A Girl and Her Dog

by Chris on December 21, 2010

It’s no secret that Maximus gets the most attention from our daughter around here. Perhaps more attention than he wants.


The worry of getting a big dog while she was little quickly subsided one day when Maximus ate one of my daughter’s toys. She walked right up to him, opened up his mouth, and reached in there with her hand to get it back. At that point, we realized he was probably gonna do just fine in this family.

Here she is (in her prison attire) playing doctor. He tends to be the best patient. 

Bull Mastiff

Of course, he also tends to be the best butt of jokes. Broo ha ha. He has no idea.


She reads to him when they’re bored…

bull mastiff

and she showers him with kisses—even when he’s just not that into it.


It’s not all her, however. He makes sure to stand guard whenever she eats. 

Maximus      Maximus

Don’t judge this picture. The point is Maximus, remember?


And when she’s had enough, he just waits—hoping that she’ll look his way, and he can thump his tail loud enough to attract her over.


Of course, if he waits long enough, maybe she’ll take a nap—which means he also gets to nap. With a buddy.


Or on a buddy, as the case may be.

bull mastiff

He’s been known to get a little jealous if someone takes his place for the night.

our bullmastiff

But she always comes back to him.

Maximus mastiff

While I could do without this big lump of slobber on most days, I have a feeling she couldn’t.

bullmastiff hole

 Looks like he stays.

bullmastiff head



My Cottage Charm December 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

That is too precious! :) Your daughter is lovely and she looks like she has a best friend for life. (oh, and we all have that roll of duct tape laying around somewhere!) :)

Estela @ Weekly Bite December 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Ohmigosh!! This is one of the cutest posts I've ever read!

I can see this slowly happening with my daughter and our dog :)

Lauren December 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I have a huge love for dogs and I have a huge love for this post! This is adorable. The pictures are just too cute. Thank you so much for sharing. This put a big smile on my face.

DesignMeSilly December 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Such a sweet post!! Who says dogs are man's best friend?

Myra @ My Blessed Life December 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I adore this! Absolutely the most precious thing I've read all day. Thanks for sharing girl!

Rachael December 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm

So cute! I'm still going to need more convincing to get a dog some day when my two boys (now 3 yrs and 9 mos) start begging for one. Right now I'm content with them just having their stuffed dogs. But this post was really cute.

Michelle December 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Sir Maximus looks well loved *emphasis on the well loved part* What a touching post..You are all very lucky to have him.As is Maximus is lucky to have you for his family.

Him and Her December 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm

sweet post!

Jodi December 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm

He's adorable, and it looks like he is your daughter's best friend! My daughter wants a dog so bad, I may have to show hubby this and maybe he will break down.

Lisa December 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm

How utterly adorable. Big fur kids are great. I have 2 little fur kids, and miss my big one. Thanks for sharing. Oh, I love your dining room table and chairs, didn't notice much else. ;-)
Lisa x

Toya December 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

What a beautiful montage about a girl and her dog, so adorable they are together!

Jenglamgirl December 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

SIGHHHHH, DARN RIGHT PRECIOUS! So enjoyed this post. P.S. love that you are real and I love the pic. of the duct tape, whole in sock HA HA HA, messy table project. Hey your a mom it happens to the best of us. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Jen

lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE December 21, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Life would be boring without a Nemesis, anyways. My personal nemesis could be eaten by yours as a snack, but is kept around for the same reason(s)
My personal nemesis helped herself to the cord on the base of my new cordless kettle sometime late last week, much to my consternation. I do take some small consolation in the fact that it was plugged in, so she gave herself a little 'aversion therapy' with that one. Hopefully that will be the last cord she munches on, ohoho.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House December 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm

This is the sweetest post ever! All of these pics put a big smile on my face :)

xo – Carmel

The Yellow Cape Cod December 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm

You just made my day :)

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese December 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm

This was so sweet! What handsome dog and your daughter is a cutie. I love big dogs but we are new to the dog scene. We have a Golden Retreiver and her biggest fault is she sheds…a lot. I did not grow up with a dog. I think I missed out. Your kids are very lucky to have Maximus! Merry Christmas!

Jenn December 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm

What a sweet post! Thanks for the smiles! Jenn (www.thismommyloves.com)

Kari December 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

What a beautiful dog! I'm partial to big dogs myself. They are often very sweet – gentle giants! I'm sure he's a treasured member of your family. Great pics, thanks for sharing.

Beth@The Stories of A2Z December 21, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Aw, I love Maximus and I know deep in your heart you do too! What a sweet post Chris. I grew up with two collies and they were my most loyal friends. Can't imagine life without a doggie in it!

Bonnie @ The Boatwright Family December 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I LOVE him and am so glad he lives at your house, and not mine! He's just adorable. I love that one photo where it looks like he's going to eat the kids' homework. and that last photo is just priceless.

Teresa December 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Sweetest post I've read all week. :)

Katherine @ Grass Stains December 21, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Such a beatiful story of your daughter and her best friend! What sweet pictures, and I know she will come back to this post over and over again when she gets older, just to remember this time.

feltsocute December 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

LOVED this post and could totally relate to it since we used to have a Newfoundland named Tank, LOL. Giant breeds are extra special, especially with kids! He is GORGEOUS, BTW!

Anonymous December 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I came out of my reader just to post a comment about how flippin' cute this is!! I especially love the 'jealous' picture

Kassi @ Truly Lovely December 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm

What a GREAT post!!! Girls really love their doggies!!! I know I love mine! And your girl and her doggie are a adorable!!

Emily @ On the V Side December 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Love this post! :)

There is something about little girls and big dogs that breeds sweetness. We have our own big, furry bag o'drool and he and my daughter are just smitten with each other.

And you try to be tough, but deep down, we know you love him too :)

SILVIA December 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

to me this is your post yet, my daughter is sitting right next to me reading it and wishing she had a best buddy too, but i'm just not ready for one just yet…your daughter is absolutely gorgeous..have a merry christmas!!

SILVIA December 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

i meant to say your best post yet, opppss.lol

The Mulberry Girl December 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I love this post….they are too cute together.

Tara Lauren December 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Such a sweet post! So cute!

Ali Rockwell December 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm

This is so adorable, and it gives me hope that this crazy little puppy we have will some day turn into a great companion and not just a little ball of energy who likes to bite and pee on the floor… Very very very cute post. I love it.

Madison December 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I love my dog, too. Such a sweet post!

Interior Design Musings December 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Such a cute post! So glad that other bloggers have "real" homes, and kids (with holes in their socks). Makes me feel so much better about the holey (not sure that's a word) socks around here! M.

♥ helen December 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm

What a lovely post :)It`s beautiful to see their friendship.
He is a really big dog :)

Richella December 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Aww. . . okay, so maybe you don't have a soft spot for Maximus. But you have a double soft spot for that darling girl of yours, so he's approved by association.

What darling photos!

Ellen December 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm

As I type with my own dog on my feet, I love this post! Love, love, love it. I bet he'd follow her to the ends of the earth and what could be better than that?

Petit Design Co. December 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm

this was way too adorable. you should print this up and put it in her room

Shann December 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Aww I love it. This is exactly how my late dog was treated!

Birdie3008 December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm

He is so handsome!!! How great for your daughter to have such a loyal companion!

Southern Gal December 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm

That last picture looks just like a man I know. I'm serious!

Deena December 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Even though you're not crazy about him, I'm glad to see that you can still see how precious he is to your daughter:)

Jess December 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Aww! What a big, sweet boy!

Anonymous December 22, 2010 at 12:10 am

What a sweet, sweet post! We too are the owners of a very large dog (Great Dane) and a 7 year old little girl so I can completely relate. LOVED every single word and picture!!! PRECIOUS! =)
~Jennifer in Texas

Isela December 22, 2010 at 12:17 am

This is one of the sweetest posts ever!

{ L } December 22, 2010 at 12:31 am

Oh wow, this is so endearing. It made my heart smile all the way through.

Raelynn December 22, 2010 at 12:56 am

Ahhh this is precious! I love all the pictures of them together! I love my three dogs (almost) more than my husband! They really are man's (or women's) best friend! Always aiming to please you…love your pics!!

MelindaB December 22, 2010 at 1:13 am

aww!! I love it! My 2 year was insistent that our boston terrier play tea party with her tonight :)

swoodsonshoeclips December 22, 2010 at 2:07 am

ADORABLE!! Love that face.

Punky'sMom December 22, 2010 at 2:10 am

That is so sweet, my daughter and our 70 pound lap dog are the same way. It's amazing at the bond children make with their pets. I have a roll of tape laying around also, mine is masking tape though. I use it to label and date all leftovers that I put in the fridge. It keeps you from guessing….

The Tiny Homestead December 22, 2010 at 2:15 am

I love this post- so precious. Thank you for sharing this. I love big, sweet dogs and cute kids.

Brighton December 22, 2010 at 3:02 am

I love this! Just as it should be : o )

Kat December 22, 2010 at 3:32 am

Melt my heart, these pictures are precious! I just want to give that sweet boy a hug too.

Shana December 22, 2010 at 6:32 am

he has the funniest look on his face in the last picture! I have the same feeling about our aussie… I know my son will have a BFF forever, even though she drives me bonkers! She loves him and lets him SQUEEZE her and pull her hair and then she comes right back for more "LOVE"….

Pedacitos de Madrid December 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

I love your dog! My daughters wants one but we don´t live in the countryside, we live in a big city and in a flat and my husband doesn´t want animals at home for the moment! so….

big kiss

Cap Creations December 22, 2010 at 7:18 am

Oh my gosh, how sweet! What a wonderful bond they have developed! Beautiful!

Sheena December 22, 2010 at 10:14 am

Seeing these pictures made me realise that I want my fur babies near my skin baby as long as possible..
Your dog and daughter are both gorgeous..
And it's one of the best posts I've ever read! Thank you!

Jude December 22, 2010 at 11:55 am

It's not even 7:00 a.m., and I'm laughing like a crazy lady: "What hole? I don't see any hole. Huh." (Snort more coffee…). Hysterical. What a great way to start the day — thanks, dear!
dolcecapecod dot blogspot.com

Randi December 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Those pictures are so great … that's a friendship she'll always remember. We just had to put our dog to sleep on Monday and we're all wishing we could have a few more doggy cuddles.

Andrea December 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Love this post!! Love it. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

Anonymous December 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

We also have a big dog and 2 small girls. One day our dog Hank ate a grahm cracker that my then 2 yr old had left on the coffee table all day. As soon a hehad the whole thing in his mouth she went over before I could stop her and took it out of his mouth and ate it herself! I don't really ever worry about them now, they are best friends. michele

Elisabeth December 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm

What an interesting, sweet and loving post about your daughter and Maximus. It kept my attention all the way to the end. Very cute.


astr!d December 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

oh my gosh!!! love the 'dont judge picture!' looks exactly like my house most days!!!

Lori December 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

He is just beautiful! Our daughter has the same relationship with our Labrador Retriever. Dogs rule! Well, except when they're digging up your yard…

scrapaddict December 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Oh, I love it. Love the expressions Maximus makes.

Tiffany December 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

What a very sweet story to share, her reading to him – besteal my heart. him jealous at the sleepover, cracked me up! Their luv for each other is a gift, and I'm glad to have to shared in the story. Warmed my heart today.

Yours TruLee, Ann Marie December 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I think its all a cover…in all reality you LOVE that big slobbering lug! I know I've fallen in love with him! lol Your daughter is beautiful!

Tanner and Lindsay Cooper December 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Really, this is just the cutest thing!!

Beth McC. December 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

This post is PRECIOUS!! I love it!

Carrie December 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

that is the cutest post I have seen in a long time – just love dogs & their mini-masters! xoxo

Erin December 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Absolutely adorable! LOVE all the pics! That's one lucky dog! (And girl!)

Michelle December 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm

So sweet. When I was little I had a boxer named Bruno who was the same way with me. We played dress up together and he would let me ride on his back, but he was also very protective and slept in my doorway every night. Brings back old memories :)

Misty December 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Love it! Our dog is sad because my daughter is out of town for a few days with my husband. He mopes and has surrounded himself with her toys and a dress of hers that needs to be washed. I am not a dog person but I love him for all that he does for her.

Little Miss Southern December 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I mean.. why did this post get me all teary-eyed? SO sweet! I just love dogs & the amazing way that they love us.

xox Merry Christmas!

Mom Taxi Julie December 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm


Becs December 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm

That is just too adorable!!

Beth December 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm

My 4 year old also has a big dog, an 80lb Bulldog that just loves her to death. Boogie has had hersince she was 2 and just walking. They read together, snuggle on the couch and ever now and then I find Tickle sleeping with her in her little toddler bed. I love that such a big dog is so gentle wtih her.

Your daughter is very lucky to have such a great furry friend. Super cute post, it made my afternoon.

Dream Mom December 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Too cute!

P.S. I think Maximus would look good on a canvas.

Kat December 23, 2010 at 4:06 am

Just read this to my husband showing him the pictues as I went – we both were cracking up. Reminded me of the If you give a mouse a cookie kind of writing, thanks for the laughs.

Barb December 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Oh but he is such a handsome Nemesis! I love this post so much. Isn't Olivia just the most adorable little granddaughter! Wow your pictures are so clear, it almost feels like your right there. I have always loved Maximus, as long as he lives with you. HE HE HE…

Love Mom

nani December 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm

"I want more…!" My co-worker emailed it to me because she knows how much I adore dogs. After reading it, I forwarded a copy to myself at home. Beautiful little girl, beautiful dog. Happy Holidays to all of you.

Ms. Martha Lilian December 24, 2010 at 2:26 am

Oh my gosh! I have a Maximus too, albeit a smaller one, but he looks like a mini version of your Maximus. It is his Mini Me: http://marthalilian.tumblr.com/post/1542886439/happy-fourth-birthday-buddy-youre-the-bestest

Love seeing the pictures of your Maximus and look forward to many more. He looks like an absolute mush.

B. Fidler December 24, 2010 at 5:04 am

I have never really been a dog person, but your post makes we want to find a Maximus for our home. The love between Maximus and your daughter and so precious. Such a neat friendship.

My Little Boudoir December 24, 2010 at 7:21 am

You're so clever. This post was just darling!!!

Mandy December 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I have to confess…that dog is one of my favorite parts of your blog…too funny!

dogsmom December 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm

So glad to start my day off with a HUGE smile reading this post.

You are truly blessed (as is Maximus.)

Melissa :) December 30, 2010 at 1:50 am

This is one of the most precious posts I have ever read. Simply adorable. Both of them. You should make this post into a photobook. LOL Too. Stinkin'. Cute! :)

Anonymous December 31, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Visiting from the Lettered Cottage and came across this post. Love the connection between your daughter and her dog. I smiled through the reading and also could commiserate with you on the big hole in your yard.

May you and yours have a Happy New Year and I look forward to returning to your blog again and again.


1ruffian December 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm

One of my favorite posts ever.

Rosa July 14, 2011 at 3:14 am

Eu também amo cachorros!!!

Jess October 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Your kitchen table is lovely. Where did you get it?

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