Sunday, March 4, 2012

Our charitable day at "WALKHAVEN"


As I watched the sun rise earlier this morning, I knew that we were going to have yet another beautiful day in paradise.  The doves are cooing, the skies are cloudless and the gathering heat is spreading across our city. It is a 'Sunday' in all the senses of the word. At least the trickling sound of our water-feature offers the promise of a cool-off later. A quick dip into our swimming pool is guaranteed to erase any sense of discomfort.

Yesterday was equally sweltering but equally beautiful too.  I got quite sunburnt despite smoothing a liberal film of sunblock over my exposed arms and neck. It was so hot, but still a wonderful opportunity to host a stall for the sale of my MAXDOG books - at 'Walkhaven'; a doggie park not far from us.  

The event was organised as part of the launch of  the South African version of 'Cesar's Way' magazine.  The proceeds for the entire event were donated to various animal charities and shelters.  There was a strong presence of 'Animals in Distress', 'Claw', 'Ark', 'Wag' and a number of other charitable shelters. 

Despite polarised viewpoints in the dog-training fraternity of Cesar and his ways. I was happy to support this event.  My book, MAXDOG is about sharing, caring, love, compassion and tolerance.  In my mind, I want my book to be a "bridge builder" - its message needs to reach out to everybody.  I would hope that it washes over some of these emotive issues in dog-training -  and addresses the real, raw reason for our relationships with our animals.  I was also glad to be associated with so many wonderful causes and happy that my money would make a difference to some very needy animals. I was happy too that 10 more copies of MAXDOG also made their way into their 'forever homes'. To the readers who bought my book - thank you.  I hope it touches you the way my special dog touched me.

 "Wherever MAXDOG goes, let it do good!". 

Thank you, so much, to my husband - Les -- and to my special friend - Lorraine - for helping with the stall and the sales yesterday. Thank you too to the Humphris family for bringing Hoby (guide dog in training) to visit the stall too. It was lovely to see you and  I really appreciated your visit.

There were a number of fun events organised during the day and plenty of stalls to visit too. 

Unfortunately Toby had to stay home (he still has his stitches in) but Aunt Tam made a guest appearance at our stall during the afternoon.  It is so wonderful to have a dog, like her, who is happy and well socialised, and can be left off lead to mingle with people.  She doesn't venture far from us nowadays - probably because she is ageing - but it was heart-warming to see her so happy and having fun.

Toby is much, much better and much happier too.  The cone is off - although we put it back on last night (while we were sleeping) just to make sure that he didn't lick the surgery site.  The swelling is right down and its looking good. He has resumed dancing his jig for me and wrapping me up in his blankets when I get home.  My Sweet Hooligan has returned. Hopefully his stitches will be removed on Tuesday.

I want to say thank you to everyone who came around to visit the stall yesterday.  Thank you to those who took the time to sit down and share their own story with me too.  It is always a unique privilege to meet my readers and hear how MAXDOG has affected their lives. 

If you would like to read a blogpost that has really touched me yesterday, please click HERE. This is a UK blogger (and new MAXDOG follower)  that I've not come across before.  She puchased the ebook on Friday and is singing its praises.  I happened to stumble upon her special post and was quite teared-up when I read it.  Thank you to CHARLENE AND STORM, for your heart-felt review of my book.  It's great to know where MAXDOG is making its journey. 

Sending lotsaluv to all my friends around the world (and to all the new readers of this blog too).  Enjoy your weekend and remember always to: "Live life to the Max!"




sprinkles said...

Yay for Toby getting rid of his cone of shame!

And congrats on the sale of more books.

Scout and Freyja said...

A wonderful way to spend a beautiful day in South Africa. I look out my kitchen window and see mounds and mounds of snow. My thermometer says that it's below freezing. I stroll over to your blog and see sunshine and feel the warmth - from you, from your blog and from your SA summer.

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Maxmom, we're still in the grips of winter up here. It's about 8 degrees C with rain and clouds this morning again. It'll be a few more days of rain. So we were very happy to see that you had great weather and a good day at the event.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Maxmom, sounds like a wonderful day. Glad Toby is on the mend. We just love the photo of Aunt Tam. She is just so sweet! Glad your weekend was fine. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Charlene and Storm said...

ahhh thank you Maxmom!!!

glad toby is doing well x


Mrs. JP said...

That event sounds great. Glad Toby is on the final leg of his mending.

Kasha said...

You are amazing to get a book published about such an important subject. Your love for Max keeps us all going and in love with our dogs.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Looks like you have had some beautiful weather to man your booth and introduce more folks to wonderful MaxDog. Glad to hear Toby is on the mend.
Smooches from pooches,
BRD & Hootie

Bouncing Bertie said...

What a great day out. And do I spot a wire-haired fox terrier on the left of the group dog photo?

Deborah said...

That looked like fun! I hope you sold a lot of books! I just sent you an email!
Have a nice day~I can't wait for warm weather! Spring is right around the corner!!

The Thuglets said...

So pleased you had a good time at the event. So pleased Toby is on the mend.
We will go visit Charlene and Storm.
Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx