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Is It Possible? Your Pet Has a Best Friend


The bond between humans and their pets is strong, but the bond between animals themselves can be just as resilient. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find stories of cats befriending pigs, elephants connecting with dogs, and even a tiger, a lion and a bear (Oh my!) becoming best buddies.

According to Marc Bekoff, a professor at Colorado University, animals are extremely selective in who they choose to form close bonds with. In the case of inter-species relationships, he says even the strangest of pairs can form strong, connected bonds with a large amount of trust. Animals exhibit emotions much like humans and often need someone to lean on, just like humans do.

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, many special friends enjoy relationships with each other. Owner Dick Palazzo has been caring for pets for over 45 years and is often asked if pets can form emotional attachments to one other as well as their owners.

“There is a real bond between animal and animal or animal and human,” he said. “It is true love.”

Here are just a few of Purr’n Pooch’s friends who have formed tight bonds:


Farrah, a 2-year-old Brittany mix, and Lucy, an 18-month-old cattle dog and shepherd mix, became fast friends at Purr’n Pooch’s daycare. Both pups were adopted from shelters; Farrah was rescued from a kill shelter in Alabama and Lucy was adopted through 3 Hearts 4 Paws Animal Rescue.

Both dogs are extremely active and full of energy, which may be what brought them together in the first place.

“Lucy just loves people and animals,” said Liz Barrows, Lucy’s mom. “She has so much energy and is so social. She runs around and tumbles with all the other dogs in daycare. She never sits still and it seems like she’s always building up more energy!”

“Farrah is extremely sweet, cuddly and loves attention,” said Nancy Bilow, Farrah’s mom. “She has a lot of energy.”

Lucy and Farrah, who is aptly named for her layered locks, are often spotted at Purr’n Pooch romping around and enjoying each other’s company. And their humans are grateful the two have a place to spend the days in a safe and fun environment.

“The staff at Purr’n Pooch are so invested in each pet they care for, “ said Nancy. “They like what they do and are so nice and helpful.”

“Purr’n Pooch does a fantastic job of watching pet behavior and knowing exactly where to place our dogs,” said Liz. “It warms my heart to know that Lucy spends her entire day with Farrah.”


Ninja, a 5-year-old cat, and Maggie, a German Shepherd, were inseparable from the start. Maggie has since passed away, but the bond between the cat and dog was strong. Sandi, a manager at Purr’n Pooch, brought Ninja home as a 7-week-old kitten, and says Maggie treated him like he was her very own baby.

“Maggie would get upset when Ninja left the house to go to the vet,” said Sandi. “They were best friends.”

A study of 170 pet owners with both a dog and a cat found that, despite the very popular idea that cats and dogs are genetically predisposed to dislike each other, cats and dogs not only get along, but learn to communicate with one another. The study found that more than 75 percent of the dog and cat pairs performed some sort of greeting ritual (rubbing noses, purring, etc.)

Maggie was a lover of people and kids, with some anxiety issues. Ninja is a happy-go-lucky cat, and very sweet. Their intense connection left Ninja depressed when Maggie passed away.

“It took over a week for Ninja to grieve,” said Sandi.

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists and a board member of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals, firmly believes animals are thinking, attentive beings capable of complicated emotions, such as love and grief. Ethology, the scientific and objective study of animal behavior, is his guide of study.

Dr. Dodman believes having a basic understanding of ethology is important to pet owners and may help them understand typical behavior for their pet. Feuding cats may have territory concerns. Timid dogs may have experienced early trauma.  Understanding a pet’s normal behavior helps us determine if something is wrong with them when their behavior changes.

So it’s time to dispel the old myth that dogs and cats can’t get along, or that our pets can’t form tight bonds with other animals. While not every canine and feline will become best friends, it’s not out of the ordinary for them, or other pairs of pets, to become connected.

The bonds between animal best buds are strong and the emotions that pets experience because of them are very much real. Bring your pet to Purr’n Pooch and make friends for a lifetime.

Photo above left: Lucy, left, and Farrah are best of pals at Purr’n Pooch
Photo above right: Maggie, left, and her best friend Ninja

Pets Beat the Heat This August at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts



Our friends are having a “pawsome” summer at Purr’n Pooch! Beat the heat with us all through August. Your pup is invited to stay the day or overnight. He or she can play games with friends in our pools, water parks and playgrounds, or enjoy some R&R with our spa and grooming professionals and in our air conditioned suites. From massages to spa baths, grooming and a Piña Colada spa special, we’re at the ready to indulge your pet. Make it a guilt free summer; don’t leave your pet behind while on vacation or at the beach. Bring him to Purr’n Pooch for some summer fun of his own!


PNP-CC-August-Best-OfThe Asbury Park Press is now accepting votes for their annual Best of the Best 2015 Readers Choice Contest! Vote for Purr ‘N Pooch Pet Resorts in the Pet Services: Boarding, Grooming, Training category (People & Services)! The contest is open for online voting now at until August 14, 2015. Printed ballots will be in the newspaper every Wednesday and Sunday until August 12.The winners will be announced after all the votes are counted in October.


Tuesday, August 11 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, August 12 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pups in boarding and daycare will enjoy treats and games on the playground as they celebrate the birthdays of their friends born in the month of August. The theme for this month is a Pool Party and dogs will enjoy some water sports, treats and dog-friendly birthday cake. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, August 12 ~ 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Channel Club, Monmouth Beach, NJ
Join us for a charitable evening to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and its grantees. Beautiful views of the Shrewsbury River, music by Bobby Bandiera, a raw bar by Lusty Lobster, dinner, dancing, raffles and games. $100 per person. Purchase tickets at

Tuesday, August 18 ~ 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Purr’n Pooch will be participating in Dog Days, which are held on Monmouth Street in Red Bank on the third Tuesday of the month. Monmouth Street will be closed from Broad to Drummond and feature take-out dining and dog-friendly activities hosted by local animal charities and businesses including Purr’n Pooch. Come visit our table!

Congratulations to Zeppelin, winner of our “Paws” for Summer Photo Contest! We love how adventurous the little guy is trying to stay cool this summer. Zeppelin will receive a basket of Purr’n Pooch retail items and a complimentary spa bath. Thank you to all who entered our contest and voted for the winner.


Our retail spaces in Tinton Falls and Wall conveniently offer summer goodies like frozen yogurt sandwiches by Jodes Happy Tails, a cookie bar with Fat Murray’s Peanut Butter summer themed cookies, and Stella & Chewy’s treats (beef or chicken). All of our treats are made in the U.S.A. and available for purchase on-the-go or can be added to your pet’s bill while staying with us. Fat Murray’s Cookies: $2.25 each, Jode’s Yogurt: $5 each, Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch: $13 per bag.

Our Piña Colada summer spa special will leave your pet smelling fresh and clean. You’ll be yearning for the islands with every pass of your pup! The spa special, great for all breeds, includes a shampoo, teeth brushing and cologne spray.The shampoo conditions and adds body and luster to all coat types. It contains Contains pro-vitamin B-5, which promotes long lasting moisturization, improves manageability, improves conditioning to a damaged coat and provides for a fuller and more luxurious shine. $25 plus price of grooming or bath.

For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email



August 17 ~ National Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 26 ~ National Dog Day
August 30 ~ National Holistic Pet Day

For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email