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Can’t Wag Without

An insider’s look at what Muttropolis dogs can’t wag without.

 

Meet Gatsby, a Boxer rescue, and his proud Mama Ria, a member of the Muttropolis pack. Gatsby was adopted in July of last year weighing in at a measly 57 pounds and suffering from pnemonia. Ria came to Gatsby’s rescue and now he is a very healthy and happy 71 pounds. He is spoiled with the luxuries of being a Muttropolis pup, acting as a “product tester” of sorts, but Ria can attest that if she really wants to get Gatsby’s tail wagging, she must turn to a few of his favorite things.

Gatsby + Ria

Plato Thinkers + Tucker’s Chicken Breast with Bacon

Plato Thinkers Dog Treat SticksGatsby is hooked on the ginkgo baloba in these so called “Smart Dog Snacks,” the Duck variety being his favorite. Plato Thinkers are made from only all-natural and organic ingredients, they are fortified with antioxidant vitamins, a great source of iron, and with ginkgo biloba they even nourish brain function. Watch out Ria, Gatsby may start outsmarting you with these in his daily diet!

Tucker’s Chicken Breast Dog Treats also get Gatsby’s tail wagging. Gatsby gets to enjoy these when he deserves something decadent, and according to Ria that’s more often than not! His favorite flavor is made with just two simple ingredients, human grade chicken wrapped in bacon. Yum yum.

Fleece Stick Animals + Talking Toys

Being a big boy, Gatsby generally gravitates towards larger dog toys. Currently he can’t get enough of his Huge Monkey Stick Dog Toy. Fun to carry around and cuddle up with, Gatsby’s monkey is never far from him, even when he’s playing outside. Gatsby also gets a kick out of talking toys. When Ria gives them a sound activating squeeze, Gatsby perks up and leaps to play.

Huge Monkey Stick Dog Toy

The One & Only Katie Puff Bed

Plush Companion Katie Puff Dog BedAt the end of each day, or simply when Ria is away, Gatsby loves to cuddle up in his Animals Matter Plush Companion Katie Puff Dog Bed. Generously overstuffed with down-like fiberfill and covered in lavish chenille, Katie Puff dog beds bring luxury to a whole new level and lucky Gatsby agrees. Ria enjoys the easily removable cover. All she needs to do is unzip to clean in cold water and hang dry.

Luxury Leather Collars

Gatsby is short haired and has sensitive skin so Ria keeps him in leather dog collars of the highest quality, often handcrafted. Collars are a great way to highlight a pup’s personality, but they’re often also representative of the owner’s preferences. Ria is a huge fan of decorated leather collars, so Gatsby is always adorned in turquoise stones or metal embellishments, making him all the more handsome.

Turquoise on Chocolate Leather Dog Collar

Belmont Raised Bowl

Belmont Elevated Dog BowlIf you haven’t noticed already, Gatsby is living a life of luxury, so of course he dines in style too. Since he’s taller in stature, Ria knew the importance of investing in an elevated dog feeder. Raised feeders are recommended by veterinarians to help prevent pups from gulping down their food, which reduces air intake and the possibility of bloat and gas. Being a sophisticated pup, Gatsby dines in a Belmont Elevated Dog Bowl.

What keeps your pup wagging?

All products mentioned can be found in Muttropolis stores or at Muttropolis.com

Dig this Deal: 20% Off Storewide!

Muttropolis Storewide SaleFor four days only we're offering 20% off storewide!*

Storewide sales only happen once a quarter at Muttropolis, so don’t miss your chance to stock up and save on pet essentials and must-haves for your adored four-legged friends and family members. Our expansive, upscale assortment of pet supplies includes unique collars and leashes, stylish apparel, cool and captivating toys, travel accessories, at home essentials like luxury bedding and dining, and much more.

This storewide sale starts Valentine's Day, Friday February 14th and ends on Monday February 17th at midnight PST. Visit us in-store or online to start saving. Online customers must use coupon code CATCH20 at checkout to receive their 20% discount.

*Excludes food, treats and gift cards.

Wag Worthy Ways to Show Your Pup Some Love

Valentine's Day

Just one week ‘til Valentine’s Day, do you have something prepared for your pup? Whether you answered yes or no, here are a few excellent ideas to show your forever friend their special place in your heart.

Take a scenic walk. How does that saying go…variety is the spice of life! Instead of taking your usual stroll, cruise around your neighborhood in a different direction with your four-legged friend, or jump in the car and explore a new park, beach or trail. Your pup will enjoy the change of scenery and additional quality time with you.

Arrange a play date. Catching up with a friend over a cup of Joe, afternoon stroll, or evening on the town always leaves you feeling happier, right? Well pups love time with friends too! If your dog plays nicely with other dogs, invite another friendly pup over for a play date or set up a walk together. Socialization is great for dogs, especially with the additional exercise that comes with playtime.

Dog Play Date

Make them a new toy. If your pup loves playtime then adding new toys to their collection is a great way to keep them entertained. But another, environmentally friendly option is to make a new tug and toss worthy toy with old scraps of fabric. Old clothes, sheets, towels, whatever you have that can be saved from landing in the trash will work. Simply cut your fabric into strips, braid together and tie a knot at each end. Voila, your pup gets a new toy and you get green points!

All NaturalUpgrade their diet. Just like us, our pups can feel the effects of different foods. Reading labels is a great habit to make. Foods with little to no chemical preservatives and fewer processed ingredients are without a doubt going to provide your pup with better digestion and overall health. This doesn’t mean sacrificing taste, as many all-natural dog foods are not only nutritious, but delightfully delicious! Remember that any diet change should be introduced gradually to allow the digestive system to adjust.

Update their furnishings. Sleeping and eating are staples in every dog’s daily routine. Let’s start with the latter. Meal time may be most dogs’ favorite time of the day, so show your pup some love by letting them dine in style! A new bowl, feeder or treat jar would all fit the bill. But second to dining, or maybe even more enjoyed, is snoozing. There are an abundance of dog bed options on the market, so rest assured with our tips on how to pick the perfect dog bed for your pup.

Dog Sleeping

Give them a massage. Pamper your pup with a good massage, it will promote healing and bonding! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and an easy internet search will provide some tips on technique. Canine massage has been shown to increase circulation, reduce stress levels, and decrease muscle pain. Just stay aware of signs of discomfort and non-compliance to ensure it is an enjoyable experience for your four-legged friend.

Lavish them in green grooming. Clean is a great feeling, whether you’re furry or not. Have you ever seen a pup run around with glee after getting a bath? They love the refreshing feeling, but sometimes they aren’t so fond of the process. Many dogs have dry skin and allergies, so selecting gentle grooming products that are free of harsh chemicals is a must. Whether you are your pup’s groomer or you drop them off at the spa, be sure the products applied are safe and health friendly.

Dog Grooming

Ensure their safety. Saying goodbye to someone you love is hard, and in some cases, canine especially, can be avoided. Your pup should always wear a dog collar and ID tag, that way in the unfortunate event that they get lost the finder can reunite them with you. Many pet owners like to take their safety processions a step further and get their dog micro chipped. Part of loving your pup is keeping them safe!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your furry friends from Muttropolis!

Get Back to the Basics for Your Pup

Now that we’re all back in the swing of things, with New Years festivities behind us, it’s a great time to get back to basics! To us, basics are those things you wouldn’t want to, or shouldn’t have to, live without. So what would those basics be for your pup? Worry not, because we’ve got you covered with four categories that are important in maintaining your pup’s happiness, health and safety.

Dog ToysDog Grooming

Toys – Having fun is definitely a basic need, so be sure your pup has the right kind of toys to keep their endorphins up! Our vast assortment includes plush, interactive, toss and retrieve, tough, rubber, and funny dog toys. With an array of options, you’re sure to find at least a few your pup will fancy, tempting them to up their playtime.

Grooming – Every dog gets dirty, so grooming supplies are essential to keep your pup feeling fresh, smelling good and staying clean. Our grooming supplies include dog shampoos, conditioners, sprays and more. We recently started carrying BASS brushes, an excellent choice to aid you in keeping your pup’s coat tangle free. For nearly 30 years, BASS has designed, produced and sold the finest professional hairbrushes, and now they’ve created an innovative line of pet grooming brushes. And don’t forget about dental care. Keeping your pet’s gums healthy reduces bacteria and helps to keep them infection free. Dog toothbrushes and toothpaste are must-haves, but dental dog treats and dental dog toys are also excellent supplemental ways to fight plaque.

Dog DiningDog Collars

Dining – Food is an undeniable basic, a staple, an essential for a healthy life, and much like us, our pets have evolved to enjoy their meals served in some sort of bowl or feeder. Our dining department is stocked with dog bowls, raised dog feeders, treat jars and dog placemats. When determining which style is right for your pup, consider height. Raised feeders and bowls are recommended by veterinarians as they help your pup not to gulp down their food, thereby reducing air intake, and you guessed it, air outtake

Collars – We recommend regular walks to keep your pup fit and full of life, and what’s needed for a walk? A dog collar of course! Without a collar you can’t attach a leash, or an engravable pet tag, another basic we recommend to keep your pet safe. Whether your four-legged friend is big or small, likes to pull or keeps a calm pace, is a fashionista or prefers to look classic, our dog collar assortment includes just the right collar to meet their needs and suit their personality.

We could go on and on about other beneficial basics, but you get the gist. Visit us in-store or online to shop for these, and other, essentials for your pup. We’d love to help your pup get back to basics!

Dig This Deal: Save 20% on Select Bulk Chews During the Month of February!

February Treat of the MonthDoes your dog love bullies, well then they are in luck! Our Muttropolis Treat of the Month promotion for February is 20% off all Redbarn bulk chews. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, we have chews perfect for all discerning pups’ preferences.

Bully Spring Dog Chews, Bully Ring Dog Chews, Mini Bully Barbells and Braided Bully Stick Dog Chews are all excellent, healthy and highly palatable chews for your pup to enjoy. These chews are made from 100% all-natural free-range grass fed beef, allowing for easy digestion. They also promote healthy teeth and gums. No bleaches or chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. We suggest that you supervise while your dog enjoys these chews, just as we do for any other treat or toy.

Red Barn Dog ChewsTime to fill those chew jars! This Treat of the Month promotion on Red Barn bulk chews is only valid from February 1st through February 28th, or until supplies last. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up and save. Customers can enjoy these savings at all three Southern California Muttropolis store locations and online. Online customers must enter code CHEWMORE at checkout to redeem their 20% off savings.

Who Do You Love?

Valentine's Shop

Cupid makes no exclusions, so don’t forget your furry four-legged loves this Valentine’s Day! We’ve pulled together an abundance of love-inspired styles in our Valentine’s Shop, making it easy for you to find the perfect present for the adored pets in your life. Choose from design-driven apparel and accessories, tantalizing toys, quality collars, cozy bedding, and much more!

Humunga Lips Durable Dog ToyHeart dog toys galore! We have knit hearts, corduroy hearts, furry hearts, and hearts in a box! So whatever fabric tickles your furbaby’s fancy, you’re sure to find in our Valentine’s Shop. We also have the humorous Humunga Lips Durable Dog Toy from the same makers as the ever so popular Humunga Stache Durable Dog Toy.

Love U Dog SweaterDoes your pup love to dress up? Pretty in pink styles include our Hearts Argyle Dog Sweater and Pink and Silver Hearts Dog Dress. And for more casual pups we have a Heartbreaker Dog Hoody and Mom Dog Hoody, both cozy with darling details. The Love U Dog Sweater is a classic, high quality must-see, and a favorite around our office. Bandanas are also a great way to add a seasonal splash to your pup’s wardrobe, and we have a variety of patterns to choose from.
Valentine Dog CollarsOur Valentine’s dog collars and leashes aren’t only a stellar seasonal choice, many are subtle enough to wear all year long. The Hearts on Leather Dog Collar is a great example, and for a very Valentine’s Day option, check out our Red Hearts Dog Collar and matching leash.

If wearing holiday garb isn’t quite your pup’s cup of tea, then how about a brand new dog bed? Pomegranate Faux Fur Trundle Dog BedWe can’t think of a much better way to show your pup some love then to give them a new place to kick back and relax, a staple in every pup’s daily routine. The versatility of our Pink Hearts Faux Fur Trundle Dog Bed provides three beds in one! If the heart print is a little much for your taste, we also carry the Faux Fur Trundle Dog Bed in Pomegranate or Black Panther.

Our Valentine’s Shop is stocked with many more sweet styles, so be sure to visit us online or in one of our three Southern California store locations. We’re so eager to spread the love that we’ll also be hosting Valentine’s parties in each of our stores. Join us for fun with furry friends and one-of-a-kind pictures with your lovable pup in our Kissing Booth. Dates and times for each party are included below. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your pets!

Red and White Hearts Dog BandanaMuttropolis Newport Beach: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11:00AM

Muttropolis La Jolla: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:30AM

Muttropolis Solana Beach: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:30AM

Let’s get personal

Pets are a part of the family, and just like children, these four-legged furry members deserve occasional spoiling and exceptional care. Muttropolis is just the place to provide products for both spoiling and care! We’ve expanded our product assortment recently to include a variety of Personalized Pet Products, including dog collars, dog beds, pet blankets and engravable pet tags.

 

Custom Embroidered Dog CollarOur Custom Embroidered Dog Collar is a stylish, tag free alternative to keeping a dog safe in the unfortunate event that he or she goes missing. With the pup’s name and owner’s phone number clearly embroidered directly on the collar, no dog should go missing for long. Each collar is made in the USA with quality grosgrain ribbon sewn onto durable nylon webbing and is available in many color combinations to suite every pup’s personality. Coordinating leashes are also available.

 

Engravable Pet TagsFor those of you who prefer to use traditional pet tags to keep your pets safe, we offer a large assortment of unique and fashionable Engravable Pet Tags. With over 100 one-of-a-kind styles from Decorative Metal Tags to Stainless Steel Tags, there are sure to be options for every pet’s style and size. Some tags even feature colorful graphics or decorative charms, sure to set your pet apart from the rest!

 

For a personalized resting place, we carry Personalized Rectangle Dog Beds and Personalized Colorblock Rectangle Dog Beds. These USA made beds feature a 100% cotton removable cover, Personalized Rectangle Dog Bedbeautifully embroidered with the pet’s name and trimmed with contrasting piping. Filled with 100% recycled polyfill, they are both eco-friendly and comfortable. The cover unzips with a strong YKK zipper and both the cover and insert are machine washable for added convenience and longevity. Available in eight colors combinations to compliment any interior decor.

 

Personalized Dog BlanketWe also carry Personalized Dog Blankets made with super soft and snuggly sherpa lining and a micro-suede exterior. Available in pink, tan, black and leopard, with different embroidery color options, this blanket is very customizable. Each blanket is handmade in the USA by Paws4Peace, a movement to inspire and promote peace and aid in the fight against animal abuse, one tiny paw print at a time.

 

Muttropolis a must-visit destination for these unique, high-quality Personalized Pet Products, so visit one of our southern California store locations or Muttropolis.comso we can help you get personal with your pup!

Dig This Deal: 20% Off The Honest Kitchen Food & Treats in January

The Honest KitchenWhat better way to start the New Year for your pup then to provide them with a delicious and nutritious all-natural raw food diet? We’re here to help you start with savings by offering 20% off all The Honest Kitchen food and treats for the whole month of January. The Honest Kitchen’s products are 100% guaranteed human-grade from farm to bowl.

100% Human-Grade ProductionLucy, the founder of The Honest Kitchen, describes the origination and vision behind the brand very simply by saying “I began making a raw diet for my own dog, Mosi, but wanted to find a way for it to be more convenient to prepare. That’s where the idea for dehydration came from: just removing the moisture and leaving all the whole food goodness in place, for a nutrient-rich diet that expands into a healthy meal when water is added.”

The Honest Kitchen Pet FoodThere are a lot of choices when searching for the proper diet for your pet. The Honest Kitchen takes the guess work out of that process by only producing the healthiest food possible. Like raw home cooked meals, The Honest Kitchen recipes are made from real, whole food ingredients that offer a fresh, minimally processed pet food option. Healthy, nutritionally balanced meals just need the addition of water before serving, making life much easier for you.

Pet Food Comparison Chart

As Lucy mentioned, dehydration removes only the moisture from the ingredients, eliminating the need for cooking or canning so much more of the natural nutrition (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients) is maintained. For more information about the benefits, ingredients, and the dehydration process, visit The Honest Kitchen’s website. They’re even committed to reducing their environmental paw-print!

The Honest Kitchen Dog and Cat TreatsOur Treat of the Month promotion on The Honest Kitchen runs from January 1st to January 31st, so shop our wide selection online or in one of our Southern California store locations to enjoy these sizzling savings! Online customers can redeem this special 20% offer by using the code HONEST at checkout.

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This New Years Eve

Happy New Year

We’d like to wish you and your pets a very Happy New Year! With celebrations right around the corner, we wanted to share a few tips and suggested precautions to help keep your furry friends and family members safe and sound for the holiday.

Small Chrome Bone Engravable Pet TagCheck your pet’s ID. Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on their collar at all times. This way, in the unfortunate event that they get lost, they can be returned to you promptly!If you find a lost pet, check their tag first and contact their owner, but if they don’t have a tag, we recommend that you take them to your local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. Each year, animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving “New Years dogs” that run off during fireworks celebrations.

Peanut Butter MunchersKeep your pets on their normal diet. Human food and drinks should be out of reach of pets. Any change in a pet’s diet can result in indigestion and diarrhea. Foods and drinks such as alcohol, onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are especially harmful and can be potentially toxic to animals. Ingestion of alcohol may cause intoxication and weakness that could lead to a coma and/or respiratory failure. Keeping dog treats on hand will allow guests who want to give your dog food a healthy and safe alternative.

Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of pets’ reach. Many types of matches contain chlorates, which if ingested can damage blood cells and lead to difficulty breathing, in the most severe cases it can result in kidney disease. Lighter fluid is also very harmful. It can cause skin irritation and if ingested, gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

Never use fireworks around pets. When curious pets get too close to fireworks, whether activated or unused, there is the potential for severe burns and/or trauma. Many types of fireworks contain toxic substances including arsenic, potassium nitrate and other heavy metals. Also, the noise and sight of fireworks displays can spook pets, leading to anxiety and distress. Most pets will try to get away from the noise so it is best to them in a safe and secure place, preferably at home.

If needed, take additional precautions to keep your pet calm. Even well-adjusted pets can get anxious during out-of-the-ordinary events. If your pet is prone to anxiety, please consider consulting with your veterinarian on ways to alleviate their fear and anxiety prior to the New Years festivities.  ThundershirtThere are many natural calming products that may help. We also recommend exercising your dog early in the day, whether they are prone to anxiety or not. Make sure that any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash as some people may set off fireworks before dark.

We hope these tips are helpful, and wish you and your pets a safe and  Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from Muttropolis

Merry Christmas

We, the Mutt family, would like to wish you and your family, furry members included, a wonderful and safe holiday!

Thank you for choosing us to help meet the needs and desires of your pets, keeping them healthy, safe, stylish and spoiled all year long!

While we realize your Christmas shopping has come to a close, we do have a couple of not-to-be-missed promotions left to finish out the year. If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, or if you’d like to again, our Treat of the Month for December includes ALL treats. Yes that’s right, we are offering 20% off all cat and dog treats all December long. Singing Penguin Dog ToyOnline customers can redeem this special 20% offer at Muttropolis.com by using the code TREATME at checkout. And for those bargain hunters, starting today, all items in our Holiday Shop are an additional 50% off. Both of these promotions are also being offered at all three of our Southern California store locations. So keep the shopping spirit alive and enjoy these savings!

Happy Holidays!