I had the pleasure of getting an interview filled out by Randy from Mercury Innovations. He has created an amazing product called the GripNGroom. He is doing a kickstarter campaign to get funding to produce a nationwide commercial to showcase his new product.
With being a dog mom of a GSD x Husky who actually has thick husky like hair, I do a lot of brushing and with a lot of brushing comes sore hands. This product rocks just by watching the video! I actually think about Rolo being a pet therapy dog and being able to visit the rotary house & continuing care center in our city. This product sparks my interest because people we visit would be able to interact not just by petting Rolo but by carefully slipping the brush on their hands and allowing them to brush him. Read all about Randy below!
Here is the link to his Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995744409/grip-n-groom-pet-grooming-brush-for-dogs-and-cats
*What is the name of your business?
Mercury Innovations, LLC
*Who is filling out this interview?
*How long have you been with the company for?
I have been an inventor for 22yrs
*How long has your business been around for?
I have been in business for myself for over 34 yrs.
*Why was it started?
I am an inventor, I always have been since very young childhood, building tree houses, go-carts etc. When I was a Humane Officer I worked with a lot of Groomers and Vets and listened to their complaints about wrist and hand fatigue on handle brushes. It led me to inventing GripnGroom Pet Brushes.
*Do you have any animals?
If so, name, breed and something interesting about them? We have had Siberian Huskies, we just put down Nikita after 15 1/2 beautiful years with him in our life. We have not completed the grieving period as of yet.
*What do you specialize in?
I love animals, I was a County Humane Officer rescuing dogs, cats, but also large animals, wildlife of all kinds. I have worked with all small pets, horses, cattle, hawks, eagles, snakes, skunks, and just about everything you can name. We still rescue strays and will pay forward for spay or neuter if somebody is interested in adopting them from a shelter.
*What types of services do you offer?
In my invention business, I help all inventors to work through all of the craziness of the process of taking new products to retail.
*What is the approx. cost?
*If someone wanted to book an appointment with you how do they get a hold of you?
I am always available to discuss inventions, pet care and humane causes and can be contacted through Twitter, Facebook or my email.
*Any special events coming up this year for you?
I hope to be shooting a national commercial for my grooming brushes.}
*What inspires you?
Actually I was inspired by a hobo, who was in his 60s that use to ride a bicycle on the train tracks, his name was Reuben Lindstrom. I spoke with him a few times when I was maybe in 1st grade as he rode by our home. I think that sent me on this path of inventing. As far as pet brushes and pet products, When I was young my a neighbor shot two dogs I loved that he owned because he did not want them any longer. I later in life became a Humane Officer, The amount of abuse I saw and prosecuted forever was burned in my soul, Walking into barns full of dead cattle, because the owner just did not want to feed them, Homes will with 80 plus very sick and diseased cats, and on and on. You have to help all animals, it is just the thing to do….I have stories that still touch my heart after all these years
*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2014?
I am doing a Kickstarter Campaign, it is a crowdfunding company. Inventors, and others look for donations or pledges from people and we give away very cool rewards for their support. I am running a campaign right now for my pet brushes. It ends on I believe the 14th of November. People pledge and if we don’t reach the goal we are asking for we get nothing and the money is never withdrawn by Amazon where the pledge is made. If we reach our funding, we will use that to produce a national tv campaign. We are asking people for help, if they watch my video and see in my eyes and hear in my words I am sincere, then they can click the green button and pledge, even 5.00 helps us so much. The Kickstarter link is this
Please go there and watch and listen it is a very short video, pledge if you feel I deserve it and share the link with friends. I do need help from my pet family. Please just watch the video before your decide.
*Do you do any charity work?
I give at our church, I help people in need, if we hear of a person who is down for whatever reason, we will help if we can. You have to, God put us here to help others and we do when we can.
*Social Media Contacts:
Randy Jack at Mercury Innovations, LLC 870-710-1779
KickStarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995744409/grip-n-groom-pet-grooming-brush-for-dogs-and-cats
*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog?: Yes
*Do I have permission to use the photos from your site?: Yes
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