A little story about the creation of the Run-a-bout After listening to people talk about the "hamster" ball dangers and "wishing" there was something they could safely use for their sugar gliders, we thought why not make our version?
The structure was easy since we already had a safe product used for pets to run ... our wheel! So why not just use the wheel track and fronts, now came the how do we cover the openings and allow easy access to the pet inside? Once we had completed our design, it was introduced to a few in the community for evaluation, at this time someone mentioned seeing something like it. We were given the contact information and contacted this person.
Unbeknownst to us, Johanna Teague had already made a runaround that was different but same concept as our new idea for the Run-a-bout. Hers was for personal use and at that time none were being sold. She gave us permission to make and sell our Run-a-bout but did mention she may want to offer her version for sale at a later time. Johanna even purchased one of ours and uses it for her sugar gliders.
So "yes" ours was the first to be introduced to the various pet communities but Johanna actually constructed the first version of this idea. Amazing how two complete strangers, from different walks of life, came up with the same idea but slightly different design! Neither knowing the other, nor that each had developed their own version of the same idea!
Public Debut: MonkeyPalooza, Sept 2012
10/09/2020 - we were contacted about the Run-a-bout and rumors of accusations that Johanna was copying our product. Please know that she had her own version when we came up with our idea ... she gave us permission to move forward with our design since it was different than hers. Please read the story