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Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies and A Sick Pup

Well, Mavis ended up loving Camp Bow Wow! As I mentioned in my last post, Jimmy and I want to have doggy daycare as an occasional option in case Mavis doesn’t get as much attention or can’t get all get all her energy out when her little sis arrives.

Small dogs at Camp Bow Wow Pittsburgh Southwest Web Cam

I brought her in for her interview on Wednesday morning last week to see if she would be okay getting along with the other dogs, and once she was approved, she stayed for the rest of the day.

I had way too much fun watching her on the camp’s web cam. She came home so tuckered out and happy that I brought her back again on Friday. On Saturday, she was lethargic, and on Sunday she had diarrhea so badly that we ended up at the emergency vet.

Cocker spaniel therapy dog in training harness at vet

Thankfully, Mavis just has a tummy bug that isn’t contagious and is treatable with antibiotics. Since nothing else in her routine changed except going to doggy daycare, I can only assume that’s what caused the sickness? I guess it’s kind of like taking a child to daycare, the child getting sick, and then building up their resistance to the germs at the daycare.

It’s just no fun to see your usually perky and sassy pup so sick. She’s on the mend, though, and Jimmy and I are so glad Mavis’ sickness isn’t anything serious! If anyone in the Pittsburgh area is looking for a 24/7 emergency vet, I’d highly recommend University Veterinary Specialists. We received really great care there.

After an eventful Sunday morning, I was in the mood for some baking. Is baking comforting to anyone else or just me? The process of creating, baking, and enjoying food just makes me so happy.

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip CookiesMalted milk chocolate chip cookies

I finally perfected my recipe for malted milk chocolate chip cookies! It has taken a few test runs, and I’ve been at it since May, but I think I’ve got it down pat now. The cookies are soft, malty, have a variety of chocolate in them, and are made with browned butter. Man do I love browned butter.

You can find the recipe here!

That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to the past few days. Taking care of our little May May and baking. And anticipating our little chicka’s arrival! Aaaand eating lots of this chocolate. It’s delish 🙂

Lindt 78% dark chocolate bar

Do you like to bake?

What’s your favorite type of cookie?

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Post Attack Update

It has now been over a week since Mavis and I were attacked by our neighbor’s dog, so I figured it was time for an update on how everything is going. First, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented, texted, and emailed me about the attack. That meant so much to me!

Black lab and cocker spaniel cuddling

Mavis no longer seems to be bruised and sore, which is such a relief. I hated knowing she was in pain. For the most part, she is back to her normal self. Jimmy and I took her to her puppy training class on Monday (Which my parents came to! They wanted to see their granddog in action :)), and she was a bit fearful around the other dogs, but warmed up a little by the end of the class. We are going to keep working diligently on socializing her!

The only issue is that she is now growling when we pick her up or even approach her to pick her up when she doesn’t want to be held. I’m not sure if she associates being handled and touched in certain places with pain, but we are definitely going to be addressing this issue.

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy sleeping

Mentally and physically, I am also doing much better. As I mentioned, I found out the dog that attacked us isn’t up to date on its shots. The police came to our house to let us know, and I made a visit to MedExpress afterwards. The doctor at MedExpress advised me to go straight to the emergency room to get the rabies shot series, a tetanus shot, and a round of antibiotics.

Not wanting to spend the day in the emergency room, I talked with Jimmy and we decided I’m not going to seek any medical care unless my bite wound gets worse. It’s honestly not bad at all and healing really well. We’re also 99.9% sure the neighbor’s dog doesn’t have rabies. My sister has me sending her pictures of the wound each day so she can do nurse things, like check for inflammation and signs of infection. Thanks, Hannah 🙂

So, we have some work to do with Mavis, but she is doing much better than she was a week ago! Thank you again to everyone who has shown so much love and support through this tough time. I really appreciate it!