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Thursday, April 22, 2010


MAXDOG here...

Hello there everybody!
Yes, it's Thursday..a thankful Thursday and my...

75th Day of Grace!!!

It is a beautiful, sunny Autumn Day here in
Johannesburg, South Africa.
The colours on the trees are simply beautiful...
Pretty shaped leaves are falling everywhere...

There is so much to be thankful for..!.
the little things and the big things...!

There are also things to be sad about...

We would like to express our sadness for the families of the 3 people who died in the
 yesterday and particularly to our 40 American visitors who were in that accident.
For those of you who don't know...
ROVOS RAIL is a well respected luxury train that embarks on various site-seeing luxury excursions in our country.
We send our warm wishes for a speedy recovery to the survivors of this horrific accident.


But the good news is that I got a wonderful, SURPRISE PACKAGE in the post...!!!
The "Boss" brought it home from work yesterday..
The address said that it was from
This is my beautiful kitty friend and her Mommy who live in West Yorkshire.
What a lovely surprise!!!
Well MAXMOM and I sat down to open it...
She was taking so long with the flashy beast - and giving instructions to the "Boss" - that I fell asleep...sorry!

Anyway, when she'd finished organising the "Boss", she decided to sit on the floor with me and investigate this kitty parcel...

That is a VERY pretty little notepad indeed!
Excuse me not looking at the camera, but KING TOFFEE was trying to take over.
What else is in there Mom?...
MAXMOM took a moment to read me the lovely, hand-written letter from
(Thank you so much for your kindness!)

Wow! Look! They sent Mom a beautiful Golden Retriever mug too!!!
Do you think you can put some yoghurt in there for ME, Mom?
Mom says "NO"...it's for her tea!
Okay Mom, can I investigate myself?...
Geesh Mom! Did you see?
That letter is written on a cool
Getting such exciting gifts are sleepy work!
Okay...I'm revived!...I'm cool!...
Go away, TOFFEE!
check it out...there is a beautiful little Golden Retriever Bag as well.
I think I am a spoilt-rotten dog!
So I'm going to bark a big

That was seriously tiring work!...
I'm just going to have to go and sleep with my

Okay, maybe not!
Mom's bed is better...
zzzz....zzzz (Oh!)zz...zzLotsa..


zzz...SOUTH AFRICA...zzz...



The Thundering Herd said...

What a great present! And we can see how opening all of that can be exhausting. Sleep well.

Ginger Jasper said...

I am so glad you liked your gifts. I was a pleasure to chose them for you and glad they got there ok. I love the sleepy pictures.. Just lovely.. Hugs GJ xx

Priscilla said...

What beautiful golden presents from Ginger!!
Sleep well, Max.

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos Max Dog! What a nice Pressie woo got there, even if woo do have to share it with Mom.... I like the zzzzzz-ing part best though, Mom's bed is the best place fur a nap!
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Ginger Jasper and his mommy are 2 of the kindest in the werld. That was so sweet of them to send yoo such thoughtful and lovely presents.

MySpecialDoggies said...

What beautiful gifts for such a beautiful doggie!

Madi and Mom said...

Morning and happy Grace Day Max Dog and Mom!!!! What wonderful well thought out gifts for you sweet Max.
You are LOVED!!!
Autumn in S.Africa is gorgeous. This is our first time experiencing it. Thanks for the pictures,
Madi and Mom

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

Lovely gifts, Max! GJ and his family are very kind!

Woofs and Purrs,
Tommy and The Cahns

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Max, if you just aren't one of the luckiest doggies! Gifts from all parts of the world flow to your door! Well, some for your momma, too, but we know that you don't mind sharing with her, do you☺

Your fall colors look somewhat like ours here in Michigan; however, we have many hardwood trees that literally burst with bright color in the autumn of the year. Momma will have to share some with Maxmom.

Hoping you are having a wonderful day and that you get a special cheese sandwich this evening and a side of yogurt, too!

Sheila and Bob said...

Wow, what a nice surprise and what special gifts, although anything with a Golden on it is special, just saying.
Stay well Max, enjoy the beautiful fall weather that you have, we are settling in to a beautiful spring and we think about you each day.

Hamish & Sophie

Mrs. JP said...

MAX, I think being patient while your Mom takes all those pictures wears you out!! How nice to receive a gift in the mail. Slow mail things are so special.
75?!??!!!! That's a three quarters of a century, that's 3 - 25's, that's like 6 dog years! Go Max,,,Go Max,,,Go MAX!!!
blessings, love and hugs from the holler.

Piappies World said...

That's lotsa golden pressies Max! Ginger Jasper is so thoughtful. We soooo love the zzzzzzing photos. Mommy says its her favorite shot with the flashy box. Maybe it's because this is the only way she gets is to keep still. hahaha

Happy happy 75th day of grace dear friend.

Please tell Maxdog Mom that we are trying to get our bloggie to load faster and we hope that posting comments for you is not hard anymore.

Wai-MAX is growing up so fast and he loves seeing your photos all the time.

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

TK said...

Such lovely gifts you get Max.
You have inspired so much love. You are awesome!

Samantha said...

What great pressies, Max! And so nice of Ginger Jasper to pick them out - they are wonderful! (I hope the Maxmom relents and lets you have yoghurt in that mug heheh!) - Happy 75th Day of Grace, dear one!
Big Hugs xoxoxo

brooke said...

surprise gifts are the best!
You and your girlfriend are so cute sleeping together!

Anonymous said...

Happy 75th day of Grace!

What a very Most Wonderful pressie you got from Ginger Jasper! Did you know my kittehs have never - not once - given me a pressie? So Ginger Jasper must luvs you a LOT! I'm glad you got to sleep after all that excitement. You look very much cozy!

Wiggles & Wags,

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Sweet dreams, Max. What a nice pressie from GJ - he and his Mum are very special and nice too. Hope Mom enjoys her tea in that special mug.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Jacqueline said...

What lovely gifts from GJ; I love him, he is a real sweetheart!...I'm sorry to hear of the train accident and about the people who lost their lives=very tragic...I send lots of kisses and hugs to all of you, especially darling Max!...Have a happy day.

sprinkles said...

How sweet of Ginger Jasper to send you a gift! Plus it's always nice to get mail that isn't bills!

I could never let my dogs sniff a package that I was in the process of opening. My chi Shiver would grab something and run off somewhere to chew it.

My dogs both think my bed is best to sleep on too! While Chico will sometimes sleep on a chair in the living room, Shiver will ONLY sleep on my bed.

Petey said...

What an excellent package! Aren't surprise packages just the best? Toffee's probably just jealous that his face isn't on a mug or totebag yet!

Your pal,


Anonymous said...

hi Max, very beautiful pictures.ur country is looking just so lovely right now. we are having a harsh summer here in India n are waiting for rains to come.

it sure is exciting to get a gift in d mail. and such wonderful things too

wags, ginger n Buddy

Junior and Orion said...

What a delightful set of gifts Maxdog!!! We are sending you gentle headbutts and Meowm is sending you some scritches!

KB said...

What great gifts!! It looks like seriously hard work to be a star like you, Maxdog!

Here's a little secret - that small fluffy dog goes by KING Toffee. Now, don't you forget...

houndstooth said...

Those are wonderful presents, Max! I bet you have plans for most of those things already, or will after you wake up from that nap!


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

Fur a khat, GJ is pretty special!

AND his mum is a pawesome person!

Thanks fur sharing those GReat pressies!

PeeEssWoo: GReat pikhs too!

Maggie and Mitch said...

What super nice gifts from Ginger Jasper, Max!
You and Tammy are so cute nestled together.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Ms. ~K said...

I hope you got some yogurt in your new Golden mug!
Sweet dreams to you and Tammy,
Kit and Pups

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Max! Happy Day 75!! What a wonderful surprise you got from GJ and his mom - they are such wonderful, sweet thoughtful friends! We love them lots too!

Still sending you lots of purrs and prayers!!

Ina in Alaska said...

I think sleeping with MaxMom is the bestest thing right now!!! xoxo

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Ginger Jasper sent you pawesome presents!
Have sweet dreams!
Kisses and hugs

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Max
I smiled from ear to ear as I watched you and your mom open the pressie.
That was so very thoughtful.
So many peoples and doggys love you Max.
That mug was sooo cool. My moms drink out of pug mugs. tee hee hee.
I know your sleepy and watching you yawn is now making me yawn.
Nitey nite

Sally said...

We love pressies - and you got some good ones! Take care sweet Max - lots of licks
Sally and Paddy

ocmist said...

How EXCITING!!! Those were really great presents, too. All that excitement would tire ME out too! OC

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Maxdog,
WOW! What GReat Golden Retriever presents from GJ. Who had more fun; Maxdog or max mom? We didn't realize that "the boss" was the family photographer. Tell him that he did a GReat job. We'll be praying tonight for your continued Grace period and your comfort and welfare.. We are always holding you and your family close in or hearts and thoughts as we go ab out our daily grind.

Michele| Lilyputts Gift Baskets said...

I too can see that opening a package from a friend would be tiring. Looks like you will both enjoy!