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ALL PAWS ON DECK: Necessities for the Nautical Pup

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Land Ho! We’re bringing the yacht in to show you all our newest Nautical Collection. Filled with stripes, anchors and sprinkles of fun, this collection is sure to get you ready to soar the seas!

Nautical apparel is always a must in the summer (or just about any time!). What are our favorites? The Sailor Tank is awesome because it has a sailor collar, while the Nautical Striped Tank adds a cute touch to basic stripes. For a fancy night on the water, we are obsessed with the Nautical Flirt Dress – the skirt has just enough of a poof to make your lil’ diva look like a princess!

Now that you’re dressed to impress, you gotta have some playtime! Tough rubber toys like the buoy and anchor are ideal for the chewer, while a floating toy like the mesh fish is perfect for those that love to play in the water! If your pup is more into shaggy toys, then the hilariously adorable shaggy crab and fish are the perfect treat!

Nautical home décor is an East Coast favorite – why not add a little nautical flair to your home? Bedding, like a nautical boat duvet cover or an anchor print futon, will not only keep your pup nice and comfy, but is sure to add some fun to your home. If you like your dog to eat in style, then the stripes or waves ceramic bowls are ideal. You could even transform these bowls into a cool table centerpiece!

Celebrate your love of anchors, stripes and sails with our Nautical Collection. Check out the rest of the Collection online or stop by one of our three Southern California locations to see it for yourself!

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

Tears, “aww” moments and laughter filled our hearts these last few weeks after reading some great pet-related stories. Check out a handful of our favorites below! Have any pet-related stories you’d like to share with us? Post the stories on our Facebook page!

Quadruple Amputee Dog Receives Life-Changing Prosthetics

This story went viral – and we know why! Brutus, an adorable Rottie, was left outside by a breeder when he was a puppy, causing frostbite on his paws. Because of the frostbite, he had to get his paws removed. After this pup became a quadruple amputee, Laura Aquilina rescued him from his breeder and got him fitted for prosthetics. Now, 2-year old Brutus is able to do anything he wants, thanks to these prosthetics. Bring us the tissues!

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Doesn’t Brutus look so happy?!

Abandoned Kitten and Puppy Become Best Friends Despite All Odds

Who says cats and dogs can’t get along?! Chip, a five week old Chihuahua puppy, and Adele, a four week old kitten, found themselves at a no-kill shelter in Texas, Operation Kindness. The two were paired together at the shelter in March and became friends instantly. We’re pretty much obsessed with these two best buds and we hope that they get homes soon (or maybe even a home together!)! These are a few of our favorite pics of this dynamic duo.

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Modeling is definitely their calling.

Adele and ChipAWWWW!

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Okay – this is the cutest thing!!!

 

Why Doesn’t Anybody Want Me? Heart-Melting Photo Leads to Shelter Dog’s Adoption

Whether some believe it or not, social media can get the ball rolling – in Chester’s, the older (believed to be 7-9) pit bull or pitty mix, case, it gave him a home. Chester had been in the caring hands of a New York animal shelter for 5 years, and had been overlooked too many times that the shelter wanted to do something more about it. Joining forces with an animal shelter promoter, the shelter posted a picture of Chester on Facebook with the accompanying message: “Why doesn’t anybody want me? I’ve been waiting for 5 years. Everyone at the shelter tells me what a good boy I am. So why has no one adopted me? I promise to be good and love my new family. Please, maybe you are my new family. I sit and wait for you to come.” Soon after the picture had been posted, it went crazy viral and caught Dana Dor’s eye, who then took her family to the shelter to meet Chester. The Dor family fell in love in with Chester in an instant and now he is living in a happy home. Moral of the story? Adopt, don’t shop!

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Chester and his new, loving family

Golden Retriever Caught Not Being Able to Catch

Oh Fritz, we feel for ya. This adorably awesome Golden Retriever is having some serious issues trying to catch any food that gets thrown at him! We feel your pain Fritz – pretty sure it would be hard for any human to catch food that was thrown at us, too! Oh wait – Buzzfeed did that! Check out the clip for yourself below to see Fritz’s laughable problems.

‘PooPrints’ DNA Test Traces Illicit Droppings Back to Owner

People that refuse to pick up their dogs’ feces, beware – you may get caught AND be fined!  Here’s the deal: bigger cities in the US are encouraging people to enroll their pups in a DNA-testing program that will be able to determine who refused to pick up their dog’s poop. This test includes “an inner cheek swab administered to a tenant’s dog after he moves into the building. The dog receives a number, which is added to a database. When the property managers spot rogue poops littering the area around the building, they can easily send a sample of the poop to a lab, where the culprit is identified in anywhere from 10 to 14 days.” What happens to the “poop”-ertrators? A fine that could cost you $100+. Moral of this story? Clean up your dog’s poop!!!

Dig This Deal: 20% off Orijen Treats!

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Happy April, all! To kick off the month of spring, we’re giving all our Muttropians a special deal: all month long, save 20% on Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog and Cat Treats!

We carry a variety of flavors for the pups including Original, Regional Red, Alberta Wild Boar, Brome Lake Duck, Black Angus Beef, Free-Range Bison and Ranch Raised Lamb, and we carry the Original and Tundra flavors for the furry felines. All flavors are grain-free and include only 100% all-natural ingredients sourced regionally near Orijen’s headquarters in Alberta, Canada. Each variety is gently freeze-dried to lock in the life-giving nutrition and amazing flavors of the ingredients. No cooking or preservatives are used to create these treats. Delicious, nutritious, and competitively priced, Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog Treats make a great addition to any dog’s diet.

Why choose freeze-dried treats? Unlike conventional pet foods which are cooked at high temperatures, Orijen’s freeze-dried treats are prepared without cooking, which allows them to retain the natural properties of their fresh ingredients, promising extreme taste. The freeze-drying process begins with a flash-freeze to lock in the goodness. Then, at an extremely low temperature, the 18-hour freeze-drying process converts any frozen water in the ingredients into vapor without creating a liquid form. This means that only H20 is removed and ensures that the treats and food retain all of their life-giving nutrients, amino acids, digestive enzymes and taste. Although freeze-drying is costly, it’s the only way to preserve meat without chemicals, irradiation, or heat damage to nutrition. When serving freeze-dried treats, dogs are able to receive all of the benefits and nourishment of a raw diet, just as mother-nature intended.

This is not an April Fool’s Day joke – we’re really taking 20% off Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog and Cat Treats all April long! Visit us online or in stores to enjoy these limited savings! Online customers can redeem this special 20% offer at Muttropolis.com by using the code ORJ20 during checkout.

LUCKY YOU: Save 20% on one item this week!

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You don’t need the Luck of the Irish on your side to get hooked up! From now through Sunday, 3/22, save 20% off any single item* at Muttropolis!

What can you save on with this special discount? Take your pick! What are a few of our favorites? You can’t go wrong with a stylish and comfortable bed, like the Grey Lattice Dutchie. This bolstered bed makes it feel like the whole bed is a pillow! Interested in a new feeder? We’re loving the modern look of the Woodsman Feeder. The sleek look makes it ideal for any room in the house! Spring break is coming up – are you traveling? If so, then a carrier, like the Roxy, is ideal for any jet-setting pooch! Approved for most airlines, this carrier has ventilation windows, a roll up privacy flap and is a in a classy, quilted pattern!

Check out a few of our favorites and more during this awesome sale. The special starts Tuesday, March 17th and ends Sunday, March 22nd. Visit us at any of our three Southern California locations or online to start saving! Online customers must use coupon code LUCKY at checkout to receive their 20% discount.

*Excludes food. Valid one item per customer.

MUTT’S NEW: Hop Over to the Hip Hop Shop – Open Now!

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Spring has definitely sprung over here at Muttropolis! All of us (two and four-legged) are jumping for joy with the return of our favorite Hip Hop Shop! From bright, festive apparel to bowties to talking toys, we’ve got everything to make your Easter (or any spring activity) shine!

rIMG_5757A perfect mix of functionality and cuteness is necessary for any spring outfit. What’s the perfect outfit for Easter brunch, you ask? Our personal mutt-stylists recommend something simple, yet stylish, like a bowtie or tie for the boys, and something bright and flowy for the gals, like a nice dress. Looking for something a little more casual? We are loving the Chicks Love Me tee and the duck coat, both of which are not just comfy, but are pretty hilarious (we’re all about the LOLs).

Spring toys are essential for any pup’s Easter basket! What are our favorites? A tough, rubber toy like the Dogegg or the Rubber Chicken are perfect because not rIMG_5741only are they tough, but they squeak making it extra fun! Interactive toys like the Bunny and Egg Burrow and Bunny and Carrot Burrow are ideal for those dogs that love a challenge – hide the toys and watch the burrowing begin!

Need a pop of spring color in your home? Adding something bright is sure to light up any room. We are loving the colorful Arf Treat Box (which can definitely rIMG_5807be more than just a treat box) and the Pippa Futon (the pink shade of this futon is to die for!).

If you’re loving spring as much as we are, be sure to check out to the rest of our Hip Hop Shop, available at any of our three Southern California locations or our site. We’re also hosting our Annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza Egg Hunt + Party on Saturday, March 21 from 12-2PM in Solana Beach and 12-3PM in La Jolla and Saturday, March 28 from 10AM-12PM in Fashion Island. Check our Facebook for additional event details + more!

Dig This Deal: 20% Off All-Natural Zuke’s Dog Treats in March

It’s March, which means it’s time for a new Treat of the Month! For the entire month of March, save 20% on all-natural Zuke’s Treats! Treats include yummy Dental Bones, meaty Z-Zuke's Z-BoneFilets, Mini Naturals training treats, and two new additions: sweet Skinny Bakes and everyone’s favorite: Genuine Jerky!

Need something to clean and freshen your pup’s teeth? Look no further than Zuke’s Dental Z-Bone. Not only are these delicious, but they have ridges that help clean teeth and scrape the bad stuff off their teeth. They’re also made with rosemary, fennel and parsley, promising Bowser some nice, fresh breath!Zuke's Z-Filets

For the meaty flavor seeking pup, Zuke’s has created a protein-packed treat: Z-Filets. These filets are made from over 80% pure USA or New Zealand meats. With flavors like beef, chicken and venison, you can’t go wrong!

Zuke's Mini NaturalsIn need of a training treat? Zuke’s Mini Naturals Treats are perfect for training. These 2-calorie treats are nice and soft, making them easy to chew for those lil’ pups. These treats are guilt-free too – they’re free of preservatives and contain no wheat, corn, added animal fat and artificial colors and flavors.Skinny Bakes

One of our newest treat additions are the sweet, flavorful Skinny Bakes! These yummy smelling (and tasting!) treats have a nice crunch and are only 10 calories! These babies are made in the USA and contain no wheat, corn or soy, making them the ultimate treat.

Genuine JerkyWhat do dogs (and people) love? Jerky! Zuke’s Genuine Jerky is made with 100% grass-fed New Zealand beef is naturally preserved without nitrates or nitrites. The best part? These original and BBQ-flavored treats are good enough for you to eat, too!

You don’t want to miss out on this Treat of the Month! This promotion is only valid March 1st through March 31st, or until supplies last. Customers can enjoy these savings at all three Southern California store locations and online. Online customers must enter code ZUKES at checkout to redeem their 20% off savings. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

WHAT WE’RE DIGGIN: Toys for Any Pup!

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Toys are to dogs what makeup is to women: fun and exciting! Whether it be a tough toy, a sassy one or a basic ball, toys not only are fun, but make dogs happy. Because we’re big toy fans, we’ve decided to give you one week of special toy savings: save 30% on 3+ toys from Tuesday, 2/24 to Monday, 3/2!

What cool toys can you save on? We have a plethora of toys for any kind of dog! For the smart dog, we have awesome interactive toys that involve treats like the IQ Treat Ball and the Tornado. Not only do these toys stimulate your dog’s brain, but since you put treats inside, Bowser gets a yummy reward! For the dog that loves to snuggle up to their toys, we have tons of plush toys featuring familiar looking friends like Lamb Chop and soft, yet super squeaky toys like the stuffing-free cat. For the ones that prefer a toy that has a dual purpose (a toy AND something that brings the LOLs), funny toys are a perfect fit, like the Humunga Stache or the Humunga Chomp. Got a power chewer? Extra tough toys like the Tuffies Tug of War toy and the Orbee Ball are ideal!

This is just a taste of the type of toys we have. We also have toys for pups big and small, rubber lovers, or dogs that love to play fetch, too! To check out the rest of our toy collection and save 30% on 3+ toys through Monday, 3/2, check out our website or our three Southern California locations. Online customers: use code PLAY30 at checkout to save!

I SEE SPOT: Leapin’ Leopards Have Arrived at Muttropolis

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If someone told us they hated leopard print, we’d think they were seriously lying – probably because we love leopard print so much! To celebrate this love of leopard, we’ve created a special collection dedicated to leopard lovers. From comfy sweaters to stylish carriers, we’ve got everything you need to prepare for any Safari!

rIMG_5423Is there such a thing as too much leopard? Nope, especially when it comes to apparel! Dress up for a night on the town in a leopard and tulle dress or stay comfy and classic in a fleece pullover – either way you’ll be looking your finest!

If you’re more of the subtle type, but still want to look stylish on your daily walks, we recommend the leopard velvet collar and leash. The red webbing adds a touch of sass and complements the leopard perfectly! For those days when the sun is out, have no fear – Doggles not only keep your pup’s eyes away from the sun, but the leopard print makes staying safe fashionable.

Don’t think we forgot about everyone’s favorite item – toys! If your pup is into squeakers galore, then they’ll love the giant leopard snake toy – this thing is 3 feetrIMG_5568 long! For the fashionistas in the building, you can turn into Carrie “Bark”shaw with our adorable leopard-print Manolo “Bark”nik shoe toy! All the toys in this collection are the perfect mix of soft and stylish.

To take the Leopard Collection up a notch, we’ve added some adorable items that benefit not only your pup, but you too! If you tote lil’ Bowser around, then the leopard patent leather Haylee carrier is a must. Not only does it give you an easy way to bring your pup everywhere, but it’s so cute that you could you it as an everyday bag! Don’t forget to add a touch of leopard pizazz to your house, whether it be with a feisty bed or a contemporary dog bowl. A little leopard goes a long way!

If you’re love leopard as much as we do, then you are going to love our Leopard Collection! Check out the rest of the Collection online or stop by one of our three Southern California locations to see it for yourself.

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

Now that we’re in 2015 and all done with the holidays, we thought we’d reintroduce the Newsworthy Dogs Roundup! A lot has been going on in the last few weeks – here are a few of our favorite articles. Have any pet-related stories you’d like to share with us? Post the stories on our Facebook page!

The 3 Surprising Ways ‘Pet Parents’ are Treating their Pets Like Humans

We’ve always said dogs are just like humans – why not treat your pup like a human? More and more pet parents are going above and beyond for their pups, and we think it’s great. What are these three surprising ways? First, they are purchasing “people quality” food (we’ve been doing this for years at Muttropolis!), second, they are securing the best doggie care (of course!) and last, they style and frequently groom their pets (no brainer!). Clearly the Huffington Post hasn’t met Muttropolis yet!

 

21 Puppies Who Will Get You Through Today

One thing we can all agree on is the fact that puppies are pretty much the cutest things on the planet. What’s better than looking at 21 of the most adorable puppy photos? We have this Cute Dogalbum bookmarked to cheer us up anytime we’re down! I mean, how can you pick a favorite?!

Daily Treat: Boston Terrier Nurses Orphaned Kittens

This is truly amazing. A Boston Terrier, Memory, decided to play the role of “mom” to 4 orphaned kittens that were found out in the cold. Although Memory was not pregnant, she was able to produce milk for the kittens. What makes this story sweeter? Once the kittens were nourished from Memory’s milk and moved to solid food, three of the four were able to be adopted out to happy families, while keeping one for Memory to nurture.

Before and After Photos of Rescued Dogs Show What a Difference a Home Makesbefore

Bring on the tears! We are pro-adoption, and this set of pictures just shows one of the many reasons why we feel it is important to adopt. These sweet photos show how adoptables looked before and after they were found a loving home. As you can clearly see, these animals are so happy after being settled in with their loving parents. Adopt, don’t shop!

Canine Commuter Raises Eyebrows on Seattle Bus

This may be our favorite story from the past few weeks. 2-year old black lab Eclipse is not only the cutest lil’ thing, but she is a true city commuter! After going on the bus plenty of times with her dad to visit the dog park, she decided to start traveling to the park on her own (Dad follows a few buses behind her and they travel back home together). What a smart pup!

DIG THIS DEAL: Save on Yummy Bulk Chews All February Long!

February Treat of the Month

Nothing says “I Love You” in your dog’s eyes more than bully chews. Celebrate your pup’s love for these chews all February long – we’re offering a special 20% off discount on select Red Barn bulk chews!

These highly palatable chews come in different shapes and sizes, including mini sizes of springsbraided and three-ring chains, and regular sizes of springs, barbells and rings. Made from all-natural free range grass fed beef, these chews allow for easy digestion. Becoming soft when wet, each bully also helps clean your pup’s teeth – it’s a two for one deal! As always, we suggest you supervise your dog while they enjoy any chew.

Stock up on all these bully chews while you can! Save on this month’s Treat of the Month from February 1st to February 28th. To check out our Treat of the Month (and more), stop by any one of our three stores or stop by Muttropolis.com. Online customers can redeem this special 20% offer by using the code CHEWMORE at checkout.