We don’t know when their real birthday is, they were thrown away when just a few weeks old, to a kill shelter. When we rescued them we gave them Terry’s birthday (biped dad) figuring it would be just about right for how little/big they were when they came home. Today the happy threesome, Terry (my hubby and Max & Bella’s daddy), Max & Bella are celebrating how good it is to be alive.


Max & Bella 2 years old

Max on the left. Bella on the right (aka: the bookends). Happy at home.

Max Bella & P

Bella the lap dog. Max the couch potato.


Camera shy birthday dad, Terry.

To make our day even better we hope all our friends out there have a great day as well. Wag wag, Max & Bella (& bipeds)


About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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  1. Happy Birthday to all!!!!!!!!

  2. tazzielove says:

    How did you get that photos of me? lol

  3. Happy Birthday to your beautiful babies! And hello to you!

    • Awww thank you Auntie Seashell. We heard you love animals so we’re adopting you! And, we promise to only barge in on you when you have one of your marathon baking days, BOL. Wag wag, Max & Bella (hi back to you, my friend. Biped Paulette – aka: Max & Bella’s slave)

  4. Happy bithday to all!! Max, Bella and Terry

  5. kanzensakura says:

    May they all three live long and prosper – they are obviously deeply loved.

  6. seeker says:

    It’s a good day to be alive and the more reason to celebrate the life of your sweet Bella and Max. Thank you Paulette for giving them life. Happy Birthday, sweeties. Paw Kisses.

  7. Happy birthday to all three….and i’ll bet you’re enjoying too…

  8. Francina says:

    Happy Birthday to all! It’s still hard to believe that these lovely dogs were just thrown away, Paulette. Well they have now a lovely home πŸ™‚
    groetjes, Francina

  9. lgyslaine says:

    they are beautiful! Happy Birthday πŸ˜‰

  10. Mags Corner says:

    Happy Birthday, Terry, Max and Bella! Hugs and nose kisses

  11. mixedupmeme says:

    Since you don’t know the birthday of these beautiful and very lucky pets, then every day should be birthday day. πŸ™‚
    I clicked on and blew Terry up to giant size which makes him a little less camera shy.
    I am interested in the mural with the elephants and giraffes that is behind the couch.

  12. FlaHam says:

    Happy Birthday Max and Bella, I hope you are having a particularly great doggie day. I hope you find bones and treats a plenty. Take care, and be careful blowing out the candles. Your Friend, Bill

    • Uncle Bill! wag wag wag wag BOL!!! We went to the dog park this morning and ran ran ran then chewed chewed chewed the ball. Speaking of chewing, mom biped got out our special kong with the frozen kibble inside for us to play (eat) this afternoon. It’s a good day for our #2 birthday. wag wag, Max & Bella

  13. Happy, h-a-p-p-y birthday baaaa-b-i-es….and many more.
    Max and Bella look the picture of health.

  14. Happy Birthday Every Body, 2 footed or 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Happy Birthday to all of yooooowooooowoooooooooo! Ku and pack

  16. Mustang.Koji says:

    Did I miss where you told us how old the poochies are?? And Max, the couch potato, is a cutie pie! I admire you for visiting a shelter and rescuing these wonderful companions!

  17. Aww how sweet and BIG!!!!!

  18. pishnguyen says:

    Such beautiful dogs, and it’s wonderful to see a happily-ever-after story. Happy birthday all around to your household!

  19. gita4elamats says:

    Woof-woof-woof-woof-woof (Happy birthday, cousins Max and Bella and Uncle Terry! Thanks for the photos, Auntie Paw. BTW, I’m a lap dog, too.}
    Wags, licks, BOL and love from Tara (and Ela & Mats) πŸ˜†

    • Awww cousin Tara, MOT & DOT. We’re so excited you woofed by. Our day wouldn’t be complete without you and yes we can see from your photos you’re a lap dog, a big one like Bella. Speaking of that we think that you and Bella have the same father, a pony!!! BOL. Come visit and share our bones…we wuf wuf you all. Max & Bella (Uncle Terry says thank you! And, Auntie Paw sends tons of smooches, rubbies, and hugs for all). πŸ™‚

  20. Max , Bella, and Terry are the best. I know these two dogs have brought much happiness to you and your husband. A truely good thing for those pups when you took them out of the kill shelter. Loved seeing the pics of the birthday pups and Terry.

  21. Clanmother says:

    You always have the best birthday parties! And you have the most compassionate guests – love being part of it all….

    • Well we sure love having you be a part of it. You are one of the brightest lights on our birthday candles. We learn a lot from you about feeling welcome and that our bark is more important than our bite. Special wags and BOL to you, Rebecca. Max & Bella (biped mom sends special smooches and hugs!)

  22. Have birth day to you all :D… send you a huge hug from here

  23. Clowie says:

    Happy birthday! I hope you all had a fantastic day!

  24. Happy Birthday all of you, lots of love from Me, Mrs B, Jessie, Alfie, Bones, Milly and Raffles

    • Oh wow, the party just got really hopping!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and really making it a whole lot more fun. We especially wagged about the love ya’ll sent. That’s the best! wag wag, Max & Bella (& biped says to give hugs & rubbies to your gang from her).

  25. Misaki says:

    Happy belated birthday Bella and Max and Terry! Hope you all had a lovely day!

    • Misaki!! We sure did, lots of treats, walks, dog park visit, rubbies, and wagging going on over here. Aside from the extra treats that pretty much sums up our daily life, like yours our friend. Wish you, Clowie and the rest of our furry cousins could be here in dogson. Happy day to you! wag wag, Max & Bella

  26. 68ghia says:

    Hope it was a happy birthday for all three of them P!!
    Many happy returns πŸ˜‰

  27. Sorry to send our birthday wishes so late – Max and Bella are gorgeous! Your man ain’t bad either πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks you!!

      We know how busy you are, traveling and reconnecting our furry cousins with their families. We hold you in our hearts and love what you do and all the grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat photos you post. You can show up at our door any time you want to. wag wag, Max & Bella

      (ps. Yes, Terry’s a very handsome man and a wonderful person.)

  28. Angeline M says:

    OMG OMG OMG…..I’m late for the party! Hope it was a grrreat day for all!

  29. Happy belated birthday, Terry, Max and Bella. We hope you had a purrfect day. Pawkisses πŸ™‚

  30. Hugs all around! My son has this silly thing he does. We don’t know when Scrappy’s birthday is, so every time he sees Scrappy, he wishes him Happy Birthday and makes of fuss over him, as in “What special treat did Mommy give you on your Birthday, Scrappy?” Then I give Scrappy a “special” treat. It’s all quite fun, really–especially since Scrappy is now 11 or 12… πŸ™‚

  31. Clouds N Cups says:


  32. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Beautiful, Max & Bella πŸ™‚

  33. KOHγ€€ says:

    Nice Max,Bella~

  34. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    Happy Birthday!

    • Thank you, Uncle Kerry! We’re always so happy to see you pop over here and you’re looking all healed up. Phew, we had our tails down when we read about your mishap and sent you lots of pawsome energy. Many wags for you. Max & Bella (hugs to ya’ll from biped scribe πŸ˜‰ )

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