One of my favorite hobbies is running and hiking with my four dogs Reecie, Junior, Millie, and our newest addition Arlo. The four of us run the beautiful Nashville Greenways several times a week. As an avid runner, I was tired of holding dog waste on our runs. I tried to use the dog bags available today but they shook, were heavy, had inferior waste attachments, and were cheaply made. One day, I decided to pull out my sewing machine and make my own leash. I designed a reflective, stylish, and water resistant leash. This lightweight sturdy leash contains a quick dispenser for bags, a pocket for dog waste, and a separate pocket for personal items.
After running with my dogs, I realized I created the almost perfect leash (perfect would be if it picked up dog waste for you!). I started getting requests for my leash and thus the “Poo Doo Leash” was born. With the help of many talented friends, I brought my idea to production. Shortly after, I created a runners leash that allows for hands-free operation, and it has become a best seller. Very recently, we have started a new assortment of products called our 'State Paws' design line. 'State Paws' pet products are custom made with trademarked state flag renditions with paw prints and dog bones versus stars. The Tennessee line has been so successful in 2016 that we have expanded with over 40 state designs and ready to launch! We are debuting our products at the Super Zoo Pet Expo 2017 conference in Las Vegas. This conference is the biggest pet expo in the United States, and we hope to make some key business contacts during the show.
Poo Doo Productions started 4 1/2 years ago as a one-woman operation while working full time as a Nurse Practitioner helping our Veterans at the Veteran's Administration Hospital. Sales doubled last year with the Arts and Crafts venues from August through December! Due to the increased demand, my husband left the corporate world 2 months ago to help Poo Doo Leash get to the next level. He is now heading up sales and is the second in command. Also, my mother is active in helping with day to day operations and even at 75 years of age is still sewing for us!
Poo Doo Productions is passionate about helping local shelters and our Veterans with disabilities. We have developed a reputation for generously giving back to the community. We are currently working on "give back campaigns" for canines' in training with Veterans and hope to expand the program to people with disabilities. We have taken proceeds from our larger festivals and given to local shelters to help find homes for dogs. We hope you enjoy our products and appreciate your support of Poo Doo "what to do with #2" dog leash and specialty pet products!
Handsfree Sports Canine Leash - The Hands-Free Sports Canine Leash is a practical and stylish way to hold a roll of dog bags, personal items, and pet waste in separate compartments all sewn to a reflective leash. It may be used as a regular leash with a standard handle or as a hands-free leash as it attaches around your waist with a durable carabiner and double spaced webbing. You may also use your smartphone through the vinyl back pocket for several applications. In addition to texting, you can use your ‘light app’ as a flashlight for increased night time visibility. The Handsfree Sports Canine leash is available online, and at retailers throughout the US and Canada.
“The Handsfree Sports Canine Leash is the perfect complement for daily walks with your pet” commented CEO Rhonda Pinkerman, “On top of freeing up both hands, the compartments allow for the storage of personal items, dog bags, and pet waste making the user's activities worry-free and enjoyable. You’re not the one holding doggie doo, the Poo Doo Leash does it for you!”
Original Poo Doo Leash- The Original Poo Doo Leash was my first design! It is a standard dog leash with the Poo Doo Pouch sewn to the leash. This leash is ergonomic, light-weight, and a great value if you do not want to be hands-free. Like the Poo Doo Hands-Free leash, it holds dog bags, pet waste, and personal items in separate compartments!
Poo Doo Pouch - The Poo Doo Pouch is a practical and stylish way to hold a roll of dog bags, personal items, and pet waste in separate compartments. The adjustable and durable velcro handle can attach to any regular leash handle or retractable leash. You may also use your smartphone through the vinyl back pocket for several applications. In addition to texting, you can use your ‘light app’ as a flashlight for increased night time visibility. The Poo Doo Pouch is available online, and at retailers throughout the US and Canada.
“The Poo Doo Pouch is a doggie doo dispensary for the active pet owner” commented CEO Rhonda Pinkerman, “The clean and stylish way to hold pet waste. "
State Paws Design - Show the love of your state and your furry friend with trademarked state flag designs manipulated with paw prints and dog bones. The new State Paws collection of T-shirts, dog leashes, collars, vinyl decals, magnets, bandanas, and sports water bottles are available in over 45 states! Shown below are just a few pictures of current designs.
Founder Rhonda Pinkerman revealed the idea behind her newest line of pet products: “State Paws was created to showcase the love of Tennessee and my four sweet dogs. We have now expanded it to include many more states.”
We have a vast selection of collars, bandanas, magnets, stickers, and water bottles to complement our product offerings!
Use of Funds
The pet industry is currently growing at a rate of 20% per year, and pet owners spent over 65 billion dollars in 2016 on pet related items. We currently have products placed in specialty pet stores around the Greater Nashville area and would like to expand throughout the USA. Funding would allow us to take our company to the next level with additional advertising and increase our web traffic. Over 46% of pet owners buy pet products online and we need a significant presence. Additional capital will also allow us the ability to make purchases in bulk, lowering our wholesale costs. The ultimate goal is for me to leave my job as a full-time Nurse Practitioner, and concentrate full-time on my entrepreneurial desires!