Puppy Cuteness Overload: A Photo Essay

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You all met the Chihuahua – Jack Russell puppy, Mali, when she showed up on my doorstep.

chihuahua daschund puppy playing in green grass and yellow flowers

I wondered if I would keep her…for like a whole two seconds. I mean, look at her. She is the same height as the grass.

So far I have taken 583 photos of her.

puppy biting the camera lens cap

She helped…

puppy trying to bite camera

She helped a lot.

As you can imagine, she has tried chewing on everything: my camera, my shoes, bugs, mice, a jungle squirrel…

puppy chewing on metal

this yummy metal stake,

puppy laying in big dog's bed and chewing on her toys

Mocha’s toys, Mocha’s bed.

So how are Mocha and Mali getting along?

desperate looking dog

Well, it was a little rough at first. Mocha doesn’t like other dogs in her personal space,

puppy running by in a blur, big dog laying down in background

but Mali didn’t care.

big dog barking at tiny puppy

She persisted in following Mocha everywhere. Mocha would try to get Mali to back off with her bark,

puppy brought squirrel chew toy to big dog to play with

so Mali would bring her the favorite squirrel toy.

puppy stole squirrel toy from big dog

Then she would take it away.

Mali might be smarter than Mocha, but she still takes lessons from her.

puppy and big dog stare off into space

Like this important lesson on how to be an old senile dog staring down the steps at nothing.

puppy holding big dog's paw

Now they are the best of friends. Mali is the first dog that Mocha has allowed in her pack without jealousy. Maybe it’s because Mali is so young, plus super smart and sweet. Or maybe Mocha is so old, she forgot she always wanted to be my only dog.

dogs sleeping together

They always sleep together. Grandma dog naps and young puppy naps run on a similar schedule.

Mali always has to be touching Mocha,

dog feet intwined during nap

even when it’s too hot to cuddle.

The cuteness is ridiculous around here.

I’m raising this puppy

I raised Mocha a loooooong time ago, so I’m reading the dog whisperer’s book: How to Raise the Perfect Puppy. I’m up to week 8 in the book and according to Cesar, I’ve done everything wrong so far. I bet there are many ways to do it right, though.

What’s your number 1 tip for raising a puppy?

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22 Responses to “Puppy Cuteness Overload: A Photo Essay”

  1. August 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Erin, I have no idea how to raise a puppy. Luckily, I got a “teen” puppy from the pound and she’s already trained.

    You’re right! Mali is SO SO SO adorable! And I love the story and photos you made here. It should be a book! Book!

    That is very kind of Mocha to be so tolerant and giving. She deserves a good belly rub! :O)

    • Erin Morris
      August 16, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      aww thanks for the sweet comment! Training is a lot of work, I kinda wish she came trained like your dog :)

  2. Dave
    August 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Great story and presentation! I think you just wrote a children’s book, complete with photos!
    Very good! One tip on the chewing. I have found that if you get a citrus cent oil, I use orange and put it in a spray bottle and spray what you don’t want them to chew, they stay away. Well, I’m 2-2 doing this. So take the advice sparingly. It makes the house smell good and neither dog from the puppy stage have chewed or continued to chew where I sprayed the oil. And don’t dilute it either. So that’s my tip. But good luck and Mali is a great looking dog!

    • Erin Morris
      August 16, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      I wanted to grow up to be a children’s book writer and illustrator when I was a kid, so that makes me feel really good to read your comment :)
      I’ll try the orange oil. I’ve been meaning to make some to clean with, too. Although, Mocha loves fruit so it might work for Mali but make Mocha hungry haha

  3. Lily
    August 16, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    I think Mocha knows she’s getting old – Mocha allowing Mali into the fold is her way of making sure you’re taken care of when she’s gone.

    • Erin Morris
      August 16, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Well that is depressing. :'(

  4. August 16, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    I love what Lily said and I agree. Those two are very sweet and what a blessing for you!

    • Erin Morris
      August 16, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      That is just too sad for me to think about. I’m going to focus on the sweetness instead.

  5. Lily
    August 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Aww…sorry. Didn’t mean to depress you. I meant to be comforting and show what a great and loving dog Mocha is!

    • Erin Morris
      August 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      no worries. I know you meant well and that is sweet to think she is doing something for her pack. I just can’t help but get sad if I think about Mocha leaving. No way around it. That’s life.

  6. Jeff
    August 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Forget Cesar. Get the Puppy Manual at Unleashed Unlimited. They trained my dogs and are the best. http://unleashedunlimited.com/puppy-manual/
    Your new dog looks great. Best to both of you.

    • Erin Morris
      August 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Interesting. I’ll check that out. It’s important to get different perspectives. Cesar’s big thing is that I must give off calm assertive energy, but I’m not calm. I’m a mess of crazy creative inside. When I try really really really hard to be calm, his methods work. Maybe it doesn’t need to be that hard, though… :)

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    September 9, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Beautiful pictures! Is a cute dog! :)

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    October 10, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    For me to think, it is too sad.I’m so afraid for dog.I like dog but he don’t like me.One day….

  9. October 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    That is one seriously cute pair of dogs. Hope you’ve got some extra data cards for your camera!

  10. November 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Mali is so cute! I really love dogs and I have 5 dogs in our house. 3 are Labrador and 2 doberman.

  11. December 26, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    Aww… this is such a cute post Erin…Mocha and Mali both look so good together and it seems Mali is really taking great lessons about life from Mocha. :)

  12. May 1, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Awwwwww. I can’t believe I haven’t visited your blog in probably over a year or two. And you have a new puppy!! Just around the time that I’m really wanting to get a puppy too! Now you’ve made me want one more. Hahaha.

    • Erin Morris
      May 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

      so much work but I love dogs :)

  13. Peter
    May 25, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    I am really fond of dogs and I loved your post. The puppy is very cute. Keep posting this type of posts more.

  14. Andres
    May 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    I got my dog at 8 months and she is 11 now. She doesn’t accept other dogs cos she wants to be my only dog I think, as you said. Maybe I can get her a friend after all.

    Stumbled across this lovely blog, thought I’d say hello and congrats on your inherited family. Dogs are great!

  15. November 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    I love this, they look like a fun gang.

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