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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.

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!

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!