This post is dedicated to our little dog Max.
Max is a Brussels Griffon, also known as Griffon Bruxellois or even Griffon Belge. This breed has its origins in Belgium and is a breed developed by combining 3 other breeds of dog. This breed is a cross between a Pug, King Charles Spaniel and Affenpinscher. They are small dogs, not so tiny to fit in a handbag but they are considered a sturdy toy breed. They have a noticeable undershot jaw, short nose and piercing lustrous eyes. They have a pout that gives them an almost human expression. These dogs are so very friendly, enjoy lots of snuggle time and are one of the most emotionally sensitive dogs you can find.
Our little Max is so happy when we go out that people who would ordinarily never stop to speak find themselves stopping dead in their tracks and actually getting down on their knees to meet our Max. His cheery disposition has brought many smiles to people who meet him, here in Sweden. It is a wonderful thing to witness. I love to see the effect he has on people; women, men and children alike. Be brings joy where ever he goes. He certainly makes me very happy and I just have to laugh at his cute little body and antics.
Welcome to Gullringstorp little Max
Little Max had no idea what a fun and exciting life was waiting for him at Gullringstorp
Little Max on his pillow and blanket in the kitchen
Little Max giving his new daddy a kiss. This is the only dog my husband has ever had.
Little Max in the kitchen with Puck. Puck never did warm up to Max even though Max really wanted to be friends with him
Little Max trying to win over Tasha, who was still not quite sure about this"little dog"
After so much play and trying to make friends, Little Max has worn himself out
Winter has arrived in Sweden and with it came sweaters!
Little Max looking cute in his cute sweater
Max playing in front of the fire-place
Little Max has found Tasha's secret spot on the craft table, by the window( with my help) He is fascinated by Tasha's tail!
Little Max really wants to be friends but Tasha is not so sure yet
There might be hope yet, Max is on Tasha's favorite windowsill and she doesn't seem to mind
One of the safest, coziest and most fun places for Little Max to play is mommy's bed. Here Little Max with Larry Lobster his first baby toy
Little Max enjoying the bed
Tired little fellow
What a big bed for such a tiny fellow like Max
Who can resist that little face? I certainly can't !
Sometimes when puppies have upset tummies, here in Sweden we give them a bit of A-Fil which is a yoghurt with the right amount of bacteria for the tummy
Looks like someone needs a bit of a clean-up! No matter, the A-Fil will do the job and looks like it was enjoyed by Max. What more could you ask for?
With his kind of new friend close by, little Max attempts the stairs. There are so many and he is so tiny.
About 5 stairs up and that's as far as one little fellow can go. Now he can't go up and he can't get down. What's a tiny fellow to do? Mommy to the rescue!.
After a week of attempts, a triumphant little Max sits at the very top of the stairs looking down. there's no stopping him now; he had the downstairs and now the upstairs to explore and have fun.
Here in the sunshine, we can see the beginning of little Max's habit of letting his chew bone just sit in his mouth as he looks around. This is when I started to refer to him as Winston. He still walks around or just sits with a bone hanging from his lips as if it were a cigar.
Little Max out enjoying some sunshine
Max loves t o play frisbee
Good catch Max!
Max and his frisbee
Taking a rest with his frisbee
Max gets a cool bath to play in after running and chasing the frisbee
We put some play things in the tub to tempt Max. He was curious.
Ahhhhh, that feels good!
Max is ready to get out after his fun in the pool. These little dogs can overheat so a pool was important. This pool was my husband's baby bath, many years ago.
Max checking out Tasha's "cool neck wrap". Tasha had some trouble with the heat so we are keeping her safe and cool with this necklace that we place in the freezer for awhile.
Max with his protection collar after his neutering. Where else to rest but mommy's soft comfy bed
Tasha never had kittens but she is such a mommy. She stays close to little Max during his recuperation.
Little Max finds comfort leaning against his favorite toy, (still today, 2 years later) duckie.
Little Max is all better and ready to enjoy the winter snow
Oh what fun a little fellow in a warm sweater can have in the snow at Gullringstorp!
Well, this has been just a taste of Max’s childhood. As with all my pets, and my Pet of the Day posts, there is so much more to see. You are most welcome back for more on Max at a later date.