Archie and Sparrow Cocker Spaniels, in the bluebells

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!

Sparrow cocker spaniel in the bluebells
Archie cocker Spaniel standing in the bluebells

Hello everyone!

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!

Archie cocker spaniel carrying his dinosaur

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!

Sparrow Red Cocker Spaniel

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.Archie and Sparrow cocker spaniels

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.