Parenting Expert Endorses “Life to the MAX!”

March 31st, 2009 by Max

This is so great!  Mom and I have always thought that our book reaches far beyond just dog lovers and now we have a review from parenting expert, Susan Heim, that confirms our intuition.  Susan has written books which include “Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year”; “Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples and Singletons”; “It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence”; “Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power”; and, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More.” She is also an editor for the bestselling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. Susan is the founder of TwinsTalk, a website for parents of twins and multiples. She writes a regular column called “Loving and Living with Twins and Multiples” on She is an expert on twins and multiples for and, and a parenting expert on

In her review of “Life to the Max,” Susan wrote, “Best of all, this book appeals to everyone, both children and adults.”  That’s why we say it’s perfect for dog lovers AND lovers of life!  Check out the whole review at Susan Heim on Parenting and sign up to win an autographed copy of our book!  What a great review!  This is gonna be a GREAT day!

Life to the MAX Book/Peer Review

March 26th, 2009 by Robin Reynolds

Patricia L.  Brooks is an author, speaker, publishing consultant and associate faculty member of the Arizona State University Morrison School of Business.  She is also the founder and president of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers.  Recently she tendered the following review of the book Max and I wrote:

Robin Reynolds is hardly the first woman to write the self-help, feel-good book for adults or children on life’s lessons, but this creative soul chose an unusual route to what appears to be publishing success. She has taken the “traditional” self-help, life lessons concept and written it from the voice of her late pet, Max who has personality to “the max” and keeps you turning pages.

Bypassing clichés, she writes clear and concise messages with one-liners on lessons for all ages along with the story and experience of this lovable dog that could have only been in Robin’s household. She has taken the children’s book genre to a new level by including the “big kids” like you and me. With the reminders we love to remember and the lessons we hold dear, Life to the Max is a journey back in time and you should not miss it.

Originally awarded the “best gift book award” by the AZ Book Publishers Association this past year, this book has transcended that arena and catapulted itself into self-help. By gently taking us on a path only a well-bred, sophisticated pooch like Max could take us, we travel all the way to his most critical lessons in life.

Many books about dogs are sappy, and I like dogs, many books for children are not educational, and I am a demanding teacher. Many books in the self-help genre are insulting and I read about one a month, but this book Robin has written takes all of that to task and shines through a different view – that of a lovable family pet.

Robin has found her niche in children’s books by utilizing the voice of an animal to tell “big kids” and children about life. Her work should be lauded for its fine writing, graceful lessons, good humor, beautiful illustrations, and fun photos and of course the philosophy behind it all.

I commend Robin and Max for doing an outstanding job, along with the other characters she developed to make this a family we would want to know and have as neighbors. I recommend this book to any of you as a gift giving idea for any “big kid” or smaller child on your list – self-help genre is a natural for gift giving.

We are in challenging times and many are seeking quiet and spiritual moments. I was moved to tears while reading this beautiful book and all the issues it addresses and all the lessons it reminded me were possible to revisit and love again.

Thank you, Robin, for rolling the dice and taking a shot at a new type of writing for you, we are all the better for it. We appreciate your courage in telling this very personal and heartfelt story that needed to be out there to be useful to many readers young and “forever young.”

It’s always nice when your writing touches someone’s life and they appreciate the work you do.  Max and I are grateful for the kind words!

Another Rescued Airedale Gives Life to the Max A Great Review

January 9th, 2009 by Max

Whew!  It’s been really hard to dig out after the holidays, so I’ve been dogging my blog.  But no more!  It’s a new year and it’s just gotta be great!

To start the year off on an especially positive note, we are particularly honored to share this review we just received from Bert Krause, who is a writer for his own blog, Bert’s Bytes on the Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue website.  Here’s his canine point of view:

Bert Krause stops to smell the flowers and share his tthoughts oh living Life to the MAX!

Bert Krause stops to smell the flowers and share his thoughts on living Life to the MAX!

Hi, my name is Bert and I’m a rescued Airedale just like Max. While I didn’t technically read this book, my Dad read it to me and we both enjoyed it… to the Max.

Life to the Max is basically the story of Max’s life with his forever family as told by Max himself in his unique Airedale style.  He shares with you the major waypoints in his life, both happy and sad.  After each episode, he states the lesson (maxim) that he derived from the experience.  There are twenty such maxims in this book.  My favorite is #14.  (Never miss a chance to tell those closest to you that you love them.)

Some reviewers might call this a children’s book, and it is indeed a wonderful story to read to your children that can be used to teach them some very valuable lessons of life.  Lessons like:  who or what really matters in your life; dealing with the loss of a pet, or a family member for that matter;  giving  the gift of love is the very best thing you can ever do.

So, buy this book and read it to your kids or read it to your parents.  Everyone will enjoy the story and come away with a better outlook on life and how to live it…To the Max.  I heartily give it four paws up.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

And if you really want to give your kids an extra special treat, get them an Airedale from Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue (SWAT).  You will both be glad you did.  Life is merrier with an Airedale terrier.

Be good to each other, we’re all in this together.

Your friend,
Bert Krause

Thanks Bert.  Keep on living Life to the MAX!  You are so perceptive!