Mavis

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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Recent Reads and All Sorts of Cuteness

I feel like I haven’t talked much about reading lately, so this post is going to change that!

I’ve been camped out in the book of James (in the Bible) for a while now, just rereading it over and over. Also loving Psalms and Proverbs. Soon, I’ll begin studying Jesus’ birth as the holiday season is approaching! I finished my Women of The Bible devotional and really enjoyed it.

Coffee and Bible

I’ve read a few birth/midwifery/pregnancy-related books recently: Midwife: A Calling by Peggy Vincent, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, Midwife: A Journey by Peggy Vincent, and Baby Love by Rebecca Walker. Of those four, I most enjoyed the books by Peggy Vincent. I could read midwife memoirs all. day. long. πŸ™‚

Fiction-wise, I read Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue and The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall, both of which were good reads.Β Non-fiction I’ve read lately includes, This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick and Cherish by Gary Thomas. Both also wonderful reads.

I’m currently reading The Runaway Midwife by Patricia Harman, and it’s pretty good. I’m interested to see how it will end! Also reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren during my devotional and Bible time.

I think that’s everything in terms of books, so how about some cute dog pictures?! I have been taking Mavis pet sitting with me in an effort to socialize her more, and it’s so much fun.

Cocker spaniel puppy and havanese puppy sitting together

She has now spent time with small dogs, big dogs, playful dogs, and calm dogs. She’s been in other people’s houses, in the car, and even had a “tea party” with the puppy above! And by tea party I mean they shared food, haha. Also, Lola continues to impress me with how patient she is with Mavis.

Black lab and cocker spaniel puppy cuddlingCocker spaniel puppy and corgi puppycocker spaniel puppy and Boston terrier mixChocolate lab and cocker spaniel puppy

Mavis also spent an evening with her cousin, Indy (my sister’s puppy!), and had a blast. They get along really, really well. Hannah and I just love seeing them play together. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see our actual children play together. I think my heart would explode from happiness?!

Cocker spaniel puppy and golden retriever puppy playing together

In other news, Jimmy thinks I’m becoming a dog. So much so that when I took a nap after a full day of dog walking, he took this picture of me with a snapchat filter.

Girl sleeping dog snapchat filter

It’s okay, though, because I deserved it for creeping on him while vlogging. I just love hearing whatever random things he says when he walks in the door after work, so whenever I’m vlogging I try to catch him in the act. I creeped on him in the vlog below around the 7:40 mark.

Alright, this post is getting quite long and I need to get my day started!

Have you read any good books lately?