Archives for August 2013

Get Running for Your Health and Animal Charity This Fall Season

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Paws down dog owners are more likely to engage in physical activity and stay fit and healthy just by walking or running with their best friends a minimum of 2-3 times a day.

Bringing a dog into your home could also have a host of health benefits from helping to lower blood pressure to beating depression. According to a recent health report from the American Heart Association, owning a dog has also been shown to reduce a person’s risk of a heart attack.

So why not consider bringing home a new friend to help you lead a happier and healthier life?

There are dozens of animal rescue organizations across the country ready to help you find and adopt your best friend and workout buddy.

Before starting any physical fitness routine, visit your veterinarian to make sure that your new up or old friend is up to meeting the physical demands of a high impact walk or run. Once you get the green light from your vet, start an exercise routine with easy strolls and build up to a comfortable, quicker pace that gets both you and your best friend’s hearts pumping. Even a dog that has been with a family for years, but has not been very active will need to be checked out by his vet before burning those calories.

The fun of having a dog as your workout buddy doesn’t stop with its health benefits either. There are plenty of social perks like making time to enjoy the great outdoors and discovering new friends.

Many love matches have also been made when our pets have pulled cupid’s arrow and shot right on target! Purr’n Pooch’s Betsy Palazzo and her husband Chris Dudick met thanks to their shared love of animals, while working together on “Tails” of Love, a joint project of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and Dudick’s children’s production company of Small Factory.

Register for the Purr’n Pooch 5K Canine Run Walk Classic 

You can combine your love of staying in shape with your pet by registering for pet-friendly events across the NY/NJ region. These events provide fun venues for getting out with your pup and often raise funds for less fortunate animals and the charities that care for them.

On Sunday, October 6 we invite you and your pup to walk, run and heel for animals at the Purr’n Pooch Foundation’s annual 5K Canine Run Walk Classic at the beautiful oceanfront location of Pier Village in Long Branch, N.J.  The race starts at 8 a.m. and all are welcome to attend. Dogs are required to run or walk on leash.  Pre-register online. Race shirts will be given to all two-legged participants. Cost is $25 per adult and dogs walk or run free. Race is rain or shine.

“We’re looking forward to Purr’n Pooch’s Second Annual 5K Canine Run Walk Classic. It’s a great day seaside at the dog-friendly Pier Village where people and their pups get a running start to benefit animal charities from across NJ and NY,” said Elizabeth Palazzo Dudick, President, Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. “Getting out to enjoy time with our pups and friends on what we hope will be a beautiful fall morning, is one small step we can take to help unsung heroes who take huge strides daily to help animals in need of love and rescue.”

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations to be used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects. We are able to help support the efforts of the charitable organizations by holding fundraisers such as the race.

In 2013 the Foundation awarded grants to organizations including Operation Kindness, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Rescue, Monmouth County SPCA, ReRun Horse Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Bull Dog Rescue and New Life Boxer Rescue.

If you and your four-legged companion aren’t ready to hit the competitive world of racing just yet, you can still join us and have a great time cheering on the participants. You might also get inspired to start hitting the pavement with your pet and begin training for next year’s race!

For other pet-friendly races in the area and nationwide visit www.dogtreader.com and www.runnersworld.com.

Pet Parties Are Paws Down Fun

Pet Parties Are Paws Down Fun at Purr'n Pooch

Does your dog’s lifestyle resemble that of the Furry & Fabulous? If so you must be sure to celebrate in style with our professional pet party planners at Purr’n Pooch. From small intimate gatherings for the concerned canine to full scale all out fur flying fun, Purr’n Pooch has you covered.

According to the most recent American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 7% of U.S. dog owners have a holiday or birthday party for their pet. Just ask any of the party animals at Purr’n Pooch and they’ll agree paws down pet parties are a growing trend!

In 2011 pet expert Arden Moore partnered with Pet Sitters International to create National Dog Party Day in conjunction with Take Your Dog to Work Day. This year the event grew to have four host cities that vowed to “work like a dog by day and party like a pup at night” all to benefit worthy pet adoption groups.

Looking to throw a canine celebration of your own? You can count on the experts at Purr’n Pooch to guide you from start to finish by first scheduling a consultation to get your party planning headed in the right direction. If you’re new to throwing a bow wow good time for your friend, the staff at Purr’n Pooch can help you step by step with selecting a theme, invites, decorations, custom cake, specialty teats, goody bags and entertainment.

Purr’n Pooch is able to accommodate any party, indoors or outdoors, depending on the season and your needs. Parties start at $275 and while there is no limit to party size with two or four-legs, it is best to have an accurate guest count so that we arrange for adequate staff to be on-hand to aid in all party goers having a tail-wagging good time.

While a birthday is always a great time to get together, the celebration doesn’t have to be the only special day in the life of your best friend. Consider hosting an Adoptaversary for the rescue pet, Bark Mitzvah, Holiday or Pool Pawty to splurge on your canine companion. There are always the milestone moments like when a young pup graduates from basic training or a puppy/kitten shower to welcome the new addition into the family.

However, perhaps the most important day in the life of any doggie diva is her wedding day! This was evident when Baby Hope walked down the aisle in the world’s most expensive dog wedding last July in NYC. This fancy affair was all to raise funds and awareness for animal welfare with mother of the bride pet lifestyle expert Wendy Diamond hosting a contest through Animal Fair Magazine to find the debonair dog groom. However, most puptials can just be about the ceremony of joining paws in holy muttrimony and the howling good time at the reception.

While all of these party ideas can also be arranged for your fancy feline it is best to keep the guest list to only human party goers – as most cats command the attention of the room.

Get ready to have a dog gone good time with your best friend or a purrfect feline function by booking your next pawty at Purr’n Pooch. Call us at (732) 842-4949 in Tinton Falls or (732) 528-8100 in Wall to schedule an appointment with one of our pet party planners.