MaxDog by Caryl Moll
Mango Momma review (short version)
Loved it! Buy it!
Go to Maxmom's blog here and look for the image of the book in the sidebar for instructions on how to buy it.
Mango Momma Review (long version)
I delayed buying this book. Why? Because I have come to know Maxmom through DWB and I was worried that I wouldn't like it. Then what? But I did finally send her an email, made my payment via PayPal and about a week later, my autographed copy arrived.
I'm not too proud to admit that I read the chapter entitled "Mango, Muiris and Maxdog" first. In fact I read it twice. And after I read the forward, I went back and read chapter 22 again. With that out of my system, back I went to chapter one.
I was worried during the first few chapters. "Oh no! Maxmom isn't like me at all!" Right up front she was bemoaning the idea of getting a "big" dog (Golden Retriever) and I was writhing with envy over the way her entire family participated in training and the fact that she was able to spend so much time with Max.
That didn't last long. As the story progressed, I related more and more with Maxmom and her journey getting to know Max. Maxmom is honest about her personal struggle with depression and loneliness. I doubt I am the only DWB mom who can identify with that.
I don't want to spoil the story. Let's just say that "life happened" to Maxmom, as it does to all of us, and sometimes she didn't handle it well. Sometimes my heart ached over her struggles and I wanted to make the story stop.
When Maxmom discovers the Internet, and DWBs in particular, I was totally there! She was telling my story! Her journey into blog land, finding all the other crazy DWB people, feeling part of something... "hey! that's me!"
I confess that when Max was sick, I found continued reading of the blog almost unbearable. I even stopped commenting. "How many times can I say 'I'm thinking of you?' " I regret that now. I didn't really understand the power of the DWB community and how important each and every comment is when our beloved pets are ill. Not two months after Max made his final journey, Mango had his first seizure and I learned for myself how much comfort there is in even the briefest comment.
At the end of the day, I think that is what this book is about. It's about how life can really be difficult for all of us and how the Internet has allowed us to connect with each other from around the world to share the good times and the bad with like minded people.
Some readers will recall Mango's big adventure in South Africa. When I contacted Maxmom to ask if Mango and his pals could go and visit Maxdog the only thing I was thinking was "Hey, Maxdog looks pretty cool and wouldn't it be fun to do an adventure with Mango and his pals in an exotic location like South Africa?"
It wasn't until Maxmom sent me a copy of chapter 22 to proof read that it dawned on me that she had been worried about how I might depict her country (which has certainly had its share of turmoil and controversy). But that's emblematic of the DWB circle for me. I know that I don't share political or religious views with lots of my Internet friends. I know that I have different values and ethics than some of them. But we share a love and devotion to our pets that overrides those differences.
In honor of Maxmom, Maxdog, and all of you out there in blogland, I am presenting an "Adventure in South Africa" retrospective. This adventure was a collaborative effort with the humans behind Asta, Petey, Lacie, and Joe Stains (may he rest in peace) blogs. It took us over a month to get it all together and good to go (during which I think we all went a little mental exchanging photoshop images and trying to figure out what the other was thinking).
Throughout, Maxmom dutifully provided photos for the backgrounds "oh, can you send us a picture of your living room, your yard, the park, the front gate, a lion?"
Of course there is plenty of suspense, romance, action, and, obviously, farting. Not to mention what remains one of the most disturbing fashion accessories ever, the Mango Purse.
Below are links to each installment.
If you want to get your own copy of Maxdog, please go to Maxmom's blog here and look for the contact info in her sidebar.
Mango Momma! Oh yeah!