!!
Your bros is great doing post but you're the best and our preferred!!!(But don't tell that to Toffee!!!!!)

That prayer is Great!!!
Thanks for sharing wihth us!!!!!
And you and Tammy look sooooooooooooooooo beautiful and sweet!!!!
We love your sniffing time all around your garden!!!!
Wish were there sniffing with you!!!!
Your roses must be soooooooooooooo scented!!!!
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh...we're so proud of you...your recall is EXCELLENT!!!!

HAve a great weekend!!!
Sweet kisses and hugs!!!!!

Duffy said...

Looks like a nice afternoon in the garden. Thanks for sharing the lovely vet prayer.

Scout and Freyja said...

Dearest Maxdog, we received your mom's note about posting comments and we may have a clue. We have NO issues with commenting; however, it seems that some sort of advertisement has attached itself to your blog. How do we know? Because when we click to comment and when the comment window pops up, so does a full screen advertisement! Sometimes for a Casino and usually for something a bit tasteless. This has been going on for about 10 days or so...

If you need some help removing it, let my mom know because she has removed them from our blog when they have attached themselves to us!

Or, email my mom and she will try to explain to you how do do this yourself☺

PS: Those with a pop-up blocker for third parties that is activated would not be able to comment on your page.

Mochi and Mommy said...

Hi Max! Great pictures in your garden with Tammy and Toffee! :)

You're right! I am so thankful for all that my vet has done for me! He always seems to know what to do to make me feel better.


Cheyenne -Millie said...

You look furry cute in your embarrassing picture! That is such a nice poem you posted!

Anonymous said...

Well Max looks to me like you had an enjoyabe time in the garden. Sure does look like a big beautiful garden to play in. So pretty with all the flowers too.

Don't mind Toffey, it is just the way for us Malties to be the King or Queen of where ever we are!

Hugs, Tessa

Nellie and Calvert said...


You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. So happy to see you enjoying your walks and loving nature at its most beautiful.

Calvert and Nelli send you Schnauzer kisses and from me, tons of belly rubs.


The OP Pack said...

Hi Max,

We are so happy to see all these beautiful photos of you. We are sorry we have missed so many posts lately, but life is very busy with our new sister puppy here. We may not be getting around as much for a bit but we will be sure to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Have a great weekend.

Woos, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Deborah said...

Amen to that post!
That prayer was beautiful!

Wild Dingo said...

yup. my vet too... she helped my dingo Maggie with liver cancer to walk for the last 6 months of her life. the cancer had gotten so big, it pushed on her spine (x rays showed the problem). we knew she had cancer but couldn't figure out why she couldn't walk. the tumors. she couldn't take drugs cuz her liver was not good. so we did accupuncture. it got her back to walking again, with dignity. even on her last day. i love my vet so much. and she happens to be a friend of mine now and also a client. our vets truly are awwesome.

thanks for that max! glad you are getting around and taking in the flowers. someone's got to do it in a world too busy to stop and smell them!
wild dingo

Keisha said...

That was wunnerfuls. I sends u a hug. {{{Max & friends}}}

Mrs. JP said...

I'm so thankful for our vet as well. They know how I feel about our group and are so good to us.

Glad for your naps on mom's feet and trips to see your beautiful flowers.
love and prayers