Events: Upcoming and Past Archive

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!

LABOR DAY SALE: 20% Off Top Categories

For five days only, we’re offering 20% off Collars, Leashes, Harnesses, Apparel and Toys! A sale like this doesn't happen often at Muttropolis, so don’t miss your chance to stock up and save on must-haves for your adored four-legged friends and family members. Starting today, Thursday August 29th and running through Labor Day, Monday September 2nd, ending at midnight PST.

With an expansive, upscale and unmatched collar
assortment
ranging from eye-catching patterned fabric and nylon collars
to luxurious leather collars decorated in rhinestones, you’re sure to find the
perfect collar to suit your pup’s personality and preference! If harnesses are
more to your pup’s liking we have fabric and nylon, leather, vest, and training
styles. Many of our collars and harnesses have coordinating leashes for those
of you who like to have a matching set.

Dog Collars
Is your pup
fashionable, or do they fancy apparel for function? We have t-shirts, dresses,
sweaters, outerwear, accessories, and a recently expanded pajama collection to
meet their needs! Keeping in mind that climate can differ drastically throughout
the states we have lightweight, summertime ready styles to keep canines cool,
as well as heavier, layered apparel for warming during winter months. Let us be
your one-stop shop for dog
apparel!

Dog Toys
Dog Apparel

Now for the
fun stuff! Probably most appealing for the pups is our toy assortment. We carry
a plethora of playtime essentials,
including plush, interactive, toss and retrieve, tough, rubber and funny toys.
Many have squeakers inside for added entertainment! While we strive to provide
unique, high-quality toys, we also recommend that pets are always supervised
when playing with a toy as no toy is completely indestructible, even those that
are made extra tough.

As
mentioned, this Labor Day sale only lasts 5 days so act fast for the best
selection. You can visit any one of our Southern
California store locations
or shop online at Muttropolis.com.
Online customers must use coupon code LABOR20 at checkout to receive their 20% discount
on Collars, Leashes, Harnesses, Apparel and Toys.

Visit Us at Dog Days of Summer in Cardiff-by-the-Sea on August 10th

Cardiff Dog Days of SummerWe’re happy
to announce our attendance at this year’s Dog Days of Summer. This will
be the 8th year for this annual canine festival and contest in
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, often referred to as the largest dog-centric event in San Diego! The
festivities kick off at 10AM on Saturday, August 10th and run until
4PM that evening.

This day-long
event draws in roughly 10,000 attendees and over 200 vendors. As one of those
vendors, we will be raffling off a $25 gift card and selling additional $25
gift cards for only $20. We will also have a variety of specialty, cooling-focused
pet products
available for purchase.

Attendees
and their pups will get to enjoy tasty food, dog contests, a kid’s zone, doggie
cool zone, doggie photo booth, an agility course, silent auction, and much
much more. Local shelters and rescue organizations will also be in attendance
offering adoption opportunities.

Dog Days of
Summer is presented by Cardiff 101 Main Street located at 2139 B Newcastle Avenue, Cardif-by-the-Sea,
CA 92007.
A free shuttle will run from the Encinitas
City Hall and pups are allowed
on board. For more information visit www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com.

See you and
your pup on Saturday!

CDDS Event Map

Unconditional Love: As Close As Your Nearest Shelter, Rescue, or Muttropolis!

Allison Shamrell Pet PhotographyPhotograph
by Allison Shamrell, owner of Allison Shamrell Pet Photography, brand new to
the San Diego, California area.

What’s this unconditional
love we speak of? The love you receive from a four-legged family member of
course! If you’re in the market to make an addition to your family, we’d like
to share with you some benefits, pointers, and upcoming events in hopes of helping you
find your perfect match. We agree with The Humane Society that the following
benefits are reason enough to choose adoption!

 

You’ll save a life!

Unfortunately millions of
dogs and cats are euthanized each year because more pets are being given up to
shelters than those getting adopted from shelters. This number can only be
reduced if adoption numbers rise. In some cases, making the choice to adopt
means that you’ll be saving two lives instead of one, the one you adopt and the
space you make for another homeless animal to come into the shelter, allowing
them a chance to be adopted too!

 

You’ll find a healthy pet!

Many people assume that
animals in shelters are there because they were abused or have something wrong
with them, when the reality is that most animals end up in shelters due to
problems that their owners encountered (i.e. moving, divorce, lack of time
or money). Most shelters give their animals thorough examinations, vaccinations,
and some even spay or neuter. It isn’t uncommon for a shelter to also do
behavior screening to ensure that you’ll be adopting a pet right for you.

 

You’ll save money!

Adopting a pet is much less
expensive than buying one from another source whether it’s a pet store or breeder.
And if you get a pet that’s already spayed or neutered, you’ll be saving that
expense as well.

 

You’ll help in the fight against puppy mills and pet stores!

A few weeks back we shared our
thoughts on puppy mills
. We don’t agree with these profit driven
dog-breeding operations for a number of reasons, most importantly being their
shockingly inhuman treatment of animals. Because animals from puppy mill are
often sold in pet stores, the only way to bring their practices to a halt is to
stop purchasing animals from those retailers. By adopting, you can rest assured
that you are in no way supporting these cruel practices.

 

You’ll feel better!

Not only do pets give you
unconditional love, but they also have the power to put a smile on your face
and overall joy in your life. Pets have been shown to be psychologically,
emotionally and physically beneficial! They provide a sense of purpose and a
form of companionship. In a sense, they can be good medicine for anyone’s
well-being.

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So now you’re probably
wondering how to start the process. Well here are a few pointers from Petfinder
that we thought would start you out on the right foot. Petfinder is a great
resource and also offers excellent pointers on choosing the right pet
once you’ve found the right shelter.

1) Search
out and select a few nearby shelters.
Use online resources or your
local phone book to find nearby shelters or rescue groups. Depending on where
you live, you may need to travel a few hours to find the right fit. We host adoptions each month at all three of
our Southern California Muttropolis store
locations, a great opportunity to meet your next four-legged
family member. See details below.
 

2) Avoid
shelters that use very similar, general descriptions for their dogs.
Chances
are these shelters probably don’t know the personalities of their pets very
well. 

3) Ask
each shelter about their return policy.
You want to find a shelter
that will accept the pet back at any time for the remainder of their life. This
shows that they are accepting full responsibility for each animal they come in
contact with.   

4) Ask
each shelter about their adoption procedures.
For
many families it is important that every member is able to visit with the pet
outside of their kennel. If you run into a shelter that does not allow this,
take them off your list and move on to the next. 

5) Ask
each shelter about their criteria for determining which pets are ready for
adoption.
Reputable shelters do temperament testing to
ensure that potentially dangerous pets are not available for adoption. If the
shelter you visit doesn’t deem this important, you and your family could be at
risk.

6) Attend
a training class or two.
Search out a trainer that you like who
motivates dogs with treats, toys and praise. Trainers, and their clients, can
be a great source for recommending shelters. If you encounter people who found their pet at a shelter, ask
about their experience.

7) Look beyond
a clean and/or new exterior when visiting shelters
. A
great team who truly cares for their animals is what you need to be looking for.
Some old or rundown shelters are staffed with fantastic people and house great animals,
but there are also shelters that are just as bad as they look. This goes for
the new, clean and bright shelters as well. Some treat their animals and potential
adopters well, but others are more a façade. Look for these things when you
visit the shelters you’re considering, and don’t be fooled.

8) Have
an open mind about the “kind” of dog you want.
If
you go to a shelter with a predetermined list of qualifications (age, breed,
sex, size, color, etc) you may have a tough time finding that perfect match.

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Are you a Southern
Californian? Then you’re in luck! As mentioned previously, we hold adoptions
each month at all three of our store locations.
We partner with local shelters and rescue groups to do
our part in saving as many lives as we can. So far this year we’ve had 15 pets
adopted at our events, and last year we had 33. Now that doesn’t include those
introductions that later led to adoptions, as we only have numbers for “on-the-spot”
adoptions, but we are hopeful that more came from those initial introductions. We
love to help how we can, so take a look at our upcoming adoptions listed below and if you’re in the
market for a new pet, visit us soon! 

 

Muttropolis La Jolla:

SNAP Adoption – Saturday,
July 27th at 11:00am

SNAP Adoption – Saturday, August
31st at 11:00am

 

Muttropolis Solana
Beach:

Four Paws Coonhound Adoption –
Saturday, August 3rd at 12:00pm

 

Muttropolis Newport Beach:

Recycled Pets SoCal Adoption
– Saturday, July 27th at 12:00pm

Recycled Pets SoCal Adoption
– Saturday, August 10th at 12:00pm

 

For further details, please visit the Events page on Muttropolis.com,
or find us on Facebook.

Muttropolis’ 8th Annual Doggie Ice Cream Socials, July 6th & 13th

I scream,
you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Summer temperatures are starting to
soar, so it’s time for our Annual Ice
Cream Socials
. This will be our 8th year helping pups beat the heat
with refreshing Sweet Spots! We’ll have Peanut Butter & Honey flavor for pups to indulge in. There will also be a contest for those competitive pups with prizes for the fastest
lickers!

Dogs Enjoying Sweet Spots

Sweet Spots are all-natural, creamy, delicious
and nutritious frozen treats made specially by Nature’s Variety for dogs. They contain no artificial colors,
flavors or preservatives and are 98% lactose free. At our socials, each pup will receive one
serving, a 3.5 fl oz cup, that comes in at 110 kcals with 7.5% crude protein,
5.5% crude fat, 1.0% crude fiber, 75.0% moisture and 1.8% lactose.

Peanut Butter & Honey Sweet SpotsOur Annual Ice Cream Socials are a great
opportunity to treat, entertain and socialize pets, while also getting a chance
to see what’s new. Visit our Solana Beach or La Jolla store this Saturday, July 6th
between 11am – 1 pm, or our Newport
Beach
store the following weekend on Saturday, July 13th at
11am to take part in the fun. Hope to see you and your pups there!

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July!

4th of July Dog

With 4th of July celebrations right around the
corner, we wanted to share some helpful tips and suggested precautions to keep
your four-legged friends and family members safe!

Check your pet’s
ID tag.
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! Each year, many dogs run away trying to escape the commotion of fireworks. Animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving these “4th
of July dogs.” 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.

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. As previous mentioned, many pets will try to get away
from the commotion so it is best to keep them in a safe and secure place, preferably at
home.

Never leave your
pets alone in a vehicle on hot days, even if it is just for a few minutes.
Leaving
the windows down and/or parking in the shade is not good enough! Temperatures
rise very quickly inside a vehicle and since dogs sweat differently than
humans, they are not able to cool themselves down enough and can suffer from serious
health effects, including death. Due to this, many states have made it illegal to leave a
pet in a car during extreme weather.

Keep 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 and can cause skin irritation or gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression if ingested. If inhaled,
aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

Keep citronella
candles, insect coils and oil products away from pets.
If a pet were to
ingest any one of these products, it can lead to stomach irritation and
possibly even central nervous system depression. Much like lighter fluid, when
these oils are inhaled they can cause aspiration pneumonia.

Never apply any
sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet unless it is labeled
specifically for use on animals.
Ingestion of sunscreen products can result
in vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling. Insect repellents that
contain DEET are especially harmful and can lead to neurological problems.

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 4th of July festivities. There 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
fantastic Independence Day filled with safe summertime fun!

This Friday, June 21st, is Take Your Dog To Work Day!

Did you
know there is a Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay)?
Or better yet, an entire week? June 17th-21st has been
designated Take Your Pet To Work Week, with
Friday the 21st chosen as the special day. What a great occasion don’t you think? Not only does it get your
four-legged friend out of the house for the day, it also promotes pet adoption!

Dogs Meeting

So how does
it work? We’re urging all pet lovers to celebrate the human-canine bond by
encouraging their employers to support Take
Your Dog To Work Day
. Let your employer know that supporting and partaking
in this day promotes pet adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and
breed rescues. This occasion dates back to 1999 when it was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to
celebrate what great companions dogs make.

PSI put together
a handy list of tips to ensure that you and your pup are prepared for the big
day! Below is an overview, but to see each tip explained in more detail click here.

Good Planning + Good Dog = A Good Day 

1. Do an office check

2. Puppy-proof your work space

3. Bathe and groom your dog before its
office debut

4. Prepare a doggie bag

5. Plan your pet’s feeding times
carefully

6. Avoid forcing co-workers to interact
with your dog

7. Have an exit strategy

Pet Sitters
International (PSI) asks that those businesses and employees who participate focus
on the fun and celebrate the value of pets in the workplace, all while emphasizing
and educating about the importance of adoption. PSI also requests that their
permission be granted before using TYDTWDay
events to advertise or promote specific products or services. Their licensing
and sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

Learn more about
getting involved, sponsors, photo competitions and much more at www.takeyourdog.com
or on the Take Your Dog To Work Day Facebook page

Fetchingly Fresh: Show Your Patriotic Pooch Pride!

With less
than a month leading up to the 4th of July, our astute buying squad
has pulled together a fantastic, fashionable and fun collection of patriotic products perfect for your
pooch! Whether your pup likes to wear their patriotic pride or play with it
instead, we have fetching, fun styles and options in red, white and blue across
all categories. Take a look at this year’s 4th
of July Collection
and ensure your pup is celebrating in style this summer!

Main

Fourth of
July is often a t-shirt or tank top and beer kind of holiday, and we have both
for your pup! Our Peace Dog Tank and
All American Dog Tank, both canine-casual
and comfortable, scream patriotic pooch! Looking for something a little dressier?
Take a look at our Lace Dog Dress in
red, white and blue for furry fashionistas, and our Blue Stars Dog Bowtie for handsome hounds.

Peacetank
Dress
Allamerican

Our Americana Dog Collar and Americana Dog Leash, brand new to
Muttropolis, are nylon with narrow navy blue grosgrain ribbon with white polka
dots beautifully layered on top of wide red grosgrain ribbon. Designed in the USA with
quality, durability and style in mind, this set is safe, strong and stunning!
The Peace Dog Collar and very
popular Hemp Star Dog Collar are
also must-sees.

Bowtie Bandana

Remember
that beer we mentioned? Let your pup pick their poison in safe plush or
lead-free rubber form of course! We carry Dogs
Equis Beer Dog Toys
and Heiniesniff’n
Beer Dog Toys
. Our more patriotic options include the adorable embroidered
soft plush American Flag Dog Bone,
great for small dogs, and the Eagle Egg
Baby Dog Toy
, and excellent option for smart pups who like interactive,
puzzle-solving playtime!

   Eagle
HeinieBone

Our red,
white and blue assortment doesn’t stop there, so swing by one of our store locations or visit Muttropolis.com to shop the entire 4th of July Collection, bedding
and dining included!

Teaming Up To Promote Pet Heath & Wellness At The Encinitas Pet Health Expo

We’re happy
to announce our attendance at this year’s Encinitas
Pet Health Expo
on Sunday, June 2nd. The expo is an excellent
opportunity for pets and owners to enjoy an array of fun activities while
promoting better health and wellbeing across the pet population. Doors open at
9:30AM and admission is free for all two-legged and four-legged attendees!

Main

Activities
will include professional pet photos, grooming, a contest for the “Best Trick”,
and a neuter scooter clinic. Informational booths, vendors and rescue
organizations will also be in attendance, giving away free goodies and prizes
as well as information and ideas to encourage pet health and wellness. At our Muttropolis booth, we will be handing
out delicious and nutritious food samples from our vast assortment of All Natural Dog Food. We will also be
offering visitors the chance to win a $25 Muttropolis Gift Card by signing up
for our raffle.  

In addition
to all of the fun and informative festivities, the County Department of Animal
Services will be on site offering dog licensing, rabies shots and
micro-chipping for residents of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar,
Santee, San Diego and unincorporated San Diego.

This year’s
expo will be held at the Encinitas
Civic Center
located at 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, California
92024
. It will
run from 9:30AM to 1:00PM and as mentioned admission is free for all. So mark
your calendar for June 2nd and join us in this movement to make a
positive impact on your pet’s life and the lives of pets everywhere!