When you meet Kristin Murdock, former USO entertainer, entrepreneur and co-owner of the Utah Blaze, you wouldn't think she was the creator of the nationally popular Cow-pie Clocks.
"I think one of the reasons I am often asked to speak to business students and entrepreneurial groups is that I don't look like someone who goes out to the desert and picks up dried cow pies," Murdock said.
Her success story, which will soon be published as a book, began 11 years ago when the city girl from Portland was watching her two boys, Kenny and Kasey, ride their dirt bikes down in the desert near St. George.
"I was walking along the trail and stepping over these big dried cow-pies, and I started picking them up thinking there must be some use for them," Murdock said. "We hauled these medium pizza-size cow pies home, and I put them in the garage. I just couldn't throw them away and thought maybe they could be made into clocks if I glazed them."
Several glazes and several hundred dollars later Kristen had a unique gift for three of her friends.
"I drilled a hole in the middle, mounted a clock and put a plaque with a funny saying on it," Murdock said. "One said 'Would you like moo time in your life?' another said 'Happy Birthday you old poop,' and the last one was 'For all you do, this crap's for you.'"
But for some reason her friends didn't appreciate her thoughtful gifts and she almost gave up on the project.
"But then my sister's husband gave a clock to Donny Osmond and he launched my cow-pie business when he raved about it on his talk show," Murdock said.
The calls started coming in and Murdock quickly set up an Internet business.
"It was just when people started selling things on the Internet and my clocks were perfect for that," Murdock said. "I began getting orders from all over the United States and other countries."
Her success got her an invitation to appear on "The Tyra Banks Show" and other TV and radio programs.
"One day my mother called while I was out with the kids collecting more cow pies and she told me to go buy a copy of The National Enquirer because my story was in it," Murdock said.
And Murdock's clocks have been pretty popular, especially in the golf world.
"We provide a lot of golf ball cow-pie clocks for PGA tournaments that go to the losers and they say, 'You played like crap so you win crap' and tournament organizers say the winners hope to lose next time so they can get the clock for their consolation prize," Murdock said.
Murdock is busy with the first game of her Utah Blaze season on Thursday night, but her hundreds of employees -- the cows -- will keep working through the season without her supervision. Then she will go back to cooking up her cow pies -- and these sure aren't the pies your grandmother made.
For more information or to order a clock, visit Murdock's website at www.cowpieclocks.com.