by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
Recently I was given a couple cool new and innovative pet products – two ideas that makes me think, ‘that is a great idea, why didn’t I think of that? You know an simple idea yet something we generally wouldn’t think of. The two products have the same concept but are both different in the their design, effectiveness, and one may be safer if you have a pet that likes to chew things. What could these products be? Dog bowls, but not your average bowl.
These cool products are both literal and figuratively cool. With the crazy heat we have had all across the country and here on Long Island the past 6 weeks this summer, these products could not have come at a better time. The FrostyBowlz® and FroBo, pictured below, were put to a test during a 97 degree day here on Long Island. First, with both bowls there is a core that can be frozen, just like you own ice packs you would put in a cooler. I put both the FrostyCore™ and the bowl part (which contains the blue ice packs) in the freezer for two days. You can just do overnight but I wanted to be sure they were frozen!
Then at 2pm on a 97 degree towards the end of July, I put them in the direct sun, with about the same amount of water. I tested them about an hour later and both bowls had the same cold temperature. I came back 4 hours after that – and although the FroBo’s water was definitely still cool, but the water in the FrostyBowlz was still very cold.
So if this were an Olympic competition, you could say the FrostyBowlz got the gold, but I think they were very close. The FrostyBowlz has a few features that make it unique and safer if you have a dog that likes to chew. First the FrostyCore is non-toxic and completely covered by the stainless steel parts of the bowl and it is a bit heaver and has better tracking on the bottom of the bowl. It also has a moat, which is a pretty neat part of it. So if you had wet food in the bowl instead of water, pour a little water in the moat and ants won’t be able to climb up into the food without falling in the moat! But of course that won’t stop a fly from landing on the food, but still a cool idea. You can put the stainless steel part of FrostyBowlz in the dishwasher, you cannot with the FroBo as it could get damaged. The only thing I didn’t like, so far about the FrostyBowlz is that it only comes in one size, but the company, Talega Products, is working on a larger version for larger dogs. And I would suggest to the company a small version for the tiny pups out there too. Igor seems to really like the FrostyBowlz:
For the FroBo, my dog Max uses it daily – but he is not a chewer so I don’t have to worry about him trying to knock the bowl over and chewing the plastic. I wouldn’t recommend this bowl for dogs that chew, since it is made of plastic and the ice pack part of it is part of the bowls design, although your dog is not exposed to that part and it says it is also non-toxic. The bowl part easily comes out to clean, refreeze and refill. But you do have to refreeze it, so you should have another water bowl handy for your pup while it is in the freezer.
So I really like the concept of both bowls, and think if you are looking for a solution to keeping your pet’s water cool, without having to add ice cubes – both are a great option. And with this hot, hot weather we have had all summer long both bowls are a great way to keep your pets water cold for up to 8 to 12 hours.
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