One day Julie Haught’s dog Archer had an ear injury so of course, she took him to the vet where they gave him a Vet Wrap for his ears. He always found a way to escape and he was never comfortable in it. That is exactly why Haught created No Flap Ear Wrap. She designed and sewn a dog ear wrap from some fleece and velcro and it worked perfectly. Now the family-owned business has sold over 65,000 ear wraps to help dogs all over the world. Here are some of Haught’s achievements and some advice from her.
What’s your greatest achievement? Tell us about the journey leading up to it happening. What were some barriers you faced?
Accidentally inventing No Flap Ear Wrap! The first No Flap Ear Wrap was designed for Archer (our spokesmodel/Julie’s rescue boxer). Archer had an ear injury and kept escaping the traditional vet wrap. This allowed him to flap his ears and push blood down through the compromised tissue, which stopped the ear from healing. Julie wasted no time, got a patent attorney, and did the legwork for the first few sales of the No Flap Ear Wrap.
What happened next? What does that achievement mean to you?
Julie decided that if the vet wrap wasn’t working, she would bust out the sewing machine and make her own wrap with a skeletal system sewn in. Her wrap ended up working, and the product was born. Julie made it her responsibility to share this product so that injured dogs like Archer are able to heal properly.
It meant the world to Julie and the family! Seeing the family dog, Archer, healing properly and most importantly, happily, was the best feeling.
Any last words of advice for readers?
If there are other accidental inventors out there, don’t leave your work sitting in a closet. Share it with others and see where the road leads. Spend the money on a patent attorney. It is worth it. Lastly, always remember that you can’t succeed if you don’t even try.