Magic Max

Faithful followers of this blog may remember our cousin Max, the goldendoodle puppy who joined the Cardiff contingent of Annabelle’s pack last spring…


Well, a lot can happen in nine months. This is what Max looks like now:

Max now

How did he manage it? He must have supernatural powers. Even I didn’t get that big that quickly (or at all, for that matter – next to Max, I look like a whippet).

We were finally allowed to meet him when Annabelle took us to Cardiff for Christmas – the humans must have decided we’re no threat to him now he’s so big and bouncy.


We took him for a walk in the park. I had to tell him off when he started bouncing around us like a sheep on springs; puppies need to know their place. To give him credit, he took the hint and backed off. I’m not sure what I’d have done if he hadn’t, since he is so much bigger than me. Pearl showed herself up by going into panic mode, twirling on the lead and trying to chew through it. She wasn’t scared of Max, but she could hear kids making high-spirited noises and that always freaks her out. I was embarrassed for her, behaving like a baby in front of Max who is so much younger than us.

Annabelle’s mother said Max is very intelligent and Annabelle’s brother has trained him well. She also said Pearl and I need discipline. This was because Pearl kept stealing her place on the couch and refusing to move. I felt quite upset as I’d behaved very well; it was Pearl who kept showing us up. She’s not a very good advert for Greyhound Rescue Wales.


Message from Pearl: Millie is talking out of her stripy backside. I’m not just a good advert for Greyhound Rescue Wales, I’m one of their Sponsor Dogs. I do have some ‘issues’, but GRW exists for dogs like me. You can find out more here, but you’ll have to scroll down the page because for some inexplicable reason they’ve stuck me right at the bottom.

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20 Responses to Magic Max

  1. Val Boyko says:

    Now that a big fluffy cousin!!


  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    That’s an impressive growth spurt! Reminds me of my teenage boys. 🙂


  3. Bouncing around like a sheep on springs… a very colourful description of your cousin, Millie. Pearl, you would get along very well with my skittish fox terrier, Celine. You’re both sensitive types by the sound of it. Glad you both had a good time with your country cousin, who is gorgeous by the way 🙂


  4. I should imagine we could have some wonderful chasing games with Celine!
    You’re right, we are very sensitive – and we’re developing a healthy respect for our big, bouncy cousin.


  5. Max is so good looking! Lots of hugs for the bunch of you ❤


  6. Isn’t he gorgeous? Unfortunately too young for me and Pearl. Love ‘n’ licks, Millie xx


  7. Meredith says:

    He’s a keeper.


  8. We think so too! Thanks for visiting 🙂


  9. I adore Max! I have a golden doodle too, and this hound is the smartest, most wonderful dog I have ever had the privilege to share a life with. I sincerely hope Max will bring you just as much joy as these beautiful doodles are capable of producing. And I hope the rest of the pack will find him irreplaceable as well. What a lovely family, Annabelle!


  10. Dogs do have supernatural powers. I think some are humans trapped in dogs’ bodies. Not sure what Pearl and Millie think about that?


  11. I think it would be great to reincarnate as a dog, as long as you had a good home – everything done for you, no need to work, plus the ability to live in the moment, every moment, finding every meal and walk as new and exciting as the first.
    Millie thinks dogs are superior to humans.
    Pearl doesn’t think much at all.


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