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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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Sunday, November 22, 2009


MAXDOG here...

Hello there all my furry friends. I hope you are all well, happy and healthy!

We have had so much rain here, in JOHANNESBURG, over the past few days. It's been cold and miserable and everything is sopping wet. This morning, however, the sunshine has arrived. Sunshine always makes me feel frisky and alive!

...it brings the hope of a new day and a new beginning...

We have a honeysuckle bush in our garden and the birds and bees are having a feeding frenzy in it. Unfortunately Mom is too slow to get a pic' of the birds, but the bees obliged...

All this rain also gives us doggies far too much new energy!
We seem to get ourselves into lots of trouble sometimes...
TAMMY, in particular, loves to dig holes... and make mud pies!
This goes back a long way!
Check this picture out of her, when she was a puppy...

Well last night when we were all sitting in the kitchen ...
This APPARITION arrived...

At first I didn't recognise her!...

Yep, it was TAMMY DOG!!!
More affectionately known as ZOG-DOG!
Silly girl busted herself!
This morning, Mom and I we went outside to find out where she practiced her artistic endeavours this time...

Clever girl had dug her hole underneath the agapantha plants - very well camoflaged!
(MAXDOG is proud of you!!!)
Well, since we were out in the garden, we decided to look around ...

Do you remember, some time ago, Mom said that we would plant some 'sunflower' seeds - especially for the ARMY OF FOUR - for Christmas!?
Well, we did plant the seeds and they germinated and are now sporting their beautiful golden heads.
here is your early Christmas present, specially from SOUTH AFRICA..
(We hope you don't mind if we share it with everyone else too!?!)

..and to EVERYONE out there...
Please just know how much we appreciate you!!!
Your love, prayers, constant uplifting comments have kept Mom's head above the water this past week. We have had many new visitors to our blog and we want to thank you very much for your visit! When things settle down here, we will get around to visiting you too...please be patient.
Next week is going to be particularly difficult as Mom prepares for our Granny's funeral. Don't worry though - I will snuggle my nose in her side constantly and tell her to blog only when we can.
I hope you know how much we love you all!
Lots of licks


Unknown said...

Ohhh, the rain pictures are beautiful! And I was giggling at the photos of Tammy! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Thor and Jack said...

hehe, looks like Tammy had fun!


Dexter said...

Tammy is a regular excavating machine. Very useful around the house.

Our thoughts are with you this week. Hug your dogs, take care of yourself.


Martha said...

Hi Max
Our mum absolutely adores sunflowers so thank you so much for sharing those. Just beautiful - really you cannot be sad looking at a sunflower!
We did enjoy the pics of Tammy too!!
Glad to see you are looking well, we are still thinking of you and of course your family.
Not an easy time.
love and kisses
Martha, Bailey & Mum xxx

The Thundering Herd said...

Superb work there, Tammy. We Sibes are really proud of your excavation technique.

And just think of those sunflowers as all of your blogging friends thinking of your mom this coming week and watching over her.

Take care.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Max, it's so nice to see you up and about and doing well.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family this week. You take good care of your Mom.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Ina in Alaska said...

Your pictures are so expressive. Love all the scenes of Tammy being so proud of her yard work. Hopefully no rain spiders came to visit!

Honeysuckle has the most glorious and summery fragrance! No wonder Mother Nature is in a frenzy!

Thanks MAXDOG for keeping your family calm and keep up your good work during the difficult week ahead. We send our snowy love to you from Anchorage Alaska!! xoxoxo

The Army of Four said...

Oh! Oh! Look at how beautiful that is!!! Nothing could beat seeing Max snoofing a sunflower!!! What a perfect sight! Thank you!!! And oooooh.... TAMMY!!!! Way to GO on that hole!!! :)
I think that sunflower was sent to remind you and your mom that you have LOTS of friends out here, lifting you up in prayer. Please draw strength from it!

Ruby's Raiser said...

Ah, sunflowers are my very favorite, so lovely and goofy and bright. You cannot help but smile when you look at them.

Our thoughts will be with you as you face this difficult week. Take care.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog said...

I think Tammy is working on her honourary husky membership!

Tank woo fur sharing all woo did and have to this point in time!

Woo are always in our thoughts - especially during these emotionally challenging times -

Khyra, Merdie, and Khyra's Mom

Ms. ~K said...

Love the shot of raindrops.
Tammy got caught red-handed or dirty-faced in this case!!!

Sending hugs to all (especially your wonderful Mom!!!)

brooke said...

hehehe. Tammy's face looks so innocent! Like "hi guys! I haven't been up to anything, really!"

Valerie Cummings said...

Oh that Tammy!!! She is so busted!Its funny how white dogs love dirt and mud!!! Joeys middle name is MUD!!! BOL!!!!!
Max we have your mommy in our thoughts!!!! Always!!!!
Hugs Joey and Kealani

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Its me Tweedles.
we love your rain drops!
And we love you honeysuckle
and we love all of you!
Tammy girl looked to me like she was finger painting- THATS ALL!
She is very creative.
Everybody keep on loving each other - and we will do the same.
We always keep our best thoughts going across the miles to you and your family.

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

We had to laugh at the muddy face, what an expression. Those sun flowers are just beautiful.. Thank you for brightening our day with those.. um and I will be thinking of you this week as you will be hurting so much with the funeral.. I am glad that you are snuggling mum Max as that will help so much.. Hugs GJ x

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! MAX ... glad you are enjoying a sunny day. LOVE your photo with the Sunflower. Tammy had FUN and did a good job digging a big hole. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

the magic sleigh said...

Wooos Max Dog! I need some of that rain, send it here... I got all muddy too the other day, I went in the pool, then played in the dirt. Mom gave me the dreaded bath! I hope poor little Tammy did not have to have one. Lovely sunflowers!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Anonymous said...

Hey there Max my Mom wants to know if Tammy can come to our home? That way Mom can buy alot of plants and have a helper dig all the holes!

Just let us know when Tammy wants to come on over!

Hugs, Tessa

Lorenza said...

I had a good laugh looking at Tammy's pictures! Good digging job!
Kisses and hugs to you all!
Take care

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

We're laughing like crazy watching TAmmy pics!!!
She remembers ud Paco whes he was puppy....one day he came in home with the same expression and with all his face cover by mud!!!!
And now Maya seems to follow his paws....Hihihihihihihihiiiiii!!!!
We're proud of you Tammy!!!!
You're GREAT!!!!!!
Nothing could make us soooooooooooo happy as watching you happy and healthy!!!!
And thanks for sharing with us those wonderful sunflowers....
Life is great and with you around is much more wonderful!!!!!
HAve a great great day sweet friends...
Take care of you and give to your mommy tons of licks from us!!!!!

KK said...

Good job Tammy :)

Molly the Airedale said...

Your sunflower is so cheerful and beautiful, Max!
Mom says honeysuckle is one of the most wonderful smelling plants ever!
Great job, Tammy!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Oh, how well TD and Tammy would get along - he is a mud lover. You are looking great, Max, and thanks for the sunshine-y garden tour. Your sunflowers are beautiful too. We are sure the AO4 loved them.

Woos, the OP Pack

Chester said...

Tammy is obviously a hole digger master! We laughed when we saw her dirty face.

The flowers are beautiful and we enjoyed seein' 'em 'cuz it will be about 7-8 months before we see them at our house again.

Stay close by your Mom-she's gonna need your furry selves for comfort at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.

Chester & Mom

Farley's Mom said...

Tammy's dirty face makes us happy - I'm sure she had a good time doing that :) LOVE the photo of Max and the sunflower!!

Sir Chance-Lot said...

Hiya Max :)
Hpe you are well. That cricket dawg on your page scares me..hehe.
Happy Thanks Giving
Sir ChanceLot

Clive said...

Love the sunflowers lots! Favourite flower of the not-so-little man!!

Glad your rain has cleared Max, the flooding here just continues to get worse in several parts of the country.

take care

Scout and Freyja said...

Scout was so furry happy to see that nice, deep and dirty hole that was dug by the lovely little girl. Scout digs holes that make our momma wonder when she'll ever be able to have a nice garden without a little hole here and a little hole there. Good job Tammy.

Keeping you close to our hearts in prayer at this most sad time in your life.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures
Benny & Lily

Stella said...

Hey, Max, you are looking very, very good out stomping around in your garden. Hooray for fast healing!

Please also give your Mom an extra nudge or two from us as she gets through this difficult week. Prayers and hugs from us,

Stella and Jo

Jan Mader said...

The flowers are beautiful. The raindrops are beautfiul. Tammy dog looks like she could come in useful if you know what I mean. But best of all, you seem to feel better! Get plenty of rest...we all love you!

Teal'c said...

Hi Max! It's Teal'c from Sydney. I found your blog at such a sad time for your mom! Just give her lots of kisses and slobbers!!! The rain pictures are absolutely beautiful.

Angus said...

Hi - so, so pleased to hear about Max. You must be so relieved.

Anya said...

Hi Max
Woof woof woof ...
I love your sunflowers :-)
Its here raining cats & dogs
and I will give my Mommy such a sun flower (its her favorite;)
Your Mommy makes beautiful shots for your blog !!!
Thanks for the beauty from S.Africa
Kareltje =^.^=

groetjes Anya :)

Unknown said...

What a wonderful post. Although I worry because every time Mom reads your blog, she starts looking for her passport and I KNOW this would be one trip that I wouldn't be coming along on. (Mom dreams of a private plane where I could just sit in the seat next to her, instead of under the seat in a bag by her feet!)

Tammy looks a bit like I did after I discovered pluff mud in the marsh. Very good for the skin, I'll be sure to send her a big jar of it!

Glad to see you feeling so well, Max. And let Mom know that she is never far from our thoughts during this sad time.

Your pal,

Petey (with love from Mom)

Sheryl said...

Max Dog you are a faithful companion.

Tell mum just to keep putting one foot in front of the other, she'll get there. And also tell her I love her last sunflower picture, it's gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Maxdog - we are so happy to hear you have the "all-clear" - your Mom must be so pleased, that amidst all that she is dealing with this week, at least you are well!

We really missed you and Tammy at our Great Dane Walk yesterday, you would have loved it - we all had lots of fun and it was a beautiful day - the rain stopped just for us!

All our (very tired) slobbers - The Danes (Saxy & Obi)

Piappies World said...

Hello hello Maxdog!
We are soooo happy to read about your great news! Weeeee We so look forward to sharing our adventures with you.
Tammy is really looked like she had loads of fun digs holes. Sugar and Frappie love playing with soil too!

We continue to pray for your good health.

- Fudgie, Princess & the Piappies

Nika + PARKER said...

hello Maxdog! Thanks for those beautiful photos, once again! Hope the sunny days are there to stay!

Sierra Rose said...

Hi Max!!! Lovely After the Rain post! Great pictures. LOVE the sunflower, made us smile!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Max
Has it benn raining EVERYWHERE IN THE WHOLE WORLD just recently? It certainly feels like that from where I am. Surely the oceans will dry out soon?
Cheers, H.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Max...we need one of those sunflowers too...we put the pic on our desktop so we could enjoy it too!!!

We are so happy that the nasty tumor was only a "1"...thank dog...we are continuing to send ya healin' zen...um....ya might wanna rest in a bigger bed...you were sorta stickin' outta Toffees!!!

So he shakes the Prawns? Like mice? Hmm...I do remember them playin' a mean game of poker...and scarin' Asta and me half to death when we came to visit ya!!!

Kisses dear Max...and flirty kisses to Toffee!!!

Love, Laciegirlie

Mochi and Bali said...

Tammy looks so happy with the work she did! :)

I love the sunflower pics! Especially the one with you in it!

We are thinking of your mom and know that you will take extra special care of her during this time.


Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Oh, the sunflower is beautiful! We are heading into winter here, so it is nice to see your pictures Max. Especially Tammy, BOL! Did she get a baff?
Hugs to you and your mom!


BRUTUS said...

It's so nice to have a furiend in the southern hemisphere - you can share beautiful summer flowers to cheer us up as we look out into a dreary, lifeles landscape of pre-snow winter!!
GIve you mom some Frenchie kisses for me, OK (snort a lot while you do it, it'll seem more authentic that way). We'll be thinking of her :)

Brutus the Frenchie

Anonymous said...

Hi Max
Glad you are Ok and you can help your Mom get through this week.
Looks like a fun day
Golden Grandma

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Tammy Dog looks very happy all mussed up like that!

We hope all goes well with you all!

Deborah said...

Tammy, silly girl! Now you need a bath!

MAX, every single chance you get, please snuckle with your Mom!

We are still sending lot's of hugs your way~

Brindusa (Brinda Dasha) said...

Dear MAx,

It has been a while I haven't visited you. I was very busy lately and when I read how many things happened in your life, I was really shocked. I am sorry for your grandma. I am sure she is an angel now guarding you and your mom. Hope you are feeling better after the surgery. Very sad episode. I am so sorry you had to go through it. I loved the picture of your mom sitting next to you and petting your. What a beautiful image.
I wish you all the best and a long beautiful life. You are a very beloved dog by both your family and paw friends.
Sweet kisses, hugs and positive energy for you, from Romania.

ocmist said...

Oooo... MUD to play in! What fun! The beautiful shots of the raindrops remind Mom of a song she wrote a long time ago about God's Glittering Diamonds, and your sunflower is growing beautifully, too!

ALL of us understand about life's difficulties distracting us from our blogs, but your blogging friends will be here waiting and praying for you... uplifting you with their thoughts as you go through this hard spot. Linda and the Corgi Country Crew