Monthly Archive:: April 2014

National Adopt a Shelter Dog Day

Adopt A Dog

You’ve probably noticed that we enjoy ever opportunity to spread the word about adoptions, and tomorrow, being National Adopt a Shelter Dog Day, is another great opportunity to tug on hound-loving heartstrings.

Are you in the market for a furry addition to your family, or know someone who is? This special day may be just the push needed. Finding unconditional love in a four-legged friend is a special, unique bond, and when that pet comes from a shelter, there are many additional benefits for all involved.

Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group means you’ll save a life, find a healthy pet, save money, help in the fight against puppy mills and pet stores, and feel great about your choice! A while back we posted some excellent tips on how to get started with the adoption process, all important things to consider.

Save A Life

If you live near one of our Southern California Muttropolis store locations stop by an upcoming adoption event. We host multiple adoptions each month that have proven to be a fantastic way to find forever homes for pets in need. Visit us on Facebook to see the dates and times for upcoming adoption events near you.

Ways to Reduce Carbon Pawprints

Puppy WorldHappy Earth Day everyone! Here at Muttropolis we strive to have a pulse on what’s innovative, and eco-friendly pet products are just that! Organic dog toys, collars and leashes, biodegradable poop bags, and eco-friendly pet beds, are just a few of the many planet friendly pet products we are proud to carry. In celebration of Earth Day, we’d like to take it a step further and share some of our favorite eco-friendly pet practices. It's our hope that you and your pets will join us in reducing carbon pawprints by adopting some of these practices, not only on Earth Day, but everyday!

100% NaturalGet rid of pet junk food. Since nutrition is essential for optimum pet health, it's important to look for natural and organic pet food and treats, free of artificial and genetically engineered ingredients and additives. Look for meat sources that are raised in sustainable, humane conditions. Many pet food brands include reconstituted animal by-products, essentially low-grade wastes that humans wouldn’t touch, let alone eat. At Muttropolis, we carry a large variety of safe, All Natural Dog Food, All Natural Dog Treats, Natural Dog Supplements, and a small assortment of All Natural Cat Food and Treats as well.

PoopbagsPick up poop the biodegradable way. 
Use biodegradable bags to pick up your pet’s poop so that it doesn’t live in a plastic bag at the bottom of a landfill, lasting for hundreds of years to come. We carry eco-friendly poop pick-up bags, some more so than others, with White Compostable Pick-up Bags at the top of the environmentally friendly list. They are made from 100% renewable resources, protecting the environment by degrading in as little as 40 days.

Spoil your pet with sustainable products. Saving the planet can be fun for your pets too! Choose products that are made from recycled materials or sustainable fibers. Hemp is a great choice, as it is one of the most abundantly occurring crops in nature and makes super-strong fabric. Check out our Hemp Star Dog Collar and Leash set that was seen on the CBS Early Show, or the popular Eco Nap Recycled Fleece Dog Mat, made from 85% recycled plastic soda bottles! Our sustainable product assortment doesn’t stop there, with many more toys and beds that are made from recyclable fibers, or made to be recycled.

Eco Nap Recycled Fleece Dog MatChoose natural pet care and cleaning products. We carry quite a few grooming products that are all natural and free of harsh chemicals, such as Richard’s Organics Deodorant Dog Shampoo and Petkin’s Eco Bamboo Pet Wipes and Eye Wipes, all gentle on your pet and the planet. Steer clear of those brands that produce chemical laced grooming products.

Make sure your pet always wears a tag. Losing a pet can be trying both emotionally and environmentally. Printing posters and driving around town in search of your missing four-legged friend has an environmental impact that could be avoided if you were alerted quickly that they were found. Whether you choose an electronic ID chip or a hang tag, the important thing is that your contact information is easily accessible. Our large Engravable Pet Tag assortment can be found at Muttropolis.com,  Large Chrome Bone Engravable Dog Tagand includes Chrome Pet Tags in a variety of shapes, Stainless Steel Pet Tags with different image and color options, and Decorate Metal Pet Tags. There is a style and size suitable for every pet!

ChickadeeProtect native wildlife. Believe it or not, domestic cats are one of the biggest bird predators. In fact, many neighborhoods require owners to attach a bell to their cat’s collar so that birds are less likely to fall victim. Unlike wild predators, house cats tend to be well taken care of and in great shape, making them ready to pounce at the chance to hunt. If you have an outdoor cat, consider a bell or keeping them in an enclosure.

Use birth control. Many of you probably haven’t thought of spaying and neutering as an eco-conscious decision, but the overpopulation of pets is a big problem and has a significant effect on the environment. Dogs and cats are carnivores and it takes a lot of land to provide them food. It makes you think differently about an accidental litter, doesn’t it? An added bonus, spaying and neutering can lead to longer, healthier lives by lessening and/or eliminating the possibility of certain cancers and disease.

Adopt from a shelter. If you’re in the market for a four-legged addition to your family, we urge you to consider adoption. Instead of diving into the adoption topic in this post, please head over to our adoption post where you can learn more about adoptions and our point of view on the matter.

Adoption

Now is as good a time as ever to start reducing your pet’s carbon pawprints! Visit us online or in one of our three Southern California store locations to shop our eco-friendly collection and learn more about planet friendly pet practices.

An Innovative Way to Keep Coyotes Out

Does the threat of your pet encountering coyotes keep you up at night? For pet owners down here in Southern California, it's an alarming reality, and it's all too often that we hear about pets getting taken by coyotes. Being animal lovers ourselves, we've found it hard to find a humane way to discourage these ruthless hunters from hurting our furry family members, until now. We recently came across a solution that is not only humane but also effective, called Coyote Rollers.

Coyote Rollers on Fence

Coyote Rollers are a patented ribbed roller that mounts to the top of a fence. The idea is that when a coyote tries to leap over to attack your pet, they have to grab hold of the top of the fence to pull their body over, but with Coyote Rollers installed they’re unable to latch on. Instead, their paws or legs slip on the roller and they’re forced to fall off. The series of images below demonstrate this.

Coyote Rollers

Roll Guard Incorporated, the manufacturer of Coyote Rollers, says that hundreds of these systems have been installed in homes and businesses across the United States. Not only are people choosing Coyote Rollers to protect their pets, they are also used to keep animals in yards and kennels, protect livestock, protect chicken coops, and to prevent birds from landing on the edges of signs, or other areas they shouldn’t be landing. The versatility of Coyote Rollers is providing a solution for many needs.

Coyote Rollers are manufactured in the USA. Constructed of aluminum tubing, UV resistant polymeric materials, and stainless steel components, they are made to withstand the elements for a lifetime. Our friends at Coyote Rollers are offering our customers a 5% discount. To take advantage of this discount, and to learn more about Coyote Rollers, visit their website where you’ll find additional product information, pictures, videos, dealer information and more. Enter code muttropolis5 at checkout for your 5% savings.

Since we have not used Coyote Rollers we cannot speak to their effectiveness, but we think the company has a great mission and their product is very innovative. If you are looking for a solution to keep coyotes out, we always recommend some further research to find the right fit for your yard.

Bonjour! Our Parisian Collection is Here!

Parisian Collection

We agree with Audrey, Paris is always an excellent idea, not to mention French inspired fashion! Stunning dresses, chic toys, and glamorous carriers, our Parisian Collection includes it all and much more. Fashionable fabrics like toile, tweed and quilted, keep this collection exuding high-end elegance.

Koko Chewnel Plush Dog ToyIf Paris isn’t in your pup’s future, at least they can dream about France in one of our fashionable and luxurious dog beds! The Toile Rectangle Dog Bed and Ritz Urban Lounger Dog Bed are just two of the many classic black and white designs included in our Parisian Collection. While snoozing, your pup can snuggle up to Eiffel Tower Dog Toy or Koko Chewnel Plush Dog Toy, both also excellent for playtime. And with the Crispaw Champagne Dog Toy, you can include your pup in toasts and celebrations for special occasions.

Toile Rectangle Dog Bed

If your furry friend is an avid traveler, you’ll love our Black Mixed Quilted Mia Dog Carrier and Chic Quilted Dog Carrier, both designer inspired styles built for function and fashion. Their cozy interiors will keep your pup comfortable, safe and secure. If neither of these carriers tickle your fancy, take a look at our entire Handbag Style Dog Carrier Collection, filled with an abundance of fashion-forward styles.

Black Mixed Quilted Mia Dog CarrierChic Quilted Dog Carrier

Silhouettes are something to talk about in our Parisian Collection! Both the Black and White Stripe Dog Dress and Black and White Polka Dot and Tulle Dog Dress have full and fashionable, show-stopping silhouettes. The stripe dress features delicate pink rose details, a sassy pink tulle petticoat, and a polka dot collar. The dot dress features floral and rhinestone buttons around the waist and a white petticoat. Black and White Polka Dot Dog BowAdd a little more Parisian pizzazz with one of our adorable dog bows, the perfect accessory whether worn alone or with an ensemble.

For more French fashion, peruse our entire Parisian Collection online, or visit one of our Southern California store locations.

Easter Egg-Stravaganzas + New Springtime Styles

Easter Dog

Easter is just a hop, skip and a jump away! Are you ready to celebrate? Swing over to our Hip Hop Shop where you’ll find the latest spring styles, all excellent choices for this Easter season. From darling dresses and dapper accessories to colorful collars and tantalizing toys, we have styles to suit all sizes and personalities!

Pink and Green Plaid Dog NecktieDoes your doggie love to dress to impress? Our Spring Flowers Dog Dress is made with exquisite attention to detail and exceptional execution, sure to turn heads and make your little lady look and feel like the princess she is. And for those princes, we have bowties and neckties, all handsome and especially fun for special occasions. Looking for something more casual? How about our Striped Dog Polo or Candy Stripe Dog Collar? Both feature soft, springtime hues and can be worn all season long, no occasion necessary.

Happy Easter Dog HoodyCandy Stripe Dog Collar Spring Flowers Dog Dress

If your dog doesn’t like to dress up, celebrate the season with new toys! Our shop is busting at the seams with bunnies, chicks, and a few other festive favorites. Some of these toys even talk, coming to life with each squeeze! Talking toys are often favorites amongst squeaker-obsessed pups. Does you dog need more of a challenge? Then the Bunny and Carrot Burrow Dog Toy is the best of the bunch! Your pup will strengthen their intelligence and puzzle-solving skills as they work to remove the bunnies from the carrot each time you reinsert them. If it’s a hit, we have many more similar burrow toys in our interactive dog toy section.

Bunny and Carrot Burrow Dog ToyEaster Egg Boiled Wool Dog ToyTalking Chick Dog Toy

That’s just a snippet of the styles in our Hip Hop Shop, so head on over to see the full springtime collection, bedding and carriers included!

Live in Southern California? Join us at one of our Egg-Stravaganzas this coming weekend where your pup can hunt for Easter eggs, pose for pictures, and enjoy socializing with four-legged friends. See below for the date and time at each of our store locations. Hope to see you and your fido there!

Muttropolis Solana Beach – Saturday April 12th at 10:30am

Muttropolis La Jolla – Saturday April 12th at 12:00pm

Muttropolis Fashion Island (Newport Beach) – Sunday April 13th at 10:30am

Toys to Please Every Pup

Dog Toys

Exercise, mental stimulation, bonding and fun!

These are just a few of the excellent benefits (and awesome reasons) to keep your pup playing! But with what, you may ask? Well, it’s no surprise that different dogs prefer to play in different ways, and so it can be tricky to shop for the appropriate toy. But don’t fret, we’ve encountered every type of playful pup in our day, from the mellow-mannered to the high-energy and aggressive, so here are a few words of wisdom to help point you in the right direction.

Small Chewy Vuitton Bone Dog ToyPissness Beer Dog ToyBird Dog Toy with Chew Guard   

The Squeaker Obsessed. Does your doggie perk up to the sound of a squeaker? Well then plush and rubber toys will win their attention. Plush dog toys are often a favorite for their cute factor alone. They come in all shapes and sizes with snuggly soft exteriors and almost always a squeaker inside. Some even talk! If your pup likes to “baby” their toys, to carry them around and snuggle with them, then they’re sure to love plush toys. On the other hand, if your pup likes to play hard, plush toys may not be the best choice, as the majority aren’t made to withstand rigorous play, unless otherwise stated. We’ll talk more about tough toys in a bit. Rubber dog toys are also great for the squeaker obsessed pup and often funny too. The Pissness Beer Dog Toy always gets a good laugh! All of our toys are lead-free and non-toxic which is very important to keep your dog safe. 

Frog Extra Tough Dog ToyMini Humunga Stache Dog ToyBaby Dragon Dog Toy with Chew Guard 

The Tough Pup. Does your dog love to destroy? Are you having trouble keeping them busy and away from chewing your favorite personal items? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re definitely in need of some tough dog toys! We wish we could tell you that there are toys that aren’t destructible, but we’ve learned that’s not always the case. Even the most durable toys have a hard time standing up to the tenacity of gator-toothed Terriers, vice-jawed Vislas, squeaker-seeking Shelties and so on. But, the good news is that there are a variety of tough toys on the market that are specially designed to give their best shot! Available in a variety of sizes, colors, shapes and materials, you’re able to choose what best suits your dog’s interests and moods. You’ll notice in the product descriptions for tough toys that many are constructed with specially engineered fabrics and/or lining and reinforced stitches.

Mushroom Busy Buddy Dog ToyDog Magic Interactive Treat Game Monkey and Banana Burrow Dog Toy

The Challenge Seeker. Some pups simply aren’t interested in playtime unless it includes a challenge. We call these the sophisticated pups. If this sounds like your dog, we recommend trying interactive dog toys. Great for beating boredom, excellent for stimulating the mind and full of fun, interactive dog toys are a triple threat! Treat dispensing or treat maze toys are a hit with treat motivated pups, making them work for their reward. But if treats aren’t necessary to keep your pup’s interest, try a plush interactive toy like the Bunny and Carrot Burrow Dog Toy, shown at the top of this post with the adorable Great Dane puppy. Your pup’s intelligence and puzzle-solving skills will sharpen as they’re challenged with the fun task of removing the bunnies from the carrot each time you reinsert them. Learning is fun!

Mini Zisc Extra Tough Dog ToyBarkley Rubber Stick Dog ToyFloating Rope Ball Dog Toy

The Uber Energetic. For some dogs, energetic may be an understatement! If you have an active pup you’re probably familiar with the abundance of tantalizing toss and retrieve dog toys on the market. Boomerangs, discs, balls, ropes, sticks, slingshots and more. These are often the most fun for you, as well as your pup! It’s hard to pick a clear winner as some pups jump for joy for the classic tennis ball, while others will tug all afternoon but aren’t interested in retrieving. You know your four-legged friend the best, so trust your gut when choosing an active toy. Another upside, active toys force you and your dog to get outside. Visiting your local dog park or dog beach offers more room to run and to bond, with you and other pups.

There are just a few more things to keep in mind before making your next toy purchase.

  • Dog toys are not created equal, and neither are our beloved four-legged friends. Do your best to choose toys that are of the appropriate size, shape and construction. For example, very small toys can pose a choking hazard for larger breeds, just as toys with pieces that can be chewed off easily aren’t best for aggressive chewers.
  • Remember, pets should be supervised when playing with toys as no toy is indestructible.
  • To keep your pup from getting bored with their toys, switch them out on a regular basis. The novelty will last longer and hopefully remerge each time the toy makes another appearance.

Enjoy playing with your pup!

Dig This Deal: Save 20% All Month on Cloud Star Dog Treats

Beef Grain Free Soft Buddy Biscuit Dog Treats

All April long we’re offering 20% off Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits and Dynamo Dog Functional Treats as our Treat of the Month! Whether your pup benefits from a flavorful formula made specifically to supplement, or simply a delicious grain free, meaty and chewy treat, Cloud Star has what your dog needs.

Chicken Soft Buddy Biscuit Cat TreatsBuddy Biscuits, a customer favorite, are 100% grain free, gluten free and made in the USA. Providing an excellent single animal protein source, Buddy Biscuits are a great choice for dogs on grain free diets or dogs that struggle with sensitivities. We carry beef, chicken and peanut butter Buddy Biscuits, each flavor is soft, chewy, and made with wholesome, easily digestible ingredients. And for those of you with feline friends, we carry chicken flavor cat Buddy Biscuits too!

For those dogs that benefit from treats that target a specific function, Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Treats are an excellent choice. Available in three varieties including Hip & Joint, Skin & Coat and Tummy, these treats offer the benefits of a supplement and treat in one. Each variety is all-natural, grain free, gluten free, free of wheat, corn and soy, with no artificial flavors or byproducts, and made in the USA.

Dynamo Dog Functional Dog Treats

Hip & Joint treats are available in chicken or bacon and cheese flavor and are packed full of glucosamine, chondroitin, and selected fruits, vegetables and herbs, providing a fun and delicious way to help support an active lifestyle and specific needs for daily vitamins. Skin & Coat treats are salmon flavored and packed full of salmon oil, vitamin E supplement, and specially selected fruits, vegetables and herbs, helping to keep skin and coats looking their best. Tummy treats are pumpkin and ginger flavored and are packed full of probiotics, ginger and fiber from pumpkin, and specially selected fruits, vegetables and herbs to ease digestion.

Cloud Star Buddy BiscuitOur Treat of the Month promotion on Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits and Dynamo Dog Functional Treats is only valid from April 1st through April 30th, or until supplies last. Customers can enjoy these savings at all three of our Southern California store locations and online. Online customers must enter code DYNABUD at checkout to redeem their 20% off savings*

*Cannot be combined with other discounts.