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Pumpkins, Pet Sitting, and Puppies

Hi and happy Friday! I’ve wanted to blog all week, but my schedule was jam-packed. I really missed this space!

I have a little chunk of time to blog this morning before I pet sit and do some baking for a birthday party, though. Hopefully Mavis, Malcolm, and Lola behave so I can write this in a reasonable amount of time 😉

The title of the post starts with pumpkins, so that’s what I’m going to start with! Jimmy and I packed up Lola and Mavis last Saturday and headed to my sister and her husband’s house for the day. They wanted to take us to a local farm to pick pumpkins!

Cocker spaniel and golden retriever puppy in wagon with pumpkin

While we don’t celebrate Halloween, we do celebrate fall, and it just seemed quintessentially fall-ish to pick pumpkins!

We also took the dogs on a walk, cooked dinner together, and relaxed. I hadn’t been to Hannah’s house since the day of her bridal shower, so It was fun to see how she and Josh have made it their own with decor and personal touches.

Rustic country kitchen decor Pioneer Woman and Fiestaware

As for pet sitting, it has been busy and so rewarding. I have especially loved bringing Mavis along for all of my visits. She’s my little working buddy, and all of my clients like that their dogs get some social interaction. Definitely a win-win situation!

Dogs sitting together Havanese and cocker spaniel puppies

As for the puppies in the title of this post, I’ve been hanging out with a lot of pups lately. I’d say about half of the animals I pet sit right now are puppies. It keeps me on my toes since puppies like to explore the world with their mouths, and find plenty of ways to get into trouble, haha.

Jimmy and I also had our friends from church over recently and they brought their puppy along to meet Mavis and Lola and it was adorable seeing them play together. Our friends’ puppy is a gorgeous beagle-husky mix!

Beagle Husky mix with blue eyes

I’ve also been doing some baking this week! My cousin is having a birthday party tonight and I’m making him a Lego cake.

I did a practice run earlier this week to get a feel for how I want to do everything. The practice cake could definitely use some work, but I was putting the finishing touches on it close to 10 pm on Tuesday night and just wanted to go to bed, ha.

Lego Cake

I’m making the actual cake today, so hopefully all goes well!! It’s going to be a mix of chocolate and vanilla cake layers with vanilla frosting. I’ll let you guys know how it turns out 🙂

Speaking of my cousin, he spent the day with me on Wednesday and we had such a lovely day together! We spent the day pet sitting and making some Lego treats. We even filmed a vlog together!

What have you been up to lately?!

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Mavis at Four Months

Mavis will be four months old tomorrow! She has grown so much since I first met her at five weeks old.

Cocker spaniel puppy growth at five weeks to 15 weeks

Mavis is happy, wild, and curious. She is turning into such a wonderful dog, and has blended into our little zoo so well. Sometimes I forget she’s only four months old, because she seems much older at times. She’s very intelligent, and catches on to training and learning new commands rapidly.

Likes

  • Meeting new people
  • Chasing Malcolm
  • Playing fetch
  • Food, especially eggs and oatmeal
  • Walks
  • Playing with dogs I pet sit
  • Cuddling with Lola

Dog and puppy cuddling

Dislikes

  • Being held when she doesn’t want to be (still a leftover issue from the attack)
  • Having something she’s not supposed to be chewing on taken away

Other Things

  • She is doing so well in her puppy classes! Jimmy and I are impressed by how obedient she is. The trainer also said Mavis has therapy dog potential, which makes my heart so happy.
  • She has pretty much mastered potty training, and I credit that to being hyper-vigilant and using potty bells.
  • Her crate is no longer the enemy! She was never bad about going in, but now she willingly sits in her crate and enjoys the quiet time when we are out of the house.
  • She has yet to be professionally groomed, but I am excited to she how she looks with a fresh haircut later this month!
  • She is great in vehicles. She will either sit in the passenger seat while I’m driving, or on my lap if Jimmy is driving. She’s quiet and content, which is a relief!
  • Her socialization has been going really well. I hunkered down after she was attacked and brought her with me on all of my pet sitting visits and it has helped immensely.

Cocker spaniel puppy sitting in grass

Hard Things

  • Sometimes I just really want to pick Mavis up and snuggle her, but she has been very leery of it since her attack. It makes me sad, but we are working on it with lots of treats and help from her trainer.
  • Having three pets is not for the faint of heart 😉

Happy Things

  • I love training her and seeing her learn.
  • She is wonderful off-leash.
  • She has a fun, happy-go-lucky personality!

Cocker spaniel puppy

I think that’s everything! Basically, Mavis is a fluffy little ball of fun that has brought a lot of joy to the Zottola household 🙂