Local moms land on national game show to pitch their invention for a chance at $100,000

Posted at 5:05 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 17:05:04-04

Lori Hyde and Joanne Dunn had an idea back in 2014. It started on a bar napkin, went to a prototype and is now called the “Hose Hooker.”

"Instead of holding it under your arm or between your leg,” said Hyde. “You’re not getting soaked. You can do it all hands free. You can wash your dog. You can even wash your gutters with it."

Hyde’s husband made a prototype out of the idea and from there, they used their own money to get the business off the ground.

Hyde’s partner Joanne Dunn, who doesn’t have a dog, says the invention was perfect for her four kids.

"They are all involved in athletics.. and the biggest thing was they would all come in and drop all their muddy equipment in my laundry room and make me crazy," said Dunn.

They say you can use it to clean everything from cleats and other gym equipment, to your gutters and a boat.

The producers of ABC’s Steve Harvey’s Funderdome saw the “Hose Hooker” on social media and recruited them for the show where inventors pitch ideas to an audience that votes for the best one.

“Our first reaction is, ‘who is this?’  We thought it was one of our friends playing a prank. We did a fast audition and ended up on Steve Harvey,” said Hyde.

While the two, Dunedin moms have been sworn to secrecy on the outcome of the show airing Sunday, August 27, 2017, they do have some advice.

"The biggest thing I can say is if you have an idea and you want to do something, then do it. We're living proof that you should just do it," said Hyde.