Mavis at 10.5 Weeks

Mavis is now 10.5 weeks old! She turns 11 weeks on Friday, and we’ve now had her for almost three weeks. In some ways, it feels like she’s been a part of our family forever, and in other ways it feels like we’re still getting to know this little fluff ball.

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy

She is wild and cuddly and happy and sassy. She brings so much laughter and life to our house, and also keeps us on our toes 24/7. She is quick to learn, and will do anything Lola is doing. Malcolm and her play until they drop and it’s hilarious to see them run through the house at full speed. She lets me hold her like a baby and sprawls out in the most adorable ways when she naps.


  • Playing with Lola and Malcolm
  • Snuggling with Lola
  • Drinking water and chewing on her water dish
  • Chewing on Lola’s collar, lips, and neck
  • Walking around the garden with me
  • Taking walks
  • Meeting new people
  • Chewing on my flip flops
  • Belly rubs
  • Squeaky toys, rubber bones, and any of Malcolm’s toys
  • Going underneath our neighbor’s fence to see her and get attention

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy outside


  • Not being in the same room as me.
  • Being put in her crate when she’s not tired.
  • Being forced to go to the bathroom outside when she wants to play inside.
  • Being picked up when she doesn’t want to be picked up.


  • She went to the vet and did great! She is healthy and up to date on shots.
  • She has had numerous baths and has done well thanks to lots of treats.
  • We took her to the pet store the first week we had her and she fell asleep in the middle of an aisle.
  • She went to her first puppy training class and rocked it.
  • She slept through the night for the first time around nine weeks, but sometimes wakes up once or twice a night.
  • Mavis visited Jimmy and my dad at their respective workplaces.
  • She’s had a few days with no accidents in the house!
  • She learned “sit” and we’re working on recall.
  • She has met all of Jimmy’s family.

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy in car

Other thoughts and notes

  • We’re pretty sure she came home with fleas, so we are treating all the pets. Whew is flea medication expensive!
  • She does well in the car and likes to sit on my lap or just rest in the passenger seat.
  • I hate leaving her. I’m the one with separation anxiety, ha.
  • She is beginning to catch on to house training, and having potty bells on the door handle has helped a lot.
  • Her ears touch everything her nose touches since they’re so long.
  • Lola sometimes acts up (digs in the trash, eats cat litter, etc.) so I’m trying to give her extra attention.
  • Mavis walked on top of a sewer grate and her legs went through. She looked like a little hot dog and just got up and kept walking.
  • I love when her little nub of a tail wags. Sometimes it looks like a helicopter and I think she’s going to lift off the ground πŸ˜‰
  • She isn’t afraid of much of anything. She’s very curious about the world around her.
  • Having three pets is hard work and crazy most of the time, but so much fun.

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy sleeping on her back

I think that’s everything! Sorry I’m the crazy dog lady who writes a post about her puppy like she’s a baby πŸ™‚

Overall, Mavis has been so much fun and is adjusting well to our little zoo!



  1. Mavis is serious adorable! I don’t think you’re a crazy dog lady. I may or may not have some captions picked out for when my boyfriend and I get a dog hehe. Keep the puppy pictures coming Allie πŸ™‚

  2. Oh girl, this post makes me smile. I love that you love your Mavis like a mom loves a baby. That’s totally how we were with Oreo. I mean, we still are. We talk about “our kids” and we refer to Oreo and Little Bit as Brother and Sister, ha! Loved reading this!

  3. Awww! I LOVE this! Hey, I TOTALLY wrote and talked about Popcorn like a baby when we first got him too! No shame at all in that πŸ˜€ Mavis is lucky to have you as a mommy!

    Oh and girl, I hear ya on the flee shampoo. We recently had an outbreak in our backyard of fleas (we think they came under the fence from the neighbor dog) and flea pills are NO joke!

    1. Aww, thanks Brittany! I’m glad I’m not the only one who write and talks about their pup as though it were a baby!

      Man are fleas crazy! I can’t believe how much the treatment costs! The things we do for our fur babies πŸ™‚

  4. Echoing one of your other readers: I don’t think you’re a crazy dog lady either! I’m loving the Mavis updates and photos – they make me smile. πŸ™‚

    I’m curious – you mentioned her “nub of a tail”. Did the breeder have their tails docked? Docking Cocker Spaniels’ tails used to be common here in the UK but a few years ago a law was passed which made it illegal.

    I used to worry about leaving AimΓ©e when she was tiny. In fact, I still do! But she’s happy if I leave her with a chew and I think it’s good for dogs to learn that it’s okay to be alone sometimes. At least Mavis has Lola and Malcolm for company. πŸ™‚

    1. Aww, thanks Grace!!

      The breeder did have their tails docked when they were a few days old because he said they don’t have feeling at that time. I don’t really like the idea, and I would have loved for her to have a long tail. I hope that type of thing becomes illegal here in the US.

      I agree with you about leaving dogs alone. They have to learn that they’ll be okay! And having two buddies definitely helps little Mavis πŸ™‚

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