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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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Monday, April 5, 2010



"Excuse me, MAXMOM! We would like to sleep...you are disturbing us!"


MAXMOM here...

Hello there everybody!

I take it you have all had a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Easter!
Here in Johannesburg, South Africa, it is pouring with rain and the earth is drenched. In fact our whole country is covered in a blanket of cloud at the moment...soaking us all and helping us migrate to our warm duvets.

Tomorrow, we have a big day. Miss "R" is scheduled to loose her wisdom by having her teeth extracted, so we won't be blogging tomorrow. Hold thumbs for her....

Don't worry...I am sure KING TOFFEE will survive!

Well, since the dogs are all sleeping, I thought I'd show you a little of our countryside.
As you know, we were out in the Magaliesberg mountains over the weekend to attend a wedding. Here are some pictures en route home...

A wet countryside road ambling adjacent to the beautiful mountains...

Weekend morning 'breakfast run' for bikers...and there were many...!

The buildings (next picture) on the R.H.S are home to the "Chicken Pie"..
apparently the best in the area. Pretty 'Cosmos' flowers line the road back to Johannesburg. You can stop there for lunch or tea...

Clouds dotted the skies...
As we get closer to the city, the low cost housing development of
 'greets' you...

Also... the roads become decorated with people trying to make a living...

These are generally migrant people from neighbouring countries, who eke out a living by selling wares or making things for sale. Beadwork is a popular choice and there are some really skilled craftsmen...

Yes...that 'Aloe' plant (both in the last picture and the next) is made entirely of wire and beadwork... It's exquisite!...

Others sell their paintings...

As we nearer home, the patriotism is apparent...

This particular setting (with the main city skyline in the distance) signifies that we are almost on our personal doorstep.
Can you hear MAXDOG barking his welcome yet?

Perhaps not...he's probably snoozing!...

We remain grateful and thankful that MAXDOG is still with us!

This is his
58th day of Grace
and I feel blessed beyond measure...
He's still painfree and enjoying his walks. He is a lot more lethargic, sleeping more and not really that playful. I think TAMMY is missing his energy...but they make up for it on their walks.
Even now, during the rain, the walk is high on the priority list.!
Take care and lotsaluv to you all!
Remember... We are not here tomorrow....
will be back on Wednesday!

(Whilst I am acutely aware of the recent, disturbing political developments in my country, I have purposefully chosen to keep this blog positive! May I reitterate that I have chosen that my blogs be spaces for SHARING, CARING and UPLIFTING. You can get all our latest news on numerous news sites. No matter what turmoil surrounds me, I will endeavour to keep positivity my vision.)


Harry Spotter said...

We like to sleep while it rains too. There is something about the rain falling and being sleepy. Perfect combo. I appreciate the all the pictures and the history. Good luck tomorrow, it's not that bad. We are still purring and praying for Maxdog.

MurphyDog said...

Maxdog's got the right idea...long naps are the best when its rainy outside!

Mom says "Thanks" for the beautiful pictures, its always fun getting to see your beautiful countryside!

wags, wiggles & slobbers

Two French Bulldogs said...

You guys sleep night night while mom shows us lots of great pictures. Shhh
Benny & Lily

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

It looks like some of our rain has shifted down to you.

We are glad to all still be enjoying Max's Grace. Turmoil comes and turmoil goes but the love of a good dog is forever!

Stella said...

You are probably wearing them both out from moving up the Day of Grace. I am positive Monday, April 5th is Max's 58th day of Grace. A guy could get tired rushing through these days.

Your photos are lovely as always, as is our boy Max and his girlie.
Our thoughts and prayers stay with him.

ON this 58th Day of Grace!

Cheers and hugs,
Jo and Stella

The Thundering Herd said...

What a great sleepy spot. And best of luck to Miss R on the wisdom teeth removal.

Anonymous said...

Happy 59th Day of Grace, Maxdog! And Most Good luck to Miss R and the wisdom toothie thing. I hopes she doesn't get dry rot.

My mom wanted me to tells you that your pictures of the wedding musta made a big impression on her. Her sister (my auntie) is getting married and my mom dreamed that she asked her if she had thought about getting married in South Africa and then showed her the pictures on your bloggie. BOL! I thinks that might be kind of a long way to travel to gets married, though.

Wiggles & Wags,

Jacqueline said...

I always enjoy your photos of South Africa, it seems so joyful and colorful...It is always so nice to sleep while it is raining, almost comforting somehow...Kisses and hugs to all your beautiful babies...Good luck tomorrow to Miss R; hope everything goes well for her...Blessings and love to all of you.

Rufus and Indie said...

The rain can be bad for walkies!
Your pics are always pawsome!
We heard on the news, but a positive attitude is always the best!

Rufus and Indie

sprinkles said...

Good luck tomorrow! I've had all of my wisdom teeth removed and it wasn't that bad really.

It's been rainy here too! And like your dogs, I enjoy napping during the rain. The thumping on the roof as it falls down can be comforting and calming. And who can pass up crawling into bed to cuddle with a warm dog?!

the magic sleigh said...

Wooos Max Dog! It looks as though woo will have a job coming up, taking care of tooth(less) ouchies in woo human.
Nothing like a good walkie to cheer them up though!

Lovely pictures as usual, Mum liked the plant art!

~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Joy said...

Yes, we can get our bad news from other sources, right? Thanks for sharing more good news!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

As always, thanks fur sharing your khountry and woo!

Here's to MaxDog!


Molly the Airedale said...

Good luck to Miss R. We will be thinking of her tomorrow!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Thank you for sharing the good news and ekeping positive.. Thank you for our Max fix.. Napping is god when the weather is bad.. Hope all goes well tomorrow.. Hugs GJ x

kks said...

beautiful images! and i love your final note! i'm with you on that!
good luck with the wisdom teeth surgery...eek.
hugs to handsome!!

Mrs. JP said...

How funny? I think you captured Tammy's sentiment exactly with "we're trying to sleep here!!" I like the bed you've got set up for them.
I hope Miss "R" does well tomorrow and in the healing days after.
Love to all of Max's family and so thankful for each day of grace.

Sheila and Bob said...

Golden's in their natural habitat, sleeping on a comfy bed.

One of our personal choice favorite pastimes.

Hamish & Sophie

Dexter said...

A wonderful post as always. It is scary to have political strife and turmoil, but I agree that dog blogs are for happy things.


Deborah said...

Yes indeed, Happy and Positive is good! I loved your photo's! The art work is amazing!
Good Luck tomorrow!

Unknown said...

You've always brought positive energy to us readers.
I'm glad Maxdog is still going strong. He's a good boy.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

We are glad that Maxdog is doing well. We have been having rain here too! Saturday was clear... then Sunday rain all day! We are sorry about the politics there!

Scout and Freyja said...

I just ♥ it when you share your countryside! It truly is gorgeous. The artisans are remarkably talented. Oh, how I so wish I could shop with you and stop for an afternoon meal.

Sending our darling Maxdog many wishes for continued days - pain free.

Continued prayers for you and your family to remain safe during the internal unrest in SA.

the booker man said...

rainy day snoozin' really is nice. :)
thanks for the grrreat pictures, and i'll be thinkin' good thoughts for miss r!

the booker man

Kate said...

Thanks heaps for the update Maxmom! I hope you had a good easter also.

Fantastical pictures too!

Hopefully Max is having super dreams while he is snoozing today!


meowmeowmans said...

Thanks for the update, Maxmom! Happy 59th Day of Grace, Sweet Maxdog! :)

Purrs and prayers to you all.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am keeping my paws crossed for Miss R-day of dentist,
Tell her to be sure to save the toofy to put under her pillow for the toof fairy to come and give her surprises.
Thank you for always sharing the beauty of your country.
We are drenched here too.
Kisses to all the pups.
Snuggles to Max

Yas said...

Hi Max and mom!

Rainy days are the best to nap!
Thanks for sharing and showing us your beautiful country. We learned so much about South Africa through your posts! It's always interesting and informative!

Stay cheery!


Anonymous said...

Dearest MaxDog...Happy 59th Day of Grace!

We know that it is scary to have political strife and turmoil, and we agree that you make Max's blog on the positive side. We just want to make SURE that Max's family is Safe and doing well!

Hugs and Kisses, Tessa

houndstooth said...

Snoozing on a rainy day is the best!

The pictures from your trip are beautiful!

Good luck to Miss R on the tooth extraction! I had five wisdom teeth once upon a time that all had to be extracted. I guess it means I was extra smart!

KB said...

Good luck to Miss R tomorrow. Please tell her to follow the directions very closely for avoiding "dry socket". I had my wisdom teeth out 6 months ago, and got that dreaded painful condition...

I too am so grateful that Max is still with you, by your and Tammy's sides. Days of grace...

Piappies World said...

We are with you in celebration of Maxdog's 59th day of grace. Thanks for taking us with you in your ride in the city.

Max and Tammy sleeping photos are very touching and adorable, too. We hope that Miss "R" trip to the tooth doctor go smoothly. And also, we pray for peace in your country and all over the world.

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar & the Piappies

Sally said...

Ouch - we hope Miss R recuperates quickly - sending lots of healing vibes!

Love the photos of Max sleeping - it seems like the right thing to do if its raining.

Love the photos of your drive - that aloe plant is great!

Big licks
Sally and Paddy

Unknown said...

Your choice to keep this blog purposefully positive has been clear to me for a while now and that's what attracted me to it in the first place. As for the update... Big smiles

Bouncing Bertie said...

Best wishes to Miss R - she may be a little sore for a few days...
Love the pictures of the South African landscapes and people. The wet country road adjacent to beautiful mountains photo - it could almost be Scotland!
Please give Max a hug.
Cheers, Gail.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We love that yoor blog is sharing, caring and uplifting ~ like yoo said, we can read the crappy disturbing stuff elsewhere.

We are glad yoo all had a happy Easter.
Big smoochies to Max and yoo all.

Raising Addie said...

HI Max!

We are new to your blog and wanted to say hi!

We sure hope everything goes well for your mom today. Be sure to give her lots of snuggles and kisses when she gets home.

We have just read about your diagnosis and we are so happy that you are doing well and happy.

Our sister got terribly ill in October and we have also been dealing with a chronic health issue that has been discovered. All our focus was on her so we were not blogging much but she is on track now so we are off to meet new friends and are happy that we found one so positive as you!

We look forward to seeing all of your new adventures!

Chasing my tale...
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

My Mind's Eye said...

Good luck to Ms. R at the dentist!!!
Max Happy 58th Day of grace!!!
Max Mom thank you for sharing such lovely pictures of your beautiful country. Mom and I appreciate your positivity!!!
Madi adn Mom

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We have our paws crossed that all went well for Miss R - and that she isn't in too much pain today. How sweet that she has King Toffee to comfort her.

We always love seeing the beauty and the culture of your country. We love seeing the positive side of things - please do continue to share.

Happy week to MaxDog and all of his family.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Angus said...

Things seem to be less heated this morning. We're hoping that everyone will have received a wake-up call. You'd be amazed how much radio time has been given over to developments. Hope springs eternal!

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

58 days!!!! WOO HOO!!!!! We nap on rainly days too! Actually we nap on sunny days....we nap all the time! Nothing wrong with napping!

You truly do live in a beautiful country....and that art is amazing!

Headbutts and purrs!

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

Shhhh...puppies are sleeping...
Rainy days are good for napping.
Good luck to Miss R.

Sam & June

Mochi and Bali said...

I'm glad Miss R has all of you to take care of her! :)

Thank you for sharing those pawesome sleeping pics and the beautiful pics of your country! :)


Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Once again, Max and Caryl, thank you for sharing all the beautiful and interesting scenery of your country. We do enjoy it so. The picture with the caption "Clouds dotted the skies..." looks like it could have been taken of our rolling hills and farmlands here in Iowa. Minus the mountains, BOL!

We love you!

Cloud and his mom

Anonymous said...

Oh Max dog and Tammy look really sweet. I also like the picture of King Toffee. I love the pictures of the countryside. You live in the most beautiful country. I glad you keep your blog positive. We all need to be positive in this day and time. Please pray for me as Im having a hard time getting over my car accident from last week. Max is still in my prayers.

We Love You Max and Maxmom,

Jude,Poo,Babybella,Piper,Marley & Melody

Amy & the house of cats said...

We are sending lots of good luck purrs for Miss R and her surgery tomorrow!

And we are glad that this is staying a happy, positive blog - that is what Max and everyone needs - to keep the good, positivie vibes going!

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max Dog and Max Mom,
Hey, we know where the CNN is on our TV so it's a GReat idea to leave not nice stuff to CNN. Dad says in etiquette class at USNA they told him never to discuss three particular subjects unless you wanted to cause an argument or upset people. We appreciate the pawsitive and uplifting.
As usual, we thoroughly enjoyed that photos of the South African countryside and its' inhabitants. There is such a busyness to it all. Things should only get more exciting as the "soccer" tournament approaches.
We have thanked GOD for Max's extended time with you. We are realists and know that his time will all too soon come but we are so appreciative and thankful for every extra day he is granted to spend with his beloved Max Mom. We will continue to pray for his comfort and well being. You're all in our thoughts and prayers as well as our hearts.