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Surf’s Up: Dog Beach Etiquette

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Living in sunny San Diego with a pup has its perks – not only are many San Diego restaurants dog friendly, but dogs are allowed to enjoy the surf and sun on the beach! Check your local spot for regulations on dogs. Some beaches allow dogs off-leash during certain times of the year, some only allow on-leash and some don’t allow dogs at all.  It’s a great advantage for families with dogs, but pet parents must also remember the do’s and don’ts of dog etiquette. When bringing your dog to the beach, remember these important tips:

    1. Do bring a leash. Keep them safe when walking to and from the beach. Once you arrive, if the beach you are attending is an off-leash spot, then release your pup’s leash and harness to give them the ultimate, enjoyable experience.
    2. Don’t bring your dog if they don’t have all their shots. This is a no brainer!
    3. Do be aware of heavy surf. Even if your dog is a good swimmer, they may not be able to manage through some big waves. Keep them out of the water or only up to their paws if the surf is big. A float coat is ideal for riding the big waves. Be sure to always supervise your dog while swimming.
    4. Don’t let your dog drink ocean water. The salt water in the ocean will make them sick and cause vomiting or diarrhea. We NAP-GULPYrecommend you bring fresh, clean water with you to the beach. Gulpy water dispensers have an attached cup that makes it easy for dogs to slurp water.
    5. Do walk your dog before going to the beach. It’s easy for dogs to get excited at the beach with all the sights and
      smells, but with a little exercise beforehand, they’ll be nice and calm. Taking them out beforehand can also encourage them to go to the bathroom before heading to the beach. If you plan to take your dog to the beach after work or don’t have time for the walk, consider this dog walking service from our friends at rover.com.
    6. Don’t let Bowser walk on hot sand. If the beach sand is hot on your feet, then it’s definitely going to be hot on your summit trexpup’s paws. If it is too hot, we recommend covering their paws in shoes, like the paw-protective Summit Trex Boots.
    7. Do bring poop clean up bags. This is important! Not only is it disrespectful to not pick up after your own dog, but it’s just plain gross.
    8. Don’t let your dog visit others without permission. Some people may be scared of dogs or have a dog that does not do well with others. Ask before you let your pup visit.
    9. Do bring a toy. Floating toys like the Hydro Disc are great to take to the beach – it’ll keep you and your pup entertained!Chewey_DogTag_04_Resized
    10. Don’t bring a dog that won’t listen. If your dog isn’t properly trained to be out and about in public, then it’s best to keep them at home.
    11. Do have fun!

The same rules apply when bringing your dog to a restaurant or dog park.

MUTT’S UP: Do the Bunny Hop!

Decorate the eggs and get the baskets ready – Easter is almost here! We couldn’t be more excited about Easter – we love Easter because that’s when we have the cutest apparel and accessories! Our Hip Hop Shop is filled with all you’ll need to spoil your pup this spring, from colorful clothing to entertaining toys!

regWhen we think of Easter, one of the first thoughts is pastel colors. Dress your pup up in their Easter Sunday Best with our fun, pastel filled apparel, included gingham dresses and plaid bowties! For those pups that prefer loungewear, our fleece bunny pajamas are a sure bet – pull up the hood to turn your dog into the Easter bunny for extra fun!rIMG_9957

Don’t forget to make bowser’s Easter basket before it’s too late! From talking chicks to crinkling bunnies to tough toys, we have everything you need to give your pup the ultimate Easter basket.
rIMG_0413Easter Sunday shouldn’t be the only day you celebrate Easter – visit our Solana Beach + La Jolla stores the day before Easter, 3/26, from 12-2PM for a special Easter Egg-Stravaganza! Come dressed in your Easter Best for a chance to win a prize! Patrons in Solana Beach will enjoy an Easter Parade, while La Jolla friends will enjoy Easter-themed paw print art and games. It’s sure to be a fun time!

MARCH TREAT OF THE MONTH: Save 20% on Bixbi Treats!

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When it comes to feeding our pups, we want them to enjoy only the best. American-made and sourced Bixbi treats are not only delicious and nutritious, but they’re 20% off all March long!

Bixbi treats are made to specifically tailor your pup’s needs. Treat your pup to a day at the spa with the Skin and Coat treats – these yummy chicken chews are packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that help support shiny, full-bodied coats. For the pups that need help supporting hip and joint function, there’s chicken flavored Hip and Joint treats packed with glucosamine to lubricate the joints. Daily Essentials treats are made of a blend of blueberries, organic reishi mushrooms, cranberries and meat that will keep your pup’s immune system nice and strong. For the training pup, low-calorie Pocket Trainers are super soft and moist and will have your dog doing tricks all day long! All Bixbi treats contain no wheat, corn, soy, preservatives or byproducts.

Keep your pup’s tail wagging with yummy USA-made Bixbi treats! Our Treat of the Month promotion on Bixbi treats is only valid from March 1st thru March 31st, so stock up now! Online customers can redeem this 20% offer online by using the code BIXBI20 at checkout or stop by our Solana Beach and La Jolla locations to save!

We Love You, Chewie.

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear friend Chewie. He was our #1 mutt model, trusted office pup (always greeting visitors with a bark) and the four-legged son to the first employee of Muttropolis, our buyer Kiiah. Chewie was truly unique in every way, from his goofy tongue to his constant begging (that we all gave in to), to his ability to let us dress him in practically anything – he will be truly missed. In tribute, we want to share some adorable and howl-arious photos that put a smile on our face and love in our hearts.. We love you Chewie, always and forever!

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MUTT’S HAPPENING: Got Love?

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Ah, Valentine’s Day – the day of love. We hope you’re ready for it because we are! We’ve gotten into the serious Valentine’s Day spirit with our newest Valentine’s Day Collection, available in stores and online now!

One of our favorite things about this collection is not only the large amount of red and pink items involved, but that each of these items can be worn or played with any day of the year, not just Valentine’s Day. Our favorites include the Kiss Me Tee (make sure to play the song “Kiss Me” in the rIMG_9545background when wearing this tee), the Hearts on Pink Bowtie (perfect for a candlelit dinner), the Hearts Fleece Sweater (stay warm and be festive at the same time!) and the Love Tank (who says no to rhinestones?!).

What’s something that dogs love? Plush toys of course! The toys in this collection are not only adorbs, but are SUPER SOFT – like soft enough that you might want to steal it from fido and snuggle with it yourself. One in particular, the plush hippo, isrIMG_9475 insanely soft and definitely cuddle-material! Other ones we love? The fun, furry heart toy and the durable Humunga Lips toy!

This collection screams Valentine’s Day – we hope you love it as much as we do! If you’re interested in celebrating the holiday of love with us, we will be holding special Valentine’s Day parties at our La Jolla and Solana Beach locations! Visit our La Jolla store on Saturday, February 6th from 12-3PM for their party, complete with a Kissing Booth and Paw Print Art, and visit our Solana Beach store on Sunday, February 7th from 5-6PM for games and free play in their yard.

MUTT’S UP: #ThrowbackThursday Outfit Picks

Today is Dress up Your Pet Day, but at Muttropolis that’s just any regular day. In honor of this day (and the fact that it’s also #ThrowbackThursday), we decided to open the vault and show you a few of our favorite outfits throughout the years. We’re warning you now: these are hilarious!

Look #1: Do the Bunny Hop, March 2012. Mutt pup Reggie was clearly not feelin’ her hip-hop look, which made for an amazing photo.

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Look #2: Chewie and Chest Hair, June 2013. Chewie channeled his inner Hawaii Five-O in this epic Hawaiian shirt. The best part? The front couldn’t be buttoned, so Chewie had some epic chest hair.

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Look #3: Sassy Lola, October 2012. No words can describe how great this photo is.

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Look #4: Willie at Your Service, November 2015. Doesn’t he look like he could be the nation’s #1 mixologist?

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Look #5: I Am Lion, Hear Me Roar, October 2014. The coloring between Teddy’s fur and the lion head is perfect – he looks just like a lion!

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Look #6: Uptown Girl, October 2015: Ella looks like straight royalty in this dress. All we need is a red carpet!

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Look #7: Just Your Average Schoolgirl, October 2010: Don’t give Basil any homework – he’ll probably eat it.

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These are just a few of the amazing outfits we’ve had over the last 12 years at Muttropolis. Dressing your pup up today? Post your picture on our Facebook page or on Instagram with the #Muttropolis or tag us @Muttropolis so we can check it out!

MUTT’S HAPPENING: K9 Holiday Drive!

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‘Tis the season for giving, and we are doing all we can to help those in need. For the entire month of December, we, along with our friends at La Valencia, the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and more are participating in a K9 Holiday Drive benefiting the United States War Dogs Association. Care packages will be created in 5-7 pound bundles that will be shipped overseas to military working pups. Donations can be dropped off that the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla.

To make everyone’s life easier, we’ve created a special bundle of goodies that you can purchase at our La Jolla store that can be donated to the K9 Holiday Drive. This bundle includes a bag of our locally made Mutt Munchers, a bottle of toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, pet wipes and healing salve. Customers that purchase this bundle will not only receive 10% off on all donated items, but will receive a 20% off coupon for future shopping.

 

In addition to donating, there will be a special Yappy Hour benefitting the United States War Dogs Association on Wednesday, December 9th from 4:30-7PM at Café La Rue, located inside La Valencia Hotel. Stop by for ½ off appetizers, beer, wine and tons of dog treats.

 

To learn more about the Yappy Hour and what they need, visit La Valencia Hotel’s Facebook events page!

MUTT’S HAPPENING: San Diego Humane Society Donation Drive!

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At Muttropolis, we’re all about making sure all pets are healthy and happy, not just our own. With this in mind, we’ve decided to hold a special holiday donation drive in our Solana Beach and La Jolla stores benefiting the San Diego Humane Society.

All December long, you can bring your gently used or new beds and collars to either the Solana Beach or La Jolla store and not only make a sheltered animal happy, but receive 20% off your purchase that day! How cool is that? The San Diego Humane Society has also requested beef flavored human baby food.

This donation drive will be going on from now until December 31st. If you have any questions regarding donations, please contact the Solana Beach and La Jolla stores at 858.755.3647 and 858.459.9663, respectively.

Dig This Deal: Save 20% on ALL Treats ALL Month Long!

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This year has come and gone, and since this is the last month of the year, we thought we’d pull out all the stops on our Treat of the Month special. All December long, Muttropolis customers will be able to save 20% off ALL TREATS! You read that right – ALL treats!

Now is the perfect time to stock up on your pup’s favorite treats – and maybe some gifts too! Treats are the perfect stocking stuffers for those dogs that are hard to shop for. With favorite brands like Plato, the Honest Kitchen, Orijen, Zukes and more, the flavors are endless.

 

Not only are our treats on sale, but our yummy chews and bones are on sale too! Long lasting and great for your pup’s teeth and gum, these chews will have your dog’s tail wagging for more!

 

You don’t want to miss this special offer! This month’s treat of the month runs from December 1st through December 31st at all three of our stores and online. Use code TREATME20 online at checkout to save!

FROM US TO YOU: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Happy DogA delicious meal, sporting events on TV, family time – these are all things that we love about Thanksgiving. This year, we decided to channel our inner dog and think of what they would be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here’s a few thoughts from a dog’s perspective:

  1. I’m thankful for my bed. I hang out there all the time because sleeping is the bomb – I don’t know what I would do without my favorite bed!!! Oh wait I do…jump into mom and dad’s bed!!!!! :) :)
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  2. I’m thankful for ALL TREATS! Gimme some duck, gimme some peanut butter, gimme anything and I’ll eat it. Mom and Dad hook it up with the yummy treats!
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  1. As I said before, I’ll eat anything. That’s why I love when someone “accidentally” 😉 drops food on the ground or feeds me when no one else is looking. Note: this is a hint to all the family that’s coming over for Thanksgiving: I WILL EAT ANYTHING.
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  2. I’m thankful for playtime! Although I love being a lazy bum and chilling in my bed all day, it’s fun to play with toys too. Give me a squeaky toy and I’ll play with it for as long as I can before you decide to take it away!!!!
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  1. Most of all, I’m thankful for my family. They are the reason I have a bed, treats, toys, scraps of food under the table, but most of all, they love me!!!!! I love seeing them and licking them and they love seeing me just as much.
    Mutt Team

From all of us at Muttropolis, we wish you and your pups a Happy Thanksgiving! :)