"MAXDOG" is now available on Amazon.com!!
Click HERE for the 'Print-on-Demand' version
Click HERE for the Kindle (USA) version
Click HERE for the Kindle (UK) version
Caryl Moll's author page on Amazon, click HERE

Dear Readers and faithful friends,

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!"
My activities have now moved on to my new blog entitled "LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX". Please join me there where you can read about my family and canine companions. I also invite you to visit MAXDOG's FANPAGE on FACEBOOK. You can follow the specific links by clicking below:

* MAXDOG, the book: click HERE

If you would like to follow me on a deeper, spiritual level, then I invite you to visit my more personal blog:

May God bless you and thank you for following me!


Monday, January 13, 2014

Run free, sweet Tammy: 2001-2014

Sadly, we had to say good-bye to our dear, gracious old lady - Tammy - today. She's been ailing for a while now and we could see that she's grown tired.  The Rainbow bridge welcomes her as she now runs free with her soul-mate Maxdog, as well as Toffee, Tommy...and all the other furry-friends who are no longer with us. Our hearts are sore, but we are grateful that she could go with dignity.
Thank you so much - Dr Colin van Rensburg - for caring so kindly for our Tam'. 

***I am grateful for the amazing life of Aunt Tam'.

Some photos

Tammy, in her prime...
 Puppy Tammy  2001...
 Juvenile Tammy...
 Below: Tammy and Maxdog check out the birds in the tree...
  Below: Walks were always Tammy's favourite activity...
 ...and snuggling with Miss J...
 She even tolerated the Christmas hat...at times...
 Below: Tammy in her personal spa...  

 Below: "Roaching" in the cool of the afternoon shade...

Below: Tammy welcomes little Lexi...
 Below: Tammy and Max - better days...

 Below: Soulmates - Tammy and Maxdog

 Below: "The cat on the wall"
 Below: "Please get better, Maxdog"

Run Free, sweet Tammy. We will miss your gentle presence.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Thinking of you still brings tears to my eyes...
But also joy to my heart!

It's been three years now and your legacy lives on - in many ways.
You may be running free in the happy pastures across the Rainbow bridge, but your Spirit lives on here with us too.  
Your voice is heard in your brothers and sisters who have come after you; 
 Toby, your 'Sprinkling' 
little Lexi, our 'little Sunbeam'.
Tammy, too, although ageing, still sits in your spot in the garden.
And me?  I hold you closely in my heart...
You taught me so much, my boy...
about your breed and dogs, in general.  
You taught me about love, compassion, patience, perseverance, hope, tenacity, loyalty, generosity, delight, joy, love...
the list goes on and on...

I tried to bring you tribute with your book, my Angel.  
I wanted it to 'Do good!' - like you did - and 'touch hearts' - like you did. 
 I think it has...I hope it has...

My boy...
Today, as I try and choose a photo for you, I think of you 'amidst everything in life'.
This special photo of you with the toys, I think, does justice:
You may be one amongst many memories, but wow, you are special!
...and always will be!

I love you, my boy...
Run free until we meet again...
Your loving,

Friday, January 11, 2013

A TRIBUTE TO ZENA BUTLER (Maxdog's breeder) - in loving memory and gratitude for everything that she did for my Goldens ...

In loving memory of

Zena Butler
20/12/1946 - 10/1/2013

No tribute is great enough for Max and Toby’s ‘Granny’ on this sad day…
My tears fall...

...but in the midst of my grief, a new light shines...
 encasing memories - each one precious:

Zena's forceful spirit determinedly lived life to the full;
Her charitableness, time and compassion was always available for anyone in need;
Her wisdom ; her talent; her advice… readily on call.

Zena's specific love for the Goldens of our planet had no boundaries
...and her dogs shone because of it.
Her joyous laughter at the end of that telephone line...
...muffled by the barking of Goldens in the background,
was music to anyone's ears.
Zena always had time for me, and I was grateful.

Her unmitigated pride when I told her about the antics of Max and Toby;
coupled with her invaluable presence throughout my Goldens' lives.
Zena's empathy and comfort at the time of my own grief - particularly Maxdog’s crossing - touched me deeply;
"Granny Zena" was committed to being present for all our important occasions;

…and much, much more!

Gone now – 
the world, and its 'dog world' is a poorer place with her departure
… but my fondness and my memories will live on… 
I loved you, Zena!

Rest-in-peace, ‘Granny Zena’.  
May the arms of God embrace and welcome you – with the chorus of all the Golden angels who have preceded you. 
We loved you. 
We’ll miss you dearly.


My sincere condolences go to the family of Zena:
particularly Alan, Mark, Donovan, Brenda, Shirley, Eileen, Sue, Steve and her many relatives and friends (both overseas and in South Africa).  
Zena was truly an amazing lady!
May you be comforted by the love of your friends at this very difficult time.

With love

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

MAXDOG now available as 'Print-on-demand'


It is an absolute honour and privilege to finally announce to you that my book,


is now available online to my International readers at a much more affordable price!
After months of hard work, we have finally organised the 'Print-on-Demand' option for this book . 
To purchase the book on :


As you are probably aware, international postage charges from South Africa are extremely expensive.  This has resulted in some readers not being able to purchase their copy of MAXDOG.  I have been extremely aware of this fact and also deeply saddened at the same time because MAXDOG was originally written for my international friends.  Indeed the book itself is dedicated to my blogging friends who make up "The Power of the paw".

 From my point-of-view, this has been unacceptable so, in the past 6 months, I have made every effort to secure a more affordable purchasing option for my international friends.

  Thanks to the excellent (and dedicated work) of a blogging friend, we have been able to convert MAXDOG into a quality "Print-on-demand' version through Createspace. The version I have chosen is marginally bigger than its South African counterpart and also glossy in finish.  This particular edition is also available on Amazon.com.

(as opposed to the $39 for the original edition posted internationally from South Africa)
So, if you are an International reader,
You can order your copy NOW - at US $20 - 

click HERE to order

 In order to reduce costs (and therefore the end-price of the book), I have opted to convert the picture insert - in the middle of the book - into black and white (instead of full colour as in SA edition).  A full colour book in 'Print-on-demand' would just be too expensive and would defeat the objective of 'a more affordable option'.  The result however, is still high quality and beautiful:

All-in-all, however, the quality of the book is excellent!!! 
In no way does it distract from the entire 'Maxdog reading experience'.  If anything, it is a better quality book. Rest assured, this particular version is beautiful and I am extremely proud of it!

If you would like to order a copy of MAXDOG 'Print-on-demand' through 
Createspace (at $20) please click HERE 
Amazon.com (at $20) click HERE
The original (full colour insert) edition of MAXDOG can still be purchased directly from me - if you still prefer to do so.  I will post it to you with the greatest of pleasure! (and autograph it, if you like) Unfortunately I will have to add postage charges which will then escalate the total cost to the original cost of $39.
Please contact me on my email and I will send you the details of how to go about this process:


MAXDOG's eBOOK is available in PDF format directly from me.
We are currently looking into other options

South African readers,
 please click HERE for more information about the book

Sending lotsaluv

Sunday, December 11, 2011



MAXDOG has been published in South Africa!!!

Author: Caryl Moll
 Published by: Porcupine Press
ISBN 978-0-9869979-4-5

Autographed copies can be ordered directly from me:
Available through all major bookstores as well as online.
Price: R160

MAXDOG is the story of a Golden Retriever who becomes a rock of emotional support for his owner after she faces a series of devastating life events that plunge her into deep depression. Years later, the tables are turned and roles are reversed when Max is diagnosed with a cancer that will soon take his life.

In her journey to personal healing, Max's owner rediscovers her love of writing and begins an inspirational internet blog sharing Max's final months with her readers. MAXDOG of South Africa, the blog, captures a world-wide audience, giving Max's owner new purpose and direction in her life.

MAXDOG is filled with laughter, tears and bittersweet moments that will pull the reader into its pages. This heart-warming tale is testimony to the enduring power of the human spirit, and the unconditional love shared between a Golden Retriever and its owner.

For more information about the book, please click:

Please come and visit my new, up-to-date blog:

Sending lotsaluv, 

Sunday, July 24, 2011



By Caryl Moll

  I stood at the edge of the cliff-face that day and looked across the vast landscape of the South African Lowveld. In the distance, the open plains of the Kruger National Park stretched out into oblivion. This was my home, I thought – the place where my heart was always rejuvenated. I sighed in awe.
How wonderful it was to finally be there – at God’s window. The name had never been lost on me. I could almost touch the heavens.  In the blessed moment, I felt encouraged to ponder the road ahead. Like the distant plains, the voice of my solitary journey beckoned.

“Write! Write! Write! There’s a story to be told. Tell it well!  Make it happen!  Don’t, even for one second, doubt that it is your destiny.  MAXDOG will not die.”

As I stood at the edge of the cliff, I felt his presence – that gentle golden spirit which, in the past weeks, had continued to reach down and comfort me. He too was affirming my resolve.

“Our journey was unique, Maxmom,” he seemed to say. “One of a kind. Yet, in it, our story echoes those of others who do not speak. My bond with you is shared by many dogs before me. Their owners ache to know that their own journeys, with their beloved companions,are affirmed. Be strong, Maxmom! I am with you.”

Eventually I hiked back down the forest paths to the valley below.  I knew that there was no longer time to waiver.  I had to write MAXDOG’s book – the story of the small puppy, whose presence I’d resisted for so long.  He was a dog who would eventually transform my life and, yes, he’d remain with me forever.

And so the journey began.


“As I look to the sunrise,
I now know,
That you are there…
In its glorious glow.”

Friday, July 15, 2011


MAXMOM here...

('Maxdog' by Kathleen Coy)

Hello there to all my friends around the world, Maxdog's friends, readers and supporters of this blog.

I began writing Max's book in February 2010. It was around the time of the diagnosis of his liver tumour - and during his last 107 'Days of Grace'. I can say, with all honesty, that I was emotionally compelled to write his story.  I have been focussed on this task, since then, with unwavering determination. It has been a difficult and painful journey, but certainly a worthwhile one. Maxdog continues to impact on my life - even from beyond the grave.
I remember one particular day - sometime in March 2010.  Max was lying at my feet.  I knew he was dying but he'd already exceeded the two week life expectancy which had been given to him.
As I looked down at this beautiful dog, an overwhelming feeling of love engulfed me.  There was no way I could allow him to die and for his story fade into obscurity.  Max had done some amazing things in his life - not least of which was his assistance in my recovery from deep depression.  He had also touched hearts world-wide. 
I simply had to write his story!
So I got up from my seat and went to my kitchen.  In a corner of my grocery cupboard, I retrieved a candle.  I lit it and placed it on the coffee table in our lounge. 
It was a somewhat poignant moment as I made a promise - to Max and myself - that the light of the candle would not go out, until I'd finished writing the book. 
Well, it took many candles!
In September 2010, 4 months after Max's death, I completed the first draft of MAXDOG.
Writing this book has been an amazing journey.  Not only has it provided catharcism for both me and my family, but it has allowed us to reach closure on a very difficult part of our lives.
With my family's permission, I share my very personal account of my life with MAXDOG in this book.  A short life - only 10 years.

  I believe that MAXDOG does honest and true justice to my beloved Max.  It also gives credit to my family and my amazing blogging friends around the world who have supported me along this journey.v I have been blessed so many times, with the uncanny moments, when exactly the right people have been put into my path.  I have no doubt that these people have arrived, by the hand of God, to assist me in what has been at times a very difficult journey.

A basic Internet search will reveal that there are many routes to publishing, which include either mainstream publishing or Self-publishing. I have looked into both at length and have chosen to self-publish.
My sincere hope in this venture has been two-fold:
* I wish to give voice to the powerful bonds which develop between companion animals and their owners
* By telling my personal story, I hope to assist in eradicating the dangerous taboo's, judgement, preconceived ideas and social isolation, which is directed at people who suffer from depression and anxiety.  We need to speak about these conditions - openly and honestly - and share our journeys with the world.  Only in this way, will we course a path to averting the social stigma attached to anxiety and depression. It is a human condition which affects most people at least once in their lives! 
Finally, let me say that every word, every sentence, every paragraph, every chapter and indeed the entire book, is backed by my personal prayer:

"Wherever Maxdog's story goes, let it do good!"

   I invite you to visit us on MAXDOG's
and track this journey.

Thank you to all my friends for supporting, following and encouraging me:
- through your emails, on my new blog, on Facebook and in private messages and converations. I feel extremely privileged to have met so many incredible people.
Enjoy my book!

Sending lotsaluv to you all