Happy Christmas 

We are sorry we haven’t updated our blog in a while…..things are quite busy in the shop at the moment and mum has been tearing round like a headless chicken (?) 

That’s what she claims, anyway!!

We do hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year (just in case we don’t get chance to post for a little while!) 

We endeavour to do better in 2017 ❤️


Christmas is slowly coming to the shop. This can only mean endless days of being dressed up and photographed for all the social media sites mum uses! On the plus side, we usually get extra treats if we’re really good 😍

christmas, the pet shop ripon, archie and dexter

What on earth are these silly things? Why can’t mum model them herself?

christmas the pet shop ripon, archie and dexter
I am not impressed!

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon, christmas
This is getting very worrying. How many more does she have? We will be demanding extra treats for this!

christmas, the pet shop ripon

What! I’m now a reindeer – great……. 😬😬😬

the pet shop ripon, archie and dexter

We think this is the final straw. Dexter in pyjamas!! 😂😂😂😂 

***update…. we have been rewarded with extra sausages so we are very happy. Also lots of people have said we are such good boys – which makes mum happy too ❤️ ***

FRIENDS (Part 2!)

So…..all good things come to an end and our lovely friend Lola has now gone back home. It seems very quiet without her!

We all enjoyed lots of fun and frolics, for the 2 weeks she stayed with us. 

We taught her all about being a shop dog….

….and the best way to ‘shoplift’ treats!

the pet shop ripon, north yorkshire
Yummy chicken feet…

We had some lovely times together.

The seaside….

beach, archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
We do like to be beside the sea…

Mum put Lola back on the lead at the beach, as she kept running into the sea!

We also showed Lola some other water, which wasn’t quite as blue as the sea!

the pet shop ripon, north yorkshire
Lovely water!

Introduced her to our cow friends….

Best friends…❤️❤️❤️

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
Best friends

See you again soon Little Lola xxx


We have our good friend Lola staying with us for two whole weeks! Her humans have gone off to Spain and said she could have her own holiday at ours….

So, Archie and I have been happily teaching her all sorts of things, which we are sure her mum and dad will appreciate when they are home.

Firstly, Archie taught her all about rabbit holes and how important it is to poke your head down them as far as it will go!

Archie and Dexter the pet shop ripon
There must be one here somewhere!

Secondly, we taught Lola how exciting cow pats are, even the old ones. Lola carried this one to the gate, until our mum said she had to leave it in the field.

Yummy cow pat!

I very proudly showed Lola the muddy puddle and explained how tasty the water was to drink. She joined in very quickly.

Mmmm, this water is so tasty!
I also taught Lola how to play tug of war. She was very good at this game and we had a lot of fun (of course I had to win 😉).

the pet shop ripon
Tug of war…..

Finally, we taught Lola how nice it is to curl up close to each other at bedtime ❤️

Being Spaniels!

My two spaniels have some very important jobs to do!

They MUST check out every rabbit hole…  

Archie and Dexter, The Pet Shop Ripon North Yirkshire
Where did you go bunny?
…..they HAVE to  sniff every smell

archie and Dexter, The Pet Shop Ripon North Yorkshire
New smells are always goid!
  ……. they NEED to do lots of running around

archie and dexter,The Pet Shop Ripon North Yorkshire
Run doggie, run.
 …..and they LOVE to snuggle!

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon north yorkshire
Snuggle time

To be continued 😀



I love the fact my boys seem to adore each other. They get along so well – I’m so lucky.

I took this  picture after a rather soggy walk today and couldn’t resist snapping them curled up together in their bed at the shop.



We all got rather excited when some new toys arrived in the shop. Some more than others! 


The  Pet Shop Ripon, New Toy, Archie and Dexter
New toy, yeH!
So, feeling very kind and generous one morning, I gave the boys a new toy to play with.  This is what happened within the space of two mnutes!


The Pet Shop Rippn, Archie and Dexter, New Toy
Oh no, look what happened!
They had enormous fun for those two minutes, but I have to say I was hoping it would have lasted long enough to actually make it home!

These faces speak volumes……,guilty or what!!

Keeping tabs on the fish!

Although we are only a very small pet shop, we do have an upstairs showroom, with the larger items we sell, such as – dog beds, fish tanks, bird and small animal cages. We also have cold water and tropical aquariums, with a good range of fish.

It is Dexters job in the morning, to check the fish are all swimming around happily! He particularly loves to stand and watch the goldfish. If I ever lose him for a while in the shop, he can often be found lying in front of the tanks, mesmerised!

Archie on the other hand, waits patiently for any flakes of fish food I might drop as I feed the fish. He is my hoover and will swiftly vacuum any such delights from the floor!

Dexter  cocker dosniel, The Pet Shop Ripon
Dexter just making sure the fish are all just fine!
What helpful pooches I have 😀

The first post..


I am Jane, the proud owner of a small independent pet shop in the beautiful little city of Ripon, North Yorkshire. We are very centrally situated just off the Market square and offer a friendly welcome to all who pass through our door. We encourage our four legged customers to bring their owners and always have water and treats available for the pooches.

I took over the shop in 2011 and although it is very hard work I love my job to bits. With the help of my two lovely assistants, we open 7 days a week throughout the summer.

Please say hello to Archie and Dexter, my two adorable orange roan cocker spaniels.

They come to ‘help’ in the shop most days. ‘Help’ in the eyes of a spaniel, means tidying up the sausages after ‘accidently’ pulling the box off the shelf,  tasting the suet pellets to ensure they are still fresh and nagging customers for pats and treats!

Please follow my blog for lots of entertaining pet related posts, inside information into the world of pet retail, product testing by our own inside testers and lots and lots of lovely photos!

Archie and Dexter,The Pet Shop.Ripon,, gorgeous spaniels
So sweet and innocent!