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Maximus aka Mouse was born on June 4, 2002 to Ch Bluegrass Dixieland Lullaby CGC, TDI, HIT, ROM and BISS CH Rise and Shine's Blazing Riot, SMET, CGC, TT, ROM. Dixie and Blaze are both HUGE, magnificent creatures with awesome personalities.  Mouse is not only a beautiful working example of the breed, his temperament and personality are unsurpassed.  He has high working drive and is highly focused on the task at hand.  He's just an awesome dog. Mouse became an angel at 13 years, 7 months, and 1 day old, and we're very grateful that he worked until the end of his life and passed peacefully of old age.  

“Live in the Sunshine, Swim the Sea, and Breathe the Wild Air. “ - Ralph Waldo Emerson Mouse is my sunshine, he swam...

Posted by Jennie Chen on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC) - 10 months
  • AKC Champion (AM. CH) - 13 months - owner-handled
  • International Champion (INT. CH) - 19 months - owner-handled
  • Novice Working Pack Dog Title (NWPD) - 20 months
  • GSMDCA Herding Instinct Test (HIT) - 22 months
  • Social Skills (SS) - 27 months
  • Started Water Education Trained (SWET)- beginners water rescue - 27 months
  • Water Education Trained Tested (WETT) - novice water rescue - 27 months
  • International Dog Show Group Two - owner-handled under Judge Margaret Alhino Jan.2, 2005
  • National Champion (NAT. CH) - 30 Months - owner handled
  • AKC Herding Instinct (HIC)  - 31 months - FIRST Swissy AKC HIC
  • WETDOG Water Test Excellent (WETX)- 3 years- Sept. 24th, 2005 - FIRST and Only
  • WETDOG Double Excellent(WTXX)  - 3 years- Sept. 24th, 2005
  • Working Pack Dog Title (WPD) - 3.5 years - Dec. 10th, 2005
  • Working Weight Dog (WWD)
  • Working Weight Dog Excellent (WWDX)
  • Working Weight Dog Superior (WWDS) -  Personal official best of 2840 lbs.
  • Ehren Champion Bronze - 3.5 years - Feb. 4, 2006
  • Best in Show Reserve Gold Cup - July 1st, 2006 at the IABCA show
  • Ehren Champion Silver - July 2nd, 2006
  • Passed the Physical Fitness portion of he NCA WRDX - on Standby for a spot at the test
  • Open Draft Dog (DD)- Nov. 5th, 2006 at the HANC Draft test (4 legs total)
  • 1st ASCA CD leg - Feb. 11th, 2007
  • Rally Novice (RN) - March 31st, 2007 - First in Class, Third in Class, 3rd in Class
  • International Dog Show Group Three - owner-handled under Judge Michael F. Loller Feb. 3, 2008
  • Companion Dog (CD) - April 4, 2010
  • Versatility Greater Swiss (VGS) - April 4, 2010
  • Austin's Fittest Dog - March 2012
  • Delta Pet Partners Certified (Delta) - March, 10, 2012
  • Therapy Dog (THD) - Dec. 23, 2013
  • Therapy Dog Advanced (THDA) - April 2015

Mouse's TV and News Career - Mouse somehow winds up on TV.  

Health Clearances

  • OFA Hips: Fair  SMH-1046F24M-PI

  • OFA Elbows: Normal  SMH-EL823M24-PI

  • OFA Shoulders: Normal SMH-SH78M24-PI

  • OFA Patellas: Normal SMH-PA181/24M/P-P

  • OFA Cardiac: Normal SMH-CA93/24M/P-PI

  • CERF: Normal 2003 591/3-03, Re-examined 2006, 2013, 2014

  • CHIC number : 18116

  • AKC DNA: V341072

  • As of 1/13/15, he still does NOT have arthritis of hip dysplasia at 12.5 years old. Radiographs were examined by three veterinarians at different clinics.










His 9th Birthday! Photo by Annie Ray.


I brought a Unicorn the visit the hospital.


Therapy dog extraordinaire at the Texas Book Festival.


Look at that smile.


Laying on some snow with his keg.


He has such a hard job.


Coffee Table Sleeper


Mouse's story in Austin MD Magazine - March 2016


Mouse in Austin Fit Magazine - March 2012


Running along the beaches of Florida - showing off those pearly whites


Heckling the neighbors! Showing off his structure - naturally.


Free stack in the front yard - 3 years  showing off his structure - naturally. 


Spotted by the Bryan/College Station Eagle.


Loving on Sergeant Bunny.  It was the best bunny ever.  


Being a really cute Baby Mouse.