Thursday, November 3, 2011


MAXMOM here...

Hello there to all my friends across the world!

There are only 3 weeks to go before the launch of MAXDOG. 

 If all goes well, the books will be in print by the 21st November 2011.  If you still haven't reserved your copy yet, please drop me an email at
and I will do so with the greatest of pleasure.

Excitement and anticipation is bubbling in our household.  Things are hectic.  There are urgent tweaks which need to be made to the final layout, a million phone calls to conduct, long hours of concentration, publicity, administration and then, of course, my usual role as 'super-mom'. Not only this, but our home has been invaded by painters and tree fellers for the past week.  (There's nothing like a new coat of paint to make one feel revived again.)  However, the tree fellers are another story...

Spare a thought for my sweet pooches. 
(TOBY: "Whats happening, Maxmom?")

An invasion of their territory has required some urgent contingency measures. Unfortunately their running space has suddenly shrunk. Most of the time, I've kept them indoors with me, at my feet.  Not exactly the most comfortable arrangement for dogs who generally enjoy the outdoors. Thank goodness it's only been temporary.
Nevertheless, all the commotion in our home has made our animals restless.

TOBY wasn't sure what to think when he discovered that his favourite "PEE-tree" was being cut down - the same tree under which Aunt Tam has spent many lazy afternoons.

  Generally I hate removing trees, but this one had pushed it's roots firmly under our patio and lifted the concrete.  We had no choice but to get rid of it before it caused too much damage.  TOBY, however, was unimpressed.

How nice it was, amidst all this chaos, to suddenly receive a pile of food vouchers from HILLS PET NUTRITION in the post.  As many of you know, HILLS PET NUTRITION were the first company to place a bulk order of my MAXDOG books. 

So today I went to collect some of the food from the Vet.  This is top-class prescription dog food and I am thrilled.  The company has also graciously thought of all my dogs, so I was able to choose specific food for their particular needs.

TOBY received  his 'Advanced Fitness' food which should spur him on to greater energy, and eleven-year-old AUNT TAM' received special food for her arthritic joints - 'Hills Prescription Diet j/d' - with high levels of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate. (I firmly believe in the advantages of these two ingredients for older dogs!).  Fourteen-year-old  KING TOFFEE received his special 'kidney' prescription diet too.  

I have always been reluctant to promote companies on my blog, but in this case I have no hesitation in giving HILLS PET NUTRITION a 'shout-out'.  Self-publishing a book, like MAXDOG, comes with massive expenses and HILLS PET NUTRITION, have so graciously helped me a little - by purchasing a bulk order of my books and giving me a supply of dog-food, in exchange for me placing their company logo on my blog.   This particular blogpost is not part of the deal, but I really am grateful and I really wanted to say


And yes,

Sending lotsaluv


Amber DaWeenie said...

Hills is a wonderful company with wonderful products. We especially enjoy eating their "Oral Care". Mom keeps it in our treat jar and hands the larger pieces out as treats.

bbes tribe said...

Awesome! Hills was very generous and especially you being able to pick out the specific food for each of your "babies"

Becky Andrews said...

Awesome. I know the hills l/d kept my pantera going with her liver much longer than they had thought! Best wishes to you all ... how exciting that only three weeks. Have I emailed you? Now, I can't remember - If not, I must!! Much love.

Angus said...

The run up to the book launch. How exciting !

Hills pet food - colitis and gastro-intestinal prescriptions -have been hugely helpful in keeping our old fellow going !

Mrs. JP said...

You have lots going on in and outside your house. I understand about the dogs underfoot. Yesterday there were hunters in the woods around us and the pack and I moved around the house as ONE!!
What a double blessing,,,bulk book order AND special food for your special pack.
I love the picture of Toby in the pool...he's got kind of a sarcastic look. Funny.

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Maxmom, hmmm I can see a possible calender photo of Toby, Tammy and King Toffee in a Hill's promotion. Got to admit they're good looking kids. Great of Hill's to provide food geared to everybody's specific needs.

WFT Nobby said...

Workmen in the house and garden!
Let's hope it's all over before too long.
At least they're not French....

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I am so excited for you Caryl!!! How do you get any rest thinking about it all?? :-))

But I agree that it was very generous of Hills!! They have helped a few of my dogs in the past when their health wasn't the best. I just wish I personally liked their foods better for our dogs because of all the good things that they do and the difference that they have made for many pups.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Caryl, hope peace is restored in your garden now. Sad about the tree but if its causing trouble no choice but to let it go. Exciting to think your book is so close to release. Can't wait. Try and relax. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Two French Bulldogs said...

how awesome is that!!
Benny & Lily

The Life of Riley said...

It is very generous of Hills to give you food for all three dogs, and bulk purchase some of your books. Guess what... Tammy has the same food as our vet reccomends for Riley!

What are you doing about a pee-tree for Toby? Are you putting up a special post for him, or do you think he will find another tree? My two are funny at the moment - wherever one goes the other has to mark the same area (often twice!) so I have yellow spots appearing on my lawn, and under trees. Riley never bothered much about lifting his leg until Enzo arrived (why stand on three legs when you have four), but now the competition is on and he proudly lifts his leg whenever the young pup can see, and then Enzo tries to do the same. Boys!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Toby, I hope you find a new pee pee tree soon!
We are so excited about the book too! Sometimes we think of that manuscript, and how many millions of times it has probably been examined !
One of our kitties had Hills Percription food. It helped the kittie a lot!

Coco Bean - The Princess said...

you are so amazingly beautiful!

Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,

Coco The Princess, Truffle, Lady Godiva & The Mommy

Suka said...

hey Toby,

All the excitement going on in your and your family's lives is making me excited! That is so cool about the Maxdog book! We are so looking forward to its release! Are you playing a big paw-ty?! :->

Sorry about your and Aunt Tam's beautiful tree having to come down. I know sometimes that has to happen, but it is sad. I love the photo of you in the pool looking unimpressed. What a great expression!

Hill's Science Diet is headquarted in one of the towns next to where I live. When my human worked at the local animal shelter they were always donating food to help out the pups. Great company! I am glad they helped out all you pups with food for your special needs.

Can't wait for the big day of Maxdog the book! Woofs!


Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

What an exciting life you're having!!! Luckily you have such a wonderful pool to refuge in!!! ;-)))) And we love love love the book cover!!! Pleaseeeeeeee....tell your mommy to reserve a copy of her book for us ok???!!!!! HAve a gtreat weekend dear friends!! We love youuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

KB said...

Losing a pee tree is traumatic. I've seen my dogs go through the emotional turmoil after such a loss :)

It is so exciting about your book. Your post simply buzzes with energy. Keep having fun!

Jack George said...

Hills Pet Food is dedicated to helping pets reach their full potential through quality nutrition and healthcare.