REVIEW: Flydog's Spill-Proof Bowl Works, but Isn't for Every Dog
I'm guessing most dogs either love or hate the ride, which makes me wonder exactly how useful something like the Spill-Proof Pet Travel Bowl ($29.99) from Flydog can really be for dog owners. If your dog is a spaz in the car, good luck getting it to calm down long enough to take a drink out of this bowl. If your pup is terrified during even the shortest of road trips, then you have a better chance of training it to make lunar landings than convincing it to take a sip from this product.
As for the piece of hardware itself, it isn't the prettiest thing to look at – dull gray and in the shape of a bedpan – but it succeeds in the most basic sense: It is very much spill-proof. In another plus, the bowl detaches from the holder, allowing you to use it in the dog park, where Fido is more likely to want a drink than in the car. My biggest complaint is that it's hard to clean – you need to make sure to wipe off any water that may be beneath the cover, or else you'll get gunk buildup.
I tested it by putting four cups of water in the bowl and driving around my hilly neighborhood, going up and down steep inclines, and not a drop spilled on the upholstery. Then I made the mistake of trying to test it with my dogs in the car. The corgi, freaked out at the prospect of going for a ride, jumped in and landed squarely on top of the bowl, breaking it off from the holder. Water did indeed spill everywhere, mixed in with the clumps of corgi hair.
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