What Airedales Are Like: A Video

July 30th, 2008 by Max

A lot of people who are not familiar with Airedales often ask what the breed is like. I think Chip Brown, a national magazine writer, gave the most apt description in a 1990 article for Connoisseur magazine in which he said Airedales have “style, brains, and clownish wit– everything one looks for in a spouse”

Even so, many people still do not know what Airedales are like until they see them in action. Joyce Miller, a friend of mine, an Airedale enthusiast who has worked as a teacher, writer and researcher for 40 years and who maintains a dog educational site called Dear Jubilee, sent me this YouTube video of her Airedales, Kate & Neisha. Kate is teasing Neisha to chase her and it pretty much sums up what life is like with Airedales. You can’t say we don’t have PERSONALITY!

Don’t Let Us Get Our Paws on This: Xylitol Can Be Fatal To Dogs

July 29th, 2008 by Max

We just got an email warning, reminding us about the xylitol danger to dogs. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is commonly used is sugar-free products like chewing gum, candy, chewable vitamins and throat lozenges.

In humans, high doses of the sweetener can cause mild diarrhea, but in dogs, it can be fatal. When a dog ingests xylitol, it can cause a sudden surge of insulin, causing a sudden decrease in blood glucose.  Within 30 minutes, the dog may exhibit signs of weakness, lethargy, loss of coordination and seizures and without veterinary intervention could suffer severe liver damage and irreversible brain trauma within 24 hours. Just three grams of xylitol can kill a 65-pound dog, which is about 8 to 10 pieces of sugarless gum, but for a small dog, it could take as few as two sticks to prove fatal.

As you may have noticed, dogs are pretty good Hoover vacuums when anything even remotely food-like hits the floor. In addition, an open purse lying on the floor is just an invitation for a little nosing around. So be diligent about keeping chewing gum, candy or any other foods containing xylitol out of our paws.

But if accidental exposure does occur, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 and get your pet to your vet for immediate treatment. It really could be the difference between life and death.

Booksigning at Changing Hands August 9th

July 24th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

We are very excited about our upcoming booksigning at Changing Hands Bookstore on Saturday, August 9th at 11 am. Max’s little sister, Amber, our 7-year-old Airedale Terrier, will accompany me to the event which is designed for the whole family. In addition, to telling a little a bit about Airedale Terriers, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Max tales about living life to the fullest and reading from my book. People who buy my book during this event will be helping to support rescue because 10% of the book price will be donated to Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue. In addition, with every book purchase during this event, buyers will receive a free pewter pet tag that says, “Live Life to the MAX.” This pet tag has a retail value of $4.50, so this is really a good deal. If you know a dog lover who has a birthday coming up or you know someone who is suffering a pet loss, this is a great time to stock up on these books, get a little something extra to boot and support a worthy cause.

If you’ve never been to Changing Hands, you’re really in for a treat. This store is a treasure with its extensive stock of bestseller and hard-to-find books, unique gifts and lots of interesting activities. At a time when many independent bookstores have been closing their doors, Changing Hands is showing everyone-including the big chains-how to make bookstores an exciting and successful venue. In fact, they were named Publisher Weekly’s 2007 Bookseller of the Year.

I hope you will join Amber and me with a Max celebrity list of guests including Dr. Tracy Wight of McClintock Animal Care Center, Shelly Ambrose of Shelly’s Pet Grooming, Elizabeth Vaughan of Fairwinds Pet Memorial Services, Patricia Zebuth of Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue and Terry Rohrs, NICE Creative graphic designer and Life to the Max illustrator. Changing Hands is located at 6428 S McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 which is at the intersection of McClintock and Guadalupe. Their phone number is 480-730-0205. See you there August 9th at 11 a.m.!

SKUNKED: 3 Things NOT To Do When a Skunk Makes a Big Stink About Your Dogs

July 22nd, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

Recently while our son was away at camp, my husband and I took our dogs and went to our second home in Flagstaff for a much needed respite from the Phoenix heat. We haven’t been there much lately because two years ago we had a fire and it has taken this long to get all the repairs finished. But finally, the smell of smoke has been replaced by fresh paint, new carpet and thoroughly sanitized furniture.

When we arrived, our Airedales, Amber and Krissy, ran wildly through the house and yard, relishing in each scent of the cool mountain air. We let them romp freely while we got busy with chores with the house.

It was about 11 pm on the second night we were there. I was in the other room, writing an email to our son at camp when all of a sudden I heard my husband yell from the other room. That’s when I began to smell it…SKUNK in capitals. I leapt up from the computer and headed around the corner to the family room just in time to see my husband leading our dogs into the house by their collars. He yelled, “I think they got sprayed by a skunk?!” This leads me to the first thing NOT to do if you think your dog got sprayed by skunk:

1: Do NOT bring your dog in the house. You may think you know what skunk smells like, but when it’s that up close and personal, this smell takes on a life of its own and it quickly permeates everything—including you.

My husband started rubbing his hands alternately around Amber’s body and then Krissy’s to see if he could find the source of the noxious odor. “Do you think they got sprayed?!” he repeated, but I could hardly speak, my eyes were welling with tears. “Get the tomato juice, “I was finally able to gasp. My husband let go of Krissy’s collar for a moment and she promptly went over and wiped her face on the carpet. This brings me to the second thing NOT to do:

2: Do NOT try to waste time trying to find the source of the smell and let your dog wipe her face on your new carpet. The next day I spoke to my neighbors who live across the street. They had been sitting outside until the smell of skunk forced them indoors. They were across the street. Trust me, it smells worse in your living room.

“Let’s put them outside!” I started to shoo them back outside. “Wait!” my husband yelled, “I don’t know where the skunk is!” We finally decided that we should put them in the garage and that I should sit with them while my husband went to the store for tomato juice. This brings me to the third thing NOT to do:

3: Do NOT sit with your dogs in an enclosed space. I felt like I was slowly being gassed to death and even though we left the garage door open for three days after that, the garage still smelled like skunk.

My husband and I still argue about the efficacy of the tomato juice treatment. I really didn’t think it worked all that well. He claims it did, but I think his olfactory nerves are permanently damaged. As for the dogs, they don’t seem to mind either way. They’re just looking forward to the next time they can chase that stinky black cat with the white stripe.

You’ll cherish every word

July 21st, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

Inspiring, heartwarming, and filled with tidbits to help you appreciate and enjoy the world around you, Life to the Max by Robin Reynolds is a delightful read.

Told by Max, an Airedale Terrier who was adopted from the Humane Society, this story shares all that Max taught his family about life. From abandonment to rescue, from friendship and love to aging and loss, this touching tale will bring you smiles and maybe a tear or two, but in the end, you’ll cherish every word.

Maxim #1: When bad things happen, worrying won’t change anything. Trust you’ll get through it. (Page 13)
Maxim #5: Get the most out of life by doing things you enjoy! (Page 27)
Maxim #14: Never miss a chance to tell those closest to you that you love them. (Page 39)

Life to the Max is sure to be a hit with dog lovers and anyone who seeks to be reminded of the joys of life.

Reviewed by Cheryl, The Book Connection thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com

Written by a dog lover for dog lovers

July 11th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

Written by a dog lover for dog lovers, Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog named Max by Robin Reynolds is a great addition to the canine book library. Anyone who’s ever given their dog a voice, shared their bed with a dog or considered themselves “Mom” and “Dad” to their dog will thoroughly enjoy this hybrid picture chapter book.

Max tells his story through his mom, Reynolds, and the reader can’t help but chuckle at the personification. We all wonder what our pets are thinking from time to time and Reynolds does an excellent job of putting those words down on paper. This book is appropriate for adults and children and the highlighted lessons give the reader plenty to contemplate. Life to the Max celebrates the life of a special pet reminding the reader to cherish their time with their own furry friend.

Reviewed by Kate Greenwood, TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/2472.html