Monthly Archive:: March 2014

Dog-Friendly Home Design

Spring is underway, and for many this is the season for home improvements.

Whether you are about to embark on spring cleaning, redecorating, or even construction, we have a few share-worthy ways to incorporate your pet in your home improvement projects.

Light up their world.

Dog windows barkitect

The Barkitect recently wrote a great blog post about dog windows. Studies have shown that allowing dogs to see what is happening outside their confined space tends to reduce their stress. This concept is picking up steam and we’re seeing doggie daycare and boarding facilities incorporating dog windows in their facilities. As The Barkitect mentions, it’s a very interesting concept, one that can be incorporated in home design as well. Not only will strategically placing windows at low levels potentially elevate your pup’s mood, it will also create a visually unique look-and-feel, and bring more light into your home.

 

Maximize space with nooks.

Dog house under stairs

Whether your home is big or small, there is no need for wasted space, especially when your pet can benefit. How are you using the space underneath your stairs? Or the lower half of your closet? These are just a couple of the areas often overlooked in terms of design. Don’t fall into this trap, especially if you have a hound. Using these spaces for a dog nook, house, or built-in bed, is practical and can be a very visually pleasing solution to creating a special place for your pup. Need some inspiration? The Barkitect and Atticmag have great pictures to peruse.

 

Build dining in.

Dog feeding station in kitchen Dog bowl drawer
This dog-friendly design tip is a little more do-able for those of us who aren’t interested in a large overhaul. Creating a built-in feeding station is a great space saver, one that frees up floor space and keeps inevitable messes confined. Most built-in feeding stations are raised, which is recommended by veterinarians to help prevent pups from gulping down their food, which lessens the chances of digestion issues. Most of the designs we’ve seen are built into a kitchen island or a cabinet, some are even built-in to a drawer, offering quick and easy access and the ability to hide the bowls when breakfast or dinner is over. If you choose the latter, don't forget to have your pup's water elsewhere. Head over to TMS Architects’ site for more examples.

 

Keep them clean, conveniently.

Pet shower

You’ll never have to visit your local dog wash if you have one in your home! Adding a pet bathing station may be the most common of all these dog-friendly design additions, and what a great one it is. If you have a smaller pup you may want an elevated bath, whereas with larger dogs it’s nice to have a step-in standing shower design. Most people put them in their laundry room, but if space inside is limited the garage is a great alternative. It may be a pricey addition at first, but think of the money you'll save in grooming bills.

 

Don’t forget outdoor design.

Outdoor dog chaise lounge

For many down here in sunny Southern California, an outdoor living space is equally as important as indoor. So how do you incorporate your pet in your outdoor space? A traditional dog house is one way, but there are much more contemporary designs available these days. Take the Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounge for instance. It’s waterproof, made with synthetic weatherproof rattan, and provides your pup with shade from the sun. And did we mention how stylish it is? Traditional dog houses can take up a lot of room and are often too heavy to move. Instead, choose a lightweight design that provides your pup with a special place while also adding style to your outdoor setting.

 

Let the dog-friendly home improvements begin!

In the News: Dogs on Deployment

Dogs on Deployment

When we stumbled across this site we just had to share!

Have you heard of Dogs on Deployment? We hadn't either until recently. Last fall Queen Latifah teamed up with them to share with the world just how powerful this program can impact a soldier and their pet. Watch a reunion unfold, but we forewarned, you may need a tissue.

Dogs on Deployment is an online listing resource and network for military members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets while they’re deployed. It’s a fantastic non-profit organization established to give military men and women peace of mind about the well-being of their pets while they are away, bravely serving our country. But it’s not just the servicemen and women that Dogs on Deployment has in mind, it’s their pets too. Pets are provided a safe and loving environment, making their transition and time separated from their owner as seamless as possible.

Dogs and Owners

If you’re a pet parent, you know the angst that can surround spending time away from your four-legged family members, for both you and your pet. Looking for a suitable sitter for a few days or even a week can be a struggle, so you could only imagine what many military individuals face when they’re deployed. We’re so happy that Dogs on Deployment was established to aid in that time of need. They’re promoting responsible pet-ownership and shedding light on the military pet community by providing this online resource. A heart-warming and truly remarkable offering and mission!

If you’re interested in learning more about supporting our troops by boarding a military pet, you can search for pets in need on the Dogs on Deployment website. If you are a military individual who will need to find a safe and loving temporary home for your pet, or you know a fellow serviceman or woman who could benefit from Dogs on Deployment, search for a boarder in your area.

Dogs on Deployment Mascot

Dig this Deal: Free Pet Tag with Collar Purchase

Free Pet ID Tag

For eight days only, we’re giving away a free engravable pet tag with every collar purchase! Designed with an important message in mind, this deal is meant to keep your four-legged loved ones suited with stylish safety. And it’s perfect timing, as we just received our brand new, very lively spring collar collection.

Safety first! Pet tags are just as essential as collars. Without a tag, the chances that you and your pet will be reunited in the unfortunate event that they ever get lost, can be rather slim. Adding a pet tag to your cat or dog’s collar means that they are never without the essential information needed to reach you, a phone number at the very least.

Small Chrome Circle Engravable Pet Tag Large Red Heart Engravable Dog Tag Small Pink Bone Engravable Dog Tag
We carry a wide variety of pet tags to choose from, but only select styles are included in this promotion. Customers can choose from any HMG tag that retails for $11 or less. These styles include bone, circle and heart shape tags, available in small and large sizes. Depending on the tag chosen, you can request two to five lines for engraving. See each product description for further engraving instructions.

Now for the fun part, a brand new collar! Whether your four-legged family member is a fashionista or an avid outdoor explorer, moves at a slow pace or constantly pulls on the reigns, we have just the right dog collar to meet their needs and match their personality. Our vast dog collar assortment includes Fabric & Nylon, Leather, Sparkle, Striped, Plaid & Solid Fabric, Teacup and Training collars. For felines we carry Nylon & Fabric and Leather cat collars. Trouble choosing one? Take a look at these shopping tips to help guide you towards the right collar for your pet.

Leather Dog Collars Training Dog Collars Stripe & Plaid Dog Collars
Don’t miss out on this limited time offer to spruce up your pet’s collar collection while saving on safety! Promotion begins today, March 11th and runs through next Tuesday, March 18th. As mentioned, only select tags apply (HMG styles $11 or less). To redeem this special offer online, add a collar and tag to your Muttropolis shopping cart and use code TAGME at checkout.  Promotion also available in store locations.

Get Active + Sooth Your Pup’s Spring Fever in San Diego

Spring forward is days away! How do you plan to enjoy your extra hour of evening light? Us busy office-bees have been buzzing about the many activities we’re planning to enjoy with our four-legged friends. Here are a few suggestions for getting active and soothing you and your pup’s spring fever in San Diego.

Make a splash

Dog Beach

We have some darn good dog beaches down here in San Diego. The Original Dog Beach down in Ocean Beach and North Beach Dog Run in Coronado are both open 24 hours and off leash approved! Del Mar Dog Beach is a favorite among North County residents, allowing off leash after Labor Day through June 16th. Does your dog fear waves? Well then Fiesta Island is a great alternative offering calmer waters and sand dunes. Located in Mission Bay Park, dogs are allowed in most all areas on Fiesta Island between 6:00AM – 10:00PM. Many other beaches allow dogs on leash at certain hours, so be aware of the rules and make your way to the sand for some splish splashin’ fun with your fido!

Take a hike

Dogs Hiking

Hitting the trails is much more fun with your hound in toe. San Diego County is filled with trails of varying levels, most giving a warm welcome to canine cohorts. DogVacay pulled together a list of some the top dog friendly hikes in San Diego, a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to start their search, providing brief overviews, addresses and hours. One of the most popular hikes in San Diego is Cowles Mountain, an up hill hike offering 360 degree views. Prefer a flatter trail? We’d suggest Los Penasquitos Canyon. The trail is surrounded by lush vegetation and a waterfall to enjoy at the end. If you and your pup are avid hikers and revel in serious heart pumping, Mt. Woodson, aka “Potato Chip Rock,” is a steep and strenuous dog-friendly hike. As with any outdoor activity, especially hiking in the heat, bring plenty of water for both you and your pup!

Visit a dog park

Dog Park

San Diego has so many to choose from! Canine Corners Dog Park in La Mesa, Poway Dog Park in Poway, and Nate’s PointGrape Street Dog Park and Morley Field Dog Park all in beautiful Balboa Park, are just a few of the many dog parks that stand out throughout the county. Giving your pup the freedom to run and play in a gigantic green space is a true treat when living in a city. Not only do parks allow your pup to exercise, they are also great places to work on healthy socialization with other dogs and humans, an important lesson for every dog to learn. If none of the parks mentioned are nearby, search out a dog park in your neighborhood. Off leash dog parks are ideal, but many parks that aren’t dog specific also allow dogs on a leash, an alternative to sidewalk exploring.

Grab a bite, a brew, or both

Dog and Beer

We’re in no shortage of dog-friendly drinking and dining down here San Diego, often referred to as one of the most dog-friendly cities in the US. San Diego Pets Magazine put together a helpful list of go-to dog friendly restaurants to visit with your pup. San Diego is also busting at the seams with microbreweries, many of which welcome furry friends. Culture Brewing Co, our neighbor on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, comes to mind as they quickly caught on with the dog-friendly North County crowd. AleSmith Brewing Company, Mission Brewery and Green Flash Brewery are just a few of the "big-beer-boys" that also welcome dogs. Other dog-friendly breweries can be found inside The Complete Guide To San Diego Breweries.

Dig This Deal: 20% Off All-Natural Zuke’s Dog Treats in March

Zuke's Dog Treat of the Month

It’s March, which means it’s time for a new Treat of the Month at Muttropolis. This month we are offering 20% off our entire Zuke’s assortment. Choose from chewy, meaty or vegetarian varieties, treats or bones or both. There is something delectable for every dog, and cat too. Lip-licking Zuke's treats are all-natural and USA made!

For carnivorous canines that crave explosive flavor, we have Zuke's Z Filet Dog Treats and Lil Links Dog Treats. Z Filets, available in beef, chicken and venison, are grain-free, packed full of pure USA or New Zealand protein, and include antioxidant-rich herbs. Lil Links, available in chicken, pork and rabbit, are also grain-free and packed full of pure protein and antioxidant-rich herbs, but with the addition of delicious apples, potatoes and carrots. Zuke’s Z Filets and Lil Links contain no mystery meats, by products, artificial colors or flavors, or added animal fat.

Zuke's Dog Treats

If your pup prefers veggie treats, Zuke’s Vegetarian Super Dog Treats are an excellent choice. Packed full of naturally powerful nutrients and antioxidant super foods including berries, betas and greens, Vegetarian Supers promote a supercharged, healthy lifestyle. Available in three flavor combinations: tasty greens, yummy berry and yummy betas. Zuke’s Vegetarian Supers contain no animal products or byproducts, and no artificial colors or flavors.

Zuke's Apple Crisp Z-BoneIt’s about time your dog tries a Zuke’s Z-Bone, if they’re not already hooked. Available in apple crisp, carrot crunch and cherry berry, these all-natural bones are as delicious as they sound, but more importantly loaded with powerful breath freshening herbs and healthy whole food antioxidants. The chewy, grain-free formula is easily digestible and helps to scrap and clean teeth. Available in three sizes to accommodate all breeds.

Zuke's Mini NaturalsHave a pup in training? Zuke’s small and soft Mini Natural Dog Treats are great for that process. Tender and free of preservatives, wheat, corn, added animal fat, and artificial colors or flavors, Mini Naturals provide your pup with a healthy size, high quality reward. Choose from peanut butter or chicken, both highly recommended by our customers.

For our feline customers we carry Zuke’s Purrz Natural Cat Treats. Available in chicken or salmon, these treats provide the nutritious benefits of chicken or salmon, spelt, soy, malted barley and fish oil. Purrz Naturals contain no artificial colors or flavors, BHA, or added tallow or by-products.

Our Treat of the Month promotion on Zuke’s is only valid March 1st through March 31st, or until supplies last. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to add some new flavor to your pet’s life! Customers can enjoy these savings at all three Southern California store locations and online. Online customers must enter code ZUKES at checkout to redeem their 20% off savings. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

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