Monthly Archive:: June 2013

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July!

4th of July Dog

With 4th of July celebrations right around the
corner, we wanted to share some helpful tips and suggested precautions to keep
your four-legged friends and family members safe!

Check your pet’s
ID tag.
Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on their
collar at all times. This way, in the unfortunate event that they get lost,
they can be returned to you promptly! Each year, many dogs run away trying to escape the commotion of fireworks. Animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving these “4th
of July dogs.” If
you find a lost pet, check their tag first and contact their owner, but if they
don’t have a tag, we recommend that you take them to your local animal shelter,
where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Never use
fireworks around pets.
When curious pets get too close to fireworks, whether
activated or unused, there is the potential for severe burns and/or trauma. Many
types of fireworks contain toxic substances including arsenic, potassium
nitrate and other heavy metals. Also, the noise and sight of fireworks displays
can spook pets, leading to anxiety and distress. As previous mentioned, many pets will try to get away
from the commotion so it is best to keep them in a safe and secure place, preferably at
home.

Never leave your
pets alone in a vehicle on hot days, even if it is just for a few minutes.
Leaving
the windows down and/or parking in the shade is not good enough! Temperatures
rise very quickly inside a vehicle and since dogs sweat differently than
humans, they are not able to cool themselves down enough and can suffer from serious
health effects, including death. Due to this, many states have made it illegal to leave a
pet in a car during extreme weather.

Keep your pets
on their normal diet.
Human food and drinks should be out of reach of pets.
Any change in a pet’s diet can result in indigestion and diarrhea. Foods and
drinks such as alcohol, onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins,
salt and yeast dough are especially harmful and can be potentially toxic to
animals. Ingestion of alcohol may cause intoxication and weakness that could lead
to a coma and/or respiratory failure. Keeping dog treats on hand will allow guests
who want to give your dog food a healthy and safe alternative.

Always keep
matches and lighter fluid out of pets’ reach
.
Many types of matches contain
chlorates, which if ingested can damage blood cells and lead to difficulty
breathing, in the most severe cases it can result in kidney disease. Lighter
fluid is also very harmful and can cause skin irritation or gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression if ingested. If inhaled,
aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

Keep citronella
candles, insect coils and oil products away from pets.
If a pet were to
ingest any one of these products, it can lead to stomach irritation and
possibly even central nervous system depression. Much like lighter fluid, when
these oils are inhaled they can cause aspiration pneumonia.

Never apply any
sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet unless it is labeled
specifically for use on animals.
Ingestion of sunscreen products can result
in vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling. Insect repellents that
contain DEET are especially harmful and can lead to neurological problems.

If needed, take
additional precautions to keep your pet calm.
Even well-adjusted pets can
get anxious during out-of-the-ordinary events. If your pet is prone to anxiety,
please consider consulting with your veterinarian on ways to alleviate their
fear and anxiety prior to the 4th of July festivities. There are
many natural calming products that may help. We also recommend exercising your
dog early in the day, whether they are prone to anxiety or not. Make sure that
any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash as some
people may set off fireworks before dark.

We hope these tips are helpful, and wish you and your pets a
fantastic Independence Day filled with safe summertime fun!

Fetchingly Fresh: Sea & Sand Inspired Styles For Your Four-legged!

It’s officially summer and our
new Beach Collection has arrived! Packed full of fun, sea and sand inspired
toys, collars, apparel and more, this collection is perfect for running, romping
and playing at the beach!

Beach Collection

Frisbees
are a long-time favorite beach toy of ours. The Hydro Floating Disco Dog Toy is great for high diving fun! A soft
disc built for dogs that love to fetch in or around the water, this disc floats
and is easily visible. The Fetch Flyer
Dog To
y
is also a fun choice. Watch it fly through the air and float on the
water as you launch if for your playful pup to chase! Both of these Frisbees are
soft on pups’ teeth and great for games. Does your dog prefer to fetch a
traditional ball? Try our Jokko Tennis
Ball Cover Dog Toy
and say goodbye to slobber-soaked tennis balls! They’ll make your balls
last longer, stay cleaner, and float too!

Jokko Tennis Ball Cover Dog Toy
Sea Creature Dog Toys  Hydro Floating Disco Dog Toy

Looking for
a softer, more snuggly toy instead? The Sea
Creature Dog Toys
and Ocean Critters
Dog Toys
offer adorable options ranging from 4 to 16 inches. Choose from
turtles, fish, crabs, octopuses, clams and more! Flippers, fins and legs allow pups
to hang on and toss around, more easily enjoying playtime. Each toy has a squeaker
inside for added excitement. The Sea
Creature
s
are even handmade and eco-friendly!

Surf Dog TankFor your
pup’s warm weather wardrobe, we have brand new summertime styles. You can never go
wrong with tropical print, so check out our Turquoise Aloha Dog Shirt made from 100% super soft cotton and
featuring paw print coconut buttons. Have a little girl? The Bright Stripes Dog Dress features a
rainbow of summer shades with a flower appliqué at the waist. Our Surfer Girl Dog Dress and Surf Dog Tank are also both beach
themed styles, great for the more casual pups and made with cotton and a hint
of lycra for stretch and added comfort.

Eco Bamboo Pet WipesDon’t
forget your Eco Bamboo Pet Wipes! These
all-natural wipes are made with organically grown bamboo and offer a fast and
convenient way to clean away dirt and odor from your pet’s face, ears and body.
A must have in every doggie’s beach bag!

Stop by one
of our southern California stores locations or visit us a Muttropolis.com
to view our entire Beach Collection, also featuring collars, leashes, cooling products and fashionable futons!  

This Friday, June 21st, is Take Your Dog To Work Day!

Did you
know there is a Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay)?
Or better yet, an entire week? June 17th-21st has been
designated Take Your Pet To Work Week, with
Friday the 21st chosen as the special day. What a great occasion don’t you think? Not only does it get your
four-legged friend out of the house for the day, it also promotes pet adoption!

Dogs Meeting

So how does
it work? We’re urging all pet lovers to celebrate the human-canine bond by
encouraging their employers to support Take
Your Dog To Work Day
. Let your employer know that supporting and partaking
in this day promotes pet adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and
breed rescues. This occasion dates back to 1999 when it was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to
celebrate what great companions dogs make.

PSI put together
a handy list of tips to ensure that you and your pup are prepared for the big
day! Below is an overview, but to see each tip explained in more detail click here.

Good Planning + Good Dog = A Good Day 

1. Do an office check

2. Puppy-proof your work space

3. Bathe and groom your dog before its
office debut

4. Prepare a doggie bag

5. Plan your pet’s feeding times
carefully

6. Avoid forcing co-workers to interact
with your dog

7. Have an exit strategy

Pet Sitters
International (PSI) asks that those businesses and employees who participate focus
on the fun and celebrate the value of pets in the workplace, all while emphasizing
and educating about the importance of adoption. PSI also requests that their
permission be granted before using TYDTWDay
events to advertise or promote specific products or services. Their licensing
and sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

Learn more about
getting involved, sponsors, photo competitions and much more at www.takeyourdog.com
or on the Take Your Dog To Work Day Facebook page

Fetchingly Fresh: New Products Personalized Just for Your Pet!

Personalized Pet Products
Pets are a part of the family, and just like children, these four-legged furry family members deserve exceptional care and occasional spoiling. We’re just the place
to provide products for both! Very recently, in an effort to help adoring
parents give their pampered pets “A
Place of Their Own,” we’ve expanded our product
assortment to include Personalized Pet Products,
such as dog collars, dog beds, pet blankets and engravable pet tags.

Our Custom Embroidered Dog Collar is a
stylish, tag free alternative to keeping a dog safe in the unfortunate event
that he or she goes missing. With the pup’s name and owner’s phone number
clearly embroidered directly on the collar, no dog should go missing for long. Each
collar is made in the USA
with quality grosgrain ribbon sewn onto durable nylon webbing and is available
in many color combinations to suite every pup’s personality. Coordinating Custom Dog Leashes are also available for purchase.

Custom Embroidered Dog Collar
Decorative Metal Engravable Pet Tags
For those who prefer to use traditional tags to keep their pets safe, we offer a large
assortment of unique and fashionable Engravable
Pet Tags
. With over 100 one-of-a-kind styles from Decorative Metal
Engravable Pet Tags to Stainless Steel Engravable Pet Tags, there are sure to
be options for every pet’s style and size. Some tags even feature colorful
graphics and/or decorative charms like the ever popular Mustache Dog Tag. These special styles will set your pet apart
from the rest!

For a
personalized resting place, we carry Personalized
Rectangle Dog Beds
and Personalized
Colorblock Rectangle Dog Beds
. Each 100% cotton USA made removable cover is
beautifully embroidered with the pet’s name and features contrasting trim to
match. Filled with 100% recycled polyfill, they are both eco-friendly and comfortable.
The cover unzips with a strong YKK zipper and both the cover and insert are
machine washable for added convenience and longevity. Available in eight colors
combinations to compliment any interior decor.

Tan Personalized Dog Blanket
Personalized Colorblock Rectangle Dog Beds
Personalized Dog Blankets are made with super soft and snuggly
sherpa lining and a micro-suede exterior. Available in pink, tan, black and
leopard, each with differing embroidery color options, these blankets are very customizable.
Each blanket is handmade in the USA
by Paws4Peace, a movement to inspire and promote peace and aid in the fight
against animal abuse, one tiny paw print at a time.

We are a must-visit
destination for these unique, high-quality Personalized
Pet Products
so come visit one of our southern California store locations or Muttropolis.com and we'll help you give your pet “A Place of Their Own!”

Keep Your Pets Flea Free, Naturally!

Free Dog

With
an abundance of flea and tick prevention products on the market, surrounded
with a great deal of press and controversy, shopping for a safe and successful product
for your pup can be quite a confusing hassle! But not to worry, Muttropolis is
here to help. We have a Natural Flea & Tick Control Collection that
offers many safe alternative options to keep your pet healthy, happy and flea
and tick free!

All NaturalWhy
do we only carry all-natural remedies? Well we know that prolonged exposure to
chemicals is not good for humans, so why should it be okay for your pet? This
is why we believe in finding only all-natural alternatives to prevent and
control flea and tick infestations. While many chemical-based products seem to
do the trick, they can be dangerous when not used properly and have in many
cases lead to serious illness and death in pets. Reports have demonstrated a
link between chemicals commonly used in flea and tick products to other serious
health problems, so it is very important for pet owners to be educated on
what’s safe and what’s not. Let us help educate you. Below you’ll find more
information about the products in our Natural Flea & Tick Control Collection.

Flea Free Food SupplementFlea Free Food Supplement: Keep your pet flea free the
natural way with this food supplement! Liquid based, this formula contains
garlic (which boasts over 200 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes) and
vinegar (packed with over 90 nutrients such as essential amino acids, helpful
vitamins, minerals and enzymes). When used daily, Flea Free prohibits
blood-feeding insects from biting and prevents the laying of eggs. For more
information click here.

Arctick Non Toxic Tick Removal Spray: A safe
and 100% effective alternative to typical tick pesticide treatments, Arctick is
a FDA registered non-toxic spray that instantly freezes and kills ticks on
contact. By immobilizing the tick before removal, you can effectively stop the
transmission of fluids between the tick and your pet. Designed to prevent the
spread of infectious disease which may occur during the removal of a tick.
Tweezers are included. For more information click here.



Richard's Organics Flea & Tick ShampooRichard’s Organics Flea Dog Shampoo
:
Naturally gentle, safe, and formulated to kill fleas without subjecting your
dog or puppy to the harsh chemicals found in traditional flea shampoos. This
100% all-natural flea shampoo is safe for dogs and puppies over 12 weeks of
age. Also repels mosquitoes. For more information click here.



Richard’s Organics Flea and Tick Dog Spray
:
Formulated to kill and repel fleas and ticks for up to four weeks without
exposing your pet and family to harsh chemicals. Safe for dogs and cats over 12
weeks old and safe for use around children. This spray helps sooth irritated
skin with Chamomile and Aloe Vera extracts. For more information click here.

Shoo! Tag: Creates a protective barrier from targeted pests,
reaching maximum strength within 36 hours after attachment. When used as
instructed, the three dimensional electromagnetic field embedded in the
magnetic strip utilizes the power of the bio-energetic field which surrounds
all living things to create a frequency barrier around pets for up to four
months. Chemical-free, odor-free and safe for pets, people and the planet! For
more information click here.


Flea Dog CombFlea Dog Comb
: Simple and easy to use, just comb in the
direction of hair growth, pulling the comb up and out of your pet’s coat to
remove fleas, eggs and debri. The ergonomic handle is easy on hands and wrists.
Recommended for all dogs and cats. For more information click here.

All
of our Natural Flea & Tick Control Products can be found in our
three store locations or online at Muttropolis.com. We hope to
help you keep your pup flea and tick free this season!

Trending at Muttropolis: Black & White!

If you follow fashion, you know black and
white is back in full force on the runways for Spring 2013, but did you know black and white is a top trend for pet
products this season too? Browse our always classic and often contemporary Black and White Dog Collection, full of new products that are sure to
keep your pup in style this season!

Black & White Dog Collection

Happy
hounds can rest easy in our Ascot Check or
Ritz Urban Lounger Dog Bed, both streamline
and contemporary designer dog beds by Bowsers, providing canine comfort and
adding some extra class to any home décor. Also for the home, we have a brand
new Helvetica Dog Bowl and Houndstooth Bone Shape Dog Mat. The
word “dog” repeats around the outer edge of the bowl, which is made of
heavyweight, high-fired, restaurant-quality porcelain. There is no doubt that
this mat and bowl look sharp together, but we have many other Dog Bowls and Raised Dog Feeders that
would also look fantastic with the mat.

Pawda Dog Toy
Mini Fat Cow Dog Toy
Newspaper Dog Toy

With
sleeping and eating covered, that brings us to playing and looking great! A few
of our favorite toys in this classy collection include the Newspaper Dog Toy, Dogverse
Shoe Plush Dog Toy
and the Mini Fat
Cow Dog Toy
, all plush and uniquely different from each other. Fashion meets
function with our eye-catching collar and leash sets including the Trellis Dog Collar and Leash and the Black Dots Dog Collar and
Leash
. Does you pup prefer a harness? Then don’t miss out on the Puppia Argyle Print Dog Harness and Puppia Dotty Dog Harness, both specially
designed to eliminate pulling on the pup’s neck and throat, ensuring safety,
security and comfort.

Puppia Argyle Print Dog Harness
Dot Dog Harness

Our fashions
don’t stop there! The Black and While
Polka Dot Dog Bow
and Houndstooth
Dog Bowtie
are accessories that are too cute for words and great options
for dogs that don’t like to be fully dressed. But if they like apparel, then we
love the new Houndstooth and Bowtie Dog
Vest
for boys and the Black and
White Dog Dress
for girls. The Big
Deal Dog Tank
and Necktie Dog Tank are
equally as cute for casual occasions. And we have some fashion for mom as well
with the brand new Houndstooth Dog
Carrier
, a chic and comfortable choice for traveling pleasantly and in
style!

Black and While Polka Dot Dog Bow
Necktie Dog Tank
Houndstooth Dog Carrier

So stay
trendy and shop our Black and White
Dog Collection
in stores or at Muttropolis.com. We have something black and
white to suite every pup’s personality!

Fetchingly Fresh: Show Your Patriotic Pooch Pride!

With less
than a month leading up to the 4th of July, our astute buying squad
has pulled together a fantastic, fashionable and fun collection of patriotic products perfect for your
pooch! Whether your pup likes to wear their patriotic pride or play with it
instead, we have fetching, fun styles and options in red, white and blue across
all categories. Take a look at this year’s 4th
of July Collection
and ensure your pup is celebrating in style this summer!

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Fourth of
July is often a t-shirt or tank top and beer kind of holiday, and we have both
for your pup! Our Peace Dog Tank and
All American Dog Tank, both canine-casual
and comfortable, scream patriotic pooch! Looking for something a little dressier?
Take a look at our Lace Dog Dress in
red, white and blue for furry fashionistas, and our Blue Stars Dog Bowtie for handsome hounds.

Peacetank
Dress
Allamerican

Our Americana Dog Collar and Americana Dog Leash, brand new to
Muttropolis, are nylon with narrow navy blue grosgrain ribbon with white polka
dots beautifully layered on top of wide red grosgrain ribbon. Designed in the USA with
quality, durability and style in mind, this set is safe, strong and stunning!
The Peace Dog Collar and very
popular Hemp Star Dog Collar are
also must-sees.

Bowtie Bandana

Remember
that beer we mentioned? Let your pup pick their poison in safe plush or
lead-free rubber form of course! We carry Dogs
Equis Beer Dog Toys
and Heiniesniff’n
Beer Dog Toys
. Our more patriotic options include the adorable embroidered
soft plush American Flag Dog Bone,
great for small dogs, and the Eagle Egg
Baby Dog Toy
, and excellent option for smart pups who like interactive,
puzzle-solving playtime!

   Eagle
HeinieBone

Our red,
white and blue assortment doesn’t stop there, so swing by one of our store locations or visit Muttropolis.com to shop the entire 4th of July Collection, bedding
and dining included!

Dig This Deal: Buy 2 or More Select Bulk Chews and Save 20% During the Month of June!

Our
Muttropolis Treat of the Month for June includes all Barkworthies Bulk Chews. Buy 2 or more and you will receive 20% off!
Available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, we have chews perfect for all discerning
pups’ preferences.

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Does your
doggie love bullies? Then you and your pup are in luck! Curly Bully Dog Chews, Flosser Dog Chews, Bully Ring Dog Chews and Bully Pretzel Dog Chews are a great,
healthy way to provide your pup with something to chew on that they are sure to
love! These chews promote healthy teeth and gums, and are made from 100%
all-natural free-range grass-fed beef, allowing for easy digestion. No bleaches
or chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. While mosts dogs are drawn to the taste, texture and smell
of bully sticks, some owners and picky pups prefer our Odor Free Bully Stick Dog Chews instead, which are also all-natural
and made with free-range grass-fed cattle.

HimiThe Himalayan Chew with Bully Stick Dog Chew is
a fantastic combination of two pup-approved favorites and looks like an appetizing popsicle! The bully stick portion is made from 100% all-natural free-range grass-fed
beef just like all other Barkworthies bulk chews and the Himalayan chew portion
is made from boiled yak and cow milk. A chewy and tasty treat, it is sure to
keep your pup busy. 

Does your
dog need something a little stronger than a bully stick? The Elk Antler Dog Chews and Elk Split Antler Dog Chews, both made
in the USA,
are a much longer lasting healthy choice as dogs are forced to work to
gradually grind them down slowly. These all-natural, naturally shed chews are
sourced from theSplit Central Rocky Mountains. No
bleaches or chemicals are used in the manufacturing processes. As with any hard
chew, we recommend supervision as these elk antlers can break teeth if worked
too aggressively. Once the chew is small enough to swallow, we recommend that
it be taken away and replaced with a new one, a great reason to buy 2 or more!

Last but
not least, we have a delicious and nutritious Natural Dog Treat Stick that is great for spoiling, training or as
an anytime treat! These all-natural treat sticks are made with the finest
ingredients with no artificial flavors, wheat, corn or soy. They are addictive-free,
chemical-free and preservative-free. Since these treats are soft and healthy,
they are an excellent choice for puppies or senior dogs.

CurlyOur Treat
of the Month
promotion on Barkworthies
Bulk Chews
is only valid from June 1st through June 30th,
or until supplies last. So don’t miss out on this great deal, the perfect time
to fill up those chew jars! Online customers can redeem this special
20% offer at Muttropolis.com by
using the code BARK20 at checkout. The promotion is also being offered at all
three of our Southern California Muttropolis
store locations
.
Chews wisely!