Fresh, clean water is crucial to good health, right? Everybody knows that you can survive much longer without food than you can without water. Same is true for our four-legged companions.
But that water bowl is oft overlooked…
…Be honest. You know that if you see a little puddle in the bottom of the bowl, you turn the other cheek, don’t you? I mean, bending over to pick it up IS HARD!!
How often do you bother to clean the bowl? …hmmmm??
Do you even HAVE a water bowl for your dog? I know some people who permit the water feature in the yard–or even the toilet bowl–to suffice.
C’mon. Don’t be that dude.
How often are YOU willing to drink backwash? or from a dirty glass? or from the potty?
You get my point. Just because I live in the Bible belt, I’m not gonna to preach to y’all.
(Thanks be to God).
In most of my reading, there is specific mention of giving dogs filtered water. I had dismissed that point primarily because I figured the articles and my textbook were written with diverse geographic locations in mind. Not everywhere in the world has the high quality drinking water that we enjoy here in Birmingham. I drink tap water. If it’s okay for me, it’s okay for my dogs, right?
But, on a recent trip to Target, I fell prey to the pretty colors of the water filter pitchers displayed on the aisle. (Such a girl).
I also decided that if I’m going to be so focused on controlling what goes into my dogs, why would I ignore their water?
Water travels a long way from its source through underground pipes of varying quality and kind until it reaches my home. No doubt it picks up a thing or two along the way. Plus, sometimes it smells like a swimming pool, and although I’ve swallowed my fair share of pool water, regular chlorine consumption is not something I believe is an overall health benefit.
I refuse to buy bottled water. The plastic bottle count unnerves my environmental sensibilities. But water filter pitchers are cheap. Do they actually do what they claim to do? I don’t know. But I do know charcoal is an effective filter for certain contaminants and impurities, and that the filter I use is made of charcoal.
Look for an NSF 53 on the filter. Apparently, that rating will filter out bacteria and lead, not just chlorine.
I also use stainless steel bowls that are sanitized weekly in the dishwasher. I’m all about clean in my kitchen, all the way down to the dog bowls. Again, particularly since I feed a raw diet, everything has got to be dishwasher safe, (and I’m good with chlorine in that water).
If I can make their water fresher and cleaner, then that’s what I’m gonna do!
pugs & kisses,