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Classic Christmas for Your Canine

Muttropolis Holiday Shop

Have you gotten a chance to check out our Holiday Shop yet? If not, now is the time, as our entire assortment is available in stores and online! We’re eager to help you spoil your pets with unique festive holiday products, ensuring a happy holiday season for all furry friends and family members!

Our Holiday Shop is packed full of dog apparel and accessories, collars and leashes, dog and cat toys, and products for the home including luxury bedding and designer dog bowls and raised feeders. There is something special for every hound and home.

For the best selection be sure to start your shopping soon, since we all know time flies by as the festivities begin. Visit us at Muttropolis.com or at one of our Southern California store locations to see what all the buzz is about!

The Pursuit for the Perfect Dog Collar

6a00e55132d8be8834019b00b2d1d7970b-200wiWhether 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. Looking for a new dog collar can be confusing, especially with such a plethora of different sizes, styles, materials and more to choose from! This is why we’ve compiled some tips to help guide you towards the right collar. To get started, we like to consider a few features including size, durability, safety and ability to clean.

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SIZE

Unfortunately there is not a set of standard sizes for pets like there are for humans, so it’s very important to always look closely at the sizing for each collar you are considering. 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,
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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

 

DURABILITY
6a00e55132d8be8834019b00ca005c970b-200wiDurability comes from both the fabric used to construct a collar as well as the closure. Quality nylon webbing is a sure bet when it comes to strength and durability! But leather collars can also provide the strength your pup needs, and quality leather softens with wear for a very comfortable fit. One thing to watch out for if you choose leather is potential wear around the buckle, so stay mindful of that.

Most nylon collars have plastic buckle closures. If you are purchasing your pup’s new collar in a store, be sure to open and close the buckle a few times and give the collar a good tug when closed to ensure it doesn’t pop open with force. If you choose a collar that has a traditional metal buckle and loops, you don’t have to worry about the risk of the collar popping open per say, but make sure that the hardware is quality and solidly secured on the collar.

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SAFETY

Safety correlates quite a bit with durability, so be sure to cross-check the quality of the material and closures, but there are a few other things to be mindful of as well. Many pups need collars specific to training. These collars are often referred to as “slip,” “choke” or “martingale” collars, and are made with mostly leather or nylon with additional nylon or a chain link. This design is used to reduce tugging with a swift, clean correction. We don’t recommend using training collars everyday, just went necessary or until the behavior is corrected.

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Another safety concern that many small dog owners face is pressure on a pup’s neck. For smaller breeds, placing pressure on the neck, specifically the tracheal area, can cause coughing, gagging or choking. Harnesses are a great option for pups that have trouble with pulling, as they control the dog without placing pressure on their neck or back, but instead around the chest and breastbone.

It’s important to also be mindful of visibility when it is dark out. Check out our Night Safety Tips to learn the importance of outfitting your pups in the appropriate gear to ensure they are seen when it is dark out. We carry a collection of lighted and reflective collars to help keep your pup safe.

 

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Is your pup extra active, often getting messy or playing in the water? If so, then a waterproof collar might be the perfect solution. Specially made to not absorb moisture, retain dirt and harbor bacteria, waterproof collars generally stay clean as is. And if your pup does manage to get them dirty, all you need to do is rinse the collar under warm water.

For those pups that aren’t quite as active or messy, but still need their collar to be freshened up from time to time, there are many nylon and fabric collar options that are easy to hand wash, or are machine washable. But pay special attention to the instructions on each collar, as many cannot be machine dried.

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6a00e55132d8be8834019b00d26bae970c-200wiOnce you’ve considered these key collar features, it’s time to search out the style that best fits you and your pup’s personality. Colors, patterns, embellishments and more! Our astute buying team has made Muttropolis the best place to shop for the latest, design-driven and functional collars. Our selection is one of the widest in the pet products marketplace, so take a look for yourself, as we’d love to outfit your pup with their next new collar!

Muttropolis collar categories include Fabric + Nylon Collars, Stripes, Plaids + Solid Fabric Collars, Leather Collars, Sparkle Collars, Training Collars, Teacup Collars, Lighted or Reflective Collars, and Holiday Collars, all of which can be found in stores or online.

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Dig this Deal: Receive A Free Engraved Pet Tag with Every Collar Purchase

Free Engraved Tag with Collar Purchase

For a
limited time only, and in an effort to increase pet safety, we’re happy to
announce that we’re offering a free
engravable pet tag
with every collar purchase! This special promotion
begins today, November 5th and runs through November 12th.
Select circle, bone and heart shaped chrome
tags
apply, available in small and large sizes.

Chrome Engravable Pet TagPet tags
are just as essential as collars, as they are the best way to keep your pet
safe in the unfortunate event that they ever get lost. While we carry a wide
variety of tag styles, only select styles are included in this promotion.
Customers can choose from the Chrome
Bone Tag, Chrome Circle Tag and Chrome Heart Tag. Depending on the tag
chosen, customers can input two to five lines for engraving. See the product
description for each tag for further engraving instructions.                       

Our collar
assortment is busting at the seams with fetching new styles, including holiday! So with a promotion like this,
and a selection that includes color, fabric and style options to suite each and
every canine and feline customer, it is a great time to purchase a new collar
for your pet! Select from Fabric &
Nylon
, Leather, Sparkle, Striped, Plaid & Solid Fabric, Teacup and Training Collars
for dogs, and Nylon & Fabric and
Leather Collars for cats.

Muttropolis Dog Collar Assortment

We hope you
join us in this effort to increase your pet’s safety and take advantage of this
limited time offer, only valid through November 12th. Online customers
can receive their pet’s free tag at Muttropolis.com by placing a collar and
applicable tag in their shopping cart and using code TAGME at checkout. For those
of customers who shop in one of our Southern California
store locations, the promotion will
be applied at the register.

Our Holiday Shop is Now Open, Filled with Warm & Fuzzy!

Muttropolis Holiday Shop

‘Tis the
season, and we’re excited to
announce that our 2013 Holiday Shop is now open online and in stores! Excited
may be an understatement, as this is always a fantastically fun time of year for us “Mutts.” We’ve been working hard, Brown and Blue Striped Dog Hat and Scarfbusy as little elves, to provide you
and your pups with unique and festive holiday products. We’re starting the
season off stocked with cozy, Nordic inspired styles, many featuring shearling
and fur accents. And as the holidays approach, we’ll be adding more and more
offerings, so stay tuned for all of the red and green to roll in! 

Plaid Christmas Tree Dog ToyOur Holiday
Shop houses dog apparel and accessories, collars and leashes, toys, and products
for the home including luxury bedding and designer dog bowls and raised
feeders. We strive to provide all of our furry four-legged customers, with all
their differing sizes, styles and personalities, with the latest and greatest,
while also providing their adorning pet parents with an enjoyable and “exclusive”
shopping experience.

Fleece Antler Dog HoodieIt is never
too early to start preparing your pups for the season, especially since we all
know time escapes us too quickly around the holidays. So call us your holiday
headquarters
, and you are sure to have one happy hound! To get the best
selection and stay on top of the new additions to our shop, visit us at Muttropolis.com
or at one of our Southern California store
locations
.

Wishing you
and your pets a wonderful start to the season!

Dig This Deal: Save 25% On Mutt Munchers During the Month of November!

Muttropolis Mutt Munchers
Our much
loved Mutt Munchers are the Treat of the Month for November!
Delicious, nutritious and made fresh in Southern
California, these grain-free dog treats, exclusive to Muttropolis,
are 25% off all month long. And our very popular seasonal flavors, Crown Roast
and Pumpkin Pie, have arrived just in time for the savings!

Salmon Snappers Mutt MunchersAvailable
in a wide variety of flavors, Mutt Munchers are sure to compliment any pup’s
dietary needs and preferences. Year round we carry Peanut Butter, Blueberry,
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 grain, resulting in a tasty treat
that is packed with protein and a good source of dietary fiber.

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

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


Peanut Butter Poppers Mutt MunchersMy dog absolutely loves these
treats! I almost want to eat one for myself they smell so good! I love the fact
that they are grain free and all the ingredients used to make them are
something I would eat myself. My pup gives these 2 thumbs up!

Delicious,
nutritious and cost efficient, Mutt Munchers are a great addition to any dog’s
diet! So don’t miss out, they are only on sale from November 1st
through November 30th. Online customers can redeem their 25% off
savings by shopping online at Muttropolis.com
and entering MUNCHSAVE at
checkout. This promotion is also being offered at all three Southern California
Muttropolis store locations.

Night Safety Products & Tips, Just in Time for Halloween!

Dog Night Safety
As darkness continues to set in, we are here to help protect
your pup! Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd, which
means our evenings will be much shorter than we’d like. Since the safety and
health of your pets is our top priority at Muttropolis, we’re dedicated to
finding the latest and most innovative products to help diminish any danger walking
in the dark may bring. 

 

Many people don’t realize how mindful and prepared you
should be before going out in the early morning or late evening for walks or
runs with your four-legged friends. Venturing out without lights and/or
reflective gear can put our pups, and yourself, in harms way. Visibility is
poor when it is dark out, which means it is harder for you to see obstacles of
all sort, and for those live obstacles to see you. With that said, it is
crucial to use caution and be outfitted with the appropriate safety products.

 

Lighted Dog CollarLighted collars and leashes are hands-down our number one
recommendation. Unlike reflective products, lighted products provide
illumination even when light isn’t shining on them. Our Lighted Dog Collar and Lighted
Dog Leash
are
innovative and fashionable. They are made by Pup Protector with
cutting edge thermoplastic polyurethane and bright LED lights and feature three
settings. Pup Protector is a brand built on the mission to protect pups from
danger when it is dark out. Their products are durable, versatile, stylish and
sleek, and offer benefits far beyond keeping your four-legged friend safe
during early morning or late night walks and runs. When you choose a Pup
Protector collar and leash, you’re also able to:

 

(1) Easily spot your dog off leash

(2) Distinguish your dog in a large pack or at a dog park

(3) Keep an eye on your dog in your yard

(4) Differentiate between multiple dogs by choosing collars
with different LED colors

 

Ruffwear Beacon Dog Safety LightLooking for a little less light? Or have a non-lighted,
non-reflective collar and leash set that you’d like to continue to use in the
dark? Then safety lights are an
excellent choice for you. They easily attach to a collar, leash, or apparel. We
carry the Ruffwear Beacon Dog Safety
Light.
I
t
is lightweight, compact and clips on quickly and easily.
Featuring a high-intensity LED, it creates a halo of red light around the dog
and offers multiple blinking modes. Like a lighted collar or leash, this is an
excellent choice to ensure your pup is seen and can see. We recommend
purchasing more than one, that way you can wear one too. It’s better to be safe
than sorry!

 

Reflective collars and leashes, as well as reflective dog apparel, are also helpful in
low-light conditions. They increase visibility as long as there are lights
around to reflect off of them, so if you and your pup venture out near street
lights, building lights or headlights, then reflective products may be good for
the two of you. However, to stay on the safest side, we recommend reflective
products to accompany lighted products. We carry a wide selection across both
of these categories, many products made by reputable brands Ruffwear and RC Pets Products.

 

Ruffwear Knot-a-Just Reflective Dog Collar
Nylon Barrel Chested Dog Jacket

Even if you and your pup are outfitted with all the best
lighted and/or reflected products, be sure to always use caution and maintain an attitude of awareness. It’s a great
idea to carry a flashlight, that way you can stay in control of your
visibility. Many of our customers find headlamps useful. They free up your
hands and provide lots of light!

 

Sidewalks or walking trails are ideal, but if you have to
walk along a roadside, be sure to walk
against traffic
. That way you and yo
ur pup can easily see the traffic
coming and vice versa. And remember, what you wear makes a difference too! Veer
away from dark clothing and invest in something reflective, or take our
suggestion and purchase an extra safety light. Improving your visibility only
increases your combined visibility, and thus increases your safety.

 

So
suite up your pup (and yourself) for night safety and
don’t forget to always stay alert. The safety products discussed in the
post, and many others, can be found in any one of our three Southern
California store locations or online at Muttropolis.com.

 

We wish you and your furry friends a safe and
Happy Halloween!

Warning on Jerky Treats from the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert to consumers this week about the illnesses and deaths tied to jerky treats from China. Nearly 600 pets have died and over 3,600 have reported illness after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats.  The biggest problem is they cannot figure out the cause when testing contaminants.

Rest assured, we’ve researched our food and treat sources and we do not carry these treats or any treats made in China for that matter.  But we know that many pups just love those jerky treats, so we sniffed out the best alternative made right here in the USA.

Bixby Jerky treats are available in a delicious chicken flavor and they have 2 healthy formulas: Hip and Joint or Skin and Coat.  Both are free of wheat, corn, soy, preservatives and animal byproducts.

Bixby Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Also a Chicken jerky treat, Tuckers, is an all-natural, grain-free, gluten-free treat  that  is  hand rolled in Wisconsin using chicken breast sourced in the United States and Canada. They are even produced under USDA oversight from 100% human grade raw ingredients, so you know they are safe for your pup!

Tuckers Chicken Jerky TreatsAnother taste-tester favorite are Primal Dry Roasted Chicken Shredders. Made with chicken raised in the United States without antibiotics or added hormones, these treats are a healthy, high-protein snack.
Primal Dry Roasted Chicken Shredders

And for those sweet potato lovers, we have these delicious Sweet Potato treats. Not only do dogs love them, but they have a pro-biotic coating promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract in support of your dog`s digestive system.

Sweet potato dog treats

Whatever you choose to treat your pet, know that you are safe with us! Come by and see us for a taste test sometime!

Fetchingly Fresh: Fabulously Fuchsia for your Four-Legged Fashionista!

Depending
on where you and your pup call home, you may be transitioning from summer to
fall or fall to winter, and before we know it we’ll all be diving into
the holiday season! So, we thought it was perfect timing for one last splash of color for your furry fashionistas. Take a look at our Fabulous in Fuchsia collection!

Fabulous in Fuchsia

One thing
is for sure, no fashionable pup can have too many head-turning styles. Our brand new Pink Plaid Dress Dog Coat and Necklace Dog
Sweater are two fancier choices, both featuring sophisticated cuts and darling details. If your pup prefers something more cozy without compromising quality or fashion, then the Raspberry Dog
Hoody or Pom Dog Sweater would also be perfect! The Raspberry Dog Hoody
features sparkly hand-sewn beading that is too darling to miss, and the Pom
Dog Sweater has excellent texture.

 
Pom Dog SweaterPink Plaid Dress Dog Coat
Necklace Dog Sweater

What’s next
best to apparel for a fashion driven canine? Collars of course! We now carry
floral patterned collars that come with adorable, removable floral appliqués. Accessorizing made easy! Handmade in
the USA
by artisans using high quality soft fabric and quality hardware, these collar
sets are beautiful and durable. We currently carry a Purple Flower and Dog
Collar Set and a Damask Flower and Dog Collar Set, both with matching leashes,
sold separately.

Purple Flower and Dog Collar Set
Purple Flower

For
playtime, the Fur Star Flower and Fur Knit Flower Dog Toys are our favorites.
They’re handmade with great attention to quality and design details, providing
your pup with a very unique toy to add to their collection. The texture and
squeaker alone are sure to provide amble entertainment. Another stand out toy is
the Boiled Wool Dog Balls, a customer favorite now available in fun striped
color combinations! These balls are durable and naturally attractive to dogs with their wooly scent derived
from natural oils of wool fleece. And they’re biodegradable too!

Fur Star Flower Dog Toy
Boiled Wool Dog Ball

Much more
is to be seen from our Fabulous in Fuchsia
collection, so visit us at Muttropolis.com or stop by one of our Southern California store
locations
. And stay tuned, because we’ll be opening our Holiday Shop very
soon!

October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month!

Adopt-A-Dog Month

The best way to honor Adopt-A-Dog
Month
is by adopting a dog in need! Choose a pup from a shelter or rescue
group and you’ll save a life, save money, find a healthy pet, help in the fight
against puppy mills and pet stores, and feel better! A while back we posted some
excellent tips on how to get started,
and choosing the right pet.

Live near a Muttropolis store? Then you’re in luck! For the
month of October, we’ll be hosting
multiple adoptions
every weekend in each of our three Southern
California stores. We’ve included the dates and times for each of
these adoptions below. As a congratulations and thank you, we’ll be providing
every dog that is adopted at one of our events with a Muttropolis “wag bag,”
filled with goodies to enjoy with their new family.




Save A LifeAs some of you may know, Muttropolis is an “Animal Admirer”
for the San Diego Humane Society.
We’ve already admired two pups that have found loving homes, and recently
received our newest animal to admire, Huxley. He’s a male American Pit Bull Terrier
Mix, a staff favorite, and extremely smart after having undergone extensive
training for etiquette, housetraining and tricks. He loves to perform
and thrives in active, athletic environments like the dog park. Huxley is just
over 7 years old and neutered. For more information about handsome Huxley and
the adoption process at the San Diego Humane Society, visit his profile. The video of him showing off his skills will
win you over right away!Huxley is featured in many of the images below.

No matter how you choose to adopt, whether from a shelter,
rescue group, or someone you know, there is one thing we know for sure,
every
dog "can't wag without"
 
these
essentials:

Collar & Leash

Essentials
for safety, and don’t forget a personalized tag!


Dog CollarEvery dog needs a collar
and leash for walks, to hold their identification tag(s), and to show of their
personal style! Our wide collar assortment includes color, fabric and style
options for each and every canine customer, most with coordinating leashes. And
to keep your pup safe in the unfortunate event that they ever get lost, an
engravable tag is a must-have too. We have over 100 one-of-a-kind styles to
choose from!

Bed

Whether they
like to snuggle up or stretch out!


Dog BedLet’s face it, dogs
sleep a lot, so having a comfortable, well-crafted bed is something each
four-legged fur ball should have. We carry all of the top selling designer and
luxury dog beds included square bolstered, donut, double donut, pillow,
outdoor, mats, blankets, duvets and more! Options to accommodate every pup’s
sleeping preferences and home décor.

Bowls or Feeders

For
feasting, one of their favorite times of the day!


Raised Dog FeederWe believe that dogs should
dine in style. To accommodate for differing design preferences, we have classic
ceramic bowls, sleek stainless steel feeders, contemporary wooden designs, and
much more! Why do we love raised feeders? With their elevated ergonomic design,
they aid in digestion, preventing pups from eating too quickly and suffering
from the uncomfortable side-effects.

Toys

Plush,
rubber, tough, interactive, there are toys for every pup’s playing preferences!


Dog ToysToys are like good
friends, the more the merrier! We have unique toys for pup’s that love plush,
enjoy playing fetch, need something interactive to eliminate boredom, or play
so hard they need a toy build tough! Keep your new addition entertained and
you’re sure to have a much easier transition and happier pup.

Training Tools

Essentials
when bringing a new pup home!


Training ToolsA well trained dog is
a happy dog, so be sure to stay in control when you bring your new pup home. Effective
dog training tools that are safe and humane make this much easier! Dog crates, training collars, no-pull harnesses, potty pads and anti-bark
products, can all be lifesavers in establishing a safe and secure environment.

Treats

Great for
nutrition, training, and the obvious… rewarding!




Stella & Chewy's Carnivore CrunchKeep it all-natural!
We have done the research on dog nutrition so that you don’t have to. All of
our treats are all-natural, easily digestible, preservative-free, wholesome and
delicious. And best of all, each month we offer a special promotion on a Treat
of the Month
, this month it is Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried dog treats.
Buy 2, get 1 free for the whole month of October!

Can’t adopt for one reason or another? Pet finder provides
some ways you can still help.

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Muttropolis La Jolla:

Animal
Advocates of the United States
Adoption – Sunday, October 6th at 11:30am

Helen Woodward Animal
Center Adoption –
Saturday, October 12th at 11:00am

Second
Chance Adoption – Saturday, October 19th at 10:00am

SNAP
Adoption – Saturday, October 26th at 11:00am

 

Muttropolis Solana Beach:

Four Paws
Coonhound Adoption – Saturday, October 12th at 12:00pm

Saving Pets
One at a Time Adoption – Sunday, October 13th at 11:00am

Southern California Retriever Rescue Adoption –
Saturday, October 19th at 11:00am

San Diego Humane Society Adoption – Sunday,
October 20th at 11:00am

Chihuahua Rescue of San
Diego Adoption – Saturday, October 26th at
11:00am

 

Muttropolis Newport Beach:

Recycled
Pets SoCal Adoption – Saturday, October 5th at 12:00pm

Kris Kelly
Foundation Adoption – Sunday, October 6th at 12:00pm

Recycled Pets
SoCal Adoption – Saturday, October 19th at 12:00pm

Kris Kelly
Foundation Adoption – Sunday, October 20th at 12:00pm

Kris Kelly
Foundation Adoption – Sunday, October 27th at 12:00pm

Lend-A-Paw with Muttropolis to Support the San Diego Humane Society

Lend-A-PawHelp us
fill the walls with paws by showing your support for pets in need. When you
shop with us in October, you can make $1 or $5 donations in honor of your own
pup or those pups looking for forever homes. All proceeds go to the San Diego Humane Society. Why did we
choose October? It’s Adopt-A-Dog Month!
We have a big blog post coming soon to tell you more about the ways we are
celebrating and suggestions on how you can too, so stay tuned. Lend-A-Paw
donations can be made in our Solana Beach and La Jolla
store locations
. Please join us this month to show your support!