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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Greetings from South Africa!!!
MAXMOM here...
Hey everyone!
I'm sorry I'm late in posting but it's been a pretty hectic day here.
This is MAXDOG's
We woke up to overcast weather here in Johannesburg, South Africa...
...and to a very rattled little ...
He was shivering and distinctly uncomfortable...
So I quickly got my act together and piled him into the car and drove off to the Vet...again!
The Vet gave his little paw a thorough clean and looking over... again!
(I think I'm becoming known as the neurotic doggie-mommy)
 It seems that TOFFEE was also reacting adversely to the particular cream which we were applying. After a thorough wash and drying off of his paw, a new bandage was applied over a 'betadine' gauze pad. This time it's a long lasting, sticky bandage which needs to be kept away from dewy grass. 
We will be back at the Vet on Friday for another check up of his paw.
The good news is that
 is feeling much better with this new arrangement!
The dreaded satellite dish has been disbanded and he is feeling a lot more like his royal self...
  In addition the Vet has asked that we "attempt" to keep him indoors at all times...
(This photo was taken during a 'wee' break!)
  I don't think he has many problems with this "indoor" recommendation at all!
 He is certainly a lot more comfortable and I can breath a small sigh of relief.
(I just HATE it when my animals are ailing!)
The rest of the animals are all well.
MAXDOG is looking remarkably well!...
He had a good meal at supper-time and then demanded his evening walk.
I am constanty amazed at his resilience, strength and joy of living!
TAMMYGIRL is also looking wonderful!...
So whilst I went about my busy day, the two 'love birds' enjoyed each others' company...

Just another GOLDEN day...
with my wonderful animals!

Take care and lots of love to you all!


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

Thanks fur making us all part of it !

Have a PAWesome evening!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie By Proxy

Gail in Aberdeen said...

Oh that final photo with Max and Tammy side by side, her looking at him in a caring sort of a way, is so precious.
Glad to hear that the King Toffee situation is under control and that he's lampshade free!
Cheers, Gail.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We are so glad that Toffee is doing better - it is good that he won't mind staying in too much! And Max is looking very good - I am so glad he is eating and demanding walks too - that is a good sign. It is nice that he gets to spend some quality time with his lady too!

And don't worry about being a neurotic dog mom - as a neruotic cat mom I can tell you that it is better to be safe then sorry - and in a lot of the cases you turn out to be right, like this one.

Still sending over lots of purrs and prayers!

bea's blog said...

How great to read that ALL are doing so well - again!
Lovely pix of your 4-leggers; as usual....
We always enjoy your blog so much!
Love from the North
Beatrice and the gang

Nika + PARKER said...

Thanks for sharing!! I know how you feel about being the neurotic doggie mom - we must stick together!!!

Mack and Mia said...

We are so glad you had another Golden Day! It is so good to see you all doing well. The lost photo is oh so precious. You can feel the love coming through the screen!
And tell Toffee, he is officially back on king duty! OFF WITH THE CONE!

Rest easy dear boy Maxdog. We need you around even longer, angel.

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Mack and Mia said...

Momma ment the 'last' photo...not the 'lost' one.

She is a doofus!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

sprinkles said...

That last picture of Tammy looking at Max is so sweet!

I'm a neurotic mommy too! I had a sick kitty for a lot of years who went to the vet quite regularly (several times a year!) so I make sure at the slightest sign of anything may be wrong that my little chi's go. It's better to be safe than sorry, I always say!

I hope King Toffee is feeling better now and healing nicely!

Twinkietinydog said...

Poor King and poor momma, having all these emergency vet visits and hating it when your guys are ailing. I know, our mom feels the same about us. Well, at least overall we got good news today. Way for Max to finish all his food and demand the walk. Mwah

The Thundering Herd said...

Totally know what you mean. When any of The Herd decides to skip a meal, or mope around, or just seems off, I am always worried about them. Glad to see Toffee respond to the new treatment - and always glad to see Max looking good.

Jake of Florida said...

We agree, that photo of Max and Tammy is so sweet. Kind of like a couple of aging lovers sitting side by side and looking after each other.

Sorry for the continued upsets and vet runs you're experiencing. We're sure you're not the only one who returns to the Dog Tor with concern for her dear ones!

Worey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Mrs. JP said...

Oh, poor Toffee. It's rough when the medicine that is supposed to make you better makes you feel worse. Not to mention the dreaded cone collar humiliation. What a little love. Of course, he needs to stay in and someone needs to have their lap available for cuddle time.
Max is looking so good. You can see in his eyes that he's having a good day. Who wouldn't with the prettiest girl beside him. Tammy is true blue.
Poor Mommy,,,your pack keeps you jumping.

Anonymous said...

Everydoggie looks Most Wonderful. Even with King Toffee's recent woes, he still looks very kingly. And wouldn't it be a lovely world if every doggie had a mom as "neurotic" as you?

Wiggles & Wags,

Sheila and Bob said...

So Glad to hear those words "another Golden Day and another day of Grace"
We hope King Toffee will be feeling better soon.
Max, please keep doing what ever it is your doing, keep looking into Tammy's beautiful eyes. We Love You.

Hamish & Sophie

TwoSpecialWires said...

It's pretty clear you don't have to look too far to find your gold at the end of the rainbow. It's such good news to read that Toffee is a lot more comfortable and that Max continues to do well. Enjoy each day. We know you do.

Jake and Fergi xxoo

Ina in Alaska said...

That King is absolutely ADORABLE!!! Glad his new bandages are helping him.

Seems like your weather is certainly changing!! The pictures of Max and Tammy are priceless! xoxo

Jacqueline said...

So glad Toffee is feeling more comfortable...Max looks wonderful, so fit and alert; he and Tammy make such a striking couple!...A fantastic update, couldn't ask for better news all around, thanks for sharing your babies with all of us!...Blessings and love to all of you.

Ginger Jasper said...

What a lovely picture that last one is.. Just beautiful.. I am so glad Toffee is feeling better and the lampshade has come off.Its a good day with good news.. Hugs GJ xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the info! Max looks great and sounds like he is taking a turn for the Better!

Toff must be thrilled to have his halo off! Glad he is on the road to recovery.

You are not neurotic doggie-mommy! You are a wonderful caring doggie-mommy!

Hugs, Tessa

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

We just adore those photos of Max and Tammy! We are also glad that Toffee is now more comfortable.

KT and Lady said...

We were just thinking (before scrolling down) how GOOD Max is looking. Tammy is always gorgeous, so what else is new!! It is such a joy to have a male and female Golden together - I have been privileged to have two Golden pairs in my life. They were just the BEST.
We love you Max Dog. So glad you are staying strong and vital.

KT & Lady

kissa-bull said...

aww the lovebirds just fill our hearts wiff warm and fuzzy feelings
we are glad kind toffee ish feeling much better
his royal subject were most worried
pibble sugars and wee wags
the houston pittie pack

Scout 'n Freyja said...

I'm sitting here smiling and smiling and smiling☺☺☺ To read your post saying that Max is doing well is absolutely FANTASTIC! When Max picked his mom he sure picked the RIGHT one!

Hugs to all. Been working most of the day at my biz. Gotta make money for the kibble somehow☺

houndstooth said...

We're glad that everyone is doing well!


Madi and Mom said...

Hi Max and Mom we are glad to have an update on the pooches. Everyone looks so good. Toffee is managing ok with his bandaged paws.
Happy Grace Day Max you look gorgeous....Your mom is the best caregiver in S. Africa.
Madi and Mom

JC said...

I'm so glad that things are going well .. at least for now.

KB said...

So glad that the King is feeling better. I'm just like you - I cannot stand it when my animals don't feel well.

I love the photos of Max and Tammy. They mirror each other's postures, showing their love for each other. What a wonderful pair.

Max and you are an inspiration!

Andrea said...

Continuing to pray for Maxx.
Hugs, andrea

Anonymous said...

Hey We need Prayers over at melodyskatz. My daughter's cat is sick. I posted some pics of her on my site.

Mango said...

Oh Toffee! Good thing your mom was there to rush you to the vet and get you better. You look grand. You ALL do.


Benny and Lily said...

Thank goodness mom saved the day
Benny & Lily

Chester said...

The love you have for your animals is clearly seen and felt worldwide.
I'm glad it was a false alarm with Toffee-it's always scary because they can't tell you where it hurts.

Maxdog looks so handsome and it's hard to believe he is a sick boy. Please give him a get well hug from Chester and me.

Tammy is a particularly light golden-my Golden Boy, Buck was light but not as light as her. Beautiful-and what a comforting soul she is to Max.

Thanks for sharing!
Chester's Mom ;0-)

the booker man said...

i'm glad that evil cone thingie is off, king toffee! those are the absolute worst.
mr. max and miss tammy make such a lovely couple. :)
the booker man

meowmeowmans said...

Glad things turned out okay with King Toffee. And yes, you are all looking fantastic (especially Max)! :)

Love, purrs and prayers to you all!

Lorenza said...

I hope Toffee's paws get better soon!
Glad you all had a good day!
Kisses and hugs

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Never a dull moment. Sometimes it's like that around our house too. If it's not one that's ailing, another gets an owie. Such is life when living with pets. And we wouldn't want it any other way!

Hope Toffee feels better soon!

Shannon and the Gang

Mr Koda MD said...

Toffee, it must be hard to live the life of a king, inside being looked after and run around after. Im jealous!!

Maxdog!!!! Good to see you're keen for your walks! Walks are goodtimes in any household!

Tammy, beautiful as ever!

Maxmom! We are going to check out the BBC clip now!

Koda MD

ocmist said...

Looking good, Max Dog! Looking good! It even looks like you are putting on a bit of weight in your hips. We love the pic of you and Tammy, and are also glad to hear that King Toffee is doing better after figuring out the problem. Your have some great vets as well as a wonderful Mom that watches you all so close and always makes sure you get the best of care! The CCC

Maggie and Mitch said...

Toffee looks much happier without his evil lampshade!
We love that last picture of Max and Tammy side by side!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Angus said...

My, they are all looking content. You asked if Digby had his paw bandaged. Yes, but it lasted all of three minutes.

Priscilla said...

Glad everybody is doing well!
Send my love to Max, Tammy and Toffee :)

The OP Pack said...

That last photo is just a wonderful gem - so beautiful of Tammy and MaxDog. Paws crossed for Toffee to continue to do better.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara