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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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Saturday, May 15, 2010

A HAPPY DAY...to say the least!

MAXMOM here...
Hello there everyone!

It's been a relaxing, sunny and beautiful day here in Johannesburg, South Africa.
We don't always have sunny weather as people might be led to believe. On a few mornings this week we woke up to this...

But today was the perfect day!

The family are all home for the weekend and the worries about Maxdog have been put in the cupboard for the moment.

This is MAXDOG's 98th Day of Grace!

Yes, it's quite amazing! I still believe that he is a living, walking, breathing miracle!!!
I believe it more so when he has such a good day like today...!

I woke up early this morning and decided to make muffins.
Well as they started baking, his ears and eyes perked up. Muffins have always been a hit with Maxdog and we've regarded them as his absolute favourite treat of all time! Well he demolished two in a row and later the 'Boss' sneaked quite a few to him whilst I wasn't looking. It all seemed to cheer him up no end.

 In addition, Maxdog decided it was time to catch up on his swimming whilst we were out for the day. He had another swim on our return - encouraged mainly by me - just to rid him of the dirt he'd collected whilst running around our house during our absence.

This afternoon I took the goldens for their walk and Maxdog acted like he had no cares in the world. His 'romp' to the green belt was repeated twice and the plants on the pavement had their liquid nourishment too.  This evening he actually came and asked me for food (WOW!!!).
I dished him up some of his approved tin food and he ate quite a bit! (YIPPEE!)
It seems that Maxdog has a new lease of life today, so all is well in this household for the moment.

This coming Monday will be his 100th day of grace!  To us this will be another miraculous milestone! Judging from today, he has excellent chances of making it to at least Monday.
Each day is a gift and we relish every moment.

It gets a little chilly now in the evenings and we usually spend our time enjoying each other's company in front of a heater...

It is really quite cosy...with ALL my loved ones around...

Today I went out with my family to enjoy some school events.

One of the excursions was to watch a rugby match between two fiercely competitive schools. The venue was beautiful...
This particular school is nestled amongst the beautiful buildings of Parktown Johannesburg.
I wanted to show you this picture because the buildings in the background are of the
(Set on the hilltop of Braamfontein)

I just thought the whole setting was so pretty...
We could also see the main TELKOM TOWER from another vantage point.
This tower is to be the main broadcasting tower for the

Thanks to this tower, the entire world will be receiving coverage of this amazing event -the kickoff in just 26 days time!

(I just thought it to be a point of interest)

The only remaining news is that

...which means that his Lordship has even more bargaining power...
I hate to admit it, but I'm generally bowled over by cuteness!

That is all my news for today!

Sending everyone all my love and wishing you all a wonderful and happy weekend.
With love,


Anonymous said...

Oh, what a Most Wonderful day for Max (and for you and the rest of the family)! I know it musta made your heart happy to see him so happy. Gosh! Almost to 100 days. That Max really is something!

And thanks for the pictures of your interesting outing. AND of a squeaky clean King Toffee. His cuteness is most definitely something to behold!

Wiggles & Wags,

Jacqueline said...

Such great Max news; what a happy day!!...He is such a loving, tough boy, a real warrior...Love to you all.

Priscilla said...

Sounds like a beautiful day! Enjoy everything while they last!

pam said...

We say a Grace prayer for MaxDog at least once a day.
We believe in Grace...
Please show us specific examples
of the abundant Grace that's apparent in our lives...
We believe in Grace...

And then we say a quick prayer for MaxDog's tumor to git, begone, getouttahere!

Bobo, Meja and mommy

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Have a FUN wonderful day. Enjoy the SUN. SunSHINE can surely helps to forget worries. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar.

Sunny,Scooter(sometimes Jamie) said...

So thrilled to hear what a great day Max had. Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend. Do give Max a scritch for us and remember you are in our hearts and prayers.
Sunny&Scooter&Jamie too

Mrs. JP said...

I'm praising the Lord for this good day that Max and family had. Muffins, walks, swims, and more food!!! Wow. Max is a miracle and I'm so glad that your shared this good news today.
King Toffee is too cute. He's so fluffy after his bath. I think he needs a muffin too.

Sam said...

How wonderful to hear that you had a great day with Maxdog feeling like his old self. Maybe he needs muffins every morning? We wish you a wonderful weekend!


Tabatha said...

So happy to hear Maxdog is having such a good day! We pray for many many more for him!!

The Thundering Herd said...

Way to go Max (and sorry about the bath thing, Toffee).

Benny and Lily said...

What a fun day you had Max. Swimming, school events, snoozes...we are happee to see you having fun with mom. Have a fun weekend
Benny & Lily

Heather and Ellie said...

SO glad to hear that you had a good say, Maxdog!
You even went swimming--wow!

Can't wait to celebrate your 100th day of grace with you. What a milestone!

Sheila and Bob said...

What a wonderful Day, Way to Go Max and everyone.
Max is truly a miracle and we thank God for each day of grace he receives.

Love, Hamish & Sophie 7
Mom & Dad, Sheila & Bob

Ginger Jasper said...

What a lovely post, so full of love and good thoughts. That 100 days will arrive for sure.. Max you rock.. Hugs GJ xx

houndstooth said...

Max, your posts always make me smile! I'm so glad to hear you've had good days and had so much to enjoy! You are a miracle!


The Airechicks said...

GOOD day indeed....

Thank you for sharing Max and King Toffee ( very handsome even if he did have a bath) and Miss Tammy too...


The Life of Riley said...

Sounds like you had a great 98th day of grace Max - swims, muffins, interesting walks and having all your family home. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Love, Riley

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

Happy Muffin Day Maxdog!


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

Wondrous indeed! We share your joy in every day and every moment.

Woofs, Purrs and Hugs,
The Poupounette Gang

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Just reading this positive, uplifting post makes me smile.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I am reading your post and smiling because I know what a blessing it is to have a day filled enjoying all the things your precious Golden loves most!! I'm so glad you enjoyed your day and I hope you continue to have a wonderful weekend!! :-)))

(PS: I have found peace...)

MurphyDog said...

Wow Maxdog!! 100 days!! That's pretty incredible. Guess it just goes to show that you aren't quite ready to finish your journey here on Earth. I can't tell you how happy Mom & I are about that!

Here's to many more days of Grace, and enjoying every minute of them.

Wags, wiggles & Slobbers

JackDaddy said...

I love coming here and getting good news!!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Happy extra treat day and happy 98th Day of Grace to you Max

Becca & Mandy said...

I'm so glad to hear that! He is a truly special dog and blessed to have such a caring mommy!

Sally said...

D is back and we are finally writing on blogs again! We were so pleased to read your blog today - put a big smile on our faces! looks like you are enjoying every day - we think that is wonderful - we know all about the power of being fluffy - we had our baths too and D cannot resist our charms... I got extra treats in the park!

Lots of licks
Sally and Paddy

Mr Koda MD said...

Good to hear you had a wonderful Saturday, MaxDog, Muffins and all!

We will be back Monday to wish MaxDog a happy 100!

Angus said...

Muffins ! Two of them ! Add to that Toffee's bath and Max's day of grace becomes a day of pure delight. And for those who suffer the highs and the lows it makes it all worthwhile.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are so happy that Maxdog continues to have quality life. We are sending more healing purrs.

Teal'c said...

That really looks like a beaut day! And everytime we pop in here we are glad to read that Maxdog is well!!!!

As for the world-cup my hoomans kinda have a nationality issue... Daddy South African / English, mum German and we are all living DownUnder - not sure how they gonna sort that one out. I couldn't care less as long as the game involves balls!!!

Slobbers Teal'c

Kathleen Coy said...

Max and Caryl, I just sat down with a cup of coffee this morning and had a chance to catch up on your blog a little. We were thrilled to read about how well you are doing and the great day you had... what wonderful news!!!

Much love to you both!
Kathleen and Cloud

MySpecialDoggies said...

Hello Max
What wonderful news to read that you enjoyed some muffins. We'll be looking to read your 100th day of grace posting tomorrow. In the meantime, Apples & Neeli are awaiting a barbecue today - orders put in for some steak & hamburgers.

Love & hugs/licks
Nadine Apples & Neeli

KT and Lady said...

100 days for Max. We are soooooo happy; our collective tails are twirling with excitement. It is truly a miracle. We are watching and .... well .... here are Lady's barks of encouragement and joy >> ### & ###. She is so funny - seems to know what I'm doing....yes Lady, Max is doing well.

3 doxies said...

Oh what a most wonderful, happy day. I have learned sumptin from yyou Max...to live life one day at a time. Nuttin else mattters but THIS day. Thank you Max and Maxmom.
Thanks fur da tour...most impressive city. Mum played soccer in her younger years so we'll be watching da cup.

the booker man said...

i'm super happy that mr. max had such a good day!!! holy cow, those muffins sound reaaaally yummy, too. my mama likes to give me and my big sis asa a little piece of banana bread whenever she bakes it. :)
the booker man

Bouncing Bertie said...

So great to hear that things are going well in the MaxDog household. And that - unlike certain people who shall remain nameless - at least MaxMom remembered to take her camera along to record all you interesting doings...
Toodle pip!

Clive said...

We were so happy to read about such a good day for Max. We hope he gets to enjoy several more.

lots of love
Clive and the NSLM

Asta said...

Max and Maxmom,

How wonderful to hear such good news! evewyday IS a gift and I'm so glad you have it. and it must have been so joyous to see Max swim and eat..Mommi is smiling big and I'm wagging my tail wif happiness. King Toffee looks especially floofy and handsome

my love and smoochie kisses
to all of you
Asta and Mommi

caboval said...

What a WONDERFUL post!!! 100 days of grace!!! Lots of kisses and hugs to you!!!! Love Joey and Kealani

Huskee and Hershey said...

It's Monday here already and HAPPY 100th DAY of GRACE!!!

Love that first photo of Max and Tammy BOTH looking at the camera... (I am green with envy).

King Toffee looks pretty good after his bath... a fluffball of uber cuteness!