Four Paws Up for Sweater Weather!

Sweater weather has finally arrived and we’re dog-gone excited about it!

Fall has been slow to arrive in North Carolina, but we’re finally enjoying some crisp, cool 50 degree mornings and our coolest weather since May.


We give sweater weather and fall mornings on the porch 4 paws up!


Lola is almost 5 month old, in the wild and woolly stage of puppyhood and in need of a haircut. . .

 Gracie is still wondering if we can return her but keep her delicious puppy kibble. ;)

We’ve been calling her Lola Bear as she looks more like a polar bear than a Bichon. . .

I laughed when I saw how much she resembled this stuffed polar bear!

Sorry Gracie, we think we’ll keep her, she’s pretty cute for a bear.


We had 4 1/2 inches of rain on Thursday from Tropical Storm Michael with strong winds but fortunately no damage. We had the minor inconvenience of losing our internet and TV, but have friends that are 20 minutes away that have been without power for almost 48 hours. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are struggling from the devastation and destruction in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

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  57 comments for “Four Paws Up for Sweater Weather!

  1. angela carrera
    October 13, 2018 at 7:46 am


  2. Debra
    October 13, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Sooooooo precious, but, I think that’s (8) paws up instead of (4). Your ‘babies’ and beautiful web site just make my day!!

  3. Richie D Richards
    October 13, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Mary, so nice to see the girls getting along. Claudia

  4. Michelle
    October 13, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I see cooler weather is upon you! We are in the sixties this morning , a much welcome temperature. Lola and Gracie are just adorable 😎🌴🍁

  5. Joan
    October 13, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Thank you for sharing the Puppy Love!

  6. Rita C.
    October 13, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Oh my goodness, glam girls! A bear is exactly the first thing I thought when I saw Lola’s fur. And her looks toward Gracie are priceless, “okay, show me how we pose”. Those sweaters are the best.
    Cool weather came to us yesterday also, and it’s refreshing. Michael’s destruction is just incredible. Really glad you didn’t sustain any further damage. We had rain, but it was from the Midwest front that I believe helped push Michael out to sea. Now, what about this guy named Oscar?? I hope not……
    Have a good weekend, Mary.

  7. Janine
    October 13, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Darling pups! Love your posts, thanks for sharing. ❤️

  8. Sue
    October 13, 2018 at 8:09 am

    You forget how energetic puppies are!!! She is adorable. I’m ready for a puppy too. xoxo

  9. Kaye Moore
    October 13, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Lola is so cute

  10. Sandra
    October 13, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Gracie and Lola are SO stinkin’ cute! I’m all in with them on fall temps! Thanks for sharing those beautiful pics, fall inspiration and those pups!

    October 13, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I love the comment about returning Lola but keeping the puppy chow. They are so cute!!

  12. Tracy
    October 13, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Your post just made me smile inside and out… unconditional love is what our pets bring to us.. my black lab rescue is starting at me as I type as if she knows I’m looking at some cuties and not her.. keep the post and pictures coming!

  13. Pa
    October 13, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I love your puppies. They are adorable. I also really enjoy your beautiful photography. Recently visited Bryson City NC. My husband and I fell in love with the mountains of NC. The view of the Great Smokey Mountains from NC was breathtaking and words cannot describe the beauty. I am a TN girl but NC is my new love. Glad you were not impacted too severely by either hurricane that devestated your state.

  14. Cyndi Raines
    October 13, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Please keep Lola a little wild and wooly so we can tell them apart! Lol She does look like a baby polar bear! I always had trouble knowing who was who, with Gracie and Chloe, unless you specifically said. Both of them are just darling in their warm sweaters – just too cute! Have they started to snuggle yet? Or is Miss Lola still a bit much for Gracie? I am sure Lola is a handful with all that puppy energy. Thankful no damage to you or your belongings. Yes, prayers for those who were impacted by Flo and Michael. Enjoy your weekend. Yard work today for me, time to start putting things away in the shed, Fall is definitely here. ♥️🐾🍊🍂

  15. Ann Woleben
    October 13, 2018 at 9:32 am

    The girls are adorable and the cutest sweaters! You must have the magic touch to keep them still for a photo shoot.

  16. Jan Fusco
    October 13, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Gracie and Lola are stylin’ in their cozy sweaters. How adorable they are. We are having some cool mornings also here on the Florida panhandle. (Just down the road from the devastation of Hurricane Michael).

  17. October 13, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I just wanna roll around on the floor with those puppies….cutest things EVER!!!!! My sophiejane is not doing well and I’m counting everyday I have left with her. Lucky that I have 18 yrs worth of memories tho!
    I was JUST at Mexico beach and port st Joe with girlfriends 2 weeks ago. And now it’s gone. So sad

  18. Janet O. Robinson
    October 13, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Mary, your pups are so precious!!!! Lola looks like she may be bigger than Gracie:) WE may get another Bichon in the Spring. Our Chester turns 10 in January!! Thank you for such great photos!!!!

  19. Shannon
    October 13, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Cutest Polar bear ever!! Truly enjoy your posts! Happy Fall!🍁🍁

  20. October 13, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Way Adorable! Love the fur collar on the sweater. They’re really dressed in style.

  21. October 13, 2018 at 10:43 am

    How precious! Happy y’all only had rain to contend with….Florida is a mess! I’m so sad for the people on the panhandle. Yes we all need to pray and help if we can!

  22. October 13, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Glad you came out ok again, I worried about you this second round. those pups could not be any cuter or photogenic! Their attire is perfection 🍁🍂🎃

  23. Martha B
    October 13, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Where on earth did you get those sweaters? They are so sweet.

    • October 13, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Thanks Martha, I found them at HomeGoods a few years ago. Lola is wearing Chloe’s 🐾🐾

  24. Diane
    October 13, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Finally some much needed cool weather in Hotlanta.
    Gracie and Lola look so cute in their fall sweaters 🍁♥️🎃

  25. Debbie
    October 13, 2018 at 11:18 am

    The girls are so precious. So happy that Michael didn’t cause you any problems.

  26. S Williams
    October 13, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Chic fur babies decked out in style! Had to save them on Pintrest! They’re just too cute for words. 🐩 Glad you weathered the storm without damage as the beaver seems to be inflicting enough on your beautiful shrubs & trees. ☹️ Was so sorry to hear you were paid a repeat visit by that rascal. Hopefully he’ll pick on someone else’s lake shore & leave your garden alone. Enjoy these glorious Fall days! We’re so happy to feel Fall weather finally! Clara 🍂🍁

  27. Virginia
    October 13, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Positively absolutely ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. jane Lund
    October 13, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Oh my gosh, soooo cute!!! I can’t even…. They are pawsome!!

  29. anne
    October 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    They are both such snugglie-wugglies! I love their sweaters.

  30. Gail
    October 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    I agree….she does look like the cute bear

  31. October 13, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Cutest two girls in NC! Love their fur colar sweaters. I wish Sadie was as agreeable to wear a sweater. Gracie and Lola look so cute! Glad you didn’t have any damage nor power loss. My heart aches for all who are suffering loss. We are expecting house guests later today, the same family who fled Harvey last year. They are now back in their home, and life is pretty much back to normal. They were lucky to get their home restored within a year. Some are still waiting.
    Enjoy your fall weather. Texas is enjoying some cooler temps too, along with rain.

  32. Melissa
    October 13, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Omg Mary….this brightened my day..❤❤

  33. Chloe
    October 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Good to hear that you didn’t suffer damage from Michael. Lola is growing so fast. She looks almost the same size as Gracie in the pictures although I know some of that is fur volume. Thanks for sharing pictures. It’s foggy and rainy here in southern California. We received an inch of rain last night which, for us, is a deluge. It supposed to be back to 80 degrees F. later next week so I’m enjoying the cool temperatures today.

  34. Linda
    October 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Your doggies in their sweaters are just way too cute. I’ve never seen one that wasn’t groomed and not had their hair cut. I love the way this baby puppy looks….I don’t think I would ever trim the hair.
    Looks adorable like the teddy bear !
    Does any one else agree ? Or is it just me ?

  35. October 13, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Adorable dogs! Thank goodness it’s cooling off !

  36. Sue
    October 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Two of the cutest sweater models ever!

  37. October 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Poor Gracie:@) That side by side pic with the bear is great Mary, so cute! Thanks for the smiles:@)

  38. Paula
    October 13, 2018 at 6:05 pm


    The two are so Beary Cute ! hehe

    Sweater weather here too, it went from the 80s to high 40s within 3 days brrrrr !!


  39. October 13, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Two cuties! I love their sweaters.

    I am happy you did not have any damage from the hurricane. My heart is broken for all ho have lost so much and are suffering.

  40. October 14, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Lola and Gracie are too cute. We have had gorgeous autumn weather the past several days!

  41. October 14, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Awwwwwwwww!!! Now those are cute. Looks like Lola liked her sweater…so glad everyone is ok after the storm..HAPPY FALL! 🍁🍂🍁🍂

  42. Granny Gay:)
    October 14, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Adorably elegant in their fur-collared sweaters…hooray for fall and cooler weather! Glad that you had no damage from the storm…such widespread devastation…

  43. October 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Oh my, Mary, thank you for the morning smiles courtesy of your adorable pups! Lola does resemble a little bear. We had torrential rains yesterday as I was driving to Dallas for my baby granddaughter’s first birthday party. I’m glad that you’re safe and secure. Happy Sunday!

  44. October 14, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    oh goodness, the little fur collars!! So cute! How did you ever get them to pose so perfectly Mary??? Such happy fall pictures! We had 1, exactly 1 day of cool fall weather yesterday and back to 87 degrees today, ugh! The weather man is promising lower temps mid week. I’m so glad you were safe from the storm. Gracie and Lola Bear are heart stealers for sure!

  45. Terry Wallace
    October 14, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Can the sweaters get any cuter? Yes by being on your pups….so enjoyed.

  46. Karenann
    October 14, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I love seeing Gracie and Lola!! They are such a delight!! Enjoy the cooler temperatures!

  47. Joy
    October 15, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Oh, my goodness, those two pups in their sweaters are beyond adorable! Thank you for making me smile.

  48. Theresa Keller
    October 15, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Thank you for the cute puppy pics this morning!! and yes bring on the cooler weather in NC……

  49. Anne Marie
    October 15, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Two cuties! Love their sweaters! Glad you escaped damage from the storm

  50. Kari
    October 15, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    I love your babies Mary, they are just too cute in their little sweaters. I can’t get Jesse to wear his “anything” for very long…He leaves it on but the looks he gives me are something like “how can you do this to me and say you love me” LOL….So glad you made it through the hurricane ok. Prayers for all those who did not.., and lost homes and especially loved ones.

  51. October 16, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Your little guys are just precious!

  52. Linda Cunningham
    October 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you so much for putting a BIG smile on my face. They are both so cute and I understand the puppy stage, they keep you on your toes. Glad you weathered it through the storm with only rain and a controllable amount. Happy Fall!!

  53. Donna Burton
    October 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    They are absolutely adorable! Lola almost looks as big as Gracie! They make me smile!!!!

  54. October 16, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Gracie and Lola are so cute. Just adorable.
    Glad your weather was not too bad. We were so close to the hurricane and it was scary. However, we were spared and only had wind and rain. We feel extremely blessed. Lots of limbs and a big dump of leaves but we feel very fortunate. Many people affected that is heartbreaking. We have close friends that suffered damage at Mexico Beach. Their house was fairly new so building codes were stricter. They also were further east.

  55. October 23, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Well if there was a publication of “Puppy Vogue” Gracie and Lola would be on the front covers modeling their beautiful outfits….and how hysterical is the resemblance of Lola and that Bear!….happy to hear that you had no damage….

  56. Linda L Hovgaard
    November 6, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Three words here…hugs, snuggles and cuddles. Love your bench photos of the little dolls!

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