Archives for September 2015

NJ Betsy’s Law a Step Forward for Pets but More Change Needed

Betsy's Law should be amended to require 24-hour supervision at all animal care facilities

“Anyone that takes on the responsibility of caring for pets should take on the responsibility of caring for them in a responsible way.”

Betsy the Rottweiler was still a pup, just 16 months old when she accidentally hung herself in a kennel at a veterinarian’s office. Betsy had gone in for routine eye surgery and was recovering when the incident happened. Her owner, Madeleine Kayser, was told that her beloved dog would need to recover from her surgery and that she would need overnight care. Betsy was wearing an unbreakable collar and hung herself. Kayser worked for eight years to get a protective law signed in the state of New Jersey mandating that veterinary offices and animal hospitals post if they do not offer 24-hour supervision. The law, known as Betsy’s Law, was signed into law September 15. (Story here from CBS New York)

Dick Palazzo, owner of Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts with 45 years experience in the pet care industry, feels the newly signed Betsy’s Law is a good start, but the law should take pet care a step further. Dick believes that any animal care facility (veterinary and animal hospitals, boarding and kennel facilities, pet sitters) should be required to provide 24-hour supervision of animals.

“The unforeseen can happen, and there needs to be someone there who can handle an emergency situation,” said Dick. “To provide proper care, we in the pet care industry have a responsibility to stand up for these pets who can’t stand up for themselves.”

According to Kayser, 90 percent of vet offices and animal hospitals in New Jersey do not have 24-hour care. Dick backs this statistic up, saying that very few pet care facilities offer 24-hour supervision for pets staying overnight.

“You wouldn’t leave your small child alone, so why are we allowing our pets to be left alone for 12 hours?” said Dick. “Especially after a surgery or a procedure that requires monitoring. Anyone that takes on the responsibility of caring for pets should take on the responsibility of caring for them in a professional way.”

Dick believes that when it comes to the care of our beloved pets, the best and most competent practice is 24-hour care, whether the location is a hospital, boarding facility, or pet sitter service. Purr’n Pooch provides staff on-site 24 hours a day to care for any pets staying overnight in both his Tinton Falls and Wall pet resorts.

“We recognize that different pets have different reactions to situations,” says Dick. “A dog may be terrified of a thunderstorm and our staff is trained to recognize the signs of distress and can handle the situation accordingly. If there’s no one there to witness distress, no care can be given.”

Dick believes that Betsy’s Law is a good start in informing the public of the issues that can occur at pet care facilities, but that a stricter and more specific law is needed. He commends the work that Kayser and the Lt. Gov. have done to move toward better and safer care for pets.

“As pet care providers, it is our responsibility to give our pets the best, most thorough care possible,” said Dick. “And this requires 24-hour supervision.”

If you feel the same, please consider writing your local elected officials.

Image courtesy of Christine and David Schmitt | Flickr

Back to the Pool at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts!



September may have the kids heading back to school, but at Purr’n Pooch our friends are back in the pool. Our freshwater pools are filled daily and available for your dog’s enjoyment through the end of the month. As long as the weather is warm, outdoor fun in daycare and boarding will include playground games and swims in our water parks. We also have agility classes for students heading back to training. Our classes are stress-free and fun for owner and pet.

Don’t forget to also come by and indulge your best friend in an apple scented shampoo and spa treatment. Lots of activities to wag a tail about this month at Purr’n Pooch!

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


Tuesday, September 15 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, September 16 ~ 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 September. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

Monday, September 21 ~11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
FINS has partnered with the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals to help raise money for a great cause. Visit any FINS location on Monday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., show our event flyer on your phone, and a portion of your check will go to the foundation.
Learn more and download the flyer >

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Starting September 12
No matter the breed of dog you have, you and your four legged furry friends can enjoy the fun of agility together. Agility4Fun is designed for all dogs and their owners to enjoy the sport of agility. Agility at Purr’n Pooch is all about fun. It’s a different way for you to exercise your dog and it’s good exercise for you too. It’s great if you want to take your basic training to the next level, we have the course for you. 6 weeks is $200, plus tax or drop-ins welcome. Cost: $35 per class. Email to enroll.


Buy a 30 day pass get a free bath.  Free bath must be used by October 31.




Retail is 50% off all summer collars, leashes, and harnesses.




Treat your pup to a rejuvenating fall spa treatment. Our Professional Pet Products® AromaCare™ Clarifying Apple Shampoo gently removes dulling deposits and built-up impurities, using naturally cleansing apple extracts. It revitalizes the coat, leaving it soft, smooth, shiny with the fragrant luscious scent of fresh-cut green apples. Teeth brushing included. $25 plus price of grooming or bath.

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


PNP-CC-September-DisasterSeptember ~ National Disaster Preparedness Month
For important information on creating a disaster plan for your pet and family, visit the American Red Cross website >




PNP-CC-September-MemorialSeptember 13 ~ National Pet Memorial Day

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

Make Your Dog a Big Part of Your Wedding Day

Latonya and Timothy Brennan with Churchill at their wedding reception. The Brennans chose Purr’n Pooch to help them care for Churchill on their big day.

It’s your special day. You’re marrying the love of your life. Your friends and family are surrounding you in celebration of your big day. So why not take a few moments to celebrate with your furry friends as well? 

Couples are increasingly choosing to make their four-legged friends part of their wedding ceremonies. From carrying the rings down the aisle to flower girls leading dogs on a leash to the bride and groom, pets are a vital part of the special day. 

Ryan and Sarah Taggart made sure to include their border collie, Angus, in their ceremony. Angus was front and center during the vow exchange, watching mom and dad unite in marriage. Then Ryan and Sarah walked down the aisle as husband and wife with Angus right by their side. 

“Angus is the third member of our family, and we wanted to walk out as a complete family,” said Sarah.  “I met Angus the same night I met Ryan. Having him in our wedding was really important to both of us. He was on our engagement photo shoot and spent most of our wedding day with us.”  

Just as the bride and groom primps for the big day, pups need special grooming too, and Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts excels at getting your handsome pup ready for the ceremony. The resort will handle, transport, groom and board your dog for the special occasion so you can concentrate on prepping for your wedding. 

Latonya Brennan knew her wedding wouldn’t be complete without her bulldog Churchill, so she and her now husband Timothy turned to Purr’n Pooch to make that happen. 

“He’s our only child, so we wanted him to be a part of our wedding day,” said Latonya. “He’s such a significant part of our lives, all of our guests were expecting to see him there.” 

Churchill, a four-year-old pooch who loves to play and hang out with his friends, was treated like royalty the day of the Brennan wedding by the staff at Purr’n Pooch. The pup was given a bath and groomed for the big day and fitted with a classy tie and matching leash. Then Connor Kelly, a kennel technician at Purr’n Pooch, transported him to the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank for the reception. 

“Purr’n Pooch went above and beyond to accommodate all of our needs,” said Latonya. “Churchill wasn’t allowed to be in the hotel, so when it started to rain Connor stayed outside with him through the short shower. He even stuck around with Churchill so we could take photos before taking our pup back to the resort.” 

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Ryan and Sarah Taggart knew they wanted their pup Angus with them during their special day. Dogs are increasingly becoming part of wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Connor, who has been working at Purr’n Pooch for more than a year, is the designated pet transporter for pet wedding services booked through the resort. But that’s not all he does on the big day. He also stays at the ceremony or reception to help with anything the happy new couple and their pup need. 

“I’ll stay within shouting distance so I can help with pictures or anything else they request,” said Connor. “I try to go the extra mile for our clients. I’d even stand out in the snow if I had to.” 

Now that’s dedication. 

And that dedication and passion is how Latonya knew she could trust Purr’n Pooch with Churchill on her big day. 

“He plays such a significant role in who we are, he is part of our family,” said Latonya. “Not to have him there would have been devastating, and Purr’n Pooch made it happen for us.” 

And the great service didn’t stop after the reception ended. When Latonya came to pick up Churchill after his stay, there was a special package waiting for the new bride. 

“It was a Purr’n Pooch coffee mug, and I use it every day!” said Latonya. 

Purr’n Pooch understands just how important weddings are, and how important it is for beloved dogs to share in the celebration. 

“Pets are just as important as any family member in my eyes,” said Connor. “And one of the biggest thing you can do in your life is get married. It’s a no-brainer that you’d want your best friend there.” 

So if you want your furry friend to be a big part of your big day, let Purr’n Pooch take care of the details so you can focus on your other Mr. or Mrs. Right. Purr’n Pooch offers several wedding packages for you and your pup. Email for a complete list of packages and prices.