Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog Named Max, words of wisdom from a dog named Max, book review

There is old phrase – out of the mouths of babes; But what about “out of the mouth of a dog?”
The book, Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog Named Max, encompasses this simple phrase. Max, an Airedale terrier, shares his words of wisdom with the word. Through his life spent with his family, Max experiences the ups and downs of the circle of life. These simple maxims are good life lessons to share with your family.

One afternoon I sat on the couch and read Life to the Max and I was genuinely moved.  Sometimes a simply stated phrase can sum up many of life’s milestones.  In my lifetime, I have experienced many high points and unfortunately some lows. But, when I try to share my insights with my children, my words often fail me.  Now, I have a little help from a dog.

The story of Max’s life and his “maxims” are shared in a way that is understandable and relatable to my kids.  From the voice of this mischievous dog, he conveys a lighthearted approach to family, growing older and even sickness.  

One maxim that I thought rang true to me is “never miss a chance to tell those closest to you that you love them.”  Unfortunately, my children will never have the opportunity to meet my parents. Since I lost them earlier than what I expected, I tell my children every day, numerous times a day, that I love them and that they are loved. This maxim reminds us that life is short and all opportunities should be seized when presented.  A simply phrase, a kiss on the check or just a warm smile can share the love in your heart to those closest to you.

Life to the Max is a Parent Tested, Parent Approved winner. It was also a Glyph Award winner for Publishing Excellence. 
Life to the Max can be purchased at their website,, and other retailers.  The book retails from $17.95.

If you have a dog lover in your life or a friend who could use a smile, add Life to the Max to your Christmas list. I don’t think that you will be disappointed. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of Life to the Max to review. All  opinions expressed are 100% mine and were not influenced by any person or entity. For my complete disclosure statement, please see my disclosure statement at

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