Pasadena-based Sleepypod lets the fur fly in comfortable style

 
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Just in time for the holiday travel season, today’s Star-News business section features a story on a Pasadena company’s recent innovation for flying the pet-friendly skies.
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Sleepypod’s Air carrier, which has been racking up honors from various pet-lifestyle publications, adapts easily to the under-seat storage requirements that vary from airline to airline. Erick Galindo reports:
“A patent-pending, folding-base design allows it to fit in the space below a range of airline seats during the restricted times of takeoff and landing. Once you are free to recline your seat, you can simply slide Sleepypod Air from under the seat and expand the carrier so your pet is allowed the largest space possible.”
Like the simplehuman of pet products, Sleepypod was founded by a trio of Art Center graduates who take a sleek and functional approach to designing for pets and their owners.
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“After having met in school, keeping in touch, and then establishing Sleepypod, they were drawn back to Pasadena, as the area is a great source of inspiration to them as designers,” Sleepypod spokeswoman Jane Skuta says.
The company also produces its namesake product, Sleepypod, a mobile pet lounge with plush bedding that transitions from everyday bed to traveling carrier with a mesh dome and shoulder strap.
Also, the Crater Dot is a simple, colorful, comfy spot for pets that, like all of Sleepypod’s products, can be made even cozier with an insertable warming pad.
More Cute Overload candidates photos after the jump:

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Animal attachments: Volunteering at the Pasadena Humane Society

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By Stacey Wang
It takes a special volunteer to work with rescue animals. Someone who won’t succumb to the whimpering and the sad puppy-dog eyes. Someone who can ignore emotional tugs brought on by that Sarah McLachlan soundtrack. And someone who, above all, is willing to help critters in need.
After spending only a few hours at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, even this writer left with an urge to adopt the shelter’s entire animal population. Yes, the lonely alligator, too.
Shelter volunteer Georgiann Manzo knows that feeling.
“I’ve been here so long that I get attached,” she says. 
Her Eagle Rock residence is home to six shelter animals.
Manzo is among hundreds of volunteers who undergo hours and hours of specialized training to help the hundreds more animals that come through the doors of Pasadena Humane. Beginning her animal altruism in 1998 with her daughter, the 65-year-old has become one of the society’s most well-known volunteers.

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Adopting a shelter animal? The ‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan has a few tips for you



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By Catherine Gaugh
So you are heading to the Pasadena Humane Society shelter to find a new friend and companion. 
The experience can be so nerve-racking and sad: so many dogs, so many sad eyes, so much barking. Most of the time, you don’t know where they came from nor why they wound up in the shelter.
What if you make a mistake and pick the wrong dog?
Take a few tips from Cesar Millan, the dog trainer extraordinaire and star of the National Geographic Channel’s “Dog Whisperer,” who suggests five ways to make sure you choose the right shelter pet for you.

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Walk it down to Burbank’s Doggie Avenue pet shop

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Over the hill in the nearby San Fernando Valley, Doggie Avenue pet boutique specializes in pampered princess — or princely — pups.

Inside the store, boldly hued walls and bright displays of merchandise make this one of the area’s most visually enticing pet boutiques.

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Pussy & Pooch: A coveted patch of grass for pets in Downtown L.A.’s urban jungle

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At the counter, Janene Zakrajsek is preparing a platter of lamb with pureed pumpkin, to which she adds dehydrated chicken and baked cheese, followed by a few dollops of “secret sauce.”
For the second course, she whips up a presentation of salmon with egg, brown rice and kale.
When the dishes are ready, Zakrajsek delivers one plate at a time to her eager, in-house diner. 
It could be the scene in any downtown restaurant — except this one is just a bit more eye-catching because Zakrajsek’s customer is eating his meal on the ground, four paws planted on terra firma.
The hungry guest is her dog Jaxxson, a 3-year-old Jack Russell, who is lucky enough to belong to the co-founders of the modern pet boutique Pussy & Pooch.

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