Life to the Max Author Interviews Bogart Handsome Devil

December 23rd, 2008 by Max
Bogart Handsome Devil!

Bogart Handsome Devil!

Today we are so pleased to have Bogart Handsome Devil with us. Bogart is a 3 year old Airedale Terrier who lives with his family in Portland, Oregon and maintains a fantastic blog, To Aire is Divine. If you haven’t seen this site, you really have to visit because he has great pictures of all his adventures. Today we’re going to discuss getting ready for the holidays.

MAX: Bogart, what are you planning for the holidays this year?

BOGART: I had much destruction of holiday decorations in mind, but the humans seem to have thought of that before I did. In the last few years, my cats (I share my house with 5 of the furry little buggers) have taught me a lot about holiday destruction, from cracking delicate ornaments to vomiting on family heirlooms all the way through to climbing to the very top of the tree from the inside. They are very talented, indeed. But since we are in a new place (we moved from Los Angeles to Portland just a few months ago) the humans decided to forego a tree and all of the various accoutrements. Yes, I am disappointed, but can be appeased if a brightly-wrapped bag of treats appears (maybe).

MAX: Bernie and I used to take all the decorations off the tree too! For a long time, Mom and Dad just decorated the top half of the tree and left the bottom half bare! What do you like best about the holidays?

BOGART: Mostly the increase in the scraps of human food which reach my waiting jaws. Mmm… bacon.

MAX: I always liked anything on the counter that was edible. I bet, you didn’t know I was a World Champion Counter Surfer for many years!Will you have a real or artificial tree?

BOGART: No tree this year – the silver one we had last year went to that great Christmas Tree Stand in the sky after massive feline intervention. I’ll just have to settle for the big trees in the forest outside of our house. At least I can pee on those and no one yells at me.

MAX: How do you help decorate?

BOGART: I assist in weeding out the unworthy decorations by breaking them, bringing them into other rooms, or burying them in the backyard.

MAX: Some decorations just call out to be buried-like that one of Larry Bird that my Dad is so fond of. Do you have a favorite holiday snack or treat?

BOGART: I am partial to the chicken jerky that dad makes – other doggie cookies only occasionally interest me – and I am very good at exasperating pet store owners (and dog treat makers) with my ability to resist almost any treat offered to me. So nothing fancy, just jerky and LOTS of it, please.

MAX: Try my recipe for Ahhh-mmm Morsels. Trust me, you’ll like it! Will your dad be brewing up anything special for the holidays at the Black & Tan Brewery?

BOGART: I certainly hope so. Something that will go with the snowy winter that we’re having to keep us all warm and toasty.

MAX: Will be playing any reindeer games with your family or friends?

BOGART: I will not be strapping on any of those silly stuffed antlers – I hate wearing anything on my head – but am open to other games that involve tennis balls, soccer balls, or sticks…

MAX: Nothing on the head, I agree! What is the one gift you’re hoping to get?

BOGART: I’m hoping to find a girl Airedale under my figurative tree – I am lookin’ for love – I’ve been trying to find my very own baby mama for awhile now. I am an intact boy, ready to mambo, and can promise that I will make spectacular, intelligent, and dashing pups.

MAX: Looks like you found a pretty sweet Baby Mama. You’re such a stud! What is your favorite gift to give?

BOGART: My love, of course. I have to limit most humans to a certain number of head tilts, nose pokes, and stump wags as their delicate hearts cannot take the levels of cuteness that I am capable of giving. And yes – I AM A GIVER.

MAX: What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

BOGART: I’m sure that mama would want me to say that coming to live with her was the greatest gift I’ve ever received… so don’t tell her I’m saying this. But truly, the best gift ever was coming to live with mama and dad because they treat me like a King (of Terriers) – they take me with them everywhere, I get to go on lots of walkies and big adventures, and I am really, really loved. Other than that, I do really like the industrial dehydrator that arrived last year so that dad can make me my fresh jerky. Oh, and anything that squeaks.

MAX: My family was my best gift too. Anything else you’d like to say to our blog audience?

BOGART: Living life to the Max is a FANTASTIC thing, and something I also aspire to, as both an Airedale Terrier and a young fuzzy man.

MAX:  Bogart, I want to thank you so much for visiting our blog today. Sounds like you’re really living Life to the MAX! Will you think about your New Year’s Resolutions and come back and visit us before the New Year?

BOGART: I will definitely visit you often – Woof!

Thanks Bogart and you have arfully happy holidays too. And remember to visit Bogart at his blog at http://www.toaireisdivine.com/blog/. Enjoy your holidays to the MAX!

A Life to the Max Holiday Treat: Make Your Own Dog Biscuits!

December 11th, 2008 by Max

At several of our recent booksignings, we have been offering free dog treats for our four-legged friends.  Since that time, they have been begging us for more so here’s the recipe.  Now all you have to do is get your family to make them!

Max’s AH-mmmmm Morsels

Ingredients:
2 C       Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tbsp  Baking Powder
1 C       Peanut Butter (chunky or smooth)
1/2 C   Chopped Carrot
1 C       Milk
dash     Cinnamon

Instructions:
In one bowl, combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon. In another bowl, combine peanut butter, carrots and milk. Slowly add dry mixture to peanut butter/carrot/milk mixture and blend well into dough. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on lightly floured surface and cut out shapes using cookie cutters.  Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375˚ F for 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Cookies can burn easily, so watch carefully.  Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

These are great treats for the holidays or any day!  Yummy!! I can’t wait for some more!!!

Airedales Make Their Presence Known at Fur Affair

December 8th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds
Krissy with 'dale friends in Tucson

Krissy with 'dale friends in Tucson

Krissy and I had a great time at the Home for the Holidays Fur Affair on Saturday in Tucson.  Krissy got to meet a lot of big Aire-heads and their dogs were nice, too!  Just kidding!!

Everyone was pretty calm here but when the boxers (dogs, not underwear) and Santa showed up, we had quite the vocal protest!

Toby, (pictured in the red “Adopt Me” vest), the Poster Child for Airedale Adoptees, thought Santa was some kind of monster alien!  We all thought Toby was going to tear Santa a new one, but when Krissy and I went over by Santa and Toby saw that Krissy wasn’t afraid, he finally decided it was okay-not great-but okay.  You have to wonder what Santa did to him in another life!

Sidney Hardie with Toby; Robin & Krissy

Sidney Hardie with Toby; Robin & Krissy

Anyway, it was great to meet some of the people we have been working with, but haven’t met face-to-face before:  like Sidney Hardie who heads up Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue in this part of the country.  Sdiney has been a tireless volunteer for Airedale rescue for several years and I just loved hearing some of her stories about the dogs she’s saved, fostered and placed in forever homes.  Some of these dogs have quite the story to tell and you can find many of these tales under “Happy Tails” on SWAT’s website. To read these stories and find out more about Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue, click here.

"Santa just took it out of me!"

"Santa just took it out of me!"

At the end of the day, everybody was tuckered out and (fingers crossed) we think Toby may have a forever home.  Though the event was small, we were able to raise another decent amount to support Sidney’s efforts with rescue.  What a GREAT day!  Now this is living “Life to the MAX!”

Life to the Max author to appear at A Home for the Holidays Fur Affair

December 5th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

This is very last minute, but Krissy and I am going to appear at A Home for the Holidays Fur Affair tomorrow, which is being held Sabino Canyon Pet Resort, 2001 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. in Tucson.  This event goes both Saturday and Sunday, but we will only be there on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.  Look for us in the space for Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue where we will be talking about all things Dale, rescue and selling and signing Life to the Max books.  Remember 25% of the book price goes to support Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue and at this event, we’re going to pay the sales tax!  Ho-ho-hope to see you there!

The Top 10 Reasons I’m Grateful to My Dog

December 5th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

We have been so busy around here that I did not get a post written before Thanksgiving. So even if it’s a bit tardy, I do want to take the time to say thanks to all of our supporters who have showed up at booksignings, shared kind thoughts about our book and of course, all you who have BOUGHT books have paid us the highest compliment!  You all have made our journey even more memorable.

I am so grateful for the many things that Max taught my family and soin the spirit of the season, I’d like to share the top 10 things I’m grateful that Max taught me:

Thanks to you, Max:

  1. I know how to let out a great big groaning sigh when I’m completely relaxed.
  2. Thanks to you I know how to sleep in a little ball because you and Bernie have taken up the rest of the bed.
  3. Thanks to you I know that after you get up from a nap, you should always stretch.
  4. Thanks to you I know that dogs smile.
  5. Thanks to you I know the difference between I love you and feed me!
  6. Thanks to you I know what it means to be happy everyday no matter what happens.
  7. Thanks to you I know how to put ointment on a place neither you nor I wanted to discuss!
  8. Thanks to you I know that you can make a difference just by being yourself.
  9. Thanks to you I know that teachers can come in many forms-even if it’s the one at the end of the leash.
  10. Thanks to you I know what unconditional love is.

Tonight when you go home, take the time to really appreciate the moment.  Stretch, relax, have fun, laugh and tell someone that you love him-even if it’s the dog!