Princess Maxi turns 13 today

Maxi the dog
A young and happy Maxi

Today Maxi, the number one black dog, turns 13 which is roughly 83 years of age in dog years for a dog of her size and weight. Princess, as we like to call her, was our first dog and she was purchased on impulse from a pet store – everything I am now vehemently opposed to. We were living in an apartment near the beach, no dogs allowed and Maxi spent her first few days hiding out in our bathroom and avoiding the so-called wee wee pads that are supposed to help with toilet training. Early of a morning and late in the afternoon we would sneak her outside for a walk and a play in the park, she was frightened of everything and absolutely hated stairs. Thankfully my sister in-law was able to look after Maxi for a few weeks while we went house hunting for a pet friendly rental. They had a border collie pup called Murray and she was a few weeks older so the pair of them played and slept together, Maxi still gets excited when we visit my sister in-law even though Murray passed away long ago.

We made alot of mistakes with Maxi, walking isn’t always fun and she is frightened of so many things yet will take on anything or anyone that dares come to our front gate and as Maxi has gotten older she has become less tolerant of other dogs. With her greying fur, wobbly legs and poor hearing Maxi still retains the most beautiful nature and is loved by all our friends and family. She is great with kids of all shapes and sizes, occasionally bounding across the yard with them until it all gets too exhausting or unless someone offers her a cuddle and a treat.

Maxi loves a walk, her favourite places are the beach and the local park where there is plenty of smell duck poo to roll in. Her happy face is contagious and we always have a good laugh when she hits the ground for a roll on the grass (minus the poo), the look on her face is goofy and yet delightful. For her birthday she will have a yummy chicken dinner and a walk around the duck pond, there will also be lots of cuddles and kisses.

Happy Birthday my beautiful Princess Maxi and thank you for 13 years of unconditional love and loyalty.

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32 thoughts on “Princess Maxi turns 13 today

  1. Ogee March 6, 2014 / 6:17 am

    Happy Birthday, Maxi…beautiful sugar face. πŸ™‚

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 3:24 pm

      Maxi says thank you, if she could give you a big sloppy kiss she would πŸ™‚

  2. Mike March 6, 2014 / 7:28 am

    Great post, lovely dog.

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you Mike, she is my big and beautiful geriatric baby.

  3. Letizia March 6, 2014 / 7:30 am

    What a beautiful dog and such lovely photos. My own dog, a border terrier, is 14. Having an older dog is a special joy, isn’t it? -The camaraderie of many years together, knowing each other so well.

    I’m happy to have discovered your beautiful blog πŸ™‚

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 3:29 pm

      Thank you. Old dogs are wonderful, they give you so much during their short lives and the least we can do for them is make sure they’re comfortable and happy. It worries me greatly when she is not at the gate to greet me, but I usually find her sleeping in a warm spot at the back of the house and she just hasn’t heard me come home. Thank you for stopping by and I’m glad that you have enjoyed my blog πŸ™‚

  4. This Sydney Life March 6, 2014 / 7:46 am

    Oh 2BD – your lovely Maxi-dedicated post made me sniffle. Happy birthday to your special girl. I know exactly how much you must love her. X

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you TSL, it made me sniffle writing it because it doesn’t seem that long ago that she was all legs and ears and not much bigger than a shoe box. Lots of love and licks from the birthday girl πŸ™‚

  5. cathylass March 6, 2014 / 7:55 am

    Happy birthday Princess Maxi! She’s absolutely gorgeous.

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 3:32 pm

      Maxi thanks you for you lovely comment and the birthday wishes πŸ™‚

  6. writetowag March 6, 2014 / 8:03 am

    Maxi!!!! Happy Happy Birthday Girl!!!! Trev and I send a BIG high paw your way!!!! Just like us…13 years young!!!! Here’s to many more years of LOVE!!!!

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 3:34 pm

      Maxi says Yes! High paws!!!! We’re almost twins!!! Thank you for the birthday wishes πŸ™‚

  7. Fabulous Fur Friends March 6, 2014 / 8:40 am

    Happy Birthday Maxi!! What a beautiful old soul whose given you so much love.

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you from Maxi girl, she is definitely a beautiful old soul and the reason why I’m a crazy dog lady πŸ™‚

  8. Lyn March 6, 2014 / 9:09 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS MAXI. You are just so beautiful. Lyn xxx

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 3:36 pm

      Maxi thanks you for the birthday wishes and the lovely compliment πŸ™‚

  9. Veda March 6, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Her age looks good on her. I love older dogs they have so much character.

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 4:00 pm

      She has aged well apart from a couple of old dog lumps and bumps, I love the ‘goggles’ that the grey on her face has created πŸ™‚
      Thank you for stopping by.

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks Emily! Love and licks from the birthday girl πŸ™‚

    • twoblackdoggies March 7, 2014 / 4:01 pm

      Maxi thanks you for the lovely compliment and the birthday wishes πŸ™‚

  10. Dan Traun March 7, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    Such a cute puppy kid. Happy Birthday.

    • twoblackdoggies March 8, 2014 / 10:17 pm

      Maxi thanks you for the compliment and birthday wishes πŸ™‚

  11. weliveinaflat March 8, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    Happy belated birthday Maxi πŸ™‚ Hope you get lots of yummies!

    • twoblackdoggies March 8, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      Maxi says thank you and yes, she gots lots of yummiest and cuddles too! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.

  12. Misaki March 14, 2014 / 2:13 am

    Maxi sure looks good for 13. Happy birthday xxx

    • twoblackdoggies March 14, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      You are sweet Misaki, Maxi says thank you and sends love and licks your way πŸ™‚

  13. megtraveling March 21, 2014 / 11:02 am

    Happy birthday to you Maxi – you’re beautiful inside and out!

    • twoblackdoggies March 21, 2014 / 4:49 pm

      Maxi thanks you Meg and would love to give you a big sloppy kiss πŸ™‚

  14. George Weaver April 19, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Oh, what a lovely girl. Look at those eyes that melt a heart. You’re right. That face is so full of love. The last portrait is wonderful. I hope she is okay today.

    • twoblackdoggies April 19, 2014 / 1:44 pm

      She is a beautiful soul and thank you, we’ll be hoping for a good result today.

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