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Springer on 'Shark Tank': What is the cost, who are the founders and does the water bottle for dogs really work?

Springer bottles clever design allows your dog to drink from the attached bowl without wasting a drop
Springer founders Griffin Ross and Shannon Ross pitch for their dog water bottle brand on 'Shark Tank' (ABC)
Springer founders Griffin Ross and Shannon Ross pitch for their dog water bottle brand on 'Shark Tank' (ABC)

Staying hydrated is very important not just for humans but also for dogs. One of the biggest complaints of most pet parents is how their dogs drink very little water or barely touch their water bowls. This problem gets worse when you're out and about with your dog. Lugging their favorite water bowl with you everywhere might not be a feasible option, while the many travel water bottles for pets are available on the market, they always end up leaking.

Thanks to Springer, worrying about your dog's hydration while spending time outdoors is a thing of the past. The unique, leakproof travel bottle will ensure your dog has access to clean drinking water at all times. Springer's founders — Griffin and Shannon Ross will be pitching their product to the Sharks — Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Lori Greiner, Kevin O'Leary, and Robert Herjavec, on the upcoming episode of 'Shark Tank'. If you're curious to know more about Springer and its founders, then keep reading.


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What is Springer?

The brand's website reads, "Keep your pup hydrated during any excursion with the Springer Travel Bottle. The clever design allows your dog to drink from the attached bowl without wasting a drop. Formerly known as the AutoDogMug by Highwave, squeeze the bottle and water fills the bowl. Release your squeeze when your dog is done drinking and the excess water drains back into the bottle. It’s 100% leak-tight and made from BPA-free plastic. The included carabiner allows the bottle to easily clip onto belt loops, backpacks, and other accessories. Let the adventures begin!"

Some key features of Springer bottles are:

* They are available in three sizes. Mini, which is best suited for dogs similar in size to pugs, Yorkie, chihuahuas, or dogs with shorter legs. Classic, which fits the bill for dogs similar in size to a golden retriever, pitbull, Australian shepherd, or other medium-sized breeds. The biggest-sized bottle Growler, is the best option for dogs similar in size to Great Danes, Bernese mountain dogs, german shepherds, larger breeds, or multiple dogs.

* Leakproof shutoff valve, which means you no longer have to worry about water leaking from the bottle or wastage of water.

* One-handed operation, you just need to squeeze the bottle to get the water into the attached bowl. Once your dog is done drinking, you can release the bottle and the water goes right back into the bottle. 

* Springer bottles are made of BPA-free and food-safe material.

* Springer bottles fit in most standard car cup holders.

* Comes with a sturdy carabiner.


Who are the founders?

Siblings duo and proud dog parents — Griffin and Shannon Ross are the founders of Springer. On the brand's blog page, Shannon explained what inspired her to come up with the concept of Springer travel bottles for dogs. She shared, "On a long road trip! We quickly realized the challenges of keeping our family dog hydrated along the way. Outside of water bottles and bulky dog bowls, it seemed like there weren’t a lot of options. So we created a travel bottle that blended the best of the two. Part dog water bottle, part dog bowl, none of the messy spills or overflow. 

We started thinking about dog parents and how a lot of us love our dogs and good design equally. People want their pet gear to be as cool and attractive as their own. We spent hours scouring the web for well-made pet gear that looked good. And no brand was really fitting those needs. So we saw a gap to create Springer and a range of products that were beautiful, smart, and functional. Because we’re the ones who have to look at it!"

Springer founders Griffin and Shannon Ross with their pets on 'Shark Tank' (ABC)

What is the cost and where to buy Springer from?

As mentioned earlier Springer bottles are available in three different sizes. The 15 oz mini water bottle variant retails for $22, the 22 oz classic variant costs $25, while the 44 oz growler variant sells for $29. These bottles are available in various colors as well. You can get your pup his or her own Springer bottle from either the brand's website or from Amazon. The bottle has received several glowing reviews from its customers on Amazon. 

A customer left the following review for the mini bottle variant, "Awesome water bottle for your dog! It’s really easy and portable to use and the materials are very durable. I love that it has a clips that attach to the water bottle, and clip it to your tote. They’re great for hiking and camping, and very lightweight so you won’t even notice you’re carrying it!" Another customer shared the following review on the brand's growler variant, "If you have a big dog and need 2 bottles to go to the park BUY this, I recommend this product to everyone that see it and ask where they can find it. Easy to use, clean and carry." So looks like the Springer bottles are a huge hit with the pet parents!


Where is Springer now?

Earlier this month, Springer launched its new product — The Dog + Me — a water bottle for you and your pup. The brand announced the new launch on its Instagram page with, "She's HERE! 🤩 Introducing The Dog + Me - a water bottle for you, with a detachable bowl for your pup - because Springer is all about sharing everythingggg with our dogs. 🐶 Available online now!"


Who will steal the deal?

Kevin O'Leary or Robert Herjavec might try to steal the deal. Although the brand's sales numbers and profit margins will ultimately be the major deciding factor for the sharks on whether to invest in the business or not. So, we will just have to wait and watch to see if the Sharks even make a deal.

Robert Herjavec with Springer bottles on 'Shark Tank' (ABC)

‘Shark Tank’ Season 13 Episode 23 airs on ABC on May 13, 2022, at 8 pm ET. Catch the latest episode featuring products like Stryx, Driftline, Chill n Reel, and Springer.

Missed an episode? Been wanting to catch up? Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu. Not just that, you can also watch old seasons and episodes on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.