AU$ 65.00 pledged of AU$ 30,000 goal
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By Elysia
AU$ 65.00 pledged of AU$ 30,000 goal
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Hi Kickstarter. My name is Elysia Blackhart, and Herculead’s story begins when our rescue pets began to outnumber the humans. Our home is full of a variety of rescued dogs, cats, and rabbits, all of which enjoy their daily walks. Yes, the cats and rabbits enjoy regular outings as well. Walking multiple animals of varying sizes and strengths became very frustrating, even with a minimum of two humans. If we weren't stopping to separate leashes, we were always unraveling animals from one another or from around our legs.

I assumed that there must be better options available on the market. I sat down at my computer and began to search. I even visited several local pet supply stores. After finding a couple of modified leashes, I was disappointed to see that they were mostly made for walking two pets, but still did not completely resolve the issue of entanglements. I wanted something simple and functional – something that would allow for orderly and peaceful walks with my pets.

I was certain that there had to be something already on the market that fit my criteria, but after completing my search, I came up empty-handed. I couldn’t believe that there weren't any products available that enabled a single user to walk multiple pets without entanglements. I quickly realized that if I was looking for something like this, then there must be others looking for the same thing.

From the first inception of this device a few years ago to the last prototype, we have tested the Herculead base unit under a multitude of conditions. Like the Herculead, the clamp and handle are my designs. I have also modified a clip hook to allow for ease of attachment with a secure design for all accessories and the device.

With the proper equipment, we can complete the testing phase, and streamline the manufacturing process for the Herculead base and the handle. I have found a local manufacturer that specializes in the creation of clamps and clips which are capable of fulfilling our supply needs. The base device, clamp, clip hook, extension lead clamp, and handle design need to be tested thoroughly. Nonetheless, this process should move along fairly quickly, but we have allotted extra time just in case we run into any issues during the testing phase.

I have spent many years as a researcher, and I have a Bachelor's in Science from Salisbury University, It is also worth noting that I have filed for a patent for the Herculead device, clamp, and handle.

We have assembled a team for support. Collectively, we have experience in everything from brand development to engineering to customer service. We have the ability needed to bring the Herculead device and accessories to market successfully. With your help, we will complete this project and have the satisfaction of seeing the Herculead, Anti-Tangle Multiple Pet Walking Device make walking your pets daily something to look forward to once again.

Risks and challenges

We have done our best to mitigate the risks and challenges for this project.

While timelines are often a concern for Kickstarter projects, we are confident that we have carefully prepared for any potential delays. We have laid out a realistic prototype testing and manufacturing timeline. We have also included extra time to allow for issues that may arise along the way.

We have taken a couple of strategic actions to ensure that we will meet our timeline. We chose manufacturing and fulfillment partners based locally in Australia. Their proximity to our location will make it easier to oversee production, ensuring quality and on-time fulfillment. The teams we have chosen to partner with are experienced and reliable. They have handled a variety of large projects and have committed to making sure that Herculead meets its targeted fulfillment date.

Though we have tested three rounds of design with the Herculead device, we have added extra time to examine the clamps for the flat bars, the clamps for the extension leads, the modified clip hooks for attachments, and the comfort and ease of use of the handle. By allowing ourselves that extra time, we know that when we release our product it has moved passed prototyping and is ready for final production. This reduces the likelihood of last minute changes that cause delays in production. Our manufacturing and fulfillment partners are on standby.

Most importantly, we are committed to open communication. Our backers will be the first to know if anything comes along that may affect this timeline. Our team is committed to being honest and transparent should any problems or delays occur along the way. We are fully prepared to make sure this project happens in the stated timeline. We're all in this together!

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    SUPPORT HERCULEAD! Help us fulfill our dream of making the Herculead, Anti-Tangle Multiple Pet-Walking Device and accesories a reality. We'll keep you updated on our progress, and let you know when Herculead is available for purchase! We'll also list you as a backer on our website: MyHerculead.com

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    SUPPORT HERCULEAD! Help us fulfill our dream of making the Herculead, Anti-Tangle Multiple Pet-Walking Device and accesories a reality. We'll keep you updated on our progress, and let you know when Herculead is available for purchase! We'll also list you as a backer on our website, MyHerculead.com, and our spokesrabbit, Ripal, the Pondering Rabbit, will acknowledge you as a backer on his newly revamped blog, The Ripal Effect.

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    SUPPORT HERCULEAD! Help us fulfill our dream of making the Herculead, Anti-Tangle Multiple Pet-Walking Device and accesories a reality. We'll keep you updated on our progress, and let you know when Herculead is available for purchase! We'll also list you as a backer on our website, MyHerculead.com, and our spokesrabbit, Ripal, the Pondering Rabbit, will acknowledge you as a backer on his newly revamped blog, The Ripal Effect, plus Ripal will send you a digital copy of a signed postcard addressed to you or your loved one.

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    SUPPORT HERCULEAD! Help us fulfill our dream of making the Herculead, Anti-Tangle Multiple Pet-Walking Device and accesories a reality. We'll keep you updated on our progress, and let you know when Herculead is available for purchase! We'll also list you as a backer on our website, MyHerculead.com, and Ripal, the Pondering Rabbit, will acknowledge you as a backer on his newly revamped blog, The Ripal Effect, plus he'll feature your pets' stories in a segment called, Ripal's Friends Around the World.

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    SUPPORT HERCULEAD! Help us fulfill our dream of making the Herculead, Anti-Tangle Multiple Pet-Walking Device and accesories a reality. We'll keep you updated on our progress, and let you know when Herculead is available for purchase! We'll also list you as a backer on our website, MyHerculead.com, and Ripal, the Pondering Rabbit, will acknowledge you as a backer on his newly revamped blog, The Ripal Effect, plus we'll send you a digital certificate of gratitude for backing our project.

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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $186

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    EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER: RECEIVE THE HERCULEAD ANTI-TANGLE MULTIPLE PET-WALKING DEVICE (1 BASE MODEL WITH 1 LEAD EXTENSION AND 4 CLIP HOOKS ONLY)! We'll send you one Herculead device with selected accesories so you can enjoy walking your pets in an orderly fashion, and you'll be ahead of any orders we fulfill on our website or other sales channels.As an added bonus, you can help us name our extension lead, clamp, and handle! Your 1 suggestion for each product will be entered into a drawing.

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    Pledge AU$ 350 or more About $261

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    EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER: RECEIVE THE HERCULEAD, ANTI-TANGLE MULTIPLE PET-WALKING DEVICE (1 BASE MODEL WITH 2 LEAD EXTENSIONS (1 SHORT/1 LONG), 6 CLIP HOOKS, AND HANDLE ONLY)! We'll send you one Herculead device and selected accesories so you can enjoy walking your pets in an orderly fashion, and you'll be ahead of any orders we fulfill on our website or other sales channels. As an added bonus, you can help us name our extension lead, clamp, and handle! Your 2 suggestions for each product will be entered into a drawing.

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    EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER: RECEIVE THE HERCULEAD, ANTI-TANGLE MULTIPLE PET-WALKING DEVICE [2 BASE MODELS WITH 10 CLIP HOOKS, 4 EXTENSION LEADS (2 LONG/2 SHORT), 1 CLAMP, AND HANDLE ONLY]! We'll send you one Herculead device and selected accesories so you can enjoy walking your pets in an orderly fashion, and you'll be ahead of any orders we fulfill on our website or other sales channels.As an added bonus, you can help us name our extension lead, clamp, and handle! Your 3 suggestions for each product will be entered into a drawing.

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $746

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    EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER: RECEIVE THE HERCULEAD, ANTI-TANGLE MULTIPLE PET-WALKING DEVICE, ALL ACCESSORIES AND EXTRAS [2 BASE MODELS, PLUS ADDITIONAL SECTION WITH 15 CLIP HOOKS, 3 CLAMPS, 5 EXTENSION LEADS (3 LONG/2 SHORT), AND 1 HANDLE]! We'll send you one Herculead device and accessories so you can enjoy walking your pets in an orderly fashion, and you'll be ahead of any orders we fulfill on our website or other sales channels. As an added bonus, you can help us name our extension lead, clamp, and handle! Your 4 suggestions for each product will be entered into a drawing.

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