not, want not
inventor sees success
marketing dog waste bags
Wow Bags sold internationally to dog walkers
(April 2008) Most communities require owners
to clean up after their dogs during their walks for health and environmental
concerns. But what is a dog lover to do when he must cart around several
bags full of presents from mans best friend while
walking, hanging onto the leash, answering the cell phone and holding
his childs hand?
There is now an answer to this awkward and stressful problem.
Lisa Spencer, a wife, mother of four, nurse and dog lover can now add
one more title to the list: inventor.
Spencer took inspiration from her
dog, Abby, for her invention. Bow Wow
Bags come in a variety of colors.
She has designed an attachable pouch to be used on dog
leashes called the Bow Wow Bag. A patent is pending on the product.
Dog owners can Velcro the bag onto their pets leashes to transport
everything from doggie toys to bagged doggie droppings. Bags are washable,
come in small and large sizes to accommodate different sized dogs and
include a cord and cable lock system to keep them closed. The bag contains
an inner zippered portion for cell phones, keys and other small essentials.
Customers can choose from 12 different colors and patterns of fabric
for their bag, such as hot pink, retro print, camouflage and cheetah
Each dog has its own personality, said Glen Spencer, Lisas
husband. We try to have a Bow Wow Bag to match the dog-walker
or the dogs personality.
Glen works at Clayton Homes, though he also helps with the Bow Wow Bags
and said that managing the product was going to become a full-time profession
The idea for such a product first came to Lisa in 2001 when she and
her family still lived in Sioux Falls, S.D. Lisa became tired of carrying
around her dog Abbys leavings in plastic shopping bags during
their walks or jogs, particularly when pushing around a stroller or
carrying other things.
I was stuffing waste in my jogging pants, said Lisa, 40,
recalling her experience prior to the Bow Wow Bag. Out of frustration
and embarrassment when she did not have enough bags for the waste or
encountered an acquaintance while carrying the droppings, Lisa devised
a discreet and stylish way to transport the bags and other on-the-go
After her initial idea, Lisa began pursuing her goal of introducing
the world to her invention.
She created a prototype bag and then started researching companies in
China that made handbags and suitcases in order to get her product on
the market. Over the course of four or five months, she sent ideas and
prototypes to her contact at the company until they developed a final
product worthy of Lisas dreams.
The hardest thing is that its taken a long time, she
Glen seconds that feeling. Its been a challenge going through
the whole process, he said.
Although the process has been stressful, the end result is the most
exciting part of the experience for Glen.
A lot of people have ideas, said Glen, 42. Just seeing
the fruition of a concept she thought of years ago is exciting.
The Spencers are their own manufacturer, Prairie Mutts, LLC, and designed
and developed the bag themselves. Bags are stitched and assembled in
a facility in China. Although she had to wait for some time, Lisa finally
achieved her dream. The first shipment of 24,000 Bow Wow Bags arrived
in December. There are already several stores around the world selling
the bags, including locations in London, Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis
The Spencers have already seen a positive response to the product from
initial sells in stores and on the Internet, Glen said. Everyone
seems to like it.
Bow Wow Bags are not being sold locally due to the lack of a pet boutique
in Madison, Ind., but they can be purchased online at the Bow Wow Bags
Small bags cost $13.40, while large bags go for $15.90.
For more information, visit: http://bowwowbag.com,
e-mail Lisa Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (812) 493-9634.
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