Our names are Will and Joseph, and we are the creators of the K9 Sport Sack. The K9 Sport Sack is a sporty, flexible, forward-facing shoulder bag for taking your small dog with you wherever you go! The bag's integrated adjustable collar design is what makes it special and unique. This concept is comfortable and engaging for both you, and your small dog. The design is the latest in dog/owner technology!
We love the outdoors, Joseph is a jock and Will is a tinkering nerd. We both love animals, however, we weren't always dog people. We were raised by traveling parents who fed us all of the negative difficulties of owning a dog. Dogs shed, you can't leave them home alone, they bark etc. They were right..and also very wrong.
In 2009 we found a puppy, locked in her kennel in a dumpster.
We took this cute, dirty little dog to our house and cleaned her up, and fed her until we could find her a good home. Turns out we found her one...ours. "Dumpster Daisy" was an instant favorite among family and friends (even the avowedly anti-dog parents who now refer to her as their "granddog").
A few months later Joseph got a new road bike. As he assembled the new bike in the front yard, Daisy curiously watched. When he rode it down the street for the first time he was accompanied by a little furry dog whining at the back wheel. We couldn't very well leave her at home when she wanted to ride so bad, so we stuck her in a drawstring bag and took off on a good long ride.
As it turns out, Daisy loved the ride...Joseph's shoulders didn't! The drawstrings were uncomfortable and Daisy could very easily get out of the bag on her own, so we started shopping around for a superior solution. We bought several different dog carriers from local pet stores only to return them a few days later. Finding nothing that was exactly what we were looking for, we bought some duck cloth fabric and sat down in front of a hand-me-down sewing machine with a hand-drawn pattern based on all of the things we envisioned would make the bag useful and comfortable.
Joseph rode with that bag for a year and after hearing everybody he passed say, "oh how fun, we wish we had a bag like that for our dog!" it occurred to us that other people might want the same experience that we were enjoying with Daisy.
The K9 Sport Sack was born. After several successful evaluations of our product with veterinarians concerning the ergonomics of the bag, we contacted a textile manufacturer to start the long and rewarding process of prototyping, and order our first small wave of test inventory.
When we pull out our bikes, long boards or hiking shoes, Daisy comes running with her bag in her mouth. We have ridden hundreds of miles, hiked in comfort and been able to share time together that was previously spent with her looking longingly out the living room window for her owners. Yes, we are dog people now, and are enjoying the opportunity to draw dogs and their people closer than ever before.
WHAT QUALIFIES US?
After graduating with a BS degree in Digital Media, Will found his way into an industry that has been invaluable to our progress with this project as he has developed our website and advertised the product. Joseph has worked in sales and advertising and is already making headway with local organizations to get the K9 Sport Sack in the door of pet and outdoor recreation stores.
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?
Our plan is to increase the bag's feature set with upgrades such as safety reflecting strips and mesh pockets. The funds from Kickstarter will be used to bring the product out of its current prototype state, into full-tilt name brand off-the-shelf recognition, and increase manufacturing to meet these demands.
The bags will be made in a professional textile manufacturing facility in the USA. Our current first-prototype was made by skilled textile engineers, with our close supervision and attention to detail. With your help we will take the prototype to a new level, making our product even more professional, and the most amazing dog bag in the world.
SHIPPING - We are putting no limits on the number that can be supplied, so become a backer now! Our shipping date is late July. We feel that this gives our manufacturer enough time to supply, and us to fulfill all of our dedicated backers' orders.
Measuring your dog correctly is critical. Use the following guide to fit your dog with the right size bag to get the most out of your K9 Sport Sack.
The best way to measure your dog, is with your dog up on two hind legs, in a "begging" position. While standing up like this, measure from the collar area, to the bottoms of the hind feet. This will be the natural position your animal will assume when in the bag. (See Illustration Below)
During field tests our current prototype demonstrates both comfort and quality but is lacking flashy accessories. When the time comes to upgrade the bag we will have to re-do the process of prototyping but we believe that if we have advance notice we can overcome the obstacle of time and demand.
We also have taken precautions against personal injury and litigation. Riding a bicycle with a dog on your back carries small inherent risks, but we have included a disclosure on our website that explains the dangers and admonishes safety and discretion.
A FINAL NOTE: For every bag we sell we promise to donate one dollar to the National Humane Society to help with abused, and under cared-for animals.