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Max Update

Have you seen a finer looking , more handsome beast in your life? No, you haven’t. Some sad news about Max. At the grand old age of 3, the vets think he has osteoarthritis and may need a hip replacement. We are understandably rather gutted about this, as is, I’d imagine, Max.

He has to see a specialist in Labrador bones first (which are prone to this sort of thing), but we are hoping we can possibly manage his pain and try other things like acupuncture before we have to book him in for surgery. We also face an anxious wait to see if our pet insurance will cover this.

So, in the meantime, we wait and see how things progress. If you’d like to contribute towards his (hopefully full) recovery, then we’re having a 20% off sale over at Miso Funky. It applies to everything, so if you were thinking of picking up some cross stitchery, now would be a good time! You can use the code MAX20 until the 31st August and snag the discount. Please, tell your friends!

The first step is to buy him a new memory foam bed as this should help relieve stress on his joints when he’s getting up and down. The next step is to try to stop wincing and worrying every time he moves.



I’m Claire and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I have strong family ties to Cincinnati, too and regard it as my second home. If I had to describe myself in five words, it would be thus: Does. Not. Suffer. Fools. Gladly. I’ve been cross stitching pretty much all my life, but professionally since 2005, first as Miso Funky, then as The Bellwether and now under my own name. I'm known for my witty, sarcastic and occasionally profane typographic designs. My work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 and on BBC television as well as numerous media outlets across the globe. At one point, I was kind of a big deal but I mostly just dabble in it these days when I have time. My website is a repositry of cross stitch charts, travel and food blogging and you'll find it at I also love to travel and eat, ideally travelling somewhere great to eat something brilliant. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly the Victorians and will absolutely beat you hands down in a quiz about the Tudors. Dogs are LIFE. I like being in water and have lots of ideas that will never see the light of day but would definitely be a winner on Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank. I love to give people gifts. I! also! overuse! exclamation! marks! sorry!

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