WELCOME TO THE PAW WASH FAMILY WINNIE!
The Paw Wash family has expanded! Welcome Winnie The Paw Wash's new pit bull terrier mix of love! While helping the KC Pet Telethon, Katie and her husband Garrett fell head over heals with this sweet rescue pup from The Human Society of Greater Kansas City!
It was love at first woof! And officially on Mardi Gras, Winnie was welcomed into The Paw Wash family! Stay tuned for lots of pictures and getting to meet Winnie at all the Paw Wash events!
Finally The Paw Wash has t-shirts for you! They are dark gray with white lettering & very comfy! They are perfect to wear whenever and where ever!
We are always looking for new ideas and designs, so if you have any please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch!
Check out our first two designs and get yours today!
KCSourceLink did an interview with Katie, the Paw Wash inventor/business owner, and here are her thoughts on business & life! Make sure to watch the interview below by clicking the bold link below!
Taking your dog for a nice, long walk is an excellent way to sneak in a little exercise, enjoy the outdoors and have a chance encounter with a fellow dog owner. It’s also an excellent way to get your house messy with a bunch of little paw prints (especially in December as the pitter patter of snowy, icy, slushy and muddy paws come and go.)
That’s why Katie Petty invented a tool and started a business to help keep grimy paws clean: the Paw Wash. Simply stick your dog’s paw into the hourglass shaped plastic container, swish it around in some warm (possibly soapy) water, pull it out and the job is done.
The Paw Wash is so simple a sixth grader could’ve invented it. And that’s exactly what happened. Katie invented the Paw Wash for a sixth grade science fair in the early 2000s and her dad said, “We need to patent that!” So they did.
Today, the Paw Wash is sold in stores nationwide and online. And Katie (now 26 years old,) recently left her full-time job to focus on growing the business.
Katie joined us at KCSourceLink HQ to discuss patents, product development and youth entrepreneurship. You can watch the full video interview above. Or, if you’re about to run out the door to take your dog for a walk, here are five key takeaways from our conversation:
1. Do something you're truly passionate about.
If you’re going to survive late nights packing plastic tubes into cardboards boxes, the constant headaches of dealing with customers across the globe and the missteps that will inevitably occur when you’re trying to accelerate your startup, you have to care deeply about what you’re doing.
And don’t forget to celebrate the small victories and savor the joyful moments. Entrepreneurship provides endless opportunities for happiness and camaraderie, if you’re mindful enough to accept them.
2. Make the most of the resources you have.
Remember, Katie started her business in the sixth grade. All she had to get started was a fair bit of ingenuity and the love and support of her family.
When she needed more guidance to take her business to the next step, she turned to an area expert. And over time, she continued to grow her network (and knowledge) getting to know more and more folks in Kansas City.
And here’s the real key: Katie gives much more than she takes. The strength of your network only increases when you’re willing to go out of your way to help others. So if you enjoyed Katie’s video today, find an opportunity to pass your wisdom onto someone else.
3. Learn by doing.
Katie built her product and her business while going to school full time (middle school, high school and college, mind you) and until recently, while having a full-time job. Her willingness to work hard is admirable enough.
But we’re even more struck by the bravery it took to learn about running a business on the fly. We trust that Katie spent plenty of hours reading business books and absorbing tutorials online. But she also took a giant leap into the unknown to improve the lives of dogs and dog owners everywhere and provide for her family.
That’s what being an entrepreneur is all about.
4. Success happens one step at a time.
Jump about a minute into the video and check out the original Paw Wash.
Spoiler alert: it’s a PVC pipe.
Katie worked alongside her father for a long time to perfect the design. They tried different shapes, lengths materials, and even had brushes in one prototype. (They eventually nixed those because they were too hard to clean and suction worked even better.)
This process is a perfect reminder that success rarely happens in leaps and bounds, and it’s certainly not linear. But if you can see your goal, and are willing to put in the time and sweat, you can succeed.
5. Take risks (now!)
Katie talks to youth interested in entrepreneurship now, and her advice is simple: go do something, now! What better time to explore new fields and try out some crazy business ideas than when you’re a kid.
Most of us don’t have youth on our side anymore, but we do still have “now!” Life is too short to spend months, years and decades arguing with yourself about whether or not you’re entrepreneurial idea will work out. Instead, go find out.
Ready to try your hand at entrepreneurship?
Good, glad to hear it. Send us some more info here and we will be in touch with actionable steps you can take to start or grow your business.
Oh, and one more piece of advice:
6. Whenever possible, hang out with a dog.
If you haven’t pressed play on that video yet, you should. Portia (the dog) is so cute! Thank you to Lauren Caldwell and Travis Pflanz of Kansas City Dog Club for letting us hang out with their awesome pup.
Halloween Fun Has Arrived!
It's that time of year to submit pictures of your dog in their Halloween costume to our Facebook page! The picture with the most likes wins a FREE Paw Wash & Mitt Combo!
Click the link below to post a picture or go vote for your favorite! We will select the winner on Monday, October 31st!
Muddy. Dog. Paws.
Yes, the horrible muddy mess that gets tracked all over your house and in your car after traveling to dog parks! Well, The Paw Wash was developed to save the day and let you and your dog enjoy the muddy fall again!
It is so simple to use and you can take it wherever you need to go! Just fill with water, add a few drops of shampoo and insert your dog's paws. Pump the Paw Wash up and down serval times to remove all that muddy mess!
When the paw comes out it is clean and then dry it with the Paw Wash Mitt! You don't have to deal with any more mud or bacteria getting tracked into your home! Plus, it is like a doggy massage for your dog, so they can't get enough of it!
Save yourself the trouble and hassle this fall and check out The Paw Wash/ The Paw Wash Mitt!
Check it out at: www.thepawwash.com
Debucher Baguette, aka Emma the GBGV, just tested out The Paw Wash and Mitt! She Loved it!
Check out her review of The Paw Wash at the link below & enter to win a free Paw Wash & Mitt!
We just got this adorable Vine of Gracie using her Paw Wash for the first time! So we just had to share it! It really is that easy to use and your dog will love it too! But don't take our woof for it, just check out what Gracie thinks!