Monthly Archive:: December 2008

Goofy Muttropolis Mutts Enjoy Holiday Gag Gift Exchange

Schmoo Gag Gift
The smell of peppermint scented squeaky toys in the air, the aroma of fresh baked cookies brought in by our resident HQ bakers and the incessant looping of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is Yewwwwwwwwwwww…" are all compelling indicators that the holidays have indeed arrived here at the Muttropolis World HQ.

However, our holiday season would not be complete without our annual Muttropolis White-Elephant Gag Gift exchange and as expected, the Muttropolitans once again outdid themselves for this years gift exchange fete.

The Most Absurd Holiday Gag Gift Award went to fellow Muttropolitan "TG" who truly raised the ridiculousness bar for the rest of us. In fact, his prize-winning present made a cameo in our 2008 Muttropolis Holiday Video Greeting Card. Enjoy!

Biden beats Obama in puppy race

Look who's bitin' Biden….a new German Shepherd Pup!

Ap_biden_dog_018214_mainWhile the country is fixated on what kind of dog
President-elect Barack Obama's family will get when they move into the
White House, his Vice President-elect Joe Biden quietly picked out a
puppy of his own last week. 

According to a report from MSNBC, Biden's wife, Jill, promised the
future VP a dog if he and Obama got elected. Biden found the
as-yet-unnamed pup, a three-month old male German Shepherd, in a
breeder's kennel in southeastern Pennsylvania, the area's Daily Local
News reports.

We Muttropolitans only wish that Biden had considered setting a better example to all prospective petAbby - German Shepherd Rescue Pup
parents by visiting his local shelter or Petfinder.com to find his new pup, as there are literally thousands of wonderful German Shepherds (& others) sitting in shelters waiting to find their forever homes

In fact, after conducting an impromptu search of German Shepherd Rescue groups, Biden would have discovered that there are hundreds of German Shepherds, large or small, young or old, that are looking for a new loving home at this very moment…… like Abbey at left! Learn about adopting Abbey here>

If you or someone you know is interested in adopting a companion animal, please visit your neighborhood Muttropolis store or Muttropolis.com for information on upcoming in-store adoption events. To locate adoptable animals in your area, check out www.petfinder.com .

Tips for when the Mercury Dips.

Muttropolis Cold Weather TipsBaby, its Cold Outside: Tips for when the Mercury Dips.

Winter can be a season of bitter cold and the healthiest pets are those who are taken out often for exercise but kept inside the rest of the time. Thanks to the ASPCA, the following tips will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.

1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

2. Never let your dog off leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm.
Dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears a collar and ID tag.

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3. Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs & stomach when he comes in out of the snow or ice.
He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

4. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat provides more 4546-DEFAULT-m
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When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a dog coat or dog sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

5. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

6. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

7. Give them extra calories. Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, healthy treats, particularly protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.

8. Avoid anti-freeze & other coolants. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

6022-DEFAULT-m9. Make sure water bowls are not frozen. Check bowls periodically throughout the day and consider using plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

10. Make sure your companion has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from drafts. A cozy dog bed or cat bed with a warm blanket is a good idea.

Muttropolis’ Perfect Pet Gifts featured on CBS Early Show

Bone-bow-whiteHoliday gift giving is going to the dogs (and cats), literally.

A recent study released by Consumer Reports indicates that more consumers (40%) plan to cut back on buying gifts for friends and family than those who will cut back on gifts for Fido & Fluffy (only 23%) this holiday season.

Surprised? We sure aren't. It is certainly more gratifying to shower gifts upon our beloved, unconditionally-loving pet than spend hard-earned dollars on gifts for an ungrateful nephew or second cousin who stares at their Gameboy 24/7. Need we say more?

To check out some of our products that were featured on the CBS show, Click Here or watch the CBS Early Show Pet Gift Segment.

One of our fave features on the show was our RoadKill Animals Squeaky Dog Toy…which for dogs, is truly the next best thing to the real thing.  Ideal for even the most aggressive chewers, the Roadkill Toy is so realistic looking that your neighbors will surely be convinced that your pet snatched hisself' some 'Pavement Possum' (see photo at right). Muttropolis RoadKill Dog Toy featured on CBS

A felineMuttropolis Cheeky Chaise for Cats favorite, our functional yet sculptural "Cheeky Chaise" was also featured. A completely unique piece of furniture, the Cheeky Chaise provides a unique cradle for kitties large or small and its texture provides an enticing scratching surface that makes it simply irresistible.
 

For all they do for us, don't forget Fido & Fluffy this season!

Ultimately what our pets enjoy and crave most is the love, attention, warmth and sense of safety we provide them…so above all, make sure that's at the top of your list this holiday : ).

Muttropolis Launches Holiday Campaign to Curb Pet Homelessness with Petfinder.com

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In our continued efforts to help homeless pets, we Muttropolitans have joined forces with Petfinder.com’s ongoing efforts to curb pet homelessness and we will be donating a percentage of our Holiday 2008 sales to the Petfinder.com Foundation which benefits animal shelters & rescue groups across the nation. As part of this campaign, we will also continue raise awareness among pet parents regarding the thousands of wonderful pets sitting in shelters waiting to find their forever homes.

Details about how you can help curb pet homelessness as well as receive 10% off holiday dog and cat gifts at Muttropolis.com may be found by clicking here.

Our shared desire to promote the adoption of shelter pets is the reason Petfinder.com and Muttropolis have joined forces,” says Teri White, Interim Director of the Petfinder.com Foundation. “We applaud Muttropolis for consistently hosting in-store adoption events. This commitment to promoting adoption, along with their generous donation to the Petfinder.com Foundation, will make a real difference in the lives of homeless pets.”

If you are interested in adopting a companion animal, you can visit your neighborhood Muttropolis store or Muttropolis.com for information on upcoming in-store adoption events.To locate adoptable animals in your area, check out www.petfinder.com.