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Halloween LOLz: Our Favorite Dog Halloween Costumes!

Ah, Halloween! It’s the one day each year where scaring people, getting a sugar high and dressing up in a costume is socially acceptable. Dogs do the first two things on a daily basis, and when it comes to October, the third thing is taken to a whole new level. If you didn’t know, dressing your pup up in a Halloween costume is totally a “thing” and people pull out ALL the stops. Need a visual? We’ve got 10 for ya.

Exhibit 1: The “Wrecking Pug”

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Miley Cyrus’ ball has nothing on this pug. We give this costume an A+ – I mean, look at the Barbie riding the ball!

Exhibit 2: The “Yorkie Piñata”

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Whatever you do, do NOT hit this piñata with a bat. Instead, pet it!

Exhibit 3: The “Pop-kin Spice Latte”

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Love Pumpkin Spice Lattes? You’ll love the Pop-kin Spice Latte even more! If this costume doesn’t win a best dressed contest, then they didn’t have the right judge.

Exhibit 4: The “50 Shades of Dog”

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What’s better than one of the most popular books within the last few years? A dog with a literally 50 shades of grey. I mean…

Exhibit 5: The “DogCorn”

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This is the definition of “Too Cute to Eat!” The best part? The popcorn on the head of course!

Exhibit 6: The “EP (Extra-pugrestrial)”

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This is the easiest costume to re-create: grab a white towel and your bike! Oh wait – I guess you need a pug…

Exhibit 7: The “Dirty Dogtini”

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Is your pup in a cone? No problem – just add a cocktail shaker and some “olives” and you’ve got a dirty dog-tini! You’re welcome.

Exhibit 8: The “Mr. T(dog)”

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A English Bulldog + A Mr. T outfit makes us want to scream “I pitty da fool!”

Exhibit 9: The “Dogia”

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Ch-ch-ch-chia! I wonder how long this took to “grow”!

Exhibit 10: The Super Hero Clan

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We saved the best for last – this family is special to us as they are part of our Mutt Clan! We give them an A+ for dedication – not only are the parents involved, but they’ve got the DOGS in there!!!!!! We are obsessed. As Buzz Lightyear (our version of a superhero) would say – “To infinity and beyond!”

What’s Hot: Clink your glass for the Cocker’Tail Set!

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Throw some ice in the bucket and cool the champs…we have a new collection for you that deserves a toast! Our special Cocker’Tail Collection is our way of introducing the Holiday season, because who doesn’t love a nice winter Cocktail Party?! This collection features flawless clothing, shimmery sequins and, of course, a few Cocker’tails!

There are a few things you need when preparing for a Cocktail Party. Let’s start with the most important: an outfit!! We’ve got all the ladies and gents prepared for any special party, from fluffy shimmer dresses to Tuxedo Tanks to Sequin Harnesses! Not only will your pup be the Belle (or the Prince) of the ball, but they are sure to make heads turn in these fab styles.

Tuxedo TankNext up? The drinks! Every Cocktail Party needs drinks (obviously), and we can help. While you’re sipping on your bubbly or a Dirty Martini, your pup can (somewhat) sip on some Cocker’tails! How, you ask? We have some fabulous plush toys that are just as great to display as they are for your pup to play with. With a choice of Grey Dogs Vodka, Pawier-Jouet Champagne or Mirapawval Rosé, your pooch is sure to be satisfied with whatever choice that may be!Gold Trellis Bowl and Jar

Lastly, we can’t forget to spice up your living space! We think a more modern approach to your living space is key for any kind of fancy party. The Gold Trellis Bowl and Jar feature not only a print that will never go out of style, but a nice gold color that is sure to modernize any room! Of course, we can’t forget our Mutt
favorite: the Katie Puff Bed. These beds are so sleek and comfy, your guests will think it’s a place for them to lay!

Need more Cocker’tail inspiration? Check out our Cocker’tail Collection in its entirety online or at one of our Southern California stores!

Halloween Tips for your Pup!

Halloween pet safety tips

Halloween is a fun holiday for the whole family, including the pups! While getting everything prepared for the spookiest holiday of the year, we thought we’d help you in the pet department by sharing a few Mutt Tips!

Is your pup protective of the family? Dogs are über protective of their family, but when it comes to Halloween activities, protection goes to the next level (you have to remember, dogs can’t tell the difference between a costume and a family friend!). If you’re planning on bringing your pup with you to Halloween activities, we highly recommend having them on a leash. If you think your pup will be too protective, then let them hang out at home while you’re out.

Have a pup that loves people? Bring them along for the ride! You can even take it up a notch and dress them up in a sweet costume! The most important part of bringing your pup with you (besides the costume)? Don’t let them eat candy! Instead of having your pup gnaw on Halloween candy that can make them really sick (resulting in you having to clean their mess later or worse), have some healthy treats on hand to hand to Bowser while the kids are getting their candy. It will make trick-or-treating fun for everyone!

Have a shy guy? You don’t want to put your pup in a situation that makes them freak out. Give your dog the night off and let them hang out at the house while you’re out and about. All they’ll need is their bed, a fun toy and (obviously) some treats and they won’t even know you’re gone!

Bonus Tip: If you’re taking your pup with you, make sure they have an ID tag on their collar. It’s pretty unlikely, but there is a chance that your pup can run away because they’re frightened (if you had no clue why there were zombies or ghosts walking near you, wouldn’t you be a little frightened too?). By having an ID on their collar, you’re giving the finder of your pup a way to contact you so you can save your dog from being even more scared!

We hope we’ve given you a little advice on what to do with your pup during the Halloween festivities. Have a fun and safe Halloween! :)

Just In: Sock Monkey Styles for Your Pup!

Sock Monkey Collection

Here’s a little history lesson for you all: Sock Monkeys were first made during the Great Depression when people would sew red heeled socks together. Now, more than 80 years later, they’re just as fabulous and have been incorporated into a ton of things. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our newest collection: The Sock Monkey Collection!

With fall in full swing and winter on the horizon, sweaters and scarves are a must. This awesome zip-up hoody is sure to keep you warm AND comfortable, as it’s made with a cashmere blend! It’s definitely a mutt favorite. More into something a little lighter? The Sock Monkey Striped Wool Scarf is great because not only will it warm up your pup’s neck, but it’s adjustable, insuring a perfect fit! With these items, you’ll be turning Bowser into your very own Sock Monkey in no time!

Why not rock the Sock Monkey on your daily walk? We won’t object to that! In fact, we encourage it with our Sock Monkey collar, leash and bowtie. If you’re looking into dressing your dog from neck to tail, this is perfect, as each item completely matches! If you’re more into the subtle Sock Monkey flair, then you have the ability to choose which item you like best. We love options!

Of course, this collection wouldn’t be complete with Sock Monkey toys! From multi-colored to corduroy to sock-made cat toys to the original Sock Monkey, we have enough Sock Monkey toys for you to fill your toy box to the rim!

Want more Sock Monkey? Check out the Sock Monkey Collection in its entirety online or at one of our Southern California stores!

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

We have quite a few stories revolving around dogs this month! We love seeing dogs in the news, whether it be something hilarious, an interesting new study or something that’s sure to bring the tears. Have any pet-related stories you’d like to share with us? Post the stories on our Facebook page!

Your Pet Might be Peeved! Study Finds that Dogs Get Jealous Too

Well this explains a lot! Researchers at UC San Diego (right in our backyard!) conducted a study determining whether or not dogs have a sense of jealousy. 36 dogs and their owners were used in the study that consisted of noting dogs’ reactions of their owners petting animated toy dogs. The results are not surprising – dogs DO get jealous! Once the pups would see their owners petting the toy, they would try to break the connection between the owner and the toy. Just another way that dogs are like humans!

These Two Dogs Got Married and the Whole Thing is Straight out of Your Pinterest Wedding Board

Bring on the LOL’s! Hudson and Chelsea, two Dachshunds whose parents are good friends, had a wedding. Sounds cute, Hudson and Chelsearight? Be prepared for nothing that you’d expect, as these two were given the true Pinterest wedding treatment, from beautifully illustrated invitations to fabulous floral arrangements to a Bulldog officiate. If only we were invited to this wedding!

Missing Pennsylvania Dog Found 3,000 Miles Away from Home

Could you imagine getting a call that your lost pup was found 3,000 miles away?! The owner of 7-year old Jack Russell Terrier Gidget probably didn’t. Gidget had been missing from the owner’s house in Pennsylvania since late April and was found walking the suburbs of Portland in September. When Gidget was brought to the nearest shelter, they were able to determine through a microchip that she came from right outside of Philadelphia! No one really knows how or why Gidget was taken cross-country, but all that matters now is that she is found.

Life for Regular People vs. Life for Dog People

Dog LoveBuzzfeed has nailed it again with this photo comparison between life with a dog and life without. I’m sure you can all guess which life seems more fun and exciting. :)

Susie the Therapy Dog, Abused as a Puppy, Named Hero Dog of the Year

This one is a tearjerker for all the right reasons. Meet Susie, an adorable pit-bull mix that was beat and set on fire by her owner in 2009 after licking (also known as KISSING in dog speak) the owner’s child. This sweet baby suffered third-degree burns and her ears were burned off. Before you start crying out of sadness, let’s fast-forward to Susie’s recovery and an adoption by Donna Lawrence. Lawrence adopted Susie less than a year after she herself had been brutally attacked by a neglected pit bull, which Suziecaused her to lose her ability to have kids. Lawrence and Susie were meant to be, as they both learned to trust one another. Susie is now a therapy dog that helps people that have been through traumatic events and has even helped create stronger anti-cruelty laws in her home state of North Carolina (along with Lawrence, of course!).

 

Dig This Deal: Save 20% on Stella and Chewy’s All Month Long!

October TOTM

Oh October, you came so quickly! As you all probably know by now, when a new month starts, there’s a new special deal for our Muttropians. This month’s Treat of the Month is on Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried food and treats – save 20% all month long!

Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried dinner patties provide 100% complete and balanced nutrition. Each flavor is made with raw meat, poultry or fish that is sourced from USDA-inspected facilities, mixed with organic fruits and vegetables included. Healthful, direct-fed microorganisms (probiotics), natural tocopherols, chelated trace minerals, taurine, and essential FreezeDFamily_RGBvitamins and minerals are also added to this yummy mix. These patties come in 8 different flavors: Chicken & Veggies, Beef, Lamb, Duck, Surf ‘N Turf, Rabbit, Venison and Pheasant and are grain-free with no fillers, artificial preservatives, colorings, added hormones, antibiotics, sugar or salt. Not only is this a great meal for your pup, but you can break up a patty and make it a nice yummy treat!

The savings don’t stop there! During October, you’ll also be able to save 20% on Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried treats, Carnivore Crunch and Carnivore Kisses. The Carnivore Crunch treats are all-natural formed morsels while the Carnivore Kisses are diced, 100% meat treats. These treats can berIMG_0095 given to your pup as a training reward or crumbled over food for added flavor – nothing beats that! The Carnivore Crunch treats come in Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Salmon/Cod and Duck flavors. The Carnivore Kisses treats come in Beef, Chicken, Salmon and Duck. Just like the freeze-dried food, these treats provide the benefits of raw with the convenience of being dry.

So what does freeze-drying exactly mean, you ask? Freeze-drying is a process that enables food manufacturers to remove the moisture from their products while retaining nutritional value. There is no cooking is involved in this process, as the product is frozen and then put into a freeze dryer on rIMG_4439trays. These trays are placed on shelves that receive very low levels of heat. Powerful pumps inside the freeze dryer generate very cold temperatures and create a vacuum, and that heat applied to the shelves causes the ice within the meat to turn directly into water vapor, skipping the liquid stage altogether. This takes the product from frozen to freeze-dried without ever being thawed or cooked, which is why the nutritional value is retained.

You don’t want to miss out on this delicious and nutritious Treat of the Month! This special runs from October 1st through October 31st at all three of our stores and online. Use code STELLA20 at checkout to save!

Fetchingly Fresh: Forest Friends for Your Pup!

Forest Friends

From foxes and squirrels to bunnies and owls, we have every forest friend covered in our Forest Friend Collection!

The apparel and accessories in this collection feature all your favorite forest animals. What does the fox say?! For fox lovers, we have an adorable collar and leash donning girly foxes, knit sweaters and an adorable necktie that attaches to a collar. For Fox Sweaterthose that prefer squirrels, we have a fun squirrel sweater and not one, but two squirrel themed bandanas: one with a squirrel and one with an acorn! Other favorites include the Bunny Print Top and the Fuzzy Bear Sweatshirt.Bunny Print Top

We have fun, forest toys for every type of pup! For the entertainment seeker, the new Roll-Up Log is ideal – three forest critters are wrapped in the log and the pup has to try and get them out! The Long Legged Toy is unique not only because it has four long legs, but it has a hidden tennis ball in the body – making it almost two toys in one! Wool favorites, like the Fox and Squirrel Wool Toys, are great for pups that are into strength and squeakers.

Roll Up Log ToyWhen thinking about forest-like home products, we felt that the modern idea was the way to go. Our Anderson Modern Wood Bowls and Canisters are made from eco-friendly plantation grown and renewable Acacia wood, not to mention they are sleek and perfect for any home! Another modern, yet comfortable staple is the Snow Lynx Bed. With faux fur on one side and chenille on the Snow Lynx Bedother, your pup is bound to get easily attached to this forest-like bed!

The forest fun doesn’t stop there – stop by one of our Southern California stores or online to check out the whole Forest Friends Collection!

EEK! Our Halloween Collection is Here!

Halloween

With fall arriving, many things come to mind: changing leaves, football season, pumpkin spice lattes and, of course, HALLOWEEN! We’re as excited as you are for the Halloween season to start, which is why we’ve launched our Halloween Shop in-store and online a little early! This collection is filled with hilarious costumes, fun toys, festive collars and more!

Our buying team has carefully chosen this year’s collection, ensuring your pup’s Halloween to be a memorable one! We have 50s Girlcostumes to tailor every size Bowser – including the fan-favorite 50’s Girl, the Rock and Roll King, the Sunflower, the Rasta, the Lion Headpiece and the LED Devil Horn Headband; you are sure to find the perfect piece for your Halloween festivities.

Love Halloween, but not a fan of costumes? We didn’t forget about you! Some adorable Halloween-themed apparel like the My Lil’ Pumpkin Dress, the Crochet Pumpkin Sweater and the Skull Tee and accessories like the Pumpkin Neck Tie and Skeleton and Polka Dots Bandana are perfect for Pumpkin Fleece Sweaterany Halloween Party!

For the furry friend that is more into entertainment than dressing up, we have some Halloween toys that are sure to give you hours of fun! From plush favorites like the Devil Sock Monkey Toy to tough ones like the Jack-O-Lantern Rope Toy, we have a toy for every spooky entertainment seeker.

Devil Sock Monkey ToyWe’re adding a cherry on top of this Halloween sundae – we’ll be hosting special Halloween parties and costume contests at our Southern California stores! To take part in the fun, stop by our Solana Beach, La Jolla and Fashion Island stores on Saturday, October 25th from 4-6PM. Check our Facebook page for more information on these events and how you can sign your pup up for the contest!

We hope to help you and your hounds prepare for a very Happy Halloween!

Fetchingly Fresh: Bring out the Glitz and Glamour for your Pooch!

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Fall is here, which means New York Fashion Week has arrived! Because of this special occasion, we’ve decided to add a little glamour to our furry fashion line. Our newest Glamour Collection is filled with the best of the best for your furry fashionista, from fabulous apparel to stylish carriers to toys that you lil’ pooch is bound to love.

Every glamour girl needs a sassy outfit, whether it be some something simple, like a harness, or something a little more over
Lace Buttoned Cardiganthe top, like a coat. If you’re looking for something functional, yet stylish, check out the adorable Lace Harness or the Velour Quilted Harness. Not only are these chic, but are perfect for walks, as they have D-rings for easy leash attachment. If you’re more interested in something that is guaranteed to make heads turn, then our glamour apparel is perfect! Our favorites include the Lace Cardigan (the boa-like collar is to die for), the Miss Glam Dress and the Leopard Coat. With this fun apparel, your pup is sure to be the classiest of the bunch!

What’s the perfect addition to our fashion forward apparel? A nice bottle of champs of course! TreatAlexander MuttQueen Shoe your pup with a bottle of our Crispaw Champagne, or spoil her with an adorable plush Alexander Muttqueen Shoe, Chewy Vuitton Ball or Hollywood Perfume toy. These elegant toys are perfect for the dazzling dog.

You deserve to look as fabulous as your pup does, right?! We think so, which is why we have carefully chosen the cutest carriers that can double as a purse even when you’re not toting your pup. The Glam Carrier has serious glamour with the studded accents, while the Quilted Tote resembles a Glam Carrierdesigner bag!

Every pooch is glamorous, and this special collection shows that. To get the full taste of our Glamour Collection, stop by one of our Southern California store locations or visit us at Muttropolis.com!

Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon this Sunday, September 7th!

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It’s that time of the year again – Labor Day is over, September is in full swing, and the 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon + Beach Day is on! Join us this Sunday at the Del Mar Dog Beach from 8AM-2PM for this exciting event, featuring a Surf Dog Competition, a Paddle Board Parade and a ton of booths, including Muttropolis! Surf Dog is hosted by the Helen Woodward Animal Center; money raised from this event goes towards the orphaned animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

If you think your pup has what it takes to enter the Surf Dog Competition, you can register here. Competition contestants will participate in ten minute heats based on your pup’s weight class. First place pups from each heat will move on to the finals, where the top three finalists will be crowned!

If you’re interested in participating in Surf Dog’s first ever Paddle Paws Parade, register here. This is a fun, new event where pups and their parents dress up in costumes and paddle board – how fun, right?!

If you’re more into watching rather than participating, that’s great too – there will be TONS of booths featuring everything from food to pet training to (yours truly) Muttropolis! We’ll be there with Ruffwear showing everyone the cool (literally!) products Ruffwear has for summertime.

Like we said, this yearly event is taking place this Sunday, September 7th, from 8AM-2PM. We hope to see you and your pup there!