I was contacted the other day by the woman who owns 4 Paws Pottery . She makes cute dog bowls by hand out of Stoneware.
Some of the bowls are specially shaped so that a dog with long ears does not drag their ears through their food or water. She had a bowl with a Dachshund on it so I thought I would check them out myself.
You can see in the photo that the bowl is shaped, basically, like a cone with the top cut off (and a bottom of course). The dog is able to stick their mouth into the bowl but their ears remain on the outside.
Honestly, Chester and Gretel ears aren’t long enough to get into their food and water most of the time. You can see by the photo though that their ears are clearly not getting inside this bowl. I can see a bowl like this being good for a long-haired Dachshund or a dog with longer ears like a Basset Hound or Blood Hound.
The cool bonus of this bowl, and the one that matters most to me, is that it’s also a no-spill bowl (when filled half full). I can’t count the times I have come into the kitchen in the dark, or have not been watching where I am stepping, and kicked the water bowl. Water always splashes out of the bowl and gets my socks wet and/or leaves a mess for me to clean up. Because of the way that the walls of this bowl are shaped, they water sloshes “in” instead of out of the bowl.
If you feed raw or wet food I could see that your dog might have trouble getting every last crumb from the inside edges of the bowl. I don’t think it’s very likely though. It certainly wouldn’t be a problem at my house. Chester and Gretel are not apathetic eaters 🙂
The woman who makes the bowls at 4 Paws Pottery has a “big dog in a small package” just like me. Her two-year-old Pembroke Corgi, Tucker, was the inspiration for her business.
“I made pottery for years but I started getting bored. I didn’t know what to make next. I wasn’t interested in making mugs and bowls any more. I needed that inspiration…That’s about when we got Tucker as a puppy. And the rest is history. I decided that this was how I could give back to the animals I love.”
Chester and Gretel have been inspiration for me to go after my dreams too. It warms my heart to talk with other people who have been inspired by their pets.
I think the standard-shaped or long-ear bowl would make a great gift for a dog-loving friend. Everything in the 4 Paws Pottery shop is made by hand and is one-of-a-kind. Items can be customized with various stamps from the stamp gallery, including a bunch of different breeds, and personalized with a pet’s name.
The bowls and treat jars are lead free and microwave/dishwasher safe. The long-ear bowls come in 4 sizes. And good news for our Canadian and other international friends is that the shop is based in the United States, but they ship internationally, at cost.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by 4 Paws Pottery. I received the long-eared bowl to review and then give away to one of our readers. I was fairly compensated for the time it took me to write this post. Here at YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner, being fairly compensated does not influence how I feel about a product so everything I say is really how I feel. 4 Paws Pottery is not responsible for the content of this article.