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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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Friday, March 5, 2010


MAXDOG here...

Dear Murray...

I received a package from you yesterday!

MAXMOM went to fetch it from the post office for me. I noticed it had your address on it, so I knew it was from you! You see, I know you have been praying for me every night...I can feel it and I wanted to say a big....


and to give you a special sloppy lick from me!

MAXMOM helped me to open the package to see what was inside.

(Remember..We all need help from our Moms!)

There were so many beautiful, thoughtful goodies inside the package which really cheered me up! There was a card from you and there was a lovely picture of you and Clive on the front...with a special message inside!?! There was also a book of poetry too for MAXMOM to read while she cares for me. Also, a beautiful statue of St. Francis who is looking after me too at the moment. And then there was your special candle!

MAXMOM reminded me all about how you have gone to light candles for me in your church. She told me about this special candle too and how you had got it blessed by your priest for me.

My heart is so happy with your gift and I truly feel blessed to have you in my life!

MAXMOM also opened your letter to me. I sniffed it while she told me what you had written and how much you love me!

I can feel your love for me, MURRAY and you know what...
I love you too!!!
I love you more than the big wide ocean that lies between you and Clive and me!

I know that there are many of us blogging dogs that love you too! We all think of you every day! We all know how special you are!
It takes a Not-so-little-Man to show us what love is about and we understand that!
Thank you, MURRAY, for showing us what love is!

The little statue which you sent me is so very special!
I know too that St. Francis is looking after me.
He usually looks after all us furry-friends, but I know that he has his eye out for me specially because you have asked him to!

At the moment, I am not so keen to eat my food, but you know what...

Your thoughts, Your love and Your prayers help me to eat and to be strong and to enjoy these
days of Grace:

I have already had 27 of them!!


It's because of your prayers and the prayers of all our doggie-friends who are following your example that I am able to enjoy these extra days which I have been granted!
You are a most sweet and generous

With lots of love and licks from your friend...




Dear Friends, I will probably not be blogging this weekend, but will see you all on Monday. Have a happy weekend and don't forget to hug your special furry companions!


ocmist said...

The NSLM really loves you and your Mom a LOT, and sent you some wonderful presents! He and Clive are so loving and sweet to send those gifts from so far away. We all join him in our prayers for you and your family.

This was a wonderful post, Max, and we wish you a great weekend! OC and the Country Corgi Crew

Priscilla said...

Murray is so sweet.

Have a wonderful weekend, Max!

bea's blog said...

We are wishing you a wonderful weekend from the north, too!
And we are also looking forward to the Soccer WC. You know, soccer is very popular in Germany! How great that there is not much time difference between SA and Europe.

Dad is suffering from another chemo; it makes him weak and sleepy just like you...
Tailwags from Gizmo and mum from


Ms. ~K said...

A very special package for sure, especially the statue of St. Francis, who is watching over you.
We can feel Murray's love for you!

Hugs and belly rubs to you all,

Piappies World said...

Hello Max,

That's really thoughtful of Murray to send your those special pressies. St Francis is indeed watching over you.

We are just one of the many and growing number of people and furry friends who care and pray for you so do eat lots and be ok.

Frappie also wants to share you a little secret, your blog is the first page we go to whenever Mommy gets home. We are excited to share each day with you and we continue to pray for each of you and of course Maxdog Mom.

Have a good weekend! See you on Monday, then.

Love you lots!

-Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

Mango said...

That Murray is one cool dude. Not only has he been thinking of you, but he sent his love all the way to your house in South Africa. Wow!

Hey! If your mom ever watches that 2012 movie let us know. Your homeland is in it kind of, but I won't say any more. Momma says too brief to justify watching the movie if you don't like end of days films.


Clive said...


We were so happy to see that our parcel arrived over to you!

The NSLM was jumping up and down here with happiness while we were reading your post with him this morning! He loved seeing you beside his card - thank you so much for the great photos and the very kind words.

You know our priest called by the other day with another little prayer book for us and to ask after you! We gave him your blog details so he could check in on you himself!

We hope you have a good weekend Max - the NSLM has gone to school very happy and is going to ask his teacher can they 'look in' on your blog at computer time this afternoon as well! He talks about you so much in school that his classmates want to see you too!

lots of love
Clive and the NSLM

ps - many thanks to your Mom for her very kind comments on our post last night. Indeed all the comments have been a great comfort to the NSLM's Mom.

Naqvee said...

wow.. i can feel the lovely vibes sent all over from Murray to you~ you must be glad.. isn't it?

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

How sweet of Murray to send you such a thoughtful package and to love you so much.

We love you too.
The Rocky Creek Gang

KT and Lady said...

What a beautiful post. Reminds us all about what special, wonderful people our dog blogger friends are. Max, enjoy your weekend. We are always thinking of you and are so happy for the time you get to spend with your family.

Your devoted followers,

KT and Lady

Farley said...

What a wonderful gift and special friends you have Max. Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

Martha and Bailey said...

What a very thoughtful package all the way from Ireland to South Africa.
How kind of Clive and his family.
Enjoy your weekend.
love as always
Martha & bailey xxxx

Madi and Mom said...

Dear MaxDog and Mom....thank you for your posts. I cannot tell you how inspirational they are to me. Max what an exceptional Mom you have she is sending comfort out daily to 1000s of us. What beautiful and thoughtful gifts you rec'd from Clive and family. Happy 29th day of Grace my friend,
Madi and Mom

houndstooth said...

What an awesome gift you got! That NSLM really knows how to pick out great presents. He knew just what you needed!


Scout 'n Freyja said...

♥We hope you and mom have a wonderful weekend, Max. Enjoy your family knowing that you are held close in prayer by many hearts around the world.♥

mayziegal said...

Oh my goodnesses! That Murray is one wonderful peoples, isn't he? Picking out all those pressies especially for you! And the card....well, this whole thing just made me feel all warm and wiggly. It's wonderful to be so loved, isn't it?

Now, Max, be sure to eats your food today. Even if it's just a little, itty bitty bit. It's Most Important.

Wiggles & Wags,

Sheila and Bob said...

Hi Max;
What an awesome gift. We have a statue of St Francis in our garden and sniff him everyday, he will protect you.
Though we are spread throughout the world we are united as one praying for many more days of grace for you. Give your Mom a big kiss and tell her you and her are surrounded by so many that love you and think you are very special.

Hamish & Sophie

Jacqueline said...

Very loving and thoughtful gifts from your friend, Murray!...Isn't it amazing how many people have just read about you, Max and totally fallen in love with you??!...You are a special boy indeed, one who has touched so many people from across the world, uniting us all in our love for you!!...Your wonderful Mom is a big part of your strength and I feel her compassion and optimism are a constant source of strength for many of us reading about your journey as well...Happy weekend together my friends.

GonetoTheSnowDogs said...

What a cool gift!! You are so loved!!

Woo Woooo
Shiloh, Shelby, and their Mom!

KB said...

Murray is a very sweet friend to you MaxDog. We're all thinking of you and sending you strength and peace.

Enjoy your quiet weekend with your family. K, R, and I send you love.

And, C, take care of yourself.

Andrea said...

It's always fun getting packages in the mail.
Woofs and wags,

Stella said...

Good morning, Max,

What a great gift from your pal Murray and Clive. This young guy, full of love for you, inspires us all.

As always, our prayers are with you as we celebrate each day of grace with you!

Enjoy your weekend!


Mrs. JP said...

I'm so glad you got a package. Who doesn't love to get mail. Blogs and e-mail are fun and fast but cards and packages mean someone cares bunches about you.
Treasure your days of grace MAXMOM and have a blessed weekend with your gang.
Hi, to Tammy and King Toff from the holler.

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

That's so nice of Murray to send you a package.
Have a great weekend!

Sam & June & mom

TK said...

I also sais thank you to Murray, fur reminding me that loves is not something to be afraids to show without reservashuns.
I purrs for Murray, him and Clive is good guides too!
Has a grate weekend Max Pack.

Junior and Orion said...

What lovely gifts! We are still purring and praying for you Maxdog!

ScrapsofMe said...

What lovely pressies from the heart. I'm sure you will treasure them always.

lotsa love,


kissa-bull said...

oh max that was just so furry shpecial of murray.
what a kind and good furryend he is
we continue to pray for you as well sweet max
pibble sugars and wee wags
the houston pittie pack

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! MAX. What a nice presents. Will continue to send you my Golden Healing Thoughts. Have a great weekend. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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

Truly wonderful gifts from a truly wonderful NSLM.

Twinkietinydog said...

Thank you for eating your food for us, Max. Not much could make me happier than to see you eat these days. See you when you get back. Take good care until then.

The Life of Riley said...

Hi Max,

That was such a nice thing that Clive and Murray did for you - I can see that getting thier parcel all the way from Ireland made your day better!

Mum and I are thinking of you,
Luv Riley

The Thundering Herd said...

That NSLM is quite the inspiration, isn't he? Great to see you today Max!

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

Four M's that are furry special:


Thanks fur sharing all of this!

Have a GReat weekend!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

sprinkles said...

I just noticed you're linking to me in your sidebar. Thank you! I will check to make sure you're added to mine as well.

That was very kind of Murray to send you such a thoughtful gift! I love that he sent you the statue of St. Francis so that you'll never forget he's there watching over you!

So happy to see Max eating!!!!! :)

JD and Max said...

Hi Max - Clive and Murray are so wonderful, what an amazing gift to send to you. Murray is just so full of love, we could feel it from reading this post. FH was a bit tearful it made her so happy to know such wonderful people and canines alike. Take care Max - you are very special too! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Deborah said...

That was very nice of Murray and Clive! Have a great weekend and please hug Max from us!

Maggie and Mitch said...

That was very sweet of Clive and Murray to send you such a special gift and your post back to them was awesome, Max!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

caboval said...

Max thank you for sharing your lovley gift from Murray and Clive. We are happy to know about everybody that prays for you. Like we do! We think of you EVERY day. Our mommy says she is going to get a special candle for you and she says it will help you to feel better! We will continue to send you positive and warm thoughts. We truly love you and your family dear Max!
Love and kisses, Joey and Kealani

~Kim~ said...

I'm late getting here today, but at the end of my Friday, I wanted to wish you a wonderful and relaxing weekend!!!

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh Max what a wonderful gift for you! It was just so sweet!

WE hope you have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!!

Asta said...

Deawest Max

I know how much the NSLM Muwway loves you and those bootiful, thoughtful pwessies awe an example of his thoughtful love fow you. I am gwateful fow evewyday of gwace you awe gwanted my seet fwiend..have a loving soft , weekend..I will be thinking of you and pawaying fow mowe days of gwace
smoochie kisses

Miley said...

yay Max, congrats on your gift!!! Love the pics, have a great weekend!!

lotsa licks,

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max Dog and crew,
We will try to make it through the weekend but be assured that you will not be out of our thoughts or prayers. We will anxiously be checking on you Monday morning first thing.
We are touched emotionally by the link between Clive's NSLM and you. We are no less than amazed at how you can be such an inspiration to a challenged lad thousands of miles from you. You provide a confirmation of purpose for the NSLM because you're not an immediate family member like Clive. You and your mom have done so much good and are such an inspiration to all the rest of us. Our mom says that we all need to try to make a difference in the world, hopefully for the better. You guys are doing that. Please have a restful weekend and come back to us all on Monday. Know that you are loved and in our hearts and prayers.

Tank said...

I can always feel the love here on your blog:)

The OP Pack said...

Max, you made our Mom cry - that was so beautiful. The NSLM is such a very special boy, isn't he? And so many of us ALL over the world know that is a fact!!! Have a good and relaxing weekend, Mom and Max.

Woos and hugs - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

meowmeowmans said...

That was so lovely of Clive and Murray. We are still porring and praying for you. Hope you have a great weekend.

Emma Rose said...

That was so kind and thoughtful. Bloggers rock!

Kisses for Max,
Emma Rose

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Murray sent you pawesome presents!
I am happy to see you wanted to eat!
Have a nice and relaxing weekend!
Kisses and hugs

Tessa the Maltese said...

WOW Max, It looks like Murray sent you really pawesome presents!

We really are happy to see you wanted to eat!

We have you in our thoughts and prayers!

Hugs and Kisses, Tessa

Samantha said...

Those are the most thoughtful, sweet and kind pressies from Murray. He just loves you to pieces Max! We are crossing paws, toes, fingers and legs that you are comfy. You look wonderful in these pictures - we're always so cheered to see each day's photos of the beautiful YOU! Have a furry restful weekend, dear boy, and mom too - big zzzzzzs for mom!
Huge Hugs and Pats on the head xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo,

Ina in Alaska said...

I was reading your post with my husband at breakfast this morning and could hardly speak through tears -- which changed into what Oprah calls the "ugly cry", but they were tears of joy for the caring heart of Murray and his generous and loving soul and his love for Max. Although I could barely get through the post it was both beautiful and sad. Love from all of us..... xoxoxo

Jennifer said...

Love n Hugs from Texas.

doyle and mollie said...

mollie and i want to thank you all for attending our event on our bloggy we hope you had a great time celebrating joeys birthday - loves and licks!

Whimpurr said...

What nice and thoughtful gifts! You are very loved, sweet boy! Please eat your food, ok? *woof*

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We hope the candle gives you stength to eat and take a walk Max

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Hi Maxdog,

What a nice friend you have there in Murray. You are such a special dog and we all love you. Hope you are resting nicely and enjoying your warm days.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Joy said...

Love MAXdog's eyes... so soulful.