The watering "system" for my dogs: Each morning, fill a bowl the size of my bathroom sink with 2 gallons of water. Set it down in my kitchen on a lime green foam pad that says "woof." Done.
The key to this "system" is placement. If I'm rushed and don't notice the "woof'' pad is out of position, you can bet your butt; I'll tump it. Two gallons of water flowing across my kitchen floor. Good times.
The TORUS Watering System eliminates that calamity. At first glance, it's clear science and design easily beat my 2-gallon bowl method. The TORUS 2-liter bowl looks a space ship, while the 1-litter is smaller and flatter, a sort of serving dish for a cat or small dog. Both sizes are available in pink, red, blue and charcoal. The system was created by New Zealand company Heyrex, which also designs other products to help pets stay healthy and to make things easier for pet owners.
Bragging Points for TORUS WATERING SYSTEM:
- Made from BPA food-grade material
- Easy Cleaning
- 1L & 2L stored water capacity
- Auto-refills without batteries
- Filters water as it dispenses
- Lock function for portability
- Monthly replacement filters
- Less refilling and fewer spills/mess
- Ergonomic, robust & durable design
- 12-month warranty
- Designed in New Zealand
The bowl has a dial on top with three positions. The first is a water faucet. You have to pull the dial straight up to open the bowl for filling. That's also where you put the single carbon filter it includes. You can buy more to replace it once a month. Since I live in Memphis, the tap is fine.
Once it's filled it takes a little jiggering to replace the dial. The water is stored in a reservoir around the side of the bowl, which makes the weight-slosh a bit strange since you don't see the water. Once you set the bowl down, turn the dial to the wavy water signal with a drip. The bowl trickles out about a cup of water. Therein lies my problem.
But I don't believe my household is the target market. It's perfect for a one or even two-dog household because each time a dog sips, the water trickles back to its 1-cup level. It's a dream for cat- owners because the water stays fresh and relatively cool. You wouldn't have to change the water bowl, but every few days with one cat.
It's ideal for people who travel with their dogs. Pet owners can fill it up, throw it in with the gear. When they go to a rest stop, they can turn on the water for their pet. When the pet finishes, dump it out, dry it, turn the dial to off, and it's ready to go.
It's a little pricey at $59.95 for the large one and $54.95 for the smaller one. There's also a $10 shipping charge if you order it from the website. The bowls are available with Amazon Prime, which means free, two-day shipping. The smaller bowl is $5 cheaper than the website. The larger bowl is only $1 cheaper.
It's a one-time expense and great addition to pet owners who want to keep fresh water for their cats and dogs. Also, a great addition product for travelers. For those of us in homes with multiple big dogs, it's best to stick with the 2-gallon bowl.
To learn more, visit Torus Watering System.