Life to the MAX Pose of the Week: The Good Kid We’ve Raised

May 27th, 2010 by Robin Reynolds

The opening line in Christopher Plummer’s recent autobiography is “I was brought up by an Airedale” and I’m thinking of that today as I prepare to celebrate my son’s graduation from high school. Our dogs have been pervasive in Andrew’s life–he has quietly shared ice cream with Bernie; happily blown bubbles with Max; patiently pulled prickers from Amber’s fur and laughed as he and Krissy play chase around the house and yard.  Andrew has grown into a smart, funny and caring young man and I think our dogs have had a paw in teaching him as much as my husband and I have.  In honor of Andrew’s graduation, today’s Life to the MAX Pose of the Week is one of my favorite photos of Andrew and Max, which is also featured in the dedication of our book.  If Max were here today, I think this is what he would say to Andrew.

Bernie, Max, Amber and Krissy–I think we did good!

Life to the MAX Pose of the Week: Nothing’s Missing in Nina’s Life

May 19th, 2010 by Robin Reynolds

This week’s Pose of the Week is of my friend’s Airedale tripod, Nina, who epitomizes the Life to the MAX attitude.  Since having her leg removed a few years ago after what they thought at the time was cancer in the bone, Nina has not lost a step. In fact, the way she stands, walks and engages in life, you almost have to look twice to realize her front limb isn’t there. Nina could have whined, sulked and withdrawn from life, but to her, nothing was missing from her life–she had love, family and a warm place to sleep. According to Mark, Nina never stopped being happy, active and just as mischievous as usual.  A little disability is not going to stop her!

As humans, we can all learn something from Nina.  Like Nina, we all endure some wounds, losses or setbacks during our lives, but we can choose to blame our bad luck or bless the event that made us stronger.  Nina is leading the way. Now we just need to have enough sense to follow.

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Life to the Max Pose of the Week: Who’s Peeking?

May 12th, 2010 by Robin Reynolds

This week’s Life to the Max Pose of the Week comes again from Susan Widmar of her Airedale puppy, Dudley.  This adorable photo caught Dudley’s Dad peeking at him through the laundry chute. No doubt for Dudley, this phenomenon was met with a mixture delight upon seeing Dad and bewilderment at how he came to fit in that little door!

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Life to the Max Pose of the Week: Show Me Your Papers, Doggone It!

May 5th, 2010 by Robin Reynolds

“Nina, you were jaywalking and I overheard you speaking canine. You must be illegal. Show me your papers!”

“But I have no pockets!”

This week’s Life to the Max Pose of the Week comes from my friend, Mark Setterholm. His picture of his Airedale, Nina, peeking warily around the corner of the house made me think about what’s going on now in Arizona. Forgive me for getting on my soapbox, but I want to make it clear that I am not a part of the supposed 70% of Arizonans who support the passage of the Arizona Senate bill 1070. (Also I’d like to know who is doing the polling!) The problem with immigration and our borders certainly needs to be addressed, but legislation like 1070 only exacerbates the problem, fanning fear, suspicion and distrust, and escalating the very type of violence it is trying to stem. Put desperation together with our free-wheeling Arizona gun culture and bad things are bound to happen.

As a small business owner, I also find it reprehensible that a governor of a state that is experiencing little to no economic recovery would sign this bill purely for her own political gain, knowing full well it would further compromise our already struggling economic recovery. Cancellation of contracts and conventions with Arizona businesses will hurt real people with real families to support, not the politicians who will do or say whatever it takes to get re-elected.

Immigration is a complex issue that needs thoughtful debate, not self-serving sound bites and hateful legislation. Fear should not inform our decisions. Otherwise, as Walt Kelly once wrote, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”