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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!


Monday, April 26, 2010


MAXMOM here... 

It's home!!! It's home!!!

Hello there to all our friends across the world!
Yes you heard it!
beautififully framed
...and it is

Thank you again to all my blogging buddies across the world for making this painting (and its framing!) possible!
It is and will remain an incredible gift...always! A special thanks too to Maxdog's artist...

(Do go and visit her website to see her magnificent work)

I took 'Max-terpiece' to a trusted framer and artist in his own right.
He has a shop near where we live:

My thanks also goes to
(Randridge Mall)
 for the their splendid and personalised care!

has it's own special place on the wall in our main family room where we can look at it every time we pass by or when we sit and watch TV.
(Maxdog so enjoys being with us in this room!)
We will be constantly reminded of the incredible love that flows so naturally through the blogworld.
Thank you so very much again!!!
We chose the colours of the frame to both highlight the painting and to blend in with our family room where it resides. You will notice a chorded golden insert. We have added this to highlight the beautiful portrait as well as to recognise that he is a GOLDEN retriever. There is also an olive green/gold section in the frame which is the perfect match to our lounge suite.  We truly hope we have done our blogging friends justice in the framing and that you like the end result.

What do you think?...


is still with us on this his...
79th Day of Grace!

Yesterday he had a good day. As many of you know, his appetite is erratic. Foods that he's been happy with at one meal will be ignored at another. Sometimes he loves biscuits and other times he'll spit them out.

The 'cheese burger I prepared for him over the weekend, was wolfed up and relished...

Not one morsel left!!! ...

That is when I smile and know that we are "good" for a few more hours.

The regular afternoon walks tell all!
... and MAXDOG and TAMMY-GIRL still demand them!...

The weather here has recently turned chilly and our two Goldens love cuddling up at night...

Today Max is quite nauseous.

We take each day for what it offers.
If he follows his usual pattern, he should be back to his old self at
"Walkies Time" this afternoon.

Yes, it's not easy battling with a sick dog!
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our dear friend...

and his family in France as they also battle with his current health.
Please go and visit them and give them some of your fabulous moral support.

Once again, THANK YOU to all my friends for our beautiful


If you would like to test your resolve with delicious delectables, please visit

Wishing you all a wonderful day!
With love...


the booker man said...

max's painting in the frame is absolutely stunning! you did a wonderful job picking out the frame and matting, maxmom. when i saw the first picture, it took my breath away. :)
i'm also finding myself giggling at the picture of max looking up at you with the cheeseburger in front of him. he looks like he's thinking, "moooom. another picture?? hurry up so i can eat my cheeseburger already!" ;)

the booker man's mama

MySpecialDoggies said...

What a beautiful tribute to Max - and the painting looks absoultely gorgeous in the new frame.

May you & Max enjoy many more days together - cheeseburgers, walks and all.

Hugs from
Nadine, Apples & Neeli

Priscilla said...

I love it! THe Maxterpiece is BEAUTIFUL!

Madi and Mom said...

Max Mom the portrait is beautifully framed you certainly picked out a beautiful frame and matting.
Happy 79th day Max. Max and Tammy look so cute all cuddled under the covers,
Madi and Mom

Anonymous said...

Happy 79th Day of Grace, Max! Gosh, that hamburger looked just plain DELICIOUS! Yum, yum!

Please tell your mom that I think the way she had your picture framed is absolutely, pawsitively gorgeous! Framing is kinda hard, my mom says. But your mom did a very much Most Perfect job!

Wiggles & Wags,

KB said...

The Maxterpiece looks gorgeous in its frame! What a great color scheme you chose.

I love the photo of max with his cheeseburger and also the one of him and Tammy under the covers!

I hope that Max feels better as the day goes on and enjoys walk time. What precious days these are.

Sheila and Bob said...

The frame you chose just enhances the painting. It is truly beautiful.
After Max ate his cheeseburger, he did the pre rinse cycle on the plate for you.
We hope his tummy feels better real soon.
We think of him every day.

Hamish & Sophie and their
Mom & Dad

Kathleen Coy said...

Oh Caryl, what a beautiful job he did on the framing! It's perfect!!!

Happy day 79, Max!

Much love to you all,
Kathleen and Cloud, who both want a cheeseburger now...

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

The Maxterpiece looks fabulous. Great job on the framing.

Glad the cheeseburger went down so well!

Woofs ad Purrs,
Tommy and The Chans

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos Happy Day Max! Woo picture came out beaWootiful, but I have to say I am more interested in those hamburgers! wooos and YUM! I hope woo really enjoyed them. They looked so tasty...
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

dewdana said...

Max-terpiece is beautiful! Framers did a wonderful job!
I love the pic of Max requesting walkies! When I try to take pics while Moose is waiting for something that is the same reaction I get and I think he is saying put the camera down already! He he... it just makes me laugh and want another pic!
Happy 79th day!
Hang in there through the tummy troubles buddy and I bet there will be another cheese burger soon!

JC said...

The painting is fabulous.
I so hope he continues to be able to go on his walks.

Ina in Alaska said...

WOW!!! xoxoxo

houndstooth said...

Max's portrait was framed just perfectly! It looks amazing!

We're glad to hear he got a cheeseburger and a walk. If I could get a cheeseburger, it'd be a happy day!

Mom says no way is she going to look at those pastries again with a new bakery open just down the street!


TK said...

Your painting is beautiful Max.
Keep eatting big-guy, you need your strength!
Purrs and Prayers- TK

Noll's Nip said...

That is a beautiful portrait and the framing is gorgeous. Hugs to you Max.

Ms. ~K said...

Beautiful framing job...it brings tears to my eyes!
Much love to you all,
Kit and Pups

Anna the GSD said...

Beautiful artwork and frame! Wonderful job to all involved!!

And yes, YOU CAN HAZ CHEEZBERGER! Yum, cheeseburgers....making me drool a bit!

brooke said...

Mmmm cheeseburger, Max Im jealous!
Maybe you're faking the funk just to get yummy food!

The framed portrait is beautiful!

Samantha said...

Happy 79th day of Grace, Max! Wonderful that you ate all of that yumzers looking Cheesburger, but sorry your tum tum is awry this morning. I absolutely LOVE the frame you have lovingly and thoughtfully surrounded Kat's painting with. It is truly beautiful and respects the painting and subject (and your room too) and is simply perfect!!! 10 WOOFIES to you for having such beautiful taste - it looks "whole."
Big Hugs to you, dear Max

Asta said...

Maxdog and Maxmom,

We love youw fwame fow the Maxtewpiece!!! It looks pawfect and highlights Max's golden booty. I loved seeing Max having his cheesebuwgew and send healing smoochies to make the nausea go away so that he can enjoy his big walk .
Max, you and Tammy giwl look adowable all bundled up.
smoochie kisses
ASTA love,Mommi

Mack and Mia said...

The frame you picked is perfect! It is really a max-terpiece!

That burger looked so delectable Max! I'm sure glad woo liked it!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Ginger Jasper said...

The framer has done the painting proud. It looks magnificent. What a truly beautiful treasure you have got to look at for all time.. I am sure that future generations will be gazing at the painting in years to come and saying... That was Max that was loved the world over.. Hugs GJ xx

Mrs. JP said...

That picture is so true-to-life and the framing is beautiful. What a treasure as is MAX.
I love the pictures where they are again being patient with you while they wait for their walk..LOL

Scout and Freyja said...

How lovely is our framed Maxdog. Caryl, I will have to take a photo to send to you a frame I have in my home, uhm, did you come to the US and peek through one of my windows? I have an identical frame, less the matting, holding a photo of my son, Jeff, and his family in my sitting room. Great minds think alike.

Sorry to hear of Max's tummy issues. I'm praying that it doesn't bode something larger lurking in the background. My prayer is that his meds are causing the upset. I pray. I pray.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What incredible friends you have to give you such a beautiful gift. We remember seeing it when first posted. Max looks handsome in his new frame. We're glad he is still having days of grace.

JackDaddy said...

I enjoy coming here every day and visiting. You are an inspiration!

A MilShelb Mom said...

What a beautiful painting and frame.

kissa-bull said...

oh my wowsers that frame is just bewootiful , just like max.
and boy those burgers looked furry nommy nom nom. we are furry glad to shee that he gobbled them right up. we slobbered all ofur our screen but did'nt get to taste em bah! bol
hey maxdog, wnat the pack to come and cuddle wiff you, our toots always keep ush MOST warm.

the pittie pack

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

They khomplement each other so furry well...

Just like Tammy and MaxDog!

GReat choice!


Jacqueline said...

The framed portrait is gorgeous; you did an excellent job!...Love the photos of Max eating his cheeseburger, howling for the walk and cuddled up with Tammy under the comforter!...Hope he feels better as the day goes on and sending him hugs and love and blessings as always.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, Caryl, it looks just beautiful. The frame makes it perfect. Love the color of the wood and the golden touch is so nice.

We sure hope MaxDog get srid of that nausea and enjoys a walk tonight.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Andrea said...

Praying for you, sweet maxx!
Woofs and wags,

JD and Max said...

Hi Max and Max-mom! Oh, that is such a perfect frame for the picture! And we have to agree that the photos of Max enjoying his burger are wonderful! We also like to be tucked in under our blankets and duvets too, he he he! We're toasting your 79th day of grace Max, you're amazing! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

It's beautiful. What a wonderful gift.

Much love to Max Dog and the family,
Shannon and the Gang

The Island Cats said...

What do we think of the Max-terpiece?? We think it's PAWSOME!!!

And Max, that cheeseburger looked so yummy! We woulda eaten it too!!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Your framed painting is just beautiful, Max!
Your cheeseburger looks so yummy!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Harry Spotter said...

Love the framed photo. Looks just like you. Who doesn't like a cheeseburger? Yummmooo! Hang in there we are still purring and praying for you.

Clive said...

What a great job the framer did - it sets off the painting of Max beautifully!

take care
Clive and the NSLM

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

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Max and Mom....
The Maxterpiece looks gorgeous in its frame!!!!!!!!
We love it!!!!!!
And What a great color scheme you chose.....the Golden insert are perfect!!!!!!!!
Well done Maxmom!!!!!!!

And we love love love the photo of Max with his cheeseburger.....it looks soooooooooooooooo Yummy......Ehmmmmmm....can we have one next time???
And also we think the one of Max and Tammy under the covers is soooooooooooooo precious!!!!!!!
They look adorables!!!!!!!

Happy happy happy 79th Day of Grace!!!!!!

We're keeping you in our hearts always!!!!!!!!!
Tons of love and kisses and huge hugs to all of you!!!

sprinkles said...

That picture and the frame are so stunning! The framer did an excellent job.

How did you get Max to sit there and let you take a picture of him with the cheeseburger before he wolfed it down? My little ones would have wolfed it down the moment I set the plate on the floor for them! BOL

Paxton said...

Woof, MaxDog - you sure look handsome in your Max-terpiece! Mummy and I absolutely love how it was framed. Looks totally stately in appearance. A great job by your framers. It is also great to see you hanging strong in there and putting in maximum effort into your days.

Sad and sorry to hear that you still have your bouts of illness surfacing but we are all heartened to see you eat those yummy burgers your Mummy made! Oh, and I absolutely LOVE your bed - I'm getting pretty envious as I adore being under a douvet and on top of a mattress.

Do take care of yourself and remember: You are VERY much LOVED by MANY.

Paxton and Shirley

Tweedles -- that's me said...

The Masterpiece is awsome in that elegant frame. So spendorious!!!

Max, I am sorry your not feeling good tonight. Hold my hand and we will get through this together.
I send you doggy prayers and also for Digby too

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
The Max-terpiece is pawesome!
I know it is now in a very special place in your home!
did you eat hamburger?? Yummy!
I hope you have a good day
Kisses and hugs

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Max!
That portrait is really something!
Enjoy your day!!


Benny and Lily said...

The pawtrit is a real
Max terpiece!!
Benny & Lily

Kasha said...

His Maxterpiece is incredible. I love the frame and colors.

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Maxdog and Max mom,
The portrait is certainly accented tremendously by the mounting and framing that was so very well done. It will allow you to always have Max with you and it will surely generated GRand memories of the GReat times and adventures that you have had together. We know how much you are cherishing your time together even as difficult as it can be. We are continuing our prayers for Max's comfort and welfare. We are thinking of you all and we always hold your family close in our hearts. Please be well all.

Teal'c said...

Hi Maxdog!
We are glad to read that you are fine! And that cheeseburger looks YUMMY! I wish my mom would make something like that for me...
Your painting is pawesome too. Nicely captured.

Slobbers Teal'c

Mr Koda MD said...

Maxmom, the frame is perfect!

Nommy cheeseburgers!

Max, hope you enjoyed your afternoon Walkies!

And Tammy too


Nika + PARKER said...

What a beautiful finished piece of art. It is a great tribute to MaxDog. Oh and that cheeseburger.....

Piappies World said...

Hello Maxdog!

The frame completed the MAXterpiece! It does fit your fave room perfectly.

The cheeseburger is yuuuuummmmy!

Enjoy the walkies, smell the sweet scents of the flowers and enjoy the lush leaves and grass.

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & the Piappies

PS: We are not sure if our previous comment went through...

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Lovely portrait of a lovely dog...all sweet memories each time you see it, always...

Josie said...

Oh MaxDog and MaxMom,

They did a beautiful job with the framing around Kathleen's painting. Just beautiful. I love the colors you picked. It compliments it perfectly. Good job.

What a great day had by all!!

Much Love,
Woofs and Hugz,
Josie and Blues