Events: Upcoming and Past Archive

2014 Annual Halloween Party + Costume Contest!

The Muttropolis Halloween Party is one of the most anticipated and exciting events of the year! Our four-legged (and two-legged) friends pull out all the stops when it comes to creativity for Halloween. What a fantastic turnout this year! Here are some of our favorite photos from the event!

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Twins!

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You guys – it’s BATDOG! How cool is this?!

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This peacock is WORKING it!

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This is a shark we want to be friends with!

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Is this not the cutest pilot ever?!

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What a cute family!

To see these photos and more from the parties, check out our Facebook page!

Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon this Sunday, September 7th!

Surf Dog Pup

It’s that time of the year again – Labor Day is over, September is in full swing, and the 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon + Beach Day is on! Join us this Sunday at the Del Mar Dog Beach from 8AM-2PM for this exciting event, featuring a Surf Dog Competition, a Paddle Board Parade and a ton of booths, including Muttropolis! Surf Dog is hosted by the Helen Woodward Animal Center; money raised from this event goes towards the orphaned animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

If you think your pup has what it takes to enter the Surf Dog Competition, you can register here. Competition contestants will participate in ten minute heats based on your pup’s weight class. First place pups from each heat will move on to the finals, where the top three finalists will be crowned!

If you’re interested in participating in Surf Dog’s first ever Paddle Paws Parade, register here. This is a fun, new event where pups and their parents dress up in costumes and paddle board – how fun, right?!

If you’re more into watching rather than participating, that’s great too – there will be TONS of booths featuring everything from food to pet training to (yours truly) Muttropolis! We’ll be there with Ruffwear showing everyone the cool (literally!) products Ruffwear has for summertime.

Like we said, this yearly event is taking place this Sunday, September 7th, from 8AM-2PM. We hope to see you and your pup there!

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.

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

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!

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

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

It’s Almost Time for Trick-or-Treating! Is Your Pup Prepared?

Our Halloween
Boo-tique
is filled with costumes to suit all canine personalities! Your
four-legged friend could be a golfer, monkey, flapper, or even a tootsie roll,
to name a few. Halloween is just over a month away, and some styles are selling
fast, so act fast for the best selection. Costumes aren’t all we have in our boo-tique,
we also carry funny and festive toys, adorable accessories, and darling
Halloween dresses!

Halloween Bou-tique
The Halloween Treats Dog Dress was designed
specially for those furry fashionistas who are always looking fabulous! Featuring
an extra fluffy ruffled double layered underskirt, decorative trim and polka
dot ribbon details, it’s a sure head-turner. The equally adorable, festive and
feminine Ribbon Pumpkin Dog Dress is
also a great choice for furry fashionistas with a striped ruffled skirt,
puffed sleeves, embroidered pumpkins and ribbon details. Both are cute costume alternatives!

Halloween Treats Dog Dress
Ribbon Pumpkin Dog Dress

For the
male pups, or females that don’t want to wear a dress, we have the Jolly Roger Dog Sweater with a skull
and cross bones on the back, a trendy choice that can be worn again when
Halloween is over! The Halloween Argyle
Dog Bowtie
is also a cute choice for dapper doggies. And probably the
easiest, fun way to let your pup get dressed up for the holiday would be with our
Candy Corn and Dots or Bats Dog Bandanas, both reversible!

Candy Corn and Dots Dog Bandana
Jolly Roger Dog Sweater
Halloween Argyle Dog Bowtie

We’ll be
hosting Howl-o-ween parties at all three of our Southern California store
location
s, so don’t forget to mark your Calender with the party nearest you. Stop
by our Solana Beach Muttropolis store on Saturday, October 19th at 6PM,
our La Jolla Muttropolis store on Friday, October 25th at 6PM, or our
Newport Beach Muttropolis store on Friday, October 25th at 7PM.

Stay tuned
for tips to stay safe while you and your pup are out-and-about on
a dark Halloween night.

Our Halloween Shop is Now Open and it’s Spooktacular!

Halloween Shop

Fall is
fast approaching and the first holiday on the docket is Halloween! In
anticipation for this fun-filled time of year and all of the festivities that
surround it, we’ve already opened our spooktacular Halloween Boo-tique in
stores and online. It’s filled with adorable get-ups for your little
tricksters!

Skull Dog ToyShaggy Spider Dog Toy

Our buying
team has sniffed out this season’s hottest Halloween pet costumes, tantalizing
toys, apparel and accessories to ensure that all of our four-legged customers
are pawsitively the best dressed pooches! The Headless Horseman, Golfer,
Mexican Zarape and Flapper dog costumes are just a few of our favorites this
year, so act fast to get the best selection. It’s never too soon to prepare our
pups for the season!

 
Flapper Dog CostumeHeadless Horseman Dog Costume

Also, mark your
calendars because as we near the holiday we’ll be hosting Halloween parties with
costume contests and more
at all three of our Southern
California store locations. To take part in the fun, stop
by our Solana Beach Muttropolis store on Saturday, October 19th at 6PM,
our La Jolla Muttropolis store on Friday, October 25th at 6PM, or our
Newport Beach Muttropolis store on Friday, October 25th at 7PM.

We hope to
help you and your hounds prepare for a very Happy Halloween!

Join Us at Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon on Saturday, September 8th

Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

We’re
excited to announce our attendance at the 8th Annual Surf Dog
Surf-A-Thon + Beach Day
on Sunday, September 8th at the Del Mar
Dog Beach! This event is primarily a surf competition for dogs that raises
funds for orphaned animals
at Helen
Woodward Animal
Center, but there will
also be bunches of other activities for all attendees to participate in. Festivities
kick-off at 8AM and run until 2PM.

Surf Dog is
a fantastic opportunity for friends, family and dogs to come together for a day
of fun, sun and surf, all to benefit beloved animals. Two-legged and
four-legged attendees can choose to either hit the waves and participate in the
surf competition or watch the action from the beach where there will be games,
a costume contest, food and more. There is a $35 fee for dogs to participate in
the surf competition and $35 fee for people. To participate in the Beach Bum
Costume Contest there is a $10 donation.

Judy
Fridono, a Top Surf Dog Fundraiser shared that “Although some see this event as
a competition, the animals awaiting their fate see us as their last chance at
survival… It’s as easy as asking your family, friends, and co-workers to donate
at least a buck. It’s as easy as posting a request on Facebook, Twitter and
other social media!” For more information about Surf Dog and the ways to get
involved, visit www.surfdog.kintera.org.

We’ll be
partnering with Ruffwear at the event, selling performance dog gear
built to enhance outdoor adventures for dogs and humans. On Saturday September
7th, the day before Surf Dog, Ruffwear will also be visiting our Solana Beach
store where they’ll be showcasing their merchandise from 10AM – 4PM.

RuffwearDogs Surfing

Surf Dog
Surf-A-Thon is presented by Helen
Woodward Animal
Center and Blue Buffalo. Helen Woodward
Animal Center
is a private, non-profit located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA where people help
animals and animals help people
, and Blue Buffalo is a leading manufacturer
of all-natural dog and cat products.

We hope to
see you and your four-legged friends over the weekend!