Thursday, December 17, 2009

“One Gallon Dog in a Ten Gallon Hat.”

Over the next few days, I’m going to post pictures of the greatest dog I ever owned. Her name was PooPa. How’d she get a name like that? It’s the sound of the words children in Germany use to say “little doll.”

Several years ago, I was interested in developing a picture book with this small wonder, and add captions to my photographs. PooPa loved to perform and to please. I call the following picture:

“One Gallon Dog in a Ten Gallon Hat.”

I hope you’ll post a comment about the best dog or cat you’ve ever owned. There is nothing quite like the connection we have with our pets.

More pictures to follow over the next several days.

Max Elliot Anderson


Kristi Bernard said...

We used to own a black lab named Jay-J. He would talk all the time. He loved to swim in the river. He was so smart I forgot sometimes that he wasnt human. He is missed often. Thanks for sharing, your dog is really cute.

Crystal Laine Miller said...

I love the name of the dog and the photo! Could you still do a book? A calendar?

I loved all of my pets (and all the strays I could gather...LOL) and as a kid I loved, loved animal stories the best of all my books.

It's hard to pick my favorite. Maybe my German Shepherd, Rin. He saved my mother from a rattlesnake and got bit being a hero. (And he lived to wag another tail.)

J. Aday Kennedy's A Writing Playground said...

I love a good dog story. I know an author that writes books for reluctant readers. He could write a killer story about Poofs. If I could just remember his name. lol Hope all is well.
Happy Holidays,
J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-Abled Writer

Trish Perry said...

Max, that's an adorable photo! What a patient little thing.

My favorite was Buck, our white German Shepherd. The kindest, most gentle sweetheart ever. Not the smartest fella, but he could melt your heart.

Texmom said...

What an adorable photo!
We have two poodles and a Yorkie right now. They are all wonderful, but I'd have to say our best ever was Missy, the sweetest little sheltie ever born.
I just finished illustrating a book on greyhounds for another writer on our list. Being a dog lover, it's always a pleasure to have them as a subject.

Vonda Skelton said...

How cute! I think a book or a calendar is a great idea!

Grace Grooks said...

Max- What an adorable picture. I love animals and have always owned a dog, or cat. Which is my favourite, or which one did the most for me is hard to distinguish. I owned an Malamute, the lead dog in my dog team. At the time I thought there wouldn't be a more intelligent dog than Dengray's Dixie. Several times she saved my life by refusing to move forward on command because of thin ice or other bad conditions ahead on the trail. Now there's Smoke in my life, a plain mutt mostly black with white feet and white on her chest. She's remarkable. She's protected me from muggings while on walks and she seems to know when no gooders are about the property and sounds the alarm. Bad guys have learned not to fool with Smoke, although she isn't a terribly big dog.
Maybe you should publish a book about pets, a collection of stories from your followers.

Karin said...

That picture is great :)

I don't have a favorite pet - they've all been so unique that I love the differences (though they have all been cats). Although I have a cat now name Midgie who likes to crawl under the covers and snuggle during the winter :) She keeps me warm!

Mary Allen said...

I've loved everyone of my dogs, but I admit I had a favorite. "St. Dail, The Angel Dog" is what my children called him because they said in my eyes he could do no wrong.This 90 lb. chocolate lab was the calmest, kindest, and gentlest dog I've ever met. He was packed with personality. Every hot summer he'd get skin rash until he got medicine. He'd get up on the exam table himself and hold very still.After getting the shot, he'd turn to the vet and lick his hand once as if to say, "Thanks, I needed that."

audrey4j said...

Can't pass up the opportunity to rant about Puff, the sweetest smartest mutt ever made. Maybe I'll post a blog about him tomorrow at I really think he was a Christian, and smart enough to act like a three-year-old child. He understood anything you'd say to him because my daughter talked to him all the time.

Tribute Books said...

What a cutie :)

Annette Agnello said...

The best dog I ever had was Trudy, a Collie/Airedale mix. She was interesting looking; she never made it to an adult dog. In her short time life she was fiercely loyal and very friendly to family members. She was protective. She objected to a very large friend of the family getting to close to my bike. She was just a pup and warned away a man over six feet tall.

Annette Agnello Windsor, VA

max said...

I've been enjoying all the comments to this post. Isn't it amazing the way our animals can get a hold of our hearts? We're dog less now, but I have a cat that is the feline equivalent to PooPa. The cat's name is Aubey, after the mascot for Auburn University. Our daughter graduated from there - War Eagle!

And our family is getting ready for a truly once-in-a-lifetime event where Auburn plays Northwestern University in the Outback Bowl. Why is that historic? Because our son did his undergrad there, and graduated from their School of Law. Now I ask you, how ironic is this, that our kids' two schools would end up playing each other - one from the SEC and the other from the Big 10?

Keep the great animal stories coming.

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Debra Shiveley Welch said...

Great picture. What a sweet baby.

Merribuck was the dog of my life. A Sheltie/Border mix, with the softest fur I've ever felt on any animal, she was the sweetest soul I've ever met.

Loyal, kind (would try to suckle stray kittens) and gentle, she would often nuzzle me when she knew that I was upset.

I miss her terribly and still visit her grave when I need help, advise...comfort.

I hope to be with my sweet girl again some day.

Donna J. Shepherd said...

She looks like a "Half-Pint Dog in a Ten-Gallon Hat." LOL! Love it.

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max said...

Thanks for all the nice comments. We DO love our pets, don't we?

Esther Roberts said...

It would be so hard to say our favorite, as they have all been so special and unique in their own way. Really love your pic and the sweet story behind the picture. Thank you for sharing it!

max said...

Thank you Esther.