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Hepper: Hepper Pod- Thoughtfully Designed Pet Furniture Giveaway and Review~ 11/20

Momma Told Me: There's got to be a better way!

When I was about 8 we had a gorgeous Long Hair White Cornish Rex (breed) cat we had saved from abandonment in a nearby alley. We'd taken him home to our humble little condo and could immediately tell he had been domesticated prior. A quick vet check found that Kimba (named after the childhood cartoon character Kimba the White Lion) has very serious growths along his collar, and would require expensive medical treatments. This is no doubt the reason this loving animal had been abandoned in the first place; a tragedy, yes, but he quickly became a beloved family member with us. Momma had a knack for taking in ill animals, and her compassion for them is something I've carried on into my own adulthood. But where is this tale going? Well, you see, that was the first time our family became a 'pet home'.

Living in a small 2 bedroom condominium, with boxed in 'porch' and a center dining/living room meant design was limited. One could always see the dining area from the couch, and vice versa. So discrete pet furniture was out of the option. Shortly after Kimba moved in so did a towering skyscraper of plywood and carpeting, known as a 'cat tree'. Looking back I can imagine this was one of Momma's nightmares, a precocious young girl, quite the tomboy herself, and a rambunctious cat transitioning back from living wild. And oh how she despised that piece of furniture. Really, who honestly wants to stare at a myriad of barrels and poles covered in torn up carpeting? But she loved her daughter, and her cat, so she endured through the makeshift cat tree 'forts' I'd devise, and the endless hissing that would follow me sticking my entire head in the various compartments. Even my father began treating the cat tree as more of a fixture; it would collect strewn coats, and even hide prized gifts from my childhood. (You may recall tales of a 4' long stuffed lamb I'd received for Valentines from my dad- this was 'presented' hanging out of said cat tree).
Yes, having cats means having cat furniture. deny them designated safe spots to lounge and hide, and they will inevitably claim what you deem as 'yours' as their own. When I first adopted Truffles I didn't have the luxury of contemplating these issues; we were in a fairly cramped space and she had free reign over whatever she could get her paws on. I tried to provide makeshift shelters, in the form of eco-friendly cat towers, but these things only seemed to add to the clutter and disarray. Now that we are all a happy family in our own space, the challenge, with 2 cats and a dog, is to find modern pet furniture that is functional and stylish. Like most kids, I'm sure they don't care about the print of their pet beds, but, like most parents, I try to impress my tastes upon them. And it is exceedingly difficult to find tasteful pet furniture that is as equally functional as it is design friendly. Believe it or not I spend a great deal of time browsing websites and blogs specifically engineered for the design savvy pet owner. And that is precisely how I stumbled across Hepper and it's breathtakingly executed, Hepper Pod Bed.
Hepper embodies pet furniture elegance; specially designed by an actual cat owner (he owns quite a few felines, I hear), these pet beds, loungers, and scratchers are intended to delight both the user and the buyer. With a very simplistic color palette, mesmerizing curves, and void of needless frills, the Hepper line is quite accurate to the cat's namesake, whom the line was intended for. Intrigued? Read up on the Hepper story here, and discover what Hepper is really short for. In the mean time I'd like to gush a little over what has quickly become the hot spot of our household; the Hepper Pod. Out of the box the Pod's materials are very lightweight and incredibly easy to assemble. While possible solo, the process will speed up dramatically if you have an extra pair of hands to stabilize the steel frame. Once screwed together the Hepper Pod has 3 more elements, the bed basin and optional hood top (made of flexible and soft fabric laminated foam), and the provided reversible sherpa lined bedding pad. All 3 elements have guided notched that pop onto the small bulbs at the top of the frame. The foam 'shell' exterior will give  when gently forced, do not be afraid of tearing.
Assembled I was amazed how light the Pod was and feared it might not handle the weight of Frankie, our heavier (10lb) cat jumping in and out. Since assembly I can say that this is a very durable, and stable, piece of pet furniture. I hardly see it budge on our laminate floors, yet benefit from the ease of relocating it from one room to the next. We had initially assembled the entire Pod for the cats to inspect, but neither seemed too interested in hanging out there for too long. The overall hollow/cove is about 1/2 the size of our smallest cat tree cove and even the smallest, Truffles (6lbs), seemed to want more space. So the hood easily popped off, and the Hepper pod converted into a lounger/bed. I would be doing a disservice to downplay the territory wars that have broken out over this 'prime' piece of pet furniture real estate. We have 2 cat trees, for just 2 cats, in our home, and the Pod is without fail constantly occupied.
Frankie seems to get the Pod more than Truffles, even going to lengths of swatting her off, when he wishes to sunbathe in the window. I allow this only because Truffles has an entire tree just 2' behind the Pod's usual home. However, when Truffles finds the Pod unoccupied (perhaps Frankie is out for a restroom break, or checking the perimeter, she loves nothing more than to curl up in the pod. Sometimes we'll even catch a few paws, or a tail lazily twitching over the side. Thank goodness the dog hasn't discovered it yet (I think it's just high enough off the ground she won't bother), because I don't need another jealous pet! The Hepper Pod has been surprisingly successful in my home, and I cannot praise it enough for it's ease of transport or cleanliness. When the Pad gathers too much pet fur I simply toss it in with the wash, it doesn't get any simpler than that!

What Daughter Says: Don't compromise your style for your pet's comfort; Hepper has design friendly pet loungers and beds.






(A common sight around here....someone's always coveting out Hepper Pod!)

One of our readers is going to win a Hepper Pod Bed, thanks to the amazing folks at Hepper!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

84 comments:

  1. My kitty Grace would love this, she's always looking for a comfy place to curl up!
    CrystalW07 at aol.com

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  2. My son and DIL have 2 beautiful Hamalayans that would love it. Complete opposite personalities. M (yes, that's his name) is totally laid back Saku is kind of needy.

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  4. Would love to win this for my furbabies! They are sooo picky but I bet they'd love this! Loki is a long haired tux,just like Truffles, and then I have maine coon triples all about 6 months old, Calcifer, Muta, and Circe who I know would all fight over it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I would love to win this for one of my friends. His cat named kitty doesn't haver her own bed so she's all over the place, I bet it would be nice for her to have her own pod.

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  7. Love it! Hope I win it for my kitty Plato!

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  8. My daughter's cat, Papa, is an older feline. He has seen both my granddaughters come home from the hospital as newborns. He has kept their home spider-free. (blech) and I would love to give this comfy bed to Papa, the older but wiser cat.

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  9. My little girl Misty..love sunshine..she will actually move around with the sun when it comes in the windows...I am sure she would love this...thank you

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  10. OMG!!! I TOTALLY NEED THIS! Like, it's an alien spaceship bed for your CAT. How cool is that?? It'd be for my mother-in-law's cats. They recently had one kitty pass away and have a new dog, so the kitties are feeling a bit neglected.

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  12. My cat SweetPea, she is so spoiled she has her own room, so i am always looking for new things for her!! :)

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  14. Tux...he prefers cardboard boes...I want to move him to a Penthouse!!!!

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  15. I would love to win this for my 9 year old brown tiger, Pancho. We rescued him from a shelter when he was just 11 weeks old. He's mama's boy and we love him soo much! Lori Coupons

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  16. I know this is pictured for a cat but I would love to win this for my min-pin titan he looks to rest about ground and sleeps mostly on the back of the couch.

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  17. I would love to win this for my yorkiepoo Lucky. He is forever snuggling under our blankets

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  18. I want to win this for my mom's cat Muford, he needs a home where he can hide from the dogs!

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  19. I want this for whichever cat gets to it first, they're pretty competitive! I have two tuxedo cats that tolerate each other. They are our babies!

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  20. I would like this for my Harrison who is an orange/white longhair. He was a feral kitten. I found him just after he was born with his 2 siblings who had died. He is 9 years old now & quite the lovebug!

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  21. I adopted a brother and sister from the shelter. They are both black and white, the boy has the markings of a skunk and the girl has the marking of a cow. I've named them Nip and Tuck. They would love this prize. They thank you for the chance.

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  22. For my friends cat! I used to have a beautiful cat but unfortunately she is no longer with us. I will want to win for my friend!

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  23. I will be getting two kittens in January and I would love for them to have a bed like this. : )

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  24. i would love to win this for my 2 kitties luxy lou lou and coconut! im almost 100% positive that luxy lou lou will be the majority share owner in it though:P lol she wears the pants in the kitty department of the house.

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  25. I would love to get this for my cat Peanut, but I somehow think my pug Guinness would steal it from him. lol

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  27. Those look like some very content cats.

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  28. I'd love to win this for my two cats Jewels and Millie. They hate each other and have to be separated most of the time. But they could timeshare this.

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  29. I want to win this for a friend who lives with 5 kitties.

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  30. I have three cats; my oldest at eleven is Zorro (I rescued him from a neighbor that was getting rid of him), my middle boy is Elijah (I got him as a kitten nine years ago following the death of my brtoher for companionship) and my little girl Lucy is a year old (I rescued her from under my porch last January as she was freezing to death). I'm the local cat lady, I feed and water the outdoor/feral cats daily as I feel like it wasn't their fault they are in the circumstance they are in. I love cats!

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  34. I have 4 babies, 3 boys and 1 girl. Hyde, Kelso, Jordi and Stella. My little girl rules the house so I am sure she would dominate this pod which means I would have to buy 3 more so the boys could have a cool place to sleep also.

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  35. We adopted Frankie almost two years ago. He quickly became king of the household. He would love a place of his own, to taunt the dog further.

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  36. I'd love to win for my 4 rescues.
    There names are Bubba, Chester, Little and Ryder. They are all indoors only and very spoiled! They'd love for mama to win them this!

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  37. I would love to win this for my home! I have 4 cats (Sacagawea, Noob, Shadow, and Sally) we have a big cat perch now, that is taken over usually by Noob, Shadow and Sally, but Wea, who is the smaller, new addition to our big family, is the outcast right now. She follows me all over the place, and pretty much only stays in my room.

    I know she would absolutely love sleeping in the Hepper right beside my bed :)

    Thank you for the chance!

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  39. My kitty Kitt-Kat, my 3 year old Maine Coon, would love this! What cat wouldn't. (Debra L. Guillen)

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  40. If I were lucky enough to win, I'd present this as tribute to the undisputed ruler of the household. My handsome tuxedo kitty could use a throne from which to comment upon household goings on.

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  41. Not sure yet, maybe my brother in laws cats...

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  42. "my boyfriends cat" heh.. honestly though, because the dogs bug the crap outta him and he needs a place of his own to be able to relax and rest!

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  43. My cat Freckles would love this. She loves to find a comfy place to curl up and get away from the dog.

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  44. I want to win this for my big kitty. But if she doesnt happen to like it I'd give it to my friend who has 2 tuxedo cats

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  45. My four kitties would fight over this. My two youngest kitties like to sleep in an empty box. This would be a big step up in the world for them.
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  46. I'd love to win this for my fluffy Tuxedo cat Princess! She loves to curl up in cocoon like things!

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  47. I have 2 cats who would fight over this. I could see Bowie using it more than Mr Booger although with the lid off Mr Booger would never move if the sun hit his fat belly the right way. Maybe this would unite them into the kitty snuggle I dream about.

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  48. My Chloe is 14 years old and loves to lounge or sit by the window. She has a couple of hours of active play in the morning, but the rest of the day sleeps, so she'd love to win this!

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  49. I would love to win this for my cat who I find sleeping in different rooms everyday. I can totally picture her in this.

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  50. Actually I want to win this for my dogs (sigh I have four) and two of them LOVE sitting by the window and staring out at the goings on so it would be perfect. It's not too high for them to get into either like many cat things are

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  51. My daughter's cute orange kitten.

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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  52. I would love this for our two kitties, Bowser and Princess. They would probably spend a day or two fighting over it and then give in and curl up together on it:) Thanks for the giveaway!
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  53. My 3 cats would love this. I imagine my cat Loona would end up using it the most. She likes sleeping in enclosed spaces like baskets or cardboard boxes.

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  54. I'd love to win this for my 3 cats - Lucy and Ethel (who we call Fatty and Bean) are 7 years old and Penelope (Penny) who I rescued/bottle fed who is almost 2 months old.

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  55. My used-to-be-feral kitty would love this -- he's discovered human/house living and has decided he loves it just fine. Of course, he would have to personalize it with his feather pillow/bed. :)

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  57. This would be for 2 year old cat Squeaky, my little furry friend.

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  58. I would of course like to win this for my kitty Kimba. She deserves a wonderful bed of her own, she has been so "Mistreated" ever since we got our puppy Moose. She deserves a nice little hid-a-way. :)

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  59. My cat Bigness might not be able to fit inside. He matches his name! I am sure my delicate little cat Callisto would love it though.

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  60. I have 9 cats and our youngest, Chiba louise loves to cuddle with the other cats. I can see her and one of my other cats sleeping in this hepper pod together. Thanks.

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  61. I would love to win this to give to my mom's cat for Christmas! She is a beautiful yellow & white tabby cat named Gracey, and she is my mom's pride & joy!

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  62. I would like to win this for my friend who has 3 cats. They are like her children and I know she would love this!

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  63. Email subscription is with leeann @ thelifeofrylie dot com. There was no place to put it for that entry on Rafflecopter, and it is different than my Facebook email that I am logged in with. :-)

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  64. My mother's 4 cats could share this

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  65. I really want to win this for Olivia, Kirby and Zoe! I know they would love taking turns with the Hepper Pod and it would be a huge upgrade from the large cat pillows they currently sleep on!

    Tina Renee Barker
    treneebarker at hotmail dot com

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  66. want to win for my cat oreo, this is a perfect hideaway, she is always seeking hiding places and this pod is perfect!

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  67. My cats would love this, and I love the design. I think my female cat Nova would claim it, although her brother Gronk would certainly 'try' to use it! I wish I could say both, but Nova is not very good at sharing. Lol. Perhaps it would save a single day a week of cleaning the couches ;-)

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  68. I would love to win this for my cat, Woodgie. She loves to climb up on things and I'd love to have something that she CAN climb up on a nd not harm...

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  69. I want to win this as a Christmas present for my brother, who's cat Perseus is very spoiled. Very. :)

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  70. I want to win this for my Himalayan who drives me absoultely crazy crying in my face in the middle of the night. You can read about him on my blog.

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  71. ohh this is for my girls, though I'
    m sure they will fight over it. Love the look of this bed soo cool, do they make people sizes?

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  72. I want to win this for Tweety our outdoor cat. He is a stray that we feed and care for and every winter we put a box with blankets for him outside, but this would be even better because of the cover.

    april yedinak

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  73. We have two cats: Dante & Dimitri, both black. I think I'd love the prize for my Argentinean cat, Dimitri, but I bet Dante would make it his own right away, hehe.

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Miki.

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  74. I have four indoor cats who would all fight over this. They love sleeping in snuggly spots like this!
    radeeolover at yahoo dot com

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  75. our cat is named uncle fred. would love to chill in there

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  76. I'd love to win this for my kitty Fred. He's such a lazy guy, he'd enjoy soaking up the sun on a cool Hepper Pod!

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  77. Here's the link to my blog post about this giveaway - http://www.thelifeofrylie.com/2012/11/giveaway-linky-weekend-win-it-nov-16.html. (No space in Rafflecopter form to enter it there.)

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  78. I have two kitties, Sam and Little Babies. They would absolutely fight over this! They're cuddlers, so maybe they'd share? :)

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  80. i have 3 cats that would love this one is white with a blue eye and a green eye, the other is a tabby orange and my other cat is solid black smokey. they would love this

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  81. I would love this for my cat, Simon. He's my first cat, adopted in 2003, and adopted as an FIV+ boy. He's been fighting for his life since I found him drooling with severe ataxia on October 22nd. He's been from Vet to Vet to ER Vet, etc. The latest diagnostics haven't given us any additional information today, but at least he is somewhat "stable". While Simon can't jump or get up on anything right now, he loves it when I put him somewhere cuddly and secure, and he adores "cubby holes" I would put this right by my bedroom window so that I could watch him, and he could feel safe and cuddly while being able to look out the window. We're doing everything that we can, but we don't know how long we'll have Simon.

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  82. This is so cool! We might have to look into this a bit more for our cats! Sad we missed the giveaway.


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  83. Dogs are truly a man's best friend. They do services for us, accompany us everywhere, and even guard our homes. I'm surprised that they can even be our assistants in times we're sick. Thanks for sharing this!
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