The story begins our youngest son’s Christmas gift of a Golden Retriever puppy, Nala. We already had 3 cats and had tried a dog before. The boys were much younger when we first tried a dog for them so perhaps things would be different this time. Colin (now 10 years old) wanted a dog so bad it was the only thing on his Christmas list.
Well, fast-forward 2 months to late February (2014) and Nala is growing fast, hyper, and chewing on everything. Our wooden kitchen chair bottoms were being consumed gradually by the ‘golden beast’, our rugs were being pulled apart and she even started to pull up the carpet– pulling the berber carpet strings to ruin whole stretches of it. Something had to give.
We learned from our vet and our pet trainer that ice cubes can help soothe doggie teeth for a time. We started giving Nala ice cubes all the time and it did help… but we were putting ice cubes in her bowl every 30 minutes it seemed. I searched the internet for a solution. There had to be some kind of frozen treat that was larger, didn’t create a mess and that would keep her attention longer. I couldn’t find anything. We did try Frosty Paws(TM) but they didn’t last either and made an even worse mess on our floors.
I decided to draw something out. After many sketch iterations and lots of research, I called around to local design companies specializing in injection mold technology to see what they thought and what they might be able to do. Eventually we began working with a company in Ogden, Utah. We started producing prototypes for what was to become the Doggie Cone. The most exciting thing was that every dog we were testing the cone on, LOVED IT! Once owners saw how their dogs went after the cones (and enjoy them until we had to take them away), they couldn’t wait to have the finished product.