When it comes to decorative bedding, color choice is central to creating an
attractive sleeping corner, said Roberta MacDowell, president of Snappy
Snoozers in Loxahatchee, Fla.
For this reason, a summer launch is planned for Snappy Snoozers’ replacement quilt colors, MacDowell said.
“We currently offer solid colors, but, due to the demand for prints, we are
adding a plaid and camouflage design,” she said.
Additionally, a 38-inch by 54-inch by 5-inch bed for larger dogs recently
joined Snappy Snoozers’ offerings.
Wellness Mats introduced extra-large and extra-small sizes to its assortment of rounded and rectangular Pet Mats, said Julia Gillespie, communications director for the Troy, Mich.-based company.
“They are the perfect size for most medium and larger-breed dogs,” Gilles-
pie said. “Pet parents love them because they offer comfort and support, are
inherently antimicrobial, a snap to clean and will not absorb liquids or odors.”
To answer frequent customer requests for new product colors, Michael
Leung, co-founder and lead product designer for Sleepypod in Pasadena, Calif.,
said the company will unveil a new, limited-edition color this month.
“The Sleepypod mobile pet bed not only converts into a carrier, but also a
car seat,” Leung said. “The call for more color options comes from Sleepypod’s
existing customers, and supports the trend toward multiple beds and bedding
purchases for a single pet.”
THE SLEEP CURVE
“Because pets spend much of their
time sleeping or lounging, it’s very important to provide them with extremely
comfortable bedding,” said Roberta
MacDowell, president of Snappy Snoozers in Loxahatchee, Fla.
Opening a dialogue will determine the appropriate product for a
customer’s lifestyle and help narrow
the selection process, said Michael
Leung, the co-founder and lead
product designer for Sleepypod in
The ability to engage a client in
conversation and understand their
needs is key in making the best
recommendation for both pet comfort
and customer satisfaction, said Janene
Zakrajsek, co-founder and chief creative
officer for Pussy & Pooch Pethouse
and Pawbar, which has locations in
“Awareness of the different
sleeping habits and preferences of a pet
will lead to an understanding of their
behavior in the home environment, and
this is helpful in selecting a bed to suit
their style,” Zakrajsek said.
Beyond comfort, ensuring that the
beds are made to last, can be easily
cleaned and sanitized, and travel well
are key considerations in the selection
process, MacDowell said.
Further, a creative flair combined
with knowledge of the various types of
beds on the market are pivotal employee attributes, Zakrajsek said.
“Our specialty is helping our clients
to integrate another stylish accessory
within their home,” Zakrajsek said. “We
do a lot of custom orders, and having
an eye for design or style definitely
helps to inspire clients when consider-
ing something beyond a mediocre blob
on the floor.”
Along with design savvy, employee
understanding of the wearability
and washability of a bed are crucial
qualities, said Bobby Wise, designer
and owner of George, which has stores
“Here in the Bay Area, we find that
most people have a fairly heightened
level of design ‘smarts,’ and the majority of our customers know exactly what
they want,” Wise said.
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