The PawPad® Story
My name is Gaye Mandel and I’m the Founder of PawPad Company Inc. I developed and produced PawPad® based on a need inspired by the unimaginable love for my first dog Charley. It’s a female owned business and the product is shipped from Canada where I live.
Pet family members often become added “residents” of the family bed. Charley started out sleeping in a crate but after a few months once she was trained, I wanted her as close to me as often as possible, so sleeping together seemed only natural. Clearly I’m not alone; 71% of pet owners report sleeping with their pets and 43% on a nightly basis.
As cute as she was, Charley and her 110 lbs. of love, always got so dirty when she went outside which was tough to deal especially when she jumped up on the bed to nap or cuddle. Dog and outdoor cat paws are like "magnets" and everything like mud, sand and snow sticks to them. Loose or shedding fur is also hard to contain and a real pain to clean-up and stay on top of.
As you know, striping the duvet cover, washing and re-stuffing it is a work-out plus the more often the bed covers are washed, the more faded and worn they get. Doing it less frequently keeps them looking more like new. Fewer washes in a small way helps the environment using less water, detergent and electricity. A king size comforter doesn’t usually fit in home washing machine and can cost more than $30 to dry clean and $15+ to wash and dry at the laundromat.
I love getting new bedding (a duvet cover or comforter) a couple times a year because a simple change can brighten up the room quickly without even having to re-paint.
Being clean-obsessed, there had to be a way to better control the mess that always ended up on my bed covers. The spare flat sheet I was using wasn’t cutting it. The solution had to check a lot of boxes.
I wanted it to be functional, look attractive and compliment my bed covers, offer ample protection from wetness, be easy and convenient to use and keep clean, be lightweight (so it didn’t add too much weight to the “pet parents” sleeping under it), save time and be well within reach financially. It also had to deliver excellent value for the money as it was meant to be a long term purchase.
I went searching for the answer to my bed cover problems. While several products were available, none had everything I wanted.
So, I took up the challenge to create something that met all of my needs.
I voluntarily left my corporate advertising career and moved to a small town two hours north of Toronto, Ontario so I could focus on my vision of creating the best pet protective cover designed primarily for the family bed (although it has many other uses like the couch, rugs, back seat of the car and more).
I created many "prototypes" by using various fabrics in combinations that I sewed myself (this too was new for me). Charley kindly tried them all as I kept sewing and testing, and sewing some more, each time improving the product to what it is today.
PawPad® is the result of my incredible journey.