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Check it Out: New Collar Styles for any Pup!

Colllars

If you didn’t know, we LOVE collars. We have over 200 different collars to choose from (yes, that’s 200, not 20!), with styles ranging to basic leather to polka dot fabric to everything in between. Our extreme collar selection sets us apart from the rest!

We hand-pick every single collar that you see on our website. How do we distinguish between the collars we offer and the collars that don’t make the cut, you ask? Well, we always make sure our collars not only have a unique design, but are perfect for any type of pup – the preppy pup, the blinged out pup, the rugged pup, etc. We also make sure that the material used on our collars is of high quality and has durable hardware. Because no dog is the same, we offer a variety of sizes of collars, from teacups to big breeds.

Since it can be a mess to go through every single collar on our site, we have them categorized for ease: if you’re looking for a fabric collar, check out our Fabric + Nylon Collars and Stripes, Plaids + Solid Fabric Collars sections. Leather lovers have two sections as well to check out: Leather Collars and Sparkle Collars (for that extra touch of bling). For pups that are in training, we have a spot devoted to all Training Collars. Teacups have their own section, featuring adorable leather and fabric collars. Lastly, if you’re a night walker, we have a Lighted or Reflective Collars + Leashes section.

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You’ve found the collar you love. Now what? Time to measure your dog’s neck for perfect sizing! Our blog post from last year, “The Pursuit of the Perfect Collar” give you all the information you need on how to find the perfect collar size:

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!

LIFE @ MUTT: We’re Turning 84 this Year (in Dog Years)!!

Mutt Munchers

We are so proud to be part of the community for the last 12 years. It’s been an amazing journey from our original store in Solana Beach to growing through the recession to 3 stores and a fast growing website!  As a utopia for pets and their parents, we’ve met thousands of new furry friends and helped hundreds of dogs and cats find forever homes. To celebrate this monumental month, we’re introducing two limited edition flavors: Anniversary Dessert Mix and Anniversary Meat Lovers Mix. An added bonus? We’re offering our entire line of locally-made Mutt Munchers $3 off!

The Anniversary Dessert Mix contains our most popular dessert flavors: Blueberry, Ginger and Peanut Butter, and the Anniversary Meat Mix contains our most popular meat flavors: Bacon, Meatball and Liver. In addition to our Anniversary Blends, we are bringing back our Seasonal Flavors, including Pumpkin Pie and Crown Roast. Other flavors include: Peanut Butter, Blueberry, Ginger, Salmon, Bacon, Liver and Meatball.

These treats are made locally in Carlsbad, are grain and gluten free and include only all-natural, human-grade ingredients. Garbanzo beans take the place of grains, resulting in a tasty treat packed full of protein and dietary fiber. Each Mutt Muncher is about 18-19 calories and have an approximate 1 year shelf-life if the bag is completely sealed.

Why grain-free? Grains are a common allergy in dogs and can cause itchiness and other uncomfortable symptoms. Because grains take much longer to break down in the stomach, dogs often have trouble digesting them. Sticking with food and treats that are grain-free will make a positive impact on any pup’s health.

Delicious, nutritious and cost efficient, Mutt Munchers make a great addition to any dog’s diet! Visit us online or in one of our Southern California store locations to enjoy these Anniversary savings! Online customers can redeem their discount by entering MOREMUNCH at checkout.

2014 Annual Halloween Party + Costume Contest!

The Muttropolis Halloween Party is one of the most anticipated and exciting events of the year! Our four-legged (and two-legged) friends pull out all the stops when it comes to creativity for Halloween. What a fantastic turnout this year! Here are some of our favorite photos from the event!

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Twins!

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You guys – it’s BATDOG! How cool is this?!

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This peacock is WORKING it!

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This is a shark we want to be friends with!

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Is this not the cutest pilot ever?!

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What a cute family!

To see these photos and more from the parties, check out our Facebook page!

Halloween LOLz: Our Favorite Dog Halloween Costumes!

Ah, Halloween! It’s the one day each year where scaring people, getting a sugar high and dressing up in a costume is socially acceptable. Dogs do the first two things on a daily basis, and when it comes to October, the third thing is taken to a whole new level. If you didn’t know, dressing your pup up in a Halloween costume is totally a “thing” and people pull out ALL the stops. Need a visual? We’ve got 10 for ya.

Exhibit 1: The “Wrecking Pug”

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Miley Cyrus’ ball has nothing on this pug. We give this costume an A+ – I mean, look at the Barbie riding the ball!

Exhibit 2: The “Yorkie Piñata”

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Whatever you do, do NOT hit this piñata with a bat. Instead, pet it!

Exhibit 3: The “Pop-kin Spice Latte”

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Love Pumpkin Spice Lattes? You’ll love the Pop-kin Spice Latte even more! If this costume doesn’t win a best dressed contest, then they didn’t have the right judge.

Exhibit 4: The “50 Shades of Dog”

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What’s better than one of the most popular books within the last few years? A dog with a literally 50 shades of grey. I mean…

Exhibit 5: The “DogCorn”

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This is the definition of “Too Cute to Eat!” The best part? The popcorn on the head of course!

Exhibit 6: The “EP (Extra-pugrestrial)”

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This is the easiest costume to re-create: grab a white towel and your bike! Oh wait – I guess you need a pug…

Exhibit 7: The “Dirty Dogtini”

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Is your pup in a cone? No problem – just add a cocktail shaker and some “olives” and you’ve got a dirty dog-tini! You’re welcome.

Exhibit 8: The “Mr. T(dog)”

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A English Bulldog + A Mr. T outfit makes us want to scream “I pitty da fool!”

Exhibit 9: The “Dogia”

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Ch-ch-ch-chia! I wonder how long this took to “grow”!

Exhibit 10: The Super Hero Clan

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We saved the best for last – this family is special to us as they are part of our Mutt Clan! We give them an A+ for dedication – not only are the parents involved, but they’ve got the DOGS in there!!!!!! We are obsessed. As Buzz Lightyear (our version of a superhero) would say – “To infinity and beyond!”

What’s Hot: Clink your glass for the Cocker’Tail Set!

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Throw some ice in the bucket and cool the champs…we have a new collection for you that deserves a toast! Our special Cocker’Tail Collection is our way of introducing the Holiday season, because who doesn’t love a nice winter Cocktail Party?! This collection features flawless clothing, shimmery sequins and, of course, a few Cocker’tails!

There are a few things you need when preparing for a Cocktail Party. Let’s start with the most important: an outfit!! We’ve got all the ladies and gents prepared for any special party, from fluffy shimmer dresses to Tuxedo Tanks to Sequin Harnesses! Not only will your pup be the Belle (or the Prince) of the ball, but they are sure to make heads turn in these fab styles.

Tuxedo TankNext up? The drinks! Every Cocktail Party needs drinks (obviously), and we can help. While you’re sipping on your bubbly or a Dirty Martini, your pup can (somewhat) sip on some Cocker’tails! How, you ask? We have some fabulous plush toys that are just as great to display as they are for your pup to play with. With a choice of Grey Dogs Vodka, Pawier-Jouet Champagne or Mirapawval Rosé, your pooch is sure to be satisfied with whatever choice that may be!Gold Trellis Bowl and Jar

Lastly, we can’t forget to spice up your living space! We think a more modern approach to your living space is key for any kind of fancy party. The Gold Trellis Bowl and Jar feature not only a print that will never go out of style, but a nice gold color that is sure to modernize any room! Of course, we can’t forget our Mutt
favorite: the Katie Puff Bed. These beds are so sleek and comfy, your guests will think it’s a place for them to lay!

Need more Cocker’tail inspiration? Check out our Cocker’tail Collection in its entirety online or at one of our Southern California stores!

Halloween Tips for your Pup!

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Halloween is a fun holiday for the whole family, including the pups! While getting everything prepared for the spookiest holiday of the year, we thought we’d help you in the pet department by sharing a few Mutt Tips!

Is your pup protective of the family? Dogs are über protective of their family, but when it comes to Halloween activities, protection goes to the next level (you have to remember, dogs can’t tell the difference between a costume and a family friend!). If you’re planning on bringing your pup with you to Halloween activities, we highly recommend having them on a leash. If you think your pup will be too protective, then let them hang out at home while you’re out.

Have a pup that loves people? Bring them along for the ride! You can even take it up a notch and dress them up in a sweet costume! The most important part of bringing your pup with you (besides the costume)? Don’t let them eat candy! Instead of having your pup gnaw on Halloween candy that can make them really sick (resulting in you having to clean their mess later or worse), have some healthy treats on hand to hand to Bowser while the kids are getting their candy. It will make trick-or-treating fun for everyone!

Have a shy guy? You don’t want to put your pup in a situation that makes them freak out. Give your dog the night off and let them hang out at the house while you’re out and about. All they’ll need is their bed, a fun toy and (obviously) some treats and they won’t even know you’re gone!

Bonus Tip: If you’re taking your pup with you, make sure they have an ID tag on their collar. It’s pretty unlikely, but there is a chance that your pup can run away because they’re frightened (if you had no clue why there were zombies or ghosts walking near you, wouldn’t you be a little frightened too?). By having an ID on their collar, you’re giving the finder of your pup a way to contact you so you can save your dog from being even more scared!

We hope we’ve given you a little advice on what to do with your pup during the Halloween festivities. Have a fun and safe Halloween! 🙂

Just In: Sock Monkey Styles for Your Pup!

Sock Monkey Collection

Here’s a little history lesson for you all: Sock Monkeys were first made during the Great Depression when people would sew red heeled socks together. Now, more than 80 years later, they’re just as fabulous and have been incorporated into a ton of things. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our newest collection: The Sock Monkey Collection!

With fall in full swing and winter on the horizon, sweaters and scarves are a must. This awesome zip-up hoody is sure to keep you warm AND comfortable, as it’s made with a cashmere blend! It’s definitely a mutt favorite. More into something a little lighter? The Sock Monkey Striped Wool Scarf is great because not only will it warm up your pup’s neck, but it’s adjustable, insuring a perfect fit! With these items, you’ll be turning Bowser into your very own Sock Monkey in no time!

Why not rock the Sock Monkey on your daily walk? We won’t object to that! In fact, we encourage it with our Sock Monkey collar, leash and bowtie. If you’re looking into dressing your dog from neck to tail, this is perfect, as each item completely matches! If you’re more into the subtle Sock Monkey flair, then you have the ability to choose which item you like best. We love options!

Of course, this collection wouldn’t be complete with Sock Monkey toys! From multi-colored to corduroy to sock-made cat toys to the original Sock Monkey, we have enough Sock Monkey toys for you to fill your toy box to the rim!

Want more Sock Monkey? Check out the Sock Monkey Collection in its entirety online or at one of our Southern California stores!

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

We have quite a few stories revolving around dogs this month! We love seeing dogs in the news, whether it be something hilarious, an interesting new study or something that’s sure to bring the tears. Have any pet-related stories you’d like to share with us? Post the stories on our Facebook page!

Your Pet Might be Peeved! Study Finds that Dogs Get Jealous Too

Well this explains a lot! Researchers at UC San Diego (right in our backyard!) conducted a study determining whether or not dogs have a sense of jealousy. 36 dogs and their owners were used in the study that consisted of noting dogs’ reactions of their owners petting animated toy dogs. The results are not surprising – dogs DO get jealous! Once the pups would see their owners petting the toy, they would try to break the connection between the owner and the toy. Just another way that dogs are like humans!

These Two Dogs Got Married and the Whole Thing is Straight out of Your Pinterest Wedding Board

Bring on the LOL’s! Hudson and Chelsea, two Dachshunds whose parents are good friends, had a wedding. Sounds cute, Hudson and Chelsearight? Be prepared for nothing that you’d expect, as these two were given the true Pinterest wedding treatment, from beautifully illustrated invitations to fabulous floral arrangements to a Bulldog officiate. If only we were invited to this wedding!

Missing Pennsylvania Dog Found 3,000 Miles Away from Home

Could you imagine getting a call that your lost pup was found 3,000 miles away?! The owner of 7-year old Jack Russell Terrier Gidget probably didn’t. Gidget had been missing from the owner’s house in Pennsylvania since late April and was found walking the suburbs of Portland in September. When Gidget was brought to the nearest shelter, they were able to determine through a microchip that she came from right outside of Philadelphia! No one really knows how or why Gidget was taken cross-country, but all that matters now is that she is found.

Life for Regular People vs. Life for Dog People

Dog LoveBuzzfeed has nailed it again with this photo comparison between life with a dog and life without. I’m sure you can all guess which life seems more fun and exciting. 🙂

Susie the Therapy Dog, Abused as a Puppy, Named Hero Dog of the Year

This one is a tearjerker for all the right reasons. Meet Susie, an adorable pit-bull mix that was beat and set on fire by her owner in 2009 after licking (also known as KISSING in dog speak) the owner’s child. This sweet baby suffered third-degree burns and her ears were burned off. Before you start crying out of sadness, let’s fast-forward to Susie’s recovery and an adoption by Donna Lawrence. Lawrence adopted Susie less than a year after she herself had been brutally attacked by a neglected pit bull, which Suziecaused her to lose her ability to have kids. Lawrence and Susie were meant to be, as they both learned to trust one another. Susie is now a therapy dog that helps people that have been through traumatic events and has even helped create stronger anti-cruelty laws in her home state of North Carolina (along with Lawrence, of course!).

 

Dig This Deal: Save 20% on Stella and Chewy’s All Month Long!

October TOTM

Oh October, you came so quickly! As you all probably know by now, when a new month starts, there’s a new special deal for our Muttropians. This month’s Treat of the Month is on Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried food and treats – save 20% all month long!

Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried dinner patties provide 100% complete and balanced nutrition. Each flavor is made with raw meat, poultry or fish that is sourced from USDA-inspected facilities, mixed with organic fruits and vegetables included. Healthful, direct-fed microorganisms (probiotics), natural tocopherols, chelated trace minerals, taurine, and essential FreezeDFamily_RGBvitamins and minerals are also added to this yummy mix. These patties come in 8 different flavors: Chicken & Veggies, Beef, Lamb, Duck, Surf ‘N Turf, Rabbit, Venison and Pheasant and are grain-free with no fillers, artificial preservatives, colorings, added hormones, antibiotics, sugar or salt. Not only is this a great meal for your pup, but you can break up a patty and make it a nice yummy treat!

The savings don’t stop there! During October, you’ll also be able to save 20% on Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried treats, Carnivore Crunch and Carnivore Kisses. The Carnivore Crunch treats are all-natural formed morsels while the Carnivore Kisses are diced, 100% meat treats. These treats can berIMG_0095 given to your pup as a training reward or crumbled over food for added flavor – nothing beats that! The Carnivore Crunch treats come in Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Salmon/Cod and Duck flavors. The Carnivore Kisses treats come in Beef, Chicken, Salmon and Duck. Just like the freeze-dried food, these treats provide the benefits of raw with the convenience of being dry.

So what does freeze-drying exactly mean, you ask? Freeze-drying is a process that enables food manufacturers to remove the moisture from their products while retaining nutritional value. There is no cooking is involved in this process, as the product is frozen and then put into a freeze dryer on rIMG_4439trays. These 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, and 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 ever being thawed or cooked, which is why the nutritional value is retained.

You don’t want to miss out on this delicious and nutritious Treat of the Month! This special runs from October 1st through October 31st at all three of our stores and online. Use code STELLA20 at checkout to save!

Fetchingly Fresh: Forest Friends for Your Pup!

Forest Friends

From foxes and squirrels to bunnies and owls, we have every forest friend covered in our Forest Friend Collection!

The apparel and accessories in this collection feature all your favorite forest animals. What does the fox say?! For fox lovers, we have an adorable collar and leash donning girly foxes, knit sweaters and an adorable necktie that attaches to a collar. For Fox Sweaterthose that prefer squirrels, we have a fun squirrel sweater and not one, but two squirrel themed bandanas: one with a squirrel and one with an acorn! Other favorites include the Bunny Print Top and the Fuzzy Bear Sweatshirt.Bunny Print Top

We have fun, forest toys for every type of pup! For the entertainment seeker, the new Roll-Up Log is ideal – three forest critters are wrapped in the log and the pup has to try and get them out! The Long Legged Toy is unique not only because it has four long legs, but it has a hidden tennis ball in the body – making it almost two toys in one! Wool favorites, like the Fox and Squirrel Wool Toys, are great for pups that are into strength and squeakers.

Roll Up Log ToyWhen thinking about forest-like home products, we felt that the modern idea was the way to go. Our Anderson Modern Wood Bowls and Canisters are made from eco-friendly plantation grown and renewable Acacia wood, not to mention they are sleek and perfect for any home! Another modern, yet comfortable staple is the Snow Lynx Bed. With faux fur on one side and chenille on the Snow Lynx Bedother, your pup is bound to get easily attached to this forest-like bed!

The forest fun doesn’t stop there – stop by one of our Southern California stores or online to check out the whole Forest Friends Collection!