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Saturday, March 13, 2010



MAXDOG here...!

Hello there to all my furry buddies across the world!

I have always been a “working dog”!
More specifically, I have always “worked” for my treats. I can write books about the things I have done and the acts I have performed in the pursuit of treats! It is important, as an aging Golden, to adapt to the times and the changes in one's household.

Well in the past 24 hours I have played, in my opinion, one of my greatest roles ever!
 I have substituted as a SHEEP!
 Yes, you heard correctly! This MAXDOG, in pursuit of a treat, substituted as a sheep! And guess what?
I was REALLY treated!
 Let me explain...

Many of you will know that Miss “R” is busy studying and practicing towards her life’s ambition of qualifying as a Vet. She’s only in her second year at the moment, but is living her dream!

Each weekend she returns home from university and tells us tales of her endeavours. We’ve learnt about the names of strange plants, unusual chemicals, diverse creatures and the endless hours of studying she has to put in to eventually look after and help us animals.

In the past two weeks, Miss “R” has woken before sunrise to learn to milk cows, attend to goats, control bulls and catch sheep! When she got home this morning she was eager to show off her new skills to us all.
  I was involuntarily volunteered to be THE SHEEP!

At first I was a little unsure, but I knew I’d get big cuddles and something yummy and I was hanging around Miss “R”s feet. Well, while she was talking and stroking me, she asked me to stand, explaining to her audience that I was the sheep!?!

At first I was confused!?!
I mean, I might look like a sheep (Really?!?) but I certainly can’t go “Baaaaa....h!”
She didn’t think this deficiency was important though, so I stood very still for her.

Then she told them that the first thing to do, in order to catch this MAXDOG SHEEP, was to grab just above my “hock” (Do I have a hock?!?...I don’t think so!)...and to put pressure on my Achilles tendon. This meant that I would find it difficult to kick her (As if I would kick her!?!).

 Whilst I was in this position, Miss “R” leant forward and put her other arm around my chest. For a moment I, the MAXDOG SHEEP, thought that I was going to receive one of those blissful extended hugs...but NO! Miss “R” manoeuvred her hand to gently pull my other leg. Without further ado I found myself seated on the floor! Can you believe it!?! It would have been much easier to simply ask me to “SIT!” Nevertheless my role was to be...
 the acquiescing “MAXDOG SHEEP”,
so I obliged!

I must say, if this is what it means to be a “caught sheep” then I don’t mind at all!

There are lots of cuddles and treats at the finish line, together with the knowledge that I have contributed towards a Vet’s education!

Good luck, Miss “R”!
You are going to make a wonderful Vet!
With lots of licks from



Dear friends
Thank you so much for all the wonderful birthday wishes for Maxdog yesterday.
He is doing really wonderfully on this his
...and we continue to be really thankful for this!

. This blogpost today is designed in an attempt to lighten things up and to try and bring a smile to you all. "Maxdog the sheep" is a lighthearted account of what it is to be a dog in a family with a prospective Vet. Despite Max's illness he loves being part of everything in this household!


Emma Rose said...

Great job Max. You make a really good sheep :) It sounds pretty exciting to have a future Vet in the house. We could all learn so much!

I hope you have a great weekend.

Emma Rose

Angus said...

The 'lighthearted' update of Max being treated as a sheep was a great start to the afternoon. Did anyone try that on Toffee or are some things simply not worth trying? Having a fledgling vet in the family must be a boon at a time like this.

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos Max! I get to be sheep all of the time too! but I think that is because a certain little border collie thinks I am one... silly dog!
I hope woo had fun! Sometimes it is!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

missbreezysbox said...

Great job acting as a sheep to help Miss R in her learning. I would love to help animals to the extent of being a Vet, but I can't stomach the nasty and cruel side.

Tell your Miss R to learn about recognizing animal abuse in it's many forms.
I tell you this because I heard of a vet that kept treating a dog with injuries over and over just recently. Turns out the owner repeatedly slammed the dog into her deck and then would beat it with a shovel. Then she would take it to the vet for it's injuries. This happened over and over. The A.S.P.C.A. then went in, after someone taped the dog crying during an accident.

The vet should have there license stripped from them.

So please, tell her to tune her gut feelings into the animals asking to be heard.


Anonymous said...

BRAVO! BRAVO! ENCORE! Oh, that was a Most Wonderful and Convincing portrayal of a sheep, Max! I mean, there for a moment, I really thoughts you were a sheep. I mean, I've never seen a sheep but I bets if I did, they would look just like you!

I wonder if you will gets a Dogcademy Award for that performance?

Wiggles & Wags,

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Baaaaah Max,
GReat job filling in as a sheep. We can kinda emphasize with you; our mom is in Vet Tech school and often uses us to practice and check stuff out. She's always poking or prodding us and now she even gives us most of our shots, the rabies inoculation has to be done by Dr. Witter but mom can do almost all the other routine stuff now. We haven't had to be sheep yet, but we have fond memories of mom's course that covered restraint and handling.
Be assured that we pray daily for your continued GRace and have you always in our hearts and thoughts. Bah Ram Ewe, we love you Max.

Benny and Lily said...

Oh Max...you kinda look like a sheep just from the side. BOL
Have a funtastic Saturday
Benny & Lily

Pibble said...

And a fine looking sheep you are! Certainly a softer and more luxurious coat. I didn't know you had a future vet in the house. Good for you! (Just be careful; next weekend, she might be studying something like dentistry. Yikes!) Woofs to you all!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Maxmom, today's post did bring a smile to us all.

Max, you appear to have been a terrific standin "sheepdog" for the prospective vet. We imagine you are a big help to Miss R's studies.

Jacqueline said...

You are so sweet to help Miss R with her studies, Max; I'm sure you did a wonderful sheep impression for the demonstration...So grateful to hear you are doing so well...Happy weekend...Blessings.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

You're a good sheep but even more so, you're a REALLY GOOD SPORT, Max!


dw said...

Max, I think you did a wonderful job as a sheep! And of course if it involved hugs and treats that's not a bad thing at all!! :) And, last but not least, you're contributing to the education of someone who's going to help animals, and that is just fantastic!

houndstooth said...


You're cuter than any sheep I've ever seen! Mom said that she used to have sheep on the farm when she was little and that they are fun, but probably a little tougher to catch than you were! Tee hee!


the booker man said...

baaaa baaaa, mr. max!
you make a most excellent sheep.
good job!

the booker man

bea's blog said...

A Very Happy Birthday to Maxdog -
even though it comes a little too late, but it comes from our hearts!
Gizdog and mum

Ina in Alaska said...

Nothing "sheepish" about you, dear Max!! PS to MaxMom there was a South African man interviewed on our local TV (KTUU.com) on Saturday March 6 at the start of the Iditarod. He was very very excited to be in Anchorage and hoped one day to race in the Iditarod.... I forgot to mention that to you... xoxoxo

Samantha said...

It is WONDERFUL to see you acting as a involuntary volunteer as a sheep! You are an incredibly good actor and I know Miss R appreciated your cooperation! I hope you got absolutely super, super treats for the work. I'm furry impressed, and know that if we are useful in the world, we feel a bit better - you are just pawsome, but we all know that!
Loves you so, so much! xoxoxoxoxo,
Hugs, Sammie

Penny and Patches said...

Happy Birthday, Max! Sorry we're late, as usual! We hope you had a great day and we loved your Maxdog sheepie story! You are soooo cooperative!

Penny & Patches

ScrapsofMe said...

Happy (belated) Barkday Max!
I don't know if this is correct, but I looked this up and I hope it's right:

Letsatsi le monate la tswalo!

If that doesn't mean happy barkday but means something like snif my bumpuss....please forgive me.


caboval said...

Great job Max!!!! It must be so nice to be Miss Rs helper!!!! happy 35th day!!! Youre amazing! Love, Joey and Kealani

meowmeowmans said...

Aw, you are such a great helper, Max. We love you!

sprinkles said...

Sounds like you were an excellent sheep, Max! How nice of you to help out Miss R even though you were involuntarily volunteered. Hope you go lots of hugs and treats afterwards!

I love that Miss R is learning to become a vet. Maybe she'll find a cure for what ails you!

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

I bet all of our herding breed pals would have been khwite impressed with your sheep impression!

GReat job Max!

Khyra & Khousin Merdie

Stella said...

Baa, Baa, Maxsheep, Have you any wool?

No sir, No sir, no bags full!

None for my master, none for my dame and none for the little boy who lives in the lane!

Uhhh, Sorry ,Max, but sometimes my Nannying experience just overtakes me and I can't help myself!

Cheers and hugs,

Jo (and Stella, of course!)

Anonymous said...


We think you did a wonderful job helping out your Miss! Sheep? No! Shepard, yes! You are truly the Shepard of your Crew (flock).

We believe that you are truly blessed receiving your 35th day! You are a strong Champion Maxdog!

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!

Hugs, Tessa

Sheila and Bob said...

Great Job Max;

Us Golden's can be anything we want to be.
You make a great sheep, we luv ya.

Hamish & Sophie

Ginger Jasper said...

I think Miss R knows she has a very willing and loving assistant.. You did well.. Hugs GJ xx

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Hi Maxdog,

That was very nice of you help out Miss R and be her sheep in training...you are such an accomodating good boy. You look like you are happy so enjoy all the lovin.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Noll's Nip said...

Hi Max....your sheep imitation was not too Baaaaaad ;)

The OP Pack said...

Soft and gentle and cuddly just like a lamb, Max. That was so nice of you to help out Miss R. Have a great weekend.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Clive said...

Max, that was brillant, we loved you being a sheep! The NSLM thought it very funny and would have tried to get me to do something similar only I have gone to Grandma's house for a few days whilst they go to Disneyland Paris.

We hope the next few days see you remain in good form and we'll be back next Thursday to check up on you.

With lots of love
Clive and the NSLM

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Alright Max Dog! We're so proud of ya.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

Honey the Great Dane said...

Hi Max - belated Happy Birthday! Sorry I missed it yesterday!! Hope you had a great time on your special day and continue to beat this disease!

Honey the Great Dane

Ms. ~K said...

Happy, Happy Belated Birthday Max!
I'm sending big b'day hugs from Georgia!

Twinkietinydog said...

Agreed, that's why we keep it fun and light in here too. We are keeping him a happy active member of our blogland :) Thanks for not shaving this lil' sheep :)

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Miss R is very good to take lessons from you! You make a cute sheep!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

What a great sport you are Max- volunteering to be a sheepy.
And what a fine sheep you were!
Not only that but helping Miss R- show everyone what she has learned.
Your a cute , fluffy sheepy

Asta said...

What a mawvelous impawsonation of a sheep fow miss "Aw". I, Asta, totally believed that you wewe a sheepmaxdog.
I'm pawsitive that miss Aw will make a wondewful Vet and help so vewy many fuwwkids and you helped hew in this dweam..you nevew cease to amaze me Max..you awe my hewo!!!
smoochie kisses

Lorenza said...

Good job, Max!
I am sure she was happy with your help!
Kisses and hugs

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi there Max!
Sorry for being behind on posts, hope your birthday brings you more good health and many more happy years!
Have a great weekend my friend!!


Madi and Mom said...

Max Dog and Mom!!!
We did so enjoy the reading all about Max dog's attempt to help Miss R in the pursuit of her life's dreams. Very Very funny.
Happy 35th Day of Grace Max...you are a precious member of a loving family.
Madi and Mom

1000 Goldens said...

You are the best looking sheep I have ever seen! Miss R looks like a very gentle lady who will do very well.

ocmist said...

A SHEEP!!! WE would have had an pawsome time "herding" you in sheep mode! We could have helped to corral you for your "vet" to work on! How nice to have a person who is learning so much about animals... I'll bet she's learned just the perfect spots to massage and pet, too!

You are so kind to allow her to demonstrate her knowledge on you, Max. Love and prayers, The CCC