Max here. I know what you’re thinking: “What a handsome guy!” Well I’m not just handsome, I’m lucky. I lived in Iowa for 8 and a half years, but when my first family needed to move and couldn’t take me with them, Terry Mixdorf at ABR found me a forever home in Kansas. I’m 10 and a half now and I love everything about my new home—my mom, my dad, my 3 cats, and my new BBF, Gus.

Gus is a giant schnauzer. He’s only 2 years old, but he weighs 85 lbs! We live just outside of the city limits, and Gus and I have nothing but fun in our 2-acre fenced-in yard. We’re loving, smart, and immensely talented, especially in the area of landscape redesign. Back in the fall of 2014, we pulled off one major and amazing accomplishment (and the one we think Mom & Dad will remember f-o-r-e-v-e-r). You’re really going to be impressed! Get ready . . . Here it is: One day in November we discovered that the mole tunnels meandering through our backyard had become rather lengthy, and with new ones appearing every few days, the network had become massive. We’d been digging around on them for some time, but Mom & Dad always escorted us back in the house before we could finish our project. But all that changed when the opportunity of a lifetime came along—Mom & Dad left us alone in the backyard for an entire afternoon! That was all we needed to show them how helpful we could be. We put our digging skills to work and by the time they returned we had trenched the entire network of tunnels covering nearly an acre of our yard! When they came home and began looking for us, we were proudly sitting there, exhausted, but waiting to show them both our massive “re-landscaping” project and our trophy—one of the moles (and we take no prisoners). Gosh, they were just speechless. Too proud to speak, we suspect, because it ultimately took a pickup-size load of soil to fill in the trenches.   Yeah. Amazing.

As great as digging is, and as accomplished as we are in the art, our absolute favorite thing to do is ride in the car. Here are the selfies we took to commemorate our one-millionth ride in the Rav4. Kansas! Where the digging is great, and the rides are even better.