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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 13, 2010


MAXDOG here...

Hello there to all my furry buddies from across the world!

I am having a really happy weekend. All my humans are home at the moment and this always cheers me up. Although I'm generally quite sleepy from the tablets Mom gives me at night, I am feeling really well. I am still eating all my food, enjoying life and keeping an eye on my pack.

It's really nice that TOFFEE and TAMMY are helping me out with my blog. I think they are doing a good job, but I really wanted to do a little post for you today too.

Firstly, its VALENTINE'S DAY weekend, so I want to wish all my sweet furry valentine's a wonderful day tomorrow. I love you all!

Here is a picture of one of our Malls today...

Isn't it pretty!?!

One of the nice things that happened to me today was that our little friend,
came to visit us this afternoon...

She is such an energetic little doggie that she got my heart beating again. I took a long walk with her and my sweet girlfriend, TAMMY and then we came home and had a very nice cool off in the pool...

(psst...I'll tell you a secret: The reason why "The Boss"s shoe is there on the lounger (in the picture above) is that he had to clean it!!!...BOL!.!!...He stood in one of our pooS...ha! ha! ha! He wasn't impressed. Usually mom picks them up very quickly after we have used the grass, but she missed one, BOL!)

Anyway, I enjoyed cooling off in the water! I love just standing there...

JEANNIE obviously can't stand still for long...

Since we were so wet, we all got locked out of the house for a while...

But Mom is merciful (especially when we nag her!) so she put some towels down on the floor and we were allowed inside. She is a real push-over!

As you can see...TOFFEE and TOMMY DON'T SWIM!!!
These Malteses...always concerned about their looks!

...BUT it was really funny last night when TOFFEE
got stuck in a stretch...!?!
(or maybe he's now learning to 'pose' for Mom's flashy beast?!?)

With all the laughter around his 'stuck in stretch' thingy, he took refuge in Miss R's lap...

TAMMY just looked on quiety...

Okay...I've been blessed with another day and I am really grateful! Not only that, I am doing very well (according to Mom).

I WILL FIGHT THIS THING that's happening!
On Saturday last week the Vets told me there was nothing more they could do for me.
Well, I've had a whole week of life since this decree.
I've been blessed with seven more whole days...and counting!!!
You can't get rid of a good dog that fast!

One way to fight, is to rest!...And Im doing a lot of that!

I just wanted to finish off this blogpost by saying THANK YOU to the NSLM (Assistance dog for Autism) for allowing me to choose the guide dog/service puppy which they are sponsoring in my honour.
Please go to their blog to look at the adorable puppies. He asked me to choose one.
It was quite a simple choice for me: ...you see, when I was a small puppy, my humans chose me because I started chewing their shoelaces. My own puppies (Yes I am a daddy!) also had the habit of chewing shoelaces....

So, you see, my choice was simple...


Thank you, Murray and Clive...he's adorable!

Lots and lotsalicks

(PS We would like to offer our sincere condolences to
as well as Wally
who have both gone to the Rainbow Bridge. Please visit them and give them some of your amazing love)


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

We love the joy in today's post. Keep it up, Max!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

What a wonderful time you had with your furends. We wish we could swim here today but all of the water outside is frozen STIFF! Love and hugs to all of you...

Martha and Bailey said...

We are happy to read all about your great day. One day at a time!

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

Hey Handsome!

Khan woo see me smilin' at woo from here?

Nice choice on the puppy!

Happy Valentine's Day to ALL of WOO!

PeeEssWoo: Mom and I had pikhked Steff fur her eyes spoke to us BUT I khan understand the Stan selekhtion khwite easily!

Anya said...

Its wonderful to read that you all had a great time :-)

Happy Valentine weekend
Love ... Kareltje =^.^=

Keisha said...

O hai! I am so happy u are fighting the thing and u are seeing ur friends. Keep getting better! Hugs. :)

The OP Pack said...

Such a happy post from our happy boy Max - this is what we all wish for you, pal. Lots more happy days and fun with the family and furiends.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and all your family.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

caboval said...

HI Caryl, Just wanted to ask if it was ok, I dedicated my blog to Max today and I used some of your pictures from your blog? I dont see my previous comment from this morning so want to send out warm hugs and kisses to you! And Happy Valentines Day!
Love, Valerie joey and Kealani

Twinkietinydog said...

You can't get rid of a good dog that fast? My dear dear Max, I'm so happy to see your sense of humor has returned. I love your furiend for getting you out and swimming and having so much fun. I also don't know how you picked a pup. I saw them yesterday and my head was spinning. Way to be decisive.
Keep up enjoying this life for as long as you want. No doctor can tell us what to do.
A happy Twinkie

Clive said...


We are so happy you choose Stan! A great choice and we love the reasoning behind it - it makes perfect sense!

The NLSM was most impressed with you being a Daddy - he loves the photo!

We are so glad you are having a good weekend.

love from your pals
Clive and the NSLM

Kengiboo said...

Hi Maxdog. I read your blog for the first time today. I am so sorry to know that you are ailing. From your blog I can see that you are in good hands and very loved.

I love your "sponsored puppy" Stan. He's gorgeous.

My name is Kengi. I am a 4-month old black Labrador Retriever who will hopefully become a guide dog next year. My mom is a teacher in Pretoria and I go to school with her every day. Mom thinks I'm very clever and has promoted me to Grade 6 despite that I am very young for the grade!

Tell your mom that my mom is praying for your family during this tough time. I'm glad I got to read about you and your pack. Take care till we meet one day in Heaven.

Love and licks

sprinkles said...

It is so good to hear from you again, Max!

I'm glad you got to visit with your friend and that the two of you were able to enjoy the pool. It's a little cold for that here, plus I don't have a pool so my little chihuahuas won't be going swimming any time soon.

I think you've made it this far because you're a fighter and I keep praying for a miracle for you. I know I'm not the only one!

Good choice on choosing Stan!

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Max Dog! It looks as though woo had loads of fun swimming and playing with woo friend! We are also grateful for each and every day.... Mum says to let woo know I am keeping my paws crossed for woo, -Kira The BeaWootiful

houndstooth said...

Max, it's great to hear from you! Not that Toffee and Tammy aren't great at posting, too, I've just grown accustomed to your handsome face!

We loved all the pictures! It looks like you had great fun with your guest, too! I like getting my feet wet and playing in the water, but we greyhounds don't have enough body fat to swim.


~Kim~ said...

Hi Max!! It was great to hear from you today, and it's also good to read that you've not lost your sense of humor too--My dogs think it's pretty funny when we "step in it" too! It's great that you get to go swimming--We continue to look forward to the day when we can walk to the pond to do the same! Enjoy your weekend, and Happy-Happy Valentines Day!!

Piappies World said...

Happy Hearts Day, Max!

You brought us so much joy with your happy post today. It's great that you had a great time with your friend and your pack swimming, doing walkies and posing for the flashy box and being able to choose Stan.

Most of all, we are happy to read that you are truly fighting your battle. We are all behind you all the way. We cherish and are grateful for each day that we all together. Glad to know that you like the simple collage we made for you.

Keep the faith!

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Scrappy & Bullet

dewdana said...

Yea for visitors! Looks like you have 2 girlfriends today! Of course Tammy ill always be the one but more love is always a good thing! Looks like a fun day and we too are grateful each and every day that we pop in to visit and hear you have had another good day. I was positively crushed by Wally's departure he was one of my first blogland pals! Very sad and shocked about Kirby too. Sigh.
Nice choice on foster pup for Murray! We will go check them out now!
Moose + Momma

Ginger Jasper said...

The post today is just so upbeat and happy. I love it.. HAPPY VALENTINE WEEKEND... HUgs GJ xx

Whimpurr said...

You sweet, sweet, boy! It's so nice to hear that you had such a healthy and happy day! Keep it up! *puppy kisses* to you!

Jacqueline said...

Max, it is wonderful to know you are living well and able to enjoy your family and friends...It is beautiful to see all the love around you and with every post, it's so obvious you are a very special boy!...As always, I send you my love and prayers=wishing you and your family a lovely Valentine's Day together.

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

Another great great day with all your wonderful family and friends!!!!
We're soooooooooooo happy reading you're feeling well!!!!
We know you're a warrior and we know you'll fight to live tons of precious days again!!!!
Can we come and swim with you next time????
And your mommy is been soooooooooooo sweet putting towels on the floor allowing you stay inside!!!!
Sure she loves all of you tons!!!!

Sam said...

You are looking well, friend Max, and we are glad to hear that you plan to fight this! We are on your side!


McGillicutty said...

What a happy day, indeed! You're lookin' just pawsome too! You are such an inspiration and I'm praying for you, Max, man. You're a cool dude!

Irish Love,

The Thundering Herd said...

Woo, we picked Stan, too, so we think you made a wise choice. Grins.

Glad to know you are continuing to have good days. Keep up the good fight, keep enjoying the time with family, and keep having happy days. We are rooting that there are many.

Nellie and Calvert said...


We're so happy to see you enjoying life and getting tons of love and attention.

Keep up the good work, we will continue to keep you in our prayers and send you tons of licks and belly rubs.


Maggie and Mitch said...

You look very content cooling your tootsies in the pool, Max!
Happy Valentine's day to all of you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Noll's Nip said...

Happy Valentine's Day and I hope you have many, many more good days!

Lorenza said...

I am very happy to read your post today, Max!
I know you are a fighter!
Stan is adorable! Very good choice!
Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

TK said...

Is soo good to hear you has a Happy Day, Max. You serves as a good reminder to all of us to live each day to the fullest. I wish you has as many happy days as you can ever wants! TK

Cheyenne -Millie said...

We are glad that you are still fighting! That pool might help?

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Cocorue said...

hey Maxi,

happy happy Hearts day to you, Toffee, Tommy and your sweetheart Tammy and

your mumster, the Boss and ms R

i KNOW you're a fighter and i HEART seeing you giving so much joy to all of us

Stan IS a good choice and he's lucky to have 'chosen' you and your family too

my heart is with you

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

It looks like you had a fantastic day today!! Enjoy!

Happy Valentine's Day.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Java and the pups

Zoolatry said...

Hi sweet Max, we're so glad you're feeling a little better & had such a good day (and a good week) with so many of your friends. We are keeping up on our purrs for you, sending them upward all the time!
We hope you can stop by to visit us as we have some special Valentine hugs just for you... the Zoolatry Girls, Maggy & Zoey.

KB said...

Sweet Max - I'm so glad that you're having a happy and fun weekend. You're an amazing dog, surrounded by a pack that's showering you with love.

Hugs from KB, K, and R.

Ruby's Raiser said...

So happy to see you're enjoying a wonderful weekend together. It never fails to amaze me how our dogs really do teach us to live in the moment.

PS - Great choice with the puppy, it was our choice too! :)

Emma Rose said...

Hi MAx,

I am so glad you are still happy and wading in the pool nad going for walks. I just want you to know that I love you :)

Emma Rose

Ina in Alaska said...

Thanks for the update, Max! We are glad Jeanne came over for a visit and that you all had a happy, normal day!! xoxo

Stella said...

Hi Max!

A great post and nothing delights me more than to hear it was a very good day for you. Praying for many more.

Stella (and Mom, too)

The Island Cats said...

Hi Max! We love your spirit!! We're happy you had a good day today!! We pray that you have many more!

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Wally, Ernie & Zoey

Harry Spotter said...

Great and heartfelt post today. We are over joyed that you had such a good day. The pool looks lovely what a lucky dog to ahve your own pool. We are still praying for you and we wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day.

Anonymous said...

Oh Max we knew you could do it! You keep getting better Maxie!

Happy Valentines Day to all!

Hugs, Tessa

Deborah said...

WOW Max, you never seem to surprise me! I am so glad you had a nice weekend. Even went for a swim!
The puppies were so cute. You sure did pick out a good one and a good way to choose because it had to be tough!!!
Happy Valentine's Day :)

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Hi Max,
It looks like you had a great day! We love seeing you in the pool, you look so happy. Jeannie is very cute, I'm glad she came to visit. Happy Valentines day, my friend!
Love you lots!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Max
I wanted to check in on you and share some love with you and your family- so here I am.

I was watching you cool off in the pool and thought how it must have felt so wonderful.
Those silly maltese and their hair issues- they are quite picky pups!
Stan looks like he was an excellent choice.
I know that choosing must have been very hard.
Toffee and Tammy are doing a great job helping you everyday- I can tell.
I enjoyed the pictures of all of you.
We are all blessed to have another day with you.

Paxton said...

I am so pleased that you have such a positive way of looking forward, Max! It is so nice to read your upbeat blog today. My Mummy and I are very proud of you and your Mummy! You are both very special to us!

I feel as if I need to say 'Uncle Max' with you being a daddy! Stan is a great choice! I believe that he will do your name proud! Stay positive - puppy tailwags and human hugs - Paxton and Shirley

Sierra Rose said...

What a nice day, nice swim, and great friends. Amazing connection around the world to pick little cute puppy STAN! What a gift.
We are so glad to see you, Max and wish big Valentine's kisses, treats and husgs to you and yours.
Hope you come by sometime!! :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Dog By Nature said...

Hi Max,

We're so glad to see you having fun in the pool! Happy Valentines day and many hugs to you.

stay strong and much love,

M, S & Kona

TwoSpecialWires said...

Hi MaxDog! We're so happy to hear you are doing so well. And that you are enjoying life and loving family and resting comfortably! NOW we are guessing it is time to wake up, shake off the night's rest and begin to enjoy another day! And we hope it is a wonderful one!

Jake and Fergi xxoo


What a beautiful post, Max. We are happy to hear that you have had a good week with your family. Wish we could be there to share the fun with you.

Keep up the hard fight and rest all you can. Miracles can happen! We love you so much!

Riley and Star.

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Wishing you a Valentine's Day filled with sunshine and love and the tender sound of a voice that gives you comfort.

Milo and Alfie said...

Max, we are so glad that yoo are seizing the joy in each day. We hope yoo can feel the LOVE this weekend ~ espeshully since it is Valentine's Day.

If yoo have time, please pop over to our blog as we have left a special message for you there.

Marg said...

Max we are so glad that you are enjoying your days so much. That is so important. We just know a miracle is going to happen and you will be just fine.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Max....mom and I have been reading about you on all the blogs we visit. We wanted to stop by to say Happy Valentine's day to you Max the dog with the largest heart we have ever seen. You are an inspiration..you are blessed with a wonderful family and surrounded by love. We are glad to read you had such a great day on Sat with your friend.
Hugs and kisses
Madi (the Diva cat) and Mom

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max,
Congratulations on a GReat week and for being here. Everyday is a blessing and you deserve lots more. That is a GReat looking puppy, Stan, that you chose for the NSLM to sponsor in your honor (proabaly "honour" in SA and Ireland - what's with all th "u"s?) You have a GReat weekend but don't over do it. We love you.

Anonymous said...

Max you are just an amazing dog.
You keep up the good fight.
There's a lot of people out here who care.

ocmist said...

Your Valentine's Mall was really pretty, and it's always nice to have "family" visitors like Jeannie! Glad to see that you are taking care of yourself and getting plenty of rest. Your Mom is doing a great job!

We had to laugh at the look on Toffee's face when you caught him "bowing" as we call it. It is one of our tricks! Was he bowing to you? NO... I guess not from that "LOOK"...

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Max - it's so good to see you with your friends and enjoying yourself! Keep fighting - and we're fighting with you!!!

Honey the Great Dane