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Sunday, March 14, 2010


MAXDOG here...
Hello there to all my buddies from around the world!

I hope you are all having a pawsome weekend with your families!

It's kinda a sleepy Sunday here.
The weather is sweltering here in Johannesburg!
Everyone seems to be snoozing off their heat fatigue.
Including Tammy...

KING TOFFEE remains on high alert...

Sundays in this household are designated to Group Walkies for us dogs!!!

 Despite the uncomfortable heat, we bark at our humans and remind them about this fact!
It takes a while to convince them, but they eventually rouse themselves from their lethargy and obligue us...

Off we go!...down the street...our whole pack!...

I keep a lookout for my pack

...but there are many things to sniff out and discuss...


There is a special palm tree at one part of  our walk and I just know there are RATS in this tree!

I know!
I smell them!
I am responsible for alerting my whole pack to them!...

There are also quite a few humans who know us and stop to say hello to us on our walk.
They also know that I am sick and so they too are so surprised to always see me.
A lot of humans think that it is impossible for me to still be around.
But look how good I look on this my...
36th DAY OF GRACE!!!
It really is quite incredible and probably a miracle that I am doing so well...

When we get home from our walk, all us doggies empty the water bowls and settle into a long snooze for the day...


So Sundays in our household are really assigned to walking and snoozing.

Mom says that I must show you the beautiful African Violets which are growing in our house...

Aren't they lovely?!?

We also have some Cacti...

Here are the three Cacti plants in one of the rooms...


The "CACTI" are actually small little CANDLES!
(Have a good look again! It was just a little MAXDOG joke! :))

Anyway, while us doggies are snoozing, the peeps usually go to the shops for provisions and "treats" for us.

Look what they saw...

I thought doggies weren't allowed in the shops?!?... 

 He must be some special doggie indeed!?!

 This evening, when the peeps are settled, I will insist on my ear rub!

Mom says that I seemed to have 'stabilized' into a coping routine with my illness although I'm not so keen on my food.
Mom also says that she thinks I think my tummy is always full!

Either way, I'm comfortable and pain free and
 I LOVE having my tummy rubbed!
It is very relaxing indeed and I fall asleep when Mom does that for me.

So, here's wishing you all a wonderful Sunday and a happy week ahead!


mayziegal said...

Oh, Max, your Sunday sounds Most Lovely! And you really had me all fooled on those cactuses! I had to go back and give 'em a second look. They look SO reals!

I'm glad you're feeling pretty good and having a wonderful day and getting some belly rubs. (Oh gosh - those are the best, aren' they?)

Wiggles & Wags,

KT and Lady said...

Hey Max, we are always thrilled to read you are doing well. Looking pretty good too. Sundays are our long walk day, so now we are mellowing out, catching up with our bloggy friends. Looks like your walk was a big hit too. Lots of snoofys going on....Lady is the snoofy queen. Always checking pee-mail and bunny status. Now eat your chow like a good boy....BOL

Jacqueline said...

Just wonderful to see you enjoying your Sunday and looking so well, Max...You guys are very adorable on your walks, it must hard for people not to visit with you!...Wishing you a week filled with ear and tummy rubs and blessings.

dewdana said...

You are looking wonderful Max! Yes you totally fooled us with the cacti... look real to me! We have African violets here but I think they are all purple so maybe they are different? Glad you guys got walkies even though it is hot. Moose sez it is nevertoo hot for walkies!

Sammy and Andy said...

You are looking really good, Max, and we continue to purr for you. xxxxxxxx

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, Max, what a lovely time you all have together. We're so glad you're having these days of grace. Try to stay cool.

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Max, that was SO COOL, to see the inside of one of your stores. Tell your momma that our momma wants to see MORE!

When it is really hot outside momma keeps us in the air conditioning quite a bit - at least until the sun is not shining in the backyard and we can lay in the cool grass.

Today it is fairly sunny and warm - for us - about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

JC said...

Looks like you had a nice day. Our dogs love to go for walks too ...

brooke said...

Max you're looking great! Sunday's are usually park days for us, but Darwin's out of commission for 2 weeks, so now its lay on the couch day!
Those flowers are beautiful! You're so lucky to be able to have so much beauty around you!

Stella said...

Hey Max!

And a blessed 36th day of grace to you.

Sunday is a good walk day for us too, EXCEPT today is rainy and very chilly. No Sun to be seen. So I'll just run out in back for a bit and come in for a treat! Why not!


The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max Dog,
We check on you first thing each day and are not surprised that you are still with us; we are relieved. We know of The Circle of Life and that we each must eventually move on but we also are selfish and want you to stay with us, Ms. Caryl and Tammy, Tommy and Mr. toffee and the rest of the family. We will be deeply saddened when your time comes but we will understand. We are thankful for the extended period of Grace that your are enjoying with your family and your friends. It is a reward for all of the wisdom and insight that you have given to the rest of us. We do hold you and the family close to our hearts and in our thoughts and most importantly in our prayers because we love Max Dog and the spirit of Max Dog.

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

Your post today captures the very soul of Sundays, Max!

You are looking SO GOOD!

Woofs and Purrs,
Tommy and The Chans

Little Island In The Med said...

Love the photo of you and Tammy sleeping in the corridor! So peaceful! :-)

Angus said...

Great to see everyone out in the fresh air. If it's that sweltering the thunderstorms must be coming soon.

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

What a beautiful day making memories.

The Rocky Creek Scotties

BRUTUS said...

Looking good Max!! I never would have made it on that walk - just looking at the photos made me pant! Makes me glad that it's still pretty chilly here!

Brutus the Frenchie

Samantha said...

Love seeing you go for your walk with the pack! Cool that you might have caught sight of those elusive tree rats! Sooo happy to see you looking so chipper hiking about! And I'd definitely fall asleep with soothing belly rubs - hope you are at least eating some of those treats the hoomans bring you back from the pet store - and gosh - those violets are just gorgeous! (And the cacti candles furry funny, Max!) Hope the sizzling heat goes away today for all your sakes' there!
Big Hugs xoxoxo

Piappies World said...

Hello Max!

You sure fooled us with those "cacti". hehehe

Sundays are really special bond moments with the family. We have been getting lots of sunshine here as well. By the way, Mommy says sorry for not being able to get back to her email for you. A couple of big things happened this weekend including new piappies from Princess! We'll get Mommy to do her Piappies web duties --- posting, commenting especially replying to Max email this week. She better!

We are so thankful for your 36th day of grace and we pray that you be blessed with more.

Hope you had a great barkday weekend!

-Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

caboval said...

Happy 36th day of grace!! Max you look incredible!!!! So handsome!!! Glad you are letting your humans know you want to be walked!! Its a great sign!!! I am thinking you are a miracle dog for sure! It warms our moms heart to see you with your family! Bless you Max! Hugs Joey and Kealani

meowmeowmans said...

Looking good, sweet Max. We will continue purring and praying for you, buddy!

Deborah said...

Hi, I just watched the video! I loved it! That was really nice!

sprinkles said...

Is the African Violet plant a candle too? I can see a wick coming off one of the flowers. Very pretty! I have an African Violet plant too and keep watching for flowers to start blooming.

I wish it was sweltering here. Yesterday was cold and nasty and we even got some snow. Today is much nicer but still a little windy. I had a fever yesterday so it was a good excuse to stay in and cuddle with my boys.

You are a miracle dog Max!

the booker man said...

mr. max,
your sunday sounds awesome -- walkies, long naps, and tummy rubs...what more could a dog want? :)
tell your mama that her african violet is lovely. my mama has two at our house that are also white flowers tipped in violet. i have been very strongly warned that they are not foodables. bol.
the booker man

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

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Max.....
Looks you and your family had a wonderful sunday all together!!!!!
And you look soooooooooooooooooooo happy and handsome......You're a miracle dog!!!!!!!!!!!

Your flowers are great.....we would love to have them in our garden...m ommy loves a lot your African Violets....Violet is her preferred color!!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

Ehy Max....did you see the post we made for your birthday???
Hope you liked it!!!
WE LOVE YOU MAX!!!!!!!!!!!!

We would love could give you tons of ear and tummy rubs!!!!!!!!!!

HAve a great week!!!
Tons of love and kisses and licks

Scout and Freyja said...

We forgot to mention that our momma grows violets, too, but she has to keep all of hers under or in bird cages. Why? Because Camille Suzanne, our white kitty, l♥ves to eat the blossoms and buds off - YUMMERS!

Momma says that your violets are so PURRty. She doesn't have one like the picture. She has a deep purple and some pinks and one that is shaped just like a little bell.

Ginger Jasper said...

Max my mum wanted to reach right in and do your belly rubs today.. You are looking good in all the pictures today.. I a just so glad that you continue to be well and pain free.. It is indeed a miracle.. Hugs GJ xx

houndstooth said...

You and your mom look great in that interview!

We're having a lazy Sunday here, too, but it's because there's more rain and it's rather chilly! I'm glad your Sunday looks a bit nicer than ours.

Mom was drooling over your African violets. She said she might have to try growing another one.


Scout and Freyja said...

I sure hope I found the cooties. This is a test comment!

Mango said...

Oh I hate the hot weather too, but one must get exercise even at a slow pace. You look good, all of you!


Benny and Lily said...

After such a fun day Max,I sure would insist on those ear rubs too. Careful of that big stuffed thing. Good job King Toffee..BOL
Benny & Lily

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

Yet another special day in MaxLand!

Thanks fur sharing!

Mom says the Afrikhan Violets were beaWOOOOtiful!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Max Dog! what a lovely walkie woo all must of had.My Mum says she is too tired to go for walkies because we had company all weekend, I say she is just lazy!
Mum loves the african violet too!
~puppy kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

The OP Pack said...

What a lovely Sunday you and your pupsiblings all had together. Nothing beats a great walk and a sweet dreamy nap after. You are looking so wonderful, Max, we think it is a miracle.

Have a great week.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Tessa the Maltese said...

We are ALL so thrilled for your 36th day of Grace Max!

Once again, you are daily in our thoughts and prayers.

Hugs and Kisses, Tessa

River said...

Happy birthday, Max!! It is wonderful that you are stable and still going on. We are thinking of you here.

love & wags,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
I agree with you. Sundays are for walking and snoozing!
Glad you all went out for a nice walkie!
The African Violets are so beautiful!
And the Cacti are pawesome! I really thought they were real!
I am sure you enjoyed a nice ear and tummy rubbing session!
Kises and hugs

Asta said...

I am thwilled fow evey day of youw Gwace seeing you is the best!!!

I bet evewyone is so happy when they see you on youw walks..that palm twee must have some amazing smells..thank dogness you awe alewting evewyone.
Hope you had a mawvelous west aftew youw wefweshing dwink. I think of you always wif love and smoochie kisses
(pleez give some to Tammy King toffee and Tommy too)

youw ASTA

Emma Rose said...

Good to see you enjoying your Sunday. And about that miracle - we don't just believe in miracles, we EXPECT them, so carry on my fine friend. We love you!

Emma Rose

Huskee and Hershey said...

What a lovely way to spend your Sunday!! 36th day of grace... wow.. and we hope there'd be truckloads more to come. We look forward to the 360th.. 3600th, etc day of grace for you, dear friend!

Oh and we are so sorry we missed your 10th Birthday last week (blame it on the mom)... Sending you our sincerest and bestest wishes for a healthy and love filled life ahead!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Hellooooo Max! We are celebrating your 36th day of grace with you too. You look good ole boy. And the rat hunt looked like lots of fun too. We don't like hot weather either. ugh. We prefer snow!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRocketDog and Hootie

ps-Congrats on the BBC gig!! That is Sooooo cool.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Max and thank you for the lovely pictures of you and the pack enjoying your walk. Max you look absolutely radiant! The violets and cati are very pretty
Madi and Mom

The Musketeers said...

Wow ! What a lovely weekend you have there Max ! You always have the best pictures ! ;)
My mom love those pictures of the plants ;)

KB said...

Your Sunday sounds wonderful. I'm so happy that MaxDog is a happy pack leader, still enjoying his walks, snoozes, and belly rubs. If anyone deserves an extended period of grace, it's your family.

A lot of snow (30 cm?) fell yesterday here so I cannot imagine it being "sizzling hot"!

I must say that Maxdog, and the rest of the pack including the King, look terrific in the photos!

TK said...

Looks like you had a purrfect Sunday Max. You and your pack are styling down the street!
You got us with the candles, we thoughts they were real. You made us laff!
Have a great Monday Max famibily!

Ms. ~K said...

Max and Family,
Thank you for allowing us to spend this special time with you all!
The Power of Love and positive affirmations looks good on you, Dear Max!
Hugs and belly rubs to all,

The Thundering Herd said...

You had sweltering hot and we had, well, even more snow. But we got to go walking and snoozing too, so all is good.

Mrs. JP said...

MAX, you stinker. I thought you had a blooming cactus. The African Violets are beautiful and you know what? I have the opposite ones mine are purple with white! I'll think of you the next time they bloom.
I don't know who that is that looks like King Toffee. Is that another member of your pack?
Love you buddy, you sure look good. Now eat your rice and chicken like the good boy you are. Howls and blessings from the holler to all of you.

Twinkietinydog said...

Lotsa licks, ear rubs, and tummy rubs for you my furiend!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We watched the video last night. It was neat to see you dogs and your mom.

Mack and Mia said...

It's hot where you are?! You really ARE a lucky dog! All we had was RAIN RAIN RAIN and some MUD MUD MUD!

Rest easy dear friend and tell your momma that she owes you an extra 5 minutes on your ear/tummy rub from Mia and I.

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Maggie and Mitch said...

Your African Violet flower is beautiful! Mom says she's never had good luck with them at all!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Junior and Orion said...

You look great Maxdog!!!!!

ocmist said...

Lookin' good, Max, old Chum! You all looked like you were having a great time in your walk, and you just TELL those rats all about it!

It's warmed up to the 60's around here, and we've gotten a little sun the past few days and hopefully, the weather people say for the next week or so. It should help the old bones feel better! A nice nap is just the thing to bring back the energy!

We live in a land of cactus, so Mom kind of thought those looked a bit "waxy" and wondered... That was a cute joke though! OC & the CCC

Teal'c said...

Hi Maxdog!!! You look pawsome! We are so glad that you are coping well. I must admit that my mom was kinda scared to click you bloggie after the bad news. But we have been thinking of you and your family all the time sending you lots of positive energy...

Your day out with your friends looks like a lot of fun as well!

Mega slobbers Teal'c

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max,and Ms. Caryl,
It is Tuesday now and we are praying for you Max. We are uneasy at not having heard from you yesterday. We worry who also wait.

Sierra Rose said...

Hi ya Max and all! So great to visit and hear that you are doing so well! Love seeing all of you out on walkies, and snoozles! Big hugs from all of us!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

The Animal Doctor said...

Hi Max, for me its always a blessing, one of life's little miracles to visit your blog everyday and see you smile. Take care buddy. We are always thinking of you. Your Mom is doing a great job.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Dear Max, Toffee, Tammy and mama
Your Sunday looks peaceful. Thank you for showing me yout special flowers African candles and cactus, and for taking us to the store , and the walkie.
My heart tells me you are all giving so much to all of us- and I just need you to hear me say Thank you.