Paul and Pamela Mott seek an investment for their Coyote Vest, protective wear for dogs, in Shark Tank episode 1022. The Coyote Vest is kind of like body armor for small dogs that will protect them from a coyote attack. It's made of Kevlar and has hard plastic spikes around the collar, down the length of the torso and along the center from the neck to the rump. Since the spikes are plastic, they won't hurt the coyote and it will give a dog owner time to intervene.
The Motts started the business in 2015 in response to their own personal tragedy. Paul was walking his dog off leash at a dog park and he heard a loud yelp. He turned to see his dog Buffy in the jaws of a coyote. The coyote fled and Buffy was never seen again. After the attack, he started designing the first vest. Mott is convinced his invention could have saved her.
The vests have been called “Mad Max-ian,” and they make dogs look like “punk rock porcupines.” The basic vest costs $99.95. There are add-on products like the Hawk Shield which adds extra Kevlar on the back to prevent attacks by birds of prey. You can also buy extra spikes and bristles for further protection and there's even an electric zapper add-on. This vest accessory features a remote control that allows the dog owner to zap an attacking coyote. There are even vests for cats.
There are dozens of testimonials on the company website about dogs being saved by the vests. With coyotes becoming more and more present in suburban and urban areas, this seems like a good solution for dog owners. The Motts currently sell on their own website and in seven small, independent pet stores. They likely want a Shark's help to build inventory and get into major pet retailers. The question is, will the Sharks bite on this?
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Coyote Vest Shark Tank Recap
Paul and Pamela will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. They'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but they’ll need to show them THEY are capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on Coyote Vest will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Coyote Vest Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Coyote Vest & Paul and Pamela Mott as more details become available.