By Jason Vander Griendt

April 13, 2019 at 12:56 am

One of the most awesome things about the kind of work we do here at JCAD is that the products our clients create and sell can really change the world both in small and big ways.

Take the story of Vaso Karras for instance, who created a product to save dogs (and their owners!) from the pain of biting off more than they could chew. Vaso’s dog swallowed a 3 inch piece of bully stick, which got lodged in her stomach. After a trip to the vet and x-rays, Vaso decided to do something about it so that her dog and others like it would never have the same issue again.

Vaso contacted us a few months ago asking for help in finishing the design of her product idea for the “Bully Grip” and just a few short months later she was on TV showing the audience how it works! You can watch the interview here:

The idea came to her when her dog had to get an x-ray to figure out what was wrong after she started vomiting, not eating and showing other signs of stomach blockage after swallowing a large piece of bully stick. The X-ray revealed that her dog’s stomach was indeed blocked, and the vet had to operate to remove the piece of bully stick from the dog’s stomach.


That’s when Vaso decided to do something about this safety hazard for her dog and all other dogs so they could safely eat their favorite treat!

She calls it the “Bully Grip”. It works by gripping the end of the Bully stick, which helps stop dogs from swallowing larger pieces of the treats, as when the pieces become too small the dogs are not able to remove them from the grip themselves. As a result, by inserting the treat into her product idea design it’s impossible for any dog to swallow pieces that are too big.

You can learn more about how the product works and see it in action in this video:

As part of the project, we helped her finish the design and did all the required CAD mockups so it was ready for prototyping and manufacturing.

Next, we manufactured 1,000’s of units of her product at our manufacturing facility. She is now selling them online and shipping them all around the USA & Canada. What’s even more impressive is that she did this all on her own!

When we quoted her the price of manufacturing and molds she realized she didn’t need investors or outside help. She could do this herself and it was affordable. This meant that Vaso was able to keep 100% control of her company which is the ideal way to go if at all possible.

Congratulations Vaso we wish you much success with your product!

If you think Vaso’s idea is great and would like to purchase a Bully Grip, you can find her website at:

If you have a product idea that you would like to turn into a reality, get in touch with us today, either through the live chat at the bottom of the page, or by contacting us here.

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Jason Vander Griendt

Jason Vander Griendt is a Mechanical Engineering Technician with years of experience working at major companies such as SNC Lavalin Inc, Hatch Ltd. Siemens and Gerdau Ameristeel. He is the CEO of JCAD – Inc., a company he started in 2006 after seeing a gap in the market for businesses who could assist clients through the entire product design and manufacturing process.

Jason has been featured in Forbes, has had his businesses analyzed and discussed in multiple start-up books, was a previous winner of the Notable8 Digital Innovator of the year award, and is a regular guest on business panels and podcasts. Email Jason at or follow him on LinkedIn.

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