Sunday, 14 February 2010

Max's World Tour - the Highland leg

Long time readers of this blog will already be familiar with my Parallel Universe theory (see 29 July 2009). Well toss a few extra dimensions of quantum superposition into the mix and you will find yourself on Max's World Tour. Welcome! 

You all know Max, don't you? My fine, handsome, loyal, noble friend from South Africa, the star of a quite wonderful blog. Well I am thrilled to be able to tell you that, wholly unexpectedly, he dropped in to see me this week, and accompanied me on a ramble in the Highlands. 

Now it has always been my contention that a Westie is the perfect embellishment to the Scottish landscape. But, you know, looking at these pictures, I fear I have a rival. (Please don't let on to the Scottish Tourist Board, our contract negotiatons are still in the balance). 

Well we had SO much to talk about, Max and I, and as we are both quite elderly gents, we interrupted our stroll with frequent rests. 


Max told me all about his family back home, and especially about his Mom, who he adores and wants to thank over and over again for being so kind and taking such good care of him.

Of course, before Max left, I invited him in for a wee dram of Highland Park. It was a poignant moment, as I fear it will be Max's last visit to Scotland. My paws were shaking badly so no more photos were taken.

When I took Max back to the airport in Inverness, I have to report that he showed signs of being touch hungover. Well, we were both tired and emotional, and a tear or two was shed as he boarded the plane. 

PS We would like to thank Petey's Mom in New York for her invaluable assistance with this post! 

23 comments:

Martha and Bailey said...

Oh Hamish,
What a wonderful post - you made our mum's eyes leak!
So lovely to see you and Max in the Highlands of Scotland.
Two wonderful old men together sharing a dram - we just know how much that will have meant to Max and his family.
We too wanted to mark this very special day but could only manage a mere sidebar link!
We really need to get our mum more skilled up.
Love you lots
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Angus said...

Hamish you are a sweet, emotional old thing. People might think that underneath that gruff Caledonian exterior there really lurks a sensitive eternal puppy.

Asta said...

Deew Hamish

How wondewful to see you wif ouw deew Max walking in youw bootiful highlands. I think the toowist boawd would be cwazy not to wenew youw contwact, but you do bof look quite wondewful in that setting. I imagine the convewsation must have been pwetty emotional, and I'm glad you shawed a wee dwam. None of us will fowget his visits. I hope you west up sweet fwiend..I wowwy about you and send you my Valentine love
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Sam said...

It looks like you too had a wonderful day! I sure hope Max gets over his hangover! He has many more friends to visit, I'm sure!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sam

MAX said...

Dearesht Hamishshshsh...!
My dear lad, that wash poshitively pawshome! You are the beshtesht TOUR GUIDE in the Scottish/Hamish hemishphere! I'm floating in tranquilitshy!
More seriously though...
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for being part of an incredible day! You know, that parallel universe thingy...maybe you and I should consider being the 'tour guides' for the rainbow bridge one day...when we eventually get there! We certainly are getting lots of practice!
Thank you for your hospitality...hic!...and simply for
being my sweet, beautiful friend! I will never forget this day!
Lotsalicks
MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA

Stella said...

Oh dear Hamish!

What a perfect post for you and Max to share. I loved it all and the scenery was most beautiful.

Yours and Max's friendship has been a joy and lesson to all of us!

Kisses,
Stella

Samantha said...

Dear Hamish,
What a wonderful Highlands tour you took Max on! Very sweet - I can tell that you and Max had a lot to share (hehee hic!) - both stories and a beautiful countryside! Happy Valentine's Day to you!
Hugs xo
Sammie

The Thundering Herd said...

We are so loving watching Max's world tour and have you included on our link list of participants.

Ms. ~K said...

Lovely post!
Max will be a tired pup at the end of his tour...
~K

Benny and Lily said...

Holy crap Hamish, did you fly Max over there? BOL
Happy Valentine's Day
Benny & Lily

Life With Dogs said...

I can't keep up with Max today. Did somebody clone him? :)

Sierra Rose said...

Hi Hamish!!! Sierra Rose here!! Really nice to be part of Max's World Tour too... I would just LOVE to visit you there, and take a tour as well!! What a truly stunning landscape you have there. And, we have an Inverness too...mom's family has a property there...(California Inverness, that is).
Happy Valentine's Day!! Hope Max has rested up from his hangover!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

Hi dear Hamish...
nice to meet you!!!!
What a sweet post....
You and Max look sooooo elegant men....you live such in a beautiful land and we know Max will have had great time with you!!!!
our words are sooo touching and we bet you and Maxxi have tons of things to teach us!!!!!
Happy VAlentine's day dear (New) friend!!!
Sweet kisses and licks

Clive said...

Dear Hamish

What a wonderful post in honour of Max today! We really loved it. This has been such a wonderful day - a truly great celebration of friendship across the world in honour of Max!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Your pals
Clive and the NSLM

Eric said...

What a wonderful day Hamish. Wagging to see you two old buffers together putting the world to rights. A happy day indeed.
Wiry wags Eric xx

Jazzi said...

Hamish
You make on good tour guide. Isnt it nice to have an old friend that you can just hang and be with and talk to. Friends like that dont come by often so cherish your friendship. I am glad that you both had so much fun!!

Happy Valentines Day
Love
Jazzi

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Ahhh, a special tour for Max.His comment sounds like he may have a bit of a hangover still. Well you two old fellows had a lovely time.
WelshieHugs, Hootie

Dear Hammish, oh where do I begin?I just caught up on your bloggie for the past several posts and am just SO ashamed that I didn't come over sooner and wish you well with your health tests & vet visits. The fact that you have had those nasty fits is very disturbing to me. I mean, only a year ago you escorted me to Asta's Spring Fling in NYC. I can't think of you as old!!
And then I read that your mommy got her job with the help of your blog! That is actually pretty cool and you know she really appreciates you by the nice things she does for you...like your snazzy new monogrammed jacket!
Gotta go now. Happy Valentine's Day!!
AireSmooches,
BabyRocketDog

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Hamish! I see woo and Max had a grand time there in the highlands... Mum sighs as she wishes she were there too, at least when it is a bit warmer......
We are blessed to be among this fellowship of amazing bloggers!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Deborah said...

Max had a great time in the highlands! Beautiful photos! Isn't Max pawesome. He has so many wonderful friends!!!

TwoSpecialWires said...

Hay-mish. We're afraid we fell asleep on the Big Bed after Max visited us, and only now are catching up with some of the later places that he visited. We're glad to have caught a glimpse of his visit with you, 'cause it appears that it was one perfect visit. His memories are going to be sharp and clear (despite the imbibition you described). Those photos of the two of you in the countryside were amazing. We loved seeing you watching over resting Max. What an honor it was for him to visit you and your wonderful country.

We hope the rest of your Valentine's Day was as wonderful as Max's visit appeared to be.

Love
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome time woo two had!

I didn't get a chance to get here until now fur Mom didn't leave the laptop on when she left fur her transport -

Thanks fur sharing your khountry with Max!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Petey said...

Ahh Uncle Hamish! Did you see? One of the Rocky Creek Scottie pups will be named HAMISH after you!!! I am so pleased - as I said, if I was wearing buttons no doubt they'd be busting!

This is worth breaking out the Highland Park again for a toast to our wee laddie and some serious back-patting!

Your pal and fellow uncle,

Uncle Petey

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Hey there buddy Hamish,
I just came around (for ol'times sake) to say that Maxmom has completed my book - and that I mention you in it!:) We had some great times, Pal.
Lotsalicks
ANGEL MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA