Wednesday, June 23, 2010


TAMMY-GIRL here...
Hello there to all our friends across the world!
It's my turn to blog today.
Maxmom says she is really tired as things have been rather hectic around here. So today it's my turn to blog....I hope that is okay with you all.

Our household is filled with Soccer World Cup fever. My family always seems to be huddled around the television, shouting and screaming for various teams which are playing. Yesterday they went particularly crazy as they held their breath to see if our BAFANA BAFANA (boys) would make it through to the next round. Although we beat France, we unfortunately didn't make it through (...sniff!...). Nevertheless our South African nation are showing such great spirit... and now it seems that this spirit will be transferred to those teams which have indeed made it through to the next round...
At this stage it is still uncertain who will finally be holding that SOCCER WORLD CUP TROPHY!
Some supporters have managed to find their own replicas of the trophy which they carry around with them. It seems that despite South Africa's exit from the tournament, the spirit of the nation and its visitors is here to least for a while.

Yesterday we said good-bye to our visitors - Adam and his brother, Chris, from Sweden.  It was so nice to have them stay with us.  I got lots of ear rubs while they were here. Thank you for coming to visit us Adam and Chris...we hope you enjoyed your stay as much as we loved having you!

Maxmom took them to the airport to catch their aeroplane.

She says that the flags on the roads outside the airport are really impressive...

The International arrivals' hall is a buzz of activity
Look at the big soccer ball in the air!
Zakumi is also there to show the visitors the shops where they can buy all their Soccer World Cup gear.
More flags!

As for my brother, KING TOFFEE...
He watches the soccer matches from Mom's shoulder...
Or from his throne...

I prefer to be the beautiful
Sending lotsaluv to you all...


Firstly, I would like to extend a special thank you to all those bloggers who have so generously participated in the
Your blogposts have been truly outstanding and have allowed us all to learn new things about the countries which have been highlighted. Thank you so much for your efforts towards this campaign. It is only through opening our hearts that we are able to learn from one other. 

The SOCCER WORLD CUP is only half way through its process. South Africa remains a buzz of activity and hospitality. It is an incredibly exciting time for everyone involved.  I wish all the teams which have made it through to the "last 16" all the best of luck in their endeavours towards winning this trophy.

Amidst all the excitement, I need to explain something to my friends...

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be increasingly more absent from blogging. It has not been an easy time for me following the death of my dear Maxdog. The excitement of the SWC has decended upon me at a time when I really should have taken a break from blogging and adapted to the absence of my special canine companion.

Our family have decided to go away for short, but much needed break, to one of my favourite parts of the country....


I am really looking forward to getting back to nature and to find some form of equilibrium. On my return to Johannesburg, I will be embarking on a new business venture. This also necessitates me attending a two week, full time course, in preparation for its vision .
Please bare with me during my absence as I adjustment to my new goals. I am not leaving blogging but will be curtailing my activities to some extent. I would appreciate your understanding. You remain my treasured blogging friends!

Sending lotsaluv to you all,


3 doxies said...

Gosh, I bets all that activity is just awesome to watch in your country. I wish I coulds be there.
we wish you all da luck in da world withs your new venture and your much NEEDED vaction. And I think you need time to heal and grieve as well.You takes all da time you need, we will be heres when you gets back. You will be missed though.
We loves ya!

Jake of Florida said...

Maxmom, Of course we understand!! You've been amazing and have generated interest and excitement not only in the World Cup among people who never considered soccer (football) before; but also sharing insights about your country. We are very grateful for both.

We watched the Bafana Bafana yesterday and had some heart-stopping moments we never thought we'd feel for a soccer game! (By the way, our Barkalot BB aren't on your list of blogs about the FIFA ... please dont forget us!!)

We wish you well on your vacation -- and your new business venture -- and know grieving, whether for a human or for a special canine companion, is a long long process. So give it the time it deserves!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry, the Barkalot BB and Mom, Joan

Anonymous said...

Tammy-girl, Thanks for letting us know everything that's going on in your country. It sounds so exciting! I'm sorry about South Africa, though, but I know everyone there is so proud of them!

And Maxmom, we of course understand completely. You need to take some time for yourself, especially since it sounds like your life is going to get very busy very soon. We will all be thinking of you and looking forward to your return, whenever you feel it's time.

Amber (and Mayzie)

A MilShelb Mom said...

Those flags look really neat! Glad you got the chance to write to us today!
~Milly and Shelby

Maggie Mae and Max said...

We will miss all of you but we will be here for you when you gets back. You do deserve a break, enjoy your time away.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Scout and Freyja said...

I'm packing my bags right now. I am invited on your holiday, right? I won't be any trouble and will mind my manners and won't eat much, I promise☺

Sheryl said...

Take as much time as you need, we understand. Starting a new job myself a few weeks ago I know what your going through. Give the pups a rub for me.

Bouncing Bertie said...

Hey Tammy, nice to hear from you. And MaxMom, enjoy your back to nature break. And we won't forget you just because you don't blog for a while.
Very best wishes,
Gail and Bertie.

MySpecialDoggies said...

Hi Tammy
It's so nice to read your post - you are such a wonderful writer. Maxmom - enjoy your break - we'll miss reading your blogs, but you need the time off - losing a dog is very hard and you need the opportunity to grieve...

Sending you wags & licks,
Nadine, Apples & Neeli

Heather and Kelly said...

That's quite the airport, Tammy! You can tell they've gotten into the spirit--understandably, because a large amount of the air traffic must be coming for the world cup!

Maxmom, I really hope you enjoy your time in Mpumalanga! You do need a break, some time to just reflect on your feelings and Maxdog. Have a good trip.


the magic sleigh said...

Wooos! we understand sometimes we all need a vacation. Re-group and enjoy! we have thoroughly enjoyed your posts and everyone else's on the world cup! Human brother has been watching all games religiously so it is always on tv in our house! Have a wonderful time!
~husky kisses~
=Kira The BeaWootiful

Sheila and Bob said...

You did a great job of blogging today, and gave us a lot of beautiful photos.

MaxMom, Enjoy your rest and we hope that upon your return your new business venture is successful.
God Bless

Hamish & Sophie

Amy & the house of cats said...

Tammy what a great post today! We know that there is so much going on there right now it must be very exciting for you!

And hi MaxMom! We have been behind in visiting but we understand your need to take a break (which is partly why we are behind - life needs to be taken care of!) It looks like you will be visiting a beautiful spot on your vacation - hopefully you will get some rest and relaxation. Post when you can - we will be back (usually late of course!) and we know all your friends will too!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Good job Tammy. Sorry your team didn't win. You still have a lot of soccer fever at your house. Maybe next time you can lay on mom's shoulder instead of Toffee. Have a fun day screaming at the television
Benny & Lily

KT and Easton said...

Take all the time you need. We will all be here when you return. I know what you mean; even when you hit that big bump in the road, the engine just keeps pumping until have to take the machine in for a rest. BTW-Tammy girl looks as fetching as ever.

Now MaxMom.....go chill for awhile.

Ms. ~K said...

Tnank you for bringing us all together to enjoy the Unity in Diversity!
Enjoy your much deserved and needed vacation!
Hugs and belly rubs to pups,

houndstooth said...

It must be really exciting having a "front row seat" to all the activities surround the World Cup, but I'm tired after reading it all! Tammy, you're quite a girl!

Good luck on your travels and new ventures, Maxmom!

Bunny and her mom

George The Lad said...

Hi Tammy, when I first looked at your post I thought that was the size of the real trophy, or is it?
Maxmom, you deserve to get away, it sounds like it could be a great turning point in your life. Which we all need sometimes.
See Yea George and Jan xxx

Jacqueline said...

Great photos...Tammy Girl and King Toffee are looking gorgeous and adorable as always!...I hope you have a fun, safe trip with your family and best of luck on your new business venture...I will miss you, but of course, will be here when you return...Take care Caryl and kisses to your beautiful babies; love and hugs sweet friend.

brooke said...

take all the time you need! We're here rooting you on in your new business venture too!

sprinkles said...

Good for you, getting away for a little bit! Wish I had somewhere to go. Oh well, even if I did, I couldn't afford to go anyways.

How exciting, starting a new business adventure! Wish I was there and you could hire me! lol

Take as much time as you need, we'll all be here when you get back! In the mean time, I'll miss you!

Pip said...

We always wants to hear from you Tammy! We are glad you has a nice visit from your friends and got lots of ear scritches.
Maxmom- you definitely deserve a rest. Don't worry we'll all be here when you gets back!
We can't waits to hear about your new venture.
Have a nice trip.

Mrs. JP said...

Good for you, it's nice to get away. We'll be here upon your return and until you are in our prayers for safe and peaceful days.

Nubbin' Tails said...

Hope you have a great vacation and best of luck on your new venture! Enjoy the rest of the World Cup!


Mr. Nubbin'

Doris Sturm said...

Tammy Girl, you are so pretty and you did a great job with the blog post today.

I know it's a busy time for you guys, but when it's all said and done, you can go back to relaxing a bit and having some down time, maybe...

Thanks and have a wonderful week. Tell Maxmom to get some rest too ;-)

the booker man said...

miss tammy-girl,
you did a most excellent job bloggin' today! thanks for showing us more pictures of world cup stuff! it must be so so exciting to be a part of everythingie! i hope adam and chris have a safe trip back to sweden!
miss maxmom,
you so deserve a relaxing vaca and some time to rest, think, 'n recuperate. we will miss you while you are gone, but please take all the time that you need. we totally understand.
the booker man

Anonymous said...

Take all the time you need, we will always be here waiting for your return!

Hugs, Tessa

How Sam Sees It said...

Hey, Tammy! It has been great seeing you. Take all the time you need, we understand!


Lorenza said...

Of course we understand you.
Enjoy your break.
Good luck on your new business venture!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Tweedles -- that's me said...

You have been so generous to share the World Cup with all of us, while your heart was breaking on the inside.
Now it is time for you to go heal and achieve your goals and visions.
Thank you for all you have done.
We have loved all the photos, and love the one of you sitting on top of the world. That is EXACTLY as I see you in my heart.
We wait,,,,,, for you- forever.

Valerie Cummings said...

Maxmom, we are your forever friends. We understand the need for a break!!!! We will be here for you!!! Thank you for all the sharing of the World Cup experience with us!!!
Have a great time on your vacation. You are in our thoughts, Hugs Joey and Kealani

The Thundering Herd said...

Enjoy your well deserved break from blogging and just go concentrate on yourself and family. We will all be here when you return.

Molly the Airedale said...

Absolutely everyone needs a break! Enjoy!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Kari said...

Thank you for stepping away from your grieving to take us on an excellent adventure in your country and to make us all a part of South Africa's amazing World Cup celebration. We've never been football fans but we've decorated our home and get up in the morning and turn on our television to cheer on our favourite teams. Through your blog, you have made us feel "at home" and like real friends, like we belong. Everyone will be here when you return. If your life takes you in another direction, away from blogging, know that we are greatful for all of the special times, and the very special doggie, that you have shared with us. God bless.