Monthly Archive:: October 2010

We’re Obsessed: Designer Dog Collars from Muttropolis

Muttropolis Big Dog Print Collars Small Dog Collars

Dog collars are not unlike shoes, you can never have too many.  Whether you are looking for leather, nylon or fabric designer dog collars or leashes, Muttropolis.com just launched a beautifully curated new fall collection of vibrant prints that are sure to please any pup persuasion. Whether you are looking for big dog collars or small dog collars, you are sure to find a fashionable statement for your furry fashionista.

Importantly, these collars are easy on the wallet, with the some of the nylon dog collars starting at only $10!  My favorites in Muttropolis' new leash and collar collection this season are the nylon Owl Print Dog Collar, the nylon Peace and Love Print Dog Collar, the Paisley Corduroy Dog Collar, and the Purple Mosaic Dog Collar.

 Check out the whole Fall collection at Muttropolis.com

 

Top 4 Halloween Safety Tips

Devil-pot-xs

Ginger or MaryAnne? Maybe neither.

As you, your ghosts, goblins and gangs of Lady Gaga's all head out for Halloween festivities this weekend, we here at the Daily Treat command center feel it our civic duty to share with you these important safety tips to prevent you from ending up in some bad YouTube video or on TMZ. For other fun Halloween pet costume and party planning ideas, check out Animal Planet's Halloween Party Guide for all things Spook-tacular!

1) Costume Common Sense

If you do decide to dress your pet , make sure the costume doesn't restrain your pet in any way and that your pet's vision is not impaired. Don’t force the issue: If Rover doesn't want to dress up as Lara Croft Tombraider, then Rover shouldn't be Lara Croft…maybe he'd actually prefer Judge Judy.

2) Candy Patrol

As much as your dog or cat may beg for some of your Halloween candy, always remember that chocolate is DEADLY  to them in any amount. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs. Symptoms can include vomiting or diarrhea. That said, be sure not to keep that bowl of Halloween candy for trick or treaters anywhere within your pets reach, as it may be too tempting for pets to resist.

If your pet does eat chocolate, immediately call your vet or the Poison Control 1-800-222-1222. Post this number by your phone or on your refrigerator so it can be easily located in an emergency.

3) "Pretty decorations…me want eat decorations…"

Other possible hazards include decorations that could be ingested, such as fake spiderwebs, as well as electric lights and jack-o-lantern candles.

4) "Scary lady in spandex make me want to get the heck out of here…"

Pets may also be spooked by people wearing costumes, and may try to escape or become aggressive. So be sure they are wearing their collar and pet identification tags or consider tucking them into their bed early  in an enclosed room so they cannot run out the front door!

Did I forget anything? Share your ideas in the comments below and Happy Halloween!

Impatient Dog Honks Horn

This Dog is Dern Fed Up

Earlier this week we sent out a request for your fun photos of "driving dogs" – random dogs captured whilst at the wheel of a car. So far, your photo submissions have been great, especially the pics where the window is actually rolled down while the dog is sitting in a parked car. Wha?! Seriously people. What have we all agreed on regarding dogs cooped up in hot cars with all the windows closed. Not good.

Anyhoo – stepping down off my soap box, given the theme of the week, I had to share this hysterical find from our creative friends over at Sh*tMyPetsRuined.com, featuring a highly annoyed American Eskimo shamelessly broadcasting the fact that he is sick and tired of waiting in the Staples parking lot for his driver to return. Please note that it appears to be an overcast day and the windows are indeed rolled down offering proper air circulation ; )

Is it just me or...

Does the drivers seat of this car seem to be unnaturally close to the steering wheel? Either our impatient friend cleverly jacked the seats to offer optimal honking ability or perhaps the driver is Shorty from Pit Boss.

Enjoy!

You Can Help: 10 Easy Ways to Help Shelter Dogs


Buggie Beagle Mix available for adoption at Petfinder
October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month: How You Can Help

There are more dogs in need than ever these days and our friends at Petfinder.com have put together a great list of ten simple ways we can all help the tens of thousands of helpless, orphaned and abandoned pets that are seeking loving forever homes. We understand that not everyone can necessarily adopt a pet, but there are many ways you can help. Read on to learn how and please spread the word! 

ps. If you're interested in learning more about cute as a bug Buggie the Beagle mix, at right, who is available for adoption, check out her profile page at Petfinder.com)

1) Donate your Facebook status. Just paste this message into the "What's on your mind?" box at the top of your page: "October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog! http://www.petfinder.com"

2) Tweet, retweet and repeat the following (or your own brilliant message): "October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog! http://www.petfinder.com"

3) Contact your local shelter or rescue group (you can search for groups near you on Petfinder) and ask if they have a donation wish list or other flyer they'd like to you to post around your office or neighborhood. They may be holding special events for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month which you can help promote.

4) Share an adoptable dog story or a Petfinder dog-adoption Happy Tail on your blog, Facebook or Twitter page each day of the month.

5) Sign up as a foster parent or shelter volunteer then tell your friends how great it is. Contact your local shelter or rescue group, or register in our volunteer database.

6) Add a Petfinder widget or banner to your Web site or blog.

7) Share your stories: Write an op-ed about the importance of pet adoption for your local paper.

8) Contact your local shelter or rescue group and offer to photograph their adoptable pets and upload the pics to Petfinder.

9) Donate to your local shelter or rescue group or to the Petfinder.com Foundation in honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.

10) Educate Others: Pass on an understanding of the importance of pet adoption to the next generation. Talk to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other up-and-comers about animal shelters and why Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and pet adoption in general, is important.

Did we leave anything out? Give us your own ideas!

Blog reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat at Animal Planet

Totally Adorbs: Driving Dogs


Dog Driving Car
They see me rollin'….

As a dog lover, nothing can make a normally mundane drive to work, the store, your therapist or perhaps even the county jail more pleasurable than the sight of a happy dog's head poking inquisitively out the window of a passing car, discovering the joy of the wind in transit. 

Particularly amusing to me is spotting, say, an enormous Great Dane rolling by in a Mini Cooper or a itty bitty puff of a Pomeranian rumbling by in a jacked up monster truck. Wha? It's not always easy to capture these images in the moment, especially when we're technically supposed to be concentrating on driving, but some moments require improvisation and must be captured. Last week was such a moment for me. See exhibit A of Luna Camellia of Solana Beach, CA at right.

Send Us Your Photos

What funny dogs have you seen cruising the strip – taking it all in? Post your funny photos on our Muttropolis Facebook page! To see some more hysterical shots of Driving Dogs, visit Matt Stopera's photo gallery of Dogs Driving Cars.