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Tuesday, February 16, 2010


TOFFEE-DOG here...

Hello there to all our furry friends from around the world!

It's been such a fun-filled time in bloggie-land with everyone playing the tour-guide in all the different countries in honour of MAXDOG.

I, the TOFFEE-DOG also got to look at all your wonderful WORLD TOUR blogposts!!!

I came across two more posts that Max & Mom missed. Please go and take a look:

La Storia di Lucia

(Where Max and Lucia share tricks they have learned)

Doyle and Mollie

(Who graciously showed Max some of the sights of New Zealand - and converted Max into a Springbok Rugby player!)

Benny and Lily at Doggy Days

(Who participated with Max at the Winter Olympics)

If you missed the WORLD TOUR, please click HERE, grab a cuppa and take your time visiting the 42 bloggers who put up special posts for MAX'S WORLD TOUR on Valentine's day!)

As for me, the TOFFEE-DOG...

I am doing a lot of SLEEP SUPERVISING in this household...

I think Mom is running some sort of sleep clinic for the Maxdog???
Anyway, thank goodness she got him out into the garden this morning to help her cut the last of the Dahlia blooms...

Look at the pretty vase of Dahlias which she salvaged from the patch...

As for my sista...the TAMMY-DOG...

She's been getting herself into lots of trouble!
This morning she sneaked out of the front gate, when Mom wasn't looking, and went on a BIG romp, all by herself... to Max's grassy patch.

We had a big thunderstorm last night, so the long grass was sopping wet and she came back looking like a convoluted Labra-dork...

Mom was really cross with her, so when TAMMY-DOG got a mosquito on her nose, Mom simply grabbed the camera, BOL!...

Anyway, she eventually calmed down after all her zoomies and looked quite regal in the garden...

Well, since MAXDOG has been visiting all the wonderful sights in the world, I thought I, the TOFFEE-DOG
would show you something you might not have seen before.
I want to take you to a country, just north of our borders, where things are VERY EXPENSIVE...for the citizens of the country! It is the country of...

Why am I taking you there?

Well, you see, I think that I, the TOFFEE-DOG have found the elusive
(Pictures courtesy of S A VENUES)


There is an island in the middle of the canyon where the water falls. There is a little bridge which links the island to the mainland. When you walk across that bridge you will certainly get drenched as the spray from the water fall hits you. Also, you will always see a RAINBOW!!! It is absolutely beautiful!!! If you ever come to Africa, make sure that the magnificent VICTORIA FALLS is featured on your travels!

most definitely think that I have found the
Southern Hemisphere's

What do you think?
I hope you enjoyed my attempt at being TOUR GUIDE too.

Maxi is doing well. He is VERY sleepy and his tummy is quite swollen, but everything else is fine. He is eating his food and his stools are normal. We enjoy everyday that we have with him...today is "Day number 10" after he was sent home with nothing more that the vets could do. He is most certainly a fighter and is not ready to give up at all!


Angus said...

Toffee you have your own inimitable style.

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

Wonderful post, Toffee. We loved the photo of the southern hemisphere Rainbow Bridge! And we laughed at the one of Tammy with a mozzie on her nose!

Please give a giant cuddle to Maxz for us!

Tommy (and the cats too!)

KB said...

Toffee - you did a great job! Love the falls and the rainbow bridge. But, I do think that you should've smacked that mosquito for Tammy. Just one girl's opinion :)

Why don't you snuggle up for a nap with your brother Max after all this hard work? I'm glad that he's staying strong.

Madi and Mom said...

Great post Toffee...we are sure Max is very proud of your tour guide abilities!! Give that handsome fellow a big smooch from Madi the Diva Cat and her Mom

Maggie and Mitch said...

The Falls in Zimbabwe are just GORGEOUS and so are your mom's Dahlias!
You sure have had one exciting adventure touring the world, Max!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Piappies World said...

Hi there Toffee!

You're doing great as a Tour Pup. Great post, indeed. What an interesting trip to Zimbabwe. Wow! That's a looooot of 000's in that paper bill! The rainbow bridge photos are very pretty.

Back in your love-filled home. The dahlias are so lovely. It's great that Max is having a good time with all of you there. Tammy is so funny looking soaked for a bit.

Toffee, you are all great for helping Mom to look after Max. We are here for you too.

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

Stella said...

I can see, like many of us, you have learned well from Max. I think he would be proud of you. Don't forget to show him this post when he wakes up from his nap.

I loved the Rainbow Bridge, verymost beautiful! While we here are still plowing through snow, we love to see your flowers and greenery!



MurphyDog said...

Very nice job as Tour Director, Toffee!

While we certainly miss Max's tours, you obviously have an eye for beauty.

If you haven't already, check out Max's visit to Sandy Eggo. http://dogcatgirl.blogspot.com/2010/02/great-dane-olympic-games-special.html

we sure had a great time!

wags, wiggles & slobbers

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Toffee I think you have found your calling - snooper-reporter! You did an excellent job and yes, honey, I think you found the BRIDGE. I can't imagine a more beautiful place for me to finally be reunited with my loved ones.

Please tell your momma this - liver cancer is not really painful. How do I know this? When my mother's cancer metastasized, her doctor told me that I should pray her liver cancer took her live and not the bone cancer because the liver caused little pain.

Regardless, I am heartsick about Max's illness and am still praying for him and cuddling him from across the miles...

Jacqueline said...

Toffee, you are a fantastic tour guide!...A moving post=the Rainbow Bridge is an absolutely gorgeous and surreal discovery, a place of wonder that captivates our imagination and you have made it beautiful and real for us!!...Love and prayers to you and your family, especially sweet Max.

Jake of Florida said...

How clever of you to locate the Rainbow Bridge for us. It will stay in our minds when we think of those who have crossed over.

We read a lot about how the people in Zimbabwe have suffered -- and are suffering. Somehow the bridge offers some hope -- although do the people have to cross it to put an end to their suffering?

Hugs to sweet Max. We so sorry we missed his tour when he was just a few miles to the south chez Moose -- but know he would have enjoyed a tour of our South Florida landscape.

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Ina in Alaska said...

Toffee you are quite a sprightly tour guide! Our dad and mom just loved Victoria Falls pictures, so beautiful! Our dad and brother summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2007 and they never stop talking about their trip!!!! We are glad to see Max is comfy and cozy, we think he is resting up from all his travels!! xoxo Toby, Ginger, Jeter & Halle

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Toffee! You are turning out to be one awesome tour guide! I loved your Rainbow Falls! Stunning, as is Tammy too! She does not look like a Labra-dork!
I am happy to see Max is feeling well! all our best!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

The OP Pack said...

Oh, those falls are gorgeous - did you see any of our pups off in the distance, Toffee? We are so glad to hear that Max is still doing OK. So what if he wants to sleep a lot - he looks very good out in the garden with those beautiful dahlias.

Happy days.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

brooke said...

Great post Toffee! Love your mom's beautiful flowers! They seem to make Max smile too!
Our friends visited Victoria falls when they went to Africa last year! So jealous it's a beautiful sight!
Give Max lots of cuddles from us in Seattle!

Mrs. JP said...

Very nice post Toffee. Tammy just wanted to have her own little story in the blog so "a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do!"
Love to Max.

NanaNor's said...

Hello, I have been stopping by after seeing Max at Ina's and also at KB's. Tobi, I love your look-so what were your mom and dad? Love seeing Max and his girlfriend too as well as the bridge. My own sweet girl, Sadie, crossed the bridge Christmas night and I miss her so-as well as her best buddy Reggie-he keeps wandering the yard looking for her. The posts of Max being ill bring tears to my eyes...so hopefully you'll all have wonderful days together still.
Hugs, Noreen & Reggie

Ms. ~K said...

The Rainbow Bridge is just as we imagined!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Hamish Westie said...

Great job as a tour guide Toffee. You are so adventurous, exploring a foreign country and braving a dramatic an ginormous waterfull (Don't tell anyone, but I find even the relatively small ones we have in Scotland quite scary sometimes).
And thanks too for keeping up updated on Max. Good to hear he's at least comfortable. Sometimes, sleeping is the best thing you can do. I know all about that, these days.
Cheers! H.

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Toffe, please don't tell Max we told you this but we think you are just as good a tour guide as Max. Shhhh.....
Well, maybe Tammy girl was just trying to collect some grass for Maxdog.
Max, you are a great fighter and keep figthing it. We love you.

Sam & June

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

Hi Toffee!

Thanks for the tour! The peeps say that Victoria Falls in now officially "on the list". What fantastic pictures! LL really liked the one of you and Max also. We are always keeping him in our thoughts.

Loads of Licks to you all,


Amy and The House of Cats said...

Toffe you are doing a great job with the blog! We love that you have stepped up to help out.

And we are glad that Max is still doing ok - we are still purring and praying that he has a lot more of them!

Twinkietinydog said...

We were counting the ten days too :) Way to make fools out of the doctors, Max! Instead of being sick you went on a world tour. As for Tammy and the mosquito, that's something our M would do, grab the camera first BOL Toffee, great coverage!
Happy news, happy day to all of you

sprinkles said...

You are a fabulous tour guide, Toffee!

I love that Rainbow Bridge, so beautiful! Not very likely that I'll ever get there so thanks for sharing the beauty.

I love those dalias! Wish I had pretty flowers like that! I'm not an outside person and don't enjoy gardening due to all the dirt, bugs and spiders that go along with it. Half the time I forget to water my roses so I'm always amazed when they come back every year.

Thanks for the daily update on Max. I'm still praying for him daily!

Anonymous said...

Your doing a great job Toffee, we are proud of you!

Thank you for the beautiful pictures of the falls, they are really fantasticly beautiful!

We are so glad to see that Max is doing well for another day, yeah, woo woo!

Hugs, Tessa

KT and Lady said...

Max is looking very noble these days. Happy tails and wet kisses to Max. Awesome post Toffee. Thanks for making our day.

dewdana said...

Great tour toffee! The Dahlias are beautiful. Glad to see Max looking so happy and helpful in the graden. Shocking about Tammy! Glad she is home safe. Did she find what she was looking for?
We are speechless at your photos of the Rainbow bridge! That is breathtaking and even more beautiful than I imagined.
Moose + Momma

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

What a pawesome post with so much to share AS USUAL!


We are so proud of our pal Max AND his mom!


Asta said...

You awe a most wondewful touw guide..I think you did find the Soufewn Hemisfewe's Wainbow Bwidge and it's magnificent!!!
Tammy suwe does look wegal aftew hew womp, just glad she didn't go too faw, and I'm happy evewy day that I heaw about Max having spent anothew one wifout pain.

smoochie kisses

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

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Toffee...you did a great great job with your post!!!!
We love it and we're sure Max is very very proud of you!!!!!!
We Love love love the falls and the rainbow bridge.....thanks for sharing with us!!
And we have laughed a lot reading about Tammy!!!!!
She's soooooooo funny!!!!
And awwwwwwwwwwwwww...we and mom love love love your Dahlia....
Sure you're a wonderful tour guide!!!

And we're happy reading about MAx!!!!!
He's such a great warrior!!!
Give him tons of sweet kisses from us...and MAya is sending her special licks and hugs for him....she can't stop thinking of Max!!!!!

Samantha said...

Oh Toffee - you ARE indeed doing a fabulous job! Love your woofing that you're snoopervising Max's sleeping - furry sweet! Those falls are absolutely beautiful as are the last of Mom's dahlias - bootiful in the vase too - you must be enjoying those so much. Max pup - keep fighting - we love seeing you here along with your pack - you sis does look gorgeous in the grass! Be comfy sweet Max - Toffee - you're terrific!
Big Hugs xo

Ginger Jasper said...

What fabulous rainbow bridge photo's and what a fabulous tour guide.. Ever more wonderful Max is stil doing well.. Brilliant.. HUgs GJ xx

houndstooth said...

Toffee, sign me up! That waterfall looks so beautiful and exciting! I bet you could splash a lot in that place.

Your mom should give Tammy a break. Sometimes the lure of tall grass is more than a girl can stand!

We're glad Max is still doing well!

Nose Kisses,

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Hi there Toffee,

That Victoria falls looks a really magical place.

We have been behind in blogland lately but have seen some of the posts for Max today. :)
We are glad he is doing ok still.

Your Dahlias look beautiful. :)

BRUTUS said...

Those flowers are beautiful! So nice to see when all that we see out the window is covered with white! It was so nice to see you visited our blog today!

Snorts & Sloppy Frenchie kisses from
Brutus the Frenchie

Deborah said...

The pictures are so beautiful! Please tell Tammy - Dog that she must behave now! But I suppose she only wanted a little fun!!lol

TK said...

Is a very nice job Toffee! Thank you for keeping us all well aformed. Those were very pretty flowers your mommy cutted.

Anonymous said...

Toffee you are so cute. Glad your holding down the fort.

Glad Max is doing well. I pray every nite that God will make his last days the best days of his life.

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

Mack and Sally Ann said...

You are the best tour guide. Is your Big little white dog brother doing OK? I know he doesn't do much blogging, but Mommy was wondering. She had a doggie like him when she was a puppy. Please tell Max he is very loved, and we are all supporting y'all.
Sally Ann

Benny and Lily said...

Hi tour guide Toffee, wake up Max and tell him we posted about him today
Benny & Lily

caboval said...

Thank you for the upbeat post!!! And what beautiful waterfalls!!! You live in an amazing place!!!! Hugs to you! Joey and Kealani

Draco and his Mom said...

You did a great job as tour guide and commentator on todays post. Victoria Falls looks beautiful, It would be a good place to go if we ever get over to your land. Glad everyone is good.

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Toffee! Thanks for the great post and wonderful tour. Mommy luvs the flowers and the rainbow pics, she couldnt stop looking at them. I luv every pic!!
thank you for sharing!!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Toffee!
Good job!
Tammy sure had a very fun day!
Life in Zimbabwe sure is expensive!
The Victoria Falls are amazing!
Please give Max kisses and hugs from us, ok?
Take care

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Toffee you are an excellent little reporter. Do you have your own microphone?
I loved your mamaa dalias,- so pretty and I hope Tammy is not in the dog house for running off and coming back so stragly looking.
I hope the skeeter did not bite the nosey!
I am sending you love and Tammy love and Max love and your mommy love, and we keep you in our hearts always.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Toffee- that bridge is the mostest beautiful bridge I have ever seen,

The Animal Doctor said...

Beautiful photos, Toffee. Thank you very much for sharing with us. We learn so much from your blog, guys. Not just the scenic beauty of your country, more importantly ( as of this time), your Mom's immense courage in facing Max's sickness. We pray for Max and all of you.

- Sincerely, The Animal Doc's family

kissa-bull said...

toffee you are most certainly the cutest most bestest woggie tour guide in the whole wide woild
thanks you so much for taking ush to the rainbow bridge it is so vewy bewootiful
pibble sugars
the houston pittie pack

KK said...

Thinking of max, sounds like you are doing a good job Toffee

Mochi and Mommy said...

It's so beautiful there!

Max, you look so happy in your garden helping your mom pick her pretty flowers! :)


Wild Dingo said...

Max, baby, WE were the ones who were late! not you! we posted it LATE on Sunday because of, well, busy silly stuff... don't even THINK you have to make it up! we just loved having you visit us!

wild dingo

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Toffee,
That was a wonderful tour to the falls. Our dad liked seeing the trillion dollar bill cuz he says thjat's what the U.S. will be issuing soon if the President keeps spending and spending and spending and printing money and printing money. We hope our trillion dollar bill is as colourful as Zimbabwe's. We loved seeing your Rainbow Bridge and the Victoria Falls. Please give Max Dog our best wishes and higs and kisses. We hold him close in ouir prayers. Tell Tammy she needs to set a better exampleand not be escaping.

ocmist said...

Toffee, that was absolutely beautiful, seeing the Rainbow Bridge and Victoria Falls. We are glad that it is off in the distance and resting in such a beautiful place.

Looks like you are doing a good job of keeping watch while Max get some rest. Maybe Tammy was trying to bring back a little of that special spot of Max's to him so he wouldn't have to go out himself... maybe? The Corgi Country Crew