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5 Benefits of Adopting a Shelter Dog | Muttropolis

Everyone knows Halloween is in October, but did you know that October is also

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month?

Each year, 3-4 million dogs and 3.5 million cats enter shelters. We love all animals but are definitely advocates of adoption to help reduce these staggering numbers. In doing so, we hold adoption events at our stores almost every weekend and just love seeing sweet rescue animals find their forever homes.

There are so many reasons why adopting a dog can be beneficial to you and your family. Here are 5 benefits of adopting a shelter dog worth highlighting:

  1. Dogs are amazing companions. The title “Man’s Best Friend” is not a misnomer – dogs are amazing additions to the family and are great friends to children and adults alike. Dogs teach children love and responsibility, and they can reduce stress levels and comfort adults.
  2. Save a life and save money. Many shelters vaccinate and neuter each pet that comes into their care, so it will save you time and effort. Shelter dogs are usually up to date on their shots and have had experience in socializing with other dogs, too!
  3. Variety is the name of the game. Some people don’t know this, but you can find dogs of all ages and breeds in shelters (this includes puppies and purebreds!). If you have a specific breed or age of a dog you’re interested in, a shelter will most likely have it.
  4. A dog will completely change your household (in a good way!). While you’re keeping the unwanted pet population down and not supporting puppy mills, you’ll gain a lovable presence in your home that you never would’ve expected.
  5. You are saving a life. Lots of dogs in shelters have been rescued from unfortunate circumstances such as neglect and abuse. Shelters often get overcrowded even with staff members working tirelessly. Adopting a pup will give them a second chance at the life they deserve.

And what’s more, adopting from an event at Muttropolis has an extra perk – you become part of our Forever Mutt Pack! The Forever Mutt Pack Program offers adopted families a way to become a part of the Muttropolis family. Each family that adopts through our events will receive a goody bag filled with food samples, 20% off a collar, free tag (to be engraved in-store) and a Forever Mutt Pack Membership card, allowing them 10% off storewide* for the life of their adopted dog.

We hope that you can share these 5 benefits of adopting a shelter dog with anyone interested in getting a dog, and happy Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

  • Christine Castellani

Mutt's Happening: An Adoption Extravaganza with Bo Derek!

What's better than an adoption event on a sunny Sunday afternoon? An adoption event with special guest Bo Derek!

Bo Derek visited our Solana Beach store on a beautiful day in August to talk all things Bo Derek Pet Care and visit with adoptable pups from Thrive Rescue and Tragic to Magic Rescue. Throughout the three hour event, four dogs found their forever homes. Each dog that was adopted at the event went home with a special gift bag filled with Bo Derek Pet Care supplies, Muttropolis goodies and a "Forever Mutt Pack" membership card, giving them a special discount at Muttropolis for life!
 
We had such a great time talking with Bo, meeting people and loving on dogs! If you're interested in adopting, we always host adoptions. Peep our events page for upcoming adoption events!
  • Christine Castellani

Wag Worthy Ways to Show Your Dog Love!

Ways to show your dog love

Life can get hectic sometimes, and it's easy to (accidentally) not give your furry friend all the love, time and attention that they deserve. Don't worry - there are many ways to remind your dog that you love them and are there for them! These are a few of our favorites ways to show your dog love!

1. Include your dog in activities. Eat at dog friendly restaurants, take them on errands with you, or let them sit by you when you read or watch TV. Plus, if you exercise, you can bring your dog on runs or walks for some company! Incorporating your dog in your daily routine in whatever ways possible will make them feel loved.

2. Treat your dog to a pampering session. Dogs love to be pet and brushed. A quick brush out for you dog will leave them tangle-free, soft, smooth and relaxed. Other dogs love baths, so you take some time to scrub your pup clean using shampoo, conditioner, and face wash. You can even dress them up in a bathrobe to leave them feeling like the royalty they are!

3. Take your dog out for walks. If you have time to take your dog for a walk, even just a quick one, that will be great for them! Dogs love the fresh air, exploring new sights and smells, and stretching their legs. Check out these leashes, collars, and harnesses to make sure your dog is the coolest in the neighborhood! Of course, you can take your dog on hikes and other outdoor expeditions, just make sure they are well hydrated!

4. Spoil your pup with treats. Have you ever met a dog who doesn’t love treats? Us either. Try rewarding some good behavior or training with a tasty treat, or give them a treat just because they are the greatest! Make sure that your treats are high quality, so that your pup can get some nutrition while feeling loved. Check out the Treat of the Month for our favorite treat!

5. Take time out of your day to dedicate to play time. All dogs need play time, and it’s actually an important way (besides walks) to keep your dog active. You can play fetch, Frisbee, or chase them around the yard! Your dog will love to play with all different types of toys! There are hard toys and soft toys that you can pick from based on your pet’s preference! You can also use puzzle toys to keep them entertained throughout the day. Plus, some toys even help to clean your dog’s teeth!

6. Talk to your dog. Dogs can hear us talk to them in our “puppy talk” high-pitched voices. This noise lets them know that we are communicating to them. Use hand gestures, a special tone, and talk slowly to your dog!

7. Give your dog love and cuddles. If your dog loves hugs and cuddles, try to squeeze (no pun intended) them in whenever you can! Your pet will appreciate it! :)

  • Mutt Staff

7 Tips for Dining Out with Your Dog | Muttropolis

Our four-legged babies are important members of our families, so they should be able to do everything with us - right?! Luckily, there are some spots that are dog-friendly, including certain restaurants. If you decide to dine out with your dog, it's important to use proper etiquette to make the experience enjoyable for all. We have 7 tried and true tips for dining out with your dog!

1. Check the dog policy. Always make sure ahead of time that the restaurant or other establishment allows dogs. If you don't check, it can put you and the people working at the restaurant in an uncomfortable position.

2. Stay leashed. Often dogs get so excited by new sights and smells that they momentarily lose all of their manners. It's best to keep them on a leash so they don't accidentally create a commotion inside the restaurant. A leash also keeps them by your table so they don't get in the way of the wait staff or any other restaurant-goers.

3. Keep calm. Make sure your dog is well-behaved. Don't let your dog visit others unless you have their permission!

4. BYODB (Bring Your Own Dog Bowl!). Some restaurant rules don't allow dogs to eat out of their dishes or cutlery, so we recommend bringing a dog bowl from home. This way, they can share the eating experience with their humans which keeps everyone happy (and full!).

5. Say no to begging. Not all patrons will be amused with your pooch's attempt to snag some extra food. To be courteous, put those puppy eyes away!

6. Play with your dog beforehand. This way, you can expend some of your dog's energy and they will be more relaxed during your meal.

7. Go to the bathroom beforehand. This might seem like an afterthought, but it's important that your dog doesn't have to do their business in the middle of the restaurant while people are eating!

 

With these 7 tips for dining out with your dog, we hope you enjoy a family meal with your pup in the near future.

  • Kimberly Topuzes