Forsyth and Tedd is an independent pet shop based in Faraday Mill, Plymouth. Though technically in Devon, it’s well worth a trip over the Tamar Bridge to visit and is fast becoming one of our favourite independent pet shops in the area. They stock a wide variety of stylish and practical products, as well as natural chews and their own range of waxed jackets, snoods and coats.
Forsyth and Tedd was established after owner Mel rescued Tedd, a Podenco mix from Ibizan Hound Rescue. Having grown up in Spain, Tedd wasn’t used to the cold Cornish climate, especially in winter. Mel struggled to find a coat that would fit Tedd’s unusual proportions so decided to start making her own. Forsyth and Tedd was born, creating an array of handmade outerwear products for sighthounds. Mel opened her Plymouth shop, based in Faraday Mill, earlier this summer and her brand continues to grow.
Sustainability is at the heart of Forsyth and Tedd. I absolutely love the curation of products Mel stocks. She’s passionate about providing high quality, low impact products to her customers. The shop stocks many of our favourite local and small businesses too. I love shopping in independent pet shops like Forsyth and Tedd because the products are often higher quality, built to last and you’re supporting individuals and families to pursue their passion – it’s win-win!
Their collection of outerwear is incredible, there’s such variety! If you’re a fan of knitwear, you definitely need to visit. Unfortunately I am allergic to wool, so was unable to purchase many of the products for Woody and Hen (the painful rashes wouldn’t be worth it!) However Mel did gift us a non-wool Forsyth and Tedd alternative. The quality of the coat is second to none and I loved the tartan fleece design inside. Woody tried it on in the shop and it fit perfectly. I don’t trust him in coats on walks, as he likes to sprint through brambles. However it’s perfect for Hen, who does feel the cold in winter, as his fur is super thin in places.
By far the best element at Forsyth and Tedd is the low waste, natural chew deli. Woody and Hen were both obsessed with the table, which stocks all sorts of delicious snacks. Hen made a beeline for the buffalo horns, parading them around the shop proudly. While Woody definitely gobbled a pig in blanket or six while I wasn’t looking! Fortunately Mel didn’t mind and arguably encouraged their bad habits while we were there. It’s safe to say neither dog went home hungry!
I’m always trying to be a more sustainable dog owner, and I love having the option to purchase treats plastic free. Woody and Hen love eating natural chews too and the furry rabbit ears went down a treat. I’ve returned a few times already since our last visit to restock, as the dogs love them so much. I also purchased one of their Danish Design Eco beds, which is perfect for us to use on our travels.
We absolutely loved our time at Forsyth and Tedd, Mel was so welcoming and the dogs had a fantastic time. We’ll definitely continue visiting whenever we’re in Plymouth and I’m incredibly impressed by the wide variety of products the shop stocks. There’s free parking just outside and of course the shop is dog friendly throughout. Just keep an eye on your dog around the deli if they’re anything like Woody and Hen!
Forsyth and Tedd is located in Faraday Mill, Plymouth, which is a 15 minute drive from the Tamar Bridge.If you’re staying in Saltash, Torpoint or south east Cornwall, we’d highly recommend a visit. Mel proudly puts your dog’s happiness and wellbeing first. This is evident in her careful curation throughout the shop. Alternatively, you can use their online shop, which ships worldwide.
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