Winter and haircuts!

Good morning to all our lovely readers.

We recently had  haircuts again! We were not too happy as it’s apparently still the middle of winter. Haircuts means wearing coats, but the human says it’s much easier to dry us off when we get wet, which also means we do end up staying warmer!

Archie and Dexter cocker spaniels looking very bald after haircuts!

Do we look happy about it?! No!

Archie and Dexter cocker spaniels, staying warm wrapped up in their blanket

Do we look happy about being snuggled up in a nice warm fleece?! Yes! We are even falling asleep. Maybe there are some perks after all.

Spring, you are welcome to make an appearance very soon – we can’t wait for warmer days, blue skies, light mornings and lighter evenings. On that note, we are now going into dreamland…..😴😴

SNOW!!!

Can we first of all wish everyone a belated, very  Happy New Year and thank you for the support you have given our little shop.

It seems a while since we last posted on our blog but with the Christmas rush and other things getting in the way, there just doesn’t seem to have been the time! Apologies!

Obviously Archie and I had a wonderful Christmas. We were thoroughly spoiled with lots of treats, a huge soft turkey (sadly not edible) and a large soft ball (amongst other things which we also claimed as ours!).

However, the highlight of December had to be our snow day!!!

Archie and Dexter are playing in the snow December 2017

Archie and I have seen many pictures of our doggie friends all over the country, enjoying days of happiness in the white stuff, which seems to have bypassed us each time. Except for one day at the end of December – when it finally arrived!

Archie and Dexter 2 cocker spaniels from The Pet Shop Ripon are playing in the snow

We certainly made the most of it!

Mum took us out for walks upon walks and we had so much fun. The smells were so different and we loved rubbing our faces in the snow to enjoy every sniff.

Archie, Cocker Spaniel, The Pet Shop Ripon, North Yorkshire, playing in the snow

Luckily our human wasn’t working that day – so there was no panicking about driving out of our village on the rather snow covered roads!

Dexter with snow on his face

We had the best day ever!

Sadly, all good things come to an end. The following day the beautiful fresh snow had turned into a wet slushy mess!

Fingers crossed for more another time!

Dexter the cocker Spaniel is pulling faces in the snow!

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Us boys would like to wish all our wonderful customers and our very special furry friends a very Happy Christmas.

Mum has been helping us get into the festive spirit! We hope you like our efforts…

Archie and Dexter are ready for Christmas The Pet Shop Ripon

Here were are showing off our Christmas tree. Although we didn’t help directly, we made sure were there to inspect everything which went on the tree!

Archie and Dexter sitting waiting for a treat by the Christmas tree

As if wearing Christmas bandanas wasn’t enough, mum found some silly head thing for us to wear too. Its a good job there were treats involved!

We find all the excitement of Christmas rather strange. The humans are running around in some kind of frenzy and new things keep appearing in the house. Cards, cards and more cards, fairly lights, silly decorations and lots of different shaped parcels (which apparently are not all for us!). We remember from last year however, someone old man called Santa called on Christmas Eve and left us some presents. Mum says if we’re good boys – he might come again this year……!

Dexter has a dog friendly chocolate bauble,in his mouth.

Oops, it may be too late for one dog! Someone helped himself a bauble off the Christmas tree – Dexter dog!! It was made out of dog friendly chocolate, so it was obviously for us….silly humans, I’ve not idea what all the fuss was about!

Anyway. however you spend your Christmas, we hope its a paw-some one!

Archie and Dexter

xx

 

Feeling a bit like Christmas!

Mum has been really busy, trying to get the shop ready for Christmas.

Last Sunday she decided to get the Christmas window display done. This is not the easiest of tasks as there is only a very narrow space to work in. There was a bit of muttering about her bottom being too big and she couldn’t fit, which we thought was rather amusing. Anyway, after a good couple of hours of rearranging, tidying, rearranging again and sweeping up copious amounts of glitter and bits of tinsel, the window was done!

The Christmas window at The Pet Shop Ripon

Of course, we had to be involved as usual and helped mum by standing posing in front of the window! Treats were involved!

Archie and Dexter

We have had a good look at ALL the lovely Christmas toys and gifts for dogs, and have already made our choices.  A turkey for me (Dexter) and a snowman for Archie. Oh and of course plenty of yummy Christmas treats.

Christmas products for dogs.

We are opening late on Thursday November 23rd – so why not pop in with your pawrents and choose your own Christmas present! There will be lots of snacksies for all our four legged friends (and maybe chocolates for our other human friends).

The Christmas window at The Pet Shop Ripon

Dexter and Archie’s New Friend

We have had such a busy few weeks, so apologies for the lack of posts!

A little while ago, mum was contacted by an Instagram friend from Italy. The lady had a daughter who wished to visit our country, in order to improve her English – and did she know of anyone able to help?

Yes of course she did……US!

Yes…..our family!

Fast forward a couple of months and Clara arrived from Turin to stay with us for two weeks!!

Clara has a Spaniel called Argo, who looks like a darker version of us. As we knew she would be missing Argo, we thought we’d better make her feel at home straight away, with lots of doggy kisses and cuddles!

Archie and Dexter with Clara from Italy

We had the most lovely time with Clara.

We took her to the beach, on probably one of the coldest days of the year (she’s not used to going to the beach wearing a coat!). Us boys didn’t mind, we had the best time ever, with extra humans to play with us.

Archie and Dexter playing on the beach

 

Dexter and Archie Spaniels on the beach

We showed her some of our local walks……lots of places of interest (aka all the best bushes to sniff)……all the yummy doggy treats we get in England, (a pizzle caused the most amusement!) and most of all, we showed her lots of Spaniel love!

Dexter with Clara

We had the most wonderful time and made a new forever friend.

Cuddles with Dexter

Sadly after two weeks, Clara had to return to Italy to her own family and Argo, but we know we will see her again sometime.

Archie and our visitor from Italy

Ciao Clara xx

Summer?

We are just wondering where summer has gone! It’s either hot, hot, hot, or wet, wet wet!

Today was the latter. Soggy doggys yet again!

Wet Dexter, The Pet Shop Ripon

Please hurry up and come back sunshine…

Soggy wet Archie and Dexter Spaniels the Pet Shop Ripon

Us boys are fed up of looking like drowned rats!

 

Ice Cream Time!

We would like to say, we LOVE Frozzy’s frozen yogurt for dogs. It’s lactose free, so it’s great for us boys. It’s just the best! However, our human shopper mistakenly only bought us one to share – in case we didn’t like it. As if!

Our next task is to try and get mum to stock it in the shop, then we could have one EVERY day 😂

Archie and Dexter sharing a Frozzy's frozen yoghurt for dogs.

Archie and Dexter’s holiday in Northumberland.

Archie and I (and our humans), have just returned from a fabulous few days in Northumberland.

We stayed in beautiful cottage in the little town of Rothbury, thanks to our human brother-in-law’s family – who lent us their house!

We had a wonderful time exploring the area. The beaches were amazing and we couldn’t get enough of them! To think there was all that sand just for us to dig in……amazing!

Archie and Dexter digging on the beach

One day Archie tried to bury one of mum’s shoes! However much to his disappointment, she noticed just at the last minute and managed to rescue it!

Archie and Dexter, The Pet Shop Ripon on the beach at Embleton Northumberland

All the beaches we visited were very dog friendly, huge and very quiet. There was enough room for everyone to have their own little bit!

Almouth Beach, Archie and Dexter The Pet Shop Ripon

Archie and I have never had so much exercise in the three days we were there. Mum had us up at the crack of dawn each day. Her excuse was she kept waking up early as it was so light – we think it was excitement as she just couldn’t  wait to get on the sandy beaches!

Archie catching a ball on Bamburgh Beach Northumberland

Our days on the beachwent something like this:-

Run around – ✅

Play ball – ✅

Dig in the sand – ✅

Paddle – ✅

Repeat – ✅

Of course there was the odd snack and nap thrown in too!

Archie playing ball on the beach

At the end of each day – the humans were so tired, we decided we would let them rest. We were so bored watching them sit doing nothing, we fell fast asleep (it obviously had nothing to with the fact that our little legs couldn’t take anymore!)

Archie and Dexter asleep after a day on the beach

Archie and I agree this has been the best few days away in a long time. We are already planning our next trip – so watch this space!

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Summer walks.

As you know, we love going for walkies and today was no exception. The sun was shining and it was very hot. Clever mum decided to take us through the fields of oil seed rape, where there was plenty of shade!

Dexter cocker spaniel walking in the oil seed rape crops

We had so much fun. Archie led us through lots of special passageways, obviously made just for us! As mum couldn’t fit between the gaps, she just had to stand and watch! (Apparently her diet has now begun, so perhaps she’ll be running up and down with us in a few weeks, haha!)

Archie cocker spaniel, The Pet Shop Ripon

All that running around made us rather warm. Thank goodness good old mum had brought some water for us! We did wonder if there was food hidden in her rucksack too, but alas not appeared. Such a shame!

Dexter cocker spaniel, the Pet Shop ripon

These are our favourite kind of days. Sun, walks, drinks, rest, food, more food, more walks…. Of course the addition of food today, would have made our outing even better (not that we are food oriented at all!!)

Archie cocker spaniel, the Pet Shop Ripon

We’ve heard on the grapevine, mum is off work over the Bank Holiday weekend. How exciting!  We are keeping our paws crossed for nice weather ☀️ which will hopefully mean more nice walks. Watch this space!

Photo shoot!

One sunny lumchtime last week, mum arranged for us to have a mini photo shoot with her friend Suzanne. Suzanne is a very clever artistic lady, who is a whizz with a camera.

So armed with pocketfuls of sausages, we were marched down to Paddys Park on the edge of town in Ripon. Archie and I were very relieved to find there were no other local mutts there. It could have been rather embarrassing  for them to see us posing like wallies, all in the name of love (of sausages).

Lying down…

Archie and Dexter, The Pet Shop Ripon, Cocker Spaniels

Standing up….

Archie and Dexter The Pet Shop Ripon

Posing….

Dexter Cocker Spaniel, the Pet Shop Ripon

More posing…

Archie, Cocker Spaniel, the Pet Shop Ripon

We were very good boys. Suzanne managed to take millions of photos, mum was very happy and we were rewarded well! It was certainly worth every minute for those sweet tasty sausages. In fact if possible Archie and I would like to do it all again tomorrow!!