An idea which occured to a Kewtown resident when he witnessed the mess a friend’s dog made at meal time, has been patented.
But this didn’t happen without a lot of intellectual and physical work going into making the idea become reality.
Fifty-four-year-old Neville Arendse was visiting a friend in Thornton, when he noticed a dog knocking over a bowl of water – and making a huge mess in the process – as it made a beeline for its food which had just been put out by its owner.
“I looked at the situation and immediately something popped up,” he said.
That something was what is now called The Doggy Dinner.
“If those two bowls were in a stationary position this whole thing wouldn’t have happened, I thought. This was on my mind all the time as I drove home. God gave me the vision to create something out of this. I came home and started doing drawings. My wife called me to bed at 3am but I said no I have to finish it,” Mr Arendse said.
In 2010 he came up with an idea of a figure eight with two holes in it, in which the food and water bowl would be placed.
The frame of the figure eight would be made of steel and the bowls would be aluminium. To prevent the frame from moving when the dog feeds, rubber would be put on to the ends of the frame.
Before building the prototype, Mr Arendse researched the different aspects of building the product, such as what the height and width should be, what material it should be made of, as well as what a dog’s needs are.
He and his wife, Belinda, 55, then designed a prototype of the Doggy Dinner, which they would present to patent designers, Adams and Adams.
“I came up with lots of different drawings. I made about six different specs.
“My friend helped me to make the model. I had never used a welder in my life. I worked on it day and night,” Mr Arendse said.
Two years later, in 2012, Mr Arendse was finally happy with the design of the product and approached the patent designers.
Mr Arendse presented his model and was granted with an aesthetic design certificate as well as a functional design certificate.
And, said Mr Arendse, “if for some reason the model can’t be used as a dog feeder anymore it can be used as a pot plant holder, for two plants, hence I received an aesthetic design certificate as well”.
Mr Arendse applied for registration of his brand “The Doggy Dinner” in 2014. It takes up to 30 months for the process to be completed and he and his wife are anxiously awaiting to hear whether their brand has been registered.
“My plan is to use our brand on T-shirts, and many other products as well. My advice to people is to find what it is that makes people comfortable because people pay for comfort. I wish to sell my product in all supermarkets and at vets as well.”