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Tips for the Stroller Pup

Our furry friends are just another member of the family and we want to take them everywhere. Some dogs have a hard time keeping up because they are small, getting older or the summer heat makes the
asphalt so hot it can be dangerous for them to walk on sidewalks all day. We recommend you let your pup ride in style…with a stroller!

  • Using a stroller will keep your elderly pup from getting tired and will help them feel more energetic during the day
  • Strollers are a great alternative to carriers. Carriers can put a lot of strain on your back, neck
    and shoulders, whereas a stroller adds zero pressure to your body
  • Strollers keep your pup off the hot ground, preventing paws from injuries such as burns and cracking
  • Strollers don’t have to be used all the time – you can walk your pup until they get tired and pop them in the stroller for a good nap while you finish your daily duties

First Class Jogger StrollerThe First Class Jogger is a “Mutt Tested and Approved” favorite. This Jogger comes with a soft, comfy pad for your pup to lay on while looking outside the mesh windows during the daily stroll. Large
wheels have suspension for a completely smooth ride and rear tires have lockable breaks. The Jogger also comes with a large basket underneath for storage. You can find this stroller and more at any of our store locations or online. “Stroll” away!

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

There were so many fun, interesting stories this month! Here are just a handful of our favorites we found that made us tear up, laugh and smile. Share your favorite pet-related stories with us by posting the stories on our Facebook page!

Watch this Excited Dog Faint after Being Reunited with her Owner

Remember what it’s like to reunite with your best friend after summer vacation? Imagine that feeling multiplied by 2 years (which is 14 years in a dog’s mind!)! Rebecca Ehalt hadn’t seen her 9-year-old Schnauzer, Casey, in 2 years, and when they were reunited it was complete madness on both ends. What follows after the initial meeting is what you’d least expect – Casey fainted! Check out the video captured by Ehalt’s family. Of course Casey’s family took her to the vet and she was fine – just overly excited to see her mom! Too cute! Click here to watch the video!

I Died Today. By, Duke Roberts

BRB while we get this tissues. This is the story of Duke Roberts, a rescue pup who had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma, which caused an amputated leg and a growing tumor. When the time came to say goodbye to Dukey, photographer Robyn Arouty decided to document the day, filled with Dukey eating hamburgers, playing in the water and saying goodbye to his friends and loved ones. It’s a sad story, but you can’t help but smile when you see how happy Dukey is to be enjoying life and be with his favorite people in the world.  Give your pup some extra love tonight on behalf of lil’ Dukey.

Duke and Hamburgers   Happy Duke

This Baby and Pit Bull Puppy are Best Friends and it’s the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

This dynamic duo is sure to make anyone feel happy! Meet 10-week old baby Eisleigh and 8-week old puppy Clyde. They are true BFF’s – they sleep together, laugh together, play together, and all-around enjoy each other’s company. Aren’t they the cutest? We can’t wait to see this friendship blossom as they both get older!

Dogs Find Newborn Baby Abandoned by Side of Road

Everyone knows that a dog’s sense of smell is one of their greatest attributes, but could you imagine your pup’s smell leading you to a newborn? Jeff Kopp was taking his pup, Bobby, out for a walk when Bobby started walking in a different direction than their normal route. Sure enough, Bobby led Kopp to an hours-old baby girl, with its umbilical cord still attached. Kopp’s wife and daughter rushed to wrap up the baby while waiting for the paramedics to arrive. The teen mother has been located and is going through a serious medical evaluation. The moral of the story: thank God for dogs and their sense of smell.

Deaf, Formerly Mistreated Pup is so Happy in New Home He Wags His Tail in Delight as He Sleeps

Alas, we saved the best (and happiest!) for last. This video features Frank, a 1 ½ year old Dachshund that was adopted at 5 months old. Frank was neglected by his last owner, being kept outside in a small spot and eating only adult dog food while living with a constant fear of shadows. Once Rafael Borges adopted Frank and gave him the love (and home) he deserved, Frank became a completely different pup and loves life. It’s clear to see how happy Frank is in this video that features his tail wagging while he’s sleeping. It’s amazing how the love you give an animal can affect them for the better.

KAPOW! Comic Canine Arrives on Muttropolis Shelves!

Comic Canine Collection

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s our Comic Canine Collection! Inspired by the recent Comic-Con convention, we decided to take it to the dogs. This fun collection features comic-themed apparel, toys and accessories that will make any pup feel like a hero!

Looking for an awesome way to express your love for your favorite superheroes on your pups’ neck? BOOM! We’ve got you covered! Our comic collars and leashes range from Batman to Wonder Woman to the Avengers and beyond, which is sure to give your pup a little pep in their step!

Batman Shields Dog Collar   Wonder Woman Dog Collar   Marvel Avengers Dog Collar
If you’d rather show your pooch’s pride in apparel, ZAP! Your wish is our command! These tanks are perfect for your daily summer walks. Choose from representing your favorite Avenger, like The Incredible Hulk or Captain America, or let everyone know that your pup is their own super hero in the Superdog tank!

Marvel Hulk Dog Tank   Marvel Captain America Dog Tank   Superdog Dog Tank
Every superpup needs toys. These toys are sure to make you relive your childhood and provide some fun! If your pup is more into soft, plush toys, then we recommend checking out the Batman or Rocky & Bullwinkle toys. Not only are they plushy soft, but they have added squeakers inside for hours of entertainment! If your pup needs more than just a squeaker to keep occupied, we recommend the Underdog toy that talks when squeezed (“There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!”) or the Captain America and Hulk bottle toys, that contain plastic bottles inside which is sure to make your chewer go crazy.

Batman Plush Dog Toy   Talking Underdog Dog Toy   Marvel Hulk Bottle Dog Toy
If you want to take your love for comics to the next level, then our comic home décor will make you giddy! The Superman bowls and placemats are a perfect addition to any comic lover’s dinnerware! More of a Batman fan? We’ve got bowls and placemats for you too! Is Bowser a sleeper? The Newspaper Print Bed Cover is not only fun and versatile, but is more affordable than getting a new bed – just fill the cover with whatever pillows you like, zip it up and BAM! You have a new dog bed!

Superman Dog Bowl   Batman Dog Placemat   Newspaper Print Dog Bed Cover
To get the full taste of our Comic Canine Collection, stop by one of our Southern California stores locations or visit us at Muttropolis.com!

Dig This Deal: August Treat of the Month!

August Treat of the Month

Another month, another new treat discount! Our August Treat of the Month features the delicious Plato Treats! For the whole month, enjoy 20% off savings on yummy Plato treats like Duck, Chicken or Salmon Strips, Grain Free Treats, Farmer’s Market Treats and Thinkers Meat Sticks!

Looking for a treat with a good bite? If so, your pup might enjoy the SalmonDuck or Chicken Strip treats! These meaty treats are made with over 90% salmon, duck or chicken and are naturally preserved. They contain natural ingredients fortified with antioxidant vitamins E and C and have no artificial colors, flavors, synthetic preservatives, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), meat by-products or meals.

Feel like giving your pup some necessary veggies? Look no further – Plato’s Farmer’s Market treats are made using premium US-grown ingredients you’d find at a farmer’s market like peas, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and parsley. These yummy treats are available in Chicken & Vegetables and Salmon & Vegetables flavors. They’re grain-free, corn-free, wheat-free and soy-free and contain natural ingredients fortified with antioxidant vitamins and zinc propionate. They’re also a source of live (viable) naturally occurring microorganisms and contain no artificial colors, flavors, synthetic preservatives, GMO’s, meat by-products or meals. The Salmon & Vegetables variety is also a natural source of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids!

If your pup is in need of healthy, highly digestible treats, then we recommend checking out the Grain Free Turkey Dog Treats made with savory, all-natural USA grown turkey. Slow roasted with high quality ingredients packed full of vitamins and minerals, these treats are a healthy and delicious reward that not only assist in your pet’s nutritional needs, but taste delicious! Available in Turkey & Pumpkin, Turkey & Sweet Potato and Turkey & Cranberry flavors, these treats are grain, corn, wheat and soy-free and fortified with antioxidant vitamins E and C and zinc propionate. No artificial colors, flavors, synthetic preservatives, GMO’s and no meat by-products or meals are used to produce these naturally preserved treats.

Last but not least, and perfect for those smart pups, we have Thinkers Dog Treat Sticks! Available in Chicken, Duck and Salmon, these sticks are each made with over 90% Chicken, Duck and Salmon! So why are these great for smart pups? They contain natural ginkgo biloba to help nourish brain function! All other ingredients are all-natural and fortified with antioxidant vitamins E and C and zinc propionate. Just like all other Plato treats, these sticks contain no artificial colors, flavors, synthetic preservatives, GMO’s and no meat by-products or meals are used to produce these treats.

Our Treat of the Month promotion on Plato Treats runs from July 30th to August 31st, so act fast and visit us online or in stores to enjoy these sizzling savings! Online customers can redeem this special 20% offer by using the code PLATOduring checkout!

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!