“ Manufacturer: Tazlab / Type: Dog Bowls / Feeders „
INTRODUCTION Me and my husband love our outdoor activities and the best part about them is that our two Old English sheep dogs can also share the experiences with us. When we go hiking or biking, the dogs are always included, however doing such activities warrants us to carry the dogs things with us at all times. Our main bug bear was the dog bowls, we have tried many different brand in the past but the bulky bowls were too big to carry, especially if you were riding a bike and the mesh travel bowls on the market were never robust enough to cope with the water filling it or the dogs heads, as the water would escape or the bowl would just collapse leaving the bowl dry. While we were walking last summer we bumped into a couple who had two Labradors and they had this unique looking bowl, which seemed to fit the bill. After questioning the couple we went away with the name Tazlab, so after scowering the internet we found these groovy looking doggy travel bowls from Tazlab. ABOUT TAZLAB The founders of Tazlab loved their dog (TAZ) that they firmly believed that all doggies should have well designed toys and accessories. I have to say I could not agree more and I am thank full to them for bringing my doggies lots of weird and wonderful thinks to try. At Tazlab they take pride in the safety of your pet and have come up with safety, leads, harnesses and many other products that are designed to protect your pet. Originally the founders of the company were so hurt by a story about a dog being strangled, when it got its collar caught on a fence, so they went and designed a safety collar that was flexible to prevent this from happening to your pet. The design was so successful that they monopolised the market and went on to design more products that benefited your pets. TAZLAB AQUA- FUR DOG BOWL Well many maybe wondering why this is different from any other doggie travel bowl, well this has many benefits within its unique design. The bowl itself is made out of a food grade silicon material, which sounds strange as you tend to get baking equipment made from silicon that can go in the oven. However it is dishwasher proof, so it can be cleaned thoroughly after every outing, which is a major benefit in my eyes. The clincher for me was the fact that the bowl can be folded up neatly, hence why it is made from silicon. If you follow the folding instructions that come with the bowl, so should have a package that looks like a folded pair of rubber socks. It can take a few attempts to fold the bowl up at first, but once you know how it is very easy to fold and un-fold. This is the best feature for me as it is not only novel, but also very efficient to get the bowl out and open within seconds. When the bowl is open it will hold up to a litre of water, which is big enough for both of my dogs to have a drink during our outings. The bowl is more than big enough for bigger dogs and smaller dogs alike, it is seven inches in diameter around the rim and then increases to nine inches around the base of the bowl. So even the design of the bowl shape benefits you as it will not topple over when the dog gets its big head in the bowl. I am not so sure why Tazlab have named this the Aqua-Fur Bowl, maybe it is down to the fact that it gets covered in dogs hair when they are drinking from it. But as this is silicon it can be cleaned very easily. PRICE / AVAILABILTY I first found this on the Tazlab website at $15.00 but they did not ship worldwide so I had to look elsewhere. If you have relative in the USA it is worth shipping it to them as it will be much cheaper than buying it in the UK. However if this is something you need and you need it now then you can buy it from, pet planet www.petplanet.co.uk for £13.99, which includes free postage and packaging. You can get the bowl in four different colours, which are all very bright and wacky looking. You can get this is Pillar Box Red, Neon Blue, Vivid Green and Neon Orange. Whichever site you buy this from you will get a Tazlab life time warranty, which covers any faults in materials or workmanship issues, which may arise at a later date. I thought that this would not last a life time with all the folding and unfolding of the silicon, however the silicon is very thick and I am confident it will last the lifetime. MY OPINION This bowl is one of the best buys I have had for my dogs so far, as it not only works well for them but it makes my life a lot easier as it folds up into such a small package it can be transported with ease. At the weekend we went walking and to my astonishment, I was surprised how many people commented on the unique little bowl and all of them seemed to struggle with the issues that we once had. I actually made the mistake and bought two of these bowls, one for each of my dogs. However this was not needed as one bowl was big enough to more than satisfy my doggies hydration needs. For one dog lover to another, I can't recommend this highly enough. It is a god send if you and your dogs are out and about a lot. At first I was gutted at having to pay the higher UK price, but after experimenting with the bowl I was more than happy with the product. So thanks Tazlab for this wonderful invention.