Sparrow has now been with our family for a few weeks. We’ve had a few ups and downs and a few steps forward and a few more steps back – but we love her to bits.

Archie and Sparrow at The Pet Shop Ripon
Archie and Sparrow in the shop

Sparrow is a gorgeous, albeit feisty little girl, but sadly she is worried about other dogs. This causes her to bark, and Sparrows bark is rather loud! As she finds the shop completely overwhelming at the moment, we are trying to limit her time there, to an absolute minimum. Everyone in the family is juggling their work schedules at the moment! We have also enlisted the help of a wonderful dog behaviourist, to help us get on the right track. (We don’t want her scaring away all our lovely customers!) I am armed with treats behind the counter, so if she see a dog coming in, she is fed liberally with lots of tiny tasty treats. Hopefully this will eventually make her realise that dogs = yummy treats and will help her to stop reacting.

Sparrow cocker spaniel, looking at the dog food at The Pet Shop Ripon
Just choosing dinner!

Archie has been the best brother Sparrow could want. He’s such a gentle boy, unphased by her grumpiness, and actually enjoys having her around. He’s definitely got a spring in his step and runs around on walks like a 5 year old instead of a 10 year old! Its so lovely to see.

Archie and Sparrow cocker spaniels at The Pet Shop Ripon
Sparrow and Archie

We are staying positive and working hard to make her feel happy, loved and confident. Watch this space for further updates!

Sparrow cocker spaniel in the paddling piol
Someone loves their new paddling pool!

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, cocker spaniel, sittiing in dog bed, the Pet Shop Ripon

Mum said we could both have a new bed (ours are falling apart – I have no idea why!!). I thought this one would be perfect but for some reason mum said no.