Monthly Archive:: July 2014

Happy National Mutt Day!

Today is one of our favorite holidays – National Mutt Day! This special holiday has an interesting history: it was founded by dog lover and philanthropist Colleen Page in 2005 and is celebrated twice a year (today and December 2nd). National Mutt Day is a day for embracing, saving and celebrating all types of mixed breed dogs. Want to celebrate this day dedicated to Mutts? Here are a few ideas: take your pup to the park, spoil them by getting them a pupcake, or, if you’re in the Newport Beach area, stop by our Fashion Island store at 7PM for a National Mutt Day Celebration!

In honor of Mutts near and far, here’s a little Mutt 101 from us to you:

National Mutt Day Infographic

We hope you and your Mutt have a fabulous day!

Check it out: “My Dog is My” Photo Contest with Ruffwear

 

What does your dog mean to you? A companion? Entertainment? Motivation? Everyone has a different answer and we, along with Ruffwear, want to know what you have to say. 

Ruffwear’s year-long campaign, “My Dog is My…” encourages dog owners to share what their dog means to them as a reminder and inspiration to others. Now is your turn to proclaim your "My Dog is My…" for our My Dog is My Photo Contest!  Starting Monday, July 28th, Facebook and Instagram users are invited to participate by simply posting a photo of your pup to our Facebook page or on Instagram  with the hashtags #mydogismy and #muttropolis, and tell us what your dog means to you. To make it even more fun, you can download the “My Dog is My” sign, fill it out and send us a photo! The winner of the contest will be selected at random on Friday, August 1st 1:30PM PST. The random winner will receive a special Muttropolis + Ruffwear prize pack.

To get into the spirit of this contest, we decided to ask some of our fellow Muttropians what their dog meant to them. Here’s what they had to say:

Jessica and Thunder   Kiiah and Chewie
Jessica and her pup Thunder                  Kiiah and her pup Chewie

To learn more about the “My Dog is My” campaign, check out Ruffwear’s website.

Pet Health: Help Those Hot Paws!

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Summer is here and the heat is on! Have you noticed your pup trying to avoid that hot, black asphalt on your walks? Dogs’ pads are incredibly sensitive, therefore, the asphalt can be extremely harmful. One of our customers recently brought their 10-week-old Husky puppy in with burnt, cracking pads due to the hot pavement. The owner had taken him on a long run on the asphalt; this poor pup barely wanted to stand on his paws!           

Anti Slip Dog Socks   Ruffwear Summit Trex Boots

We highly recommend covering your pup’s paws up by wearing socks or boots during this summer heat, especially if you take your pup on long mid-day walks or runs. Not only do they look super stylish, they protect your pups’ sensitive pads from the scorching asphalt! If the damage has already been done, like the Husky’s, we recommend using Vetericyn Wound and Skin Care Spray to disinfect and clean your pups’ paws. After the paws have been sprayed, bandage them with the Pawflex Bandages while their paws heal is. You can find these products at any of our Muttropolis locations or on our website!

Vetericyn Wound and Infection Spray   Pawflex Dog Bandages

Fetchingly Fresh: Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

“Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude!” Everyone knows that if a pup is rocking pink, they mean business. That’s why we have a special collection dedicated to pink lovers – from sassy collars to fluffy beds to stylish apparel, we have everything you need to make your pup the quintessential “pink” pup!

For the pups that want to strut down the sidewalk with pink pride, we’ve got you covered with all-pink neckwear. We have a plethora of pink collars, ranging from chevron print to bedazzled leather to plain velvet collars. If you want to add more pink to your pup’s neck, a pink engravable tag doesn’t hurt either! For the pups that want a more sophisticated pink lady look, check out the pink crystal heart necklace and pink sequin dog bow – these definitely will add a little glitz and glam to any furry fashionista’s wardrobe!

Chevron Print Dog Collar   Crystal Heart Dog Necklace   Pink Sequin Dog Bow

While some pups enjoy neckwear, others like to take their fashion to the next level with apparel. Girly girls can satisfy their fashion craving by checking out our pink ruffly dresses and bright pink tanks, while the men can take the casual route with a pink-striped polo. No matter the choice, your pup is sure to make heads turn!

Little Miss Perfect Dog Dress   Miss Popular Dog Tank   Pink Striped Polo

Interested in adding some pink in your pup’s life, but not on their body? Having a pop of color can add pizazz to any room’s décor. Our favorites pink home essentials? The super soft Katie Puff lounge bed, the cuddly personalized blanket and the stylish double wood raised feeder.

Katie Puff Lounge Bed   Pink Personalized Blanket   Pink Double Wood Raised Feeder
We love pink, and our Pink Collection shows that. To get the full taste of our Pink Collection, stop by one of our Southern California store locations or visit us at Muttropolis.com!

 

Now Presenting: Comic-Canine

Comic Con Dog

The beloved Comic-Con is almost here! Prepare your pup for the festivities this year!

The international convention that comic book fanatics, sci-fi cosplay warriors and superhero aficionados dream about all year is just around the corner! The beloved Comic-Con returns to San Diego July 24 – 27, bringing elaborate costumes, celebrity guests and family superhero fun to the beachside SoCal city of San Diego for the weekend. 

In the midst of all the excitement, our four-legged family members are often left out of the Comic-Con fun, while the humans indulge in their superhero dreams. That's why Muttropolis is stepping in to save the day! This year, we’re happy to announce the launch of…drum roll please…Comic-Canine!!

In the celebratory spirit of Comic-Con, our exclusive Comic-Canine Collection will feature limited edition runs of superhero-themed dog apparel. This year, your dog can participate in the cosplay action, sporting a Superman dog collar or playing with a Batman plush toy.

Superman Dog Collar   Batman Plush Dog Toy

At Muttropolis, we feel that every pooch should be able showcase their inner superhero alter ego, which is why we decided to make this dream come true for them.

Now, dog owners, here is your mission, if you choose to accept it…

1)     Make a visit to Muttropolis.com.

2)     Browse the awesome selection of limited edition Comic-Canine apparel and accessories.

3)     Determine what kind of superhero or comic book avenger your dog is.

4)     Order while supplies last.

5)     Get your dog ready for the festivities, and take him or her out for a walk of pride in downtown San Diego July 24-27.

 Lastly, pictures! We love pictures! If you embark on this journey to your dog’s superhero side, please capture some moments from the day and share the photos with us on our Muttropolis Facebook Page or by mentioning us on Instagram @Muttropolis!

We look forward to all the Comic-Canine, and Comic-Con, fun that is just around the corner. Get ready! 

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What We’re Digging: Collars Here, Collars There, Collars Everywhere!

Save on Collars and Leashes

Here at Muttropolis, we think of collars like women think of shoes – you can never have too many! Because of this, we make sure to bring you the latest and greatest in collars, searching high and low for new fabrics, prints and sizes for every personality.

Our variety of collar styles and sizes is ridiculously large, ranging from glitzy leather collars to training martingale collars to basic collars for your teacup-sized pup. We like to have a wide array of styles for our customers to choose from, but that doesn’t mean that we just pick any collar to add to our collection. We make sure all collars are the best of the best in design and quality.

Because we have so many collars, we have them blocked in different sections on our site so that it’s easy for you to find exactly what collar you are looking for. Fabric + Nylon Collars include fabric collars with fun designs, while the Stripes, Plaids + Solid Fabric Collars include just that, fabric collars with stripes, plaids or solids in the design. Leather Collars include any collars that are leather, from plain soft leather to stud-filled leather, while Sparkle Collars include leather collars that have crystals and anything flashy (and sassy!). For the training pup, we have a special Training Collars, including martingale and gentle leaders. Our Teacup Dog Collars section is tailor-made for the small dog crew. Lastly, for the night walkers, we have a Lighted or Reflective Collars + Leashes section, featuring light-up collars from our friends at Pup Protector as well as reflective leashes.

Collars Galore

Now that we’ve got you covered on what collars we offer, your next question might be “How do I know what size collar my dog wears?” To answer this question, we go back to our blog post from last year, “The Pursuit of the Perfect Collar:” For the ideal fit, you will want to allow for one to three fingers to fit between the collar and your dog’s neck, depending on your dog’s size. So, when you measure your pup’s neck, be sure to place the appropriate number of fingers underneath the measuring tape to find the true size. Below is a breakdown of how many fingers we advise according the size of the dog:

Small Size Dog (20 pounds or less) – 1 finger’s width
Medium / Average Sized Dog – 2 finger’s width
Extra Large Dog – 3 finger’s width

Now that you know what size your pup is, it’s time to shop! Here’s an added bonus: get 10% off when you purchase a collar/leash set! Use code WALK10 at checkout to save. Shop away!

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

This past month was filled with so many different dog-related stories, it was hard to narrow down our favorites! Share your favorite pet-related stories with us by posting the stories on our Facebook page!

22 Photos that Prove Babies Need Pets

Who doesn’t love a good dog/baby photo? We know we do! This article really has no words, just pictures, but these pictures clearly speak a thousand words and show the love between a baby and a pup. Not only is a dog a best friend to a human, but it’s said that a kid’s development can be accelerated when interacting with the family pet daily. What a perfect excuse to just hang with your pup, right?

Sleeping Pup and Baby   Snooping

Builders Woo Pet Lovers with Pet Spas, Rooftop Walks

Let’s be real: who wouldn’t want to live in a place that has a swanky space for your pets? For those that though they could only dream of something like this, your prayers have been answered – apartment buildings are starting to create awesome spaces for pet owners. Some amenities in these 750 apartment communities operated by Greystar include a “pet deck” for pets to do their business in, a pet washing/grooming station and even canine agility courses. An added bonus? Pet events including “Yappy Hours” and trainer visits are scheduled in the complexes. Sign us up!

Pet Friendly Apartment Building in Seattle  Dog Lounge

Watch This Formerly Blind Dog React to Seeing His Owners for the First Time After Getting Eye Surgery

Alright, time to get out the tissues. Duffy, an adorable Irish Terrier rescue pup, sadly developed diabetes and had lost his eyesight. Once his diabetes was stable, Duffy was able to get eye surgery that gave him the ability to see once again. This video shows when Duffy saw his family for the first time after surgery. This emotional video is so beautiful and is sure to not only bring tears to your eyes, but give you a big smile!

Cuddle Buddies! Watch Cheetah and Pup Make the Ultimate Siblings

This article is four words: adorbs to the max. Our friends over at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park document this precious play date between an 8 week old puppy, Raina, and a 7 week old cheetah, Ruuxa. Raina was brought in to be a friend to Ruuxa, a lone cub who was rejected by his mother, and to also calm down the cheetah and teach him that there’s nothing scary in its public surroundings. We can’t wait to see this friendship between Raina and Ruuxa build!

Ruuxa and Raina  Ruuxa and Raina Playing

Gear up for Summer!

Gear up for Summer

Bring on the heat! Although summer is the ample time for vacations and fun, it can get a little warm. Dogs, like humans, need to keep cool when the heat is blaring. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the best products to keep your pup cool and happy!

When deciding what kind of apparel to fit your dog in during the warm weather, we recommend something that will cool their body. The ICool Vest is perfect for the warm weather – all you have to do is dip the vest in water, wring it out and you’re good to go! For those that have a dog that loves to swim, we recommend checking out the Float Coat – it’s the pups’ version of a life jacket!

ICool Vest  Ruffwear Float Coat

If you’d rather have your dog go without apparel this summer, there are some other ways to keep your pet safe from the sun and heat. Doggles are the perfect dog sunglasses and have 100% UV protection, promising protection of your furry BFF’s eyes. If you love to walk your pup, but are nervous about the heat of the cement, then dog boots may be your life saver! Not only do these boots keep moisture out, but the outsole protects and locks out dirt and debris while keeping your pup’s feet from burning.

Doggles  Ruffwear Dog Boots

Another way to cool down is (what else?) to play in the pool! We have some floatable toys like Loopies and Discs that will provide hours of fun in the sun while keeping cool! Another great toy to keep your pup cool is the Chilly Bone. The bone can be frozen multiple times and freezes in only an hour!

   Floating Disc Toy  Chilly Bone Toy

For those that are planning a road trip, pup water breaks are a must. To help keep your pup hydrated and reduce the bulk packaging of normal dog bowls, we have the Gulpy water dispenser, conveniently shaped in a water bottle, and bowls that are made to fit your car’s cup holder.

 Gulpy Water Dispenser  To Go Travel Dog Bowl

As we all know, fleas love to make an appearance during the summer. We offer a few different remedies to get rid of fleas, ranging from sprays to wipes to shampoos to supplements.

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