TODAY’S PATENT- SHELTER
Today’s patent was invented by Scott D. Welker on July 24, 1979, bearing patent no. US4161924A.
The present invention comprises a novel pet shelter incorporating an outside feeding stall and a non-tangling tether for the pet surrounding the shelter and feeding stall. It is a molded reinforced plastic dome-shaped shelter for animals, having a door and a base having a floor space from the ground. There is a feeding stall in an outside alcove in the sheltered housing. A track surrounding the shelter adjacent to its base and a glide freely movable around said track for attachment of a tether for the animal. There is a spike means for anchoring the housing and base together and to the ground.
The housing and base may be of one piece of plastic and then separated or maybe made into sectors and assembled by bolts or other fastening means. The door may be locked so the shelter may be used as a shipping container and lifted by the track around the base as its handle. The feeding stall or alcove is preferably provided with two dishes, one for water and the other for dry food, and their supply may be maintained automatically by containers mounted above these dishes in the alcove. The track and its glide may take many forms with the glide either sliding or rolling inside a C-shaped cross-section track or around the outside of the track. The tether attached to the glide may be provided with a resilient means to reduce shocking jerks on the glide and track.