Life to the Max raises money for National Airedale Rescue

With this first fundraising issue, I would like to show you how you can help raise money for National Airedale Rescue and get a great book at the same time!  Robin Reynolds, author of Life to the Max, is generously donating a portion of the sale of each book back to National Airedale Rescue.  I will let Max tell you more about the book.

Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog named Max

as told to my mom, Robin Reynolds

My name is Max.  I am a wild, wiry Airedale Terrier rescue who has a lot of wisdom to share about life. Told in my own words (with translation from mom), this full-color gift book follows me and my family on a joyous romp through 20 poignant, funny and inspiring life tales that shaped my Maxims for a Great Life. Not just a dog book to be appreciated by dog lovers alone, this life journey is to be shared by all ages. My story will:

  • Inspire adults/kids with his attitude and Maxims
  • Teach kids about pet responsibility
  • Gently discuss life’s biggest issues with children — adoption (both human and animal), friendship, illness and end-of-life
  • Show how rescue animals make the best pets
  • Ease the pain of pet loss with a thoughtful memorial

Some reviews:

I have just read one of the best family books that I have ever seen on owning a dog--the joys, the issues, the responsibilities, the obligations, the emergencies, and the decisions involved. It covers the entire life of Max, an Airedale Terrier who was adopted by Robin and her husband, from the time he was surrendered to a shelter when he was seven months old to the time he was helped to pass at the end of his life. And the story is told in the most down-to-earth, sensitive, loving writing you can imagine. Children and adults will love this storybook.

All 20 of the maxims and stories are as well thought out as the first.  Through these maxims, you learn about Max, but more importantly, every reader of every age learns important life lessons in the context of caring for a dog and relating to a dog.

I heartily recommend this book to everyone, and especially to families with children and grandchildren. The story is well written and charmingly illustrated. Max comes alive through the words and pictures, and the lessons learned are unforgettable.

Joyce Miller
Dog issue researcher, writer & teacher, former Airedale Terrier breeder
AKC Canine Ambassador and an AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) evaluator

Each time I read Life to the Max, I find myself smiling, nodding, tearing up, laughing and feeling grateful. You'll love the pictures, bright colors, and Max's 20 Maxims (#3 and #14 really got to me). Max's enthusiastic nature and how he raises his family through the travails of life will stay in your heart forever.

A great book for families dealing with life-threatening illnesses, adoption, aging, sibling rivalry, and end of life issues. For your children, grandchildren and the child in you, buy this book!

Mary Marcdante
Author, Living with Enthusiasm
Contributing author, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

When an Airedale Terrier named Max entered the household of Robin Reynolds, he quickly made himself at home and taught Robin and her family many life lessons. In Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog Named Max, Max narrates his own life (with the help of his “mom” Robin), from his adoption at the Humane Society to his eventual death. He describes his adventures with Bernie, the family’s other Airedale, along with Amber, the puppy they adopted after Bernie’s death. Max also “writes” about the adoption of his human brother, Andrew, as well as the many trials he goes through, such as melanoma and amputation, getting picked up by Animal Control, and the physical problems associated with aging. Through it all, Max always maintains his sunny disposition and teaches his family many “maxims,” such as:

  • When bad things happen, worrying won’t change anything. Trust you’ll get through it.
  • Trust that you’ll meet just the right people at just the right time.
  • Get the most out of life by doing things you enjoy!
  • Help someone else by sharing the gift of you.
  • No matter what happens, there are reasons to be happy and grateful.
  • Never miss a chance to tell those closest to you that you love them.
  • …And much more!

Life to the Max is extremely well-written and filled with beautiful photos of Max with his canine and human companions. Best of all, this book appeals to everyone, both children and adults. Not only is it inspirational, but it can be read to children to stimulate family conversations about caring for pets, illness, friendship, adoption, aging, and death. It’s not surprising that this book was named Best Gift Book in the 2008 AZ Book Awards and received an Award of Excellence from the Dog Writer Association of America. Twenty-five percent of the book’s sale price is donated to animal rescue organizations. Visit to learn more about Life to the Max and order a copy for all the animal lovers in your life!...

Susan M. Heim
Author and editor, parenting expert, former Senior Editor for the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series

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The ATCA Rescue & Adoption Committee fulfills the Airedale Terrier Club of America, Inc. ("ATCA") obligation to protect and advance the interests of the breed by providing services to lost, abandoned, abused or unwanted purebred Airedale Terriers.
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