Pet Fashion Archive

Patriotic Pooch Style

Patriotic Pooch

Nothing screams America like red, white and blue! 4th of July is slowing approaching, and we’ve got you covered on your pooch’s holiday fashion with our collection of patriotic products! 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!

If your furry fashionista is into wearing their American pride, then our stars dress is perfect! Not only is it easy to slip on, but it’s extremely stylish! If you want everyone to know that your pup is a ball of fun, then the Little Firecracker Tank is a must. We’ve got the non-apparel pups covered with our Patriotic Bandana – reversible and perfect for keeping cool all summer long!

       Stars and Tulle Dog Dress    Little Firecracker Dog Tank    Patriotic Dog Bandana

If you’re pup is the toy-loving type, we have some Americana-inspired toys that are fit for this special holiday! The American Flag Dog Bone is not only donned with the American Flag, but is soft and has two squeakers inside for some serious fun. For those chewers, we have a Rubber Spiked Ball that is durable and is sure to keep Bowser entertained while you’re BBQ-ing! Speaking of BBQ, let your pup join the burger and beer party with a latex Burger Toy and a rubber Heiniesniffin’ Beer Toy – it doesn’t get more American than that!

       American Flag Dog Bone Toy     Fast Food Latex Toy    Heinisniffn Beer Toy

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!

Take Your Dog to Work Day Done Right in Four Easy Steps

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Numerous studies show that having a pet makes you happier and can even add years to your life.  We at Muttropolis know this, which is why we ALWAYS bring our dogs to work! There are endless positive paw-sabilities (har-har) to having a dog in the workplace, too – the International Journal of Workplace Health Management says that furry friends in the office can lead to lower stress levels among employees and boost morale. We love having our dogs in the office and frequently take breaks from staring at our computer screens to not only walk them, but pet them and kiss them as much as we can!

Take Your Dog to Work Day is celebrating its 15th year this Friday, June 20th, so why not bring your pup to the workplace? Here’s some tips to help you get the most out of Take Your Dog to Work Day:

 

1.       Create a Hospitable Environment

Everyone loves pets, but forewarning fellow employees of your plans of bringing your pup to work is always important, just in case someone has a pet allergy or you have any workers that are uncomfortable with the idea of having animals in the office. Once your plans are set, make sure to check out your office area, including:

  • Finding green space nearby for your pup to go to the bathroom (this is REALLY important – no one wants to have an accident on the work carpet!)
  • Bathing and grooming your pup before their debut, perhaps even dressing up your pup with designer dog collars or stylish dog apparel – why not!?
  • Eliminating or securing hazards such as poisonous plants, cleaners and electrical cords

 

2.       Bring a Doggie Bag

Just as you pack your lunch, be sure to bring all the necessary items for your dog. Food, treats, toys, poop bags and a leash are must-haves for the big day.

 

3.       Create a Comfort Zone

Make sure your work space if comfortable enough for your Bowser. To get your dog to love your work space, try to bring a bit of home to your office. Bringing a dog bed will make your dog feel like they’re at home! 

 

4.       Plan an Exit Strategy

Accidents tend to happen – that’s okay! Make sure to bring pet-friendly disinfectant just in case an accidents occur. You may want to be prepared to take your dog home just in case he’s not comfy in the office space. Discuss plans with a manager ahead of time to ensure you will be able to take your dog home if you need to. 

Take Your Dog to Work Day is a great way to introduce your co-workers to your furry best friend! By taking these few steps, you can ensure the day goes smoothly. For more ideas on how to make your pet comfortable at home or work, check out our selection of fun dog toys, dog collars, dog beds and more at www.muttropolis.com.

Fetchingly Fresh: Fresh Finds for the Hamptons Hound

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Summer has arrived, and this time we’re taking it to the Hamptons! When thinking of The Hamptons, the first thoughts that come to mind (besides celebrity sightings!) are the beautiful beach and cool, crisp hues. What better way to bring those two together than with some cool-colored apparel and water-based toys and accessories? We managed to pull together an array of summer-eccentric pet products that will make you feel like you’re on the next Jitney to the Hamptons!

For furry divas, we have a striped dress with anchor embroidery that is perfect for a relaxing day of sailing. For the manly pups that want to dress to impress, we have a fun striped polo as well as a causal whale embroidered tank or, if your pup is into making a statement, our super-soft Never Surf Alone Tank will make Bowser the talk of the town!

Anchor and Stripe Dog Dress  Embroidered Whale Dog Tank

For those pups that aren’t into clothing, but love to be festive, our Happy Sailboats Dog Collar and leash as well as the Woven Beach Stripe Dog Collar and leash are the perfect neckwear for the season!

Happy Sailboats Dog Collar  Woven Beach Stripe Dog Collar

If your pup is more into playing than dressing up, then these toys are the perfect treat! From floatable whale and octopus toys to tough rope knot and ship wheel toys, your dog will be occupied for hours.

Whale Dog Toy  Ships Wheel Rope Dog Toy

Interested in revamping your pet furnishings? We have clean and crisp beds, like the Waterfall Hemp Piazza Dog Bed and natural, chic dining like the Artisan Single Dog Feeder that might just hit the Hamptons spot.

Waterfall Hemp Piazza Dog Bed  Artisan Fossil Single Dog Feeder

If your pup is a Hamptons Hound, visit us online or in one of our Southern California store locations to shop these classic items for your furry friend.

The Seven Days of Pet Appreciation Week with Muttropolis

Pet Appreciation Week

One of our favorite weeks of the year is upon us: Pet Appreciation Week 2014!

There is everything to love about an entire weeklong celebration, spanning June 1 – 7, dedicated to the domesticated animal kingdom in its entirety – from canine to feline, equestrian to reptilian, arachnid and more!

Here at Muttropolis, dogs and cats take the admiration of our hearts, minds and spirits. Because of this admiration, and for business research purposes, we like to put ourselves in our pets’ paws for a bit and think from their perspectives. We feel this allows us to relate to them better and to understand them on a more four-legged level.

So, for this year’s Pet Appreciation Week, we went above and beyond! We decided to imagine the entire weeklong celebration from our dogs’ and cats’ perspectives!

What kind of toys and food do they really want? How bored are they playing the same old games? How should we, as their humans, go that extra mile to show love and affection?

After many days spent crawling around the office, howling and meowing along with our furry friends, we felt moved to create a song that captured their wants and needs. What you are about to read is both a declaration of appreciation and roadmap of how you, as your pet’s human, can make this year’s Pet Appreciation Week the best week ever!

Now, all of us here at Muttropolis would like to present:

“The Seven Days Of Pet Appreciation Week.”

A dog howls:

“On the first day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – A brand new retractable leash.

On the second day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Two stylish leather dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.

On the third day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.

On the fourth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Four kinds of all-natural dog food, three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.

On the fifth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Five doggy t-shirts, four kinds of all-natural dog food, three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.

On the sixth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Six recycled and eco-friendly dog products, five doggy t-shirts, four kinds of all-natural dog food, three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collar and a brand new retractable leash.

On the seventh day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Seven dog bed duvet covers, six recycled and eco-friendly dog products, five doggy t-shirts, four kinds of all-natural dog food, three new interactive dog toys, two stylish dog collars and a brand new retractable leash.”

Now, I know what you are thinking…What about…

A cat meows:

“On the first day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – A brand new litter box to pee.

On the second day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Two awesome cat toys, and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the third day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Three kinds of cat food, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the fourth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Four new types of cat bowls, three kinds of cat food, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the fifth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – A five-story cat condo, four new types of cat bowls, three kinds of cat food, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the sixth day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Six styles of colorful cat collars, a five-story cat condo, four new types of cat bowls, three kinds of cat food, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and a brand new litter box to pee.

On the seventh day of Pet Appreciation Week, my human gave to me – Seven cans of catnip, six styles of colorful cat collars, a five-story cat condo, four new types of cat bowls, three kinds of cat foods, supplements and treats, two awesome cat toys and brand new litter box to pee.”

Yes! We hope you have an amazing Pet Appreciation Week with your pet.

If you have any questions for us here at Muttropolis, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit us at one of our three Southern California retail stores today.

Handmade Embellished Leather Collars Make a Splash + Free Shipping

Free Shipping on Handmade Collars

Looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind collar? We have the solution for you: an embellished, handmade leather collar

These luxury collars, handcrafted in the USA, are made with high quality calf leather and include unique cabochon studs and crystals imported from Europe. The wide variety of studs featured on these collars includes different sizes of turquoise, multicolored cabs, pyramid studs, among others. Paired with sparkling crystals, including lavender, aqua, pink and clear crystals, to name a few, these collars are sure to impress!

As manly pups prefer a masculine, clean look, leather dog collars like the Turquoise on Chocolate Leather Dog Collar, Gold Studs on White Leather Dog Collar and Single Row Multi Cabs on Chestnut Leather Dog Collar are the perfect fit.

  Turquoise on Chocolate Leather Dog Collar Gold Studs on White Leather Dog Collar Single Row Multi Cabs on Chestnut Leather Dog Collar

Because feminine pups prefer a glamorous, vibrant look, sparkle dog collars like the Powder Pink Crystals on Leather Dog Collar, Peridot and Aqua Crystals on Aqua Leather Dog Collar and Multi Crystals on White Leather Dog Collar are a match made in an elegant pups’ heaven.

Powder Pink Crystals on Leather Dog Collar  Periodot and Aqua Crystals on Aqua Leather Dog Collar  Multi Crystals on White Leather Dog Collar
 

These handmade collars can be found in all Muttropolis locations, as well as online, where a wider selection is offered. Because each collar is made to order, shipping can take up to 21 days, depending on availability. Enjoy Free Shipping on our select collection of embellished collars from May 28th-June 2nd. Enter code SHIPMUTTS at checkout.

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.

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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!

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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
Toy
, 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!


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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!

Shear Madness: Escargoodles and Pandapoos?

The Daily Treat Butterdoodle Groomed PoodleFresh from the “Seriously? Seriously” file comes this diddy that I received in my inbox last week. When I first saw these photos I believed that they had been somewhat digitally manipulated and not completely real.  However, upon further scrutiny and a bit of Googling it became clear that these indeed were real dogs that had been transformed into everything from peacocks and pandas to camels and.….Cap’n Jack Sparrow? Now many of us have seen dogs with a little bit of colored dye applied here and there — but this is utterly off the hizzle.

While these pooches may resemble buffalos and flowerbeds, they are actually poodles, all competing for the title of top dog at 'creative grooming' shows across the U.S. These The Daily Treat Pandapoo grooming transformations are captured by photographer Ren Netherland, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend each competition, which is perhaps not unlike a Junior Miss Beauty Pageant.

It takes approximately two hours for groomers to transform these dogs, which are sheared and colored to achieve each look. The jury is out here at Muttropolis and The Daily Treat as to whether these dogs actually enjoy getting their hair did in such a way. Call me crazy, but this seems highly unnatural…what do you think?


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

The Swamp Cooler: A Cooling Vest for Dogs (not a backwoods cocktail)

Muttropolis Ruffwear Swamp Cooling vest for dogs
Zazou rocks the swamp cooler cooling vest.

With the temperatures rising during the summer, I'm always looking for ways to keep my pets cool, especially my crazy dog Zazou, who doesn't let 100 degree weather slow him down, despite my best attempts to get him to take a proverbial chill pill.

To beat the heat, many dogs need something akin to a personal air-conditioner, particularly active dogs that spend a lot of time outside in the heat, perhaps hiking and the like. Ruffwear's innovative Swamp Cooler is just that…a lightweight vest designed to help dogs both large and small stay cool, happy and active. Dogs can beat the heat and stay cool while you're hiking or biking, playing on the beach, boating on open water under full sun, or perhaps waiting for their turn during outdoor agility trials in the heat.

How the Swamp Cooler works:
The swamp cooler uses evaporative cooling to keep dogs cool in the heat and exchanges the dog’s heat with the coolness of the stored water.  The vest releases the heat as the water evaporates and the three-layer construction maximizes the cooling effects, with the top air-mesh layer generating evaporation and releasing heat. The middle layer absorbs and stores the cooling water and the bottom layer cools the dog.

Swamp Cooler Dog Vest - how it works

The light color of the vest reflects sunlight and ultraviolet rays for added sun protection! Starting at $52, you can find the Swamp Cooler Dog Vest at Muttropolis.com.

Article reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley at Animalplanet.com

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 Planet.com

Fun Summer Dog Dresses and Dog Harnesses for Furry Fashionistas

Muttropolis Pink Small Dog Dresses

Some folks admittedly roll their eyes at the sight of a dog all dolled up in a foofey dress, the innocent dog looking none too thrilled to be sporting a tutu, fedora, gladiator sandals or other ensemble.

However, I must say that there are some absolutely darling little dog outfits and functional dog harnesses to be had these days, and the entertainment value can be quite high as long as pup is comfortable. Naturally, if you are indeed going to pimp your pup in a Seersucker Shift, its best if they do not resemble a sausage encased in said lightweight puckered fabric.

Does this dog dress make me look fat?

Some of the fuller figured dogs should just say no to parading around resembling a dog stuffed into a frilly sausage-casing. To help you best dress your dog according to his or her body type, I suggest you review some of the handy guidelines provided by the folks over at Howcast.com.

Some of their tips on how to Dress Your Dog According to Their Body Type include how to: 1) Avoid too tight clothes  2) Accentuate your Bulldog's head  3) Work with problem hair  4) Avoid horizontal stripes for Boxers and my personal favorite, 5) Elongate your Dachshund's legs.

Once you've gotten these important details all worked out, you can find some of the cutest tees, dog dresses and functional dog harness dresses around at Muttropolis.com. Some of my favorites are below…particularly the Watermelon Dog Dress and the Pink Watermelon Dog Tee. Dresses and harnesses start at $20.

Pink small dog dresses and dog harnesses

Article reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat on Animalplanet.com