Swede invents urinal for dogs
Published: 30 Oct 2007 12:21 GMT+01:00
Updated: 30 Oct 2007 12:21 GMT+01:00
Spurred on by a desire to save the poles of the nation, he set about designing a streetside toilet for the canine destroyers.
The result was a urinal consisting of a rubber cup attached to the base of a lamp post, with a pipe to take the pee 30 centimetres away from the pole.
Järlebro is currently trying to secure a patent for his invention.
"There is a big problem with dogs and lamp posts, so I decided to make something to take away the ammonia and urine," he told The Local.
Once he has manufactured a prototype, he plans to direct a marketing campaign at local councils all over Sweden.
"This innovation will save councils an awful lot of money. The average lamp post has a life span of 30 years but my invention is likely to add a further 15 years," he said.
A spokesman for Borås council said that a lot of suggestions had come in since the issue was first raised earlier this month.
"People have mentioned various paints, a plastic cover for lamp posts, sprays to scare away the dogs... But a urinal for dogs is definitely one of the stranger suggestions," Peter Kinde told Borås Tidning.
Though not entirely convinced that a urinal would successfully protect the town's long-suffering posts, Kinde said he would reserve judgment until he had seen the finished product.