We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a good New Year. It seems so long ago now!

Archie and Dexter The Pet Shop Ripon, modelling their new red bow ties

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our customers, for supporting our small business. We really appreciate it.

We hope 2019 will bring health and happiness, and of course lots of extra treats!

Tongue out Tuesday for Archie The Pet Shop Ripon
Dexter The Pet Shop Ripon with his tongue peeping out

We have been doing a lot of modelling recently!

We have been very lucky boys. First of all, we were given an early Christmas present of two beautiful bandanas. They were sent to us by some very kind friends in Spain. There no mistaking who is who now! Aren’t they beautiful.

Archie and Dexter The Pet Shop Ripon, modelling their new bandanas

Then, one of Mums Instagram friends kindly knitted us two Santa Claus jumpers. Mum had seen them on Instagram and thought we would make fantastic Santa’s. We think we do too!

Archie and Dexter wearing their new Santa jumpers

We love modelling for mum. It always ends in a treat for us, so everyone is happy!

Archie and Dexter Spaniels wearing their new Santa jumpers

Look how proud we look!

Archie and Dexter Spaniels, waiting for Christmas

Here we are, waiting for Christmas! Please come to visit us Santa 🎅🏼

Ripon has united as a community, to pay tribute to those who fought so bravely for us.

We have also remembered the animals at war, with an array of purple poppies, kindly knitted for us by our customers.

There are some truly wonderful commemorative displays around the city.

Ripon Spa Gardens bandstand with red poppies

The bandstand in Ripon Spa Gardens, has been transformed into a spectacular display of poppies.

We will not forget♥️

There are two years between myself (Dexter) and my brother from another mother, Archie.

From day one, I loved him, played with him and taught him everything he needed to know. Good and bad!

Archie and Dexter

Archie was my mini me and even looked like me. I remember THAT first day very well. Mum went out with my human sister and when they returned, she came over to me with a treat and gave me lots of kisses. Nothing unusual there, until the bundle of fluff my sister was carrying, was put in front of me. I was so excited.  Doing the full body wag I greeted my new brother with licks, sniffs and happiness- and fell in love.

Archie and Dexter The Pet Shop Ripon

We became best friends instantly. The rest is history. We are now 10 and 8 respectively, and hate to be apart even for a few minutes.  #brothers 💖



Archie and Dexter The Pet Shop RiponWe have had some wonderful weather recently, which means plenty of lovely walks.

Dexter playing in the field

The farmer has made a very handy path especially for us, so we can run through the barley- it’s so much fun.

Happy Archie the spaniel

It makes us smile so much!

Happy dogs in the barley fields

Smiling Archie and Dexter in the Barley fields

We’ve also had some very exciting play dates recently. First of all our good friend Lola came to play. We love having Lola as our friend. She’s sometimes quite fussy and leaves treats – so we follow her round, hoovering up anything she doesn’t want! There is NO way we would ever leave a treat!

Archie, Dexter and Lola on their walkies

Archie and Dexter The Pet Shop Ripon, with their friend Lola

Then we had another friend to play – Jess, the beautiful black Labrador. She is very different to Lola and ate her dinner and any treats in supersonic time! We thought we were fast eaters, but it was as if she was attached to a vacuum cleaner. We’ve never seen anything like it! Jess got all our toys out of the toy box and enjoyed playing with them. Although we were slightly worried, in case she ate them too!

Archie and Dexter enjoying walkies with their new Labrador friend Jess

Who knows how long this beautiful weather is going to last, but one thing for sure, is we are certainly making the most of it!

We always love our walks, even more so in the Spring. Everything is just starting to bloom – especially our fur!!

Dexter and Archie I. Ripon Spa Gardens

The colours are spectacular. The above photo was taken in Ripon Spa Gardens. Ripon Spa Gardens is a lovely amenity for families in Ripon. It’s a small park, but has a cafe, a crazy golf course, a bowling green and an exciting Green Man trail for the whole family. We often walk down to the park for a breath of fresh air and to stretch our legs at lunchtime. The best thing is, it’s minutes away from our little shop.

Archie and Dexter sitting by the flowers in the park

So, here we are again in the same park a week later, after we’d been subjected to the clippers again!

Dexter by the beautiful blossom trees

Closer to home, we have a lovely walk which has an abundance of blossom trees. They line the field and look incredible.  Archie runs around like a young puppy, while I wait patiently for the human to take the photo and give me a treat!

Dexter enjoying a sunny Spring walk

Sunny Spring walks are just the best and we hope wherever you might be walking, you have a wonderful time.


Information about our Raffle for charities

We have a raffle running at the moment, with some really lovely prizes. These have kindly been donated by some of our fabulous suppliers.

Poster showing raffle prizes

Tickets are £1 each and all proceeds will be split between 2 local charities.

SYD – Saving Yorkshire’s Dogs

and HAPPY – Hedgehog Appreciation Prickly Pals Yorkshire.

The raffle will be drawn on Sunday 13th May at Bedale Dogfest organised by SYD.

Prizes will need to be collected from either Bedale Dogfest, or from

The Pet Shop, 13 Old Market Place, Ripon HG4 1EQ


Many thanks to the following suppliers who have kindly donated products for our raffle.

FrontlineUK, BurnsPetNutrition, Hills,  Forthglade, PlaqueOff


We were very lucky to be asked by the PlaqueOff team, to try out their Dental Care Bones. As we already use the PlaqueOff powder, mum was very interested in these bones to help keep our teeth sparkling!

Archie and Dexter and PlaqueOff dental bones

ProDen PlaqueOff® Dental Bones are dog chews with the proven PlaqueOff® Powder as one of the ingredients. Used daily, this natural product made with kelp can significantly complement ordinary dental hygiene. It can help to clean teeth, freshen breath and reduce plaque and tartar by abrasive action.

The bones come in 4 great flavours – the one we road tested was vegetable fusion. Mum was slightly concerned  we may not like the flavour (as we’re proper meat loving lads), but she need not have worried. As soon as the packet was open, we were straight in there helping ourselves!

Archie cocker spaniel helping himself to a PlaqueOff dental bone

It’s safe to say, we both loved them and are hoping she will start stocking them in the shop!

These bones are grain free and gluten free and suitable for dogs over 6 months of age.

However they are NOT RECOMMENDED FOR DOGS WITH HYPERTHYROIDISM without seeking veterinary advice first.

Dexter cocker spaniel enjoying his PlaqueOff Dental bone

We can certainly give you the paws 🐾 up for this product. Mum is happy too,  as it’s saving her money on vets bills by us not having to have our teeth scaled and polished!!


We were warned a ‘Beast’ was on its way. The thing was, Archie and I didn’t have a clue what they meant by the Beast. We were just worried this Beast would try and steal our treats! Happily, the Beast didn’t steal our treats, even better – it brought us snow (from the East!)

Archie and Dexter spaniels enjoying the snow

We were more than happy to have snow again. Archie and I LOVE the snow. It has different smells and there’s nothing better than sticking your nose deep into the snow for a good old sniff!

Dexter cocker spaniel enjoying the snow

That is also when you end up looking like you’ve had a lovely snow face mask!

Archie cocker spaniel with a face full of snow

The snow also gives us the zoomies. We get terribly excited and run riot in the field. Even I have a good old run!

The weather was very, very cold and Mum insisted we wear our coats. I mean why?? We are both tough Spaniels with our own fur coats – why did we need another coat? However, being the good little boys we are, we gracefully wore our coats for walkies in the snow!

Archie cocker spaniel enjoying the snow

I have to say our coats were rather toasty when we were working in the shop. The shop is very, very cold – just like the snow! We stayed warm in our bed snuggled up to each other, coats on, next to the radiator. Mum said she wished she could have joined us!

Dexter cocker spaniel wearing his coat in the snow

Five days on, and the snow is now melting. Could Spring finally be on its way? We hope so!


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…..😴😴