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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!"
My activities have now moved on to my new blog entitled "LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX". Please join me there where you can read about my family and canine companions. I also invite you to visit MAXDOG's FANPAGE on FACEBOOK. You can follow the specific links by clicking below:

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Friday, April 9, 2010


MAXMOM here...
(2004: Sitting on a precipice overlooking the awesome
Blyde River Canyon)

 Today I need to say yet another special THANK YOU to my blogging friends!
There seems to be no end to your generosity and, yet again, I am totally overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness!

This morning, I received an email  from Kathleen Coy...
(Cloud the wonderdog’s mom and the amazing artist of
 ...to tell me that my blogging buddies, who had originally commissioned the painting,
 also wanted to sponsor it’s framing!

Again, this is an incredible gift...and again I am speechless!
I really don't know how to adequately express my appreciation anymore!
Please allow me, again, in my own way, to say THANK YOU by means of this blogpost....
I really am so, so grateful!!!


...where you are sitting on a rock 'on the edge of the world'!?

...Or standing on the top of the mountain,
overlooking the landscape of your childhood?...
...OR Standing in front of a tree which is thousands of years old?...
...OR having the privilege of observing a creature in the wild...
...only 3 metres away...

...OR watching eggs, which you have carefully incubated,

...and grow...?...

...and be willing to cuddle with you...?...

...and develop into what they were meant to be...?

...where you are seeing the world from a new perspective...?...

(GOD'S WINDOW...Mpumalanga South Africa)
...or another perspective...?...

(CAPE TOWN city at night - from the top of TABLE MOUNTAIN)

Only to look another way and have another "WOW" moment...?...

(SIGNAL HILL, Cape Town, South Africa)

...or to realise that only minutes before you were treated to an unimaginable sunset...?...

(CAPE TOWN, South Africa)

Where you realise that by trusting the experience of those before you,
you will come out on the other side,

(Tunnel...Watervalonder...Mpumalanga, South Africa)

...or the incredulity of observing a disappearing waterfall...?...

...Or observed the evidence of the power of water by the rocks which it has carved...?...

(THE POTHOLES, Mpumalanga, South Africa)

...only to witness its unexpected gentleness of the home of the fishes in its depth?...


...when you realise that the creature in front of you might well have become extinct?...

(African Ground Hornbill)
...OR marvelled at the purposeful patterning of God's creation...?...


...Where you have been comforted and uplifted,  in an unbelievable way, by the strength of your friends in

...OR have had first hand experience their totally unexpected generosity...?....

(THE "MAX-TERPIECE, by Kathleen Coy)

...Well, I must be the luckiest person in the world!!!
...because I have once again been blessed by yet another amazing gift!!!

...to all my friends who have contributed towards the framing of this beautiful gift!

...is currently with the picture framer and will be ready in 7-10 working days!

...and I am deeply grateful!

With lots and lots of love and thanks


Unknown said...

We have our WOW moments when we read your blog, Maxmom.
All your blogging friends are so kind and generous to sponsor the framing too!
Lucky Max. I wonder if he knows he has thousands of fans from all over the world praying for him. Give him a kiss from me.

Bouncing Bertie said...

What a particularly heartwarming set of pictures today. (As for that photo of you perching on a rock at the edge of the world, looking at it makes me think WOW, but also induces a slight vertigo-induced tightness in the pit of my stomach.....)
Looking forward to seeing the framed picture of Max.
Cheers, Gail.

The Thundering Herd said...

What a great post - we know exactly what you mean about those wow moments when out appreciating the gifts of nature.

My Mind's Eye said...

Hi Max Mom!!!
Your first picture on the cliff is absolutely breathtaking!! I so enjoy all of your pictures from S.Africa.
A very touching and heartfelt post today! There are so many many nice people in the world.
I look forward to seeing Max framed.
Madi and Mom

kks said...

such beautiful images!!! i would one day love to visit Africa!!! (one of my dreams...)
and be sure i will be more aware of my WOW moments after your lovely blog post!!!

JD and Max said...

Hi Max and Maxmom!

Well, that was deffo a 'wow' post! Loved it! Yup, the blogosphere is amazing, we love being a part of such a wonderful community.

And we were in awe of all the photos, especially that disappearing waterful - WOW!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

the magic sleigh said...

Wooos! A wow moment fur me realizing not only the power of the internet but the LOVE that is found on it!
Dog Bless~!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Seeing this beautiful post and hearing about the generosity of our friends is a WOW! moment.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Scout and Freyja said...

We think we just had a little bit of a WOW moment looking at the photos you shared with us today. South Africa must be one amazing sight after another. I had always known that the animals were incredible but had never been exposed to the mountainous terrain - WOW.

So happy to see that Max is having another day to experience your love and the lovely South African weather.

Still snow on the ground here but promising to melt by the end of the weekend. I'll believe it when I see it.☺

KB said...

I had a similar WOW moment as you did, when bloggers sent me a Kathleen Coy painting of a bobcat just before my spinal surgery. I was struck speechless with their generosity. And, they managed to keep it all a secret just like in your case.

The bloggers of the world are an extremely thoughtful and generous bunch!

I have to say that those are an amazing collection of photos of S. Africa. The sunset is unbelievable... but the other features are other worldly. Wow.

Mrs. JP said...

I'm so glad that the Maxterpiece is being framed. It will be cherished for a long time. And it has such a cool story. That makes it an heirloom already.
God specializes in Wow moments. I think it makes Him happy when we appreciate what He made.

Tama-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

We are happy that you are happy MAXMOM!

beautiful photos again.

Give the boy a big cuddle for us all!

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

This post is a WOW moment!
Great photos and great news about the framing of Maxterpiece!

Sam & June

Joy said...

Great (and 'greatful') post! Beautiful photos...wow! Lotsa pets for Max and his friends!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Beautiful Painting MAX ... sure a precious gift. WOW ... it sure great wonderful moments. As always thanks for sharing. Have a delightful weekend. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

houndstooth said...

It will look beautiful all framed and hung on the wall!

Wow moments are the best!

Anna the GSD said...

Beautiful post MaxMom!! Sometimes you just have to stop and sniff the flowers or stop and really enjoy the beautiful colors of a sunset. Wow moments are everywhere, everyday! Just being here is a wow moment!


Pip said...

You have this way of making my mommy's face leak. Your observations are so amazing.
Clumpsy words can not express how your thoughts change our hearts ever-so-slightly for the better each time we read your posts.
Thank you!

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Oh... the fishes, the "potholes" and the disappearing waterfall are amazing! Thank you for this beautiful and uplifting post.

We were so moved to find out there was enough money left over to cover the cost of framing. We're very excited to see how it looks.

Much love,
Cloud and his mom

Jacqueline said...

Lovely photos and sentiment; I'm always wowed by your blog posts...What a wonderful gift from your friends and also the gift you give us everyday with your insights and thoughts...Wishing you all a happy weekend filled with blessings and love.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Beautiful post MaxMom!!!
Your post is a WOW moment!

So happy that the Maxterpiece is being framed, how wonderful! So sorry that we could not contribute monetarily, but we are there in our hearts.

Hope that Maxdog is having a very good day and that he will have a Wonderful weekend!

Hugs and Kisses, Tessa

Mack and Mia said...

Here is to many many more WOW moments because when we read your bloggy and see Maxdog all we can say is....WOW.... you are an amazing pup with an even more amazing momma!

Rest easy dear friend always!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

Emma Rose said...

What a beautiful post! The pictures were amazing. We can't wait to see the framing!

Emma Rose

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

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Yes dear MAxmom!!!!!!
We have our wow moment each time we read your blog....
when we look into our furry babies eyes and we found their special LOVE.....
when we think how many friends we have all around the world.....
and when we feel the warm sensation of a special virtual hug we get from you!!!!!!!!!
WE LOVE YOU guys!!!!!!!
You're soooooo special for us and we hope to be able to give you a REAL hug one day!!!!!!!!!!
Take care of you all!!!!!
Sweet kisses and hugs!!!

Chester said...

Me and Mom just had a WOW moment lookin' at a gallery of pictures of a place we probably never see in person. Thank you so much for bein' our tour guide!

Great bloggin' friends attract great bloggin' friends-and the Adventures of MaxDog are proof!

Woofs and frameable slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

Angus said...

Probably the most beautiful country in the world. On the flight back from Paris I laughed when I read the story in todays Guardian about the 'ejected' BBC journalist and his comments about Sandton! Thinking of you.

Stella said...

A lovely post, Caryl, and the pictures are just wonderful.

Speaking of wonderful, I'll wish Maximus a Very Happy 60th Day of Grace!


Amy & the house of cats said...

When we saw all your amazing pictures that really did make us say wow! And how awesome that so many blogging friends are contributing to the framing - it is such a special piece it deserves to be treated very specially. We hope everyone is doing well today!! Sending over lots of purrs and prayers!!

sprinkles said...

I had a WOW moment just looking at all of your beautiful pictures!!!

I have a WOW moment each day I come here and discover that Max is still with us. I know I don't know him and never will but I truly love him as if he were my own dog.

Your readers are very kind to not only get you that picture but to also make sure it's framed too! Sadly, I can't take any credit for helping sponsor it as I didn't know anything about it.

Gail Wilson said...

I must tell you that I had many WOW moments while I was reading your post today. Such beauiful photos along with beautiful words. Thank you for sharing this with us. Gail

the booker man said...

hi maxdog and maxmom!
beautiful pictures! thanks for sharing them.
how wonderful that maxdog's picture is getting framed! i can't wait to see it. ya'll are so special to so many people.

the booker man's mama

The Life of Riley said...
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kissa-bull said...

we furry much liked all your pictures . all of them gave ush a wow moment to experience that we would have not experienced otherwise which ish why we totally adore your blog
we cant wait to shee the bewwotiful maxterpiece in all its framed glory
pibble sugars
the pittie pack

The Life of Riley said...

Hi Max,

I loved your post and photos today, and mum and I look forward to seeing the Max-terpiece framed.

When mum was a child (back before computers existed in homes!) she was encouraged to have “pen pals” in different countries to hand-write and post letters to learn about the world beyond the small country she lives in. Now, with the internet, there are blogs like yours where each time she reads your posts she learns all sorts of different things and has seen how strangers all around the world get to become friends - WOW!


Anonymous said...

Amazing pictures! The sunset one is especially stunning.

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

When this project was first mentioned to us it was to bring pleasure. It has done that for sure and how.. My wow moment was to see the joy it has brought and to see how it has united so many friends.. Your post today has so many wonderful wow moments, thank you for showing us.. here's to many more wow moments.. Hugs GJ xx

Kate said...

Wow! Indeed!


What beautiful pictures too, all of them were WOWs as well!

Koda MD

Molly the Airedale said...

One of our wow moments is visiting your blog! You take such gorgeous pictures and you are such a special person! We just love your blog!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...


And then some!


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Priscilla took the words our of our mouths - you say things with words that we can only feel with our hearts - what a gift you have! We are so glad you share it with us. All we can say is WOW!!!

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Yas said...

Hi Maxmom!
We luv the pic of you on the cliff there! Very breathtaking view!!
Hi to Max and the rest of the crew!!
Have a great weekend!!

Maxx and mommy

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Thanks to you, I have seen the biggest WOW that I have ever seen.
And because of you- I can feel the splendor.
the power of hope- the power of reflecting on all the beauty before my eyes, through your eyes-
you have touched me.

Huskee and Hershey said...

Those pics you shared are awesome... too beautiful for words. But I think the most 'WOW' of the 'WOW' moments is when someone touches your heart.

We have our dose of 'WOW' moments everytime we visit your blog... truly!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with beautiful WOW Moments..

meowmeowmans said...

Lovely! The post, the painting, the gesture, and the love...

Happy 62nd Day of Grace, Maxdog.

Much love!

Two French Bulldogs said...

what a great post. Wow moments sure are special
Benny & Lily

Asta said...

Maxdog and Maxmom
I have experienced many wow moments lately..none in quite such amazing edge of the world places , but yes when you feel the love of your blogging friends like I have too..it is an amazing WOW moment.
I'm so glad you keep having them..you both deserve them so much and it makes my heart smile.
love ami
smoochie kisses fwom Asta

Paxton said...

Woof, woof, MaxDog and MaxMom, you sure know how to make my tail wag! I love seeing things from my Mummy's country of birth and know that while you are there, it is in good paws, Max, dear Friend. Nice to see you still doing well. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Big Woofs and happy High Fives to you and MaxMom. Woof, Paxton

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max Mom and gang,
We had at least 62 consecutive WOW moments of late. Each morning when we apprehensively check your blog for the news of the day we have been simultaneously wowed and thankful. We have learned so much of your country through the eyes of both you and your beloved Max Dog. You have made all so much more appreciative of our own world's wonders and of the love and companionship that we share amongst ourselves. Yes, we have had more than our share of WOW moments and want so much to continue to be WOWED. We are wowed to be holding you closely in our thoughts and prayers for yet another special day of your life's journey.