GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Yes, it's announcement time:
THE WINNER OF THE 'MAXDOG GIVE-AWAY'!!!
"Wherever MAXDOG goes, let it do good!"
Hello there to all my friends around the world!
As you know, the competition ran the whole of last week and I asked participants to pretend they were a 'Tour-guide' to their own beautiful countries for a moment - just like Maxdog was during his era. I must say that, although we didn't have many entries, those that did enter really did their countries proud. Well done to everyone who took the time to enter this competition!
Here is a brief summary of what participants said:
Wishing all my USA friends a happy Memorial weekend!
Here is a summary of what entrants wrote about the United States of America: -
Suka's entry was particularly thorough and she shared some wonderful historical information about your wonderful country. Thank you for flying the American flag so beautifully, Suka!' Other entrants also mentioned: the beautiful beaches in the 'bizarre' state of "Flori-duh"; the mystery of "Paw-sylvania"; the patriotism of Michigan; the Blackcomb glacier; the picturesque State of Idaho; the 'Grand Canyon State' of Arizona; the 'superior' living standards of Wisconsin; golf; the 'chubby people;, charitability; selflessness; treating diseases and helping impoverished nations; the spirit of adventure; the beauty; the amazing entrepreneral spirit and the hope of new life for immigrants.
What an amazing country!
Here is a summary of what the entrant from the United Kingdom wrote:
Ginger Jasper was the only entrant from the UK, but he wrote about his deep patriotism for his country, the British tradition and the wonderful Royal family. Who would not want to visit your country, GJ? Thank you for your entry.
FROM SOUTH AFRICA:
Two South African entrants hinted of our country being that of 'Utopia' and wrote about the diversity of our cultures, landscape and cuisine, with a particular note of a promise of a rich future. (What about our awesome wildlife, guys? :) Personally, the thing that I am in awe about my own country is our ability to stop and consider others' point-of-view.
Thank you so much to the two entrants (and fellow citizens) from South Africa
Please take some time to read all the entries to this competition
BUT NOW FOR THE WINNER / WINNERS!!!......
It was extremely difficult to choose a 'winner'. Looking at the efforts of the participants, some heartfelt and deeply emotional sentiments were conveyed. My heart shares your patriotism and pride for your country - I feel like I want to give you all a copy of my book!
In the end, it was impossible for "ME" to decide on one winner. In frustration, I gave all the entries to a number of impartial judges (who don't know my blogging friends) and asked them to select the winner for me. The interesting thing was that their choices were unanimous!!!
BUT...they had chosen TWO WINNERS, whose entries I have to share below!!!
I will be sending a copy of MAXDOG to each of these two special people during the next week.
In your entry - you have conveyed the true spirit of of my vision, that is...
"Wherever MAXDOG goes, let it do good!"
These books will be posted to the winners this week.
My heartfelt congratulations goes to:
'AYESHA' (from Pakistan)
Here are the two entries from the winners:
TWEEDLES' WINNING COMMENT
Through my paws and eyes- what do I see?
I see my beautiful surroundings where I can walk in the mossy green forests surrounded by tall giant trees. Trees that have withstood so much turmoil in their life, yet they still stand. Trees of all different kinds- that stand beside each other and so not fight or judge each other- but instead- they support and love each other.
I love to stand by a crystal clear stream and ponder the magic of how that little stream can trickle and bend through curves, and then splash over a waterfall before it plunges to the sea. I think about how the sea creatures can swim from your seas to mine, and it reminds me of how close we really are to you.
I love my country- which is Oregon- U.S.A.
And our other equally-worthy winner is.......
AYESHA (from Pakistan)
AYESHA's WINNING COMMENT
A Very Happy Birthday To You! May God Bless You A Very Long, Happy & Healthy Life! Amen.
I am Ayesha and I live in Karachi, Pakistan! I came to know of Maxdog through our friends AugieDoggy.com and it's been more than a year I joined you on Facebook and it has been a wonderful journey! I consider myself very Lucky to know you! Yours and Maxdog's life is a lesson of strength, courage, faith & Being there for one another throughout the Highs & Lows of Life! Maxdog truly touches each and every heart and I am glad to be a part of Maxdog's life!
About my country, it's a wonderful place with kind hearted people and beautiful animals! The only thing which is not good is the weather! It's hot almost eleven months in a year and the animals and birds have to face a lot of difficulties in such extremely hot weather! So people keep water and food bowls outside their houses for all the stray dogs and cats and separate food and water bowls for the birds! It is a combined effort that brings a huge difference to the lives of all these beautiful souls!
I want to spread this message far and wide(where shelters are not so common and where there's a huge number of stray animals)that we all can help them in big ways by providing them food and water if we can't keep (rescue/adopt) them!
I would like to win The Maxdog's Giveaway Contest because I want to know more about Caryl & Maxdog's life-they are already an inspiration for me and for million others! I want to read the book so badly but I can't order it because I don't have a credit card and I don't even know if they'll print it for the friends in Pakistan! So winning this contest would be like my biggest dream coming true!
I am keeping my fingers crossed and my Dog, Pintu is keeping his paws crossed :)
Thank You So Much!
We Love Maxdog & MaxMom <3
Living Life To The Max!
I would like to say a special 'Thank you' to my friends who have already read 'Maxdog' and who have taken the time to write a review of the book on Amazon.com. I am extremely touched by your beautiful efforts. If you would like to read their reviews (on Amazon.com) please click HERE.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the MAXDOG give-away competition. If you would like to read more about what my personal philosophy behind this competition was,
If you haven't yet read 'MAXDOG', and would like to order a 'Print-on-demand' copy, please click HERE
or contact me personally (see side-bar)
Sending lotsaluv and thanks to all my friends and especially everyone who entered.