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MUTT’S UP: 5 Ways to Spoil Your Furry Valentine

Girl Holding Dog at the Park in Summer

Valentine’s Day is near, which makes us ask the question: who’s your valentine this year? Ours (naturally) are our four-legged friends, our pets! Valentine’s Day is a way to show our loved ones how much we care about them, and we thought of five different ways to spoil your pup this Valentine season:

1. Snuggle it up. If you told us that a dog didn’t like a hug, we’d call you a liar. On Valentine’s Day, give your pup extra hugs, kisses and snuggles – after all, dogs are the most loving animals!

2. Take Bowser for a trip. Whether it be the dog park, an extended walk in the neighborhood or a road trip, give your dog the gift of excitement and fun of an adventure!

3. Hook your pup up with treats. When humans exchange Valentines, there’s normally some sort of candy involved – why not give your pup their own candy?! Spoil Bowser with treats today!

4. Take your pooch out to dinner. There’s nothing like a date night with your dog! There are tons of dog-friendly restaurants (especially in San Diego!) that even offer a special menu for your pooch!

5. Score some goods from the Valentine’s Collection. Whether it be a heart-filled sweater or a cute heart-eye emoji toy, there’s something for every furry Valentine!

We hope these ideas help you celebrate your best Valentine’s yet with your pooch!

MUTT’S NEW: Patriotic Pup

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The 4th of July is right around the corner – are you ready? It’s time to celebrate the American way – hot dogs, beer, and your patriotic pooch! Our newly curated 4th of July Collection is complete with All-American favorites that will be sure to make any dog’s tail wag!

What’s more American than a good ‘ol BBQ? Let Bowser join in on the fun with a larger than life sized hot dog Toy, a Blue Cats Tippin’ Dog Beer Toy (modeled after PBR, of course!) or a yummy-looking hot dog collar and bandana. If you’re more into dressing up your furry BFF, we can help. From neckties to dresses to collars and bandanas, we’ve got the perfect styles for any patriotic pooch!

Although this is a fun holiday, pets may get a little nervous. If you’re unsure on how to keep your pets safe during this holiday, read up on our tips here. Happy 4th of July!

JUST IN: We Barked, You Listened!

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You barked, we listened – we’ve lowered prices on our favorite bedding items, including beds from a few of our favorite brands – Jax and Bones, Bowsers and Animals Matter!

These beds are constructed in the United States and Canada with quality fabrics and provide not only extreme comfort for your pooch, but can bring style to any room! Choose from hundreds of different fabrics and styles, from fun-printed mats to super soft bolstered beds. In addition to being super stylish and comfy, these beds are easy to clean – the covers unzip and can be thrown in the washing machine!

It’s time to let your pup catch the zzz’s in style – check out our fashionable, unique beds at lower prices now and enjoy free shipping on orders over $150!

DIG THIS DEAL: The Summer Kick-Off Sale is Here!

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We’re on the cusp of summertime, which means it’s SALE TIME! For just a few days only, we’re giving Mutt customers 20% savings storewide*!

These sales don’t happen very often, so we recommend stocking up on all things Muttropolis! Whether it be a new bed, a handmade leather collar, a designer dog bowl or a toy to keep your pup (and you) entertained, now is the time to treat yourself! Speaking of treats, all treats are included in this sale as well, including favorites like the Honest Kitchen, Orijen and our locally-made Mutt Munchers!

Check out a few of our newest items and more during the Summer Kick-Off Sale. These savings start Thursday, May 26th and end Monday, Mat 30th. Visit us at our two Southern California locations or online to start saving! Online customers must use coupon code SIZZLE at checkout to receive their 20% discount.

*Excludes food and gift cards. Cannot be combined with other offers.

MUTT LOVE: 5 Ways to Spend Mother’s Day with your Dog

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Moms are the best, right? We appreciate ALL moms – including dog moms! We’ve come up with a few different ways to spend Mother’s Day with your favorite fur child.

Go to the beach. What’s better than the sound of waves and beautiful weather? Being at the beach with your pup! Spend this Mother’s Day enjoying the sea breeze with Bowser. If you do go to the beach, make sure that it’s a dog-appropriate beach! If you end up going to the dog beach, make sure you have proper etiquette!

 Go out for a nice lunch. There are tons of delicious restaurants that are pet friendly, with some even offering food for your furry BFF! Enjoy a nice mimosa with your dog by your side, you deserve it mom!

Go for a hike. Get your fitness on AND see beautiful sights! San Diego is filled with trails with breathtaking views. Most trails are dog-friendly, too!

Lay around and snuggle. Just because it’s Mother’s Day doesn’t mean you have to go out to celebrate! Snuggle with your ultimate snuggle buddy and watch a movie!

Go to Muttropolis. There’s a 20% off storewide Mother’s Day Sale going on now – why wouldn’t you want to visit!?

We hope all you dog moms out there have a happy and relaxing Mother’s Day! Thank you for all that you do!

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.

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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!

Join Muttropolis in the Fight Against Puppy Mills

As a
company who loves and lives for our pets and the pets of our customers, we at
Muttropolis strive to stay up-to-date on current animal-related issues. Our
goal is to provide a voice for our furry friends in need who cannot speak up
for themselves and broaden awareness amongst the vast animal-loving community. 

We
support many positive animal-related efforts, causes and movements, which in
turn means that there are also a few less than positive animal-related issues
we work to combat. A current and very close to home example of this is the proposed
ban against the sale of puppies, dogs, kittens, cats and rabbits in retail
environments in San Diego
.
We strongly support this ban and believe that eliminating the sale of these
animals in retail locations will help to prevent the sourcing of pets from
mills, along with other forms of irresponsible breeding.

Puppy Mills

We love
and appreciate all animals, no matter where they originated, and so we do not
treat pets that were previously purchased in a pet store differently, or look
down on their owners for that matter. We realize the majority of the population
is simply unaware of the inhumane practices that correspond with these retail
establishments; which is why at Muttropolis, we are committed to educating the
public on such matters.  

We urge
people to adopt, or to search out a breed rescue or a reputable breeder to find
the perfect furry fit for their family. As you read on, we believe you will
feel as strongly as we do in support of this ban. Note, the information below
is only a small snapshot of the inhumane environments and practices of puppy
mills.

  • A puppy mill is a
    commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little
    overhead cost. The health and welfare of the animals is not a priority.
  • Puppy mills will breed
    a female dog every time she is in heat. For instance, a 5 year old dog could
    have given birth to 10 litters of puppies.
  • In puppy mills,
    animals can spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or
    exercise.
  • Often times, the water
    and food provided for the puppies is contaminated, crawling with bugs. Puppies
    can even be malnourished.
  • Puppies in mills are
    found with bleeding or swollen paws, feet falling through the wire cages,
    severe tooth decay, ear infections, dehydration, and lesions on their eyes
    which often lead to blindness.
  • Most puppy mills have
    no veterinary care, climate control, or protection for the animals from weather
    (hot, cold, rain, or snow).
  • With limited or no
    regulations or enforcement, puppy mills have no cleanup control. This means
    that dogs can be living in urine and feces for indefinite periods of time.

*Sources: DoSomething.org, The Human
Society of the United States,
and PetsAdvisor.

How does
this relate back to the sale of pets in retail establishments? Often, these
store animals come from puppy mills and customers are given false information
about the dog’s lineage, health, breed and breeder, which is why it is so
important to be educated and not fall victim. Every year, retail pet stores
across America
sell around 500,000 dogs, while 5 to 7 million dogs enter shelters. Alarming
statistics such as these act as a wake up call, clearly demonstrating the need
to support adoptions and animal rescues. By doing so, we will help to put mills
out of business.

If you
would like to share your voice in support of this ban, please click here
and follow the instructions outlined by the San Diego Humane Society on how to
reach your city Council Member and make a difference. The more emails in
support that the Council Members receive will make a difference for the animals that cannot speak for themselves. 

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

This ban
will not infringe upon responsible breeders’ practices and sales. We realize
that many people need or prefer a specific breed for various reasons. If that
is the case for you and your family, we just ask that you do thorough research
to ensure that the breeder you choose is reputable and treats their animals
with exceptional care. If you decide that adoption is right for you, whether
from a breed specific rescue or non-breed specific group, take a look at the adoptions
opportunities
offered at all three of our Southern
California store locations. We do our best to provide great
opportunities to help you find your perfect match!