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Friday, February 19, 2010


TOFFEE-DOG here...

Hello there to all our fur-friends across the globe.

There is a rather delicate matter which I, the TOFFEE-DOG, need to address. MAX is resting at the moment, so I thought it would be an appropriate time to do so.

You see, I read everything on this blog...including the COMMENTS! Some of MAX’s readers don't quite understand that I am NOT A GIRL!!! Today I want to clear up this awkward matter.

Okay, here goes...

I AM KING TOFFEE!...not queen

I AM NEUTERED!...not spayed


I AM A BOY!....not a girl

I AM A BROTHER!...not a sister

I AM A “MR”! ...not a “Mrs”, “Miss” or “Ms”


(You see, I even help MAX patrol the perimeter!...this is dominant, MALE behaviour and certainly not a task for whimps!)

Now one distinctive trait about a Maltese DOG is that we DO NOT openly display our wares!
Unlike larger DOGS (such as Golden Retrievers) we prefer to keep our family jewels hidden. You will NOT, for example, find me lying on my back!!! I simply don’t submit!

So, although I am a ‘Yippee-Yappy-Happy-Chappy’ I want you to remember that

I am KING!!!!....not queen!

I have proved my jumping worth!...

So please, in the days ahead can you not forget the 'King' business...?


With that ‘small’ matter cleared up, let’s get on to today’s post...

It is Friday today and I thought I would treat you all to a bit of a ‘giggle’ (hopefully).

Over the past few weeks I have tried to collect some pictures depicting some of the ‘everyday’ scenes we see here in Johannesburg South Africa...

Our 'TAXI's are part of everyday life....they go anywhere and everywhere they choose to...at will ... and have their own set of road rules! Robots (traffic lights), for example are ignored...

And they are usually in a state of disrepair...

But like me....TAXI's RULE!!!

General lawlessness in our country is also part of everyday life.

How about these "passengers" standing on the tow-bar of a moving vehicle?

With general lawlessness, road accidents are common and the entrepreneurial 'VULTURES' await their feast...

...but ordinary citizens try hard to make a living...

Some however, don't quite get the point...

Other's cook meals on the side of the road...to sell to weary passers-by.
They too put up walls around their property...

...but construction is taking place everywhere in preparation for all our visitors in July...

Yes, our society is colourful. Each day is a challenge and is filled with possibility.
Nature, as always gives us hope and good cheer..

Moms 'favourite' trees, (Yellow Fever Trees)for example - simply grow in the parking lots of shopping malls for us all to enjoy!

Poor people set up their own shopping malls in places which are prohibited...

But technology is everywhere!!!
Even in our trees...

(The picture above is a cell phone/mobile phone tower)

As for me, the TOFFEE-DOG, (The King...remember!?!) I say...

If the "tour guide" hat fits...wear it!!!
...and I think that I am doing a splendid job!


Have a "Yippee- Yappy -Happy-Chappy" weekend!

Max continues to soldier on. This is day 13 of his grace. There is no real change. He continues to rest. Thank you to everyone who has him and us in your prayers. We really do feel the love and empathy coming our way...and we can only be very, very grateful!
Luv C


Andrea said...

My brother, Nanuq knows just how you feel...people call him a girl, sometimes too. He really does NOT like it.
Hang in there, King Toffee.

Woofs and Wags,

Mango said...

Well, it is sometimes difficult when one's equipment is so difficult to spot. No worries. My Beautiful Raja got called a boy a lot just because she was big. Not to mention momma could never find a girlie collar in a 30" neck size. You just keep doing your thing and don't worry if people get confused.


dewdana said...

Of course you are King! And you are an awesome tour guide. That cell phone tower made me do a double take though... impressive!
Thanks for the tour and when max wakes up tell him we said hello! We are glad to hear he is still doing ok. Hope you are Keeping Tammy in line too and there have been no more escapes!

TwoSpecialWires said...

We love you, King and family. And we hope that says it all and will hold us over for a few days....
Jake and Fergi xxoo

KB said...

KING Toffee. I will try very hard not to ever make that mistake. I can understand how it might upset a tough dog like you. You are the KING of the little dogs in your pack.

You make an excellent tour guide, showing us the day-to-day sights that I've never seen. That little wood house - I saw a bunch of those in rural mexico with people selling things from them in the most deserted spots on earth. I feel bad in retrospect because I actually almost laughed - it seemed so silly to try to sell things in places with no one around. But, I guess that the little tiny wood structures aren't only rural mexico - thy're in S. Africa too!

I think of you, MaxDog, and your whole family every day. Your grace astounds me. What a strong family you are! Take good care of your brother, King Toffee.


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

Dear Mr. Toffee, aka KING TOFFEE,

How terribly rude of people not to get something so basic right. Honestly!

Thanks for another fascinating insight into life in SA!


Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos King Toffee! We are so sorry if we offended you, not sure if we did or not, but, it is always correct to apologize!
Puppy kisses for Max and our love is being sent to Gail...
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Mrs. JP said...

Of course your are a handsome and wonderful tour guide. Good job sir.
Our Charlie knows how you feel, before him all we had were girl dogs so the command for pee outside was "go be a good girl!" or so when I say that at the door I feel bad for him and say "and charlie, you be a good boy!" We have to keep our dignity after all.

Angus said...

Toffee you can be sure that no one in France ever doubted your masculine credentials - you are indeed 'le roi'. Of course you can be cute and top dog at one and the same time!

Madi and Mom said...

Hi King Toffee....Princess Madi here. You are just about TOO CUTE
what a darling post. Mom and I learned of Hamish's passing from your post...we went right over to tell his Mom of our sorrow for her.
Max...you must have had many years filled with laughter living with King Toffee!!! March on sweet boy on this your 13th day of Grace.
With much respect for you dear Max.
Madi and Mom

Priscilla said...


My prayers are with Max. I do hope he stays around for a long time.

And I'm sure you are a boy :) But with a girlie cuteness!

Scout and Freyja said...

Toffee, impossible to mistake you for a girlie-girl. You carry yourself in such a manly manner☺ We are happy that you took in stride the girlie comments and set everyone straight.

We always love the tours. Today's was a little sad, though, to see so many people struggling. But, you know, over here our economy is awful, too, and more and more we see people in food lines and homeless. Never, ever thought we'd see the US so depressed...

Sending continuous prayers and l♥ve for Maxdog and for your momma.

The Army of Four said...

Who in the world thought you were a girl? Sheesh. You're a manly pup!
Tail wags,
PS: If it's any consolation, I get mistaken for a boy all the time and I'm a girl.

TK said...

Dearest King Toffee,
We who may have offended, (we don't knows if we did,) humbly beg the forgivenesses and mercies of the King.
Very good way to clears it up- not likely to forget now are we?
Thanks for keeping us in-the-know about Max.
And i LOVE your tour guidedness!
Purrs and Prayers to you and yours.
TK and Squashies

brooke said...

King Toffee! The things you must go through to prove your male-ness. Darwin has the same problem, though everyone thinks shes a HE not a SHE. I know the name doesn't help, but you would think the pink bejeweled collar would be a big hint. Even after we point out she's a girl, many people still refer to her as a him. OI.

kissa-bull said...

well hewo there king toffe
i am queen coco of the pittie pack and would like you to know that i recognized the blue blood longs time ago
you are quite the handshumest king i have ever seen.**blush**
ush royalty must stick together lest the peasants try to overturn ush.
lotsa pibble sugars
coco chanel queen of the universe

Twinkietinydog said...

Dear King Toffee, sir! You are one lovely tour guide. I have never been to SAfrica and I liked getting a taste. You also remain the good news bearer :) My love to the family and a special lick for Max.

Anonymous said...

OK Toffee. Glad you cleared that up. I think I might have been one of those who thought you were a Queen instead of King. We are most sorry for that mistake. It will never happen again. Now that I take a second look you do look more like a King. King of the doggies.

Hey Max! We just wanted to say Hi to you. We hope you have a nice weekend with your family. You hang in there. We're sending lots of purrs your way.

Paws & Whiskers
Jude,Poo,Babybella,Piper & Marley

The Thundering Herd said...

Your highness, sir, we got it. You are quite cute, er, handsome!

P.S. - Glad to hear Max continues to be well.

Sam said...

So sorry, dear Toffee! Please give Max hugs for us!


bbes tribe said...

Hello King Toffee, Good you could clear things up. You did a great job of tour guiding. Thanks. WE enjoyed it all. Glad Max is hanging in there. We are keeping our paws crossed!!!
Ernie, Sasha, Chica

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey King Toffee,
For a King you're quite a bitch; or in your case as you have so definitively pointed out, a SON of a bitch. We humbly acknowledge your maleness. A bit TMI though in regard to your gender; were you failing in obedience school and you had to be tutored? How come guys are tutored and girls are sprayed? What do they spray them with?
Please rest assured that you are doing remarkably well as a tour guide for such a little fella. OBTW: Taxi drivers and taxis are evidently the same world over. We know that they're the same in Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Bangkok, and Washington D.C. as you describe them as being in Johannesburg.
OBTW: We're pretty sure that both Boru and Alex are bigger than you; and they're kitties.
Please give our best thoughts to your bro Max Dog and assure him that we are holding him closely in our thoughts and prayers. May he have many more good, happy days in GOD's grace.

sprinkles said...

King Toffee, my little chihuahuas know just how you feel! People mistake them for girls all the time.

You have a beautiful country!

Thanks for the daily update on Max. Continuing to keep him in my prayers!

Mr Koda MD said...

Sounds like a case of small dog syndrome, HOWEVER, I bet you take marvelous care of Max! Protect him from danger and all that...

Good work King Toffee!


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

I believe Mr Koda nailed it ;-)

Thanks fur the tour though!


ScrapsofMe said...

Toffee! We have those weird cellphone trees too! The first time she saw one, she nearly wrecked the car whipping her head around for a 2nd look. She was so amazed she turned around and drove back to take a picture of it! Paint a pole brown and plug in fake limbs and leaves. We are waiting on the next hurricane to see how it holds up.
Great tour, are you sure you are not in South Florida?


Ina in Alaska said...

We humbly obey your commands King Toffee!! We hope you have a splendid royal weekend with your subjects, just be sure to rule kindly over Sir Max!! xoxo

The OP Pack said...

King Toffee, we hope we have never made that mistake, but from past experience, we know our Mom has mistaken the gender of a few of our kitty furiends. She is even having trouble calling Ciara a she and not a he. We think you make a wonderful King too.

More interesting insight into your country's culture - love it.

Woos, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Dear King Toffee,
Yes, indeed you are the king. You will one day be in the king of your house, and when that day comes,hopefully, many many days away, i.e. months and months, you must love and support your Mommy and big brother who doesn't blog;but, he is still most important, and your sister.
Sally Ann

Jacqueline said...

King Toffee, you are a fantastic Tour Guide=we are very impressed with your knowledge of South African life...and we are glad you are helping out sweet Max=you are a wonderful brother as well!

KK said...

So sorry, King Toffee! Hail to the chief :) Glad Max is still comfortable, hugs from Carly in Texas!

Asta said...

Dawling KING Toffee

You AWE doing a splendid job of being a touw guide. You should have sent evewyone to ask me, I cewtainly could have told them you wewe a king NOT queen..(wemembew ouw little fliwt while I visited?..I'll cewtainly , nevew fowget
)smoochie kisses

ocmist said...

Hail, King Toffee!!! You tell um, Boy! Just cause we are short doesn't make us BIG dogs at heart! You showed us some more interesting thing about your beautiful country today and it's always good to learn new things! Mom has one question, though... is that a FAKE tree or did they just put wiring in it or something to make it a cell phone tower? BG (I may not have family jewels anymore, but I AM the MAN of the family around here!)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Dear King Toffee
I say lets go play in the mud!
For petes sake - you don't look like a girl to me!
Your definatly all boy- and I think your cute!
You know what- everyone thinks I am a BOY- so I know how ya feel.
Your a great tour guide and you get a blue ribbon cause you made me giggle today.
Still sending our thoughts and prayers to you - and Max and your mom.
Now come one- lets go roll in the mud

Piappies World said...

Greetings, King Toffee!

It's fascinating how busy you are these days. We think that helping your mom with home chores, checking out the perimeter, inspecting the garden, helping out with the tour guide duties and of course, watching over dear Max shows how much you are on top of things there.

Thanks for taking us on a tour --- taxi's here in our world are also the same.

We so love your photo jumping over the hoop. Great move from King Toffee and great shot for your mommy.

-Frappie, Mocha, Sugar & the Piappies

Mochi and Mommy said...

Hi King Toffee! Lots of people mistake me for a boy...even when I'm wearing my pink collar!

You are doing a great job as a tour guide! :) Our cell phone towers are disguised as coconut trees.