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Rocket scientist invents the world's first gravity defying hundred foot flying ring launching fetch toy for dogs, the Hurrik9.
Rocket scientist invents the world's first gravity defying hundred foot flying ring launching fetch toy for dogs, the Hurrik9.
Rocket scientist invents the world's first gravity defying hundred foot flying ring launching fetch toy for dogs, the Hurrik9.
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HurriK9: The 100+ Foot Ring Launcher for Dogs

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Do you exercise and play with your dog at least once per day? If you are a busy person like most people, you may not get around to it every day. But your dog deserves a happier, healthier, longer life, and daily exercise is critical to achieving that.

Meet the world's first gravity defying 100-foot flying ring launching fetch toy for dogs. In just minutes, after a couple of ring launches, your dog has run over the length of a football field! And it’s fun for both you and your dog. Slobbery tennis balls are boring and no human or dog actually wants to catch a hard frisbee with their teeth.

Your dog deserves time with you every day, and I’m guessing that you would love to spend more time with your companion in the first place. Now you can!

My name is John Hunter. I used to be a physicist, and then I jumped into space exploration, then solar airplanes. I love making things fly, and I wanted to make the world’s greatest flying toy, and so I built these rings using the aerodynamic principles of an airplane wing. The launcher shoots the rings over 100 feet like a sling shot. By chance, I was shooting the ring launcher at my daughter’s house, and her bulldog Amos started fetching the ring and bringing it back to me. After about 20 more successful fetches and a panting dog, it dawned on me that this could be a great dog toy.

We’ve tested the toy on dozens of breeds of dogs, from pit bulls to boxers to retrievers to small dogs like from maltese to poodles. The response has been amazing from dogs and dog owners. That is why we decided to bring this toy to the world.

For info on the XL Moonshot version, scroll down to watch the video.

Are the ring materials safe for dogs?

The product and materials were tested by a 3rd Party Testing Laboratory up to Children's Toy Standards, which are more stringent than pet toy guidelines. All tests were passed with flying colors.

Are these rings durable enough to survive my dog’s toy eating habits? 

YES! The rings are made of durable Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) Foam, the same material used in Crocs Shoes. This type of foam is incredibly durable and has self healing properties that allows the ring to fly over and over again despite the toy being carried in the dogs mouth. You will actually see some teeth puncture marks in the foam, but you will be amazed at how it heals and keeps its shape, and continues to fly.

Do The Rings Last Forever?

Of course not. Just like 99% of all dog toys I’ve ever bought for my dog, if you leave the toy out for the dog to chew on it, they will eventually tear through it. But, the key is to manage your dog’s use of the rings. When you are finished shooting the rings for your dog, pick them up and store them in a place where your dog can’t freely take the rings to chew on it without supervision. If you do this, the rings can last for hundreds of fetches or more.

We were featured on The Discovery Channel in Canada, wherein we shot our prototypes for some dogs:

 Dog Trainer Testimonials:

 Dog Owner Testimonials:

Fun Pictures:

Do You Sell Extra Rings?

Yes, and very affordably. We sell a “6 Pack Of Rings” separate from the launcher packs so you can replenish them just like you do for your dog’s other favorite toys like tennis balls and ropes.

My dog doesn’t usually chase after tennis balls, do the rings work for most dogs?

My dog Fifi is an 8 pound Maltese. She absolutely loves fetching the HurriK9 rings, you’ll see her as the little white dog in the videos. She hardly ever fetched tennis balls or Frisbees. Dogs are born to chase things, it’s instinctual. We think that the rings remind dogs of the flight of a bird, which is why they chase them so consistently. Does this work for both small and big dogs? We’ve tested the product on dozens of dogs: small dogs, medium dogs, big dogs. At dog beaches, and rescue centers, and dog parks, we’ve tested shooting the rings for everything from beagles, maltese, golden retrievers, black labs, terriers, yellow labs, pit bulls, muts, Australian shepherds, boxers, and more. We’ve found that almost all dogs respond to the rings and love to chase after them.

I don’t have a big yard. Does it work indoors?

Yes. You can easily control how far it goes. At a 20% strength pullback, it only travels about 20 feet. We use it in our small home all the time when the weather’s poor or if Fifi just wants to play

Where can I play with it?

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Parks
  • Beaches
  • Lakes
  • Swimming pools
  • It obviously works best in open areas to enjoy the full 100-foot flight, but you can easily control the distance by shortening the pullback strength.

Are there days where you have to leave your dog alone for hours and you know they aren’t getting enough exercise?

With the HurriK9, after 10 minutes of a few 100-foot launches of the rings, your dog will be happy and healthy every day. And you will have fun too.

I don’t think my dog will drop the ring for me.

Actually, you’ll be surprised. The trick is to always have another ring by your side ready to load, and when you shoot it, most of the time, your dog will drop the ring to go chase the new one. That is why our Starter Pack comes with 3 rings and the Premium Pack comes with 6 rings.

Do the rings float for water dog activities?

  • YES. It floats perfectly.
  • Beach Approved. We have used them at the beach and watched our dog swim into the waves to fetch the ring.
  • Dock Jumping Pool Approved. We’ve also tested out the ring on a Labrador who has competed in Dock Jumping Competitions, and the dog instantly LOVED jumping into the swimming pool chasing after the floating ring in front of his nose.
  • River Approved. If you take your dog to the river or out on your boat, this is the perfect fetch toy as it’s MUCH easier to spot 100 feet away the water than a tiny tennis ball.
  • Backyard Swimming Pool Approved.

When will I receive my dog toy if I order through Kickstarter?

The first batch of Kickstarter Inventory for the early bird customers will be delivered by April 2016! We are placing the order right now. For the non-early bird backers, don’t worry, we will be working to get you your products as fast as possible. Please see the projected delivery dates under each tier level on the right.

How long do I have to wait until it is for sale outside of Kickstarter?

If you don't order through this Kickstarter launch, we estimate that the goods won't be for sale online or in stores until a couple of months for now because of the long production times. So if you don't want to wait for your product, then you should order it now via the Kickstarter.

MOONSHOT XL RING LAUNCHER:

The Moonshot is about 150% larger than the HurriK9. The launcher and rings are a bit bigger in size, and they fly up to 100 yards! They are built more for the larger dogs or the dogs that love fetching long range fetch toys. Because the rings are 150% bigger in size and weight, they are super durable for all dogs.

The Moonshot is not ready to ship in April like the HurriK9 is. The shipment date is set for September 2016 as we are finalizing the rings to make them durable for dogs using the same EVA foam as the HurriK9 rings.

The Moonshot is a spectacular and novel sporting good with a huge wow factor. Moonshot delivers large colorful floating rings over distances in excess of a football field. It has twice the hang time and twice the range of a Frisbee. Historically flying rings have far superior flight characteristics over flying discs due to basic physics. Flying ring Lift to Drag Ratio is 10 versus 3 for discs. Unfortunately the rings were hard to throw. Star Sports has recently made patented breakthroughs in the ring launcher technology allowing users to obtain magical flights. Adults, kids and pets can now engage in spectacular sporting activity with Moonshot.

The Moonshot comes with 2 rings and a launcher.

If I want to order the HurriK9, which order size is right for me?

Starter Pack comes with 3 rings and a launcher so that you always have one ready to shoot

The 6-Pack Ring Special are the rings sold separately without the launcher.

If you KNOW that your dog would love this toy, we might recommend trying the Value Pack plus which comes with a Launcher & 6 Rings so you l;lock in the pre-retail discount price and if we run out of stock in a few months, you will already start with 6 rings.

If you’d rather just start out with a 3-pack of rings, no problem at all. The Starter Pack is enough to get you started and you can always buy the 6-Pack Ring Special later if they are in stock.

Is it easy for anyone to shoot? 

Yes. It is easy for people of all ages to shoot. We’ve had grandmothers, grandfathers, moms, dads, and people of all ages test out our launchers and we’ve found that just about anyone can do it. It’s just a simple pull back of the handle and release. You have to watch the videos below to believe it. 

We are only ordering a limited quantity on our first container, so get it now before we sell out. 

The aerodynamic principles built in to the rings: The HurriK9 uses the technology of an airplane wing. Imagine you break off one of an airplanes wings. Imagine that you fold the wing into a perfect circle. The front edge is thicker than the trailing edge, which applies the aerodynamics of an airplane wing in order to seemingly defy gravity to float for over a hundred feet when the sling shot mechanism spins the ring counter-clockwise.

All Backers Get This Dog Training Ebook Free:

The HurriK9 Team:

John Hunter, Inventor: John has a unique background in physics, solar airplanes, and rocket science, to name a few areas of expertise. He decided to channel his knowledge into one of the world’s coolest flying gizmos. He has a passion for dogs, and when his dog Trixie loved his prototype, he decided to bring it to market.

Jeff Lieber, Head Of Marketing: Jeff worked in consulting for almost 4 years before quitting his day job to start his first company, Parachute Pet Products, which is 3 years old now. He has brought 8 products to market successfully. Jeff grew up loving dogs thanks to his family's two golden retrievers, Sassy and Emma. Jeff and Johnny were actually neighbors growing up in San Diego, and have been best friends for over 12 years. When Jeff saw the Hurrik9 fly at Johnny and his Dad’s house last year, he immediately asked to partner up to help them bring the product to market, and he has been working like a dog to bring this product to the world.

Johnny Hunter, Designer: Johnny earned his mechanical engineering degree from San Diego State. He helped his Dad in the design of the product as well as market testing the materials to finally arrive at the EVA foam rings. Johnny has also helped his Dad by attending tradeshows and getting customer interest at beaches and parks around San Diego.

How can I buy HurriK9 on Kickstarter? 

Yes, Kickstarter is not your regular e-commerce site, so for newbies, it can be challenging to find your ways here. I will try to make it simple for you. On the right side you can see a number of “rewards”. These rewards are primarily the different options of HurriK9 packaging you can buy. To buy, just click on a reward & hit continue, its that simple. The below mentioned options are listed on your right to buy from:

1. For $25 (Or $29 once the $25 special pricing is sold out): 6-PACK OF RINGS + DOG TRAINING E-BOOK | Launcher not included. Great for buying extra rings with a separate launcher pack.

2. For $39: STARTER PACK: LAUNCHER + 3 RINGS + DOG TRAINING E-BOOK

3. For $49: VALUE PACK: LAUNCHER + 6 RINGS + DOG TRAINING E-BOOK

4. For $69: MOONSHOT XL LAUNCHER + 2 RINGS + DOG TRAINING E-BOOK | Note: This is not the HurriK9 100 foot launcher. This is the XL Moonshot Dog Version that shoots over 250 feet.

5. For $69: TWO STARTER PACK COMBO: (2 LAUNCHERS + 6 RINGS TOTAL) + DOG TRAINING E-BOOK

6. For $72: 3 PACKS OF 6-RINGS (18 TOTAL) + DOG TRAINING E-BOOK | Launcher not included. Great for buying extra rings with a separate launcher pack.

7. For $170: FRIEND PACK: 5 STARTER PACKS (5 LAUNCHERS & 15 RINGS TOTAL) + DOG TRAINING E-BOOK

8. For $999: 30 STARTER PACKS (30 LAUNCHERS & 90 RINGS TOTAL) + DOG TRAINING E-BOOK

9. For $3,300: 100 STARTER PACKS (100 LAUNCHERS & 300 RINGS TOTAL) + DOG TRAINING E-BOOK

Why we need your support on Kickstarter:

We spent the last 12 months without pay finding a production facility, putting final tweaks on the product design, and getting the moulds ready for mass production. We’ve invested a lot of our own money into the prototyping and mold process. We finally have locked in an agreement with the facility to produce it, and are ready to complete the order. We are so close.

We need money to help pay for the first mass production order because we have to order a large minimum order quantity, which is why we need to raise $4,980 on Kickstarter which will directly finance the first order immediately.

Although we have received an amazing response from dog owners when they tested the prototypes, we have not tested the mass market with the product, and so Kickstarter is the perfect way to put it in front of the masses and see how many passionate dog owners want a new fetch toy like this.

Please Place An Order Now To Help Finance Our First Production Run And Be The First To Own The HurriK9!

You don't have to wait for months to get your products, we are placing the order and we expect to deliver the first batch of units in April. So please support our project and help us get the HurriK9 into the hands of fun dog owners all over the world. Dogs will be talking about the day the HurriK9 was invented like we talk about the day at the iPhone was invented. Just kidding but hopefully not...

Please support our project and choose which reward is right for you and share it with your dog loving friends thanks. 

Support Us Now. Thank You.

Risks and Challenges:

We are bringing the HurriK9 to market. Period. We will do whatever it takes.

We've spent the past 12 months finding a supplier and refining the molds to have this product made at a safe and high quality standard for our dog loving customers out there.

Almost all of the legwork is done, and Kickstarter is the final step. We are raising money to finance our first mass production run and leveraging the wonderful Kickstarter community to bring our product to market in a viral fashion.

We will do whatever it takes to get the products you order into your hands as quickly as possible. We guarantee it!

You will be the first customers in the world to purchase and receive the HurriK9. 

Risks and challenges

We are bringing the HurriK9 to market. Period. We will do whatever it takes.

We've spent the past 12 months finding a supplier and refining the molds to have this product made at a safe and high quality standard for our dog loving customers out there.

Almost all of the legwork is done, and Kickstarter is the final step. We are simply raising money to finance our first mass production run and leveraging the wonderful Kickstarter community to bring our product to market in a viral fashion.

We will do whatever it takes to get the products you order into your hands as quickly as possible. We guarantee it!

You will be the first customers in the world to purchase and receive the HurriK9.

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    **SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL**

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    YOUR PRICE: $69 (FREE SHIPPING + NO SALES TAX)

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