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Thursday, April 8, 2010


MAXDOG here...

Hello there everyone..
It's Thursday and there is just so much to be thankful for!
I was lying outside on my patio last night...
... watching and listening to everything going on around me....
..and I agree...
It's good to take a day off to simply be thankful for some of the things in my life..

...Like someone to look out for me...
...and someone to challenge me...
...having a pack to be part of...
...and so many wonderful friends across the world...
...I am thankful for having free, clean water that I can drink without threat...
(A giraffe is most vulnerable when drinking...)

...I'm thankful that I have clean air to breath...
(Lichen only grows where the air is clean!!!)

...I'm thankful for things to investigate and appreciate...
...I'm thankful for the memories I have made in my life...
...and for entertainment on tap...

"Run TAMMY run!!!"

...I am thankful for each new day!...
(and this is my 61st Day of Grace!!!)

(Sunrise this morning)

I am so thankful to have somebody to love me and a warm place to sleep...

These are just a few things for which I am thankful!

So today, let's all take a moment to smell the roses and appreciate all our blessings...

Wishing you a wonderful,

Lotsalicks and lotsaluv


Priscilla said...

Hi Max. Thank you for showing us everything we always forget to be thankful for.
Enjoy your 61th day of Grace.
You are really a miracle on Earth.

And we are thankful to know you and your family which is filled with so much love.

KT and Lady said...

We are watching you and praying for your continued good health. Lady and I are truly thankful in so many ways. Never hurts to be reminded to slow down and not be afraid to drink from the stream.

Best Always,

KT & Lady

kks said...

thanks for reminding us Maxdog of all things we are thankful for!!!
hugs to you!

Cocorue said...

hey Max, i'm thankful to be able to smell the flowers too and because of you, i'm taking my time to appreciate the little things around me too...

i'm also thankful that you are well and such a blessing

much love to you and the gang and say hello to your mumster and msR too


Madi and Mom said...

Good morning Max Dog and Mom,
Happy 61st day of grace....what a beautiful post. I love the sunset.
Happy Day sweet boy,
Madi and Mom

MySpecialDoggies said...

Thank you Max for your reminders - and thank God for your 61st day!
Nadine, Apples & Neeli

Tanuki Maxx said...

Happy Thursday Max!!


Ruby and Penny said...

Hi Max
Thank you Max. It's always good to slow down and smell the roses.
Love Ruby & Penny

Ina in Alaska said...

Wonderful post! Lovely thoughts and so true. It is Champagne Thursday over at my blog. We will raise a toast to Max, your pack and the beauty of South Africa. xoxoxo

KB said...


Thank you for a beautiful post that reminds us of something very important. The "pack" of giraffes was great surprise photo that made me chuckle - I expected a photo of your pack!

You have so much to be thankful for in these days of grace. The rest of us do too - and you helped us to remember.

mayziegal said...

Happy 61st Day of Grace, Maxdog! I thinks we doggies are really good at being thankful for all the Most Amazing and even Most Ordinary things in our lives. But sometimes the humans needs some reminding. Thank you, thank you for doing that for them today!

Oh, and I have an awardie for you over at my bloggie. Stop by if you gets a chance.

Wiggles & Wags,

PeeS. My word verify thingie is "egatmax." I don't know what "egat" is but I likes the "max" part!

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Max! There is nothing like seeing the sunrise or remembering to stop and smell the flowers, to help appreciate each and every moment.
As a family who has dealt in a tragic loss, I think Mom knows that not everyone understands this, and she wished there was a way to get everyone to love what they have in the here and now. God bless woo!
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Stella said...

I agree with you Max, after living in a cage in the slammer for three months, my whole world is my joy!
Good food, a warm cozy bed, a Mom that loves me, friends, I couldn't ask for more! Uh, Ali Z is my challenge, but she is a CAT!

Happy 61st Day of Grace, Max, we join you in singing the praises!


Heather and Ellie said...

Happy Thursday, Max! There sure is a lot to be thankful for...we're all thankful with you that you're on your 61st day of grace!

Sheila and Bob said...

And we are thankful that we found you and have been able to get to know you.
You have enriched our lives and made them better and that will never be forgotten.
You keep enjoying every second of every day.
Love, tail wags and lots of belly rubs,

Hamish & Rescue Sophie

houndstooth said...

Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, Max! Every day, I leave your blog after having thought about things a little differently. Thank you for making me think about each day of my young life as a day of grace, too!


Jake of Florida said...

Thank you, Max.

We try, we really do try to remember every day all the things we have to be thankful for. And we try just as hard to remember all those who do not have those things -- like enough food and clean water and safe shelter and protective love. It's overwhelming sometimes, but we try.

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Mack and Mia said...

Thank you Max for reminding us what is REALLY important in life. I'm glad you got to slow down yesterday and really take everything in! Mia and I are thankful that you are on your 61st day of grace you are a true fighter and we wubbing you!

Rest easy dear friend...

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Sierra Rose said...

Aw Max! That was a very sweet post! You are one thoughtful pal, and have so much love around you!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Max, we are thankful for YOU and for all of your wisdom and all of your gentle ways and all of the love you have shared with us across this big world of ours.

We will take time today to remind ourselves of all of the wonderful things we have to be thankful for, beginning with you...

Mrs. JP said...

Very thought provoking post. I do have so much to be thankful for and will dedicate this day to that consideration.
I'm thankful that I get to know you and your family.
Praise God for days of grace.

Josie said...


You've got your perspective so right. It's all in how you look at it. Be thankful for what you have, not for what you don't have.

Happy 61st Day of Grace (may that number go on forever and ever!!)

You have such a beautiful life and such wonderful friends and love surrounding you. We all love you so much. I do hope you don't mind, but I'd love to put Kathleen's painting on my blog with a link to your blog and hers. I already have a link to your blog, but the painting is just soooooo touching. I loved looking at the pictures of your MaxMom opening the packages. So much fun!!!

So what are the cool looking grey birds on the lawn with the curved beaks. They look so cool. And I loved the giraffe pictures. One of my favorites, other than Elephants and YOU..MaxDog.

Josie sends all her healing Pet Therapy love your way and her mommy send kisses. Woof! Much Love.

Nika + PARKER said...

Hi Maxdog, we have a lot to be thankful for! Thank YOU for being a true inspiration to us all and keep being strong Maxdog.

Lotsa licks - Parker + Nika

JC said...

I am so glad you are here ...

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Max those are all such wonderful things to be thankful for! And we, Max, are thankful for you! And your mom and all the other pups too! Your wonderful posts are so good to read, and give us lots of inspiration! And don't forget - there are TONS of somebodys who love you all!

We are still sending lots of purrs and prayers, for hopefully a lot more days of grace!!

The Thundering Herd said...

What a great reminder of a thankful list. And we are thankful to have you with us and sharing your thoughts!

kissa-bull said...

happy 61st day of grace max love
we are most thankful for the same things you are
we just love to have some pawrents to snuggle wiff and foodables that are furry nommy
we are most thankful you are still gracing ush wiff you bewotty
pibble sugars and wee wags
the pittie pack

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

We are thankful fur your friendship!

Sam & June

Ms. ~K said...

We are thankful for you Max!
Our mom is still in FL and we miss we terribly....
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

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

We are so furry thankful fur woo too!


Jacqueline said...

A lovely post...Max, we are thankful for all your days of grace; wishing you many many many more; you are an inspiraton sweetheart!

TK said...

Thank you for the reminder Max, we need that when life gets too 'busy'.
Enjoy 61 sweet friend. We continue to pray for your good-enough health.

brooke said...

We are thankful for you Max!

Samantha said...

Happy beautiful 61st Day of Grace, dear Max. You sure know how to help the rest of us see things through your eyes. We are so thankful and grateful for your "artful" way of living so gracefully. How we love you so!
Big Hugs xo
Sammie and family

sprinkles said...

Thank you for the reminder of all the things we should be thankful for! When I say my bedtime prayers, I always try to say all the things I'm thankful for but I'm sure there are many things that I forget about and just take for granted.

I'm extremely thankful that you're still with us on your 61st day of grace!

The Life of Riley said...

I am thankful for blogs which have allowed me to get to know about you and your mom, your amazing attitude and outlook on life (even in tough times), about your country and also through your blog about some of your wonderful friends.

Enjoy every special moment of day 61 Max. Mum and I are thinking of you,

Love Riley

Pibble said...

Someone looks sooooo comfy cozy sleeping! I could just snuggle up...

Ginger Jasper said...

You have so many things there to be thankful for, as do we all.. I have to agree with Riley and am very thankful I have got to know you and your wonderful outlook on life.. Love GJ xx

Draco and his Mom said...

Thank you Max for your reflective post today. It was needed at my house.

The OP Pack said...

OH, Max, you bring tears to our eyes - you and your Mom always find the words to make everything better. Happy and thankful Thursday to you for sharing all of this wonder with us.

Woos- Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Tessa the Maltese said...

Hey MaxDog, such a beautiful yard and wonderful sunset. Your flowers are so pretty.

You are still in our thoughts and prayers.

Hugs, Tessa

PP ss your Mom asked how much I weigh, I weigh exactly 5 pounds.

Mr Koda MD said...

Thank you Max for your inspiring Thankful Thursday Thoughts today!

Koda MD
PS Hope there isn't any crocodiles in your water bowl!

BRUTUS said...

So well said, MAX! You are a true philosopher!! Here's to many more beautiful sunrises for you!

Brutus the Frnechie

Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so thankful that you are our friend, Max!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

What a beautiful post, Max! There really are so many things to be thankful for. We love you, and are so thankful that you're our friend!

Cloud and his mom

the booker man said...

you have so many awesome thingies to be thankful for, mr. max!
i am thankful for you!!
the booker man

Melody said...

Wow! You did it again...wonderful post and oh so true. I think when we are so Blessed you can't help but thank God for all you have. Max sure has been a Blessing to you and you to him. I really can see how much he loves you.

Also beautiful pictures.

Paws & Whiskers,
Jude,Poo,Babybella,Piper & Marley

Benny and Lily said...

you are a lucky man Max..
Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Thank you for taking the time to share your thankfukness with us.
Our world is so big, and all things great and small are a part of making it special to us,
All your photos that you shared with us- speak so many words.
And I know you have many unspoken words that only your heart can beat to the rythm of.
But I thank you for reminding me to be thankful, and I want to tell you that I am thankful that our paths have crossed in this special world of ours. I am thankful for you

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Hi Max, we're thankful you're wonderful spirit is still in this world with us.

We love you,
Stella, Gunther and Betty

Asta said...

Sweet Max and family
I'm so gwateful to see you still hewe..I thought of you on my twip and mommi lit a candle at a pwetty chuwch fow you on Eastew.
I'm now sending you my smoochie kisses

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

You are so wise, Max, rich with the experiences that life has brought you and so sweet despite the challenges. We are thankful that our paths crossed.

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max Dog,
You are so right about being thankful, for what are ofetn just "little things" like a warm bed and a morsel to eat. So many other dogs (and people) don't have many of the "little things" that we so often take for granted. It is good to set aside some time to think about what we have and to indeed be thankful. One of the little things that we have and are thankful for is knowing you and your family. We are thankful that you've had 61 days of Grace to date. We are thankful that we can pray freely for your comfort and welfare. We hold your close to our hearts today and want you to know that you are love by a pack hounds that live so far from you.