Max’s Summer Blog
Bring On Christmas And Summer Holidays and goodbye to 2020!
How tough has this year been? – I mean, as Chief Happiness Officer I’ve seriously had to work overtime this year. As a “person” who can’t get Covid, it really has been my duty to ensure my adoring staff and fans have not been having a tough time this year. Yes, I am lucky that my team or their families have not been affected, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been worried at times. I then spring into action, and do what I do best.. look cute, run around like a lunatic, make them laugh, and even then, when I’ve had enough, (even Chief Happiness Officers need rest periods!), I make them laugh even more through my sookiness.. it works every time and is a personal favourite of mine.
So, we’re coming to the end of 2020 and the start of Summer time. The Christmas period can be stressful, even without Covid19. So how do I manage to stay totally awesome all the time. Well, here’s a little few secrets for you. Christmas can be stressful, as well as some pretty big rounds of food and drink. Remember the slightly out of hand partying I did with Sid the sausage dog..? Well, I can tell you, I don’t just magically wake up after a big night out with looks as stunning as I have, but I won’t go into my hangover routine here. Some nights, it can take some serious work. Anyway, back to some tips for keeping looking awesome and reducing Christmas stresses. Luckily, I do take the advice from Emily and Chrystal and as I’m so awesome, here my secrets for you:
Drink plenty of water – it’s unreal how quickly the Summer can dry me out. Drink lots of it too! Trust me, I have no ideas how you humans use a cup or glass for your water. Lapping up water as I do, from my bowl is the best ever and I even cool my body as I do this as I cannot hope to drink without it spilling all over me – how efficient is that?
Stay in the shade – now, I love the sun, but with my delicate little paws, being in the sun means the ground is super hot – I always find shade and try to stick with it if on my walks. Which reminds, me, I hold the record for the number of wees I can do in a 100 metre walk – which confirms to me I’m also drinking the right amount of water. How many times do you need to go to the toilet every 100 mtrs?
Sunscreen – now, I have the most beautiful natural sunscreen – ie my awesome fur. Unfortunately, you mere humans don’t, so you have to add sun block regularly and especially of you’re swimming. Now, I would adore swimming if water wasn’t so wet – I even hate getting my paws wet if I have to go into my nannas garden to the toilet after it’s been raining – purely of course so I my fur doesn’t boof up and I become a fluffy puff ball. You have no idea how embarrassing that can be for me. I need to preserve my street cred of course!
Remember also to work stresses out of your day, read a book regularly – my particular favourite is A Dog’s Journey written by W Bruce Cameron. Such a great read, and of course, the dog is the hero and faithful companion, as they should be. Reading 30 minutes a day can do wonders for transporting you away from the stresses of life and into imaginary worlds.
Another of my favourites has to be the art of reflection. I reflect every day. I spend 15 minutes at least every day thinking about what’s happened in the day, what I have to do tomorrow, (such as waking my nanna up at 5am) and how I may have reacted to things (such as that big bully dog, the doberman up the road who I’m sure I’d get him to surrender to me if only I could be allowed to get near him!) . It’s also how I came up with my world famous notion of “Chicken In The Bank” which means, why stress over the food in my bowl when humans have even yummier food that I can look longingly at. You know the look I give that means “I absolutely, totally, MUST” have what you’re having. Once the humans run out, I’ve always got my roast chicken in my bowl and know it’ll be there when I want it – a win win.. for me! Reflection is a massively important tool in keeping me stress free.
That’s enough for me, I have my adoring people to entertain now and make happy – Have a great Summer, and a very happy Christmas (which I love as I know there’s lots of treats just waiting for me!) Max x