IdeaTango Gives Pet Product Inventor New Leash on Life; New York Inventor Wins Booth at 51st Annual Invention & Idea Show

Share Article, a social networking website for inventors to showcase their inventions to potential investors and share ideas with other inventors as well as obtain resources for marketing their inventions, has awarded a free booth at the June 13-14, 2008 Annual Invention & Idea Show to a New York-based inventor of a restraining device for retractable leashes.

Inventor Tom Carville of Johnstown, New York is the winner of the IdeaTango online invention contest with his Slidewalker (, a restraining device for retractable leashes.

Carville won a free booth at the 51st Annual Invention & Idea Show, which showcases inventions to product scouts, manufacturers and investors. The show will be held June 13-14, 2008, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, and is sponsored by the Minnesota Inventors Congress.

Carville's Slidewalker features a restraint-assisting handle that attaches to the cord or belt of a retractable leash to prevent injury to pet handlers. Carville came up with the idea after trying to restrain his dog during their daily walks. "I walked Snickers on a retractable leash and would instinctively grab the cord whenever she bolted, giving myself a pretty good rope burn in the process," says Carville. "It happened enough for me to think there had to be a better way."

Carville fashioned his Slidewalker prototype from an old utility knife, removing the blade and running the cord through the knife housing and binding it all together with the "inventor's best friend", duct tape. He obtained a patent for the product in 2005, and currently sells it through his website,

Carville joined the online community in hopes of expanding the distribution of his product. "I've made some good contacts on the site, and I'm hoping to make more at the show in June," he noted.

Based in Dallas, is a social networking website that connects inventors with information, resources and tools to help them successfully develop their inventions.

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