Today's the day - LeashLocket sales are finally live on the LeashLocket website!  You can now go straight to our products page and order your very own LeashLocket and our optional, hands-free wrist strap at http://leashlocket.com/leashlocket-products/.

It’s been a bit more than two years since the 4th of July camping trip in 2009 when LeashLocket inventor and CEO Dave Marshall had his flash of insight about making a leash that dogs could carry right on their collars. I mean, it’s really kind of like the idea of a suitcase with wheels, right? Before the '80s the suitcase with wheels didn't even exist, and now no one uses anything else.

Like the wheeled suitcase, LeashLocket is such a common-sense idea that that when we show it to people, they say over and over again , “Now why didn’t I think of that?” Dave wondered the same thing – how could no one, since the dawn of dog domestication, have thought of this design for a leash so simple and convenient  that you can’t forget it, you can’t leave behind, and it’s always there, ready to grab and go when you need it? Then, of course, there's the added bonus that LeashLocket lets your dog carry the leash for a change.

So the first thing Dave did after getting home from the camping trip was to conduct a thorough patent search around the world. The upshot: This particular kind of leash doesn’t exist in the US or anywhere else on the planet. So Dave got going on patent applications and has obtained more than 30 of them around the world, with more coming in.

Dave and his team of pet product experts finished the development process several months ago and submitted the leash to an independent consumer testing and verification center. When they got the go ahead, our partners in China initiated production.

Today we’re collecting our stock as it arrives and preparing for our public commercial launch at SuperZoo pet products convention in Las Vegas, September 13-15.  We’ll also head to the H.H. Backer Christmas show in Chicago in October.

But today, as we begin taking our very first LeashLocket sales, the whole LeashLocket team would like to take the opportunity to thank you, our friends, our relatives, our supporters, our benefactors and our fans on facebook and www.leashlocket.com. It’s been an exciting process so far that only promises to get even wilder. We couldn’t have done it without you, so thanks for joining the LeashLocket revolution!