|Patio Pacific Inc was incorporated in 1976 specifically to market a new type of pet door--the 'panel' pet door for sliding glass door. This new product, the 'Instant' Pet Door, was the first of it's kind to offer an adjustable height capability which was desperately needed because sliding glass door tracks are not all the same height.
It is a tribute to Lucile, founder of the company, that she had the vision to see a need in the market and the initiative to start a company from scratch to meet that need.
Sadly, the new pet door suffered from poor engineering and was quickly eclipsed by other, better, brands. Patio Pacific continued, however, by selling those as well and moved toward specializing in pet doors only.
I purchased the company in 1984 and in about 1991 introduced the Thermo Panel, the worlds first dual-pane, insulated glass panel pet door. That patio panel was followed not long after by the Quick Panel, a single pane glass product with a 'spring-load' height adjustment making installation a breeze.
Though a major improvement over anything yet on the market, the Thermo Panel installation was more difficult than our customers liked and in 2002 we introduced the Thermo Panel II which incorporated a spring loaded height adjustment similar to but better than the Quick Panel making installation quite simple. Then the Quick Panel was upgraded to the Quick Panel II by incorporating the new, improved height adjustment.
These projects benefited greatly from the help of a talented local design and manufacturing engineer, Scott Ganaja, who was able to upgrade us from 'home-made' to the top tier of finely engineered and manufactured products.
In 2002, Scott began looking with me at the flap problem. Simply put, there wasn't a good flap on the market at the time. Either they were rigid, and therefore not safe enough, or they were flexible and safe but leaked badly, didn't insulate and eventually failed requiring the owner to buy another one and start the process over. We felt that there was a market for a really high quality, durable, safe flap that also sealed and insulated.
With Scott's help, the Endura Flap™ was designed and built. It is, without doubt, the best pet door flap ever made and was the basis for a complete line including patio panels, door mounts, kennel doors, pet doors for sash windows and wall mounted pet doors by summer of 2005.
Get your pet a pet door leading to a controlled area. Never install a pet door if the dog or cat (or your child!!) can thereby roam freely. But without a pet door you've either got an 'inside' dog who can't go to the bathroom until you come home, or an 'outside' dog--which is an even worse tragedy for the dog--or else you're the 'door opening slave'.
Properly used, a pet door is the single most important accessory you can have for you and
for your pet.