Pet Travel Tips & Ideas Archive

MUTT’S UP? Holiday Travel Tips

Dog and Suitcase

It’s our favorite time of the year: the holidays! Bring on the chilly weather, joyous decorations and hometown visits! Whether you’re taking a short road trip or flying across the country, we’ve got some tips on bringing your furry friend along.

When travelling with your pooch, you want to make sure you have all the essentials. First on the checklist: a carrier or car seat. For dogs preparing for a flight, an airline-approved carrier is a must. Airline-approved favorites include the Kelle, Roxy and Charlie carriers. Not only do these carriers come in an array of colors, but they’re complete with multiple pockets to carry all your dog’s travelling needs. Taking a road trip? A car seat is perfect for your dog to rest comfortably during the drive. Car seats like the Companion and Lookout have a space for the seatbelt to attach, ensuring a safe space for your pup to rest.

Now that you know what your dog will be travelling in, it’s time to think about what to pack to keep them nice and happy throughout the trip. We recommend bringing some of your dog’s favorite treats and food along with a travel water bowl to keep them full and hydrated, an extra collar and leash in case of emergencies, extra poop bags for those potty breaks and pet wipes for sanitary purposes. A clean pup is a happy pup, right?! For the toy lover, bringing Bowser’s favorite toy on the journey will not only keep them preoccupied, but will make them feel more comfortable and at home.

Now that you and your pooch are prepared for the holidays, it’s time to take off! Check out more travel needs on our website or visit our three Southern California stores to learn more.

Tips for the Stroller Pup

Our furry friends are just another member of the family and we want to take them everywhere. Some dogs have a hard time keeping up because they are small, getting older or the summer heat makes the
asphalt so hot it can be dangerous for them to walk on sidewalks all day. We recommend you let your pup ride in style…with a stroller!

  • Using a stroller will keep your elderly pup from getting tired and will help them feel more energetic during the day
  • Strollers are a great alternative to carriers. Carriers can put a lot of strain on your back, neck
    and shoulders, whereas a stroller adds zero pressure to your body
  • Strollers keep your pup off the hot ground, preventing paws from injuries such as burns and cracking
  • Strollers don’t have to be used all the time – you can walk your pup until they get tired and pop them in the stroller for a good nap while you finish your daily duties

First Class Jogger StrollerThe First Class Jogger is a “Mutt Tested and Approved” favorite. This Jogger comes with a soft, comfy pad for your pup to lay on while looking outside the mesh windows during the daily stroll. Large
wheels have suspension for a completely smooth ride and rear tires have lockable breaks. The Jogger also comes with a large basket underneath for storage. You can find this stroller and more at any of our store locations or online. “Stroll” away!

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

Dig This Deal: 20% Off Everything Travel

Summer is
the season for travel, and we’re here to help you save on essentials to keep
your pets traveling comfortably, safely and in style! For one week only, we’re
offering 20% off our entire Travel Collection!

Travel Collection Sale

Have a
small pup that is your go to travel partner? Whether jet setting or roaming around
town, you two need a well crafted carrier. We have a large array of both Handbag and Luggage Style Dog Carriers. Our Handbag
styles are so chic you can hardly tell they aren’t handbags. And for those who
want a sturdier option, we have Luggage Style Dog Carriers. Many of our
carriers are airline approved, as mentioned in their product descriptions, but
be sure to check with your airline for specific sizing requirements as
regulations differ.

Black Quilted Duffel Dog Carrier 
Soho Dog CarrierRio Wheeled Dog Carrier

If
traveling in the car is more your pup’s speed, then our Car Safety Category
will offer just the solutions you and your pup need. From Car Seats and Seat Covers
to Barriers and Ramps, we have what you need to keep your pup secured, riding
comfortably and to help them get in and out of your vehicle safely.

Black Monogram Dog StrollerWe also
have a large Dog Stroller
assortment. Strollers are great for long walks, whether in the park or through
the mall. If you have a small breed that tuckers out early, or a senior pup that
may need some assistance to keep up, then a stroller is a great investment.

No matter
what type of travel you and your pup are doing, having water is a must to
ensure that every adventure is safe and enjoyable for your pup! Carrying a Water Dispenser or having a Waterproof Travel Bowl is something we
recommend that every dog owner has on hand. 

Our travel
sale ends August 20th, so hurry to one of our three store locations
or visit us online to see our entire collection and take advantage of this great offer! Online
customers must use coupon code TRAVEL20 at checkout to receive the discount.

Alert: In Hot Weather, Pets Belong at Home, Not in Your Car

Dog in CarOverheating Kills: What To Do if You See a Pet Locked in a Hot Car

With summer upon us, temperatures around the nation have been rising and nothing upsets me more than discovering a helpless pet locked in a hot car on a warm day – even if the windows are open. WHAT IN THE HECK are these people thinking!?! Living in Southern California, I spend more time running around grocery stores and strip malls trying to track down the clueless owners of these poor pets who then proceed to tell me they "…just ran into the store for a minute..." or  "…left the windows open, so he should be fine…"  My answer to them: No – your pet is not fine and here's why:

Point Number One: Even on a relatively milld 85 degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees – even when the windows have been left open an inch or two. Within 30 minutes a car's interior can actually reach a staggering 120 degrees. Your car is now an oven.

Point Number Two: Even if the temperature outside is a pleasant 70 degrees, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter. Parking your car in shade does not offer protection on a hot day because the sun moves.

Point Number Three: While humans have sweat glands all over our bodies that help regulate our body heat, dogs cool down mostly by panting, which is much less efficient than sweating. In only a short amount of time, a dog with a high body temperature can suffer critical damage to his nervous system, heart, liver and brain.

Do Something! What You Can Do

At least 14 states and many municipalities have enacted laws to address the problem of animals left in cars in extreme temperatures. Under these laws, you, police, animal control agents, peace officers and others may be authorized to enter a vehicle by whatever means necessary to remove an animal. Learn more about the regulations in your area here >

If you’re out and about on a hot day and see an animal alone in a car, you should immediately try to find the car’s owner. If you have no luck, or if the owner refuses to act, contact local law enforcement and/or animal control. 

In my opinion, if the local law enforcement or animal welfare officer can't arrive quickly enough, I say get the dog out of the car  - keeping in mind that you shouldn't put your life in danger either. As well, the ASPCA has created these handy Pets In Hot Cars flyers (pdf) which you can print out and distribute in your neighborhood to help educate people about the danger of leaving pets in hot cars.   

I am going to keep these flyers stocked in my car glovebox – I encourage you to do the same!

-Janet McCulley

Source: Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at AnimalPlanet.com

Cool Your Canines: Top Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Beach Bound BeagleMaximize Canine Chillaxation

Nothing makes a summer adventure more enjoyable than having our beloved four-legged companions in tow! However for animals, the summer heat can be quite uncomfortable as our furry friends are covered with fur and walk directly on hot surfaces that can severely effect their body temperature. 

To help keep our critters safe and comfortable all summer long, check out the following  tips, ideas and products to keep summer from being a bummer for our pets!

1. Car Heat: Avoid heat exhaustion and DO NOT leave your pet alone in the car during the remotely warm weather. During warm weather the inside of your car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes, even if you're parked in the shade with the windows opened a little. Pet owners that carelessly leave their pets unattended in a hot car are now subject to hefty fines and possibly jailtime, so don't even think about it!

2. Let the Fur Fly: Dogs with extremely thick or long fur should be trimmed during the hot summer  Kool3 months. Regular use of a deshedding tool, such as the FURminator deshedding tool can remove tremendous amounts of undercoat hair.


3. Creative Cooling
: Water or gel-filled cooling mats, cooling vests and cooling collars are great for dogs that are kept outside or if you do not have air conditioning in your home. As well, an elevated pet bed can help keep pets cool and comfortable and the raised sleeping surface keeps your dog off the hard ground, away from bugs and has an added bonus of great air circulation.

4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets so they can stay cool. Be aware that water will vaporize on extremely hot days. Collapsible Water Bowls and Gulpy Water Bottles are convenient portable water sources for your pet, especially if you're on the road. 

Gulpy Muttropolis  5. Exercise at Dusk & Dawn: Pets need exercise, but on very hot days it is best to limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt and beach sand gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws. Consider protective booties to protect sensitive paws from hot pavement.

6. Avoid Sunburn: Pets can get sunburned too, and your pet may require special dog-friendly sunscreen his or her nose and ear tips. Especially pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears.

7. Be aware of the Signs of Heat Exhaustion: Heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue are all signs of possible heat exhaustion.  What to do in the event of heat exhaustion: Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest or immerse them in cool (not cold) water. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes and consider taking them directly to a veterinarian.

Do you have some favorite tips to share to help our pets beat the heat? I welcome you to share them with fellow pet parents in the comments below!

Does Your Dog Do This? Sad Suitcase Face

Sad Suitcase Face Do you put off bringing out your suitcase until the very last moment too?

From the very moment my dogs Lulu, Zazou & Kiki spot me rolling my suitcase out from the coat closet, the downward spiral begins. I don't care how much fun they were having eating, playing, or rough-housing the moment before – the absolute second they catch sight of that detested suitcase,  the mood instantly sours and all three sadly shuffle into their beds like sad sacks. With furrowed brows they quietly stare at me as I pack and the worrying begins. 

For this very reason, I put off bringing out my suitcase and actually packing until it is absolutely the very last moment, because it bums them out so much! In speaking with many of my other pet loving friends about this oft repeated scenario in their household of furry friends, I have learned that some actually go as far to hide the suitcase in another room so that the dogs cannot see them packing at all. HA!

Does your dog do this? Do you have any secret tips to help prevent the dreaded sad suitcase face syndrome? Share your stories and comments!

Leave Your Pets at Home in Hot Weather


Dog in CarOverheating Kills: What To Do if You See a Pet Locked in a Hot Car

Temperatures around the nation have been off the charts lately and nothing upsets me more more than discovering a helpless pet locked in a hot car on a warm day.  WHAT IN THE HECK are these people thinking!?! Living in Southern California, I spend more time running around grocery stores and strip malls trying to find the clueless owners of these poor pets who then proceed to tell me they "…just ran into the store for a minute..." or  "…left the windows open, so he should be fine…"  My answer to them: No – your pet is not fine and here's why:

Point Number One: Even on a relatively milld 85 degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees – even when the windows have been left open an inch or two. Within 30 minutes a car's interior can actually reach a staggering 120 degrees. Your car is now an oven.

Point Number Two: Even if the temperature outside is a pleasant 70 degrees, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter. Parking your car in shade does not offer protection on a hot day because the sun moves.

Point Number Three: While humans have sweat glands all over our bodies that help regulate our body heat, dogs cool down mostly by panting, which is much less efficient than sweating. In only a short amount of time, a dog with a high body temperature can suffer critical damage to his nervous system, heart, liver and brain.

Do Something! What You Can Do

At least 14 states and many municipalities have enacted laws to address the problem of animals left in cars in extreme temperatures. Under these laws, you, police, animal control agents, peace officers and others may be authorized to enter a vehicle by whatever means necessary to remove an animal. Learn more about the regulations in your area here >

If you’re out and about on a hot day and see an animal alone in a car, you should immediately try to find the car’s owner. If you have no luck, or if the owner refuses to act, contact local law enforcement and/or animal control. 

In my opinion, if the local law enforcement or animal welfare officer can't arrive quickly enough, I say get the dog out of the car  - keeping in mind that you shouldn't put your life in danger either. As well, the ASPCA has created these handy Pets In Hot Cars flyers (pdf) which you can print out and distribute in your neighborhood to help educate people about the danger of leaving pets in hot cars.   

I am going to keep these flyers stocked in my car glovebox – I encourage you to do the same!

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

Two Paws Up for SleepyPod Air Pet Carrier

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Worrying about buying a pet carrier that won't fit under an airplane seat is a thing of the past, with Sleepypod's new airline-regulation pet carrier, Sleepypod Air. The innovative new pet carrier features a folding system that allows pets to travel in the largest space possible, yet still allows for stowage under an airline seat during takeoff and landing. After take-off, you can rotate the Sleepypod Air so it's between your feet and expand the ends so both you and your pet can stretch out comfortably. 

Sleepypod Air meets major airline carry-on pet regulations by being able to compress in length from 22" to 16". The ends are designed to expand when there is nothing blocking them; they automatically fold down to fill the available space. The carrier top and ends feature easy-breathing mesh that opens for easy access and the pet carrier also features seatbelt straps to allow for secure auto travel as well.

While the Sleepypod Air pet carrier doesn’t come cheap, the versatility of the carrier makes it a worthwhile investment! Read additional reviews of the product or find the Sleepypod Air at Muttropolis.com

Scene: A-list Celebri-pup’s Favorite Pet-Friendly Hotels

001497566 What do celebrities Molly Sims, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, Will Smith, Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Diane Sawyer, all have in common? Well, according to our friends over at PeoplePets, when these celeb’s travel, there’s one particular individual they don’t leave home without – and that’s their furry four-legged family members!

But exactly which hot spots and dog-friendly hotels do these A-list celebri-pets book to get away from it all and what sort of special amenities might they receive? From Miami Beach to Seattle to New York City, the exclusive hotels serving these pampered pups and their celeb parents provide everything from customized dog tags and designer dog beds upon check-in, to turn down service, pooch centric Yappy Hour, meals served in 'bone'-china, doggie day camps, on-site styling (grooming),  sparkling spring water, gourmet organic treats and more.

Here's a listing of a few of the exclusive pet-friendly properties….for more information and photos visit PeoplePets.com. If you personally have a favorite pet-friendly hotel, share it in the comments below!

Celebs’ favorite pet friendly hotels:

1) Keswick Hall, Virginia

2) Alexis Hotel, Seattle

3) Hotel Gansevoort, NYC

4) Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley

5) Liberty Hotel, Boston

6) Mondrian Hotel, Miami

7) Costa D’Este Vero Beach (Owned by Gloria & Emilio Estefan…can you hear the conga beat?)

8) Inn at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

9) West Baden Springs, Indiana

10) W Hotel, Washington D.C.

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