Here was the clear winner. Many people were already using these bowls on the list. They are pretty much spill proof. It holds back most of the Kerry's fall when drinking. I may have to try one of these myself. The dog drinks through a funnel set up and, the water isn't really exposed in large quantities. A new buddy bowl user commented that her kids seem to think the dog loves the new bowl because it looks like the toilet. Hmmmm, they may be right. They are available at Petco, and one reader sent in this site which has a picture.
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These are the "different" waterers. One is the Lik-it or Lickzit connector that you can find at any large retail store. I liked this thing. One list member didn,t because the water can rush out. Very true. You hook it to your outdoor water faucet and turn the faucet on low. It has its drawbacks though. First, there is teaching the dog how to use it. Then there is the weather. If you live in a climate that may go down below freezing, it has to be removed. If it's above 100 degrees, and your water faucet isn't shaded you have to remove it, a shaded water faucet is a must. Saying that, my dogs loved it outside. The Great Pyrenees drank from it and the Kerry Blue realized what fun it was, so he created mud puddles and came in to drink from the house water bowl, you guessed it, filling it with dirt. The second type of watering bowl in this category is the outdoor self-heating bowls. Out here in cattle country, ranchers have used the concept for years. Getting up at 5 a.m. to hammer ice out of water, is a bummer. They heat to just above freezing, keeping the bowls liquid. We have one here, but the Great Pyrenees loves to chew the cord and we can't bury it deep enough to keep it from him. Our last Pyrenees, who has passed on loved it. I'm back to my morning routine. Six feet of snow on the ground. Get up, let out the dogs, throw on my boots, coat and gloves grab the hammer off the top of the hall tree. Go out smash dog and bird bath ice, refill and recheck it every two hours. All this, while still in my nightgown, much to the amusement of the UPS delivery folks.
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Not many people liked these. Matter of fact, no one did. They are the self-watering type that have the large water cooler type bottles. Or, the ones that you use a 2 liter soda bottle with. Some of the complaints were that the bowls are too shallow, and while they continually accumulated water, they also rapidly accumulated beard dirt. Causing a cleaning nightmare. An interesting comment was, it wasn't worth the mopping time. The dog (a water lover for sure) quickly learned getting water OUT of the little shallow bowl was possible. Once he got it out, it just keeps coming, to the amount of several liters. What fun! I had one once, gave it away. My dogs learned to topple it over. These self-waterers also seem to have a big drawback, stale water. Let's face it, if the water isn't as fresh and cold as the toilet bowl, they are not going to use it. Don't forget also, that these large bottles should be cleaned with a light bleach solution occasionally or algae will accumulate in them!
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