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

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

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!


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 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!

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!

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


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!!

We’ve had a wonderful Easter Monday! Mum took us to a fabulous place just out of Ripon, called Druid Temple. We had a lovely long walk but had to stay on our leads, as there are ground nesting birds at this time of year. Being Spaniels, we tend to show quite an interest in birds, so it was probably a safe bet!

Dexter and Archie at The Druid Temple, Masham

There was so much to explore. From strange piles of rocks stacked in interesting shapes, to new woodland friends. The new woodland friends were very boring – they just sat in their little boxes and didn’t seem to want to play!

Dexter saying hello to a woodland friend, Swinton Bivouac

Apparently, after a couple of hours, we had walked our little legs off (according to the humans). This was a rather weird statement, as we both still had all four legs. However, it did seemed to coincide with them ‘needing’ a coffee, so we think it might have been an excuse on their part!

Dexter exploring at Druid Temple Masham

We had one more look at the strange stone things, then off we went in the car for a magical mystery tour! We had just nodded off peacefully, when we came to an abrupt stop. The humans had found themselves a coffee shop/ice cream parlour!

We were very excited, jumped out of the car quite happily and took up our position beside the weakest human. The weakest human is the one we know will give us the most treats! We know coffee shops = treats!

Dexter the spaniel loving eating his ice cream

We weren’t wrong! Archie and I were well rewarded with empty ice cream cornets – which were absolutely delicious! Yum!

Archie eating an ice cream cone, the Pet Shop Ripon

Roll on the next Bank Holiday and another very special day out!

Why on earth do our humans think we like to dress up, or wear silly things on our heads? The things us canines have to do in the name of love! We are no exception. As soon as we saw two pairs of rabbit ears in the garden, we knew we were in trouble!

Arche and Dexter cocker spaniels The Pet Shop Ripon

Archie and I tried so hard not to be turned into Easter bunnies. Why on earth would we pretend to be one, when we’d much rather be chasing one! The ears went on, then somehow fell off – until we spotted something which was to change our minds…

Archie and Dexter with Easter bunny ears, The Pet Shop Ripon

That something was a rather delicious sausage. Mum could have dressed us in anything after that! We knew if we sat still for a couple of pictures, we would be well rewarded with our favourite treat. On this occasion the yummy sausage was certainly worth the embarassment of looking like complete fools, for a couple of minutes! We only hope none of our friends ever see this post!!!

Last weekend, Archie and I took the humans for a lovely long walk round the fields in Thornborough. The weather was most peculiar. It was like walking in all four seasons. We were warm then cool, dry then wet and most definitely windswept!

Dexter on his walk

Archie and I found one puddle during our walk and of course had to have a little paddle. A paddle in a puddle! I even found some mud. There’s something joyful about being in mud, even the smallest amount.

Archie and Dexter and a muddy puddle, THe Pet Shop Ripon

Mum was very pleased I managed to stay so clean (I don’t think she noticed my paws!).

Dexter on walkies, Thornborough, North Yorkshire

We saw some beautiful rainbows in the distance. Archie wouldn’t stay still long enough for mum to take a photograph of him under the rainbow. Obviously I willingly obliged, in exchange for a biscuit!

Dexter and a rainbow, Thornborough, North Yorkshire

Archie and I love going for walks. In fact, if we had our way we would be out walking all day, every day. Unfortunately our humans can’t help us with this just yet, apparently they have ‘other stuff’ to do – like work, gardening and housework! One day……

Rainbow over fields in Thornborough, North Yorkshire

Until then, we will await more walkies another time!