We love our Bluebell walks at this time of year. It’s just a shame the weather hasn’t been great recently.
Lets hope the sun begins to shine again very soon! In the meantime, its coats on in the rain and lots of towels at the ready when we get home!
We had a great time at DogZone yesterday. What a fabulous place this is. A giant playground for dogs, which you can hire for your exclusive use. We take Archie and Sparrow regularly and they clearly love it. Archie (who is 11) morphs into a puppy again and simply loves to run around trying out all the different activities. His favourite is the sandpit! For us, having this amazing facility is ideal for Archie to have a good play and perfect for Sparrow, who is a very fearful and reactive girl. Sadly she can’t cope with meeting other dogs on walks, so DogZone is ideal. We can let her off lead, knowing she’s not going to encounter anything which causes her to become worried. She loves it! After running around the circuit of the three fields, Sparrow then enjoys using all the equipment.
DogZone is split into 3 separate fields/areas which you can gate off if needed. Two have various climbing and agility resources and the third field is grass – ideal for playing ball and doing a bit of training (if you can drag your dogs away from the play things).
The owners have made even more investments to DogZone recently, with new wooden structures, a straw pool, tunnels, hills, agility equipment, logs and tyres as well as plenty of toys. There is so much to do!
There is a lovely shelter for the bad weather, although we’ve never needed to use this – we are far too busy with the dogs! Situated a couple of miles out of Ripon, it has a designated car park, a double entry safety gate and is Covid secure with hand sanitiser available. There is even a toilet.
I highly recommend this place for a visit, especially once you are able to travel!
We are just checking in, to say another big thank you for supporting us during these challenging times. We really appreciate it.
Hopefully over the next few weeks, our hours will be extended – gradually helping us get back to some kind of normality. We will continue to restrict customer numbers in the shop and continue to follow Covid secure practises. The virus has not gone away, so we all need to remain sensible.
On another note, Archie has enjoyed being back working in the shop. Despite the fact he is supposed to be on ‘my’ side of the gate with me, he often manages to sneak out and help himself to a treat or two. His new favourite quick steal, are the J R Pet Products Pure Meat Coins. They are at a great height for the nose of a Cocker Spaniel and totally yummy!
Sadly, Sparrow can’t cope with being at the shop at the moment. She gets very stressed and anxious when she sees another dog and can then be rather grumpy with Archie later in the day. She stays at home with someone and is reunited with Archie, when we’ve finished work. During the day, she finds Archie tolerable! Its just the evenings we can have a few grumbles (depending how stressed she’s been earlier on). However, we are getting good at reading her body language, so can preempt a lot of situations. Treats help!
Taking on a rescue dog is never an easy task and I’ll be the first to admit I have been on the brink of tears a number of times with Sparrow. I’ve felt judged on occasion, for her reactivity, as if it’s totally my fault. I’ve even had people walk up to us with their dog when I’m trying to walk away, (and she’s wearing a ‘reactive dog’ lead!) We have the support of a lovely behaviourist, who is helping us with Sparrow. We know its not going to be easy journey but we are determined to ‘get there’ eventually!
Wish us luck. We will keep you posted.
Love from Jane, Archie and Sparrow.
We would like to say a huge thank you, to all our customers who have supported our little business over the past year. It’s been the hardest year ever and one we hope we won’t have to repeat.
Christmas will be a very strange one for us all – I will miss my mum so much, but would prefer her to stay safe. Maybe Easter will be the new Christmas.
I wish each and everyone of you (and your precious pets), a safe and healthy Christmas and thank you again for shopping local.
We hope you like our Christmas window. We think it looks like a winter wonderland toy shop for animals! Our online shop should be live very soon. We can offer free local delivery, or postage with Royal Mail or MyHermes. Christmas toys are selling very fast – once they’ve gone, they’ve gone – our […]
We have some amazing Christmas toys and treats for your four legged friends – but when they’re gone, they’re gone!
Here’s just a small selection!
Who knows what will happen over the next few weeks, so starting shopping early might be a sensible thing!
Last Sunday, we made a long trip to Wales to have a meet and greet with a little rescue Spaniel called Sparrow.
We’ve thought long and hard about taking on a rescue, as we still miss Dexter so much, but as soon as we saw this little girls face on the rescues website, we knew she was the one.
Taking on a rescue dog is never going to be plain sailing, as they will have their own baggage to deal with. However, we felt we could offer this girl a loving forever home, and we would deal with whatever issues we needed to, along the way.
Archie joined us on our journey to Wales and was introduced to Sparrow in a safe enclosed area at the rescue. Sparrow was more interested in the humans present and Archie was more interested in the treats being offered, than they were of each other, but they did have a little sniff, before ignoring each other again! However, there were no cross words and everything went very smoothly for their first ever meet.
As the meet and greet had been successful, we were officially allowed to adopt Sparrow and take her home. (Homechecks had already been completed at this stage).
The journey home was long and tiring, and Sparrow spent most of it either standing up in her crate, or digging up her vet bed. She didn’t cry or bark, just stood looking so sad and confused. We all felt drained by the time we got home.
We lifted her crate into the garden, and carefully opened the doors, so she could come out in her own time. Bless her, she was very brave, ran straight out and spent a good half an hour simply sniffing round the garden and the house.
We offered her water and food, which she simply devoured in seconds, before moving on to Archie’s bowl. Note to self, find the slow feeder!
It’s obvious that Sparrow loves people. She wanted to sit at our feet the whole evening, and enjoyed a gentle pat. She wasn’t terribly interested in Archie, but was happy to be in his company and vice versa.
It was a good start.
Keep following our journey. I’ll give regular honest updates about life with a rescue.
I sadly had to say goodbye to my precious boy Dexter, on 14th April. He had acute liver failure.
Saying goodbye, was the hardest thing I’d ever had to do. He gave me 12 years of pure joy, laughter and love – I just wish he could have lived for ever.
‘The saddest moment, is when the one who gave you the best memories, becomes a memory’.
He was mischievous, greedy and a such a little character – he will be greatly missed by us all.
This beautiful little face will always be in my heart ❤️🌈💫 Run free my darling boy .
We do apologise again for the lack of updates, the time just passes all too quickly!
Its been a long wet winter, and we are so looking forward to Spring! Coats have been selling well this winter! Mum even had to buy us new coats, so we have one each at home and one to keep in the shop for wet walkies!
We think red is definitely our colour!
As usual, I have been doing a bit of product testing with the beds. I can safely say, they are all very comfy and I’d have any of them!
We have recently had hair cuts! What mum was thinking when the weather has been so cold, we just don’t know! But at least our fur grows very quickly (and we’ve got our new coats to keep us warm in the shop!)
We hope you’ve all had a good start to the year. We will check back in again very soon.
Woofs and licks from Dexter and Archie.