Gifts for Pet Lovers Archive

Fetchingly Fresh: Our Hip Hop Shop is Now Open!

Spring has
sprung at Muttropolis, and we’re ready to help you put a little extra pep in
your pup’s step! With an abundance of new design-driven spring styles, there is
no better place than our Hip Hop Shop
to get your pup ready for the Easter season. Darling dresses, dapper
accessories, super cute tanks, tantalizing toys, and much much more.

If you have
a princess pup you must see our Daffodils
Dog Dress
and Bunny Dog Dress,
just two of our many fashion favorites, both handcrafted with delicate details
and exceptional execution. And not to worry, we’re prepared to outfit dapper doggies
too. Our Blue Plaid Dog Bowtie is a
handsome choice, or the more subtle Happy
Easter Dog Tank
. If you’re looking for sometime to use all spring and
summer long, the Aqua and Green Stripe
Dog Collar
and Leash set is
bright, striking, and best of all gender neutral!

Don’t have
a dog that likes to dress up? Treat them with toys! For the first time, we’re
carrying the popular Plush Bottle Dog
, a great toy and new way to recycle in one. It’s simple, just stuff the
plush duck with an empty water bottle and let your dog go crazy crunching and
crinkling to their hearts desire! We’ve also expanded our talking toy
collection to include a Talking Rabbit
and Talking Chick, both sure to keep
your pup amused as they come to life with each squeeze!


Clearly we
are ready to hippity hop into spring, so let us help you and your pup get ready
too! Join us to celebrate, hunt for Easter eggs, and pose for Easter pictures, at
one of our three Egg-stravaganzas. All Egg-stravaganzas will be held on
Saturday, March 30th. Festivities will start at 10am in our Fashion Island
store and at 11am in both our Solana Beach and La Jolla
stores. Hope to see you and your fido there!

Mew-Dern Family: Now Available in HD [PHOTO]

Mew-Dern Family: Now Available in HD

Have you ever wished for a TV channel dedicated exclusively to cats? With this clever DIY project, you can convert and upcyle an old, clunky TV into a swanky kitty pad. Learn more how to make this CatTube at

Possible programming:  "Days of Our 9 Lives," "Meowsy Shore," "The Young and the Purr-fect" and "Mew-dern Family."



Vintage Cat bed

Source: ModernCat / Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at

Hairy Dog Hair Hats – Epic or Eww? [PHOTO]

Excuse me, but there's a Schnoodle in your hair.

Looking  to spice up your summer wardrobe? Nothing says summer chic like a hair hat in the shape of your favorite animal….right?

[Related: Dog hair sweaters made from stuff people vacuumed up off the floor. Believe it. — this site]

These hairy hair hats by Nagi Noda will give you a leg up on fashion. In fact, we wouldn't be surprised to find Lady Gaga rockin' ones of these canine chapeau's this season. Animals that have inspired these hats include dogs, boars, rhinos, and even a mighty lion!

We wonder if they smell like wet dog when you emerge from the shower? 

What do you think of these crazy creations?

Dog Hair Hats

Dog Hair Hats

Dog Hair Hats

Hair Hats

Image Source: Nagi Noda
Source: Dog Milk, Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at

Pets Behaving Badly: Stuff My Pet Ruined

What stuff has your pet ruined? Show us your pictures!

If you have ever visited the hilarious site Sh*t My Kids Ruined, a website asserting to be the "strongest visual birth control on the market today," then you are going to absolutely love the website Sh*t My Pets Ruined - a site dedicated to the stuff that our pets have destroyed, or "…otherwise made filthy, distasteful, gross or painful." Whether your pet has ruined your car interiors, your social life, your couch, your ability to travel or simply the smell of your home, the clever creators of this site invite you to tell your story…the good, the bad or the ugly.

U of K BBQ Cover

[Encourage pup to gnaw on these all-natural teething rings instead of your Manolos]

With the site's permission, we've picked out a few of our favorite recent submissions, which are featured below, along with commentary from the submitter.  

Do you have a pet that has creatively chewed, chomped and repurposed your home decor or otherwise?

If so, share your pics with us on our Muttropolis Facebook Page or submit them to Sh*t My Pets Ruined! As well, be sure to check out their hilarious book, Sh*t My Kids Ruined  - it's sure to make your kids, nieces, nephews or siblings look like complete angels. 

[Nearly indestructible, your chomping champion will meet their match with this super tough Tuffy Toy]






Family Photo

What We’re Loving: Personalized Pet Book Helps Shelter Pets

IMG_0758 Buy the Book – 100% of Proceeds Help Shelter Pets!

Following her passion as a lover of kids and animals, Jan Krystkowiak wondered how she could combine literacy, kids and pets – and found her answer with – personalized pet books that allow you to integrate your dog or cat’s breed, name and photo into the story! Jan came up with the idea after reading studies on personalization which indicated that reading and vocabulary improve substantially when children read materials with their name embedded in them. 

A supercharged go-getter with five kids and three dogs, Jan more than holds down the domestic fort while her husband, New Jersey Nets assistant NBA coach Larry Krystkowiak, is away. In fact, in January 2010, shortly after the earthquake in Haiti, Jan Krystkowiak and friends shipped 20,000 pounds of clothes, teddy bears, soccer balls and other goods to the devastated country and then traveled to Haiti where they spent 10 days helping out where they could.

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Paying it Forward: 100% of Proceeds to Benefit!

Starting now and through the holidays, in honor of adopt a shelter pet month and in the spirit of giving back, Jan and Where in the World Books is going to give 100% of all proceeds from her books to our friends at Foundation –  the virtual home of 352,660 adoptable pets from 13,583 adoption groups.

Knowing how much my 4 year old nephew, Colton, loves his Yellow Lab, Zoe, I ordered a personalized book from Where in the World books and now have a darling book featuring not only my nephew’s name throughout the book, but also his furry pal Zoe!  It even features a spot in the front of the book where I was able to write a personalized dedication and upload a photo of Zoe.

Why not personalize your own book for friends or family and help shelter pets at the same time! Available in both English and Spanish, there are 25 dog breeds and six cat breeds to choose from. Better yet, you can enter in the Promo Code: TAILS at checkout for an additional 10% off your entire order. Don't forget, the holidays are right around the corner!

Learn more at


Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

Here Kitty, Kitty! New iPhone App Rallies Stubborn Cats


Good news for anyone who has ever had difficulty luring their cat out from under a bed, up a tree, from under the car or anywhere else! A cat-loving University professor from Indiana and two of his students have developed Here Kitty, Kitty! –  a feline-friendly iPhone (and iPad) application that provides a creative and fun way to help you find your lost (…or stubborn) cat. 

Available on iTunes, Here Kitty, Kitty! provides a fun way for users to attract their cats with familiar sounds that will bring the feline around when they don't come when called. It features the sounds of a cat meowing, a man calling a cat and an electric can opener readying a can of kitty nom-noms.

Here Kitty, Kitty! just launched a few weeks ago and so the App reviews are limited, but the few that do exist on the site are very positive. Let me know if it works for your cat!

Need help getting your dog to come? Check out our review of the Dog Whistler iPhone App!

Must Have: Lollycadoodle Boiled Wool Dog + Cat Toys

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Eco-friendly Groovy Shrooms

Colorful, durable and naturally attractive to dogs and cats, thanks to the special wooly scent derived from the natural oils of wool fleece, these darling toys are made without poly-fill or squeakers so you can be sure they're safe and will be completely biodegradable after your pet is done with them. Which, based on extensive field-testing, will take a very long time!

Dishwasher Safe

If your pet's toadstool starts to look a bit tired, simply refresh the toy by popping it into the top rack of your dishwasher and dry in the sun!

Starting at $11, find these vibrant, magical mushroom pet toys at

Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

The Crazy Cat Lady Game

You indeed can have too many cats and still be a winner.

The Crazy Cat Lady Game Gift for Cat Lovers After taking in a healthy dose of music (and mud!) at the Austin City Limits music festival recently, my comrades and I enjoyed wandering Austin's fabulously quirky boho 'hood of South Congress, or SoCo.  It was there that we stumbled across the ridonkulously weird and wacky shop Monkey See, Monkey Do and discovered, among other things, The Crazy Cat Lady Game.

In this riveting board game you attempt to collect more cats than your fellow competitors as you, The Crazy Cat Lady, head out into the world (and around the board) to run some errands. On your journey you might visit the Pet Store, the Supermarket, the Vet or the Animal Shelter. But no matter where you go, you must be on the look out for more cats! Your ultimate objective is to possess the most cats when the Crazy Cat Lady returns back home. Gain more cats by landing on spaces like "Save a Cat Stuck in a Tree" and "Rescue Grumpy Old Cat From Pound." But watch out for spaces that take cats from you like "Beware of Dog" and "Kitten Distracted by Bit of Fluff." The Crazy Cat Lady Game is fantastic feline fun for the whole family.

Find The Crazy Cat Lady Game at either Monkey See, Monkey Do or online at

courtesy of The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

A Mutt-Stache? Introducing The Humunga Stache Dog Toy

Now even your pooch can sport a 'stache and go in-dog-nito.


If your dog secretly envies Bearded Collies, Schnauzers or any other dog breeds with excessive facial hair  – then their prayers have been answered. New from Moody Pet, the makers of the original Humunga Tongue dog toy, comes the newest in ridiculous mutt must-have's: The Humunga Stache dog toy. This shiny black toy features a durable, solid black natural rubber ball on one end and a giant cartoon mustache on the other.

With the holidays just around the corner, why not have your pooch sport his or her Humunga Stache during your annual holiday family photo? This way, Uncle Chester won't be the only one in the pic with the creepy mustache.

The concept behind the dog toy is that like the photo, dogs will naturally pick up the rubber ball … leaving the handlebar mustache sticking out. Priced at $15, pick one up at and add some low-cost laughs to your frequent frolics with Fido this holiday!

courtesy of The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

It Was Just a Matter of Time: The Snuggie for Dogs

The Snuggie for Dogs

Fresh from the "Seriously!? Seriously." files, and just when you thought the Snuggie (or Slanket) had gone the way of the pet rock, brace yourself: Introducing the Snuggie for Dogs. Yes, you heard right, the Snuggie for Dogs.

Now your dog can be both warm and comfortable on the couch while being able to take a quick trip to the local dog park without having to take their blanket off. Its also a great gift idea for dogs who are Lord of the Rings enthusiasts and want to achieve the 'Gandalfy' look or who perhaps practice Buddhism. As well, given it's made of 100% synthetic mystery-material, the static charge generated by the Snuggie for Dogs can likely turn your dog into a super uber lint-roller and/or dust-bunny collection device. You'll never need to dust or vacuum your floors again.

As I understand it, the idea behind the original Snuggie is that it is essentially a blanket with sleeves and is open in the back, akin to a hospital gown. That said, the Snuggie for Dogs, as seen in the video on their site, is not "open in the back" but instead utilizes velcro closures to keep it on the dog. Call me crazy, but doesn't that make this something otherwise known a "dog coat?"

Regardless, you still need to watch the ridiculous video. Reason being, I had to watch it twice before believing that it was not a gag. This is an actual bona fide product….SRSLY. Enjoy!

Article reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley at Animal