Max’s Summer Blog

Max's Summer Blog

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

Out of my comfort zone and skin shamed! (not really)

Out of my comfort zone and skin shamed! (not really)

As an entrepreneur and tech startup founder, I often hear people say, that you have to go out of your comfort zone in order to grow as an individual. The other thing I’d like to preface this blog with, is that as a tech founder, I love technology and Gadgets! I am a gadget geek. My role involves meeting prospective clients, as well as potential investors and other interested institutions. There is also an old saying, that you have just a few seconds from when you first meet someone, for them to form an opinion of you. In today’s incredibly busy world, never has that been so true in my experience.

Now, here’s the thing – I was born in a part of London where appearance was never really a big thing for men at the time. It never needed to be! It was a dog eat dog world in many respects. The concept of looking after my appearance and especially skin, at the age of cough, cough 50 odd cough is totally alien to me. Hey, my idea of skin care involves ensuring that I put a band aid on a graze only if I am losing 2 litres of blood and only then does it go on!

Like A kid at Christmas

So, with my role, and with my need to always look the best I can (says someone with a face for radio!), I decided to have my skin professionally assessed and treatment options specific to me recommended. I mentioned earlier that I am a gadget geek. Well, I was like a kid in a toy store when Chrystal, the therapist at Le Sands Clinic, walked me into her consult room and introduced the digital skin analysis machine!

I was not really sure what to expect when walking in, but Chrystal explained the process to me beautifully. The digital skin analysis assesses multiple areas of my skin health, through a series of very easy and painless! Tests. The analyser can see below the surface of my skin, giving her a really good assessment of moisture content, how deep my wrinkles are, blocked pores and the like.

Digital skin analysis output from a male client at Le Sands Clinic

The results – ha!

The analysis took about 45 minutes in total and was a real eye opener. Based upon the results, I was skin shamed! Well, not really, and in fact, Chrystal uncovered a deep and long standing issue with my skin, that I had really known about for many years. The 7 areas for investigation were then tested and then results discussed with me and the implications of the results. The great news, and I am going to brag about this now, my wrinkle depth, was very low! Ha! Revenge from this 54 year old at last! My skin hydration was also pretty good considering I drive a lot – did you know that if you drive a lot, then often, one side of your face will be less hydrated than the other if you are heading north in the morning and south of an evening… hadn’t even thought of that.

A bit of a revelation

Back to the serious side of the blog for a moment, the results that Chrystal obtained, plus the questioning of my life style for instance, led her to make a really clever discovery about my skin and therefore how it should be treated. Chrystal epitomises the diagnostic type approach that Dr Saliba advocates and carries this out very professionally. In fact, her explanations of not only the process and use of the analysis, but also the reasons why we were witnessing some of the results were enlightening, especially to a geek like me that likes to know everything that’s going on.

At the end of the analysis, I now have a pretty solid treatment plan for my skin specifically and a well defined path to where I need to be as I continue on my founder journey.

Andrew Paton-Smith

Andrew is a founder and CEO of a Sydney based innovative tech startup https://jazoodle.com

Your Next Phase: Oozing Confidence, and Impressing Your New Boss And Clients

There is an old saying, that when you start a new job, or return to work after raising a family, that you should “dress to impress”. Indeed, the way you dress says so much about you. It can convey your meaning, your style, or how approachable you are. It can convey the way you want to be treated in the workplace. This article from Forbes explains this well.

Your next phase

But being your best, feeling your best, and feeling confident has more to it than meets the eye. It can be the clothes you wear, or style you portray. Returning to work is a prime example of this. Radiating confidence is the key to creating an impression. An impression with your new work colleagues, your bosses, clients or other key people. How many times have you been in a professional setting, maybe a product launch, or a networking meeting, and someone walks into a room that just oozes confidence, radiates an aura, and people are drawn to them naturally. Your personal brand is so important in this day and age. What is your personal brand? Do you ooze that confidence when walking into a meeting, networking event, or meeting clients?

Your next phase is about to start. How successful will your next phase be? That’ll be down to you, your skills, and your personal capabilities. Think about this: someone’s impression of you takes only around 4 seconds to be made up. Think about that, 4 seconds, or the time it takes to read this sentence, could either make or break you. No pressure there then! Now also think about this, the times when you are most confident, what is it that helps create this confidence?

Your personal brand

When starting your next phase, we believe that your best phase is about your personal brand, the style you convey, and how great you look, inside and out, male or female. Whilst we can’t help style you, we will help with your inner you. when your skin is glowing and radiant, your facial lines tight, and purposeful, your breakouts under control, and any skin damage repaired, then you will be oozing confidence.

We believe that inner confidence can be enhanced through how you look, how you feel, and how ready to meet the world you are.

Looking Great, Feeling Great

Your next phase is about not only looking great, but also feeling great. Inner greatness will be achieved through the treatment of external and cosmetic conditions. Conditions such as sun damage, excess hair, or ill advised tattoos. Over the next few weeks, we’re creating a series of articles about some of the people we’ve helped, their inspiring stories, and the successes they’ve had as part of their journey to their next phase. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do and are inspired to be reach your best phase.

When contemplating your next phase, a phase involving returning to work, or moving up the corporate ladder remember this. Personal success is not only desirable, but a must have. That personal success will be as a result of a number of factors, confidence and appearance being just two of them, but highly important ones.

Dr Lucia Saliba Master of Surgery (Breast cancer)

Dr Lucia Saliba Bsc(Med), MBBS FRACS is the founder of Le Sands Clinic, and renowned breast cancer and reconstruction surgeon with deep belief in people achieving their next phase in life, whatever that may be. Physical health blended with aesthetics contributes to an holistic passion for people achieving their next phase.