Auto-water fountain for dogs is ridiculous yet sensible

Dog owners are sure to appreciate this convenient gadget that senses when your dog is approaching and sends out a stream of water for your pooch to guzzle whenever they're thirsty. It saves us owners from having to read Fido's mind (that stare could mean anything) and keeps them happy by giving them a fun, safe fountain to use.

Mechnanical engineer Jonathan Kirschner noticed his dog loved to drink water that bubbled from spigots and outdoor water fountains and thought it would be great to have one at home. Being the DIY type, he cobbled one together that he and his dog loved (they set the bar low) but his wife didn't (because that thing was ugly). Armed with a MacGyver attitude, he raided his local hardware store. He cobbled together the prototype from PVC pipe, sensors from a floodlight and a valve from a sprinkler system and the WaterDog was born.

The WaterDog attaches to your outdoor tap and contains a sensor — similar to the one in automatic outdoor lighting — that senses the dog is approaching and turns on the fountain. When the dog moves away the water stops. It is adjustable in height, chew resistant (that's a given!) and even has a split stream for adding a hose to create a remote fountain elsewhere in the yard.

Kirschner has over 37 years of mechanical engineering experience and holds 35 patents, so it wasn't hard for him to see the commercial value. Of course he revised on the first product, adding a few more human-friendly features. The WaterDog now is adjustable, chew resistant, has a battery-low light for the sensors and the split hose.

Weirdly, this tap also keeps dogs safe in a way. Dogs require a lot of water to stay hydrated and buckets or deep-bowls with standing water get dirty, encourage diseases and breed insects like mosquitoes.

You pretty much can't lose with a device that keeps your dog happy and healthy. The WaterDog Tap is $69 and is available on the WaterDog website.

WaterDog, via CoolHunting

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