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A very successful National Pet Month at Not Just Pets – thanks to all of you!


Not Just Pets celebrated National Pet Month in style with three fabulous open days at each of the stores – at Larkhall on 20th April, at Frome on 27th April and in the main Bath store on 4th May.

All three events were very slightly different but they all emphasised the theme of National Pet Month which this year was “Your Pets and You; Companions for Life” and promoted responsible pet ownership, the ethos of National Pet Month. The events were a huge success and really well-attended with visitors coming from the local area and further afield. The weather was kind on all three days which helped the days go with a real swing!

The Larkhall event raised funds for Bath Cats and Dogs Home, Greyhound Rescue West of England and for Bunny Rehoming in Bath. There was plenty of animal handling (including ferrets), experts on hand to advise on dog behaviour and small animal rescue, offers on good quality foods and nutrition advice and a local pet portrait artist. Total fundraising on the day came to £187.57 with special help from Claverton, the mascot from Bath Cats and Dogs Home.


The Frome event almost took over the Kingsway precinct in Frome with activities from demonstrations and parades by dog handlers from the Frome K9 dog training school, to a huge stall from Cats Protection, nutrition advice from good quality food suppliers, personal encounters with Boo the European Eagle Owl, lots of competitions including a “guess the breed” competition from the local vet – plus he was on hand to answer questions. There were meet and greet sessions and handling with rescue greyhounds, bunnies, rats and more, face painting, a fabulous raffle and local pet portrait artist too. Funds were raised for the local small animal rescue centre CottonTails and for Greyhound Rescue West of England. The total raised on the day was £494.59 and £17.50 of merchandise sold by GRWE on the day.

The Bath event took a slightly different format. There were talks being given every half hour on all the different types of companion pet from hamsters at 11am to fish at 4pm with lizards, small furries, spiders, snakes, dogs and cats in between. In total eleven different talks with some amazing animals on hand, all given by either staff of Not Just Pets in Bath or visiting experts. The staff were dressed as Jedi instructors as it was May the 4th (May the Fourth Be With You!) The talks covered all aspects of the different pets people keep, how to look after them and why they make such good companions. Nutrition advisers, animal behaviour experts and a local pet portrait artist all supported the day too.

This event also raised funds and awareness for Bath Cats and Dogs Home  and for the local Cats Protection in Bath and the small animal rescue centre. The total raised was £104.78 instore plus much more in BCDH buckets – totals to be announced soon. There was a pet photo competition which was a big hit and was won by this handsome fellow called Koda, with a cute Westie and another cute German Shepherd as runners up. We had sixteen entries which all raised funds for Bath Cats and Dogs Home and over 100 votes instore and likes on Facebook.

The three events were fun, educational and did much to promote the National Pet Month ethos and this year’s theme of pet companionship. Not Just Pets would like to thank all those who supported the event, whether by attending and giving a talk or advice, by helping with promotion or oganisation, by sharing their invaluable knowledge and to the wonderful customers who turned up and took part and donated on the day.



Pictures from the event are on Facebook here for Larkhall:

here for Frome:

and here for Bath:

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Email on or telephone on 01225 461461

Not Just Pets, 8-9 St James Parade, Bath, BA1 1UL

Not Just Pets Open Days for National Pet Month Who’s coming to Bath in May?


Open day Saturday 4th May at Not Just Pets, 8-9 St James Parade, Bath!!

Help us to celebrate National Pet Month and the theme of Your Pets and You: Companions for Life

Come and learn about all the different pets people keep, how to look after them and why they make such good companions.

11.00am –  Learning about hamsters

11.30am –  Learning about lizards

12.00pm –  Learning about dogs with behaviourist Sarah Blackbourn

12.30pm –  Learning about rabbits with a volunteer from Cotton Tails

1.00pm –    Learning about snakes

1.30pm –    Learning about guinea pigs

2.00pm –    Learning about parrots

2.30pm –    Learning about cats with a member of Bath Cats Protection

3.00pm –    Learning about spiders

3.30pm  –   Learning about rats

4.00pm –    Learning about fish

We will also have coffee provided by Starbucks! Cakes, Alice Ladkin, a local artist who specialises in pet portraits will be here, representatives from Bath Cats Protection, Hamster Rescue and Cotton Tails as well as continuing our photo competition!

And we will be Raising money for Bath Cats and Dogs home


Telephone 01225 461461 for details or Email us at

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It’s National Pet Month and we are ready! Open Days coming soon to Bath and Frome!

Yes, it’s that time of year again and we are ready to bring you a selection of fun, family Open Days to promote National Pet Month and responsible pet ownership.

We have changed our offering slightly this year to bring you something different in each store. We have three different events, one at each of our stores for you this year!



At #Larkhall on Sat 20th April we have the following people coming:

  • Gillian Ussher, Pet Portrait artist from Perpetual Portraits – donating a fab raffle prize!!
  • Nicki Marsh, Dog and Pet Sitting
  • Caroline Woodland of GRWE with Syd the lovely greyhound – and possibly more doggies too!
  • Colin Rose, Dog Intuition
  • Bath Cats and Dogs Home
  • Michelle Addison and her bunnies – talking about her work with bunny rescue and giving information
  • Lee and John are bringing their ferrets Baby Gwin and Bonnie
  • Plus: offers on Burgess small animal food and samples, Natures Way offers and home made cakes for sale!

We want more! I hear you cry. Ok then, what about an all-singing, all-dancing full Open Day at our Frome store on Saturday 27th April?


For that we have:

  •  GRWE – Greyhound Rescue West of England coming
  • @Sharon Arnold from FromeK9 with her doggies
  • Boo the European Eagle Owl
  • Garston Vets – The Doctor is In!
  • Cats Protection – the lovely ladies from the Frome group with their table of goodies on sale
  • Natures Way – – meet Mark – special offers on dog food
  • Gillian Ussher, Pet Portrait artist from Perpetual Portraits – donating a fabulous raffle prize too!!
  • RAFFLE!! with some fabulous prizes
  • FACE Painting with Anny
  • Anny’s rats and hamsters
  • goodie bags
  • learn about animals as companions
  • animal handling
  • fancy dress

Wow! Is that enough for you? No? Well how about a series of educational talks and hands-on sessions at our Bath store on Saturday 4th May on the theme of “Your Pet as Your Companion”


We have various lovely people giving talks on:

  • Parrots (a special talk from Catherine Sellars from Pet24
  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Spiders (tbc)
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Rabbits
  • Rats, Hamsters and Gerbils

Plus we have

AND .. in the week up to 4th May a special “SCRUFTS” photo competition for you and your companion pet! Send in your photos now and we will post them on our Facebook page.

So – come along and join in the fun, get educated, win a prize and just learn about how our beloved pets make such great companions with our special National Pet Month open days.

You can contact us at 8-9 St James Parade Bath BA1 1UL, telephone on 01225 461461, on our website at or email us at

You can also follow us here on Twitter or on Facebook


Not Just Pets does Red Nose Day !

Yes, it’s that funny time of year again! Well, it’s every two years, but you know what I mean? It’s Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day on Friday 15th March and all the Not Just Pets teams are doing something funny for money on that day.

Please help sponsor or support us – at Bath we are eating doggy treats (!), running in a giant hamster wheel (treadmill), and you can design a dog bowl (pick up a plate and pay £1 to enter) or win a bag of dog food – just buy a lucky ticket!

In Frome Steph is being sponsored to be quiet ALL DAY. Will she do it?? –  it will be a miracle if so – and she needs your help; the more she raises, the longer she stays silent – and the staff will thank you for that! 🙂

At both shops we have Red Nose cakes for sale and fancy dress. At Larkhall Lee will be dressed up and will also be selling cakes and taking donations.

We have Red Nose Windows in Bath and Larkhall – and the hamster ‘wheel’ will be in the Bath window all day. Please support us – pop in, donate, make a difference. Thank you!!

You can donate on our page here at

You can also follow us on Facebook (please ‘like’ us) at or on Twitter @NotJustPets or email us at or simply pick up the dog and bone and ring us on 01225 461461.

Not Just Pets News! The Summer and more..

Well we have had a busy summer here at Not Just Pets with lots going on – I can’t believe it is four months since we updated this blog.


Sadly, early on in the summer we lost Ron Bond, our dear ‘Fish Man’ at our Frome shop to cancer. Ron was dearly loved by staff and customers and held a dear place in all our hearts. He had a unique ability to make people laugh and to make them feel special. You can find out a bit more about Ron here and read our eulogy to him, which was published in the Pet Business World:


So, the busy summer included the Olympics and the Jubilee and we had some glorious sunny days and wonderful events throughout. Our staff all got into the spirit of things and dressed the windows and even themselves to celebrate. We even had our own royal visitor!


We have lots of lovely new products and ranges instore, including the fabulous new PAWZ natural rubber dog boots – the world’s only disposable and reusable, waterproof dog boots! We have all sizes in stock to fit any dog so why not give them a go – we would love your feedback.



Another great new product we have added is Nature’s Way dry dog food, which is a new, hypoallergenic, wheat- and gluten-free diet which is rich in meat, Omega 3 & 6 oils, prebiotics and joint aid supplements. We have Puppy, Chicken & Rice, Fish & Potato, Lamb & Rice and Mature/Light. If you care about your dog’s diet AND your pocket – you will love this new range of food, made by people who are passionate about dog nutrition, in the West Country. All the goodness of nature in one crunch!



At our Bath store we are holding various educational events, including an instore day on Tuesday. We have a Bunny Hunt for the children, Name the Bunny competition, quizzes, goodie bags, samples and leaflets to give out. All our staff are friendly and knowledgeable and are happy to advise on all things rabbit – so come on in and have a chat about your bunny. We would love to see your pictures too – and we will make up a bunny photo gallery.


Get involved with Rabbit Awareness Week here.

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