Monthly Archive:: June 2014

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July

4th of July Dog

4th of July is here! We know you’re as excited about this holiday as we are, but your pets may not be as jazzed for the holiday. We wanted to provide some helpful tips to get you and your pup ready (and safe) for this fun holiday! 

Make sure your pup has a tag. Having an ID tag on your pup’s collar is not only important for day-to-day use, but especially important for holidays! Be sure that your pup’s tag has up-to-date information before the big holiday. This way, in the unfortunate event that they get lost, they can be returned to Metal Engravable Tagyou promptly!If you encounter a lost pet, check to see if they have an ID tag. If they do, contact their owner, if they don’t, we recommend you take them to your local animal shelter – they’ll have the best chance of being reunited with their owners there. Each year, animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving “4th of July dogs” that run off during fireworks celebrations.

Refrain from feeding pets human food and drinks. Although we know you want everyone to try your amazing BBQ or refreshing margarita, we advise you to keep your pup out of this taste test, as any change in a pet’s diet can result in indigestion and diarrhea – yuck! Foods like onions, chocolate, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough and drinks like alcohol and coffee 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. The secret to making your pups happy while you and your guest feast? Have some yummy dog treats on hand – if your friends want to feed your pup, give them these!

Only apply sunscreen or insect repellent on dogs if it is specifically labeled for use on animals. If your pup eats any sunscreen and insect repellent that isn’t for animals, there’s a chance they can vomit, have diarrhea, have excessive thirst and drooling. Insect repellents that contain DEET are especially harmful and can lead to neurological problems.

Don’t let pups near matches and/or lighter fluid. Many types of matches contain chlorates, which if ingested can damage blood cells and lead to difficulty breathing, with the most severe cases resulting in kidney disease. Lighter fluid is also very harmful. It can cause skin irritation and if ingested, No Lighter Fluid Near Pupgastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop. Moral of the story: don’t have matches or lighter fluid near your pup!

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 leave your pets alone in a vehicle on hot days. Leaving the windows down and/or parking in the shade is not good enough! Temperatures rise very quickly inside a car and since dogs sweat differently than humans, they are not able to cool themselves down enough and can suffer from serious health effects, even death. Many states have made it illegal to leave a pet in a car during extreme weather. Think about how hot you are in your car when the A/C is off – it’s 10 times worse for your pup!

Never use fireworks around pets. Dogs can possibly suffer from severe burns and /or trauma if they get too close to any fireworks, whether or not they are used because fireworks contain toxic substances including arsenic, potassium nitrate and other heavy metals. The noise and sight of fireworks displays can also freak pets out, leading to anxiety and distress. Most pets will try to get away from the noise so it is best to them in a safe and secure place, preferably at home. If you decide to have your pup join you during the fireworks show, we recommend wrapping them up in a blanket or a compressed shirt, like a Thundershirt, which can help relieve anxiety.

Bonus! Extra ways to get your pup prepped for the big day. If your pet is prone to anxiety, ask your
Take Your Dog for a Walkvet about ways to alleviate stress and anxiety prior to the holiday festivities. If you’re more into natural remedies, there are many natural calming products that may help with your pup’s anxiety. 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 Happy 4th of July!

Fetchingly Fresh: Beach Collection for Your Beach Bum

Dog Beach Style

Summer has arrived which means our Dog Beach Collection is here! This collection is packed with everything you’ll need for your pooch at the beach including apparel, toys, collars, leashes and more. Let the beach trips begin!

 

Our summer apparel is stylish and lightweight – perfect for the beach! Our floral dress is perfect for the furry diva that loves to dress up for any occasion, especially for a summer dinner party! If your idea of going to the beach is during an evening stroll, then the Ocean Critters Hoody Tank is ideal! It’s sleeveless but has a hood just in case your pup’s ears get cold. For those that would rather have stylish neckwear than full-on apparel, we have some adorable reversible Hawaiian-themed bandanas in red and blue – made for a luau!

  Floral and Turquoise Dress  Ocean Critters Dog Tank Hoody  Red Hawaiian Dog Bandana

Want to have your pup feeling a little “beachy keen” around their neck? We have some awesome beach-themed collars and leashes available, like our Beach Ball Collar and Leash. This dynamic duo will make your Bowser feel like the king of the beach! For those that love water-skiing, but don’t want to take their pups on the boat ride, we have brought the water-skiing to you (sort of) in the form of a leash! Our Water-Ski Rope Leash not only looks like a water-ski rope, but it’s super strong – perfect for those big or strong dogs!

  Beach Ball Dog Collar   Water Ski Rope Dog Leash

When picking out the toys for this collection, our team wanted a perfect mix of fun, entertaining and water-resistant choices. With these intentions in mind, they have delivered! If your pup is a water dog, the Neoprene Loopie toy is a match made in heaven – because they’re made of neoprene, these toys float and are made to be in water! For those that love plush toys, we have a plethora to choose from – from adorable Ocean Critters to a Crab with a squeaker ball inside to our favorite “Don’t Worry, Be Yappy” Bottle Toy, your dog will fall in love! Lastly, our latex selection, including the funny Swimsuit Chickens and even funnier Heiniesniff’n Beer Toy, is a latex toy lover’s dream.

Neoprene Water Loopie Dog Toy  Dont Worry Be Yappy Dog Toy  Swimsuit Chicken Latex Dog Toy

When taking your pup to the beach, it’s important to make sure they are hydrated at all times – it gets hot out there in the sun and sand! Our beach-friendly Jr. Gulpy Water Dispenser and Ruffwear Collapsible Bowl are the perfect size and will easily fit into any beach bag.

Junior Gulpy Water Dispenser   Ruffwear Bivy Dog Bowl
 

Lastly, because it’s important to get your pup cleaned up after their fun in the sun, we have Eco Bamboo Pet Wipes to save the day! 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. These are a must have for the beach season! 

To get the full taste of our Dog Beach Collection, stop by one of our Southern California store locations or visit us at Muttropolis.com!

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Today is one of our favorite days of the year – Take Your Dog to Work Day! We hope all of you are celebrating the day by bringing your pups to work! Here's some pictures of our pups at Mutt HQ working hard! Join us on our Facebook page and Instagram page and send us pictures of your pups hard at work!

Chewie and Kiiah   Angela Reggie
Kiiah working while Chewie sleeps!        Reggie helping Angela get work done!

Patriotic Pooch Style

Patriotic Pooch

Nothing screams America like red, white and blue! 4th of July is slowing approaching, and we’ve got you covered on your pooch’s holiday fashion with our collection of patriotic products! 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!

If your furry fashionista is into wearing their American pride, then our stars dress is perfect! Not only is it easy to slip on, but it’s extremely stylish! If you want everyone to know that your pup is a ball of fun, then the Little Firecracker Tank is a must. We’ve got the non-apparel pups covered with our Patriotic Bandana – reversible and perfect for keeping cool all summer long!

       Stars and Tulle Dog Dress    Little Firecracker Dog Tank    Patriotic Dog Bandana

If you’re pup is the toy-loving type, we have some Americana-inspired toys that are fit for this special holiday! The American Flag Dog Bone is not only donned with the American Flag, but is soft and has two squeakers inside for some serious fun. For those chewers, we have a Rubber Spiked Ball that is durable and is sure to keep Bowser entertained while you’re BBQ-ing! Speaking of BBQ, let your pup join the burger and beer party with a latex Burger Toy and a rubber Heiniesniffin’ Beer Toy – it doesn’t get more American than that!

       American Flag Dog Bone Toy     Fast Food Latex Toy    Heinisniffn Beer Toy

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!

Take Your Dog to Work Day Done Right in Four Easy Steps

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Numerous studies show that having a pet makes you happier and can even add years to your life.  We at Muttropolis know this, which is why we ALWAYS bring our dogs to work! There are endless positive paw-sabilities (har-har) to having a dog in the workplace, too – the International Journal of Workplace Health Management says that furry friends in the office can lead to lower stress levels among employees and boost morale. We love having our dogs in the office and frequently take breaks from staring at our computer screens to not only walk them, but pet them and kiss them as much as we can!

Take Your Dog to Work Day is celebrating its 15th year this Friday, June 20th, so why not bring your pup to the workplace? Here’s some tips to help you get the most out of Take Your Dog to Work Day:

 

1.       Create a Hospitable Environment

Everyone loves pets, but forewarning fellow employees of your plans of bringing your pup to work is always important, just in case someone has a pet allergy or you have any workers that are uncomfortable with the idea of having animals in the office. Once your plans are set, make sure to check out your office area, including:

  • Finding green space nearby for your pup to go to the bathroom (this is REALLY important – no one wants to have an accident on the work carpet!)
  • Bathing and grooming your pup before their debut, perhaps even dressing up your pup with designer dog collars or stylish dog apparel – why not!?
  • Eliminating or securing hazards such as poisonous plants, cleaners and electrical cords

 

2.       Bring a Doggie Bag

Just as you pack your lunch, be sure to bring all the necessary items for your dog. Food, treats, toys, poop bags and a leash are must-haves for the big day.

 

3.       Create a Comfort Zone

Make sure your work space if comfortable enough for your Bowser. To get your dog to love your work space, try to bring a bit of home to your office. Bringing a dog bed will make your dog feel like they’re at home! 

 

4.       Plan an Exit Strategy

Accidents tend to happen – that’s okay! Make sure to bring pet-friendly disinfectant just in case an accidents occur. You may want to be prepared to take your dog home just in case he’s not comfy in the office space. Discuss plans with a manager ahead of time to ensure you will be able to take your dog home if you need to. 

Take Your Dog to Work Day is a great way to introduce your co-workers to your furry best friend! By taking these few steps, you can ensure the day goes smoothly. For more ideas on how to make your pet comfortable at home or work, check out our selection of fun dog toys, dog collars, dog beds and more at www.muttropolis.com.

Can’t Wag Without: Estela and Reggie + Ricky

Estela

Meet Estela, one of our buyers at Muttropolis, and her pups, Regina and Ricky. Reggie is small and sassy, while Ricky is like a big teddy bear. These two are part of our modeling crew and wanted to share a few things they can’t wag without!

Reggie is your quintessential Jack Russell – busy, busy, busy! She loves going on walks, but gets a little too excited and pulls on the leash a lot. Her Buddy Belt not only is comfortable, but it eliminates pressure on Reggie’s tracheal area because of its unique step-in design. Buddy belts are genuine leather, so they are extremely long lasting – Reggie’s had hers for five years! Added bonus: once Reggie’s in the harness, she can’t get out, which is a good thing if she’s feeling feisty!

Reggie

Ricky is a fan of chews, with his favorite being the Braided Bully Stick. These all-natural, long-lasting chews are only made with one ingredient: free-range grass-fed cattle sourced from Brazil. The braided texture makes it perfect for maintaining oral health and encouraging good breath. But always keep an eye on your pups when they are gnawing any chew!  Ricky

Estela often changes Ricky and Reggie's collars, whether it's for product testing or just a new look so extra engravable ID tags are a must-have item. If they ever get out or wander away when traveling, the finder will have all your information and can let you know they have your pup.

Lastly, Reggie and Ricky could absolutely NEVER wag without their Bowsers Beds! Their matching beds have micro-velvet fabric and a high-memory polyester fiberfill inner cushion, making them super comfy and perfect for a good night’s sleep. The dog’s aren’t the only ones that love these beds – Estela loves these beds because washing them is a breeze – the cover unzips and can be either hand-washed or thrown in the washing machine!

Fetchingly Fresh: Fresh Finds for the Hamptons Hound

Hamptons Hound

Summer has arrived, and this time we’re taking it to the Hamptons! When thinking of The Hamptons, the first thoughts that come to mind (besides celebrity sightings!) are the beautiful beach and cool, crisp hues. What better way to bring those two together than with some cool-colored apparel and water-based toys and accessories? We managed to pull together an array of summer-eccentric pet products that will make you feel like you’re on the next Jitney to the Hamptons!

For furry divas, we have a striped dress with anchor embroidery that is perfect for a relaxing day of sailing. For the manly pups that want to dress to impress, we have a fun striped polo as well as a causal whale embroidered tank or, if your pup is into making a statement, our super-soft Never Surf Alone Tank will make Bowser the talk of the town!

Anchor and Stripe Dog Dress  Embroidered Whale Dog Tank

For those pups that aren’t into clothing, but love to be festive, our Happy Sailboats Dog Collar and leash as well as the Woven Beach Stripe Dog Collar and leash are the perfect neckwear for the season!

Happy Sailboats Dog Collar  Woven Beach Stripe Dog Collar

If your pup is more into playing than dressing up, then these toys are the perfect treat! From floatable whale and octopus toys to tough rope knot and ship wheel toys, your dog will be occupied for hours.

Whale Dog Toy  Ships Wheel Rope Dog Toy

Interested in revamping your pet furnishings? We have clean and crisp beds, like the Waterfall Hemp Piazza Dog Bed and natural, chic dining like the Artisan Single Dog Feeder that might just hit the Hamptons spot.

Waterfall Hemp Piazza Dog Bed  Artisan Fossil Single Dog Feeder

If your pup is a Hamptons Hound, visit us online or in one of our Southern California store locations to shop these classic items for your furry friend.

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

Here at Muttropolis, we like to be in the “pet news loop,” and read up on everything – whether it be a tear-jerking story or a collection of hilarious photos. With this roundup, we’ll be brining attention to our favorite stories monthly. Share your favorite pet-related stories with us by posting the stories on our Facebook page!

This 9-Year-Old Built a Nonprofit, No-Kill Animal Shelter Out of His Garage to Help Stray Animals.

This story is truly inspiring. Ken, a 9 year old from the Philippines, wanted to help local stray dogs and cats in his neighborhood and creating a safe place for them to live in was his dream. That dream came sooner than expected, when pictures of Ken feeding some stray animals floated around the internet. Once people saw this picture, they donated money to Ken and he was able to raise enough money to pay for quality food, vet bills and lease a space for a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. Ken is an inspiration to all of us and we are proud of him and all that he continues to do. Go Ken! 

Happy Animals Club  Ken and Blackie Brownie and White Puppy 
images via Happy Animals Club

Matching Dog and Baby Duo Are Dangerously Cute

This story went especially viral, and after seeing these pictures, we know why! Professional pet photographer Grace Chon has chronicled the friendship between her 10-month-old son, Jasper, and her 7-year-old rescue pup, Zoey, on her Tumblr page. Judging from these photos, it’s clear to see that these two enjoy each other’s company, whether they are in matching attire or not!

Jasper and Zoey Represent New York  Jasper and Zoey in their Shades

images via Grace Chon

Photos of Dogs Taken After Leaving the Shelter and Getting in the Car

It’ll be hard to wipe that smile off your face after looking at these precious 20 photos of dogs leaving Chicago Animal Care and Control after being rescued. Some faces expresses nervousness, while others express happiness and relief. It goes to show that dogs truly understand when they are entering a happy place in life!

Never Looked Back  Getting Comfortable
images via Stuff Happens

26 Reasons Therapy Dogs are the Best

Now, all of us dog owners know that dogs are the best, but this Buzzfeed post is proof that dogs bring happiness to all and have the ability to calm and soothe people. Therapy dogs are brought to hospitals, violent events and even college campuses to relieve stress. Not only are dogs cuddly and adorable, but they can lower blood pressure and decrease anxiety. If that’s not a reason to get a dog, then we don’t know what is!

Therapy Dog  Therapy Dogs and Child
images via Buzzfeed

Tinder for Dogs? BarkBuddy App Matches Pet Lovers with Local Rescues

This is an app that everyone is going to want to have on their iPhone! The geniuses at Bark & Co. have created BarkBuddy, a new way to find adoptable pets that is similar to the overwhelmingly popular dating app Tinder. This app is connected to 2,500 rescue centers and shelters nationwide and when opened, the app pulls up photos of adoptable pets. Users can determine whether or not they are interested in certain adoptable dogs by “swiping left (I’d like to see a new pet)” or “swiping right (where can I adopt this pet?).” It’s a fun and innovative way to find adoptable animals in your area! 

BarkBuddy App

 

image via The Today Show

Dig This Deal: Save 20% on Barkworthies Treats During the Month of June!

June Treat of the Month

Our Muttropolis Treat of the Month for June is on Barkworthies Treats – they’re 20% off all month long! Available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and flavors, we have treats perfect for all discerning pups’ preferences.

 

Is your dog a fan of chewing? Then you and your pup are in luck! Curly Bully Dog Chews, Flosser Dog Chews, Bully Ring Dog Chews, Bully Pretzel Dog Chews and Braided Bully Stick 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.

 

If your pup loves bullies, but you’re not a fan of their odor, we’ve got you covered with the Odor Free Bully Stick Dog Chew. This chew is baked rather than sun-dried to eliminate the odor, yet still has the same taste and texture as any other bully chew! It’s a win-win for you and your pup! 

Himalayan Chew with Bully Stick Dog Chew

The Himalayan Chew with Bully Stick Dog Chew has the best of both worlds – a mix of a bully stick AND a Himalayan chew! The bully stick portion is made from 100% all-natural free-range grass-fed beef 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!

 

If you’re looking for something stronger and longer-lasting than a bully, look no further: The Elk Antler Dog Chews and Elk Split Antler Dog Chews are a sure winner! Both of these chews are made in the USA and are a much longer lasting healthy choice as dogs are forced to work to gradually grind the chews down slowly. These all-natural, naturally shed chews are sourced from the Central Rocky Mountains, and 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.

 

If you have a puppy or a senior dog and are looking for a softer treat, the delicious and nutritious Natural Dog Treat Stick is a perfect fit! These soft 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.

 

Lastly, if your pup is a fan of sweet potato, then we recommend the Sweet Potato Dog Treats. These USA-made thick-cut sweet potato fillets are packed with vitamins and minerals. They also double as a dental treat – the chewy texture helps remove tartar and plaque from teeth!

  Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Our Treat of the Month promotion on Barkworthies Treats is only valid from June 1st through June 30th, so stock up now! Online customers can redeem this 20% offer online by using the code BARK20 at checkout. The promotion is also being offered at all three of our Southern California Muttropolis store locations

The Seven Days of Pet Appreciation Week with Muttropolis

Pet Appreciation Week

One of our favorite weeks of the year is upon us: Pet Appreciation Week 2014!

There is everything to love about an entire weeklong celebration, spanning June 1 – 7, dedicated to the domesticated animal kingdom in its entirety – from canine to feline, equestrian to reptilian, arachnid and more!

Here at Muttropolis, dogs and cats take the admiration of our hearts, minds and spirits. Because of this admiration, and for business research purposes, we like to put ourselves in our pets’ paws for a bit and think from their perspectives. We feel this allows us to relate to them better and to understand them on a more four-legged level.

So, for this year’s Pet Appreciation Week, we went above and beyond! We decided to imagine the entire weeklong celebration from our dogs’ and cats’ perspectives!

What kind of toys and food do they really want? How bored are they playing the same old games? How should we, as their humans, go that extra mile to show love and affection?

After many days spent crawling around the office, howling and meowing along with our furry friends, we felt moved to create a song that captured their wants and needs. What you are about to read is both a declaration of appreciation and roadmap of how you, as your pet’s human, can make this year’s Pet Appreciation Week the best week ever!

Now, all of us here at Muttropolis would like to present:

“The Seven Days Of Pet Appreciation Week.”

A dog howls:

“On the first day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – A brand new retractable leash.

On the second day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Two stylish leather dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.

On the third day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.

On the fourth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Four kinds of all-natural dog food, three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.

On the fifth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Five doggy t-shirts, four kinds of all-natural dog food, three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.

On the sixth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Six recycled and eco-friendly dog products, five doggy t-shirts, four kinds of all-natural dog food, three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collar and a brand new retractable leash.

On the seventh day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Seven dog bed duvet covers, six recycled and eco-friendly dog products, five doggy t-shirts, four kinds of all-natural dog food, three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.”

Now, I know what you are thinking…What about…

A cat meows:

“On the first day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – A brand new litter box to pee.

On the second day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Two awesome cat toys, and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the third day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Three kinds of cat food, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the fourth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Four new types of cat bowls, three kinds of cat food, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the fifth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – A five-story cat condo, four new types of cat bowls, three kinds of cat food, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the sixth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Six styles of colorful cat collars, a five-story cat condo, four new types of cat bowls, three kinds of cat food, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the seventh day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Seven cans of catnip, six styles of colorful cat collars, a five-story cat condo, four new types of cat bowls, three kinds of cat foods, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and brand new litter box to pee.”

Yes! We hope you have an amazing Pet Appreciation Week with your pet.

If you have any questions for us here at Muttropolis, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit us at one of our three Southern California retail stores today.