Inventor doggedly pursues her idea

With Thanksgiving over, Kathleen S. knew it was time to get her Christmas decorations up at her home. She had big plans, but there was one problem: a chew-happy dog.
Kathleen planned her home with an adjoining back yard with her parents, where her dog, Norwegian elkhound Meg, would play with her nephews.
In 2004, the nephews got an additional playmate who was a little more rambunctious then Meg—Rusty, an Australian shepherd.
Rusty, now 2 years old, was a busy dog, Kathleen explained. She said her 11-year-old Meg, was also a busy dog when she was younger, but Rusty’s busy agenda included chewing on everything.
And Kathleen knew what she wanted to do for decorations was not going to work.
She said it was a safety issue for both the pets and her. “The worst thing is to have a decoration or something useful that you need and then the cord is chewed and you can’t replace just the cord, you have to replace the whole item,” Kathleen said.
Kathleen searched for a product that her dog couldn’t chew through. She went to every store she could think of that might have something like that, but she couldn’t find anything. Then it dawned on her: If she was looking for it, others were, too.
That was in December 2004. She said she didn’t do anything about it until she saw a couple ads for an invention marketing company and thought “that was something that would really help me get this off the ground.”
She contacted Invent-Tech and by July 2005, they had agreed to get the project off the ground.
Kathleen said her idea, the Wire Coil Electrical Cord, can prevent pets and other animals from chewing on electrical cords. “They won’t have an issue with it (chewing) because they won’t even attempt to try it,” she said.
Kathleen couldn’t go into much detail because the idea is not very far in the process. She said Invent-Tech is working on a prototype at this time and on promoting the invention for licensing to a manufacturer, who would develop it for production.
Kathleen said she is happy with the invention marketing company. Using the company keeps all her dealing to one company.
If she was trying to do this on her own, she said, she would have to contact someone to do a video for promotion and someone else to create brochures to send to potential manufacturers.
“It would’ve been a lot of time,” she said. “I couldn’t see getting it off the ground. You would have to put full time effort into it.”
George, an Invent-Tech representative who refused to give his last name, agreed. “Promoting a product, to be honest, can be a full-time job in itself. Any help we can provide, we are definitely here.”
Kathleen said she believes she is on the right track with her company. She said the company has been very professional. When they say they are going to do something they follow through on it, she said.
This is one of the best things she has done, Kathleen said, because if she did not follow through on this and later saw it developed by someone else, she would always have to wonder if she could’ve gotten it off the ground.
Kathleen says she has found an alternative to more traditional investments, such as stocks and bonds.
“Well I think I want to invest in myself. The only way that I am going to know if this is going to work is if I do this.”