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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!"
My activities have now moved on to my new blog entitled "LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX". Please join me there where you can read about my family and canine companions. I also invite you to visit MAXDOG's FANPAGE on FACEBOOK. You can follow the specific links by clicking below:

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May God bless you and thank you for following me!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010


MAXDOG & MOM here...


MAXDOG had another comfortable and peaceful night. He is tiring faster than he normally does but still seems to be quite happy to be around. He ate his breakfast this morning. Sometimes he has bouts of panting where I think, "This is it!", but then he suddenly stands up and shakes himself off as if to say "What are you worried about, Mom?"

It seems that MAXDOG is a fighter!

He is a lot more tired during the day though and sometimes falls into a deep, deep sleep. When I am unsure of his condition, then I grab the leads and watch him. Generally he'll get up and follow me and I will head down the road (50m) to the little patch of really long grass. This is the place that tells it all...

He loves the grass and will stand in it endlessly whilst TAMMY romps around him chasing all her phantoms...

It is also the place where he finds 'his own medicine' and chews endlessly on it - revealing his discomfort.
He has his 'pain meds' at night. I think that is why he's sleeping so well.
During the day however, its a little different

"Carpe Diem!"
(Seize the day!)



There is a wonderful excuse which makes the rounds when one is pressed for time. It says;

"I will do it when I get a round tuit!"

I am sure you have heard this many times. Well today, our patch of Dahlias excelled itself and presented me with the most magnificent round white Dahlia. It is the biggest I have ever seen - it is far bigger than my outstretched hand. It it to become today's...

Today I have the chance to "get around to" thanking the incredible people of the blogging community... and to try to show other readers what it's all about...
As I have said before, I have been blown away by the incredible power of upliftment in the Doggie-Blogging cyber- community. Unless you are on the receiving end of this amazing strength of spirit, I don't think you will quite be able to comprehend its magnitude.

The first Tsunami hit me on Tuesday 2nd February where we received 135 comments of support on the post which notified everybody about MAX's illness. Not only were there tons of messages left but I have been emailed privately from all ends of the globe. It is all quite overwhelming and today, I wish to share with you a few of these amazing messages. Hopefully these will give new readers an insight into our amazing blogging community but

I am also posting them to acknowledge you ALL...my wonderful cyber-buddies!


Here are some of the uplifting messages and notifications MAX has received...

I want to start with...
Dear Mango, Thank you for your fantastic
Mango Minster
which we watched with both fascination and glee from the sidelines. Your dedication to Max during your Best in Show Competition was truly overwhelming...THANK YOU!


Friends Eternal

You're a true friend,
that I want you to know,
Our love for each other
has helped us to grow.
We've been through some tough times,
but we've made it through,
The only one I ever trusted was you.

You helped me through anger,
you've chased away fears.
You held me through sadness,
and kissed away tears.

You stayed by my side
when the world turned away.
You helped me see joy
when the skies were all gray.

You were the rainbow
at the end of the storm.
You help me be different
when I shouldn't conform.

You held my hand
when you knew we would fall.
Every heartache,
you saw me through it all.

I'm not sure
I'm always the best friend to you,
I know I'm not perfect,
but this much is true.

When life gets you down,
And there's nowhere to turn,
I'll help you through and
I'll share your concern.

I'll try my best to return every favor,
When you're sure that you'll drown,
then I'll be your lifesaver;
Even if we both go down.

Whether we sink or swim
doesn't matter at all,
Just know that I'll be there
whenever you call.

I'll pull you out
when life pulls you under.
I'll be the sun
when there's lightning and thunder.

And when it's all over,
And we've fought every war,
There's one thing I promise,
Of this I am sure,
When the time comes
that we're put to our rest.
Be sure that you know that,
My friend, you're the best.

And if there is Heaven,
then I know you'll be there,
That if you die first
then you'll hear every prayer.
And soon I'll join you,
but just know until then.
That I'll miss you each day
'til I see you again.

At the end of the tunnel,
you'll be my guiding light,
You'll lead me to heaven,
away from the night.

We'll be there together,
and we'll never grow old.
And we'll walk hand in hand
On the streets paved of gold

(Paco, Milo & Maya also put up a smile-box on their blog. It is absolutely beautiful! Please go and look at it)

FROM my dear, special, little..


For My Bestest Friend
by Tanyo

Friendship is something to hold on to
But for me that's not the case
Cause I don't feel I need to keep
Something that can't be erased

I am sure of what I have
Cause with you I have no doubt
For what we've built, can't ever fail
It's what I care about

I find it hard to describe
This thing that we share
Especially when there's nothing else
That ever could compare

Others always know
That together we will be
For there can never be another
"Tani and Kerrie"
(Max & Caryl)

Those two words, known all over
Might as well be one
Cause without a Kerrie, there is no Tani
(Caryl), there is no Max
I'm sorry, it just can't be done
For you're the "U", and I'm the "S"
And forever that will be
Cause together we make "US", and so

With love from Petey's Mom...


Good wishes from Asta...

(Wishing upon the Dog Star )




MURRAY is the most amazing young man who battles with autism . His incredible service dog - CLIVE - helps him cope with his daily challenges. For some strange reason, MURRAY and CLIVE have really loved MAX. The relationship has extended across oceans and has included emails, exchanging gifts and wonderful posts.

Here are some snippets of posts, which really touched our hearts...

"The NSLM came home from school this afternoon and insisted we went up to the Church to light a candle for you, Max "

AND THEN THIS ONE...WHICH if you haven't read, MUST READ!...

"We loved The Princess and the Frog - but perhaps for one very special reason more than any other! The film begins with a shining star and the words 'when you wish upon a star' ...

The NSLM jumped up from his seat and pointed to the screen and shouted out - in a very loud and clear voice (which he can have when you least expect him to use) - "I wish for Max to get better" - of course, some wise guy in the audience (it was a packed cinema) shouted out in reply "Hey, whose Max" to which the NSLM stood up again and exclaimed to the whole audience - "He's my friend in South Africa and he's dying" - well, that kind of had an impact!

We got through the film with Murray totally enjoying it and his Mom feeling very emotional and then just at the very end of the film when the star is shining brightly in the sky again and the wishes of Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana are coming through - the NSLM stood up one last time and shouted out again "I wish Max to get better, Star" to which we got a round of applause for you Max. We left the cinema with his Mom in tears but I was very proud of my NSLM - we're using that word a lot today!"



This is one of the most incredible gifts we have ever received!!!

"To mark our win - the NSLM and me wanted to do something special ... so we had an idea and this morning we have been on to the Guide Dog Training Centre and we are sponsoring a puppy in Max's honour. This puppy (one of the 'S') litter has only just come into the Training Centre - they are having their official photos taken today so it be next week before we can post a photo. But this puppy will be a puppy for Max's Mom to follow. She will get all the information and photos on him or her and will be able to follow the puppy's progress to when he/she leaves to go work as a guide dog / assistance dog! We haven't picked the exact pup yet - we want to wait until their photos are up on the Guide Dog website and then we'll let Murray chose one for Max's Mom!"

"Max - we loved your photos of the Guide Dog pressies we sent over to you so much that you inspired us to sponsor a puppy for your Mom! "


Other bloggers have given us awards which we have never go "a round to" acknowledging...

...from Sasha...

from Chelsea and Shiloh

Sweet friends Award...from Kasha the Great Dane
Tessa the Maltese


From "Kit" at DOG DAZE...

(Thank you for the beautiful collage!)



Thank you to Kasha & Mom for starting the ball rolling with "MOM & ME TOGETHER" pictures! What a beautiful picture...and wonderful memory!


Another beautiful "Mom & Me" photo


There are also many other cyber-buddies whose doggies are ailing. I know of at least two:



Please would you visit them to show your support.

and also to KB who is recovering from spinal surgery.


My endless thanks to those I haven't mentioned in this post. To the Vets out there who have emailed me to give advice,(you know who you are!), to the total strangers who have come on to the blog to leave anonymous messages....THANK YOU! I treasure each and every one of you!

Here are a few more pictures of some of my own treasured quality time (last 48 hours) with



If any of you haven't got a


You may have my beautiful Dahlia today!

With love



Ginger Jasper said...

Such a beautiful beauiful post. I am just always blown over by the way everyone pulls together and supports each other when it is needed so badly.. This is another example. The flower is so beautiful and send as a present I am sure. Todays post is beautiful.. Hugs GJ xx

The Thundering Herd said...

Such a perfect post. Here is a story that I wrote long ago, but I thought you and Max might enjoy:


~Kim~ said...

While you and Max are the beneficiaries of many prayers and support, I also feel that I am one by your post today and the story by "Thundering Herd." I'm thankful that Max is having good days and nights, and you are too!

MAX said...

I have just read "Thundering herd"s story...it is beautiful...go and take a look!
Luv C

Mango said...

Thank you for sharing all those wonderful thoughts. I am super glad that Max enjoyed watching Mango Minster.


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

What a lovely post. We all feel for you so deeply because you have done such an amazing job of making Max real to each and everyone of us. Also, many of us have gone through heart-breaking times with our beloved companions, and we all know how much it helps to know that people care and understand the depth of the pain.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

What a beautiful post!! It makes us all appreciate the time we have together.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java


Dear Max's Mom,

Max looks so much better! Perhaps he has turned the corner and is on his way to being well again.

I really believe that prayer works and so many of us have been praying for him. Not to mention all the love and special care he is receiving from you and his siblings.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and MAX until his Medical Reports come back totally clear and I truly believe they will.

Stephanie. Riley and Star's mommy.

The Airechicks said...

Wonderful post - Thank you for sharing with us...

Everyday is a gift!


Cocorue said...

Max & Caryl, you have been blessed with all this goodwill because both of you have touched all of us so deeply....

I do believe that we met for a reason as nothing happens by chance ( read The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield and if you can't find it in SAfrica, let me know and I'll send you a copy )

Max & you have taught us many valuable lessons about life and for that, we are very grateful.

We just feel so helpless being so far away and the little that we can do for Max and you seems so insignificant......we just wish there's more that we can do to ease your pain

We're glad you like the poem which we thought best illustrated the love and friendship between the two of you


Cocorue said...

oooh, that dahlia is soooooooooo beautiful and i've not seen one so biiiiig before.....

loove the pics of your quality time together


KT and Lady said...

Great pictures of Max. What a handsome and brave boy. Lady and I think about you every day. We are sooooo glad you are sleeping comfortably. That really is a huge deal at this point. Kisses and hugs for Max from us.

houndstooth said...

I loved your post and what a great collection of wonderful photos! We've been thinking of you a lot!

wally said...

Hi Max! It is great to hear you are hanging in there. I am currently dealing with congestive heart failure so I know all about the ups and downs, physically and emotionally. Take good care of yourself and your mom, ok?

wally t.

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Thank you for sharing a stunningly beautiful post!
There are no words....
=Kira, Scampi and their Mom

Emma Rose said...

Dear Max's Mom,

Most all of us have been where you are now. And many of us were not bloggers at the time. Being able to send our love, support, and understanding to another dog lover in need is a blessing to each of us. We will never take for granted the network of love that has been created through blogging. I am so sorry you and Max have come to this point, but you are one of us now and we are all here for you.

God Bless,
The Duchess

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Maxdog, we know are you a strong boy and we know you will keep fighting. We are here cheering for you(can you hear our woo woos?)to keep fighting it.

Caryl, great post. You are right, we tend to use "round tuit" a lot as an excuse. But for what? What are we waiting for?

YD & the girls.

Deborah said...

Hi, That was a beautiful post. I don't think people get it when I tell them about all your friends and how people really do care for you in the blog world. You are both so lucky to have so many loving and caring friends. Please give Max a BIG hug from us.

Petey said...

What a wonderful post. I keep thinking that a "dog year" is worth seven of ours, so each day Max spends with you is a week for him. And I just love that blissed out last photo of his adorable smushy face. Ahhh, the gift of having no concept of our own mortality. Truly dogs live by the motto: Don't worry, be happy.

Loads of love,

Jane and Petey

Ina in Alaska said...

Reading this post with a flood of tears streaming down my cheeks. Love to the bitter end! I absolutely adored the piece about the autistic child and what an impact he had in the movie theatre.... I am also struck by the love each of us commenters have for our pets, so many loved creatures in the world. Sending you strength and peace for Max and wishing upon all the stars in the heavens to smile upon Max. xoxoxo

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We are so glad that Max is still feeling ok. This is just such a wonderful post - Max is so very lucky to have you there for him. I know that it is so hard, but you really should enjoy every moment you can with him. Luckily you realize that and are able to do so. Hopefully knowing that the whole huge blogosphere is out here, sending lots of good thoughts and wishes for both Max and you helps you a bit.

Randi said...

Aw! I loved the post! & I love your doggies! Great bloggy! & greeting from San Diego!

I'm sorry to hear Max is feeling poorly..but you are all in my thoughts & prayers & good healing vibes...

Love & Licks,
Randi the Lab/Newf

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Thank you so much for sharing. It's like we're right there with you. You and Max our in our prayers.
Shannon and the Gang

Mrs. JP said...

Our prayers for comfort and peace to you and Max. God bless you all.


Blessings from the holler.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

We loved this post...and it is a deluge of strength and love comin' at ya in all directions...

With this community behind you...what is not possible???

So many good things happening for the love of one wonderful dog...

360 degree hugs and kisses comin' at ya!!

Scruffy, Lacie, Mumsie and of course Miss Laciegirlie

Asta said...

What wondewful thoughts and love fow you and Max fwom all awound the wowld. I know evewyone is thinking of you and hoping and pwaying. We all twolly cawe and love Max and delight in evewy good day he has. Thank you fow the updates and the pictoowes of the two of you.
Many of those wowds we wead made Mommi get all teawy, I licked the teaws off..it's what Max would do
smoochie kisses

Josie said...

Max, I loved your post. It is absolutely amazing how everyone pulls together and even though I am new to this I feel such a sense of love and friendship from all these dog lovers. I am proud to be a part of Max's "team". I haven't stopped wishing him well or thinking of him since we heard of everything he has been going through. We constantly have him and you, mom, in his thoughts while we are on our Therapy Visits. Much love, Woof Soon. Forever sending our love to you. Love you Max!

Hamish Westie said...

Thanks for such a beautiful post. But the pictures of Max and his Mum are the best of all. If only all dogs had such wonderful humans to care for them 'in sickness and in health'!
Cheers, H.

Samantha said...

Those pix of Max in the long grass are super as are the others of you and Max! That dahlia is indeed amazing - the details are exquisite! What a wonderful post - the blogging community IS just wonderful - I agree!
With Big, Huge Hugs xoxoxoxoxo
Sammie, Ozzie and all

Charlie said...

What a beautiful post. We promise to spend the rest of the day "getting around to it"!
- Anne & Charlie

Piappies World said...

Hi there Max and Max Mom,

The dahlia is so pretty and BIG! Tonight, we had the chance to know you and your pack and of course your mom more... Mommy read through your previous posts and each post shows how much love is shared. It truly is not a surprise that there is an outpouring of love and prayers for you.

You have touched so many lives including ours and we thank you for letting us know that making the most out of each day helps us make look forward to another sunrise with our loved ones.

By the way, we got a secret to share with you but please don't tell our mommy, we think mommy is putting something together and we hope it's alright to borrow some of your snap shots.

Good night from our world. Til tomorrow!

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

Sierra Rose said...

Feeling that sweetness in our hearts. Wonderful wonderful post!!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Oz Girl said...

What a beautiful and moving post... such a tribute to your followers! I am glad Max is hanging in there and giving you more days of joy together. Our crew sends slobbery kisses to Max!

~Susan, and Ringo, Tori and Trixie

Anonymous said...

Caryl, it was such a beautiful post, so uplifting and enlighting, thank you so.

I agree with Star and Riley and CocoRue as well!

Know that Max is constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

Hugs, Tessa

sprinkles said...

That flower is HUGE! And very beautiful too.

I too have experienced the love from the cyberworld. I recently had a blogger do something for me that meant so much and it came at just the right time!

I love this post, what a wonderful tribute to all of the people who have done something special for you.

I saw a picture of Hamish on Mango's blog and thought he was just adorable. So sorry to hear he and Wilf are also ailing. I will visit them and give them my love also.

I will continue to pray for you and Max. I'm glad he's a fighter and hope that he can continue to give you many more days of love and joy!

The OP Pack said...

Such a wonderful post - Max and you are just so loved by so many. You are in our thoughts and prayers all the time. We have even convinced Mom to let us do some pics with her.

Great to see Max out and about - the tail and the eyes tell us he isn't ready yet - looks like he is enjoying his time with nature.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Honey the Great Dane said...

Yet another wonderful post...and such beautiful messages from everybody.

Glad to hear that Max is holding his own - he looks like he is really enjoying the 'moment' in the grass in the photos. I had a friend who was a naturopath and grew a 'medicinal herb garden' - and her dog would often take himself there and choose various plants to chew on whenever he didn't feel well...amazing how they have the natural instinct.

Keeping you in our thoughts -

Hsin-Yi & Honey the Great Dane

KB said...

C - I think that the spirits of you and Max bring out the best in many people. Both of you exude love and generosity. And, it's being reflected back to you.

Ludo van Doggy said...

What a lovely post. Since joining this wonderful community we've been astounded by the wonderful spirit it has. I hope the power of the paw keeps Max going for as long as he wants to. Keep it up!

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

Nothing we khould paw would say it better than all of the khomments befur us -

Here's to Max...
Here's to you...

Here's to 'us'...

We make it happen bekhause be know how much we love our hoomans...and how much they love us!


Clive said...

That was such a wonderful post.

We particulaly love that last photo of you Max - it is very special.

Thank you for taking the time to put together such a special post.

love from your pals
Clive and Murray

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a fabulous post!
Your dahlia is just gorgeous!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Homer said...

Thinking of you and Max all the way from Italy.


Twinkietinydog said...

Something magical is happening to us all. Max started it, but it's taken over like a landslide. We're all rolling with it and we're all elated by it. If Max and fam says to get round tuit... by all means.
Glad to hear my furiend is getting his rest and feels okay.

Martine said...

Thank you for sharing all the wonderful support you've received. We are thinking and praying for you and Max.

xo martine & the kiddlets

Lorenza said...

Max and Mom!
We are here for you today... and we will be forever!
We know you are enjoying a precious time together!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

AC said...

Max and mom,
You had me in tears..feeling the love and support of your cyber-friends. I'm glad that Max is still happy to be around. Keep fighting peacefully, dear friend.

Stella said...

Hey Max,

Just great visits you had today and your post is just perfect.

We are happy to hear you are having good sleeps and eating well. Thats a wonderful sign. What are we doing? I am praying for the very best outcome for you and Stella Somehow feels that too.

So, cheering you on, Max!

Love and hugs,

Jo and Stella

Joy said...

Have just said a prayer to our dear Lord for MAX and Caryl, asking for comfort for both of you.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

What a beautiful post.
I have never left your side....
and now after all your touching words have been said ,
I want to tell that I hold all of you in my heart.
I am not very good with words right now.
with love

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Hi Caryl & Maxdog,

What a beautiful post, you brought tears to my eyes. I'm sitting here and Kasha keeps putting her head on my lap wondering what's wrong mom..she knows MaxDog is sick and wishes there was something we could do but we know all we can do is enjoy our furbabies and love them as long as they are with us on this earth. Maxdog looks so happy in the long grass. Since I am still new to the dog blog world I am amazed at how special all the dog bloggers are! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Denise & Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Sam said...

This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I am so glad, Max, that you have this group of people surrounding you from all sides of the globe as you live out your golden days.

You still look good, Max - happy as a Golden should be - I hope this continues for a while to come.

SKYY the Kuvasz said...

Words don't mean much, especially when they're from out of the blue and you don't know the (person) offering them, but whatever power lies in prayers and well wishes, I'm offering them to Max - that he be given at least one more tail wag than he would have otherwise, one more hug from his mom, one more day in the sun.

My best wishes and support from afar.

The Bumpass Hounds said...

When our brother Chance was diagnosed with mass cell cancer, we had almost 2 months to say goodbye before he left for The Bridge.

Dad posted this poem on our very first post. It was comforting to dad; Chance was his bestest friend. We want it to comfort you.

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then will you do what must be done,

For this – the last battle – can’t be won.

You will be sad I understand,

But don’t let grief then stay your hand,

For on this day, more than the rest,

Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,

You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.

When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,

Only, stay with me ‘til the end

And hold me firm and speak to me

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree

It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its’ last has waved,

From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don’t grieve that it must be you

Who has to decide this thing to do;

We’ve been so close – we two – these years,

Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

- Anonymous

Allison (Dog Mom) said...

We're so sorry we haven't been here in a while, and when we come back we see such sad news. Thanks for the reminder to cherish every moment. We are keeping our paws crossed for you and sending up happy thoughts.

Gus and Waldo

Santa and Minnie said...

We have read about Max and we should have come by much earlier but we didn't, so sorry about that. Now that we did, Aunty Diana is in tears! We hope Max well and we will keep Max and you in our thoughts.

Ruby's Mum said...

Ruby and I have been away from the blogs for a while, so I only just caught up on your sad news tonight. You and Max have brought us a lot of joy with your blog, and of course, because he's a golden, he does hold a very special place in my heart.

Thank you for the reminder about having photos of yourself with your dog. We have so many of Ruby and her dad and just a handful of Ruby and her mum - because I'm always the one behind the camera. Time to change that!

Thank you also for sharing this so very difficult part of the journey with all your blogging friends. We feel for you.

Huskee and Hershey said...

Thank you for yet another touching post... That is a lovely bloom and I hope it's a sign of better things ahead for MAXDOG... Thinking of him and sending you love.

TwoSpecialWires said...

Caryl ... what a wondeful post. Yet another one. We leave it with warm memories and hopeful thoughts ... a little bit richer and no less intent on sending our love and best wishes, thanks and special prayers your way.

With love and support. We hope you gain strength from it,
Jake and Fergi, Sally and Nina

Mochi and Mommy said...

What a beautiful post! Great pictures of Max! :)


Hi! I'm Sierra-Dog! said...

Dearest Max,

Me and the Peeps have a post dedicated to you. Thank you , thank you, thank you for reminding us that everyday together is a gift.

Much love from us all,
Sierra dog, Dexie, Dash, Peanut and "the Peeps".

ocmist said...

You are both so totally loved because you spread the love from your own hearts to others. We are so blessed to have become friends, and since NONE of us knows how long we have, we just have to make it the best time we can, never forgetting to let others know that we love them.

The poetry is AWESOME!!! The Corgi Country Crew

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a beautiful post. We're so glad you are getting so much support. It does make such a difference.

TK said...

Thank you for sharing both the pain and the happinesses. It serves to remind us all how fleeting is our time together.
You and your open and honest love are a treasured gift to all of us.
Purrs and Prayers