Rhodes Pet Shop

It’s Been a While...

Crikey, it seems that running your own business when one partner has a full time job as well makes you a tad busy. Good intentions for a regular blog have clearly fallen by the wayside, but hopefully this will now be rectified! It’s full steam ahead for Team Rhodes; the pet shop, the pet shop blog, the social media, our side business of hand knit dog scarves and hand made doggy bandanas, and of course the new business, Hattie Mack’s Yorkshire Woodcrafts! 

This year we’re focusing on developing a more health friendly range of foods and treats for animals. Many of our pets have intolerances just the same as we humans do, so their food and diet needs to reflect that. It’s also generally better for them to eat good quality foods instead of the “junk food” we can readily find in the pet food market. If we can source products made in Yorkshire, then all the better.

Pet loss is another topic close to our hearts, since we had to say goodbye to our beautiful, gently boy Dax. The house is not the same without him, and his brother Murphy misses him terribly, as do we. We also have their mother, Jinx, who is the grand old age of 14 and having trouble with arthritis. Still thinks she’s a puppy though, and tries to jump onto the sofa from 3 feet away, forgetting she is also losing her sight and can’t really work out how far away it really is!. 

Dogs, eh, we wouldn’t have them any other way xxx

Posted 27 weeks ago

Focus on Ferrets

So we thought September could be our “focus on ferrets” month! 

Ferrets are fabulous animals, and can be kept as either pets or working ferrets. We currently have 4 that are pets, 3 girls and a boy who is neutered, Or rather, 3 jills and a hob. They can live between 6 and 10 years, and will happily sleep up to 18 hours a day!

Females come into season in spring, and males are fertile from around 6 months old. The gestation period is 42 days, after which they can have on average between 6 and 8 kits.

Unmated females, however, can suffer from life threatening issues such as anaemia, so they should either be spayed to prevent unwanted kits, or mated with a vasectomised hob. Another alternative is to ask your vet to administer an injection, called the “jill jab”, to bring females out of season. This would need to be done every year.

Ferrets are carnivorous hunters, so they will bite things to see if they are worth eating until they learn otherwise, so they need to be handled very carefully to start with. However, after plenty of gentle handling they will soon learn that fingers are not food! You will soon have a very affectionate and trustworthy companion.

Ferrets will play or snuggle, and they will even interact with other house pets, when introduced very carefully!

Related to otters, skunks, weasels, stoats and badgers, ferrets have scent glands for marking territory. They will also give off a strong odour as a defence strategy if they suddenly feel threatened, which is why they have a reputation for being somewhat smelly creatures. But if they are kept in safe, clean environments with fresh bedding, a good complete dry food (they are food hoarders) then they can become very good indoor pets - they can even be taught to use litter trays.

If you’re thinking about ferrets as pets, then rehoming a ferret is your best option as they are usually tame to hand, socialised and quite often spayed. There are many such rehoming centre across the UK.

What do you think about ferrets as pets? Let’s see your pictures :)

Posted 65 weeks ago
<p>A new logo for us to start off this year’s summer season - glorious out there in the Dales!</p>

A new logo for us to start off this year’s summer season - glorious out there in the Dales!

Posted 76 weeks ago
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Posted 117 weeks ago

Seasonal Changes

So that’s it for another summer - kids are back to school next week, Our LIttle Helper starts Nursery, what on earth will we do with ourselves? For one, we can start looking to stock autumn and winter products. 

Reflective gear is important when walking your dogs - reflective coats; reflective or flashing collars; blinkers for collars; reflective leads. These all help you stay visible while out walking once the dark nights draw in. You can also get reflective collars for your cats if they like to go for a night time wander.

Stock up with hay and straw to keep your small animals cosy and snug, especially if they live outside. We own ferrets, and they love nothing better than snuggling up together in a big bed of straw, or nestled in their fleecy hammocks.

And let’s not forget about the wild birds. Seed and nuts are great all year round, and winter is a great time to add in suet to their diet. This can be in balls, pellets, or blocks. Plain, with fruit, or with insects! Choices, choices!

Call in the shop, see what we have, see what’s coming, ask about products - and above all stay cosy and safe! 

Posted 119 weeks ago

Bespoke Wood Crafting

So the craftier half of our partnership, Mick, has decided he would like to flex his crafting muscles again. Having put any kind of project like this on the back-burner for the last three and half years since our daughter was born, now is the perfect time to dust off that pyrography pen and get creative again. With Our Little Helper safely ensconced in Nursery, the path will be be clear, or at least a corner of the shop will be, for Mick to re-explore his love of woodwork and pyrography. He’ll be looking at creating some standard stock pieces, and also some bespoke work, so keep an eye on what’s coming up. 

Posted 119 weeks ago
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Posted 119 weeks ago
<p>Healthy hand crafted biscuits, lovingly baked in Yorkshire - wheat free and hypoallergenic<br/></p>

Healthy hand crafted biscuits, lovingly baked in Yorkshire - wheat free and hypoallergenic

Posted 122 weeks ago

Grass Seeds

It’s that time of year when grass seeds can become a problem for pets when they’re out in the countryside. 

Those pesky grass seeds can easily work their way deep into ears, between paws and can even get caught under eyelids - all a great source of irritation for your beloved pet.

Keep a close eye on your animals and if you think they may have a grass seed stuck somewhere, play it safe by taking your furry friend to the vet - please don’t start poking about yourself as you may do more harm than good!

Posted 122 weeks ago

Our Blog!

Here we aim to post some top tips, product reviews, and info on our local area, including pet friendly place to stay and visit - feel free to get in touch with us!

Posted 122 weeks ago