Entrepreneur Randy Shipley received five “no” votes for his invention, the “E-Z-Store Dog,” on a recent episode of the reality television show Shark Tank.
“I was feeling good going into the presentation,” said Shipley, who began selling the E-Z-Store Dog hanger attachment out of his van in Richmond, VA last year. “The sharks had funded the two businesses before me and they seemed to be feeling generous.”
He got the most interest from Mark Cuban, who he could see the usefulness for people with small closets. But ultimately, Cuban and the other sharks passed because they felt the margins were just too small for Shipley to be successful at scale.
“It was a good experience,” said Shipley, who said his website has seen a 10x uptick in traffic since the appearance. “I’m going to keep on going. I have my life savings already sunk in this. No stopping now!”
Nico the chihuahua has been extracted from a complex network of blanket caves after a four hour search, according to a statement by the Ford County Sheriff’s Department.
“Our citizens and our emergency responders can rest easy tonight, knowing that Nico is safe,” said Captain Arnold Gomez, the officer leading the rescue operation. “It seems the pup dug himself a cozy den to keep warm and just went a little too deep.”
The search was organized when concerned friends and family noticed Nico did not come running at the sound of the can opener.
“He’s never one to miss a meal,” says Rachel Fitzgerald, who filed the original missing pup report. “That’s when we knew something was wrong.”
Sources close to the situation say Nico is resting comfortably on the couch, avoiding contact with all blankets and pillows for the time being.
Thaddeus, a local bulldog, is suing the owners of The Wet Whistle, over the size of their entry way, according to court papers obtained by The Fluffington Post. The complaint specifies that the door is “egregiously undersized” and contents that the dog’s rights are being infringed.
“My client has been denied entry to a popular drinking establishment on the basis of his husky size,” said Benjamin Watkins, legal representation for Thaddeus. “This is simple unacceptable and is a violation of his basic canine constitutional rights.”
Lawyers for the bar disagree and intend to fight the complaint in court.
“This is crazy. First, ‘canine constitutional rights’ aren’t even a thing,” said lawyer Jane Salazar. “Second, The Wet Whistle puts a dish of water outside for any puppy patrons, free of charge. Third, that door is meant for cats, ferrets, maybe a hamster. Of course it’s too small for a bulldog. We’re not settling.”
No court date has been set.