Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day to all of my U.S. friends and happy Monday to everyone! Jimmy and I have today off of work, so we’ve had a pretty relaxed morning (aside from Mavis waking us up at 4:00 AM to go to the bathroom ;)).

We just walked inside from our garden, which is nearing its end. Sad! We picked some San Marzano tomatoes, swiss chard, green beans, and a zucchini.

San Marzano tomatoes and swiss chard

I’m currently eating pumpkin spice Cheerios because I found them at Target the other day! I had them for the first time last year and really enjoyed them.

I also grabbed some Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea (if you haven’t tried this, I highly recommend it!) and popped into Bath and Body Works to get my mother-in-law a candle and wallflowers for her birthday.

Pumpkin spice Cheerios, Sugar cookie sleigh ride tea, and bath and body works fall candle and wallflowers

You know how I mentioned my family thinks my name should be Daisy instead of Allie? Well, my parents went on vacation to the Outer Banks last week and picked up a hat for me from the local Life is Good store because they said it reminded me of them. Thanks mom and dad 🙂

Life is Good Daisy hat

Speaking of the Outer Banks, my brother and sister-in-law also went with my parents on vacation and brought their two retrievers, Jax and Moses. My brother sent me this picture and I just love it! They look so happy 🙂

English cream retriever and golden retriever on the beach in the Outer Banks North Carolina

Moses is an English Cream Retriever and Jax is a Golden Retriever!

It was a little chilly here in Pittsburgh this morning and Mavis was hanging out in the kitchen with me and fell asleep. She was shivering in her sleep, so I covered her with a kitchen towel. Five minutes later, Malcolm woke her up and somehow ended up with the towel, ha!

Cocker Spaniel puppy cuddled under towel with toy

Cocker spaniel puppy and black cat

It’s so weird to think that Mavis will be bigger than Malcolm soon!

Well, I better get my day started. Jimmy and I are taking Mavis to her puppy training class today!

How was your weekend?
Are you ready for fall?


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 😉
  • 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 🙂

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