Don’t forget its the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, this weekend.

Just spend one hour between Friday 28th January and Sunday 30th January counting birds, and help monitor how birds are faring. Its free, fun and a great way to keep an eye on your local wildlife.

Then simply go on line and tell the RSPB what you saw!

Spaniel dogs eating suet filled coconut


These two, were trying to disguise themselves as birds – trying a sneaky nibble of the suet, before they were sent back inside!

Dexter spaniel trying to eat the suet block

#happydays #overtherainbowbridge



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!

Archie and Dexter, The Pet Shop Ripon, playing in the snow

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!

Dexter cocker Spaniel lying on the dog beds

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!)

Sleepy dog

Dexter asleep on the bed


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.


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 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!!


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!

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