Dog Blog 2 by Bella “Dog” Bellard


Welcome to the second “Dog Blog”. I told Milo (my husband) that he could write the last blog. It was ok but he struggled to hold a pen! I did try to teach him to type once but he is better suited to eating, chasing things, lounging by the heater and barking at Gerry The Builder.


As spring approaches, I am looking forward to warmer weather. When it’s warm I tend to drink more water (it’s my second favourite drink after Pawseco). I have been whining at humans for a while about their water consumption. Here is why I tell the humans to drink it



So, the humans are all drinking water but what concerned me was the environmental impact of them filling cups and using plastic bottles. I told them that I use the same bowl all the time for my water (which I share with Milo).


However, I realised that it was impossible for the humans to do that. So, I bought them all reusable metal water bottles to stop them using plastic cups and bottles.


1. Water makes up approximately 70% of a human’s body weight.


2. Approximately 80% of your brain tissue is made of water.


3. The average amount of water you need per day is about 3 liters (13 cups) for men and 2.2 liters (9 cups) for women and 1 litre for a dog (plus a sausage roll).


4. By the time you feel thirsty, your body has lost more than 1 percent of its total water.


5. Drinking water can help you lose weight by increasing your metabolism, which helps burn calories faster.


6. The average person could live without food for nearly a month, but we could only survive about one week without water—that’s how essential water is to human and dog. Some of us can’t go a day without coffee or a bone, but that’s a different story.


7. Good hydration can prevent arthritis. With plenty of water in your body, there is less friction in your joints, thus less chance of developing arthritis. Milo and I need to be fit to chase a tennis ball around.


8. Drinking enough water everyday can help reduce heart disease and cancer. Water helps flush toxins out of your body, and the fewer toxins that come into contact with your colon, bladder, and other organs, the less chance that critical ailments can develop.


9. Good hydration can help reduce cavities and tooth decay. Water helps produce saliva, which keeps your mouth and teeth clean.


Milo and I (I am the good looking one on the right)…he is not even smiling for the photo!

At Smart Graphics, as part of our CSR policy we are committed to minimising our use of plastics. Research estimates that almost 1500 disposable plastic bottles are consumed every second. While they might be convenient, they are not environmentally friendly.


As some people do not dispose of them correctly, many end up in landfill and take over 1000 years to decompose. The particles that break off plastic bottles and cups are known as microplastics. Microplastics are bad for the environment and often end up in the soil, water sources or even the ocean which causes significant damage to our eco system.


I am glad that we are playing our small part in helping to change the situation. We have also introduced a policy of re-filling our soap dispensers rather than continuing to buy disposable versions. There are also new bins throughout the building which will help us to make sure that we are recycling our waste much more effectively.


I am determined to make sure that the humans help to improve the environment and will continue to bark at the humans about how they can help!

Our plans for the Commercial Vehicle Show continue to take shape with no plans to “paws”. We will be on stand 3C50 in the Cool Zone where we hope to see many of our existing clients, new clients and general visitors to the show.


Our 40sqm stand will be a little bit different to the traditional exhibition stands – look out for a retro theme and some light refreshments if you decide to pay us a visit between 28th and 30th April.


Tickets are free so please visit the Commercial Vehicle Show website for more details.

Spring time will be busy for the humans as we are also sponsors of the ALBUM bus conference in May in Blackpool (Milo and I are not going – I’ve not told him yet but we are booked on a Caribbean cruise that week).


ALBUM is always a fantastic event and a great chance to spend some time with our clients, listen to presentations from industry leading experts and to socialise with fellow delegates at the golf day and dinner events.

Improvements to the building continue with lots more hammering, drilling and demolition. We have moved the server room upstairs and cleared a significant amount of additional space on the factory floor to make space for further developments.


Milo had all sorts of crazy ideas about what to do with the space – he suggested a BBQ area for sausages, a play area with tennis balls or dog chill out area with heaters. I told him that I have plans for it…

Milo thinking hard about what he could do with the additional factory space (fill it full of steak bakes).

Jim carrying out an installation on one of our client’s vehicles. Our fitting team were glad to be indoors avoing storm “Dennis” and “Ciara”.

Lucy (Studio Lead) with our new 2 headed office dog – MiBello…

My plans to cut our plastic consumption with small changes are taking shape.

The new re-usable water bottles that I bought for the team.

Some of the team with our new “Smart” water bottles.




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