Jennifer grew up in Alaska where she picked up a few handy skills, most of them irrelevant to designing fanciful cat beds. Preferring paved roads and indoor plumbing, she moved to the Seattle area for college where she studied apparel design and pattern making. She put her skills and creativity to good use, working for many years as a costume designer.
Jennifer got her inspiration for her cat beds after being asked by the Seattle Sounders soccer team to design life-size, soccer ball shaped, costumes for the team’s mascot. In true MythBusters style, she created a miniature mockup to work out the design. Soon after, her two kittens – Twix and Pacer Stacktrain – moved into the miniature soccer ball sample and it became the first Cat Ball® cat bed.
Sadly, the great costume design position did not last, and since unemployment is the mother of innovation, she decided to start her own business making unique pet beds from her one-of-a-kind designs.