A cold and frosty morning……by Dexter

We had a beautiful walk this morning. It was very cold, frosty and fairly foggy, until the sun started to break through. One the sun made a slight appearance, the lighting was perfect and mum’s phone camera was at the ready (of course!).

Archie and Dexter, The Pet Shop Ripon, A cold and frosty morning.

We took the balls with us too, which Archie particularly enjoyed. I preferred to waddle along, taking in all the fresh new smells around this morning.

Archie and Dexter, the Pet shop Ripon Hurry up and give me that treat, my bottom’s freezing!

This is me posing. Mum was standing in front holding a treat, which is why I was so obliging.  Just wish she didn’t take so long though – crikey, its cold on one’s bottom when it’s frosty!

Archie and d cuter, the pet shop ripon Ball……please give me that ball!

This is Archie posing. He didn’t need a treat holding in front of him – the ball was enough of an enticement!

Archie and Dexter, the pet shop ripon It’s MINE!

We did enjoy ourselves so much. Papa (in the background) had lots of fun too, although he didn’t move around as much as we did….haha! Mum called him lazy!!

Snow Day!

One day last week, we woke up to snow! This was quite a surprise, as we seem to have our own micro climate where we live and when everyone else has snow, we usually have none!

How exciting it was too!

Everything smells so different in the snow – we both love it!

Even Dexter gets a new lease of life and runs around in excitement!

Mum tried to take photos of us this morning, but we were just too giddy to stay still enough for a good picture.

At lunchtime, we walked to the park in Ripon (with mum) and met a new friend. This ‘friend’ was very icy and didn’t move or speak at all. I (Archie) was a bit scared of him but Dexter loved him and even showed his love, by cocking his leg on him 😂😂😂


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!

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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!

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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

Walkies ❤️

We are so lucky to have many wonderful places for walkies in Ripon. Down by the river has to be one of our favourites, but when time is of the essence – mum frog marches us to Paddys Park and we charge round chasing ball after ball!

Sometimes we run around so much, we need a quick lie down to recharge our batteries!

Dexter always plays the cute card, to try and get us extra treats!

Then it’s back to the shop for a snooze!

Lunchtime done!


We love walks in the sun. Today we ventured out quite early, before it got too hot! Can’t believe I’m actually saying that…(I wonder if I’ll be able to say ‘too hot’ again this year?).

The boys had a ball. They are like spring lambs at the moment – full of fun and mischief!


archie and dexter, the  pet shop ripon
Erm….I appear to be stuck..
Someone, namely Dexter, managed to find himself stuck at the other side of a fence. Archie had to go and rescue him and show him the way out. Such a clever pooch!


archie and dxter, the pet shop ripon
Come on…..HELP me get out of here!
After a good run about, it was home for lots of water and rest time in the shade (?) Why do dogs sometimes insist on lying in full sun. I ended up going indoors, so they’d follow and cool down! Doh!


The Sun Is Here!

I can’t believe we have finally had FOUR lovely days in a row! Wow!

We’ve managed some lovely sunny walks and the boys have managed to stay clean, after their recent hair cuts!


archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
Can we have our treat now?
Look how perfectly we are staying…..there must be a treat involved!


dexter, the pet shop ripon, dog, north yorkshire
Look at me sitting like a good boy!

Dexter is sitting very proudly after rolling in deceased wildlife – I spoke too soon about them staying clean!


drxter rolling, the pet shop ripon, north yorkshire
Eau de dead bird….yes please!
Just look at the expression on Dexter’s face…….he’s enjoying every minute!


Recently I bought a Jawbone Up. For anyone who doesn’t know what these are, I shall give a very short synopsis! A Jawbone Up is quite simply a fitness gadget you wear on your wrist. It somehow tracks the number of steps walked throughout the day and records how well you slept during the night. I never imagined how obsessed I would become with this piece of black plastic round my wrist!

Now, I am determined to walk at least 10,000 steps a day! (Apparently this is a good average number). This is also great for the dogs, as they are dragged out for longer walks, whilst helping me to achieve my target. Obviously they are oblivious to my sudden keenness in striding out in all weathers…but I’m sure (I know) they love it!


archie and dexter, www.riponpets.co.uk, the pet shop ripon
Run dog run….
I look at them running around the field (well Archie anyway!) and wish I had their energy – but at least I’m trying!


the pet shop ripon, dog walk , archie and dexter, thornborough
Lets play chase….
Dexter is such a sweetheart, plodding along in the field. If he was a human he would be like me (preferring to walk rather than run) or vice versa – if I was a dog I would definitely be more like him than Archie, (who just loves to run – all the time if he could get the chance!) I’d be the plodder!


dog walk thornborough, archie and dexter, The pet shop ripon
Oops, ear malfunction….

Archie runs so fast at times, he seems to have ear malfunctions!! Bless.
I say long may it last! I ended up walking round and round the living room yesterday as I only needed a few extra steps to make it to 10,000……is that ridiculous?

Early morning walks

It might start off dark, but when the sun starts to break the effects are wonderful.

We’ve had such a lot of rain recently, it looks like Archie is walking next to a lake, when in reality it’s a flooded field!


the pet shop ripon north yorkshire We love our early morning walks

The new LED collars are fantastic! I won’t lose my boys with these on!


Wind and Spaniels

I seem to talk about the weather on a fairly regular basis! Usually because it’s not been great! Yesterday was no exception. Thankfully the rain had stopped but the wind…….well there was definitely one little pooch who was not impressed with it! His Dumbo impression is just priceless!


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i have no control of my ears!
windy walks, the pet shop ripon north yorkshire
This is my Dumbo look!
the pet shop ripon, north yorkshire
I do NOT like this wind!
Let’s hope for less wind, less rain and some nice bright dry days soon 😀