The Start of something amazing
It all started in 2012 while I was stationed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. While overseas, I worked alongside K-9 Handlers and their partners on multiple occasions. At this time, I knew that becoming a K-9 handler was something that I wanted.
After becoming a Police Officer with the Monroe Township Police Department in 2014, I volunteered and enjoyed working as a decoy for our K-9 unit. In 2018, I was honored to be selected as the newest K-9 handler for the M.T.P.D..
In December of 2018, I attended the Philadelphia K-9 Academy with my partner, K-9 Tito. Right away, I learned that my lead was the most important piece of equipment for K-9 Tito and I. Through the lead.. the bond, the trust, and the confidence is formed.
While at the academy, I searched for a comfortable, light-weight yet durable patrol lead that would give a good correction; However, I could not find one. With a little encouragement from those around me, I decided to make my own. After sampling numerous types of materials, I finally found what I had been looking for. I hand stitched my first lead and tested it vigorously throughout the duration of the academy AND I still use that very same lead present day.
My handcrafted lead held up to the test and got Philadelphia's stamp of approval. My instructors and fellow classmates each requested their own lead and through word of mouth, more requests came pouring in. This was the start of something amazing, Longstroke Leads. And that is when I knew... I knew that I had to invest in a sewing machine (..giggle). I purchased a used Singer sewing machine and have been making custom leads, leashes, and now collars ever since.
- Roy Pierson, Founder