Despite the fact this house has three water bowls, plus an additional one outside, the pets often act like they must compete for water.
One water bowl sits in the kitchen; that one is primarily for Linksys. It is situated in a corner that is large enough for him, but a bit tight for the dogs. They could use it if they really wanted to, but they have better options and use those (well, one of those) instead.
One of the two other options, intended for the dogs, is under the breakfast bar, just around the corner from the kitchen. This is the largest of the bowls, with a very broad diameter. Despite being intended for Cisco and Juni, the one I see using this bowl the most is Linksys. He seems to particularly prefer to use this bowl when I am setting food for the dogs next to it, though that could be just when I notice him. I rarely see the dogs use that bowl, and its little-changing water level suggests it gets little notice.
Instead, the dogs insist upon using the water bowl in my office. They love to lap from it. Apparently, draining that bowl dry and licking at the bottom for any remaining drops -- where I can hear the whole production -- is better than drinking from a bowl in another room. Multiple times a day, I get to hear,
"Shlurp shloop slurp slop shlup shlup shlop shloop slup slup slurp slop slurp shlurp shlurp.
Shlurp shloop slup slup shlop shlep shlurp shlurp slurp slurp slurp-slurp-slurp."
Even Linksys likes to share this bowl, particularly when it lets him get between Juni and her food, making her twitchy and ready to snap.
I figure that Juni prefers that bowl because it is close to me; she only eats in company. Cisco probably prefers that bowl because Juni prefers it; he does enjoy stealing from her. As I already noted, I think that Linksys likes that bowl because using it lets him annoy Juni.
I wish that they all would drink elsewhere, at least more often. The "shlup shlep shlop" wears on my nerves more than a little.