More than 50 years ago a plastics company in California run by three brothers were asked to make the mould for a new cup designed by a doctor. When the doctor returned to see the cup he didn't like it and walked out, refusing to pay for it. Egged on by a friend, the brothers decided to make the cup anyway and decorated it with a picture of their dog, Tommee. The cup was famous for its weighted base cup which prevented it from tipping over – and tommee tippee® was born.