Monthly Archive:: October 2013

Night Safety Products & Tips, Just in Time for Halloween!

Dog Night Safety
As darkness continues to set in, we are here to help protect
your pup! Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd, which
means our evenings will be much shorter than we’d like. Since the safety and
health of your pets is our top priority at Muttropolis, we’re dedicated to
finding the latest and most innovative products to help diminish any danger walking
in the dark may bring. 

 

Many people don’t realize how mindful and prepared you
should be before going out in the early morning or late evening for walks or
runs with your four-legged friends. Venturing out without lights and/or
reflective gear can put our pups, and yourself, in harms way. Visibility is
poor when it is dark out, which means it is harder for you to see obstacles of
all sort, and for those live obstacles to see you. With that said, it is
crucial to use caution and be outfitted with the appropriate safety products.

 

Lighted Dog CollarLighted collars and leashes are hands-down our number one
recommendation. Unlike reflective products, lighted products provide
illumination even when light isn’t shining on them. Our Lighted Dog Collar and Lighted
Dog Leash
are
innovative and fashionable. They are made by Pup Protector with
cutting edge thermoplastic polyurethane and bright LED lights and feature three
settings. Pup Protector is a brand built on the mission to protect pups from
danger when it is dark out. Their products are durable, versatile, stylish and
sleek, and offer benefits far beyond keeping your four-legged friend safe
during early morning or late night walks and runs. When you choose a Pup
Protector collar and leash, you’re also able to:

 

(1) Easily spot your dog off leash

(2) Distinguish your dog in a large pack or at a dog park

(3) Keep an eye on your dog in your yard

(4) Differentiate between multiple dogs by choosing collars
with different LED colors

 

Ruffwear Beacon Dog Safety LightLooking for a little less light? Or have a non-lighted,
non-reflective collar and leash set that you’d like to continue to use in the
dark? Then safety lights are an
excellent choice for you. They easily attach to a collar, leash, or apparel. We
carry the Ruffwear Beacon Dog Safety
Light.
I
t
is lightweight, compact and clips on quickly and easily.
Featuring a high-intensity LED, it creates a halo of red light around the dog
and offers multiple blinking modes. Like a lighted collar or leash, this is an
excellent choice to ensure your pup is seen and can see. We recommend
purchasing more than one, that way you can wear one too. It’s better to be safe
than sorry!

 

Reflective collars and leashes, as well as reflective dog apparel, are also helpful in
low-light conditions. They increase visibility as long as there are lights
around to reflect off of them, so if you and your pup venture out near street
lights, building lights or headlights, then reflective products may be good for
the two of you. However, to stay on the safest side, we recommend reflective
products to accompany lighted products. We carry a wide selection across both
of these categories, many products made by reputable brands Ruffwear and RC Pets Products.

 

Ruffwear Knot-a-Just Reflective Dog Collar
Nylon Barrel Chested Dog Jacket

Even if you and your pup are outfitted with all the best
lighted and/or reflected products, be sure to always use caution and maintain an attitude of awareness. It’s a great
idea to carry a flashlight, that way you can stay in control of your
visibility. Many of our customers find headlamps useful. They free up your
hands and provide lots of light!

 

Sidewalks or walking trails are ideal, but if you have to
walk along a roadside, be sure to walk
against traffic
. That way you and yo
ur pup can easily see the traffic
coming and vice versa. And remember, what you wear makes a difference too! Veer
away from dark clothing and invest in something reflective, or take our
suggestion and purchase an extra safety light. Improving your visibility only
increases your combined visibility, and thus increases your safety.

 

So
suite up your pup (and yourself) for night safety and
don’t forget to always stay alert. The safety products discussed in the
post, and many others, can be found in any one of our three Southern
California store locations or online at Muttropolis.com.

 

We wish you and your furry friends a safe and
Happy Halloween!

Warning on Jerky Treats from the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert to consumers this week about the illnesses and deaths tied to jerky treats from China. Nearly 600 pets have died and over 3,600 have reported illness after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats.  The biggest problem is they cannot figure out the cause when testing contaminants.

Rest assured, we’ve researched our food and treat sources and we do not carry these treats or any treats made in China for that matter.  But we know that many pups just love those jerky treats, so we sniffed out the best alternative made right here in the USA.

Bixby Jerky treats are available in a delicious chicken flavor and they have 2 healthy formulas: Hip and Joint or Skin and Coat.  Both are free of wheat, corn, soy, preservatives and animal byproducts.

Bixby Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Also a Chicken jerky treat, Tuckers, is an all-natural, grain-free, gluten-free treat  that  is  hand rolled in Wisconsin using chicken breast sourced in the United States and Canada. They are even produced under USDA oversight from 100% human grade raw ingredients, so you know they are safe for your pup!

Tuckers Chicken Jerky TreatsAnother taste-tester favorite are Primal Dry Roasted Chicken Shredders. Made with chicken raised in the United States without antibiotics or added hormones, these treats are a healthy, high-protein snack.
Primal Dry Roasted Chicken Shredders

And for those sweet potato lovers, we have these delicious Sweet Potato treats. Not only do dogs love them, but they have a pro-biotic coating promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract in support of your dog`s digestive system.

Sweet potato dog treats

Whatever you choose to treat your pet, know that you are safe with us! Come by and see us for a taste test sometime!

Fetchingly Fresh: Fabulously Fuchsia for your Four-Legged Fashionista!

Depending
on where you and your pup call home, you may be transitioning from summer to
fall or fall to winter, and before we know it we’ll all be diving into
the holiday season! So, we thought it was perfect timing for one last splash of color for your furry fashionistas. Take a look at our Fabulous in Fuchsia collection!

Fabulous in Fuchsia

One thing
is for sure, no fashionable pup can have too many head-turning styles. Our brand new Pink Plaid Dress Dog Coat and Necklace Dog
Sweater are two fancier choices, both featuring sophisticated cuts and darling details. If your pup prefers something more cozy without compromising quality or fashion, then the Raspberry Dog
Hoody or Pom Dog Sweater would also be perfect! The Raspberry Dog Hoody
features sparkly hand-sewn beading that is too darling to miss, and the Pom
Dog Sweater has excellent texture.

 
Pom Dog SweaterPink Plaid Dress Dog Coat
Necklace Dog Sweater

What’s next
best to apparel for a fashion driven canine? Collars of course! We now carry
floral patterned collars that come with adorable, removable floral appliqués. Accessorizing made easy! Handmade in
the USA
by artisans using high quality soft fabric and quality hardware, these collar
sets are beautiful and durable. We currently carry a Purple Flower and Dog
Collar Set and a Damask Flower and Dog Collar Set, both with matching leashes,
sold separately.

Purple Flower and Dog Collar Set
Purple Flower

For
playtime, the Fur Star Flower and Fur Knit Flower Dog Toys are our favorites.
They’re handmade with great attention to quality and design details, providing
your pup with a very unique toy to add to their collection. The texture and
squeaker alone are sure to provide amble entertainment. Another stand out toy is
the Boiled Wool Dog Balls, a customer favorite now available in fun striped
color combinations! These balls are durable and naturally attractive to dogs with their wooly scent derived
from natural oils of wool fleece. And they’re biodegradable too!

Fur Star Flower Dog Toy
Boiled Wool Dog Ball

Much more
is to be seen from our Fabulous in Fuchsia
collection, so visit us at Muttropolis.com or stop by one of our Southern California store
locations
. And stay tuned, because we’ll be opening our Holiday Shop very
soon!

October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month!

Adopt-A-Dog Month

The best way to honor Adopt-A-Dog
Month
is by adopting a dog in need! Choose a pup from a shelter or rescue
group and you’ll save a life, save money, find a healthy pet, help in the fight
against puppy mills and pet stores, and feel better! A while back we posted some
excellent tips on how to get started,
and choosing the right pet.

Live near a Muttropolis store? Then you’re in luck! For the
month of October, we’ll be hosting
multiple adoptions
every weekend in each of our three Southern
California stores. We’ve included the dates and times for each of
these adoptions below. As a congratulations and thank you, we’ll be providing
every dog that is adopted at one of our events with a Muttropolis “wag bag,”
filled with goodies to enjoy with their new family.




Save A LifeAs some of you may know, Muttropolis is an “Animal Admirer”
for the San Diego Humane Society.
We’ve already admired two pups that have found loving homes, and recently
received our newest animal to admire, Huxley. He’s a male American Pit Bull Terrier
Mix, a staff favorite, and extremely smart after having undergone extensive
training for etiquette, housetraining and tricks. He loves to perform
and thrives in active, athletic environments like the dog park. Huxley is just
over 7 years old and neutered. For more information about handsome Huxley and
the adoption process at the San Diego Humane Society, visit his profile. The video of him showing off his skills will
win you over right away!Huxley is featured in many of the images below.

No matter how you choose to adopt, whether from a shelter,
rescue group, or someone you know, there is one thing we know for sure,
every
dog "can't wag without"
 
these
essentials:

Collar & Leash

Essentials
for safety, and don’t forget a personalized tag!


Dog CollarEvery dog needs a collar
and leash for walks, to hold their identification tag(s), and to show of their
personal style! Our wide collar assortment includes color, fabric and style
options for each and every canine customer, most with coordinating leashes. And
to keep your pup safe in the unfortunate event that they ever get lost, an
engravable tag is a must-have too. We have over 100 one-of-a-kind styles to
choose from!

Bed

Whether they
like to snuggle up or stretch out!


Dog BedLet’s face it, dogs
sleep a lot, so having a comfortable, well-crafted bed is something each
four-legged fur ball should have. We carry all of the top selling designer and
luxury dog beds included square bolstered, donut, double donut, pillow,
outdoor, mats, blankets, duvets and more! Options to accommodate every pup’s
sleeping preferences and home décor.

Bowls or Feeders

For
feasting, one of their favorite times of the day!


Raised Dog FeederWe believe that dogs should
dine in style. To accommodate for differing design preferences, we have classic
ceramic bowls, sleek stainless steel feeders, contemporary wooden designs, and
much more! Why do we love raised feeders? With their elevated ergonomic design,
they aid in digestion, preventing pups from eating too quickly and suffering
from the uncomfortable side-effects.

Toys

Plush,
rubber, tough, interactive, there are toys for every pup’s playing preferences!


Dog ToysToys are like good
friends, the more the merrier! We have unique toys for pup’s that love plush,
enjoy playing fetch, need something interactive to eliminate boredom, or play
so hard they need a toy build tough! Keep your new addition entertained and
you’re sure to have a much easier transition and happier pup.

Training Tools

Essentials
when bringing a new pup home!


Training ToolsA well trained dog is
a happy dog, so be sure to stay in control when you bring your new pup home. Effective
dog training tools that are safe and humane make this much easier! Dog crates, training collars, no-pull harnesses, potty pads and anti-bark
products, can all be lifesavers in establishing a safe and secure environment.

Treats

Great for
nutrition, training, and the obvious… rewarding!




Stella & Chewy's Carnivore CrunchKeep it all-natural!
We have done the research on dog nutrition so that you don’t have to. All of
our treats are all-natural, easily digestible, preservative-free, wholesome and
delicious. And best of all, each month we offer a special promotion on a Treat
of the Month
, this month it is Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried dog treats.
Buy 2, get 1 free for the whole month of October!

Can’t adopt for one reason or another? Pet finder provides
some ways you can still help.

———————

Muttropolis La Jolla:

Animal
Advocates of the United States
Adoption – Sunday, October 6th at 11:30am

Helen Woodward Animal
Center Adoption –
Saturday, October 12th at 11:00am

Second
Chance Adoption – Saturday, October 19th at 10:00am

SNAP
Adoption – Saturday, October 26th at 11:00am

 

Muttropolis Solana Beach:

Four Paws
Coonhound Adoption – Saturday, October 12th at 12:00pm

Saving Pets
One at a Time Adoption – Sunday, October 13th at 11:00am

Southern California Retriever Rescue Adoption –
Saturday, October 19th at 11:00am

San Diego Humane Society Adoption – Sunday,
October 20th at 11:00am

Chihuahua Rescue of San
Diego Adoption – Saturday, October 26th at
11:00am

 

Muttropolis Newport Beach:

Recycled
Pets SoCal Adoption – Saturday, October 5th at 12:00pm

Kris Kelly
Foundation Adoption – Sunday, October 6th at 12:00pm

Recycled Pets
SoCal Adoption – Saturday, October 19th at 12:00pm

Kris Kelly
Foundation Adoption – Sunday, October 20th at 12:00pm

Kris Kelly
Foundation Adoption – Sunday, October 27th at 12:00pm

Lend-A-Paw with Muttropolis to Support the San Diego Humane Society

Lend-A-PawHelp us
fill the walls with paws by showing your support for pets in need. When you
shop with us in October, you can make $1 or $5 donations in honor of your own
pup or those pups looking for forever homes. All proceeds go to the San Diego Humane Society. Why did we
choose October? It’s Adopt-A-Dog Month!
We have a big blog post coming soon to tell you more about the ways we are
celebrating and suggestions on how you can too, so stay tuned. Lend-A-Paw
donations can be made in our Solana Beach and La Jolla
store locations
. Please join us this month to show your support!

Dig This Deal: Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Food & Treats are on Sale!

Stella & Chewy

It’s time
for another Treat of the Month sale,
and like last month we’re extending our promotion to not only include treats,
but food too! This means that all Stella
& Chewy’s
freeze-dried varieties are on sale for the whole month of
October! Customers can enjoy 20% off Stella & Chewy’s food, and a Buy 2,
Get 1 Free incentive for Stella & Chewy’s treat purchases.

Stella's Super Beef DinnerStella
& Chewy’s freeze-dried food provides 100%
complete and balanced nutrition
. Each variety is made from naturally-raised
meat, poultry or fish, all sourced from USDA-inspected facilities, with organic
fruits and vegetables included. Cranberries, carrots, apples, spinach, broccoli
and beets are a few ingredients often found in Stella & Chewy’s food. Healthful,
direct-fed microorganisms (probiotics), natural tocopherols, chelated trace
minerals, taurine, and essential vitamins and minerals are also added.
Discerning pups can choose from Beef, Chicken, Duck and Goose, Lamb, Surf ‘N
Turf, Venison and Rabbit. All varieties are grain-free with no fillers,
artificial preservatives, colorings, added hormones, antibiotics, sugar or
salt. More specific nutrition
information
can be found on our website. With the benefits of raw food and
the convenience of dry food, Stella & Chewy’s is an excellent choice for
canines and their owners!

Chicken Carnivore KissesWe carry
two all-natural, freeze-dried Stella & Chewy’s treat options, Carnivore
Crunch and Carnivore Kisses. Carnivore Crunch treats are all-natural formed
morsels and Carnivore Kisses are diced, all meat treats. Both can be given
whole as a training reward or
crumbled over food at meal times for added
flavor and nutrition
. Crunch comes in Beef, Chicken, Salmon and Duck, and Kisses
in Beef, Chicken and Duck. Like Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried food, these
treats also provide the benefits of raw with the convenience of being dry.

Not familiar
with freeze-drying? It is a process that enables food manufacturers to remove
the moisture from their products while retaining nutritional value. Duck Carnivore CrunchNo cooking
is involved in this process. The product is first frozen and then put into a
freeze dryer on trays. The trays are placed on shelves that receive very low
levels of heat. Powerful pumps inside the freeze dryer generate very cold
temperatures and create a vacuum. That heat applied to the shelves causes the
ice within the meat to turn directly into water vapor, skipping the liquid
stage altogether. This takes the product from frozen to freeze-dried without
every being thawed or cooked, which is why the nutritional value is retained.

Our Treat of the Month promotions on Stella
& Chewy’s freeze-dried food and treats runs from October 1st
through October 31st. Stop in to one of our Southern
California store locations
or visit us online to save! Online customers can redeem these special offers at
Muttropolis.com by using the code STELLA for 20% off food and CHEWY for the Buy 2, Get 1 Free treat incentive.