Bye bye Pet Pet Pet – Hove’s funniest pet shop boy retires

Posted On 23 Dec 2016 at 1:29 pm

Pet owners and animal lovers have said farewell to Hove’s funniest pet shop boy with the youthful retirement of Pet Pet Pet proprietor Nick Pannett.

Mr Pannett, 49, of Hangleton Road, Hove, has closed for the final time after 16 years selling pet supplies and dispensing laughter from his shop in West Way, Hangleton.

He said: “I’m going to miss all of my regulars. Over the years I’ve got to know a lot of their life stories.

“It’s like having to wean yourself off of EastEnders after 16 years. I’ll have start watching that now to get my fill of tittle tattle and misery.”

When Pet Pet Pet opened, opposite the Grenadier pub, Mr Pannett had a licence to sell live animals but gradually focused more on pet supplies.

He sold food and accessories, including hay, spray, cages and hutches, squeaky toys, poo bags, dog beds, all the worming and flea products, treats, bird bits and bobs and cat litter.

He said: “I didn’t sell animals for the last year. I used to sell hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs, spiders, lizards and snakes.

“I probably sold about half a dozen tarantulas although I wouldn’t stock them.”

Nick Pannett with a slippery customer

Nick Pannett with a slippery customer

Lizards proved popular for a while and he even sold a flying squirrel, saying: “As part of bonding with a flying squirrel, I kept it in a pouch round my neck when I went shopping once for plumbing supplies. They’re marsupials.

“It was chirping away and I said to the bloke behind the counter, ‘I’ve got a flying squirrel in my pouch.’ And, totally deadpan, he said that’ll be £7.40.

“It didn’t work. It remained a moody bugger so I had to give it back – the flying squirrel.

“A couple of people inquired about monkeys which I had a licence to sell in the early days but I didn’t have a source which was just as well as you probably need a London Zoo-sized back garden. I’d have wanted to see a 200ft enclosure.”

Worms or fleas? Nick Pannett was the man to turn to

Worms or fleas? Nick Pannett was the man to turn to

Mr Pannett, who grew up in Mile Oak and previously worked in IT, has no pets of his own any more. He used to have three westies – West Highland terriers – and added: “I miss my dogs.”

He was trying to reduce his hours and was managing to get away for the occasional weekend before he sold up and retired to focus on his modest property portfolio.

But he said: “For a couple of years I was doing seven days a week. I miss the village feel. It was nice to be opposite Uncle Sam’s, opposite a pub and next to a chippie and near a Chinese.

“There’s a slight feeling of not having a role. I also felt a bit guilty that I retired so early … but I’m over that now.”

  1. Yvonne Reply

    Good luck happy Christmas and a happy healthy new year will miss you being there now having to go to the garden centre along old shoreham road

  2. Eddie Reply

    Miss our chats and bartering.

  3. Pamela Boon Reply

    I hope you have a happy retirement although I imagine you will want to do something else before monotony sets in. I remember I had to get past the Westie before I could get in the shop. Eventually my owner gave up and left me outside.
    Many happy woof days
    Jessie Dog

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