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!!

Happy Christmas Part 2!

archie and dester, the pet shop ripon
Modelling the latest in Christmas coats!

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
…and trendy Christmas jumpers!

the pet shop ripon, archie and dexter, christmas dog
Sitting proudly in my new coat….no dirty paws here!


Shock horror, last Thursday we were dragged to the groomers. We have no idea why, but mum said we didn’t smell too good, we looked more like sheep than spaniels and our fur was taking too long to dry. The cheek! I wonder what SHE would say, if we said that to her!

On Thursday morning we started off like this:-

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon Before haircuts.

By Thursday afternoon, we looked like this:-

archie and dexter,the pet shop ripon Enjoying new haircuts (or not!)

You can tell by our faces we are not exactly ecstatic about this decision! 

To cap it all, our jumpers and coats are apparently ready and waiting – eek! 😬😬😬

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 😂😂😂


The Beach!

It was to be our lucky day, both mum and papa had managed a day off together! Not only that, they decided to take us on a road trip to our favourite place – the seaside.

archie and Dexter the pet shop ripon, Marske Beach
Family day out at Marske Beach Yorkshire

We went to Marske Beach in Yorkshire, very dog friendly and very quiet, which was just perfect for us.

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon, marske beach
You can’t catch me…..!

There was plenty of time and space to play ball and chase each other around like little puppies. Even Dexter ran and ran and ran. Probably as much in the first hour as he’d done in the whole of the week before!

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
Flying dog!

The weather was great, sunny and mild, so even the humans were happy!

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
Digging for gold!

We enjoyed plenty of digging and excavating in the sand – it was wonderful.

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
Archie and Dexter ❤️

Of course the humans insisted we sat and posed for pictures from time to time. Why do they always insist on taking so many photos? Occasionally however, we do get a small treat if we’ve sat nicely and looked at the camera!

the pet shop ripon, archie and dexter, Billy+Margot
Our first Billy+ Margot Iced Treat

We had a wonderful day, which finished off with sometime we’d not tried before – a delicious Iced Treat for dogs by Billy + Margot. This was utterly amazing and mum said she might just start stocking this in the shop next year – we are keeping our paws crossed!


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 ❤️ ***

A day in the life of a shop dog!

As you may or may not know, we own a small and very sweet (well we think so!) pet shop in the centre of the wonderful city of Ripon. 

Us boys do many very important jobs when we are at the shop and would like to share some of these roles with you…

1. Models…

dexter and archie model dogs, the  pet shop ripon
Modelling the lastest fashions…

2. Bed tester…

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
When one bed just isnt enough!

3. Product quality controller….

atchie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
Looks just fine to me!

4. Congratulators!

the pet shop ripon, archie and dexter
Our special congratulations to our local boy Jack Laugher during the Olympics 2016

5. Livestock supervisor!

atchie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
Yep, all present and correct!

We will maybe continue this next week 😘👍🏻❤️🐶🐶


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 ❤️

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!

A day at the beach!

We had a fantastic day at Redcar Beach recently. The weather wasn’t up to much and the humans were dressed for winter – but we still had a ball. 

archie and dexter at the beach, the pet shop ripon
I’m enjoying watching Archie do all the digging!

So much running and digging to be done – we just didn’t stop all day! In fact it’s probably a good job it wasn’t very warm, or we would have been flagging in the heat very quickly.

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon, redcar beach
Where did this sand come from?

Why does the sand seem to get everywhere?

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon
Sandy nose, sandy eyes, sandy fur…..

After an awful lot of digging – there was time for a few games of ball, before a very sleepy journey home!

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon, redcar beach

archie and dexter, the pet shop ripon, redcar beach

A perfect day ❤️