Monthly Archive:: October 2008

Na-mutt-stay! Discover your dog’s inner ‘Dogi’ with Doga Yoga on Sunday, November 2

Muttropolis Doga Yoga
Join Muttropolis and lululemon athletica for a fun Doggie & Me Doga Yoga Event to benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society on Sunday, November 2 from 9AM to 10AM in the Muttropolis "Barking Lot" at 227 S. Cedros Avenue in the beautiful Cedros Design District in Solana Beach!

Renowned yoga instructor, Stacy McCarthy, along with her Bernese Mountain Dogi, Buddha, will lead the pack through a fun, all-levels appropriate yoga class and free goodie bags will be given out to the first 30 attendees. New to yoga? Not to worry, no prior experience necessary! 

What to bring: A $10 donation (all proceeds will go directly to benefit local pets from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society), a Yoga Mat or large towel, water, comfortable clothes and a sense of humor! People feet and puppy paws will be bare. Bring your dogs that have a social dog park attitude.

Watch the Doga Yoga video from our last event.

Na-mutt-stay!

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

With nearly 10 million animals entering local shelters across the country each year, Adopt a Shelter Dog Month helps focus attention on the pet population problem we face across the nation. With the holidays fast approaching, be sure to encourage people who are looking for a "best friend" to check out the millions of dogs waiting for a new home at a local shelter.

The Muttropolis Online Pet Park features wonderful adoption stories of pets young and old that have been united with loving families. Have a story to share? Visit the Adoption Stories group at our Muttropolis Online Pet Park!

We Muttropolitans love older doggies. In fact, our Muttropolis "Bored of Directors" was founded by a bunch of grey-muzzled four-legged’s that had more personality than we have adjectives for. That said, we really want to encourage fellow-dog lovers to consider adopting an "older" doggie, as there are so many wonderful benefits. Courtesy of the ASPCA, here is a list of the top ten benefits!

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

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1. What You See Is What You Get

Older dogs are
open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their
full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. If you’re not
so into surprises, an older dog is for you!

2. Easy to Train
Think you can’t teach an
old dog new tricks? Think again! Older dogs are great at focusing on
you—and on the task at hand—because they’re calmer than youngsters. 

3. Seniors are Super-Loving
Those who
have adopted older dogs have told us how devoted and grateful they are. It’s an
instant bond that cannot be topped!

4. They’re Not a 24-7 Job
Grownup dogs don’t
require the constant monitoring puppies do, leaving you with more
freedom to do your own thing. If you have young children, or just value
your “me time,” this is definitely a bonus.

5. They Settle in Quickly
Older dogs have been
around the block and already learned what it takes to get along with
others and become part of a pack. They’ll be part of the family in no
time!

6. Fewer Messes
Your floors, shoes and
furniture will thank you for adopting a senior pooch! Older dogs are
likely to already be housetrained—and even if they’re not, they have
the physical and mental abilities to pick it up really fast (unlike
puppies). With their teething years far behind them, seniors also are
much less likely to be destructive chewers.

7. You Won’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
There
are those who yearn for a doggie friend of their own, but hold back
because they worry what might happen in their lives in the years to
come. And they are wise to do so—a puppy or young dog can be anywhere
from an eight- to 20-year responsibility, which is not appropriate for
the very elderly or those with certain long-term future plans.
Providing a loving home for a dog in her golden years is not a less
serious commitment, but it can be a shorter one.

8. They Enjoy Easy Livin’ Dogbeachshort35

Couch potato, know
thyself! Please consider a canine retiree rather than a high-energy
young dog who will run you ragged. Not that older dogs don’t require
any exercise—they do—but they’re not going to need, or want, to run a
marathon every day.

9. Save a Life, Be a Hero
Older dogs are often
the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized at shelters.
Saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your
investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.
There’s nothing like that twinkling in an older dog’s eyes when he
finally gets adopted and realizes that after a lifetime of searching,
he’s home.

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10. They’re CUTE!
Need we say more?

Cruise Control: Safety first when hitting the road with Rover.

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We have all heard of the program called "Click It or Ticket". Law enforcement agencies are now cracking down on automobile drivers and passengers who do not wear seat belts.

The same is true for pets riding in a car in over 50% of the states. You can be fined for not having your pet in some type of restraint system while riding in the family car. According to a recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) something like 30,000 accidents a year are caused by dogs in the front seats.

In fact, California Assemblyman Bill Maze (R-Visalia) introduced a bill
against driving with lap dogs after a car passed him with two large canines hanging
out a window and a third in the driver’s lap.

There are 69.1 million U.S. households with pets and 84% of families
travel with a pet in their automobile, according to the American Pet Product Association. Under Maze’s bill, drivers
caught with a pet in their lap would face fines ranging from $35 to
nearly $150. Other states are following suit and are introducing additional "distracted driver" legislation which will include pets.

Legislation aside, there are many important reasons that Muttropolis believes you need to secure your pet with a pet safety harness or car seat when you hit the road with Rover. Here are the top six:

Reason Number 1: The primary reason is the safety of your pet in case of an accident or even a sudden stop. In an auto accident a pet in a car traveling 30 mph will hit an object ten inches in front of them such as the windshield at 1,200 pounds per square inch. If you have ever slammed on your brakes and had your dog come flying forward, you understand how easily your pet can be injured or even killed

Reason Number 2:
Having your pet in a safety harness can prevent driver distraction. A pet that is moving about in the car is the 3rd worst in-car distraction according to a recent AAA study

Reason Number 3:
In an accident, a dog can be thrown with hundreds or even thousands of pounds of force into other occupants of the vehicle, easily causing life-threatening injuries. A good pet safety harness system will help minimize this danger.

Reason Number 4: A pet safety harness makes it easier for rescue workers and EMT’s to help in the event of an accident.  A dog that has been in an accident is likely to be shocked, confused, injured, and protective. It does not understand what has happened and may attack people or rescue workers indiscriminately.

Reason Number 5: A pet safety harness can prevent runaways! Even well behaved dogs can have their moments of "distraction". Far from home or on vacation is the worst place to lose your dog. Dogs can also get injured or killed jumping from even a slow moving vehicle.

Reason Number 6: Convenience. A pet safety harness eliminates the worry of your pet escaping every time a window or door is opened! This also means you may be able to leave some windows open for ventilation.

It only takes a few minutes to insure your pet’s safety by buckling them in a harness or a car seat. Accidents do happen, and you owe it to your pet to protect them against possible injury. Your family will thank you, and so will your pet.

Some factoids in the story were printed with permission of Pettravel.com

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