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Bonjour! Our Parisian Collection is Here!

Parisian Collection

We agree with Audrey, Paris is always an excellent idea, not to mention French inspired fashion! Stunning dresses, chic toys, and glamorous carriers, our Parisian Collection includes it all and much more. Fashionable fabrics like toile, tweed and quilted, keep this collection exuding high-end elegance.

Koko Chewnel Plush Dog ToyIf Paris isn’t in your pup’s future, at least they can dream about France in one of our fashionable and luxurious dog beds! The Toile Rectangle Dog Bed and Ritz Urban Lounger Dog Bed are just two of the many classic black and white designs included in our Parisian Collection. While snoozing, your pup can snuggle up to Eiffel Tower Dog Toy or Koko Chewnel Plush Dog Toy, both also excellent for playtime. And with the Crispaw Champagne Dog Toy, you can include your pup in toasts and celebrations for special occasions.

Toile Rectangle Dog Bed

If your furry friend is an avid traveler, you’ll love our Black Mixed Quilted Mia Dog Carrier and Chic Quilted Dog Carrier, both designer inspired styles built for function and fashion. Their cozy interiors will keep your pup comfortable, safe and secure. If neither of these carriers tickle your fancy, take a look at our entire Handbag Style Dog Carrier Collection, filled with an abundance of fashion-forward styles.

Black Mixed Quilted Mia Dog CarrierChic Quilted Dog Carrier

Silhouettes are something to talk about in our Parisian Collection! Both the Black and White Stripe Dog Dress and Black and White Polka Dot and Tulle Dog Dress have full and fashionable, show-stopping silhouettes. The stripe dress features delicate pink rose details, a sassy pink tulle petticoat, and a polka dot collar. The dot dress features floral and rhinestone buttons around the waist and a white petticoat. Black and White Polka Dot Dog BowAdd a little more Parisian pizzazz with one of our adorable dog bows, the perfect accessory whether worn alone or with an ensemble.

For more French fashion, peruse our entire Parisian Collection online, or visit one of our Southern California store locations.

Easter Egg-Stravaganzas + New Springtime Styles

Easter Dog

Easter is just a hop, skip and a jump away! Are you ready to celebrate? Swing over to our Hip Hop Shop where you’ll find the latest spring styles, all excellent choices for this Easter season. From darling dresses and dapper accessories to colorful collars and tantalizing toys, we have styles to suit all sizes and personalities!

Pink and Green Plaid Dog NecktieDoes your doggie love to dress to impress? Our Spring Flowers Dog Dress is made with exquisite attention to detail and exceptional execution, sure to turn heads and make your little lady look and feel like the princess she is. And for those princes, we have bowties and neckties, all handsome and especially fun for special occasions. Looking for something more casual? How about our Striped Dog Polo or Candy Stripe Dog Collar? Both feature soft, springtime hues and can be worn all season long, no occasion necessary.

Happy Easter Dog HoodyCandy Stripe Dog Collar Spring Flowers Dog Dress

If your dog doesn’t like to dress up, celebrate the season with new toys! Our shop is busting at the seams with bunnies, chicks, and a few other festive favorites. Some of these toys even talk, coming to life with each squeeze! Talking toys are often favorites amongst squeaker-obsessed pups. Does you dog need more of a challenge? Then the Bunny and Carrot Burrow Dog Toy is the best of the bunch! Your pup will strengthen their intelligence and puzzle-solving skills as they work to remove the bunnies from the carrot each time you reinsert them. If it’s a hit, we have many more similar burrow toys in our interactive dog toy section.

Bunny and Carrot Burrow Dog ToyEaster Egg Boiled Wool Dog ToyTalking Chick Dog Toy

That’s just a snippet of the styles in our Hip Hop Shop, so head on over to see the full springtime collection, bedding and carriers included!

Live in Southern California? Join us at one of our Egg-Stravaganzas this coming weekend where your pup can hunt for Easter eggs, pose for pictures, and enjoy socializing with four-legged friends. See below for the date and time at each of our store locations. Hope to see you and your fido there!

Muttropolis Solana Beach – Saturday April 12th at 10:30am

Muttropolis La Jolla – Saturday April 12th at 12:00pm

Muttropolis Fashion Island (Newport Beach) – Sunday April 13th at 10:30am

Toys to Please Every Pup

Dog Toys

Exercise, mental stimulation, bonding and fun!

These are just a few of the excellent benefits (and awesome reasons) to keep your pup playing! But with what, you may ask? Well, it’s no surprise that different dogs prefer to play in different ways, and so it can be tricky to shop for the appropriate toy. But don’t fret, we’ve encountered every type of playful pup in our day, from the mellow-mannered to the high-energy and aggressive, so here are a few words of wisdom to help point you in the right direction.

Small Chewy Vuitton Bone Dog ToyPissness Beer Dog ToyBird Dog Toy with Chew Guard   

The Squeaker Obsessed. Does your doggie perk up to the sound of a squeaker? Well then plush and rubber toys will win their attention. Plush dog toys are often a favorite for their cute factor alone. They come in all shapes and sizes with snuggly soft exteriors and almost always a squeaker inside. Some even talk! If your pup likes to “baby” their toys, to carry them around and snuggle with them, then they’re sure to love plush toys. On the other hand, if your pup likes to play hard, plush toys may not be the best choice, as the majority aren’t made to withstand rigorous play, unless otherwise stated. We’ll talk more about tough toys in a bit. Rubber dog toys are also great for the squeaker obsessed pup and often funny too. The Pissness Beer Dog Toy always gets a good laugh! All of our toys are lead-free and non-toxic which is very important to keep your dog safe. 

Frog Extra Tough Dog ToyMini Humunga Stache Dog ToyBaby Dragon Dog Toy with Chew Guard 

The Tough Pup. Does your dog love to destroy? Are you having trouble keeping them busy and away from chewing your favorite personal items? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re definitely in need of some tough dog toys! We wish we could tell you that there are toys that aren’t destructible, but we’ve learned that’s not always the case. Even the most durable toys have a hard time standing up to the tenacity of gator-toothed Terriers, vice-jawed Vislas, squeaker-seeking Shelties and so on. But, the good news is that there are a variety of tough toys on the market that are specially designed to give their best shot! Available in a variety of sizes, colors, shapes and materials, you’re able to choose what best suits your dog’s interests and moods. You’ll notice in the product descriptions for tough toys that many are constructed with specially engineered fabrics and/or lining and reinforced stitches.

Mushroom Busy Buddy Dog ToyDog Magic Interactive Treat Game Monkey and Banana Burrow Dog Toy

The Challenge Seeker. Some pups simply aren’t interested in playtime unless it includes a challenge. We call these the sophisticated pups. If this sounds like your dog, we recommend trying interactive dog toys. Great for beating boredom, excellent for stimulating the mind and full of fun, interactive dog toys are a triple threat! Treat dispensing or treat maze toys are a hit with treat motivated pups, making them work for their reward. But if treats aren’t necessary to keep your pup’s interest, try a plush interactive toy like the Bunny and Carrot Burrow Dog Toy, shown at the top of this post with the adorable Great Dane puppy. Your pup’s intelligence and puzzle-solving skills will sharpen as they’re challenged with the fun task of removing the bunnies from the carrot each time you reinsert them. Learning is fun!

Mini Zisc Extra Tough Dog ToyBarkley Rubber Stick Dog ToyFloating Rope Ball Dog Toy

The Uber Energetic. For some dogs, energetic may be an understatement! If you have an active pup you’re probably familiar with the abundance of tantalizing toss and retrieve dog toys on the market. Boomerangs, discs, balls, ropes, sticks, slingshots and more. These are often the most fun for you, as well as your pup! It’s hard to pick a clear winner as some pups jump for joy for the classic tennis ball, while others will tug all afternoon but aren’t interested in retrieving. You know your four-legged friend the best, so trust your gut when choosing an active toy. Another upside, active toys force you and your dog to get outside. Visiting your local dog park or dog beach offers more room to run and to bond, with you and other pups.

There are just a few more things to keep in mind before making your next toy purchase.

  • Dog toys are not created equal, and neither are our beloved four-legged friends. Do your best to choose toys that are of the appropriate size, shape and construction. For example, very small toys can pose a choking hazard for larger breeds, just as toys with pieces that can be chewed off easily aren’t best for aggressive chewers.
  • Remember, pets should be supervised when playing with toys as no toy is indestructible.
  • To keep your pup from getting bored with their toys, switch them out on a regular basis. The novelty will last longer and hopefully remerge each time the toy makes another appearance.

Enjoy playing with your pup!

Dig This Deal: Save 20% All Month on Cloud Star Dog Treats

Beef Grain Free Soft Buddy Biscuit Dog Treats

All April long we’re offering 20% off Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits and Dynamo Dog Functional Treats as our Treat of the Month! Whether your pup benefits from a flavorful formula made specifically to supplement, or simply a delicious grain free, meaty and chewy treat, Cloud Star has what your dog needs.

Chicken Soft Buddy Biscuit Cat TreatsBuddy Biscuits, a customer favorite, are 100% grain free, gluten free and made in the USA. Providing an excellent single animal protein source, Buddy Biscuits are a great choice for dogs on grain free diets or dogs that struggle with sensitivities. We carry beef, chicken and peanut butter Buddy Biscuits, each flavor is soft, chewy, and made with wholesome, easily digestible ingredients. And for those of you with feline friends, we carry chicken flavor cat Buddy Biscuits too!

For those dogs that benefit from treats that target a specific function, Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Treats are an excellent choice. Available in three varieties including Hip & Joint, Skin & Coat and Tummy, these treats offer the benefits of a supplement and treat in one. Each variety is all-natural, grain free, gluten free, free of wheat, corn and soy, with no artificial flavors or byproducts, and made in the USA.

Dynamo Dog Functional Dog Treats

Hip & Joint treats are available in chicken or bacon and cheese flavor and are packed full of glucosamine, chondroitin, and selected fruits, vegetables and herbs, providing a fun and delicious way to help support an active lifestyle and specific needs for daily vitamins. Skin & Coat treats are salmon flavored and packed full of salmon oil, vitamin E supplement, and specially selected fruits, vegetables and herbs, helping to keep skin and coats looking their best. Tummy treats are pumpkin and ginger flavored and are packed full of probiotics, ginger and fiber from pumpkin, and specially selected fruits, vegetables and herbs to ease digestion.

Cloud Star Buddy BiscuitOur Treat of the Month promotion on Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits and Dynamo Dog Functional Treats is only valid from April 1st through April 30th, or until supplies last. Customers can enjoy these savings at all three of our Southern California store locations and online. Online customers must enter code DYNABUD at checkout to redeem their 20% off savings*

*Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Dog-Friendly Home Design

Spring is underway, and for many this is the season for home improvements.

Whether you are about to embark on spring cleaning, redecorating, or even construction, we have a few share-worthy ways to incorporate your pet in your home improvement projects.

Light up their world.

Dog windows barkitect

The Barkitect recently wrote a great blog post about dog windows. Studies have shown that allowing dogs to see what is happening outside their confined space tends to reduce their stress. This concept is picking up steam and we’re seeing doggie daycare and boarding facilities incorporating dog windows in their facilities. As The Barkitect mentions, it’s a very interesting concept, one that can be incorporated in home design as well. Not only will strategically placing windows at low levels potentially elevate your pup’s mood, it will also create a visually unique look-and-feel, and bring more light into your home.

 

Maximize space with nooks.

Dog house under stairs

Whether your home is big or small, there is no need for wasted space, especially when your pet can benefit. How are you using the space underneath your stairs? Or the lower half of your closet? These are just a couple of the areas often overlooked in terms of design. Don’t fall into this trap, especially if you have a hound. Using these spaces for a dog nook, house, or built-in bed, is practical and can be a very visually pleasing solution to creating a special place for your pup. Need some inspiration? The Barkitect and Atticmag have great pictures to peruse.

 

Build dining in.

Dog feeding station in kitchen Dog bowl drawer
This dog-friendly design tip is a little more do-able for those of us who aren’t interested in a large overhaul. Creating a built-in feeding station is a great space saver, one that frees up floor space and keeps inevitable messes confined. Most built-in feeding stations are raised, which is recommended by veterinarians to help prevent pups from gulping down their food, which lessens the chances of digestion issues. Most of the designs we’ve seen are built into a kitchen island or a cabinet, some are even built-in to a drawer, offering quick and easy access and the ability to hide the bowls when breakfast or dinner is over. If you choose the latter, don't forget to have your pup's water elsewhere. Head over to TMS Architects’ site for more examples.

 

Keep them clean, conveniently.

Pet shower

You’ll never have to visit your local dog wash if you have one in your home! Adding a pet bathing station may be the most common of all these dog-friendly design additions, and what a great one it is. If you have a smaller pup you may want an elevated bath, whereas with larger dogs it’s nice to have a step-in standing shower design. Most people put them in their laundry room, but if space inside is limited the garage is a great alternative. It may be a pricey addition at first, but think of the money you'll save in grooming bills.

 

Don’t forget outdoor design.

Outdoor dog chaise lounge

For many down here in sunny Southern California, an outdoor living space is equally as important as indoor. So how do you incorporate your pet in your outdoor space? A traditional dog house is one way, but there are much more contemporary designs available these days. Take the Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounge for instance. It’s waterproof, made with synthetic weatherproof rattan, and provides your pup with shade from the sun. And did we mention how stylish it is? Traditional dog houses can take up a lot of room and are often too heavy to move. Instead, choose a lightweight design that provides your pup with a special place while also adding style to your outdoor setting.

 

Let the dog-friendly home improvements begin!

In the News: Dogs on Deployment

Dogs on Deployment

When we stumbled across this site we just had to share!

Have you heard of Dogs on Deployment? We hadn't either until recently. Last fall Queen Latifah teamed up with them to share with the world just how powerful this program can impact a soldier and their pet. Watch a reunion unfold, but we forewarned, you may need a tissue.

Dogs on Deployment is an online listing resource and network for military members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets while they’re deployed. It’s a fantastic non-profit organization established to give military men and women peace of mind about the well-being of their pets while they are away, bravely serving our country. But it’s not just the servicemen and women that Dogs on Deployment has in mind, it’s their pets too. Pets are provided a safe and loving environment, making their transition and time separated from their owner as seamless as possible.

Dogs and Owners

If you’re a pet parent, you know the angst that can surround spending time away from your four-legged family members, for both you and your pet. Looking for a suitable sitter for a few days or even a week can be a struggle, so you could only imagine what many military individuals face when they’re deployed. We’re so happy that Dogs on Deployment was established to aid in that time of need. They’re promoting responsible pet-ownership and shedding light on the military pet community by providing this online resource. A heart-warming and truly remarkable offering and mission!

If you’re interested in learning more about supporting our troops by boarding a military pet, you can search for pets in need on the Dogs on Deployment website. If you are a military individual who will need to find a safe and loving temporary home for your pet, or you know a fellow serviceman or woman who could benefit from Dogs on Deployment, search for a boarder in your area.

Dogs on Deployment Mascot

Dig this Deal: Free Pet Tag with Collar Purchase

Free Pet ID Tag

For eight days only, we’re giving away a free engravable pet tag with every collar purchase! Designed with an important message in mind, this deal is meant to keep your four-legged loved ones suited with stylish safety. And it’s perfect timing, as we just received our brand new, very lively spring collar collection.

Safety first! Pet tags are just as essential as collars. Without a tag, the chances that you and your pet will be reunited in the unfortunate event that they ever get lost, can be rather slim. Adding a pet tag to your cat or dog’s collar means that they are never without the essential information needed to reach you, a phone number at the very least.

Small Chrome Circle Engravable Pet Tag Large Red Heart Engravable Dog Tag Small Pink Bone Engravable Dog Tag
We carry a wide variety of pet tags to choose from, but only select styles are included in this promotion. Customers can choose from any HMG tag that retails for $11 or less. These styles include bone, circle and heart shape tags, available in small and large sizes. Depending on the tag chosen, you can request two to five lines for engraving. See each product description for further engraving instructions.

Now for the fun part, a brand new collar! Whether your four-legged family member is a fashionista or an avid outdoor explorer, moves at a slow pace or constantly pulls on the reigns, we have just the right dog collar to meet their needs and match their personality. Our vast dog collar assortment includes Fabric & Nylon, Leather, Sparkle, Striped, Plaid & Solid Fabric, Teacup and Training collars. For felines we carry Nylon & Fabric and Leather cat collars. Trouble choosing one? Take a look at these shopping tips to help guide you towards the right collar for your pet.

Leather Dog Collars Training Dog Collars Stripe & Plaid Dog Collars
Don’t miss out on this limited time offer to spruce up your pet’s collar collection while saving on safety! Promotion begins today, March 11th and runs through next Tuesday, March 18th. As mentioned, only select tags apply (HMG styles $11 or less). To redeem this special offer online, add a collar and tag to your Muttropolis shopping cart and use code TAGME at checkout.  Promotion also available in store locations.

Get Active + Sooth Your Pup’s Spring Fever in San Diego

Spring forward is days away! How do you plan to enjoy your extra hour of evening light? Us busy office-bees have been buzzing about the many activities we’re planning to enjoy with our four-legged friends. Here are a few suggestions for getting active and soothing you and your pup’s spring fever in San Diego.

Make a splash

Dog Beach

We have some darn good dog beaches down here in San Diego. The Original Dog Beach down in Ocean Beach and North Beach Dog Run in Coronado are both open 24 hours and off leash approved! Del Mar Dog Beach is a favorite among North County residents, allowing off leash after Labor Day through June 16th. Does your dog fear waves? Well then Fiesta Island is a great alternative offering calmer waters and sand dunes. Located in Mission Bay Park, dogs are allowed in most all areas on Fiesta Island between 6:00AM – 10:00PM. Many other beaches allow dogs on leash at certain hours, so be aware of the rules and make your way to the sand for some splish splashin’ fun with your fido!

Take a hike

Dogs Hiking

Hitting the trails is much more fun with your hound in toe. San Diego County is filled with trails of varying levels, most giving a warm welcome to canine cohorts. DogVacay pulled together a list of some the top dog friendly hikes in San Diego, a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to start their search, providing brief overviews, addresses and hours. One of the most popular hikes in San Diego is Cowles Mountain, an up hill hike offering 360 degree views. Prefer a flatter trail? We’d suggest Los Penasquitos Canyon. The trail is surrounded by lush vegetation and a waterfall to enjoy at the end. If you and your pup are avid hikers and revel in serious heart pumping, Mt. Woodson, aka “Potato Chip Rock,” is a steep and strenuous dog-friendly hike. As with any outdoor activity, especially hiking in the heat, bring plenty of water for both you and your pup!

Visit a dog park

Dog Park

San Diego has so many to choose from! Canine Corners Dog Park in La Mesa, Poway Dog Park in Poway, and Nate’s PointGrape Street Dog Park and Morley Field Dog Park all in beautiful Balboa Park, are just a few of the many dog parks that stand out throughout the county. Giving your pup the freedom to run and play in a gigantic green space is a true treat when living in a city. Not only do parks allow your pup to exercise, they are also great places to work on healthy socialization with other dogs and humans, an important lesson for every dog to learn. If none of the parks mentioned are nearby, search out a dog park in your neighborhood. Off leash dog parks are ideal, but many parks that aren’t dog specific also allow dogs on a leash, an alternative to sidewalk exploring.

Grab a bite, a brew, or both

Dog and Beer

We’re in no shortage of dog-friendly drinking and dining down here San Diego, often referred to as one of the most dog-friendly cities in the US. San Diego Pets Magazine put together a helpful list of go-to dog friendly restaurants to visit with your pup. San Diego is also busting at the seams with microbreweries, many of which welcome furry friends. Culture Brewing Co, our neighbor on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, comes to mind as they quickly caught on with the dog-friendly North County crowd. AleSmith Brewing Company, Mission Brewery and Green Flash Brewery are just a few of the "big-beer-boys" that also welcome dogs. Other dog-friendly breweries can be found inside The Complete Guide To San Diego Breweries.

Dig This Deal: 20% Off All-Natural Zuke’s Dog Treats in March

Zuke's Dog Treat of the Month

It’s March, which means it’s time for a new Treat of the Month at Muttropolis. This month we are offering 20% off our entire Zuke’s assortment. Choose from chewy, meaty or vegetarian varieties, treats or bones or both. There is something delectable for every dog, and cat too. Lip-licking Zuke's treats are all-natural and USA made!

For carnivorous canines that crave explosive flavor, we have Zuke's Z Filet Dog Treats and Lil Links Dog Treats. Z Filets, available in beef, chicken and venison, are grain-free, packed full of pure USA or New Zealand protein, and include antioxidant-rich herbs. Lil Links, available in chicken, pork and rabbit, are also grain-free and packed full of pure protein and antioxidant-rich herbs, but with the addition of delicious apples, potatoes and carrots. Zuke’s Z Filets and Lil Links contain no mystery meats, by products, artificial colors or flavors, or added animal fat.

Zuke's Dog Treats

If your pup prefers veggie treats, Zuke’s Vegetarian Super Dog Treats are an excellent choice. Packed full of naturally powerful nutrients and antioxidant super foods including berries, betas and greens, Vegetarian Supers promote a supercharged, healthy lifestyle. Available in three flavor combinations: tasty greens, yummy berry and yummy betas. Zuke’s Vegetarian Supers contain no animal products or byproducts, and no artificial colors or flavors.

Zuke's Apple Crisp Z-BoneIt’s about time your dog tries a Zuke’s Z-Bone, if they’re not already hooked. Available in apple crisp, carrot crunch and cherry berry, these all-natural bones are as delicious as they sound, but more importantly loaded with powerful breath freshening herbs and healthy whole food antioxidants. The chewy, grain-free formula is easily digestible and helps to scrap and clean teeth. Available in three sizes to accommodate all breeds.

Zuke's Mini NaturalsHave a pup in training? Zuke’s small and soft Mini Natural Dog Treats are great for that process. Tender and free of preservatives, wheat, corn, added animal fat, and artificial colors or flavors, Mini Naturals provide your pup with a healthy size, high quality reward. Choose from peanut butter or chicken, both highly recommended by our customers.

For our feline customers we carry Zuke’s Purrz Natural Cat Treats. Available in chicken or salmon, these treats provide the nutritious benefits of chicken or salmon, spelt, soy, malted barley and fish oil. Purrz Naturals contain no artificial colors or flavors, BHA, or added tallow or by-products.

Our Treat of the Month promotion on Zuke’s is only valid March 1st through March 31st, or until supplies last. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to add some new flavor to your pet’s life! Customers can enjoy these savings at all three Southern California store locations and online. Online customers must enter code ZUKES at checkout to redeem their 20% off savings. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Zuke's Fuel the Love

Fetchingly Fresh: Spot on Styles for Your Pup

Walk On The Wild Side

We love leopard print; it’s one of those sassy classics that looks fierce and fabulous on pet apparel, toys, furnishings and more! With spots on the brain, we pulled together an array of animal print pet products for our leopard loving customers. Take a look and let your pup walk on the wild side!

Leopard Boomerang Dog ToyFor furry fashionistas we have cozy sweaters, sassy dresses, an adorable hair bow, and fabulous high-fashion pet carriers. We also carry leather and nylon leopard print dog collars and leashes, great for girl or boy pups!

Don’t fret if your pup doesn’t like to dress the part, because our toys are tempting too. Filled with boomerangs, tugs, and even talking toys, our leopard print collection is too tantalizing to resist!

Is your pup in the market for updated furnishings? We carry numerous luxury leopard print dog beds, mats and blankets, and even a leopard print ceramic dog bowl. These wild essentials are a great way to add some sass to your home decor.

If you’re loving leopard print as much as we are, visit us online or in one of our Southern California store locations to shop these fierce items for your furry friend.

Black and Brown Reversible Nest Dog BedLeopard and Black Patent Haylee Dog Carrier