Archives for June 2013

Summer Safety and Dogs Beat the Heat at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts

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Summer has arrived to the Jersey Shore and families and their pets are spending more time outdoors enjoying the warm sun, fresh air, pool and beach. As we enjoy the dog days of summer, it’s important to keep in mind that higher temperatures and humidity can also have unhealthy effects on our pets. Unlike their humans companions, dogs cannot sweat through their skin; instead they pant to circulate air through their bodies and cool down. In dangerous situations, such as being locked in a car or being left in a yard with no access to water or shade, the heat can overwhelm a dog’s body and hyperthermia and heat stroke can develop putting the pet at great risk for injury or death.

“Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat, and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly,” says Dr. Lila Miller, Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, ASPCA. You can protect your pet by taking the simple precautions outlined by ASPCA experts on their website. And, most importantly, if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, seek veterinarian help immediately.

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, our pets beat the heat in many exciting ways. Our daycare and boarding dogs love to run through our playground sprinklers and make a splash in our fresh water dog swimming pools. Purr’n Pooch’s pools feature natural rock landscaping and waterfalls—perfect for a recreational swim and games for dogs of all ages.  They are also chemical free and emptied and filled daily.

Our playgrounds are always supervised by staff and feature covered areas for our people and pets to access shade. Pets love to sunbathe at Purr’n Pooch, but just like humans they can be harmed by exposure to the sun. Short-haired breeds, dogs with light-colored coats and hairless dogs are most likely to get burnt. There are also certain areas on animals that are most sensitive to the sun, such as the belly, inner thighs and any area where there is little or no hair. We encourage owners to use sunscreen on their dogs, but we caution them to use products made specifically for dogs. Human sunscreen can be toxic if ingested. At Purr’n Pooch, we always have pet sunscreen on hand in case owners forget to apply it before sending their friend in for a day of play.

Most importantly, pets must stay cool with access to fresh drinking water. At Purr’n Pooch, we provide plenty of H2O with automatic water bowls and on hotter days we add some ice, which the dogs love to play with and eat. Keeping cool is a summer breeze at Purr’n Pooch, so we hope to have your best friend visit us soon for fun in the sun on the Jersey Shore. While you’re beachside, your pup could be poolside at Purr’n Pooch!

We also offer a fun assortment of  products to kick off the summer in style. Visit us soon in Wall or Tinton Falls! Mention this blog post and receive a complimentary dog treat. 

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Summer Product Picks from the Purr’n Pooch Boutique

  • Flea the Scene is a 3-in-1 spray that takes the sting out of summer. It contains no pesticides or poisons so it’s gentle on your dog’s delicate skin. Flea the Scene also has all-natural sun protection for those sunny day. A quick spritz before you leave the house will ensure that your best friend is armed against outdoor enemies.
  • ThunderShirt for dogs and cats helps to relieve your pet’s anxiety and calms them down in stressful situations like summer fireworks and crowded parties.
  • Douglas Pacquette Designer Dog collars and leashes in colorful woody surfboard and sea life themes.
  • Dog Diggin Designs including Dogs Equis and Skinny Dog Muttagarita toys.
  • Fat Murray’s dog treats and Jersey Shore themed frosted beer mugs, pizza, and flip flop natural ingredient treats.
  • DOGO Pet Fashions colorful bright colors and patterned accessories including summer dress and sailor harnesses.

The Miraculous Life of Mac: A Pet Rescue Story

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Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ Honors Canine Hero at Sweet Summer Night Dessert Party, Saturday, July 27, 2013, 7-11 p.m.

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is honored to celebrate the heroic actions of a special senior dog named Mac at its Sweet Summer Night Dessert Party on Saturday, July 27 from 7-11 p.m. at Deal Golf and Country Club at One Golf Lane, Deal, NJ. Proceeds from the evening’s $125 per person ticket sales will raise lifesaving funds to support the work of unsung heroes in animal welfare and rescue from across the United States.

“Mac’s story is about a beaten dog who was given a chance to live and then proved himself worthy of life by fulfilling a miraculous mission,” said Dick Palazzo, Owner, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts. “Each year the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals recognizes a canine hero’s lifetime achievements at its Awards Ceremony. Mac’s story is especially touching because of my personal connection to the dog. His resilient spirit will undoubtedly inspire stories of survival and hope.”

Mac’s life began with hardship and horror at the hands of abusers, but his luck turned around when an animal group from New York rescued him. The organization subsequently wrote a story on the Great Pyrenees that resonated deeply with RuthAnn Meyers of Colts Neck, NJ who drove to Upstate New York to adopt the dog.

From the beginning, Mac had severe separation anxiety and after six long months of work, RuthAnn was able to gain the four and half-year-old dog’s trust. Mac also frequently boarded at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts where he bonded with animal behaviorist and trainer Dick Palazzo. Life was on the upswing for Mac; then, as life sometimes does, it dished out more hardship. RuthAnn developed an aggressive form of cancer and in desperation called Dick to help her rehome Mac. Dick agreed to take Mac because he was keenly aware of the dog’s desperate situation.

Three years and three failed foster homes later, Mac found a home at the age of ten in an unexpected place. Grieving from the loss of their beloved dog Bear Orsa, the Deraska Malinowski Family of Colts Neck, NJ drove to nearby Long Branch for a walk on the seaside boardwalk. This is where they came upon Mac and his handler from Purr’n Pooch. Diane Deraska Malinowski asked about the dog and was stunned to discover from Dick that Mac was her friend RuthAnn’s pup who she met years earlier.

Diane immediately agreed to foster Mac. After a week with the dog, the family formally adopted him. During the first few months in his new home, Mac suffered severe separation anxiety as expected by Dick, but he soon got into the rhythm of activities with the family and today is always by their side to enjoy life with them.

One evening this past February, Diane and the kids were sleeping soundly upstairs. Suddenly at 3:00 a.m., Mac, physically unable to climb stairs due to a spinal condition and severe arthritis, appeared, barking loudly, at the foot of Diane’s bed. He then made his way to the children’s bedroom where he planted himself firmly on the ground. With Richard away on business, Diane got out of bed astounded as to how Mac had made his way up the stairs. She went downstairs to find the home engulfed in smoke. Quickly she gathered the children and pets and removed them from the house. Mac never left the children. The fire alarm did not work that night and it was determined that the home heating system was the cause of the fire. To this day, no one understands how Mac could have possibly made it up the stairs in his physical condition. His actions were truly heroic and saved the lives of his family.

“Our pets deserve good, enriched lives for however long they live. Senior pets like Mac especially play important roles in our lives. So many pets in shelters have a life’s mission,” said Diane Deraska Malinowski. “At the moment that Mac saved our family from the fire, Mac’s life mission was fulfilled and we thank Dick for allowing us to bring him into our lives.”

Mac’s story is miraculous and the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is honored to have been a part of his rescue and rehabilitation. This world’s animals deserve a chance to live and love.

About the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is dedicated to providing financial support and educational resources to non-profit, no-kill animal rescue groups and organizations. The Purr’n Pooch Foundation supports all species of animals, including, but not restricted to companion pets, farming animals and wildlife. The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.