Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Product Review: Chow Bella spaniel bowls

We were delighted recently to be contacted by Chow Bella, to review their beautifully handmade spaniel bowls.  We are not new to Chow Bella at all - I have been dining out of their bowls since I was a pup, but jumped at the opportunity to have some beautiful new bowls for our beautiful new home!

Chow Bella is a name known to many a spaniel owner, and was set up by Claire Pearson 10 years ago, who was trying to find a bowl that wouldn't leave her cocker spaniel Bella's ears crusty and/or wet.  Hooman knows the feeling - being a diminutive cocker myself, the bigger spaniel bowls don't really have the desired effect!  So Claire, a skilled potter, took to her wheel and created her first spaniel bowl.  She shared her creation on a well known spaniel forum and was suddenly inundated with requests from equally wet and crusty eared spaniel owners, and ten years later it is now a full time business!

Claire and Bella

Chow Bella produces all sizes and shapes of personalised pet bowls and treat jars for both our canine and feline friends, but her spaniel bowls still remain her best seller, and we are a huge fan.   They really are personalisable - you can select your colours, patterns, lettering, and even have them blinged up with Swarovski crystals.   I have had them since being a puppy and my two old ones have lasted us three years, with nary a chip, and the added bonus of being dishwasher safe.  You hoomans do moan about the washing up.....

Chow Bella was named after Claire's blue roan cocker, Bella, who is now 11 years old.  She also deserves a mention for fighting malignant melanoma, and is now in remission - keep it up Bella! Claire has more recently branched out into personalised treat jars, and now also does different size spaniel bowls, to cater for springers and cavs.

The beautiful Bella!

What did Chow Bella send us?

We received two of her bowls, beautifully made as ever, with her more recent polka dot design which we love.  Hooman chose the colours and the lettering, and they are just gorgeous, sturdy bowls. All bowls are good bowls, as long as they are full of food, but these really are extra special, and we love the little bone prints that Claire put on for us.  But really, words can't do these justice, so here are some pics!

Posing with bowls

Why is it still empty, Hooman?

An "ear" demo!

Each bowl is individually signed

Where can I buy them?

You can order Chow Bella bowls directly from the website, where you can select how you want your bowls personalised, by clicking here.  The standard spaniel bowls start from £26.99 - remember these bowls are handmade, and custom made for you, plus if looked after, they will last a lifetime, and are totally worth the investment.

You can also now order bowls directly through their Facebook page by clicking here!

Chow Bella did send us bowls to review, but we are a delighted existing customer, so a truly honest opinion!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Crufts tickets giveaway time!

As you know, we were thrilled to be contacted by the Kennel Club to attend Crufts again this year - we had a wonderful time last year!  And of course, this year is a special year for Crufts - it's their 125 year birthday!   This was me on the pink carpet last year, and another having a massage at the Canine Massage Guild stand.  Oh it was lovely....

To celebrate the worlds biggest dog show, the organisers have been splendid and given us two pairs of tickets for a giveaway.   This entitles two lucky winners to a pair of tickets that you can use on any day (we will be there on the Friday, gundog day - OBVS the best day heehee) - the only thing you won't be able to use them for is the Best In Show on the final evening, as that is a separately ticketed event.

All details for entering are below, and the giveaway will run until midnight Sunday 29th February, to allow us enough time to get in touch with the lucky winners and send out your tickets in good time!

You can also purchase tickets for Crufts by clicking here.

Good luck and we hope to see you there!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

125 Years of Crufts!

As you know, we were delighted to be invited to attend Crufts this year and are looking forward to being there on Gundog day, Friday 11th March 2016!   However, did you also know that this year marks 125 years of Crufts, the biggest dog show in the world!   So here we have Crufts in Numbers, an infographic from the Kennel Club, with some brilliant facts about the history of Crufts.  Must admit, did giggle at the bit about the live TV pooping!

Don't forget, we will be holding a giveaway very soon for Crufts tickets, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, to buy tickets for Crufts, please click here for ticket sales.