Revealed: The top ten boy and girl dog names 2021!

Revealed: The top ten boy and girl dog names 2021!

Chow Bella has compiled a list of the top ten boy and girl dog names for this year. Taken from nearly 1500 orders for handmade, personalised dog bowls this is THE list to watch. Can you spot your dog's name?

The top ten boys’ dog names are:

 1. Milo

2. Barney

3. Bailey

4. Bertie

5. Buddy

6. Alfie

7. Archie

8. Oscar

9. Reggie

10. Teddy/Ted

For female dogs, the names are:

1. Luna

2. Bella

3. Willow

4. Mabel

5. Millie

6. Rosie

7. Ruby

8. Poppy

9. Tilly

10. Lilly/Lily

 

As we approach October Chow Bella is expecting another bumper crop of Christmas orders so don't forget to order your bowl by 31st October!

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Finalists in the Pet Industry Federation Awards!

Finalists in the Pet Industry Federation Awards!

I am thrilled to announce that Chow Bella has been nominated as one of five finalists in the Pet Industry Federation Awards for Manufacturer of the Year 2021!

The PIF Awards are the premier awards for the UK's pet industry. Celebrating success across a wide range of products, services, companies and individuals, the awards provide the perfect platform to recognise excellence and innovation in the industry. 

This year there were a record number of entrants so to have been selected as a finalist is a great achievement in itself. The panel looked at our commercial success, customer service and business innovations and we are hugely proud to have been selected.

The winners will be announced on 21st October at a glittering black-tie dinner which I am very much looking forward to as I don't get out of the studio very often!

 

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National Adopt a Cat Month

National Adopt a Cat Month

Battersea cat

June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat month. I'm a big fan of this as both my cats were rescued. One from a work colleague, and Taj, shown here, who came from Battersea Dogs and Cats home when he was 6 months old. 

I was immediately drawn to this sleek, gorgeous little boy, then named Foggy. He was renamed Taj after the very cool blues singer, Taj Mahal, because, well, he was a very cool cat. He was half Burmese, and would chat away endlessly. He'd sleep with his paw curled around my thumb (so sweet!).

When Bella arrived on the scene, about 2 years later, Taj found her a bit much, all that bouncing and full body wagging and shouting. Always a very calm character, Taj never ever swiped at her. Instead he'd just raise one paw as if to say, "Look, enough!". Bella was so desperate to be buddies with him, and must have watched his body language closely, because one morning, she jumped on the bed as usual, and Taj raised his paw. Well Bella had obviously decided this was some kind of greeting, and so she mirrored him and raised her paw as well - the pair of them sat there as if waving at each other across the street - I couldn't believe it!

Taj would spend many hours in my studio, where his favourite place to sit was, as shown, on the workbench next to my wheel, on top of all the letter stamps. Being a cat, he liked to knock the stamps onto the floor, which wasn't the most helpful thing in the world but that's cats for you!

The first ever cat bowl that I made was for Taj, in green and ivory with his name and even some Swarovski crystals on it just for poshness :-)

Adopting a cat can be so rewarding and a good rescue centre will make sure they match you with a suitable cat for where you live. Why not think about it? 

https://www.battersea.org.uk/cats/cat-rehoming-gallery

https://www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat

 

 

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Reducing our carbon footprint

Reducing our carbon footprint

I have always strived to make Chow Bella as harmless to the environment as possible. Since 2019 we have been using fully biodegradable packaging, and the electricity that fires the kilns is from 100% renewable sources. I recycle the plastic bottles that my glaze colours come in, and my large glaze buckets are turned into grow buckets for my Kratky hydroponic tomatoes in the greenhouse!

However there is always more that can be done. So I am very pleased to have partnered up with Ecologi.com, who are tackling the climate crisis by planting trees and supporting projects and reduce carbon emissions. 

Every month, I will be making a donation to ecologi.com to plant 88 trees (including a portion specifically for the UK). On top of that, for the first 100 orders placed each month, 1 tree will be planted (so 100 orders = 100 trees).

What I love about ecologi.com is that they are very transparent in their goals and in what happens with funding. You can download reports of the trees that have been purchased and they have up to date reports on all of the projects that are being supported, from peatland restoration in Indonesia to fuel efficient cookstoves in Honduras. They are also supporting reforestation with UK landowners - something I am particularly passionate about, living in an area where swathes of woodland has been decimated recently to make way for new housing.

You can find out more about ecologi.com and view Chow Bella's ecologi profile here.

 

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Mother's Day ideas

Mother's Day ideas

Sunday 21st March is Mothering Sunday in the UK, and if you're a family where your dogs ARE your kids, then you'll probably be looking for a gift for the best dog mum in your life. We've had a look and picked our top 5 ideas for you:

Up first, this stylish Dog Mum T-shirt from Hugoandme.co.uk - £18.00

 

Have a dog bed hog? We love these pillowcases! £30 from Not On The High Street.

 

Personalised keyrings from The Little Picture Company from £5.95

 

Gorgeous cards from Heather Alstead Design at £3.45

 

Of course at Chow Bella we will also have our highly popular Best Dog Mum mugs priced at £12.99 including UK delivery - these will be on sale from the end of February.

And if you're looking for other gorgeous gifts that aren't necessarily dog related but are definitely perfect for Mother's Day, check out modernguy.co.uk who has compiled a list of his top 34 small businesses to support this Mother's Day, with some absolutely fantastic ideas! 

 

 

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Chow Bella is 15 years old!

Chow Bella is 15 years old!

It seems impossible to believe, but it's a whole 15 years since Chow Bella was born. The business started almost by accident, when I made the very first spaniel bowl for my little blue roan cocker, Bella, waaaaay back in 2006.
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Revealed: The Top Ten Dog Names 2020

Revealed: The Top Ten Dog Names 2020

Has your dog's name made the grade?
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Chow Bella's Covid-19 NHS appeal

Chow Bella's Covid-19 NHS appeal

There is now an option for you to request Chow Bella to donate £1 of your order to the NHS Covid-19 charity appeal. In the first two days Chow Bella has raised £15, keep it coming!
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Coronavirus and Chow Bella

Chow Bella will be operating as usual, unless I become ill, which may mean that your order will be late - if this is going to be the case I will do my best to update you.
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Mother's Day Gifts - coming soon!

Mother's Day Gifts - coming soon!

New in next week will be these gorgeous "World's Best Dog Mum" mugs. The mugs are beautiful bone china and are also dishwasher proof...
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All about Spaniels

All about Spaniels

Find out all about the different breeds of spaniels available. This week we look at cockers, springers and king charles cavaliers.

 

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Bella - or how it all began

Bella - or how it all began

A little bit about how Chow Bella began back in 2006.
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