Home Decor for Pets Archive

Dog-Friendly Home Design

Spring is underway, and for many this is the season for home improvements.

Whether you are about to embark on spring cleaning, redecorating, or even construction, we have a few share-worthy ways to incorporate your pet in your home improvement projects.

Light up their world.

Dog windows barkitect

The Barkitect recently wrote a great blog post about dog windows. Studies have shown that allowing dogs to see what is happening outside their confined space tends to reduce their stress. This concept is picking up steam and we’re seeing doggie daycare and boarding facilities incorporating dog windows in their facilities. As The Barkitect mentions, it’s a very interesting concept, one that can be incorporated in home design as well. Not only will strategically placing windows at low levels potentially elevate your pup’s mood, it will also create a visually unique look-and-feel, and bring more light into your home.

 

Maximize space with nooks.

Dog house under stairs

Whether your home is big or small, there is no need for wasted space, especially when your pet can benefit. How are you using the space underneath your stairs? Or the lower half of your closet? These are just a couple of the areas often overlooked in terms of design. Don’t fall into this trap, especially if you have a hound. Using these spaces for a dog nook, house, or built-in bed, is practical and can be a very visually pleasing solution to creating a special place for your pup. Need some inspiration? The Barkitect and Atticmag have great pictures to peruse.

 

Build dining in.

Dog feeding station in kitchen Dog bowl drawer
This dog-friendly design tip is a little more do-able for those of us who aren’t interested in a large overhaul. Creating a built-in feeding station is a great space saver, one that frees up floor space and keeps inevitable messes confined. Most built-in feeding stations are raised, which is recommended by veterinarians to help prevent pups from gulping down their food, which lessens the chances of digestion issues. Most of the designs we’ve seen are built into a kitchen island or a cabinet, some are even built-in to a drawer, offering quick and easy access and the ability to hide the bowls when breakfast or dinner is over. If you choose the latter, don't forget to have your pup's water elsewhere. Head over to TMS Architects’ site for more examples.

 

Keep them clean, conveniently.

Pet shower

You’ll never have to visit your local dog wash if you have one in your home! Adding a pet bathing station may be the most common of all these dog-friendly design additions, and what a great one it is. If you have a smaller pup you may want an elevated bath, whereas with larger dogs it’s nice to have a step-in standing shower design. Most people put them in their laundry room, but if space inside is limited the garage is a great alternative. It may be a pricey addition at first, but think of the money you'll save in grooming bills.

 

Don’t forget outdoor design.

Outdoor dog chaise lounge

For many down here in sunny Southern California, an outdoor living space is equally as important as indoor. So how do you incorporate your pet in your outdoor space? A traditional dog house is one way, but there are much more contemporary designs available these days. Take the Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounge for instance. It’s waterproof, made with synthetic weatherproof rattan, and provides your pup with shade from the sun. And did we mention how stylish it is? Traditional dog houses can take up a lot of room and are often too heavy to move. Instead, choose a lightweight design that provides your pup with a special place while also adding style to your outdoor setting.

 

Let the dog-friendly home improvements begin!

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!

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!

Fetchingly Fresh: Sea & Sand Inspired Styles For Your Four-legged!

It’s officially summer and our
new Beach Collection has arrived! Packed full of fun, sea and sand inspired
toys, collars, apparel and more, this collection is perfect for running, romping
and playing at the beach!

Beach Collection

Frisbees
are a long-time favorite beach toy of ours. The Hydro Floating Disco Dog Toy is great for high diving fun! A soft
disc built for dogs that love to fetch in or around the water, this disc floats
and is easily visible. The Fetch Flyer
Dog To
y
is also a fun choice. Watch it fly through the air and float on the
water as you launch if for your playful pup to chase! Both of these Frisbees are
soft on pups’ teeth and great for games. Does your dog prefer to fetch a
traditional ball? Try our Jokko Tennis
Ball Cover Dog Toy
and say goodbye to slobber-soaked tennis balls! They’ll make your balls
last longer, stay cleaner, and float too!

Jokko Tennis Ball Cover Dog Toy
Sea Creature Dog Toys  Hydro Floating Disco Dog Toy

Looking for
a softer, more snuggly toy instead? The Sea
Creature Dog Toys
and Ocean Critters
Dog Toys
offer adorable options ranging from 4 to 16 inches. Choose from
turtles, fish, crabs, octopuses, clams and more! Flippers, fins and legs allow pups
to hang on and toss around, more easily enjoying playtime. Each toy has a squeaker
inside for added excitement. The Sea
Creature
s
are even handmade and eco-friendly!

Surf Dog TankFor your
pup’s warm weather wardrobe, we have brand new summertime styles. You can never go
wrong with tropical print, so check out our Turquoise Aloha Dog Shirt made from 100% super soft cotton and
featuring paw print coconut buttons. Have a little girl? The Bright Stripes Dog Dress features a
rainbow of summer shades with a flower appliqué at the waist. Our Surfer Girl Dog Dress and Surf Dog Tank are also both beach
themed styles, great for the more casual pups and made with cotton and a hint
of lycra for stretch and added comfort.

Eco Bamboo Pet WipesDon’t
forget your Eco Bamboo Pet Wipes! These
all-natural wipes are made with organically grown bamboo and offer a fast and
convenient way to clean away dirt and odor from your pet’s face, ears and body.
A must have in every doggie’s beach bag!

Stop by one
of our southern California stores locations or visit us a Muttropolis.com
to view our entire Beach Collection, also featuring collars, leashes, cooling products and fashionable futons!  

Fetchingly Fresh: New Products Personalized Just for Your Pet!

Personalized Pet Products
Pets are a part of the family, and just like children, these four-legged furry family members deserve exceptional care and occasional spoiling. We’re just the place
to provide products for both! Very recently, in an effort to help adoring
parents give their pampered pets “A
Place of Their Own,” we’ve expanded our product
assortment to include Personalized Pet Products,
such as dog collars, dog beds, pet blankets and engravable pet tags.

Our 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 Custom Dog Leashes are also available for purchase.

Custom Embroidered Dog Collar
Decorative Metal Engravable Pet Tags
For those who prefer to use traditional tags to keep their 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
Engravable Pet Tags to Stainless Steel Engravable Pet Tags, there are sure to
be options for every pet’s style and size. Some tags even feature colorful
graphics and/or decorative charms like the ever popular Mustache Dog Tag. These special styles will set your pet apart
from the rest!

For a
personalized resting place, we carry Personalized
Rectangle Dog Beds
and Personalized
Colorblock Rectangle Dog Beds
. Each 100% cotton USA made removable cover is
beautifully embroidered with the pet’s name and features contrasting trim to
match. 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.

Tan Personalized Dog Blanket
Personalized Colorblock Rectangle Dog Beds
Personalized Dog Blankets are made with super soft and snuggly
sherpa lining and a micro-suede exterior. Available in pink, tan, black and
leopard, each with differing embroidery color options, these blankets are 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.

We are a must-visit
destination for these unique, high-quality Personalized
Pet Products
so come visit one of our southern California store locations or Muttropolis.com and we'll help you give your pet “A Place of Their Own!”

Trending at Muttropolis: Black & White!

If you follow fashion, you know black and
white is back in full force on the runways for Spring 2013, but did you know black and white is a top trend for pet
products this season too? Browse our always classic and often contemporary Black and White Dog Collection, full of new products that are sure to
keep your pup in style this season!

Black & White Dog Collection

Happy
hounds can rest easy in our Ascot Check or
Ritz Urban Lounger Dog Bed, both streamline
and contemporary designer dog beds by Bowsers, providing canine comfort and
adding some extra class to any home décor. Also for the home, we have a brand
new Helvetica Dog Bowl and Houndstooth Bone Shape Dog Mat. The
word “dog” repeats around the outer edge of the bowl, which is made of
heavyweight, high-fired, restaurant-quality porcelain. There is no doubt that
this mat and bowl look sharp together, but we have many other Dog Bowls and Raised Dog Feeders that
would also look fantastic with the mat.

Pawda Dog Toy
Mini Fat Cow Dog Toy
Newspaper Dog Toy

With
sleeping and eating covered, that brings us to playing and looking great! A few
of our favorite toys in this classy collection include the Newspaper Dog Toy, Dogverse
Shoe Plush Dog Toy
and the Mini Fat
Cow Dog Toy
, all plush and uniquely different from each other. Fashion meets
function with our eye-catching collar and leash sets including the Trellis Dog Collar and Leash and the Black Dots Dog Collar and
Leash
. Does you pup prefer a harness? Then don’t miss out on the Puppia Argyle Print Dog Harness and Puppia Dotty Dog Harness, both specially
designed to eliminate pulling on the pup’s neck and throat, ensuring safety,
security and comfort.

Puppia Argyle Print Dog Harness
Dot Dog Harness

Our fashions
don’t stop there! The Black and While
Polka Dot Dog Bow
and Houndstooth
Dog Bowtie
are accessories that are too cute for words and great options
for dogs that don’t like to be fully dressed. But if they like apparel, then we
love the new Houndstooth and Bowtie Dog
Vest
for boys and the Black and
White Dog Dress
for girls. The Big
Deal Dog Tank
and Necktie Dog Tank are
equally as cute for casual occasions. And we have some fashion for mom as well
with the brand new Houndstooth Dog
Carrier
, a chic and comfortable choice for traveling pleasantly and in
style!

Black and While Polka Dot Dog Bow
Necktie Dog Tank
Houndstooth Dog Carrier

So stay
trendy and shop our Black and White
Dog Collection
in stores or at Muttropolis.com. We have something black and
white to suite every pup’s personality!

Fetchingly Fresh Dog Collars & More: Brighten Up With Bold, Brilliant Colors!

New
eye-catching, colorful products have popped up at Muttropolis! Our “Brighten
Up
” collection is fun, functional and lively. What sets this collection
apart from the rest? Brand spankin’ new styles, including hand-painted
solid wood home goods and fashionable, comfortable futon style beds, all
made in the USA
by Up Country! So take a look at our
terrific assortment, and get creative with color.

Bright Dog Collars

Whether
your four-legged family member is feline or canine, we have bright collars featuring fresh patterns, each
with a matching leash. Made with stain and fray resistant ribbon sewn onto
durable, high-tensile strength nylon webbing, these collars and leashes are
high in quality and attention grabbing! Our brand new Green and Pink Geometric Dog Collar and Cat Print Cat Collar, both pictured below, are just two of the Mutt Pack’s favorites.

Green Geometric Dog CollarCat Collars
Pet futons, a brand new addition to our bed
assortment, are the perfect alternative to bulky, heavy beds. Lightweight and
portable, they work well in crates, easily roll up for travel, or can serve as
your pup’s new go-to bed! Indoor futons
feature beautiful cotton, removable and machine washable covers, while outdoor futons feature durable,
weatherproof fabric, also completely removable and machine washable, with a mildew
resistant inner pad. No matter your décor, we have a futon for you! The Ikat and Roman Holiday are stylish and striking, Ocean and Nautilus are beach ready, and Isabella
Floral
is fashionably feminine. 

Ocean Print Dog FutonRoman Holiday Dog FutonFloral Dog Futon

Don’t stop
there! We’ve expanded our selection of hand-painted solid wood treat boxes, picture frames and leash
hooks
.
All decorated with lead-free, non-toxic paints, these colorful and
unique creations by Up Country are
eye-catching. The Arf Dog Treat Box and Woof Dog Leash Holder are great for dog
lovers, and the Orange and Yellow Cat
Treat Box
and Kitty Picture Frame are perfect for cat lovers. Any one of these makes a great gift!

Get on board, and Brighten Up!

Cat Picture FrameDog Picture Frame

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 Moderncat.net.

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 AnimalPlanet.com

Does Your Dog Do This? Dog Camouflages Self as Decorative Toss Pillow


funny dog photo. Vizsla dog on bed


..if…i…don't…move…maybe…they…think…me…be…pillow

There are no less than seven dog beds sprinkled throughout my home for my dogs Zazou, Kiki and The Schmoo.  Said dog beds are super plush, super cushy and situated in some of the most primo sunning spots in the house. However,  it has become increasingly apparent that one of my pack members is simply not satisfied with his designated accommodations.

Earlier this week, Zazou was nowhere to be found in the house or yard, despite numerous calls, claps and whistles. Slightly worried, I rushed through my bedroom to call again into the backyard when i noticed something was….. slightly out of place on my bed. 

And there he was… a 60 lb Vizsla successfully masquerading as a throw pillow. Hysterical!

Does your dog do this?

Does your dog try to camouflage themselves amongst your bed pillows or elsewhere in the house? If so, share your photos and tell us about it on our Muttropolis Facebook Fan Page!


Sweetheart Snoozer: Cuddle Up in a Cuddle Cup

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Super Snuggling for your Furry Valentine

Does your dog or cat love to burrow into their bed? 

Is it not enough for your pet to lay atop your bed, but they instead must burrow under the covers of your bed?

Is your pet's idea of bliss settling into a warm basket of clean laundry?

Would your pet consider the interior of an Ugg Boot to be a suitable place to snooze?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the super plush Faux Fur Trundle Dog Bed has your pet's name all over it.  Created to mimic the luxurious softness of real fur, this versatile three way bed is made with faux mink fur and is embellished with darling pink hearts – perfect for your furry valentine!

Depending on pet`s mood, this bed can easily be transformed a teacup bed, a sleeping bag or an oval mat. My "niece" Lola the Chiweenie (Chihuahua mixed with a Dachsund) absolutely LOVES her trundle bed and truly tries to merge and become one with her cushy cuddle cup.

Snuggle up in a cuddle cup and your pet will thank you for it! Find the super snoozer Cuddle Cup burrow bed at at Muttropolis.com

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