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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 27 2013
$420
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
8
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 27 2013

About

ATTENTION PET OWNERS: Did you know National Dog Registry* claims nearly 1 in 5 dogs will be lost or stolen this year...

and other recent statistics* report there are an average of 5400 pets stolen a DAY - in the U.S. alone?

Think it Can't Happen to You?

Imagine walking your dog one morning (like you always do) and everything is as it always is. Predictable route, predictable routine. Walk your familiar neighborhood, stop in the local convenience store for your coffee and leave your pet tied up just outside while you run in (or insert your own unique story here...). Except this day promises to be different. This day your best friend is gone when you come out. How would you feel? How do you think your pet would feel? What would you do?

Pet theft is an alarming and increasing concern - reaching epidemic proportions - with 'dog flipping' the most recent trend to hit the news. Like most of us, you don't think it will happen to you, but just, what if...

What If Your Pet Was Next?

Well, we think this is a NO-BRAINER and pet owners have only 2 choices...

Live With The Fear And Leave Your Pet Locked Up 24/7...

...Or Take Back Control With StayBoy™ Lock ~ Which Actually Prevents Pet Theft.

We Think We Know What Your Furry Family Member Would Say...

Hi folks. My name is Jim Allen and I've spent the last 2 1/2 years developing a revolutionary new product that will put an end to the threat of pet theft - once and for all!

Here's How it Started...

StayBoy™ Lock's humble beginnings began when I found myself in a bit of a panic after a long and strenuous hike in Yellowstone Park. Rather than walk an additional (significant) distance to drop our dog, Roxy, off at our campsite - and then back to the showers again - I took a chance and left her tied up just outside, all the while hoping and praying no one would steal her. That experience affected me so much, I decided right then and there to find a solution to this concern - and when I found none - set a plan in motion to create one myself. Thus, StayBoy™ Lock was born.

Since this endeavor began, I've learned some startling facts: In 2011 pet theft was up 32 percent from the previous year, and in 2012, it was up 70 percent! Statistics report there are over two MILLION dogs stolen every year*. Thieves are no longer stealing copper and aluminum; dog napping is a much more lucrative business, commanding anywhere from $200 to $600 a dog. The pain of losing a pet in this way is immense and of course, where these precious four-legged family members end up is often times far worse than we'd like to imagine (think research labs, bait for dog fighting rings, etc) ...

Suffice it to say, I believe it's time we eliminate this concern and take back our control.

If you've ever left your pet behind - because you've thought someone could steal your four legged friend - you're in the right place! StayBoy™ Lock will give active, responsible pet owners the peace of mind they deserve, our pets, the security they deserve, and, as a result, our four-legged friends will enjoy greater freedom to enjoy their owners, their lives - and be out in the world with them vs. bored and lonely at home.

The Process:

I began my process consulting with the best lock manufacturer in the world. Wilson-Bohannan is the not only the oldest keyed lock company in the world, they've earned a reputation for being the gold standard.  For nearly a year, their best consultant provided incredible direction, advice and support. However, because we agreed it would be most convenient for the end user to NOT have to worry about a key, I developed a new relationship, this time with the best combination lock maker in the world.

Over the next year, my consultants and I spent countless hours nailing prototypes by determining the best lock, type of cable, vinyl coating, nylon fabric to buffer the collar and handle, proper lengths, dimensions, overall safety and ease of use.  As a result, I've earned a design patent on the single lock and I presently have a patent pending on the double lock. I've also trademarked the StayBoy™ Lock name...

Problems to Overcome:

  • Make it with a combination lock; no key to lose.
  • A cable that's virtually cut-proof.
  • The lock needs to be lightweight, not bulky; fit in your pocket.
  • Lock must be dependable, rugged, and sturdy.
  • The coated cable must be comfortable to the hand - and the dogs neck.

The Result:

Meet the StayBoy™ Lock (prototype-2)

(At this point, I felt I had achieved a successful prototype, however, when considering the impact a VERY strong dog might have if they lunged forward wearing the collar, we determined a washer-type crimping device was necessary in order to fixate the lock, thereby ensuring the lock would not move on the cable...)

And so, we improved StayBoy™ Lock, this time with the crimping device. Now a complete, working prototype...

StayBoy™ Lock Boasts:

  • Quick connect system with a lightweight (3 oz), proven combination lock–supporting over 10,000 combinations! No keys to lose!
  • Made with hardened, woven, airplane cable that is virtually cut-proof and vinyl coated.
  • Securely holds up to 400 pounds.
  • Fabric covered collar and handle. Comfort for you, and your pet.
  • Small, sturdy, rugged, and can roll up and fit in your pocket.
  • Adjustable collar fits to any size dog. Just crimp the washer, and Stayboy™ Lock  is securely sized to fit your dog.

Use the Stayboy™ Lock:

  •  As a lead on your walk with your pet - or carry it along with you.
  • Inside your car – so no one can steal your dog from your car.
  • On vacation or day trips – no more being “left behind.”
  • While getting a cup of coffee or running in the bank.
  • …Anywhere you need to temporarily secure your dog.

I'm Also Very Proud to Share: AKC Endorses StayBoy™ Lock

To help raise awareness, I displayed an ad in AKC's spring and summer edition of Family Dog and AKC's West Coast Regional Manager, Michael Cosenza, liked it so much, they featured StayBoy™ Lock in their spring "Gear Guide" of best innovative ideas. He said,

"This is one of the better ideas we've seen in five years!

Now it's time to put StayBoy™ Lock into full production - and it's YOUR pledges that will make this possible!

Here is where the money will go:

  • Locks, cable, fabric, and working parts
  • Puts StayBoy™ Locks into production
  • Packaging
  • Shipping

And...

Post-Funding

I have been working with the TOP combination-lock maker in the world-along with 3 highly-qualified lock consultants with over 60 yrs combined experience in this industry. With your support, I will have the necessary $$ to meet the minimum requirements to place an order. The manufacturing company has all working components, and, for all intent and purpose, is as excited as I am to make StayBoy™ Lock a reality! They are positioned, poised and ready to produce!

Thank You SO MUCH For Your Support!

Because you're here, we know you care about protecting your pets as much as we do. Let's take back control with StayBoy™ Lock and we'll put these pet thieves and thugs out of commission. You'll enjoy peace-of-mind with more security for your pet, and your pet will have new freedom to enjoy his life, wherever the road may take you!

*National Dog Registry     *StolenPets.com

*Your pledge will not be charged to your credit card until the end date of this Kickstarter Campaign (August 31st), and ONLY if we reach our goal. We hope you'll join our campaign! Thank-you!

Risks and challenges

The only challenge I can foresee (potentially) running into is that because this is a new project, getting everyone on the assembly line working together. In this regard, I believe we should work out the kinks pretty easily.
I am also using the freight forwarder that my consultants recommended, so we anticipate things should go smoothly here too.
Once the first run is produced and the product is shipped (first run only), my team of supportive friends and I are ready AND excited to step into high gear to package product and rewards and ship out to all of our Kickstarter supporters. Barring everyone falling off a cliff or some other calamity, I'm confident I'm in good hands to make sure all product and rewards are delivered as promised! :)
P.S. Please feel free to comment! We'd love to hear your feedback and answer any questions you might have too!

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    Reward #1-Thank you so much for your support! You'll be among the first to receive updates and the latest news from StayBoy™ Lock.

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    Reward #2-A big-time Thank You! You're an honorary member of the StayBoy™ Lock "Pet Protection Squad" and you'll have a sporty embroidered BALL CAP to prove it!

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    Reward #3-You Rock! You're an honorary member of the StayBoy™ Lock "Pet Protection Squad" too and you and your furry friend will stay well hydrated with our stainless steel WATER BOTTLE and collapsible WATER BOWL. Free shipping in the USA. Additional $15 Canada, and $30 International shipping. All rewards will be delivered.

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    Reward #4-Thank You So Much! You'll be the first to receive the SINGLE StayBoy™ Lock. We're also including a cool, reflective back-pack style pouch to carry it in when you're not using it AND a small, discreet clip-on zippered bag to carry your (unused) poop pick-up bags! Free shipping in the USA. Additional $ 15 Canada, and $30 International shipping. All rewards will be delivered.

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    Reward #5-Thank You so much for your support! You'll keep cozy warm on those early morning/evening walks with your canine friend in our StayBoy™ Lock HOODIE. Free shipping in the USA. Additional $15 Canada, and $30 international shipping. All rewards will be delivered.

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    Reward #6-You ROCK! You'll be the first to receive the DOUBLE StayBoy™ Lock. We're also including a cool, reflective back-pack style pouch to carry it in when you're not using it AND a small, discreet clip-on zippered bag to carry your (unused) poop pick-up bags! Free shipping in the USA. Additional $ 15 Canada, and $30 International shipping. All rewards will be delivered

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    Reward #7-Silver Supporter! We appreciate you so very much! Your name will be listed on our website as a lifetime honorary member of the StayBoy™ Lock "Pet Protection Squad" and You'll receive the DOUBLE StayBoy™ Lock, a drawstring, backpack style pouch to carry it in when you're not using it, a small, discreet clip-on zippered bag to carry your (unused) poop pick-up bags, AND a collapsible StayBoy™ Lock water bowl for your four-legged friend and a StayBoy™ Lock stainless steel water bottle to keep you BOTH well hydrated! Free shipping in the USA. Additional $ 15 Canada, and $30 International shipping. All rewards will be delivered.

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    Reward #8-Gold Supporter! Our four-legged friends LOVE you! For your support at this level, we'll list you on our website as a lifetime honorary member of the StayBoy™ Lock "Pet Protection Squad" and we'll give you ONE OF EACH - SINGLE Stayboy™ Lock, DOUBLE StayBoy™ Lock, plus the carrying pouch, poop bag carrier, stainless steel water bottle AND the collapsible water bowl! Free shipping in the USA. Additional $15 Canada, and $30 International shipping. All rewards will be delivered.

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    Reward #9-PLATINUM SUPPORTER! Our four-legged friends LOVE you and we KNOW you're serious about preventing pet theft! (Oh, and so will our website visitors-with your permission, of course!) For your support at this level, we'll give you ONE OF EACH - Platinum Edition, SINGLE Stayboy™ Lock, Platinum Edition DOUBLE StayBoy™ Lock, all the perks listed above, PLUS you'll get the embroidered logo StayBoy™ Lock hoodie and ball cap too. Free shipping in the USA. Additional $25 Canada, and $40 International shipping. All rewards will be delivered.

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