Interesting Pet Events Archive

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!

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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!

Mommy + Me Photo Contest

Mother’s
Day is right around the corner, so we’ve launched a photo contest on Facebook
for those women with four-legged kiddos. Please post your favorite Mommy + Me
picture on our Muttropolis Facebook Page
for all to enjoy and for a chance to win a $150 Muttropolis Gift Card! Our
contest is running through Mother’s Day, Sunday April 12th. The
winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, April 13th.
We can’t wait to see your snapshots!

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Muttropolis Will Be At The 22nd Annual Pug Party This Saturday in Del Mar!

BannerWe’re happy
to announce our participation in the 22nd
Annual Pug Party
put on by Pug
Rescue of San Diego County (PRSDC)
, an all-volunteer organization dedicated
to rescuing unwanted, neglected, abandoned or relinquished pugs and placing
them in new, loving and caring home environments. The party will take place
from 10AM to 4PM at the Infield Pavilion area of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The Del Mar
Pug Party is the PRSDC’s largest fundraiser, with over 500 pugs in attendance each
year. This year’s theme is “Pug Super Heroes,” with costume contests, talent
competitions and chow down competitions for all pug attendees to enjoy. Contest
entry fees are $5 per pug per contest. After enjoying those activities, pugs
can relax and socialize at the exclusive Pug Café while owners shop at the
Unique Pug Boutique and vendor booths, enter in the raffle for a chance to win
one of the 20 basket prizes, or socialize over refreshments. There will also be
an “Ask the Vet” booth with three registered veterinarian technicians available
to answer questions and clip nails.

MultipleOur involvement
in this year’s event includes the donation of a raffle prize and attendance at
a vendor booth. We’ll be offering specially selected, pug perfect products
including Buddy Belt Dog Harnesses
and matching Buddy Belt Leashes,
all handcrafted from 100% soft, double-layered leather. Buddy Belt Dog Harnesses
are one of our most popular harnesses and come highly recommended by
veterinarians as they provide both comfort and control while eliminating any
stress on the pet’s neck. The leather is very durable, yet softens and molds to
the pet’s body for a custom fit.

To help pugs
beat the heat we’ll also have Gulpy
Water Dispensers
. These dispensers are a great way to take H2O on the go,
functioning as both a water bottle and bowl in one. And for treats, we will
have Mutt Munchers, our Muttropolis exclusive
dog treats made locally in Southern California.
Grain-free with only all natural, human-grade ingredients, Mutt Munchers are
delicious and nutritious, available in a variety of flavors for pup’s differing
dietary needs and preferences.


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The Annual
Pug Party will be a fun-filled, memorable event for all, and we are very happy
to be a part. For more information about the PRSDC’s 22nd Annual Pug
Party, visit www.pugbutts.com.


Please note: Due to a new
requirement by Del
Mar, proof of each pug’s rabies vaccination will be needed for entry. Those
without documentation may need to sign a release statement certifying that
their dog(s) do not have such vaccinations. The waiver is available at
www.pugbutts.com. Pug Rescue regrets any inconvenience this new rule by Del Mar may cause.

Join Us & the ASPCA in Preventing Cruelty to Animals

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In honor of the ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month,
we have been hosting extra adoptions in all three of our Muttropolis
stores. For those who don’t know, the ASPCA
is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the first
humane society to be established in North America. Each year during the month
of April, they reintroduce an awareness campaign, urging supporters to “Go Orange for Animals.” Orange was chosen for the
campaign because it is a very vibrant, energetic color, used to motivate
supporters to join the campaign to improve the lives of animals across the
country. A wide variety of involvement
options are posted on the ASPCA website.

Dog adoptionWe know that awareness is
key to the success of this campaign, so please join us in educating current and
potential supporters about the abundance of physical, behavioral and environmental
signs of animal cruelty. Some common
signs and symptoms of animal cruelty include tick or flea infestations, wounds
on the body, patches of missing hair, extremely thin and starving animals,
limping, physical abuse, pets who are repeatedly left alone without food or
water, animals who are kept in extreme weather conditions, and animals who
cower in fear or act aggressively when approached. 

In an effort to make it
easier to get involved, the ASPCA has compiled the following top 10 ways that
you can crack down on animal cruelty:

1)       Know who to call to report animal
cruelty.

2)       Get to know and look for the animals
in your neighborhood.

3)       Make the call.

4)       Provide as much information as
possible when reporting animal cruelty.

5)       Contact your local law enforcement
department and let them know that investigating animal cruelty should be a
priority.

6)       Fight for the passage of strong
anti-cruelty laws on federal, state and local levels by joining the ASPCA
Advocacy Brigade.

7)       Set a good example for others. If
you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care they deserve.

8)       Talk to your kids about how to treat
animals with kindness and respect.

9)       Support your local shelter or animal
rescue organization.

10)   Start a Neighborhood Watch Program.

To show our dedication and
support for this cause, we’ve hosted 1 to 2 pet adoption events every weekend in
April and will continue to do so through the end of the month. Listed below are the next three adoptions events, one in each
store.

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Foundation for
the Care of Indigent Animals
– Saturday, April 20th from 10:30am-2pm in Solana Beach

Recycled Pets
SoCal Adoption

– Saturday, April 20th from 12pm-3pm in Newport Beach

SNAP (Spay Neuter
Action Project) Adoption
– Saturday, April 27th from 11am-2pm in La Jolla

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

Showcasing at Rancho Santa Fe Community Center’s Annual Spring Luncheon

RSFlogoWe’re happy
to announce our attendance at this year’s Rancho
Santa Fe Community Center’s Annual Spring Luncheon
. A celebration of
tabletop creations, this event is expected to draw in the attendance of over
150 Rancho Santa Fe ladies. This year the luncheon will be held from 10AM to
2PM on Thursday, March 28th at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe.

We’ll be showcasing
a few select products from our wide variety of design-driven merchandise, and
offering unique promotions for all attendees! With a group of loyal customers
from the Rancho Santa Fe Community, we’re honored to be a part of the Community
Center’s event and enthusiastic to provide its pet lovers with a sneak peek of
our new collections.

The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center is a nonprofit organization that
strives to enhance the spirit and benefits of community life in Rancho Santa Fe
through programs, events and services of enrichment, recreation and outreach
for all ages.

For more
information about this Annual Luncheon, visit www.rsfcc.com.

Entertainment Time: DOGTV Viewing Party On March 9th

DogtvMuttropolis is moving into the entertainment
business, for an afternoon at least! We’re happy to be teaming up with DOGTV to host a viewing party for our
furry customers and adoring parents. DOGTV is cable’s first network for
canines, with every frame and sound designed 100% for dogs. The viewing party
will be held from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday, March 9th at our Newport Beach Muttropolis store in the Fashion Island
Shopping Center. “Puptails”
will be available for canine guests and special treats for their parents.

We’re dedicated to keeping a pulse on the latest and most innovative
products for pets, and that is why we have partnered with DOGTV. Many pups, and their owners, feel anxious
about their time apart, but with DOGTV that anxiety can be alleviated for
everyone. DOGTV promises all of the fidos in the world that they will never feel
alone again. A babysitter in a sense, DOGTV is for your dog when you can’t be!

Twopups

Committed
to preventing mental fatigue, depression and boredom, the creators of DOGTV have
conducted extensive research and found that dogs do in fact feel better in the
company of television, especially when the content is relaxing, stimulating, or
includes positive behavioral reinforcements. Soothing sounds with varying
frequencies are combined with carefully chosen visuals to generate different content
to calm, encourage playfulness, and expose dogs to habituating, comforting
stimuli. 

DOGTV is available
on COX On DEMAND at a subscription
price of $4.99/month. For every attendee who brings in proof of a DOGTV
subscription, DOGTV will donate $5 to Recycled
Pets
, an all breed K-9 rescue group in Orange County.
Recycled Pets rescues adoptable dogs from county shelters who would otherwise
be killed and place them into responsible, loving, forever homes.

RemoteThe DOGTV
Viewing Party is a great opportunity to entertain and socialize your pup, while
also educating yourself on how DOGTV might fit into your life. And don’t
forget, if you purchase a subscription, or already have one, bring proof and you’ll
be giving back to pups in need! Our Newport
Beach store is located at 865 Newport Center Drive. We hope to see
you and your pup there, between 12pm and 3pm on March 9th.

[VIDEO] Owl + Pussycat Are True BFF’s

Hoot Love: Animal Odd Couple Fum & Gebra Really Do Dance By The Light of the Moon

Have you seen the amazing friendship between this animal odd couple? Hailing from Tarragona Spain, Fum (a black cat) and Gebra (a barn owl) have been together since they were one year old. According to their handler, they truly like each other and enjoy hanging out until they are bored of each other – just like normal couples.

Watch this amazing video where Fum (which means Smoke in Catalan) and Gebra (which means Frost) play together in a field and interact like old pals. I must say that I was a bit of a skeptic about the legitimacy of this video, but my research seems to indicate that they are legitimately buddies!

What do you think? Watch the video below and weigh in >

Click here for another Animal Odd Couple>: Lean on Me: Blind Boxer Befriends Seeing Eye Goose

-Janet McCulley

Best in Show: What do you know about Scottish Deerhounds?

Scottish Deerhound Best In Show

Hickory Brings Home The Hardware

Excitement reached record levels this week at The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – the ultimate beauty pageant for dogs  - where Hickory, a 5-year-old female Scottish deerhound won Best in Show. Hickory has been ranked the Number One Scottish Deerhound for the last three years, but this was her first Best in Show appearance at The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The Like Me, They Really Like Me!

Like many of you, I was completely unfamiliar with this breed – which kind of resembles an Irish Wolfhound, right?  It turns out this gangly breed is extremely sensitive, perhaps a bit insecure – so I'm thinking Hickory's big win will help make great strides for sensitive Scottish Deerhounds everywhere. As well, Scottish Deerhounds are apparently quite mellow, low-key and easygoing. Learn more about the interesting Scottish Deerhound dog breed at Animal Planet's Dogs 101!

Courtesy of The Daily Treat at AnimalPlanet.com

Who Will Win Westminster? Vegas Says Fox Terrier

Westminster Dog Show 2011

I'll take the Redbone Coonhound for $500 please.

For the fifth consecutive year, Wynn Las Vegas posted betting odds on the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is happening today today at The Madison Square Garden in NYC. The odds are for breeds, not specific dogs, and proposition bets are listed "for entertainment purposes only" by John Avello, Executive Director of Race & Sports for Wynn. According to handicappers, the odds are on the Smooth Coated Fox Terrier, with odds at 6 to 1. 

Zazou Halo My crazy canine cohorts have asked me to put my money on the Vizsla, but according to Vegas handicappers, the Vizsla basically has a snowball's chance in hell with odds coming in at 300 to 1. Wha?! THREE HUNDRED TO ONE? You mean the Westminster folks are not going to properly recognize a breed that behaves like 2 year old for most of it's adult life? That's cold….just plain cold.

Which breed would you put money on to bring home Westminster hardware? 

Reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat at AnimalPlanet.com

Top 10 Reasons Why Senior Pets Rule


Petfinder Jack Russel Terrier Lila November is Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month!

If you've ever had the pleasure of sharing your life with a senior dog, you know what mellow, loving, happy-go-lucky, undemanding dogs they can be. Having shared my life with numerous senior doggies over the years, those fuzzy, grey-faced boos hold a special place in my heart.

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, and we, along with our friends at Petfinder.com, are challenging everyone to spread the word! If you know someone who's thinking of adopting — or if you're considering adding a new furry family member yourself — please read on and share this list! To learn more about Lila, (right) the darling Jack Russell Terrier up for adoption, check out her page on Petfinder.com

Top Ten Reasons  to Adopt a Senior Pet

1. Housetrained: Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.

2. Won't chew inappropriate items: Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.

3. Focus to learn: Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

4. Know what "no" means: Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.

5. Settle in with The Pack: Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.

6. Good at giving love: Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given.

7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

8. Instant companions: Older dogs are instant companions — ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do. 

9. Time for yourself: Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

10. A good night's sleep:  Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

How You Can Help Spread the Word About Senior Pets

It's easy – here are a few ideas. Let us know in the comments below if we forgot any tips!

  • E-mail this post to a friend who wants a new pet
  • Promote one senior pet on Facebook or Twitter every day this month. (On Twitter, add the hashtag #PFseniorpets.)
  • Add a Petfinder senior-pet search widget to your Web site or blog.
  • Post a photo of your senior pet (and share why he or she rules) on the Petfinder Facebook wall.

Learn more about care for your Senior Pet at Petfinder.com. Portions of this story reprinted courtesy of our friends at Petfinder.com


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