Thursday, December 29, 2011


MAXMOM here...

Available at:

Clearwater, Sandton, Hyde Park, Cresta, Greenstone, Mandela Square, Sandton City, Centurion Lake, Pietermaritzburg, Westville(Durban), Century City (Cape Town)

Cresta, Fourways, Irene

West Street (Durban), Musgrave (Durban)



For more information about MAXDOG, click: HERE



Our festive season has been punctuated by some thunderous storms across the Johannesburg landscape.  The skies have produced some truly creative and heavenly showpieces:

(Above: Our local park)

After the storm, even the rainbows appear unusual:

On Christmas Day, Toby spent hours enjoying his BONE, whilst we had our own culinary feast... 
Afterwards, he took control over the lounging chairs in the garden...
 But vigilant dogs shouldn't go to sleep with their bones unattended!
Clever Aunt TAM retreated to a cool corner in the garden, dug a hole and buried TOBY's bone...

The sluthful Matriach!

KING TOFFEE checked out a gift fit for a King...'Twas the Boss's Christmas gift...
A giant Ferrero Rocher chocolate!
Sorry Toffee your dreams!

Finally, there are so many of our special friends across the blogosphere who need 'The Power of the Paw'.  I would like to send them my special thoughts and prayers and a MAXDOG message to:
(a "present" always available to us)

  Please visit them to send some love:

Sending lotsaluv to all my friends in cyber-space,

Saturday, December 24, 2011


MAXMOM here...

For many people Christmas is a time of family, sharing, goodwill and togetherness. Gifts are distributed and meals shared together. Homes are adorned with beautiful decorations, music is in the air and a mood of joviality, familiarity, comfort and festivity prevails. Deep affirming sentiments fill the atmosphere.

For some people, Christmas is a more a spiritual time – a time to acknowledge a personal spiritual space. Time is spent worshipping and acknowledging our personal God. But it is, once again, a communal time – sharing, caring and worshipping together and claiming the true meaning of Christmas.

But for thousands of people, Christmas is a dreaded time - of deep despair, loneliness and desperation. As families (religions and personal families) congregate around one another in cultural and religious celebrations, there are many people who feel excluded, marginalised and alone. Some feel this on a deep psychological level whilst others feel it on a practical level. Poverty is rife – practical, religious, spiritual and psychological poverty. Depression too abounds.

My intention of today’s post is to give a loving touch to those who fall into the last category – some of you may be reading this blog.

So, today I want to reach out and say that I care about my world and I care about the people in my world - you!
My message is this:
You are not alone! You may feel alone, but you are part of many people who feel lonely and depressed - some 121 million people!. You are not alone!

For some of us, Christmas is often a confusing time fuelled by contrasting life experiences and the angst of the festive season. We try to make sense of the events around us. What is all this hype about?

The good news is that Christmas really is about goodwill and the good news also is that the atmosphere of goodwill really is there. You just have to notice it.
People do care. I care! You care!

Today, I want to give you a (((Big-Cyber-Christmas-Hug)). I want to reinforce the so-called ‘cliché’ – You are indeed special! You are a unique creation. You have talents and a potential that has been gifted to you. If you choose to do it, you can make a difference in this world. You have a gift called creativity – from which other’s can benefit. Forget the stereotypes, the judgement and all those things that serve to diminish you. You are worth it!

My love and goodwill extends to you on this Christmas eve...
Happy Christmas, my special cyber-friend!
You are not alone!

Sending lotsaluv

Thursday, December 22, 2011



MAXMOM here...

"Wherever MAXDOG goes, let it do good!"

Hi there everyone,

I finally managed to upload the 7 minute video clip of my recent television interview.

The interview about my book MAXDOG was conducted by Sindy Mabe - one of the presenters on  the "Sunrise"of ETV on the 13th December 2011. 
This footage is courtesy of ETV.

If you would like a copy of the book, please email me at
If you would like the eBook in PDF version, please email me too.

Wishing all my readers a happy Christmas!

Sending lotsaluv

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Catch-up news...PHOTO OVERLOAD and some captions.

MAXMOM here...
(Christmas Time)

Dear friends,
There is so much 'catch-up' news to share, so I thought I'd do so in pictures today...with a few captions...
Above & Below: Me at ETV studios last week - interviewed about MAXDOG on their Sunrise Show

 Caught a crazy plane to join my family afterwards.
One can't help but giggle at the Kulula Planes. 

Resident kitty at our apartment at Marina Beach.

Hawkers and their goods on beachfront.

 Chill-out time, despite the weather.

Bad weather = Good food at the
"Waffle House"
 Tidal pool at Marina Beach.
Back home: 'Scotch' gives Miss R a warm welcome.

Article about MAXDOG in one of the shopping centre's newspaper.
Toby snoozing.
"Glad to have you!"

Weather in Johanneburg much better!
Perfect Christmas weather.

"King Toffee" on the prowl.

The best-dressed Christmas house in the neighbourhood.
Who can resist feeling Christmasy?

Toby watching me carefully - in case I disappear again.

Even the pooches get into the Christmas spirit.


Sending lotsaluv,

Monday, December 19, 2011


MAXMOM here...

Hello there to all my friends around the world,

Well, it's nearly Christmas and I don't know about you, but my household is getting busier by the minute.  Baking, wrapping, Christmas trees, shopping and endless family activity.  It certainly is a time for everyone to pull together and celebrate our deep connections!

But amidst all this, my mind has been occupied by the happenings in blogville and the incredible love which is prevailing at the moment. My heart continues to want to reach out to Sandra during her time of need.  But we all feel so helpless.

Today, I thought I'd put up a picture of my own little '6 inch x 6 inch' effort towards the memory quilt which Agnes at DACHSIES WITH MOXIE is putting together for Sandra.
If you haven't heard about this project yet and would like to participate, please click
Here is the 'explanation' around my own particular little 'square' :

My 'heart-dog', ie Angel Maxdog is in the background and the blue colour of his heart is meant to blend into the 'sky'.  The 'sky' symbolises the place where all animals who have crossed the Rainbow bridge find their resting place. The sky also symbolises our connections to bloggers across the world. The four little hearts in the square represent 'us' here in South Africa - Tammy, Toffee, Toby and me (Maxmom).
My personal message attached to our little square is this:
"We are sending all our 'hearts' and love to Sandra and her family.  We are all in this together."
What a fabulous idea put together by some of the incredibly compassionate, talented and creative thinkers in blogville!  Thank you to Agnes for putting this particular quilt together.  I'll be posting my little square off tomorrow in the hope that it gets to the USA before the deadline.

Thank you to all the bloggers who have initiated the opportunity for us all to participate in these loving gestures.  I never cease to be amazed by the generosity and compassion of the bloggers in our community - not to mention those special bloggers who take it upon themselves to get the ball rolling to make something beautiful happen.
Thank you!

May I take this opportunity to wish all my friends a wonderful, happy and peaceful Christmas.  Thank you for what you have all meant to me during this past year. I cannot begin to tell you how much you continue to enrich my life.

Sending lotsaluv


Saturday, December 17, 2011


MAXMOM here...

It's Christmas time -
This is usually a time for family, togetherness and celebration.  Yet, it is with a deep sadness that I convey the terrible news that one of our long-standing blogging-buddies...
in Houston, Texas, suffered a terrible housefire in the early hours of yesterday.  They lost everything, including five of their dogs.  All human beings are safe, but among those who died was Shelby, the sweet rescue doggie who was found near death in a parking lot about 18 months ago and nursed back to health. There are five, bright, new stars in our midnight sky tonight and blogville is stunned.

My heart goes out to Sandra and her family as they face the heart-breaking devastation of this event. Please know that we love and care about you, Sandra.  The blogging community is right behind you - with our thoughts, prayers and small contributions.

Please may I appeal to my readers to open up your heart and consider giving a donation to help this family to start rebuilding their lives.  In the usual, amazing fashion, blogville has roped up the "Power of the Paw" in our community to help one of our own. A secure donation site has been set up, which you can access
Please contribute, if you can.
Sending lotsaluv

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Dear friends and readers – particularly my INTERNATIONAL readers and supporters of MAXDOG…

This is a quick update. I am on holiday at the seaside with my family as I write this update and unfortunately my internet access is extremely limited here. I felt however, that I should inform you about the latest developments surrounding MAXDOG as soon as possible – particularly for those readers who have been waiting, expectantly to hear about where they can purchase copies of the book.

Most of my readers will be aware that MAXDOG is currently available in South Africa. The book can be purchased through many of the larger book retailers here – including Exclusive Books (Clearwater Mall, Cresta, Hyde Park, Greenstone, Centurion, Sandton City, etc) and Estoril Books. MAXDOG can also be purchased online through and The book can also be procured by contacting me directly:

The arrangements for my INTERNATIONAL READERS (in terms of printing and distribution) however are presenting a number of hurdles. I am doing my best to try and iron out these problems, but as it stands at the moment, it appears that the book may only be available on AMAZON (and other distribution channels) in the New year. In addition, that particular book (The international version) may either exclude the photographic colour insert (which is in the South African version of the book) or the photographs may appear in black and white. (A decision about this is pending)

In the light of this news and the uncertainty surrounding exactly WHEN MAXDOG will be available for my international readers, I would like to suggest that you consider ordering your copy directly from me. This way there is certainty surrounding your book and you are assured of the inclusion of the photographic section. As I have explained previously, the international postage charge is rather pricey (R150), which will put the cost of the book (for International readers) up to R310. I apologize for this, but my hands are tied in this matter. Please be assured that I have tried to do my absolute best for the benefit of my readers, but it is proving more difficult than initially envisaged.

If you would like me to post you your book at this price, please contact me: and I will get your copy into the post as soon as I get back to Johannesburg (on Monday 19th December).

I apologize for any inconvenience caused with the delay in international distribution. I am doing my best to overcome the hurdles which have been presented to me and will update you as and when we have managed to find a solution.

Sending lotsaluv

Monday, December 12, 2011

BLOGGING BREAK , ETV and purchasing your copy of MAXDOG ...

MAXMOM here...
Dear friends,
'Twas a quiet, relaxing weekend - just what I needed! Even the dogs took the opportunity simply to 'be':

I think I am ready for tomorrow - it's gonna be a big day for me:
Firstly, I'll have to be up at the crack of dawn to be at the television studio at 07h00.  If you are in South Africa, please join me and tune in to "ETV" on their sunrise show at 07h34 to watch a live interview between Sindy Mabe and myself.  I'll be chatting about my recently published book, MAXDOG.

Once the interview is over, I am sure that I'll go and have a 'cuppa' with my friend Lorraine and get to meet her new guide-dog puppy "Themba".  (Welcome little "Themba"!) Later in the morning, I'm off to the airport to grab an aeroplane and fly down to Kwazulu-Natal to join my family at the seaside.  (I've never flown on my own before)  I can't wait to be with them. I've missed them terribly in the past 3 days.

At this point, my butterflies are flying in formation, but I am sure as tomorrow draws closer, I will begin to feel a lot more anxious.  Surprisingly though, I am looking forward to meeting Sindy and to the whole experience (also a new one, I might add) of live television.

After feeling really unsettled on Saturday evening, I received the perfect sms from my sweet husband:

It read:
"Live Life to the Max...for Max!"

The perfect message at the perfect moment!
Thank you, 'Mike'  :) 

So folks, I am not sure if I'll have another opportunity to blog for a while.  I will most probably be 'out-of-office' for the rest of the week (at least).  In the meantime, you will be able to read updates about MAXDOG on Facebook or you can watch the Twitter feed on the RHS toolbar of this blog. 

Let me also take the opportunity of wishing you all a fabulous week.  Thank you again for your love and support during this exciting adventure with

In the meantime, if you would like to order a copy of MAXDOG, you can do one of the following:


* Consult your local large bookstore
* email me: (will get back to you on the 19th)
* ORDER ONLINE through Porcupine press: Click HERE


Read more by clicking 'MAXDOG:THE BOOK!' link at the top of this blog 

Sending lotsaluv to you, my special friends,