Monday, August 29, 2016

[061] Former MTSU student revels in ‘dog days’ of profit on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO — A former MTSU student who used his education to turn a dog’s playtime into a lucrative career will be the guest on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Adam Harrington will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Harrington, who majored in entrepreneurship, is the inventor of the Tuggo Water-Weighted Dog Toy. The hard plastic ball, which is seven inches in circumference for small dogs or 10 inches for larger dogs, has a sturdy rope running through it.

After a human fills the ball with water, the dog plays with it by grasping it in its teeth and dragging it around the yard. When other dogs are involved, a lively game of tug-of-war ensues and all dogs get some fun-filled exercise.

In acquiring venture capital, Harrington exceeded his goal of $163,212 in a recent Kickstarter campaign. While Tuggo is available at pet stores and online at, Harrington continues to promote his product at trade shows. It has been displayed on NBC’s “Today” and reviewed in The New York Times.

“A lot of my background is marketing,” said Harrington. “I think that’s where MTSU really helped a lot. It showed the importance of graphics design, fliers … brand colors, etc.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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