Disclosure: Although we were unexpectedly gifted some Sleepypod items at the end of the meeting, our visit was unsolicited and we were not given any monetary compensation for the interview.
Look at me, being all official in the Sleepypod conference room! It turns out their office is less than 15 minutes from our house, so my human asked if we could come out and visit. Between their busy schedule and mine, it took a few weeks, but finally we got to go over.
It was awesome! I got to check out their stock.
Here I am playing quality control with this Sleepypod.
People with larger dogs that don’t travel in carriers wanted a seatbelt solution for them, and the Sleepypod designers came up with the Clickit line of harnesses.
I loved exploring in the Sleepypod offices, and my human and I sat down for a quick chat with Michael Leung, who co-founded the company with his wife Melony Lee. And we found out something really cool about how the company began: it was inspired by their cat Rawl Rawl. When they got her as a kitten 13 years ago, they had some big travel plans… and they wanted to bring her along.
“We found there were beds out there, and there were carriers out there, but there was nothing that combined the two ideas, a bed that was mobile,” Michael told us. Since they were both graduates from the Art Center of Design, they figured why not create one themselves? And that’s how the Sleepypod was born. Rawl Rawl continues to travel with her family, and has been all over the United States, both by car and by plane. She makes me look like a travel newbie!
Michael told my human that a lot of pets who use the Sleepypod are more relaxed about going to the vet because they’re in a carrier that already smells like home. And the company has actually had a lot of customers contact them to tell them that they’ve been in car accidents and the Sleepypod (which is designed for safety) helped protect their pets! I was totally impressed that Rawl Rawl helped inspire the company. Most pet product companies begin with dogs. Sleepypod began with a kitty.
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