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Dear Readers and faithful friends,

After a number of years of wonderful blogging, this blog has effectively become dormant - except for occasional updates regarding my book, MAXDOG. I have left this blog as a legacy to my dog and a place of sanctuary where we can reflect upon his life. Take your time, peruse the pages spanning Max's 18 months in cyberspace. Feel refreshed and uplifted because his story is an amazing one of..."LIVING LIFE TO THE MAX!"
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Hello there to all my blogging friends from across the world!

Thank you for all your positive comments last week relating to the idea of

I have decided to implement this idea as a permanent fixture, so it's my turn today to take over MAX's blog...thank you, MAX!



When my children were still small, they would delight in receiving a special "apple puzzle" gift in their school lunch-boxes. It brought such fun into their day as they showed all their little friends.

Today I would like to show you how to make the "apple puzzle"
...for that special little person in your life...


You need: AN APPLE (of course) and a SHARP KNIFE:
(Please be careful with the sharp knife if you teach your children this !)

1. Cut the apple through it's middle from the top-downward, but stop half-way through the process, like this picture. (below)

2. Then turn the apple over and make another similar incision BUT this time at right-angles to the first incision (as below)

3. Turn the apple on its side and cut from the end of the first incision to the end of the second incision. Repeat this on the other side of the apple. (as below)

4. Make sure that the incisions all meet in the middle of the apple and then genty pull the apple apart. (As below)

Finally....Drum roll.....


Present this "special gift" to your child, grand-child, friend, partner or whoever else and watch as they try and make sense of it all.

If however, you decide to give it to your pooch, don't expect him to even think about it!!!

Please let me know how your "APPLE PUZZLE" gifts were received.

With love and have a happy week!



kks said...

how fun is that!? i think Max loves it too!

ocmist said...

I'll have to show that one to my grandkids. They LOVE apples and I'll bet they will get a big kick out of an apple "puzzle!" Thanks for sharing this with me! Linda

Ooops, I just read on the side that Toffee is older than Max! Sorry about that Toffee! I think... No, I KNOW I'd be a bit upset if another dog (like Sadie) came in and got more attention than I do... like even a minute more... OC

Chelsea + Shiloh said...

That is tre cool... going to try it on my bella... she loves apples

The Thundering Herd said...

Very cool> Though the only "kid" in our house is our hu-dad, and not sure he really counts.

Mango said...

I don't think momma could do that without chopping off her fingers. Hehehe.


KB said...

I'll be doing that for my nephews, and I bet that they'll love it!

My pooches love apples but, you're right, they wouldn't notice the puzzle. They'd just snarf the sweet apple!

Ina in Alaska said...


Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos Mom will have to wait for some grandkids to be produced for that trick, until then, I think it is for the dogs!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Heather and Ellie said...

That is so neat! I just made one and the family loved it :)

Anya said...

I have make it for my daughters
( 22 & 24 years and they love it)
Its also for older kids ;)
My husband also liked it hahaha....
We are creative with a apple now
thanks for the tip :)))))))))

Kareltje don't eat fruit :(
Hugs to Max
from Kareltje =^.^=

Anonymous said...

Oh wow that is tooo cool!

Anna the GSD said...

Mmm...I like apples! They're like balls you can eat! But watch out for the seeds, they can be bad for puppers!

I think mom would confuse herself making that...

Stella said...

Very clever and cute idea. I can see some little trooper pulling the apple apart with great pleasure!


Rufus and Indie said...

:)So funny!
Max is just like Rufus! Everything is going one way!
Rufus and Indie

Hamish Westie said...

That looks like about the most fun thing you could do with an apple. Well what puzzles me is why anyone (human or dog) would want to eat an one! (Gail eats ZILLIONS of them, I really don't understand it)
Cheers, H.
PS from Gail - just to reassure you that Hamish was NOT allowed to eat all three of his birthday treat slices of liver in one go. Two are still in the fridge, to be chopped up and mixed with his normal dried food!

Hero said...

That's a really neat trick! My mom wants to try that the next time she has an apple. Mom tried giving me a bit of apple one time, but it didn't agree with my tummy so maybe Tagpi can enjoy the apple puzzle.

Barb said...

What a clever thing to do with an apple. I will certainly try that one on the grand kids!

caboval said...

We like that idea!!! Thanks Max! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Benny and Lily said...

Max your momma is so nice making you an apple puzzle. She even told us how to make one!
Benny & Lily

dewdana said...

Cute! I will have to try that!

Nellie and Calvert said...

Hi there Max & Max's Mom,

We found your blog via the OP Pack.

Super cool puzzle, we hope we allow mom enough time to do this for us; as typical schnauzers we kinda bark and bark until we get fed! We lack patience ... hehehe

Your new admirers
Nellie & Calvert

Martha and Bailey said...

Thank you for the super cool puzzle!
Our mum says she wont try it for us but she will try it for some small people she knows who she reckons will love it!!!
We would never have even thought of that.
Martha & bailey xxxx

brooke said...

That is so cool! I think Darwin needs an apple treat tonight after her stressful day at daycare!

Anonymous said...


Never before have I seen the Apple Trick!


Hugs, Tessa

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I had no doubts Max wouldn't mind letting his mom have the blog fur the day!

That was a furry khute apple puzzle!

I see my furiend Anna The GSD did mention what I would have pawed!


Maggie and Mitch said...

Mitch is drooling all over himself! That boy loves apples above all else!
What a neat apple puzzle!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Clive said...

Brillant! The not-so-little man is going to love this in his lunch box tomorrow!

Thank you so much!

take care
Clive & Co

Rachel said...

That is so neat. Can't wait to try it!

The OP Pack said...

Oh, this is so good. I am going to try this tomorrow with the oldest grandchild - she will love it ( of course, I will have to cut the skin off after she finds the puzzle.

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

WOW! That's a totally cool thing to do! Mom loves the idea of the Apple Puzzle! I think she's going to try that very soon...hehehe! Thanks for sharing the idea with us!


The Army of Four said...

That's so cool! Of course, our mom would totally cut herself if she tried that! :)
Play bows,

Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing how to do the "Apple Puzzle"!
I had never seen it!
Kisses and hugs

Tanuki Maxx said...

thanks max for sharing that with us, me luv apples and that makes it more interesting and fun!!
Okay mommy let's go get some apples!


Tweedles -- that's me... said...

How fun is that! I have NEVER seen such a thing. That is so cook and I am going to make it and take it to work and show the world!
Thanks for sharing a smile!

happy said...

Hi Max! Thanks for dropping by! It's really nice to meet you!

This is really so cool! LS said she's going to try it out if she can remember how to.

Congrats on winning Awesome Blog Award! Certainly well deserved!

Pee ess: Thanks for cooking up a great excuse...a lot of us doggies are going to appreciate that hehehe

Dog By Nature said...

That's an awesome idea..we're saving it for our nieces next visit...don't think our dog will appreciate the art so much:)

Huskee and Hershey said...

You are right, don't think the pooches will appreciate it as much as the humans will!! Will try it out soon cos I just bought some apples!!

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

That is so cool Max's mom! I(Samantha) love apples but June doesn't.

Sam & June

Dory and the Mama said...

Great idea!!!