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.
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Video: Behind the scenes of the latest cover shoot for Pasadena’s Rose Magazine

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Pet-crazy is one way to describe our team as we planned for the cover of the latest issue of Rose Magazine.
The little guy you see in the video is Oscar, a Yorkshire Maltese, and he’s showing off his stuff with owner, Sofia Gonzalez.

Oscar is very tiny, which means he was a perfect fit for our crowded and hectic photo studio. Oscar was also kind enough to let us surround him with girly, pink, glittering pet accessories, even though he is decidedly a boy pup.

The bag you see featured on the cover is an original dog carrier designed and sold by The Shabby Dog, a local company based out of an adorable bungalow in Sierra Madre. All the accessories and dog carriers in the video are Shabby Dog products, and we were lucky to work with stylist Ronnie Grinie.
Sofia’s wardrobe includes a pink ruffled shoulder dress by Milly and a pin dot-textured spaghetti-strap dress by Rebecca Taylor.

Give a dog a bone birthday cake from Three Dog Bakery in Pasadena

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In an alleyway just off Colorado Boulevard, it’s not unusual to see people trailing their dogs on leashes as they zip in and out of this shop for canine baked goods.

When it comes to all-natural, oven-baked treats and fresh food for dogs, the international chain Three Dog Bakery is the bona fide (bone-ified?) deal, with a strong SoCal presence even beyond its Pasadena storefront. For your four-legged friend’s next special event, consider a fresh-made and customized doggie birthday cake.
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This East Pasadena pet boutique is more than garden-variety

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My Pet Garden does extremely well in balancing the practical with the whimsical.

Here, you’ll find safe, reliable essentials for your pet’s diet and grooming alongside the more indulgent stuff: rewarding toys and pet fashions — argyle-print tanks! — and even Bowser dog beer.
The pet shop in East Pasadena was created by animal expert Joel Tatum, a former zookeeper and producer of the DIY Network’s Pet Care television series.

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Sierra Madre’s The Shabby Dog pet boutique is decidedly chic


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The Shabby Dog is a Sierra Madre-based line of fashionable dog products that, betraying its charming name, is far more chic than shabby.
In addition to carrying some serious handcrafted sparkle from B.B. Simon, entrepreneur Sandy Duvall and her team of in-house designers have created a luxurious collection of dog apparel, collars, leads, beds, blankets, bowls, bags and carriers.

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Hey, Pasadena: Flip through the digital edition of Rose Magazine’s August-September issue

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If you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of the most recent issue of the magazine, here she is! Or rather, here he is, because our tiny cover star is a boy pup named Oscar. I know you can’t resist him.

August-September issue of Rose Magazine on stands next week

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Rose Magazine’s August-September issue hits the streets on Wednesday, Aug. 11. Pick up a copy of the Pasadena Star-News that day and look for the nonprofits and pets issue inside.

Highlights include:


     117 nonprofits that enrich
    Pasadena
     The best pampered-pet
    boutiques
     Training tips from the ‘Dog
    Whisperer’
     Q&A with chef Tim Guiltinan
    of The Raymond Restaurant
     All our regular departments
    and best-bet event listings

The magazine is inserted in all rack copies of the newspaper, and Star-News subscribers will also receive the magazine automatically with their delivery.
Never miss an issue of Rose Magazine by subscribing to the newspaper here. (Make sure you select a seven-day home delivery option.)