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Ways to Spend Mother’s Day with Your Dog, Plus a Photo Contest

Dog Moms

Here at Muttropolis we believe that having a pet definitely lands you in the “mom” category. So, we’d like to wish all of the doggy moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! If you don’t have children, you’re probably used to this day coming and going with no special wishes, cards or gifts, but you can still enjoy the day with your four-legged friend, who is sure to show you love in other ways.

Below are just a few of our favorite ways to share special time with our pups. Perhaps one of these suggestions will be the perfect date for you and your dog this Mother’s Day! Also, be sure to make it to the bottom of this post to learn more about the Mother’s Day photo contest we’re running for a short time only on Facebook!

A Dog-Friendly Lunch Date

Dog-friendly Dining

We’re lucky down here in San Diego with an abundance of dog-friendly dining options, and we sure hope the same goes for wherever you call home. No dog likes to be left behind, so on Mother’s Day search out an establishment that will let your dog come too. If you have a hard time finding a dog-friendly spot, you can always make a meal at home or grab something to go and enjoy it in a dog-friendly park or beach. We’re picturing a splendid picnic in the sunshine!

A Play Date with Other Doggie Moms

Dog Play Date

Do you have the perfect dog and mom duo in mind? Great, make a date! If not, head to your nearest dog park. The excellent thing about dog parks is that you don’t have to coordinate the play date ahead of time, simply show up with your fido and you’re sure to run into other dogs and doggie moms. Don’t forget to wish them a Happy Mother’s Day!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Dogs Outdoors

Hit a trail, head to the beach, or enjoy another outdoor activity for the afternoon. The fresh air and exercise will leave you both feeling fantastic. Water loving dogs will especially love this suggestion, and if it’s a hot day, you may want to jump right in with them! As with any outdoor activity, be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your pup.

Snuggle Time

Dog Snuggling

This is the easiest suggestion of them all. We don’t doubt that your dog gets an abundance of love, but no one ever said there could be too much, right? Giving your pup some extra lap time or snuggling up for a nap will not only make them feel special, it’ll warm your heart too, and what Mother doesn’t love that feeling!

Now, about that photo contest we mentioned. If you haven’t liked us yet on Facebook, be sure to do that first. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we’ve launched a photo contest asking our customers to post their favorite Mommy and Me picture on our Facebook page. All submissions are in the running for a chance to win a $100 Muttropolis Gift Card! The contest ends on Friday May 9th at 12:00 PM PST, and the winner will be selected at random and announced at 12:30 PM. We can’t wait to see your snapshots!

Toys to Please Every Pup

Dog Toys

Exercise, mental stimulation, bonding and fun!

These are just a few of the excellent benefits (and awesome reasons) to keep your pup playing! But with what, you may ask? Well, it’s no surprise that different dogs prefer to play in different ways, and so it can be tricky to shop for the appropriate toy. But don’t fret, we’ve encountered every type of playful pup in our day, from the mellow-mannered to the high-energy and aggressive, so here are a few words of wisdom to help point you in the right direction.

Small Chewy Vuitton Bone Dog ToyPissness Beer Dog ToyBird Dog Toy with Chew Guard   

The Squeaker Obsessed. Does your doggie perk up to the sound of a squeaker? Well then plush and rubber toys will win their attention. Plush dog toys are often a favorite for their cute factor alone. They come in all shapes and sizes with snuggly soft exteriors and almost always a squeaker inside. Some even talk! If your pup likes to “baby” their toys, to carry them around and snuggle with them, then they’re sure to love plush toys. On the other hand, if your pup likes to play hard, plush toys may not be the best choice, as the majority aren’t made to withstand rigorous play, unless otherwise stated. We’ll talk more about tough toys in a bit. Rubber dog toys are also great for the squeaker obsessed pup and often funny too. The Pissness Beer Dog Toy always gets a good laugh! All of our toys are lead-free and non-toxic which is very important to keep your dog safe. 

Frog Extra Tough Dog ToyMini Humunga Stache Dog ToyBaby Dragon Dog Toy with Chew Guard 

The Tough Pup. Does your dog love to destroy? Are you having trouble keeping them busy and away from chewing your favorite personal items? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re definitely in need of some tough dog toys! We wish we could tell you that there are toys that aren’t destructible, but we’ve learned that’s not always the case. Even the most durable toys have a hard time standing up to the tenacity of gator-toothed Terriers, vice-jawed Vislas, squeaker-seeking Shelties and so on. But, the good news is that there are a variety of tough toys on the market that are specially designed to give their best shot! Available in a variety of sizes, colors, shapes and materials, you’re able to choose what best suits your dog’s interests and moods. You’ll notice in the product descriptions for tough toys that many are constructed with specially engineered fabrics and/or lining and reinforced stitches.

Mushroom Busy Buddy Dog ToyDog Magic Interactive Treat Game Monkey and Banana Burrow Dog Toy

The Challenge Seeker. Some pups simply aren’t interested in playtime unless it includes a challenge. We call these the sophisticated pups. If this sounds like your dog, we recommend trying interactive dog toys. Great for beating boredom, excellent for stimulating the mind and full of fun, interactive dog toys are a triple threat! Treat dispensing or treat maze toys are a hit with treat motivated pups, making them work for their reward. But if treats aren’t necessary to keep your pup’s interest, try a plush interactive toy like the Bunny and Carrot Burrow Dog Toy, shown at the top of this post with the adorable Great Dane puppy. Your pup’s intelligence and puzzle-solving skills will sharpen as they’re challenged with the fun task of removing the bunnies from the carrot each time you reinsert them. Learning is fun!

Mini Zisc Extra Tough Dog ToyBarkley Rubber Stick Dog ToyFloating Rope Ball Dog Toy

The Uber Energetic. For some dogs, energetic may be an understatement! If you have an active pup you’re probably familiar with the abundance of tantalizing toss and retrieve dog toys on the market. Boomerangs, discs, balls, ropes, sticks, slingshots and more. These are often the most fun for you, as well as your pup! It’s hard to pick a clear winner as some pups jump for joy for the classic tennis ball, while others will tug all afternoon but aren’t interested in retrieving. You know your four-legged friend the best, so trust your gut when choosing an active toy. Another upside, active toys force you and your dog to get outside. Visiting your local dog park or dog beach offers more room to run and to bond, with you and other pups.

There are just a few more things to keep in mind before making your next toy purchase.

  • Dog toys are not created equal, and neither are our beloved four-legged friends. Do your best to choose toys that are of the appropriate size, shape and construction. For example, very small toys can pose a choking hazard for larger breeds, just as toys with pieces that can be chewed off easily aren’t best for aggressive chewers.
  • Remember, pets should be supervised when playing with toys as no toy is indestructible.
  • To keep your pup from getting bored with their toys, switch them out on a regular basis. The novelty will last longer and hopefully remerge each time the toy makes another appearance.

Enjoy playing with your pup!

Get Active + Sooth Your Pup’s Spring Fever in San Diego

Spring forward is days away! How do you plan to enjoy your extra hour of evening light? Us busy office-bees have been buzzing about the many activities we’re planning to enjoy with our four-legged friends. Here are a few suggestions for getting active and soothing you and your pup’s spring fever in San Diego.

Make a splash

Dog Beach

We have some darn good dog beaches down here in San Diego. The Original Dog Beach down in Ocean Beach and North Beach Dog Run in Coronado are both open 24 hours and off leash approved! Del Mar Dog Beach is a favorite among North County residents, allowing off leash after Labor Day through June 16th. Does your dog fear waves? Well then Fiesta Island is a great alternative offering calmer waters and sand dunes. Located in Mission Bay Park, dogs are allowed in most all areas on Fiesta Island between 6:00AM – 10:00PM. Many other beaches allow dogs on leash at certain hours, so be aware of the rules and make your way to the sand for some splish splashin’ fun with your fido!

Take a hike

Dogs Hiking

Hitting the trails is much more fun with your hound in toe. San Diego County is filled with trails of varying levels, most giving a warm welcome to canine cohorts. DogVacay pulled together a list of some the top dog friendly hikes in San Diego, a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to start their search, providing brief overviews, addresses and hours. One of the most popular hikes in San Diego is Cowles Mountain, an up hill hike offering 360 degree views. Prefer a flatter trail? We’d suggest Los Penasquitos Canyon. The trail is surrounded by lush vegetation and a waterfall to enjoy at the end. If you and your pup are avid hikers and revel in serious heart pumping, Mt. Woodson, aka “Potato Chip Rock,” is a steep and strenuous dog-friendly hike. As with any outdoor activity, especially hiking in the heat, bring plenty of water for both you and your pup!

Visit a dog park

Dog Park

San Diego has so many to choose from! Canine Corners Dog Park in La Mesa, Poway Dog Park in Poway, and Nate’s PointGrape Street Dog Park and Morley Field Dog Park all in beautiful Balboa Park, are just a few of the many dog parks that stand out throughout the county. Giving your pup the freedom to run and play in a gigantic green space is a true treat when living in a city. Not only do parks allow your pup to exercise, they are also great places to work on healthy socialization with other dogs and humans, an important lesson for every dog to learn. If none of the parks mentioned are nearby, search out a dog park in your neighborhood. Off leash dog parks are ideal, but many parks that aren’t dog specific also allow dogs on a leash, an alternative to sidewalk exploring.

Grab a bite, a brew, or both

Dog and Beer

We’re in no shortage of dog-friendly drinking and dining down here San Diego, often referred to as one of the most dog-friendly cities in the US. San Diego Pets Magazine put together a helpful list of go-to dog friendly restaurants to visit with your pup. San Diego is also busting at the seams with microbreweries, many of which welcome furry friends. Culture Brewing Co, our neighbor on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, comes to mind as they quickly caught on with the dog-friendly North County crowd. AleSmith Brewing Company, Mission Brewery and Green Flash Brewery are just a few of the "big-beer-boys" that also welcome dogs. Other dog-friendly breweries can be found inside The Complete Guide To San Diego Breweries.

Join Us at Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon on Saturday, September 8th

Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

We’re
excited to announce our attendance at the 8th Annual Surf Dog
Surf-A-Thon + Beach Day
on Sunday, September 8th at the Del Mar
Dog Beach! This event is primarily a surf competition for dogs that raises
funds for orphaned animals
at Helen
Woodward Animal
Center, but there will
also be bunches of other activities for all attendees to participate in. Festivities
kick-off at 8AM and run until 2PM.

Surf Dog is
a fantastic opportunity for friends, family and dogs to come together for a day
of fun, sun and surf, all to benefit beloved animals. Two-legged and
four-legged attendees can choose to either hit the waves and participate in the
surf competition or watch the action from the beach where there will be games,
a costume contest, food and more. There is a $35 fee for dogs to participate in
the surf competition and $35 fee for people. To participate in the Beach Bum
Costume Contest there is a $10 donation.

Judy
Fridono, a Top Surf Dog Fundraiser shared that “Although some see this event as
a competition, the animals awaiting their fate see us as their last chance at
survival… It’s as easy as asking your family, friends, and co-workers to donate
at least a buck. It’s as easy as posting a request on Facebook, Twitter and
other social media!” For more information about Surf Dog and the ways to get
involved, visit www.surfdog.kintera.org.

We’ll be
partnering with Ruffwear at the event, selling performance dog gear
built to enhance outdoor adventures for dogs and humans. On Saturday September
7th, the day before Surf Dog, Ruffwear will also be visiting our Solana Beach
store where they’ll be showcasing their merchandise from 10AM – 4PM.

RuffwearDogs Surfing

Surf Dog
Surf-A-Thon is presented by Helen
Woodward Animal
Center and Blue Buffalo. Helen Woodward
Animal Center
is a private, non-profit located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA where people help
animals and animals help people
, and Blue Buffalo is a leading manufacturer
of all-natural dog and cat products.

We hope to
see you and your four-legged friends over the weekend!

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!