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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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May God bless you and thank you for following me!
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

MAXDOG's CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE

Monday, April 12, 2010

THERE IS ALWAYS A 'FIRST TIME' TO LOOK FORWARD TO

GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!!!
MAXDOG here...

Hello there to all my buddies!
It's day "65" today!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
I am okay today. I had a wonderful weekend...as you got to see in my blogpost on Saturday.
I am still soldiering on and perking up for my daily walks.

As you know, I am 10 years old but have come to realise that there are always 
"First time"moments in our lives!!!
 ...no matter how old we are!!!...

Well, I had a "first time" moment this weekend.

You might have gathered that my MAXMOM has been quite a strict doggie-mom during my life. Most of my life I've been fed on Eukaneuba dog cubes and nothing else.
Now that I am ailing and not wanting my food, Mom has been experimenting with all sorts of food, because I WON'T EAT ANY MORE DOG CUBES!!!

Sometimes I've really enjoyed what I've eaten and then mom keeps giving it to me.
After a few days however, she'll have to try something new.

She's tried various tinned dog food, cooked chicken and rice, various dog biscuits, human foods etc etc

Well this weekend I had my first
"TOASTED CHEESE"
sandwhich ever!!!!

I LOVED IT!!!!...




Don't you just love my ears!?!

Yep, I finished it all!
Soooooo yummy!.......and soooooo un-dog-like!!!!
---xXx---

Some of my friends have also been asking about the Tumour in my liver.

Well, Mom says that it is still growing larger and is quite firm to the touch.
Some readers have also commented that it looks as if I am putting on weight...
Well, I probably am because that Tumour seems to be taking all my nutrients and I seem to have a lot less space in my abdomen. But...the rest of my body is becoming quite bony!
(My hair hides it though!)

She is hoping to explain with these photographs...

Mom says that I am not really "FAT"...
My hair and my tumour sometimes makes me look chubby in the photographs...

Mom has marked where she can feel my tumour...

In the next picture she has her hand firmly over the mass...
It is quite hard and when I lie down, I mostly tuck my back legs up next to it.
Here however I was quite relaxed and you can see that I am not "tucked up" like healthy doggies...my rib cage is next to her thumb...

As I've said before, the specialist Vets declared me inoperable on the 6th February 2010.

Mom says that I am still free from pain, but I sleep a lot and struggle with my food.


Either way, I am still here...
after 65 days!!!...
A living, walking, breathing miracle!
...who will always love you all ...
Immensely!
...and we are thankful...very thankful for the extra time we have been granted!

---xXx---

I'd also like to send my healing wishes to all the doggies, kitties and humans who are battling in some way or another.
 I know that a few doggies have also been sick, including..


I'm sure they will appreciate a get-well visit!

On the positive side, if you want to see some brand new puppies, go and visit...


(These folk have only had 3 comments of welcome since Saturday and I am sure they'd love a visit! Welcome to all new puppies!!!)

Finally, if you want to read more bits and pieces in the newly revamped blog of Maxmom's, please go to:


Have a wonderful Monday!

Lotsalicks
MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA

49 comments:

Mango said...

Grilled cheese? Nommy! Max! You are eating all sorts of great things now. Thanks for the shout out, but I am feeling much better now than I was before. I am glad that your tummy doesn't hurt you.

Slobbers,
Mango

dewdana said...

That cheesy sandwich looks good to me too! Now I might have to make myself one! Have you tried scrambled eggs? I have known a ew ailing doggies who would not eat much but loved eggs and they are full of protein and easy for mom's to cook too! It is nice that your mom is giving you some variety because I bet that makes it more interesting! I am grateful everyday that I stop in and find you soldiering on!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Aw...Max, just love seeing those photos of you enjoying your new 'special treat'!! It looks delicious!

So good to hear that you're still enjoying life and free from pain! :-)

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

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

Grilled cheese sandwiches so fabulous! Your Mum is right in giving you whatever you find delicious. May you enjoy lots more firsts, Max!

Woofs and Purrs,
Tommy and The Chans

Madi and Mom said...

Happy 65th Max Dog...oh my DOG a grilled cheese sandwich...life is good. Mom calls grilled cheese sandwiches 'comfort food'!!! Hugs to you and Mom
Madi and Mom

Angus said...

Max -a reliable old soldier should have cheese sandwiches whenever he wants. On feast days and holidays a trip to the golden arches for a quarter pounder should be on the cards .

Priscilla said...

Max, you are such a fighter! Everyone here is so proud of you.
I'm glad you enjoyed your cheese sandwich. You should enjoy all types of food during the end of your life. You should experience all new things! Go to different places, and best of all, eat new food :)
Our prayers for your tumour to disappear.

Lots of love to you and your great family.

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos Max!I see what woo are doing, playing that harp seal look to get better foodies! YUM, grilled cheese! Enjoy every bite!
I really need to work on that look so I can get some too!
Have a yummy happy Day!
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

KT and Lady said...

Max Mom is very wise. The boy should get whatever he wants at this point. Max, you look pretty darn good considering. We continue to watch closely and think about you every day.

############### = woofs of encouragement

:8-)

pee-ess: we will go visit the blogs you mentioned. we like new friends

Ina in Alaska said...

Dear Max, we would enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich too you lucky doggie!!! We were wondering if the King got a small bite....

Happy 65 and many more sweet Max! We love you, always xoxo

mayziegal said...

Happy 65th Day of Grace, Maxdog! SMOOCH!

I'm an itsy bit embarrassed to admits I was drooling a bit over that toasted cheese sandwich. Oh, I do luvs me some cheeses! I'm very much glad you enjoyed it and yes, I do luvs your ears!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

houndstooth said...

Oh, I love cheese! You are one lucky guy! I think you look as handsome as ever in your pictures!

Bunny

KB said...

I loved watching you eat your toasted cheese sandwich, Max! Ask your mom for a hamburger and vanilla ice cream for dessert... I bet that you'd love them!! There are always more food Firsts to have!

Take care sweet Max.

me said...

Wow! You are so so lucky, Maxdog! Grill Cheese Sandwiches!!

Its good to hear that you are holding out for the yummy stuff. You are one smart cookie. Ask your Mom to make you some Satin Balls (just google...she'll find a bunch of recipes). They are YUMMY! Lots of protein and calories, and I think you'll really like em!

wags, wiggles & slobbers
Murphydog

Sam said...

Yum yum - grilled cheese! You are a lucky dog, indeed! I have a horse that loves grilled cheese sandwiches too! Wishing you another wonderful day!

Sam

Samantha said...

Happy 65th day of Grace Max! Thanks to your Mom and to you, of course, for educating us further about your tumor. Despite it, you are looking pretty darned amazing, Max. Can't believe you got grilled cheese sammiches - oooohhh those looks so totally yumzers! We just love the pix of you with them and especially the photo of you looking at the camera with a clean plate! Oh wonderful Max!
Sending you a gazillion kisses and hugs,
Sammie

Andrea said...

Maxx,
Your tumor doesn't make you look fat. My Macy's tumor is growing, too. You guys will both be beautiful not matter what.
Hugs, andrea (Sitka's mom)

The OP Pack said...

Toasted cheese is just pawesome, Max - we get tidbits of that when the little bipeds don't finish their crusts - yummers!!! We think you look great, but we wish we could get rid of that nasty tumor. We love your Mom - she is so good to give you all the different things to eat so you can have more days of grace.

We are off to visit the new little puppies - we love getting puppy fixes.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Tabatha and Tracker said...

Max you are beautiful no matter what!And toasted cheese sandwiches is my favorite!! Thank you for sending friends over to check out the new arrivals!

brooke said...

Mmmm. Max. Now I want a grilled cheese sandwich! Lucky guy!
Glad youre still pain free and enjoying everyday! We love your positive attitude!

Anna the GSD said...

My ears would stick out with excitement too over a toasted cheese!!! Wow!!

I wonder what magical treat you'll get next?? Giant hugs to you Miracle Max!!

Stella said...

Grilled cheese is an excellent sandwich, Max and I am glad you enjoyed it. May I suggest cheese pizza, one of my furry favorites. Fruit is important too, so have some strawberry ice cream as well.

Happy 65th Day of Grace!

Kisses,
Stella

Ms. ~K said...

You deserve grilled cheese everyday Sweet Max...your Mom knows what doggies love!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Max, toasted cheese is just the BEST! Our momma slathers it with loads of butter and tucks in loads of cheddar and American cheese before it is grilled/toasted. When you bite into a piece the butter just pours into your mouth and the cheese, well, what is NOT good about cheese! At our house we only get an occasional crust but even that is delicious. When our momma's grandsons come for a sleep-over a most requested meal is grilled/toasted cheese, chips, applesauce with cinnamon sprinkles, green beans and chocolate shakes! Us doggies can't have chocolate but you might want to ask your momma for a vanilla one - YUM!

Yesh, like you we mostly eat cubes/kibble of high quality and treats our momma makes for us (we sent you some in your package). But, every now and then a little something comes our way that was meant for a human that is delicious! Enjoy, Max, you totally deserve the special treatment!

TK said...

Cheese is the nommiest! So glad you got to try that Max.
Keep eatting bud, I know it's hard when you don't feels so good but you needs your strength for your walks!
Still purring for you!
TK

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Oh Max, that grilled cheese looks delicious!!!
Happy day 65! We think of you every day, my friend!

Luv,
Cloud and his mom

sprinkles said...

OMD, grilled cheese is my FAVORITE!!! Well, one of my favorites! I make it pretty regularly. I'm a piggy though because I don't share any with my little chi's.

I really wish there was a way to remove that tumor! But I'm also extremely thankful that you're painfree and have remained with us for 65 days of grace! I love you, Max!

Ginger Jasper said...

Toasted cheese yum yum.. I also love that.. Whatever you can eat I think will be ok now.. The tumour will be taking all your goodness, but so long as there is no pain.. I will go and meet your friend now.. Hugs GJ xx

The Life of Riley said...

Hi Max

I'm so glad you've experienced the delight of eating toasted cheese.

You're right that there are so many first time moments still left to try. Perhpas now that you've shown an interest in human food your mom might cook you some bacon and egg for breakfast or give you some of that South African Boerewors sausage (which I've never tried so you'll have to let me know if it's tasty!!!)? My favourite human food is smoked fish - I'll do anything (and I mean anything!!!) to get some. There has to be some reward for waiting all those years paitently by the human food table - and I think trying and enjoying as many different types of their food (after only having dog food) is that reward.

Luv, Riley

Draco and his Mom said...

I am glad you liked the cheese sandwich Max... it is good that the mom is able to find stuff to tempt you to eat.
Wags,
Draco

Amy and The House of Cats said...

That sandwich sounds so good Max - we are glad you are getting to enjoy some new tastes now! It must be a bit exciting for you - especially to get a tasty toasted cheese sandwich. It is making mom want to eat one now!!

We are still sending over lots of purrs and prayers for you!

Mrs. JP said...

A guy can only eat so much doggie food before he says "live for the moment" or "behold, the power of CHEESE!"
I love your ears and I love your sweet face.
We'll go by and see the others you've mentioned. Happy 65 days of much appreciated grace.

Maggie and Mitch said...

Your toasted cheese sandwich looks delicious, Max! We think you should be able to have any food that makes you happy!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Jacqueline said...

It's wonderful to experience "firsts" no matter how old you get!!...It's great you enjoyed the grilled cheese sandwich so much, Max; what a sweet, loving Mom you have!...I'm so grateful to know you Max, you are a constant inspiration to me...Love and blessings beautiful boy.

Clive said...

Max

It is so wonderful to come back after a few days away and find you in such good form! We were worried about you because we didn't have the laptop with us and couldn't check in and find out how you were doing!

That toasted cheese sandwich looked yummy! I get crusts sometimes but no more!

Continue to try new foods and keep well for as long as you can!

lots of love
Clive and the NSLM

Melody said...

Oh Max, Im so glad you got a grilled cheese sandwiche and enjoyed it so much. Boy you sure do live the good life. I just know God is giving you this extra time with your loving mommy so the two of you can make all these wonderful memories. Max, out of all the blogs I visit everyday...I always smile the most when I visit your's.

You and your mom are still in my prayers everynite.
Lots Of Love,
Jude,Poo,Babybella,Piper,Marley & Melody

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

Toasted Cheese/Grilled Cheese!

One of the ultimate in khomfort foods!

YUM!
YUM!!
YUM!!!

Thanks fur sharing the blog with pup pup puppies!

We appreciate you taking the time to show the tumour area/etc -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Asta said...

Max
I so love that you found anothew new thing to enjoy...toasted cheesey samiches sound lucious and I hope you thowoughly enjoyed evewy bite.
I went to congwatulate the new babies..such cuties...so many miwacles evewy day I hope you have may mowe
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Pibble said...

Mmmm, I LOVE toasted cheese sandwiches, Max. It's a good thing I wasn't there. We would have had to paw wrestle for it! :)

Benny and Lily said...

You keep looking adorable Max and you will get whatever you want
Benny & Lily

~Kim~ said...

I'm late getting here to your blog Maxdog because I was a bit busy this morning with Hamlet--THANK YOU for the get well wishes for him!! But by the time you read this, you will probably be on "Day 66 of Grace!" So let me be the first to say welcome to another day!! :-))) I'm glad you like your cheese sandwiches, they are one of my favorites--Maybe your Mom will add some meat and make a cheeseburger for you, another one of my favorites! :-)

Sierra Rose said...

Hi ya Max!! That was one tasty looking sandwich. I'm drooling. We are so glad to see your smiling face my friend!
Happy days of grace.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

the booker man said...

happy day 65, mr. max!
your grilled cheesey looked totally delish! yummers!! i wonder if i can get my mama to make me one...
*woof*
the booker man

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Max
That grilled cheese samwich is the best comfort food there is. Wasn't it just yummers? Your mama is trying so hard to find you some tasty yummys that you will like.
If I was near you, I would share my animal cookies with you.
They are nummy too, but not as good as grilled cheese.
Happy 65th Day of Grace Max.
The world loves you
tweedles

Team Husky said...

Haroo Max

My name is Prince and I too have cancer that is inoperable, and have good days and bad days. Maybe yur Mom would like to peemail my Mom sometime? Our peemail address is teamhusky@woosh.co.nz

We hope woo have many good days ahead.

Woo Woos
Prince on behalf of Team Husky

Pee Ess ~ check out our bloggie!

Dog By Nature said...

Happy to see you being spoiled rotten Max! Stay strong and love hard.

Kona & family

Mr Koda MD said...

Happy 65th Day of Grace MAX!

And enjoy your next cheese toasted sandwich, that looked DELICIOUS!

Hope your Mom is doing ok

Keep well
Koda

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Max, we are so glad that yoo can still enjoy each day as it comes along. That's al that is impawtant in life ~ seizing the day. We can fel the love yoor momma has for yoo ~ and efurry buddy else too. Keep enjoying those delishus cheese toasties.

Stay well smoochies from us.

The Thundering Herd said...

Natasha says Toasted Cheese is really good stuff, but the hu-dad wants to point out that she has never been offered a toasted cheese. Seems that he was preparing some lunch for himself one a day a few years ago and his toasted cheese disappeared off of the kitchen counter and Miss Natasha was in the corner smacking her lips.