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Toys, toys, toys – no Christmas would be complete without a sweet toys under the tree…dog toys that is! We at Muttropolis LOVE toys, which is why we wanted to give you an early Christmas gift: from now through Monday, 12/15, save 20% on ALL toys!

We have so many different toys to choose from because we know how dogs work – some like them soft, some like them squeaky, etc. Since we have such a huge assortment, we broke our toys into sections depending on their features for your convenience. For super soft plush toys, like the amazing Tory Bark Shoe Toy, check out the Plush Toys section. If your dog prefers interactive toys, we can help – our Interactive Toy section features toys that are sure to entertain your dog for a good amount of time, like the Tornado Interactive Treat Game. For the dogs that are all about playing fetch, then the Toss + Retrieve Toy Section is the place for you, featuring tennis balls and Zisc Frisbees! The tough chewer will love our Tough Toys section – all of our extra tough toys like the Orange Extra Tough Alien live there! For the pups that love squeakers, our Rubber Toy section is all for them, featuring rubber toys that are squeaker-filled, like the Animal Head Toy. Who doesn’t love a funny toy? Our Funny Toy section features toys that make us chuckle, including the famous Humunga Stache toy. Little pups – don’t think we forgot about you! Our last section, Little Dog Toys, is dedicated to the smaller toys, like this adorable Teacup Banana.

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Now that you have the 411 on what toys we offer, it’s time to check them all out! Use code PLAY20 at checkout by Monday, 12/15 to save on all toys!

Just In: Keep Warm with the Northern Exposure Collection!

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Warm colors, puffy jackets, fur velour…what do these all have in common? Not only are they winter essentials, but they’re part of our newest collection: Northern Exposure! This collection features fabulous winter fabrics that you and your pup are sure to love!

Since the Northern Exposure Collection opens the door to the Holiday season, we’ve mixed in a few holiday-themed items with some basics that any pup needs. The Holiday apparel sprinkles include an adorable Reindeer and Christmas Light Hoody and Winter Moose Sweater. Winter staples like a Reversible Puffer Jacket and Buffalo Plaid Pajamas are the perfect way to keep your pup warm (and stylish!) during those crisp winter nights.

Winter-themed collars and leashes are a must, too! Christmas themed Jingle Bell Leather Collars will make your pup sound like a sweet musical, while our Nordic or Buffalo Plaid Print Collars and Leashes are great for those that enjoy just a taste of winter.

For the toy-loving pup, we have some adorable toys that will are sure to keep your Bowser entertained! From waffle plush teddy bears to Christmas trees and snowmen to an extremely tough bear, your dog will jumping for joy and ready for the holidays!

Need to liven up your house? Our Fur Velour bed and blanket have a dual purpose: not only will their warm colors bring some winter to your living space, but the comfort they bring will make your pooch want to be lazy all day! Due to popular request, we’ve brought back the super soft puppy blanket, this time with a sweet bear face! Don’t be fooled, these blankets aren’t just for puppies – they can be for anyone, two or four legged!

Interested in the rest of the Northern Exposure Collection? Peep the collection online or at one of our three Southern California stores!

 

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 Back to the Basics for Your Pup

Now that we’re all back in the swing of things, with New Years festivities behind us, it’s a great time to get back to basics! To us, basics are those things you wouldn’t want to, or shouldn’t have to, live without. So what would those basics be for your pup? Worry not, because we’ve got you covered with four categories that are important in maintaining your pup’s happiness, health and safety.

Dog ToysDog Grooming

Toys – Having fun is definitely a basic need, so be sure your pup has the right kind of toys to keep their endorphins up! Our vast assortment includes plush, interactive, toss and retrieve, tough, rubber, and funny dog toys. With an array of options, you’re sure to find at least a few your pup will fancy, tempting them to up their playtime.

Grooming – Every dog gets dirty, so grooming supplies are essential to keep your pup feeling fresh, smelling good and staying clean. Our grooming supplies include dog shampoos, conditioners, sprays and more. We recently started carrying BASS brushes, an excellent choice to aid you in keeping your pup’s coat tangle free. For nearly 30 years, BASS has designed, produced and sold the finest professional hairbrushes, and now they’ve created an innovative line of pet grooming brushes. And don’t forget about dental care. Keeping your pet’s gums healthy reduces bacteria and helps to keep them infection free. Dog toothbrushes and toothpaste are must-haves, but dental dog treats and dental dog toys are also excellent supplemental ways to fight plaque.

Dog DiningDog Collars

Dining – Food is an undeniable basic, a staple, an essential for a healthy life, and much like us, our pets have evolved to enjoy their meals served in some sort of bowl or feeder. Our dining department is stocked with dog bowls, raised dog feeders, treat jars and dog placemats. When determining which style is right for your pup, consider height. Raised feeders and bowls are recommended by veterinarians as they help your pup not to gulp down their food, thereby reducing air intake, and you guessed it, air outtake

Collars – We recommend regular walks to keep your pup fit and full of life, and what’s needed for a walk? A dog collar of course! Without a collar you can’t attach a leash, or an engravable pet tag, another basic we recommend to keep your pet safe. Whether your four-legged friend is big or small, likes to pull or keeps a calm pace, is a fashionista or prefers to look classic, our dog collar assortment includes just the right collar to meet their needs and suit their personality.

We could go on and on about other beneficial basics, but you get the gist. Visit us in-store or online to shop for these, and other, essentials for your pup. We’d love to help your pup get back to basics!

October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month!

Adopt-A-Dog Month

The best way to honor Adopt-A-Dog
Month
is by adopting a dog in need! Choose a pup from a shelter or rescue
group and you’ll save a life, save money, find a healthy pet, help in the fight
against puppy mills and pet stores, and feel better! A while back we posted some
excellent tips on how to get started,
and choosing the right pet.

Live near a Muttropolis store? Then you’re in luck! For the
month of October, we’ll be hosting
multiple adoptions
every weekend in each of our three Southern
California stores. We’ve included the dates and times for each of
these adoptions below. As a congratulations and thank you, we’ll be providing
every dog that is adopted at one of our events with a Muttropolis “wag bag,”
filled with goodies to enjoy with their new family.




Save A LifeAs some of you may know, Muttropolis is an “Animal Admirer”
for the San Diego Humane Society.
We’ve already admired two pups that have found loving homes, and recently
received our newest animal to admire, Huxley. He’s a male American Pit Bull Terrier
Mix, a staff favorite, and extremely smart after having undergone extensive
training for etiquette, housetraining and tricks. He loves to perform
and thrives in active, athletic environments like the dog park. Huxley is just
over 7 years old and neutered. For more information about handsome Huxley and
the adoption process at the San Diego Humane Society, visit his profile. The video of him showing off his skills will
win you over right away!Huxley is featured in many of the images below.

No matter how you choose to adopt, whether from a shelter,
rescue group, or someone you know, there is one thing we know for sure,
every
dog "can't wag without"
 
these
essentials:

Collar & Leash

Essentials
for safety, and don’t forget a personalized tag!


Dog CollarEvery dog needs a collar
and leash for walks, to hold their identification tag(s), and to show of their
personal style! Our wide collar assortment includes color, fabric and style
options for each and every canine customer, most with coordinating leashes. And
to keep your pup safe in the unfortunate event that they ever get lost, an
engravable tag is a must-have too. We have over 100 one-of-a-kind styles to
choose from!

Bed

Whether they
like to snuggle up or stretch out!


Dog BedLet’s face it, dogs
sleep a lot, so having a comfortable, well-crafted bed is something each
four-legged fur ball should have. We carry all of the top selling designer and
luxury dog beds included square bolstered, donut, double donut, pillow,
outdoor, mats, blankets, duvets and more! Options to accommodate every pup’s
sleeping preferences and home décor.

Bowls or Feeders

For
feasting, one of their favorite times of the day!


Raised Dog FeederWe believe that dogs should
dine in style. To accommodate for differing design preferences, we have classic
ceramic bowls, sleek stainless steel feeders, contemporary wooden designs, and
much more! Why do we love raised feeders? With their elevated ergonomic design,
they aid in digestion, preventing pups from eating too quickly and suffering
from the uncomfortable side-effects.

Toys

Plush,
rubber, tough, interactive, there are toys for every pup’s playing preferences!


Dog ToysToys are like good
friends, the more the merrier! We have unique toys for pup’s that love plush,
enjoy playing fetch, need something interactive to eliminate boredom, or play
so hard they need a toy build tough! Keep your new addition entertained and
you’re sure to have a much easier transition and happier pup.

Training Tools

Essentials
when bringing a new pup home!


Training ToolsA well trained dog is
a happy dog, so be sure to stay in control when you bring your new pup home. Effective
dog training tools that are safe and humane make this much easier! Dog crates, training collars, no-pull harnesses, potty pads and anti-bark
products, can all be lifesavers in establishing a safe and secure environment.

Treats

Great for
nutrition, training, and the obvious… rewarding!




Stella & Chewy's Carnivore CrunchKeep it all-natural!
We have done the research on dog nutrition so that you don’t have to. All of
our treats are all-natural, easily digestible, preservative-free, wholesome and
delicious. And best of all, each month we offer a special promotion on a Treat
of the Month
, this month it is Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried dog treats.
Buy 2, get 1 free for the whole month of October!

Can’t adopt for one reason or another? Pet finder provides
some ways you can still help.

———————

Muttropolis La Jolla:

Animal
Advocates of the United States
Adoption – Sunday, October 6th at 11:30am

Helen Woodward Animal
Center Adoption –
Saturday, October 12th at 11:00am

Second
Chance Adoption – Saturday, October 19th at 10:00am

SNAP
Adoption – Saturday, October 26th at 11:00am

 

Muttropolis Solana Beach:

Four Paws
Coonhound Adoption – Saturday, October 12th at 12:00pm

Saving Pets
One at a Time Adoption – Sunday, October 13th at 11:00am

Southern California Retriever Rescue Adoption –
Saturday, October 19th at 11:00am

San Diego Humane Society Adoption – Sunday,
October 20th at 11:00am

Chihuahua Rescue of San
Diego Adoption – Saturday, October 26th at
11:00am

 

Muttropolis Newport Beach:

Recycled
Pets SoCal Adoption – Saturday, October 5th at 12:00pm

Kris Kelly
Foundation Adoption – Sunday, October 6th at 12:00pm

Recycled Pets
SoCal Adoption – Saturday, October 19th at 12:00pm

Kris Kelly
Foundation Adoption – Sunday, October 20th at 12:00pm

Kris Kelly
Foundation Adoption – Sunday, October 27th at 12:00pm

Fetchingly Fresh: Nautical & Surf Inspired Collection for Your Dog!

Our new Nautical
collection has arrived at Muttropolis stores and online at Muttropolis.com!
Whether your pup is an avid sailor or simply loves the ocean infused style, this
collection is sure to offer some fun, fashionable additions to their wardrobe,
toy box, or resting place.

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Stripes,
flags and anchors decorate our new nautical apparel offerings. Have a boy dog
that likes to take the helm? Then the 100% cotton Captain Dog Tank is just what he needs! For girl pups, we have the Nautical Sailor Dog Dress or Anchor Dog Dress, both dainty and
adorable. Our very popular Puppia offerings, the Love Boat Dog Tank and Anchor
Dog Harness
are great gender neutral options. Puppia vest harnesses are
often a customer favorite, constructed with velcro closures at the neck and
chest to eliminate pulling and ensure the pup is safely secured and
comfortable.

 
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Dress
Harness
Care for
something a little more cultural? The Nautical
Flags Dog Collar
and Leash set
and Nautical Dog Collar and Leash set are covered in bright flags
and symbols, perfect for pups that enjoy the open ocean! If anchors are more
your speed, the Anchors Dog Collar and
Leash set features red anchors on
crisp blue and white stripes. All sets are made in the USA with quality ribbon sewn onto
durable nylon webbing, featuring buckle closures and D-rings.

 

FlagsLeash
If you have
a beach house, or simply like beach décor, you should take a look at the Nautical Boat Print Indoor-Outdoor Dog Bed
Cover
. It can be used to cover an old bed or stuffed with standard sized
pillows, blankets or clothes to create a brand new bed. Having the versatility to move
this bed from indoors to outdoors is a great feature, especially during the summer when pups love
to bask in the sun! We’ve also included quite a few futons in this collection since they are lightweight and portable, can be used in crates, rolled up
for travel, or used as a great alternative to a bulky, heavy bed. The Anchors Print Dog Futon and Coral Starfish Dog Futon are two of our
favorites for ocean lovers. 

 
Starfish
Mm
Last but
not least, our nautical toy collection is full of fun canine crowd pleasers.
The Lobster Extra Tough Dog Toy is
built to last, made with multiple layers of flexible materials and two rows of
double stitching. Have less of a rough-houser? The Rope Starfish Dog Toy is beautifully crafted and built to withstand
throwing, slinging and gnawing, while also aiding in keeping your pups teeth
and gums clean. Toys are a great gift, whether for your own four-legged family
member or a friend’s. Every pup deserves something new for summertime!

Pop
into one of our southern California stores
locations
or visit us a Muttropolis.com to see what other new
Nautical styles have arrived!

Top 3 Interactive, Durable Dog Toys to Beat Bowser Boredom

The Bouncy Bone

Many of us have learned the hard way that a bored dog can be not only hazardous to your furniture, but also hazardous to your favorite sling-backs and quite possibly your neighbor’s aural threshold for excessive barking.

With all of us working long hours to ensure recession-resilience, some our beloved four-legged family members may be engaging a bit more me-time than they’d prefer.

Busy Buddy Dog Toys to the Rescue

My frenetic 3-year old Vizsla, Zazou, requires a host of daily outlets for his energy or it’s curtains for him. Literally. He will be all up in the curtains when we’re not home. Regular exercise and mental stimulation are key to maintaining our pets positive mental and emotional state of mind, so I’ve tried out a bunch of interactive dog toys on him to keep him engaged when we’re out.  A number of the toys I've tested have been a big disappointment, as Zazou is often able to quickly eliminate all “interactive functions” of the toy with a couple of well-placed, well-executed chomps.

In search of a durable and tough interactive dog toy that might last more than 15 minutes, I was thrilled discover the super tough Busy Buddy and Everlasting interactive and functional treat dispensing dog toys – all of which have enabled me to manage home alone mania without breaking the bank.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

1) The Bouncy Bone
The durable Bouncy Bone is composed of a durable nylon bone, a rubber ball and replaceable, long lasting Gnawhide® treats. Unlike other dog toys that have a life-span of approximately 3 minutes, the Bouncy Bone is still going strong after six months and its still got lots of Bounce left! Starting at $5.
Kibble Nibble
2) Kibble Nibble Activity Ball
Zazou bumps this thing around my office all day long. And better yet – its rubber bumpers minimize noise and marks on floors and walls (…but they don’t eliminate his whining when he manages to roll it under the couch). The Kibble Nibble encourages Zazou to work for his food and it mentally stimulates him by appealing to his natural prey and stalking drive. We’re going on 4 months with the Kibble Nibble and it’s still righteously rolling. Zazou has even learned to place it on the top of my desk once he’s emptied it! Starting at $22.

3) The Everlasting Fire Plug Dog Toy
Made of highly durable, tear-resistant proprietary material, Zazou absolutely loves this toy whether we fill it with the Everlasting Treats or other treats he enjoys for a chewing

Everlasting Fire Plug Toy

challenge. The unique design of this toy allows it to roll erratically…indeed so erratically that Zazou rolled it down our driveway rendering it MIA until it magically reappeared 2 weeks ago.  Hide them around the house for a fun game of hide & seek, or even feed meals out of them to turn meal time into a game. Starting at $19.

Do you have a favorite, durable interactive dog toy that your dog loves and hasn't destroyed yet? Share your findings in the comments below!

Reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat