Decorating the Christmas Tree

Christmas is a special time of year for Max and I. We shop for a tree together and he helps me decorate. He holds the basket of Christmas ornaments very carefully. He’s so focused when he has a job to do. It keeps him busy and makes him feel special.

Max doesn’t really know what Christmas really means. I tried to explain it to him one day. I told him that if it weren’t for a man named Jesus Christ there would be no Christmas or maybe even a holiday season!! I think that made him a little sad, his eyes widened and his head tilted – a clear sign of “What?!”

I explained to him that, for me, Christmas is not only a time to celebrate with family and receive and give gifts, but it is also a time to remember what Christ taught me. He taught me that I could reach for the stars and do great things, just like he did. He taught me that I could spread the good news of love and compassion for others and that I am a powerful being that can change the world if I look within. What a great message! Now, I don’t scream these things from the roof top – people would think I’m crazy! But if I think about it, I kinda live his message already. I help Max spread the good news of animal compassion! Max just barked when I said that. He’s happy to spread the good news of animal compassion. He loves all animals and even us crazy humans, too.

Well, Max and I are going to continue to decorate our tree. He says he hopes you enjoy decorating your tree, too and that you have fun.

Does your pet help you decorate your tree? What does he/she do to help?

Belly Rub Time

Max is very excited right now. You want to know why? Well, it’s because he’s about to receive a bundle of love, also known as a belly rub. He hears that familiar tone in my voice when I’m about to smother him with lots of belly rubs and kisses. He can be such a baby sometimes but that’s one of the many reasons why I love my Max.

Animals catch on quick to us humans, don’t they? It’s almost like they know we have a hard time understanding them because they don’t speak with words, so they adapt to us and learn our habits and use them to communicate with us. Interesting… I do my best to understand Max. I notice that when I’m quiet and nothing else is on my mind and I listen from within myself, I can understand every “word” he’s saying. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

Can you understand your pet? What are some of the ways your pet communicates with you?


Max and the Butterfly

It never seizes to amaze me how all kinds of animals gravitate towards Max. Every time we go for a walk some little creature manages to find Max and hop a ride, like this little fella. It came flying in from a distance straight towards Max as if they had some sort of a date. Who knows, maybe they did and Max didn’t tell me! Ha-ha!

Needless to say, Max and the colorful butterfly spent quite a while together. I’m not sure what transpired between them but I suspect it must have been intriguing or else they wouldn’t have remained in each others company for so long. I often wonder how animals communicate. In this case, the butterfly would rest on Max’s nose for a bit then it would hover above his forehead, maybe he was checking out Max’s star! And then at times it would fly up and down and all around him. He had Max’s head bobbing and twisting and turning! It was pretty cute.

I always enjoy observing Max and his interactions with other creatures. It makes me smile.

What happens when your pet encounters another animal?


Enjoying Some Kisses

Max is lounging around as he usually does when I’m working from home. And while he’s just lounging around, he enjoys lots of kisses from his little sister, Willamena. He loves hanging with her because he likes the way her little feet feel against his fur. They get lost in there! It must feel like walking in snow for us! Max also likes how she grooms him with her tiny squishy tongue. It would take Willamena years to groom Max completely. Ha-ha!

Willamena likes to explore, so she runs all over Max and around him and over him. Don’t worry, he won’t squash her. He remains very still while she’s running around and he keeps a keen eye on her so he knows where she is at all time. I trust Max completely with her. I know he loves her as much as I do.

Choose Love ❤

Children love Max. Every time a child or adult sees Max hanging outside they gravitate towards him and pet and kiss him. He doesn’t hesitate to return the love.

Animals always choose to love, don’t they? They are pure positive love and energy. I always watch Max and observe how inviting he is towards others. He always welcomes people with open paws – never turning away a kiss or a hug. Granted, when he’s playing with a chew toy or a bone he’s not much interested in anything or anyone else. He gets so focused. Maybe a treat would deter him but not much else.

I’m always learning something from Max. Today he taught me to choose love.


You Mean the World to Me

Max means the world to me. I can’t imagine my life without him in it. He brings me so much joy – it’s hard to explain. If you have a pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, mouse, snake, frog, it doesn’t matter, I am sure you understand.

Nothing else matters when I’m with him. It’s like all of my troubles, which Max would say aren’t really troubles, seem to wash away. And sometimes I even think better when I’m with him. Do you ever feel that way? It’s like your brain sees more clearly. Maybe it’s because we aren’t thinking of anything but instead feeling happy. Kind of sounds like what the eagle taught Max – when you’re happy everything comes together for you. I have to remember that.

I will always have my Max with me. I am sure he feels the same about me – I hope!

Who means the world to you? Why?

Max Hanging on His Chair

I just want to kiss that face! I love seeing Max happy – his tail is wagging – although I’m not sure what he is happy about. He must be thinking of something fun. Maybe he’s thinking of his next treat, or his next walk in the park or meeting with his stray dog friends. I should be more like Max and only think of things I love doing or people I enjoy being with. Max is always teaching me something. I don’t think he realizes it.

What does your dog teach you?

Max Playing with Strays

Max adores little kittens. Can you tell? He met this group of stray cats when I took him to our neighborhood pet store. They make their home in the backyard of the store.

When Max first met the strays he was behind the door. He had a bag of treats dangling from his mouth and just stared at them. He wanted so much to play but the door was locked. This time, though, the store owner, Amelio, left the door ajar and, of course, Max, being a keen observer, noticed the door unhinged and jetted outside. He so loves these stray. They all came over to him and started to sniff and play – jumping on his back, playing with his nose and just relaxing beside him. He wants me to take them home. I wish I could but, quite honestly, they seem quite happy where they are.

Have you ever come across stray cats in your neighborhood? What were they doing and what did you do?

Happy Max Flying High

Max looks so happy up there, doesn’t he? He’s flying high above the city. I couldn’t tell you why he looks so happy except to say that he is always happy. It’s a rare moment when Max has a sad face. You might, though, mistake his “pondering about things face” as a sad face but rest assured that Max understands the value in always being happy. You see, the majestic eagle explained to Max that when you’re happy wonderful things happen in your life. Have you ever noticed that when you’re sad nothing that usually makes you happy makes you happy anymore; that even your favorite ice cream doesn’t taste as sweet or your best friend doesn’t make you smile? Well, that’s because when you’re sad you get more sad things to feel sad about and when you’re happy you get more happy things to feel happy about. Confusing? I know, but just remember to always do your best to do things that make you feel good and watch as things get better and better and better. That’s what Max does.



Max and Pete the Pigeon

One of Max’s favorite friends is Pete the Pigeon. Pete likes to hang out on top of Max’s head and groom himself and just look off into the world.

Max met Pete the first day he was brought home from the animal shelter. He witnessed Pete and some other pigeons flying away and wondered where they went but when he asked Pete where they had flown to Pete told him he asked too many questions. Max wonders where Pete and the pigeons fly off to but Pete’s beak is sealed. He’s not saying a word. Well, Max has secrets that he won’t divulge, either, not even to me! I am sure that everyone has something they want to keep private and that’s okay.

Max and Pete often hang out on the front stoop. Oh, don’t worry, I’m constantly checking in on them and, actually, I’m off to the right talking to Carmelo the Landlord, you just can’t see me. Max is always safe.

Do you keep secrets? Why?

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