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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.

Handmade Embellished Leather Collars Make a Splash + Free Shipping

Free Shipping on Handmade Collars

Looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind collar? We have the solution for you: an embellished, handmade leather collar

These luxury collars, handcrafted in the USA, are made with high quality calf leather and include unique cabochon studs and crystals imported from Europe. The wide variety of studs featured on these collars includes different sizes of turquoise, multicolored cabs, pyramid studs, among others. Paired with sparkling crystals, including lavender, aqua, pink and clear crystals, to name a few, these collars are sure to impress!

As manly pups prefer a masculine, clean look, leather dog collars like the Turquoise on Chocolate Leather Dog Collar, Gold Studs on White Leather Dog Collar and Single Row Multi Cabs on Chestnut Leather Dog Collar are the perfect fit.

  Turquoise on Chocolate Leather Dog Collar Gold Studs on White Leather Dog Collar Single Row Multi Cabs on Chestnut Leather Dog Collar

Because feminine pups prefer a glamorous, vibrant look, sparkle dog collars like the Powder Pink Crystals on Leather Dog Collar, Peridot and Aqua Crystals on Aqua Leather Dog Collar and Multi Crystals on White Leather Dog Collar are a match made in an elegant pups’ heaven.

Powder Pink Crystals on Leather Dog Collar  Periodot and Aqua Crystals on Aqua Leather Dog Collar  Multi Crystals on White Leather Dog Collar
 

These handmade collars can be found in all Muttropolis locations, as well as online, where a wider selection is offered. Because each collar is made to order, shipping can take up to 21 days, depending on availability. Enjoy Free Shipping on our select collection of embellished collars from May 28th-June 2nd. Enter code SHIPMUTTS at checkout.

Muttropolis’ Summer Kick-off Sale, Save 20%

Muttropolis Summer Kickoff Sale

Shop now, enjoy 20% off savings and relax on Memorial Day!* A sale like this isn’t an often occurrence at Muttropolis, so don’t miss your chance to stock up and save on pet essentials and must-haves for your adored four-legged family member. Our Summer Kick-off Sale starts Thursday, May 15th and ends on Monday, May 19th at midnight PST.

Our expansive, upscale assortment includes unique collars and leashes, stylish apparel, cool and captivating toys, travel accessories, at home essentials like luxury bedding and dining, and much more. With an astute buying team behind our helms, we’re pleased to have become one of “the” places to shop to meet and exceed canine customers’ expectations. So take a look, and enjoy the selection and savings!

As mentioned, our Summer Kick-Off Sale lasts 5 days so act fast for the best selection. You can visit any one of our Muttropolis store locations or our website to shop the sale. Online customers must use the coupon code SIZZLE at checkout to receive their 20% discount.

*Sale excludes food, treats and gift cards. Cannot be combined with other offers. 

Ways to Spend Mother’s Day with Your Dog, Plus a Photo Contest

Dog Moms

Here at Muttropolis we believe that having a pet definitely lands you in the “mom” category. So, we’d like to wish all of the doggy moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! If you don’t have children, you’re probably used to this day coming and going with no special wishes, cards or gifts, but you can still enjoy the day with your four-legged friend, who is sure to show you love in other ways.

Below are just a few of our favorite ways to share special time with our pups. Perhaps one of these suggestions will be the perfect date for you and your dog this Mother’s Day! Also, be sure to make it to the bottom of this post to learn more about the Mother’s Day photo contest we’re running for a short time only on Facebook!

A Dog-Friendly Lunch Date

Dog-friendly Dining

We’re lucky down here in San Diego with an abundance of dog-friendly dining options, and we sure hope the same goes for wherever you call home. No dog likes to be left behind, so on Mother’s Day search out an establishment that will let your dog come too. If you have a hard time finding a dog-friendly spot, you can always make a meal at home or grab something to go and enjoy it in a dog-friendly park or beach. We’re picturing a splendid picnic in the sunshine!

A Play Date with Other Doggie Moms

Dog Play Date

Do you have the perfect dog and mom duo in mind? Great, make a date! If not, head to your nearest dog park. The excellent thing about dog parks is that you don’t have to coordinate the play date ahead of time, simply show up with your fido and you’re sure to run into other dogs and doggie moms. Don’t forget to wish them a Happy Mother’s Day!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Dogs Outdoors

Hit a trail, head to the beach, or enjoy another outdoor activity for the afternoon. The fresh air and exercise will leave you both feeling fantastic. Water loving dogs will especially love this suggestion, and if it’s a hot day, you may want to jump right in with them! As with any outdoor activity, be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your pup.

Snuggle Time

Dog Snuggling

This is the easiest suggestion of them all. We don’t doubt that your dog gets an abundance of love, but no one ever said there could be too much, right? Giving your pup some extra lap time or snuggling up for a nap will not only make them feel special, it’ll warm your heart too, and what Mother doesn’t love that feeling!

Now, about that photo contest we mentioned. If you haven’t liked us yet on Facebook, be sure to do that first. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we’ve launched a photo contest asking our customers to post their favorite Mommy and Me picture on our Facebook page. All submissions are in the running for a chance to win a $100 Muttropolis Gift Card! The contest ends on Friday May 9th at 12:00 PM PST, and the winner will be selected at random and announced at 12:30 PM. We can’t wait to see your snapshots!

Fetchingly Fresh: New for your Cruising Canine!

Row Boat Dog Bed

Does your hound have sea legs? Do they jump with joy for any opportunity to be in the water? Or do they simply look stylin’ in sea-inspired styles? We’ve compiled our favorite nautical styles with these water dogs in mind!

Puppia Anchor and Gingham Dog HarnessOur Canine Cruise Collection is filled with anchors, stripes, sea creatures and more. We love the Sailor Boy Dog Tank for boys and the Nautical Dog Dress for girls. Both are striped, in true nautical fashion, and have adorable details. Is your pup in need of a new summertime harness? We have two Puppia styles with gingham trip that screams summer. If a collar is more your dog’s style then check out our Anchor Dog Collar, you can’t get much more nautical then that! Or chose one of our festive bows to pair with your pup’s preexisting collar. The Anchor Dog Bow and Red and Navy Stripe Dog Bow are beautifully crafted and sure to add some spring to your pup’s step.

Nautical Dog Dress Sailor Boy Dog Tank
If you have a beach house, or simply like nautical décor, take a look at the adorable Row Boat Dog Bed pictured at the top of this post. Decorated with rope around the rim, striped details, and an embroidered anchor, it’s a true summer statement piece. You’re pup will love snuggling up against the bolstered sides. The Nautical Boat Print Indoor-Outdoor Dog Bed Cover is also an excellent choice. It can be used to cover an old bed or stuffed with standard sized pillows, blankets or clothes to create a brand new bed. The versatility to move this bed from indoors to outdoors is a great feature for summer when pups love to bask in the sun! We’ve included quite a few futons in this collection as well, as they are lightweight and portable, can be used in crates, rolled up for travel, or used as a great alternative to a bulky, heavy bed.

Nautical Boat Print Indoor-Outdoor Dog Bed Cover

Now for the fun stuff! This collection is full of captivating canine crowd pleasers. The Lobster Knottie Dog Toy is made of high quality super-soft corduroy plush, a fabric great for cuddling yet strong enough for chewing. If your pup is squeaker obsessed, the Ultrasonic Whale Dog Toy brings a whole new meaning to squeaking. This innovative toy contains a patented squeaker that is tuned to an ultrasonic frequency that only your dog can hear! And for playtime in the pool, at the beach or even in the tub, grab a Life Ring Dog Toy, it's neoprene and floats.

  Life Ring Dog ToyUltrasonic Whale Dog Toy

To shop our full Canine Cruise Collection, stop in to one of our Southern California store locations or visit us online.

Dig This Deal: Enjoy $4 Off Mutt Munchers in May!

Mutt Munchers Dog TreatsIt’s that time again, time to enjoy whooper savings on our very own, much loved Mutt Munchers dog treats! For the whole month of May we’ll be offering $4 off every bag, reducing the regular price of $11.99 to $7.99. Mutt Munchers are a must try, they’re delicious, nutritious, grain-free, and made fresh locally in Southern California.

Available in a variety of flavors, there are Mutt Munchers to please every pup’s preferences and complement their dietary needs. Our assortment includes Peanut Butter Poppers, Blueberry, Granny Ginger’s Snappers, Salmon Snappers, Bacon Bites, Liver Lovers, and Meatball. All flavors are grain-free and include only all-natural, human-grade ingredients. Garbonzo beans take the place of grains, resulting in a tasty treat packed full of protein and dietary fiber.

Grain FreeGrain-free is the way to be! If your pup isn’t currently on a grain-free diet it is worth considering. 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.

One of our loyal Muttropolis customers described her and her pup’s happiness with the Bacon Bites Mutt Munchers as such:

These treats are amazing! I have a very picky Chihuahua and I struggle with finding a treat that’s healthy, not too expensive, and that she’ll eat. Not only does she eat Mutt Munchers, but she LOVES them! I love to see her little tail wiggling with excitement everytime I bring a bag home! They are crunchy, which gives her something to work on, but still easy enough to break in half so I can make them last. I just love Mutt Munchers, and so do my dogs!

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 May savings! Online customers can redeem their discount by entering MOREMUNCH at checkout.

Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 05/31/2014.

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.