Mutt’s in the News: Our Fave Stories Archive

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

There were so many fun, interesting stories this month! Here are just a handful of our favorites we found that made us tear up, laugh and smile. Share your favorite pet-related stories with us by posting the stories on our Facebook page!

Watch this Excited Dog Faint after Being Reunited with her Owner

Remember what it’s like to reunite with your best friend after summer vacation? Imagine that feeling multiplied by 2 years (which is 14 years in a dog’s mind!)! Rebecca Ehalt hadn’t seen her 9-year-old Schnauzer, Casey, in 2 years, and when they were reunited it was complete madness on both ends. What follows after the initial meeting is what you’d least expect – Casey fainted! Check out the video captured by Ehalt’s family. Of course Casey’s family took her to the vet and she was fine – just overly excited to see her mom! Too cute! Click here to watch the video!

I Died Today. By, Duke Roberts

BRB while we get this tissues. This is the story of Duke Roberts, a rescue pup who had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma, which caused an amputated leg and a growing tumor. When the time came to say goodbye to Dukey, photographer Robyn Arouty decided to document the day, filled with Dukey eating hamburgers, playing in the water and saying goodbye to his friends and loved ones. It’s a sad story, but you can’t help but smile when you see how happy Dukey is to be enjoying life and be with his favorite people in the world.  Give your pup some extra love tonight on behalf of lil’ Dukey.

Duke and Hamburgers   Happy Duke

This Baby and Pit Bull Puppy are Best Friends and it’s the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

This dynamic duo is sure to make anyone feel happy! Meet 10-week old baby Eisleigh and 8-week old puppy Clyde. They are true BFF’s – they sleep together, laugh together, play together, and all-around enjoy each other’s company. Aren’t they the cutest? We can’t wait to see this friendship blossom as they both get older!

Dogs Find Newborn Baby Abandoned by Side of Road

Everyone knows that a dog’s sense of smell is one of their greatest attributes, but could you imagine your pup’s smell leading you to a newborn? Jeff Kopp was taking his pup, Bobby, out for a walk when Bobby started walking in a different direction than their normal route. Sure enough, Bobby led Kopp to an hours-old baby girl, with its umbilical cord still attached. Kopp’s wife and daughter rushed to wrap up the baby while waiting for the paramedics to arrive. The teen mother has been located and is going through a serious medical evaluation. The moral of the story: thank God for dogs and their sense of smell.

Deaf, Formerly Mistreated Pup is so Happy in New Home He Wags His Tail in Delight as He Sleeps

Alas, we saved the best (and happiest!) for last. This video features Frank, a 1 ½ year old Dachshund that was adopted at 5 months old. Frank was neglected by his last owner, being kept outside in a small spot and eating only adult dog food while living with a constant fear of shadows. Once Rafael Borges adopted Frank and gave him the love (and home) he deserved, Frank became a completely different pup and loves life. It’s clear to see how happy Frank is in this video that features his tail wagging while he’s sleeping. It’s amazing how the love you give an animal can affect them for the better.

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

This past month was filled with so many different dog-related stories, it was hard to narrow down our favorites! Share your favorite pet-related stories with us by posting the stories on our Facebook page!

22 Photos that Prove Babies Need Pets

Who doesn’t love a good dog/baby photo? We know we do! This article really has no words, just pictures, but these pictures clearly speak a thousand words and show the love between a baby and a pup. Not only is a dog a best friend to a human, but it’s said that a kid’s development can be accelerated when interacting with the family pet daily. What a perfect excuse to just hang with your pup, right?

Sleeping Pup and Baby   Snooping

Builders Woo Pet Lovers with Pet Spas, Rooftop Walks

Let’s be real: who wouldn’t want to live in a place that has a swanky space for your pets? For those that though they could only dream of something like this, your prayers have been answered – apartment buildings are starting to create awesome spaces for pet owners. Some amenities in these 750 apartment communities operated by Greystar include a “pet deck” for pets to do their business in, a pet washing/grooming station and even canine agility courses. An added bonus? Pet events including “Yappy Hours” and trainer visits are scheduled in the complexes. Sign us up!

Pet Friendly Apartment Building in Seattle  Dog Lounge

Watch This Formerly Blind Dog React to Seeing His Owners for the First Time After Getting Eye Surgery

Alright, time to get out the tissues. Duffy, an adorable Irish Terrier rescue pup, sadly developed diabetes and had lost his eyesight. Once his diabetes was stable, Duffy was able to get eye surgery that gave him the ability to see once again. This video shows when Duffy saw his family for the first time after surgery. This emotional video is so beautiful and is sure to not only bring tears to your eyes, but give you a big smile!

Cuddle Buddies! Watch Cheetah and Pup Make the Ultimate Siblings

This article is four words: adorbs to the max. Our friends over at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park document this precious play date between an 8 week old puppy, Raina, and a 7 week old cheetah, Ruuxa. Raina was brought in to be a friend to Ruuxa, a lone cub who was rejected by his mother, and to also calm down the cheetah and teach him that there’s nothing scary in its public surroundings. We can’t wait to see this friendship between Raina and Ruuxa build!

Ruuxa and Raina  Ruuxa and Raina Playing

Newsworthy Dogs Roundup

Here at Muttropolis, we like to be in the “pet news loop,” and read up on everything – whether it be a tear-jerking story or a collection of hilarious photos. With this roundup, we’ll be brining attention to our favorite stories monthly. Share your favorite pet-related stories with us by posting the stories on our Facebook page!

This 9-Year-Old Built a Nonprofit, No-Kill Animal Shelter Out of His Garage to Help Stray Animals.

This story is truly inspiring. Ken, a 9 year old from the Philippines, wanted to help local stray dogs and cats in his neighborhood and creating a safe place for them to live in was his dream. That dream came sooner than expected, when pictures of Ken feeding some stray animals floated around the internet. Once people saw this picture, they donated money to Ken and he was able to raise enough money to pay for quality food, vet bills and lease a space for a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. Ken is an inspiration to all of us and we are proud of him and all that he continues to do. Go Ken! 

Happy Animals Club  Ken and Blackie Brownie and White Puppy 
images via Happy Animals Club

Matching Dog and Baby Duo Are Dangerously Cute

This story went especially viral, and after seeing these pictures, we know why! Professional pet photographer Grace Chon has chronicled the friendship between her 10-month-old son, Jasper, and her 7-year-old rescue pup, Zoey, on her Tumblr page. Judging from these photos, it’s clear to see that these two enjoy each other’s company, whether they are in matching attire or not!

Jasper and Zoey Represent New York  Jasper and Zoey in their Shades

images via Grace Chon

Photos of Dogs Taken After Leaving the Shelter and Getting in the Car

It’ll be hard to wipe that smile off your face after looking at these precious 20 photos of dogs leaving Chicago Animal Care and Control after being rescued. Some faces expresses nervousness, while others express happiness and relief. It goes to show that dogs truly understand when they are entering a happy place in life!

Never Looked Back  Getting Comfortable
images via Stuff Happens

26 Reasons Therapy Dogs are the Best

Now, all of us dog owners know that dogs are the best, but this Buzzfeed post is proof that dogs bring happiness to all and have the ability to calm and soothe people. Therapy dogs are brought to hospitals, violent events and even college campuses to relieve stress. Not only are dogs cuddly and adorable, but they can lower blood pressure and decrease anxiety. If that’s not a reason to get a dog, then we don’t know what is!

Therapy Dog  Therapy Dogs and Child
images via Buzzfeed

Tinder for Dogs? BarkBuddy App Matches Pet Lovers with Local Rescues

This is an app that everyone is going to want to have on their iPhone! The geniuses at Bark & Co. have created BarkBuddy, a new way to find adoptable pets that is similar to the overwhelmingly popular dating app Tinder. This app is connected to 2,500 rescue centers and shelters nationwide and when opened, the app pulls up photos of adoptable pets. Users can determine whether or not they are interested in certain adoptable dogs by “swiping left (I’d like to see a new pet)” or “swiping right (where can I adopt this pet?).” It’s a fun and innovative way to find adoptable animals in your area! 

BarkBuddy App

 

image via The Today Show

In the News: Dogs on Deployment

Dogs on Deployment

When we stumbled across this site we just had to share!

Have you heard of Dogs on Deployment? We hadn't either until recently. Last fall Queen Latifah teamed up with them to share with the world just how powerful this program can impact a soldier and their pet. Watch a reunion unfold, but we forewarned, you may need a tissue.

Dogs on Deployment is an online listing resource and network for military members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets while they’re deployed. It’s a fantastic non-profit organization established to give military men and women peace of mind about the well-being of their pets while they are away, bravely serving our country. But it’s not just the servicemen and women that Dogs on Deployment has in mind, it’s their pets too. Pets are provided a safe and loving environment, making their transition and time separated from their owner as seamless as possible.

Dogs and Owners

If you’re a pet parent, you know the angst that can surround spending time away from your four-legged family members, for both you and your pet. Looking for a suitable sitter for a few days or even a week can be a struggle, so you could only imagine what many military individuals face when they’re deployed. We’re so happy that Dogs on Deployment was established to aid in that time of need. They’re promoting responsible pet-ownership and shedding light on the military pet community by providing this online resource. A heart-warming and truly remarkable offering and mission!

If you’re interested in learning more about supporting our troops by boarding a military pet, you can search for pets in need on the Dogs on Deployment website. If you are a military individual who will need to find a safe and loving temporary home for your pet, or you know a fellow serviceman or woman who could benefit from Dogs on Deployment, search for a boarder in your area.

Dogs on Deployment Mascot

Can’t Wag Without

An insider’s look at what Muttropolis dogs can’t wag without.

 

Meet Gatsby, a Boxer rescue, and his proud Mama Ria, a member of the Muttropolis pack. Gatsby was adopted in July of last year weighing in at a measly 57 pounds and suffering from pnemonia. Ria came to Gatsby’s rescue and now he is a very healthy and happy 71 pounds. He is spoiled with the luxuries of being a Muttropolis pup, acting as a “product tester” of sorts, but Ria can attest that if she really wants to get Gatsby’s tail wagging, she must turn to a few of his favorite things.

Gatsby + Ria

Plato Thinkers + Tucker’s Chicken Breast with Bacon

Plato Thinkers Dog Treat SticksGatsby is hooked on the ginkgo baloba in these so called “Smart Dog Snacks,” the Duck variety being his favorite. Plato Thinkers are made from only all-natural and organic ingredients, they are fortified with antioxidant vitamins, a great source of iron, and with ginkgo biloba they even nourish brain function. Watch out Ria, Gatsby may start outsmarting you with these in his daily diet!

Tucker’s Chicken Breast Dog Treats also get Gatsby’s tail wagging. Gatsby gets to enjoy these when he deserves something decadent, and according to Ria that’s more often than not! His favorite flavor is made with just two simple ingredients, human grade chicken wrapped in bacon. Yum yum.

Fleece Stick Animals + Talking Toys

Being a big boy, Gatsby generally gravitates towards larger dog toys. Currently he can’t get enough of his Huge Monkey Stick Dog Toy. Fun to carry around and cuddle up with, Gatsby’s monkey is never far from him, even when he’s playing outside. Gatsby also gets a kick out of talking toys. When Ria gives them a sound activating squeeze, Gatsby perks up and leaps to play.

Huge Monkey Stick Dog Toy

The One & Only Katie Puff Bed

Plush Companion Katie Puff Dog BedAt the end of each day, or simply when Ria is away, Gatsby loves to cuddle up in his Animals Matter Plush Companion Katie Puff Dog Bed. Generously overstuffed with down-like fiberfill and covered in lavish chenille, Katie Puff dog beds bring luxury to a whole new level and lucky Gatsby agrees. Ria enjoys the easily removable cover. All she needs to do is unzip to clean in cold water and hang dry.

Luxury Leather Collars

Gatsby is short haired and has sensitive skin so Ria keeps him in leather dog collars of the highest quality, often handcrafted. Collars are a great way to highlight a pup’s personality, but they’re often also representative of the owner’s preferences. Ria is a huge fan of decorated leather collars, so Gatsby is always adorned in turquoise stones or metal embellishments, making him all the more handsome.

Turquoise on Chocolate Leather Dog Collar

Belmont Raised Bowl

Belmont Elevated Dog BowlIf you haven’t noticed already, Gatsby is living a life of luxury, so of course he dines in style too. Since he’s taller in stature, Ria knew the importance of investing in an elevated dog feeder. Raised feeders are recommended by veterinarians to help prevent pups from gulping down their food, which reduces air intake and the possibility of bloat and gas. Being a sophisticated pup, Gatsby dines in a Belmont Elevated Dog Bowl.

What keeps your pup wagging?

All products mentioned can be found in Muttropolis stores or at Muttropolis.com

Top 12 Unique Gifts for Pets & Pet Lovers

When searching for pet supplies online, it's amazing what you can come across. With the holidays hot on our heels, we've pulled together some pretty awesome, often quite hilarious and definitely attention-grabbing, gifts for pets and pet aficionados! We guarantee you a good laugh, and maybe even a unique holiday gift idea or two. Enjoy!

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1) Humunga Stache Durable Dog Toy – not only a necessity for Movember!

Humunga Stache Durable Dog Toy

2) DJ Cat Scratching Pad DJ Cat Scratching Pad3) Rear Gear

Rear Gear

4) Matching Mommy & Me Pet Pajamas

Matching Mommy & Me Pet Pajamas

5) Sony Action Cam with WiFi K9 Bundle

Sony Action Cam with WiFi K9 Bundle

6) Custom Pet Nose Print Necklaces – for the fancier folks!

Custom Pet Nose Print Necklaces7) Doggie Treadmill – available in many sizes!

Dog Treadmill

8) Bolt Interactive Pet Laser Toylet the force be with your pet!

Bolt Interactive Pet Laser Toy

9) Pet Wigs

Pet Wigs

10) DIY Dog Biscuits

DIY Dog Biscuits11) Airplane Cat House – send your cat flyin’!

Airplane Cat House12) The Dogfather T-Shirt

The Dogfather T-Shirt

 

Muttropolis Partners with KUSI & Holly’s Garden to Treat Your Dog for National Dog Day

Awesome Being A Dog

We're happy to announce that we'll be joining KUSI's Sandie Lampe, with rescue pups from Holly's Garden Rescue, on Monday, August 26th for National Dog Day. A celebration of
"the dog
," National Dog Day is an
annual event created to raise awareness about the thousands of dogs in need of
forever homes as well as to honor those dogs that bring so much joy to our
lives.

To honor these pups, Monday’s segment will
focus on giving dogs something they love. Most dogs would agree that resting in a cozy bed or the
opportunity to travel with their owner are preferred ways to pass time. We have
a vast array of products across categories, including essentials to make these
loved activities even more enjoyable, and with the holidays fast approaching,
National Dog Day is a good reminder that it’s never too early to start shopping
for your four-legged family members.

Our bedding assortment ranges from innovative
and eco-friendly
dog bed duvet covers that allow you
the freedom to regularly swap out your pet’s bedding effortlessly and affordably,
to luxuriously overstuffed and bolstered designer dog beds. The options are nearly endless, with beds to
suite every owner’s style preference, dog’s sleeping style, and complement
differing home décors.

For avid four-legged travelers, we have car
seats, handbag and luggage style carriers
, along with many other travel
essentials. Whether it’s a cross-country adventure or a quick trip to the
beach, a car seat provides your pup with a comfortable place of their own and a
much better view of the scenery. Easy to install and covered in cozy,
machine-washable fabrics like micro-fiber or sherpa, they are a must-have for canines that like to cruise around.

So whether it’s snoozing comfortably,
traveling safely, or something entirely different that sparks your pup’s
attention, National Dog Day is the perfect time to celebrate and reward them
for their extraordinary companionship, and Muttropolis is the perfect
pup-spoiling headquarters!

Tune in to KUSI at 9:00 AM on Monday, August
26th to meet the adorable
and adoptable pups
from Holly's Garden and
learn more about what dogs love. Each dog featured on the show that is adopted
will receive a "Muttropolis Wag Bag" including toys, treats and
exclusive offers from Muttropolis.

National Dog Day

Top 10 Most Awesome Dogs of 2011

The year 2011 was absolutely brimming with historic, hilarious and downright heart-warming moments of doggie awesomeness! Stories of heroic hounds, comedic canines and doggie Dilbert's certifiably made life so much richer this year and we've selected some of our favorite four-legged stand-outs of 2011.

It was not easy, sifting through the incredible, insane, inane and sometimes hair-brained dog stories of 2011, but for you, dear readers, we will stop at nothing to keep you on the cusp of mutt's hot and mutt's not.

Our Top 10 Most Awesome Dogs of 2011

1) Loyal Dog, Hawkeye, Lays at the Casket of Fallen Navy Seal: A beautiful tribute and demonstration of a dogs loyal and unconditional love. Reportedly this story alone is responsible for a 32.36% increase in Kleenex's stock price in 2011. : )  Full story here >

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2) The Amazing Commando Dog That Helped Snare Osama Bin Laden: This special four-legged soldier was a heavily-armored, explosive-sniffing pooch who was strapped to an assault team member and lowered into Bin Laden's hideout from a Black Hawk helicopter! To ensure their safety, these special four-legged forces are given oxygen masks for helicopter jumps as well as helmets with videocameras for remote monitoring. Read story here>

Military Dogs

 

3) Eco-minded French Bulldog Saves Water with Inventive Pup Pre-wash Cycle. Read story here >

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4) Dog Saves New Family Only Six Hours After Being Adopted: Gentle giant Hercules proved his worth as a loyal canine companion only six hours after being rescued from an animal shelter by chasing after an intruder who was attempting to break into his new adoptive family's house. Read the whole story here >

Dog saves family 6 hours after being adopted

 

5) Static Cling Dog Channels a White Porcupine: Combine super dry air, a fluffy white dog, a synthetic fiber blanket and a monotone voice-over narrator and you've got a nugget of YouTube gold. See for yourself in the video below and read the full story here >

 

6) Uber Happy Dog Plays Hide-n-Seek with Bouncy Sheep: The most adoro interspecies love affair between a bouncing, fluffy sheep and one scrappy happy dog. Dingleberries and all, watch what a good ole time this sheep is having clomp-a-clomping around the barnyard with a dog that seems to have decided "…to hell with the whole herding thing."  Read the full story here >

 

 

7) Greece's Riot Dog: Allegedly present at nearly every importantGrecian riot since in 2008, and even braving police with teargas, it is unknown what this tenacious yellow dog, Loukanikos, was protesing, but he is deserving of a nod for getting up out of his tent and getting into the action. Read the full story here>

Greece Riot Dog

8) I Lean: Seeing-Eye Goose Befriends Blind Dog. This heart-warming animal odd couple shows that love really is blind! A blind boxer named Baks got a whole new lease on life this year thanks to a good samaritan goose named Buttons who leads  vision-impaired Baks around everywhere either by hanging onto him with her neck, or by honking to tell him which way to go. Read the full story here >

blind dog and seeing eye goose

 

9) Tenacity Defined – Brave Terrier With Knife Stuck Squarely in Head Chases Robbers. Bella, a brave terrier mix,  happily chased robbers down her street earlier this year despite the ginormous Ginzu protruding from her forehead ! She survived the ordeal with flying colors and gets extra kick-ass doggy awesomeness points for her selfless heroicism! Read the full story here>

dog with knife stuck squarely in head

10) Determined Pit Pup Harper, Rescued from Trash Bag, Learns to Walk. Severely deformed, yet darling pitbull pup Harper was abandoned to die in a trash bag, but angelic shelter workers rescued her and provided her with proper therapy and now she has a new leash on life! Today, Harper is a frisky, happy pup who is gaining more and more mobility each day, to the astonishment of onlookers and medical professionals. Read the full story here >

pup rescued from trash bag Harper Pitbull Pup

 

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What Is Your Pet Thankful For This Thanksgiving?

Thankful Dogs

by Janet McCulley, Muttropolis Co-founder 

With Thanksgiving just hours away, it's important to step away from the stove, put down the gravy ladle and remember that the Thanksgiving holiday is really about expressing gratitude for the blessings and goodness in our lives  … in addition to consuming mass amounts of food and slipping into a food coma by 5pm.

In addition to reflecting upon the goodness in our own lives that we are thankful for, we thought that it might be fun to think about what our pets might be thankful for this Thanksgiving season!

20 Things My Dogs are Thankful for This Thanksgiving

To find out what my dogs Lulu, Zazou & Kiki ( pictured below) might be thankful for this season, we *snuck a peek* in their gratitude journals this week and here’s what we discovered they are thankful for…any of this look familiar?

Thanksgiving Dogs Muttropolis

From the Gratitude Journal of Zazou, Lulu & Kiki – "Wot we r tankful four dis howliday seeson."

1) A warm cozy dog bed to curl up into every night

2) Morning cuddle time when everyone first gets up in the am

3) The joys found within the dirty clothes basket

4) Tasty, healthy dog food that doesn’t taste like cardboard

5) That the scary, loud purple machine that mom pushes around the carpet is kept in the closet most of the time

6) Petfinder – for bringing us together

7) Dirty dishes for us to prewash in the dishwasher

8) For the tall fence that separates us from the big scary dog next door

9) That we successfully scare away the hot air balloons that hover over our house by merely barking at them

10) For the many porcelain petting stations in the house.

11) Dogswell Vitality Treats – particularly Happy Hips Chicken

12) Houseguests that leave their purses on the floor, preferably unzipped

13) The Sirius 'Coffeehouse Music' channel for when mom and dad are not home

14) When the internet connection goes down …because then our people have to get up and play with us

15) Soiled dinner napkins accidentally left on the floor

16) When our people finally get off the phone or when their phone battery dies…which means they will pay more attention to us

17) Car rides (to anywhere but the vet)

18) The mysterious delicacy that is cat poop

19) Warm clothes straight out of the dryer

20) That dad inadvertently drops a lot of noms on the floor when preparing food in the kitchen

 

Do any of these sound familiar?  If your pet had a gratitude journal, what might it say? Share your comments below or on our Muttropolis Facebook Page!