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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 102

MAXMOM here...
Another new day...and this one is a ‘hold my breath’ day!

After the wonderful two days over the weekend with fabulous walks, today offers unsettling moments.

is very much off his food. It really is a mission to get him to eat.
Occasionally I am able to sneak a biscuit or some egg in, but generally he scoffs at the food on offer preferring to sleep away the day.

He has now earned another nick-name...”Thumper” because if you call him or if he is aware that you are looking at him, he thumps his tail hard on the floor in acknowledgement.

As we have come to learn, the walks tell all and so I took him and Tammy out for a jaunt in the cul-de-sac.

Yep, all is fine..!!!

....he sprinted away to the green belt, marked his territory and scoured the perimeter for those soft strands of green grass.

It’s simply another God-granted day with my ailing dog.
The 102nd Day of Grace!

Maxdog seems to be saying:
“I just need to rest beside you”.
And this I will gladly grant.


bea's blog said...

Oh, how I remember those days with my Fritz 3 years ago....you can be so glad to have already over 100 days of grace; we had only 2 weeks of sickness and sufferings and so he was at the Rainbow Bridge...I hope you have many more days to come!
As I see on hubby here, if you take a fatal illness with good moods and don't become too desperate and keep on seeing ahead and just be happy every day, tumors somehow seem to dislike this positiveness and crumple...
Greetings from the North - we are thinking of you!
Beatrice and Gizmo

Pibble said...

Who would have guess Maxdog would have had 100+ Days of Grace? Each day is a blessing and if today only brings the thump of a tail, that too is a blessing.

All of our love goes to you and Max (and of course the rest of your crew!). Hang in there, we're sending our positive and loving thoughts your way!

Pibble said...

Whoops! That should have said "guessED," not "guess"! I guess I'm still asleep! :)

kks said...

i can hear Maxdog's tail thumping....what a wonderful dog he is.....and what a wonderful mom you are to help him on this journey so gracefully....
hugs and kisses on his soft muzzle.....

Angus said...

Thumper is good - very good.

MySpecialDoggies said...

May you be blessed with many more thumps & walks.
Nadine, Apples & Neeli

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooooos Max! Sometimes we just need Mom to be there....keep thumping!
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

houndstooth said...

Getting them to eat can be so tough! I can remember trying so many different things! I am glad to see him enjoying that walk!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are so pleased you can read all the subtle nuances of Maxdog's feeling. It means you provide him with exactly what he needs each day ~ whether that be a rest, or a walk, or just good old love. Enjoy!

We are sending you love and purrs.

MurphyDog said...

thump thump thump thump...

just waggin my tail right back atcha Maxdog.

wags, wiggles & slobbers

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Max and Mom!

Keep the thumping coming!!


Madi and Mom said...

Max Mom it sounds like Max looks forward to his 'date walks' with his two favorite girls you and Tammy!!!
Give him a hug from us,
Madi and Mom

Heather and Ellie said...

Hey Thumper Max,

Glad to see that you're still having fun on walks...try to eat some food there, buddy. Be strong!

Heather and Ellie

Ms. ~K said...

Thumping tail = I Love You, Mom


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Thumper Max, we love it. Just keep doing whatever you are doing, it seems to be working. The key is that MaxDog seems happy. Hoping today is a better one.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Sheila and Bob said...

One day at a time, rest when you feel the need to rest, we are sure your Mom, Tammy and Toffee understand.
Hope you have a peaceful day.

Hamish & Sophie

Bouncing Bertie said...

Today's post makes me think about my eighty eight year old father. Like Max, his chief remaining pleasure, at a time of life when so much has been lost (old friends, strength, teeth, memory, appetite etc) is to go out for a daily walk down to the river and back, and one dreads the days when he no longer will even care to do this.
Best wishes, Gail.

Naqvee said...

I had to give my dog for adoption!
it was soooo tough.. each day i think... what it would be doing this hour?

Scout and Freyja said...

All any of us ever have is the one day and sometimes even less than that..

Try adding peanut butter to his pancakes. An excellent source of protein. I read somewhere that meat, especially beef, can aggravate Max's condition and cause too much ammonia to build up in his urine/body due to the failing liver. The article said to stick to 'easy' sources of protein: eggs, cheese, peanut butter, cottage cheese. Just FYI.

Will be working on Max's slider show later today. Right now the sun is shining and I have a flower garden that is calling my name☺

JC said...

I'm thinking of you.

The Army of Four said...

Hi Max! I just wanted to stop by and say "HI" and tell you that we're still praying for you and that I love you!!!

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

We are simply amazed at those photos. He looks so wonderful!

Jacqueline said...

I know there is stress and worry in every new day and joy and wonder in all the happy moments spent with Max; such a bittersweet time in your life...Love and blessings to you all; kisses to sweet Max.

caboval said...

Thump Thump Thump we can hear you Max!!!! We love you! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Samantha said...

There's just nothing like a welcoming thumping acknowledging tail! Happy 102nd Day of Grace, Max. Just so glad to read that you are so "up" for your walkies - that is always furry good news.
We send you Big, big hugs and xoxoxoxoxo,
Sammie and family

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Maxdog and Max Mom,
Our Jubal is a "thumper" (why get up if you don't rteally have to?) and he very much resembles Maxdog. Jubal and his "Jubal Mom," AnnMarie, share a relationship much as you two do. Fortunately, at this time we aren't dealing with any known afflictions, though we have dealt with your circumstances numerous times previously. May GOD grant youse guys just one more day as it is now for tomorrow; and perhaps one more day tomorrow for the next day, and perhaps one more day after that. We wish you a GReat day together. Our prayers continue and we hold you close because we love you.

sprinkles said...

Oh Max, it hurts my heart to think of you not eating. I can understand you don't feel good so the last thing you want to do is eat but you'll just get worse if you don't eat!

My dad's ancient beagle used to thump her tail quite a bit too. Now all she does is sleep. She really is very old and each day with her is a blessing, just as each additional day with Max is a blessing!

Nika + PARKER said...

hey MaxDogThumper : ) Glad you are still enjoying every day to the fullest, truly and inspiration!

Ginger Jasper said...

That tail thumping says Mum I am here.. Keep on thumping little tail.. Keep on thumping.. HUgs GJ xx

Nubbin' Tails said...

Tail thumping is the best! You go Max go!


Mr. Nubbin'

3 doxies said...

Those are very beautiful photos of Max.
Max, you amaze me more and more ech day I come by to check on all of you. You are definately one strong boy. We love you and send lots of good thoughts and prayers for tomorrow.
Keep Thumping...I think you have started something.
Puddles and mum...mostly mum.

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

Merdie sends some thump thumps bakhk!


Benny and Lily said...

Oh Max,
we think you just want to scare your mom or you just want to go to the park. BOL
Benny & Lily

Asta said...

I can just heaw youw tail thumping and it makes mommi and me smile.
Twy to eat something my dawling fwiend
I'm glad you and Tammy had youw sniffy good walk.
I hope you have many many mowe
smoochie kisses

Sally Ann said...

Max you must eat, food is good. George the Welsh and his Mommy put a recipe on his blog that might appeal to you.

Please eat, as a little sister who just lost a big brother, please eat for your girl friend/sister Tammy. Food is what gives you strength to walk on your walks. More strenght = More walks.
Sally Ann

meowmeowmans said...

Happy 102nd Day of Grace, Maxdog and Maxmom! Keep on keeping on, buddy. We love you!

Keisha said...

So glad Max was able to go walkies. :)

Wild Dingo said...

sigh. yes, i know the thump well. Juno's a thumper. it warms my heart to hear that tail.

as for walkies... yup, they trump everything, even food! that always amazes me.

good going Max!