A Lesson in Economics from a Canine Perspective

November 21st, 2008 by Max

With all the economic turmoil lately, there is no doubt that times are tough for a lot of people. If you think it’s bad for you, just think about the pets!  Every week, more dogs and cats are dumped in neighborhoods or left in abandoned homes. Maybe it’s just because I’m a rescue myself, but I think you should consider your situation from a canine perspective. Here are five long-term investment tips to help you when things get ruff:

    1. Capitalize on the bond market. If you’re looking for a great investment with a high return rate, rescue a dog. There is nothing like the unconditional love and acceptance of a canine companion. This is one bond that will appreciate on a daily basis.

    2. Create your own stimulus package. If you feel like you can’t afford to adopt a dog, volunteer to foster a pet or work at a shelter. The stimulation you receive from playing with a furry friend will take your mind off your shrinking 401K. In fact, the pet will never even mention it!

    3. Invest in creature comforts. It doesn’t have to be something you bought from the store. Without much coaching your dog will cuddle next to you and lick your face.  Just petting your dog can lower your blood pressure. You won’t get that from the Dow Jones!

    4. Get easy credit. Your dog already thinks you’re the greatest person in the world. Just give him a little attention and you’ll be very rich indeed. He’ll even let you win at Monopoly!

    5. Profit from the fallout. If you act fast, you can get a great pet right now. With so many abandoned animals, shelters are full of healthy, adoptable pets from purebreds to mixed breeds. There is nothing more rewarding than giving a dog or cat a second chance at life.

Even with all the recent publicity, pets are still being left in foreclosed homes at an alarming rate. Sure, you may be scared, but just imagine how scared a pet would be to be left in an empty house. As I say in Maxim #1 of my book, “Worrying about it won’t change anything. Trust that you’ll get through it.” Instead of running away, take your dog for a run. It will take your mind off it for a while and it will ease the stress for both of you. And that’s something you can bank on!

A Canine Perspective for President-Elect Barack Obama

November 13th, 2008 by Max

Dear President-elect Obama,

In the next few weeks, you are going to have to make a very important decision–what kind of puppy are you going to get for Sasha and Malia? I know that a lot of people have weighed in on this issue already, but now I think you should get it straight from the dog–that’s me, Max.

Now I know I’m going to be accused of bias, but there are very good reasons why you should consider an Airedale Terrier. From being one myself, I know the following to be true:

  1. Airedales have great personalities. We are very smart, playful and loyal. We like to be a part of the family and we are devoted companions. Leave us alone in the Rose Garden by ourselves, however, and we’ll dig our way to China. Look on the bright side; you can make yours a special envoy.
  2. Airedales are known as “the thinking breed.” In a household with obvious intelligence, surely you will want a dog that can match wits with you. Be aware that we can be a bit like Congress, however. Just calling us will not always work. You have to find out what motivates us. Otherwise, we’ll find something better to do. Like chase cats.
  3. Airedales are great teachers. Given the opportunity, we will pickpocket your daughters’ socks, redistribute toilet paper and tissues and turn your trashcan into our toy box. This will teach Sasha and Malia to keep their things picked up, the puppy out of their bathroom and a lid on the garbage. All good to know!
  4. Airedales have a history of service. Airedales were used in World War I to carry messages behind enemy lines and to help the Red Cross find the wounded on the battlefield. Airedales are stoic about pain and we will continue to perform heroically despite very grave injuries to ourselves. A handy attribute when dealing with the press corps!
  5. Airedales have a presidential look. When appropriately groomed and trained, Airedales have a dignified, strong look that can make the most unruly legislator, staffer or visiting dignitary get in line. Truth be told, our bark is worse than our bite. But I wouldn’t cross us. LOL! No, really. Don’t do it.
  6. Airedales have White House experience. Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding and Theodore Roosevelt all had Airedales while they were in the White House. In fact, Harding’s Airedale, Laddie Boy, had his own chair for Cabinet meetings. Just make mine padded.
  7. Airedales shed very little. I know that you have a real concern for Malia’s allergies. Airedales are often chosen for people with allergies because our wiry, double coat sheds very little as long as we get the proper grooming. Surely you will have access to a great groomer in the White House. If not, give me a call and I’ll give you the name of mine.
  8. Airedales are comedians. You know, when you take office, you are going to face a lot of tough issues that are no laughing matter. That’s when you’re going to be glad to have an Airedale because that pup will make you laugh about something everyday. You just can’t resist those mischievous bearded faces and those wacky Airedale antics.
  9. Full bred Airedale Terriers are available from rescue. My family adopted me from the Humane Society after the local Airedale Rescue group told my mom and dad that I had been surrendered there. National Airedale Rescue has a nationwide network of rescues that can help you find just the right match for your family.
  10. Airedales make great philosophers. If you want to see what I mean, read my book, “Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog named Max.” (Sorry, Airedales like to show off!)

President-elect Obama, I have given you ten good reasons to choose an Airedale puppy for your girls, but don’t just take my word for it. Let me share what literary journalist Chip Brown once wrote about Airedale Terriers. Airedales possess “style, brains and comic wit-everything one looks for in a spouse.” After you think about your girls, just think of Michelle. You’re going to be busy.

Love, Max

Life to the Max Booksigning Fun

November 7th, 2008 by Max

We’ve been having fun at some of our latest booksignings at Borders Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe and Barnes & Noble at Pima and Shea. Here are some photos that Terry Rohrs, captured from all the fun.

Amber meets her fans with mom.

Feels goooood!!

Krissy is learning to meet new friends too!

Great moms love Life to the MAX!

Alan Korwin of Arizona Book Publishing Association introduces Mom at the Barnes & Noble booksigning.

Amber schmoozes another audience member!

Sharing a favorite part from the book.

A fan lines up for an autograph!

Be sure and join us for our next booksigning event tomorrow at Borders Scottsdale Waterfront 1 pm!

Barnes & Noble Booksigning Tonight

November 6th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

Tonight I am going to be the Arizona Book Publishing Association’s featured author at Barnes & Noble, Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center – 10500 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. That’s the 101 & Shea. I will begin my talk, “MAX-imizing Life’s Potential with Philosophy from a Dog named Max” at 7 pm and signing books after that. Life to the Max illustrator/designer, Terry Rohrs, and Airedale Terrier, Amber (and possibly, Krissy) will accompany me to this talk.

We’re giving a free pet tag that says, “Live Life to the MAX!” and donating 10% of the book price to Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue with the purchase of every book. Free cookies dogs and humans too! Come join us!