The idea for the iFetch started one afternoon when Grant was trying to do his homework at the kitchen table. Our toy poodle, Prancer, kept dropping the ball at his feet, begging him to play fetch. Twenty minutes later, with Grant growing tired of the game and Prancer as energetic as ever, Grant finally asked, “What if we made something that could throw the ball for Prancer so I can finish my homework?”
When Grant’s grandfather, Denny, heard about the idea, he said, “Why not? This could be a fun family project.” And from such simple beginnings, the iFetch was born. Several months later, after hundreds of hours of researching, prototyping, testing, and refining, we finally launched our Kickstarter campaign on June 17, 2013. Thirty days and more than 1,000 backers later, we had received $88,000, more than four times our original goal.
Since then, the iFetch has received international attention and won numerous awards, including “Best New Product” and “Best in Show” at Superzoo 2013. And while we’re honored (and humbled) by all the attention and accolades, our greatest joy is seeing the pictures and videos of little dogs around the world playing with the iFetch.
To everyone who has helped bring the iFetch to this point, we thank you for your support, your advice and your endless enthusiasm. We couldn’t have done this without you and we look forward to more adventures ahead.