Love Celebrating the Holidays with Your Pet? Let Purr’n Pooch’s Groomers Introduce You To The Fun, Happy World of Creative Grooming

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Ready or not… the holiday season is here. A string of celebrations is upon us from the tongue-in-cheek ghoulishness of Halloween to the warmth of family and community-centered Thanksgiving gatherings. Then we jump right into the heart of winter when peace, goodwill and renewal are welcomed during Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and New Years. At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, we love to celebrate them all. And, if you’re like us, your celebrations always include the pets.

Many of us honor long-held traditions, while scouring Pinterest and Instagram for ideas to add something new and distinctive – something that distinguishes this year’s holidays from years’ past. At Purr’n Pooch, our groomers make the holidays unique for their own dogs and for clients thanks to the relatively new art of Creative Grooming.

Creative Grooming is a specialized service that transforms a pet’s natural look into a highly personalized style that brings out their “WOW” factor.  And it’s much easier than squeezing them into those uncomfortable, sequined costumes.

Creative Grooming is the perfect solution for families that want to give their pets the chance to engage with us in a very special way. Tattoos (using stencil designs shaved right into a pet’s coat then dyed) are popular choices for pet makeovers with some of the most requested designs representing pop-culture tastes and trends. According to Dana Dougherty, senior groomer at Purr’n Pooch for the past 15 years, Captain America’s shield and any of the iconic Star Wars images are in high demand right now.

“For the holidays,” Dana says, “We get a lot of families asking for both traditional and more personalized designs.  Lots of designs simply recall favorite colors and images from family celebrations, say – browns, golds and oranges for Thanksgiving, and reds, greens, blues and silver for the winter. Other people want to see Darth Vader wearing an elf hat!”

Whether you choose a tattoo design or a stunning hair style, cut and dyed in fantastic, eye-popping shades and shapes to elicit exclamations – this amazing makeover for your fur-baby is possible in a pampering spa experience that is specifically designed to be reassuring and low-stress for the dog or cat.

In addition to holiday and celebration looks designed to celebrate a specific event, other popular looks include mohawks and tri-color patterns. Dye designs typically last for 10-15 washings. All of the dyes used at Purr’n Pooch are guaranteed not to bleed or run onto fabric or clothes. On average, clients should allow from 3-4 hours for a Creative Grooming appointment as it is typically combined with other spa and grooming services.

“During a grooming consultation, we talk with the owners about their vision and any special considerations that are important to making the experience as fun and relaxing as possible for both pet and their family.  We make sure to ask about any allergies or sensitivities – either for the pet or for their human family members.” Dana says.  “Yes, we absolutely ask about human allergies and sensitivities, too. At Purr’n Pooch, we use only the highest quality, organic and most gentle products, and we always take our clients, both four-legged and two-legged, as a package.”

Purr’n Pooch offers Creative Grooming for clients in both our Tinton Falls and Wall locations. Clients are encouraged to come in for a consultation, but if you’re thinking Halloween — make plans for next year.

“We fill our bookings several weeks in advance of any holiday,” says Dougherty.  “Anyone interested in this service for Thanksgiving and the winter season should contact us right away to schedule a consultation and make sure we can fit them in.”

To schedule a creative grooming consultation or to learn more about any of our pet care and grooming services call:
Tinton Falls 732-842-4949
Wall: 732-528-8100

Autumn is Pawesome at Purr’n Pooch

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Autumn is “pawesome” at Purr’n Pooch! This month, our guests will enjoy the cooler weather playing with friends on our dozens of playground. It’s also a month full of Halloween costume contests and parties, a pumpkin spice spa special and a First Aid Class in honor of National Animal Safety and Protection Month.

To book your dog or cat’s boarding, daycare, training or spa and grooming visit, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

Call us in Tinton Falls at 732-842-4949 or in Wall at 732-528-8100 to make your pet’s reservation. Be sure to also reserve your pet’s stay now for the holidays.

EVENTS

pnp-cc-october-birhdayOCTOBER BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, October 11 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, October 12 ~ Wall
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pups in boarding and daycare will enjoy treats and games on our playgrounds as they celebrate the birthdays of their friends born in October.

pnp-cc-october-halloween-partyHALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY
Tuesday, October 25 ~ 7:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Tinton Falls and Wall Locations
Our guests have a howling good time at our annual Halloween party! They will bob for bones, chase ghosts on the playground, and play with friends. We also host a costume contest and the winner is awarded a day of daycare.

pnp-cc-october-halloween-photoHALLOWEEN PHOTO CONTEST
Enter your pet’s pic in Purr’n Pooch’s Halloween Facebook Photo Contest! Submit your pet’s best costume photo October 10 – 19 to info@purrnpooch.com. We will post all entries in an album on Purr’n Pooch’s Facebook page. Invite your friends to like your photo on Purr’n Pooch’s Facebook page through November 1 at 10 p.m. Photo with the most “likes” wins a one-night stay with personal playtime.

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FIRST AID CLASS
Sunday, October 23 ~ 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Join our staff for a First Aid Class with First Aid & CPR, LLC in honor of National Animal Safety and Protection Month. Cost is $45. Email info@purrnpooch.com to register.

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BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Sunday, October 9 ~ 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join us at the Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall Street in Eatontown, for the annual Blessing of the Animals event featuring all animals, faiths, food trucks, entertainment and over 40 vendors including Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts.

PROMOTIONS

pnp-cc-october-wag-on-innWAG ON INN FUNDRAISER & PET COSTUME CONTEST
Saturday, October 29 ~ 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hosted by RFH Paws and Claws Club
Join us at a fundraiser and costume contest for Wag On Inn at the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School baseball fields. Vendors, music and food.

 

pnp-cc-october-spaSPA SPECIAL: PUMPKIN SPICE
Our gentle, conditioning Pumpkin Spice Shampoo gently cuts through dirt without stripping natural oils and infusing your pet’s coat with aloe and sunflower oil. Special also includes Pumpkin Spice spray and teeth brushing. $18.00 plus cost of grooming or bath.

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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October ~ Adopt A Dog Month
October ~ Pit Bull Awareness Month
October ~ National Animal Safety and Protection Month
October ~ National Service Dog Month
October 1-7 ~ National Walk Your Dog Week
October 4 ~ World Animal Day
October 16 ~ National Feral Cat Day
October 24 ~ National Pit Bull Appreciation Day
October 23 ~ First Aid Class
October 29 ~ National Cat Day
October 31 ~ Happy Halloween

To book your dog or cat’s boarding, daycare, training or spa and grooming visit, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

View the full menu of rates and services. >

September Brings Pups to the Purr’n Pooch Playground

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September may have the kids heading back to school, but at Purr’n Pooch our friends are back to the playground. Our daycare and boarding dogs love to learn, play and socialize with friends all over the dozens of supervised playgrounds and water parks we have designed specifically for their enjoyment. From games of chase with dogs that share their personality and temperament to down time hanging with our staff, we help you to keep your dog’s mind stimulated all day long.

September is also Happy Healthy Cat Month and one of the biggest myths about cats is that they can be left for long periods of time without socialization. At Purr’n Pooch, we have created a custom cattery to meet our feline friends’ social needs with rock walls and shelves for playing and lots of TLC from staff who visit them throughout the day and night.

Call us in Tinton Falls at 732-842-4949 or in Wall at 732-528-8100 to make your pet’s reservation. Be sure to also reserve your pet’s stay now for the holidays.

EVENTS

pnp-cc-september-birthdaySEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, September 13 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, September 14 ~ Wall
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 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.

pnp-cc-september-gala7TH ANNUAL PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION SUMMER GALA
Thank you to everyone who joined us August 17 at the The Channel Club in Monmouth Beach for this special evening, which raised $80,000 for animal charity.
Read about the evening and view photos >

PROMOTIONS

pnp-cc-september-spaSPA SPECIAL: ARGAN OIL
Indulge your dog in an Argan shampoo with fresh apple and lily botanical splash, and teeth brushing. Great for a renewing a luxurious coat after a summer of fun in the sun and water. Good for all breeds. $18 plus price of grooming or bath.

 

 

pnp-cc-september-refer-friendREFER A FRIEND
Refer a friend a get a $5 coupon towards your next visit (excludes retail).

 

 

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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September ~ Happy Healthy Cat Month
September ~ Senior Pet Month
September ~ National Disaster Preparedness Month
Sunday, September 4 ~ National Wildlife Day
Monday, September 5 ~ Labor Day
Thursday, September 8 ~ Iguana Awareness Day
Sunday, September 11 ~ National Pet Memorial Day
Tuesday, September 13 ~ National Hug Your Hound Day
Friday, September 23 ~ Dogs in Politics Day

To book your dog or cat’s boarding, daycare, training or spa and grooming visit, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

View the full menu of rates and services. >

Purr’n Pooch Foundation Sunset Summer Gala Raises $80,000 to Support Animals in Need

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The seventh annual Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals Sunset Summer Gala took place on August 17, 2016 at The Channel Club in Monmouth Beach, NJ. The event drew 350 people and raised $80,000 to support the animal rescue and rehabilitation work of the Foundation’s grantees.

Since 2010, Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals has awarded dozens of grants to non-profit animal rescue and welfare organizations since its founding, ensuring that organizations helping animals in need are getting proper funding and help from outside sources. The Foundation awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal and marine mammal rescue and welfare organizations. Funds raised from the gala will help continue to support these heroic organizations.

The Sunset Summer Gala featured a night of dinner and dancing with a raw bar from The Lusty Lobster, music from The Bobby Bandiera Band, a silent auction, raffles and games. Event sponsors included  Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, Builders General, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Court Liquors, Rook Coffee, O’Brien Realty, Garden State Veterinary Specialists Pet Hospital, Muse Designworks, Marketing Rival, The Monmouth Journal, Perspirology, Happy Tails Veterinary Hospital, Bagel Masters, Delta Heating & Cooling, Family First Urgent Care, Wines ‘Til Sold Out, Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary, K Shaw Construction, Komar Products, Healing Point Acupuncture, Boynton & Boynton: Insurance Professionals, Tommy’s Tap & Tavern, Small Factory Productions, Neptune Market, UMT Presents, LLC, Pitti Bimi, Poor Cat Designs, Davison, Eastman & Munoz, and Cleve.

See Craig Alkin’s photos >

See Tom Zapcic’s photos >

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is a volunteer-run, grant-making organization dedicated to providing financial support and educational resources to animal rescue groups and organizations across the United States. The Foundation is committed to helping passionate organizations and non-profits working for animal welfare pursue their worthy missions. Regardless of species served, the Foundation supports those deserving organizations who do so much with so little.

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ Board of Trustees meets monthly and grants are reviewed on an on-going basis. Grantees are selected after careful review of applications and are distributed in February at the Foundation’s Grantee Breakfast. Applicants will be notified by January 1st if they have been selected for a grant. Visit purrnpoochfoundation.org for more information or to apply for a grant.

When You’re Beachside, Your Pet Can Be Poolside

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Make it a guilt free summer; don’t leave your pet behind while on vacation or at the beach. Bring them to Purr’n Pooch for some summer fun of their own! Pets play games with friends in our fresh water pools, water parks and playgrounds, or enjoy some R&R with our spa and grooming professionals and siestas in our air conditioned suites. From massages to spa baths, grooming and a Piña Colada spa special, we’re ready to indulge your pets.

Hurry, and book your pet’s summer fun with us! Our pools are open through mid-September and sometimes longer depending on the weather. Call us in Tinton Falls at 732-842-4949 or in Wall at 732-528-8100.

EVENTS

PNP-CC-August-BirthdayAUGUST BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, August 9 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, August 10 ~ Wall
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 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. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

PNP-CC-PNPFA-GalaSAVE THE DATE:
7TH ANNUAL PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION SUMMER GALA
Wednesday, August 17 ~ 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Channel Club ~ Monmouth Beach, NJ
Join us for this special evening by the river to raise funds for animal charity! Music by Bon Jovi rhythm guitarist Bobby Bandiera, raw bar by The Lusty Lobster, dinner, dancing, raffles, auction and games. $125 per person ($150 at door).
Learn more and purchase tickets>

EVENTS

PNP-CC-August-SpaSPA SPECIAL: PIÑA COLADA
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! Shampoo is formulated to clean, condition and moisturize all coat types. Good for all breeds. Contains panthenol (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. Extra natural
coat conditioning is derived from wheat protein.
$18 plus price of grooming or bath.

PNP-CC-August-Service-DayINTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE DOG WEEK
August 2 – 8
To honor International Assistance Dog Week, 15% off baths for all certified service dogs.

 

 

 

PNP-CC-August-International-Cat-DayINTERNATIONAL CAT DAY
Week of August 8-14
To honor cats, free text pictures for all cats in honor of International Cat Day.

 

 

 

PNP-CC-August-DozerPAWS FOR SUMMER PHOTO CONTEST
Congratulations to Dozer, winner of our “Paws” for Summer Photo Contest! Dozer will receive a two night complimentary stay in our luxury guest room including playtime. Thank you to all who entered.

 

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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August 2-8 ~ International Assistance Dog Week
Monday, August 8 ~ International Cat Day
Wednesday, August 17 ~ National Black Cat Appreciation Day
Friday, August 26 ~ National Dog Day
Sunday, August 28 ~ Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Tuesday, August 30 ~ National Holistic Pet Day

To book your dog or cat’s boarding, daycare, training or spa and grooming visit, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

View the full menu of rates and services. >

Purr’n Pooch Swimming Lessons Give Dogs the Confidence to Get in the Water

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Did you know not all dogs can swim? It’s true.

While paddling through the water comes naturally for some canines, not every breed is inclined to jump in and swim.

Jaime Plantamura, a swim instructor at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, knows that it can take certain pups some time to feel comfortable in the water. That’s why she takes special time to make sure each and every dog that comes to Purr’n Pooch for swimming lessons gets individual attention and specialized lessons.

“Retrievers, labs and water dogs are at home in the water, but smaller dogs can have problems getting used to swimming,” said Jaime. “Every dog is different and they all have different needs for their personalities.”

So when James and Margaret Blumenstock of Brielle were concerned that their Cockapoo Daisy would drown in their inground pool, they came to Purr’n Pooch.

“When we got Daisy our pool was covered and Daisy saw it as a hammock and a big trampoline,” said James. “We didn’t want her to be at risk when the pool was uncovered in the summer since she had never been exposed to it.”

The Blumenstock’s had an acquaintance whose dog drowned in an inground pool, and they wanted to take precautions so that wouldn’t happen to Daisy. So at just 9 months old, Daisy began swimming lessons with Jaime.

“Our biggest concern was having Daisy be comfortable in a water environment if she was thrust into it,” said James. “You can’t always rely on instinct to kick in in a life-threatening situation.”

Fortunately, Daisy progressed steadily for never being in the water, and is now comfortable with swimming if the need ever arises.

To get pups started out in the water, Jaime and the other swim instructors at Purr’n Pooch pay careful attention to each dog’s reaction to the water. If they seem timid, Jaime tries to play with them near the water and on the steps to get them comfortable. The pups need to get accustomed to the noises and feel of the water before being fully submerged.

“A lot of it has to do with myself as well,” said Jaime. “They have to feel comfortable with me and trust me before they’ll even let me take them in the water.”

Jaime tries to make each lesson fun for the dogs, giving them treats to help with their adjustment. Dogs wear life jackets to help ease them into the water, where natural inclination allows them to start paddling without panicking.

“You can explain to a child what you’re doing when you’re teaching them to swim, but not to a dog,” said Jaime. “I try to be encouraging the entire time.”

And that encouragement worked with the now 1-year-old Daisy.

“The first time I brought her into the pool I carried her in and laid her gently in the water,” said James. “She was comfortable and didn’t panic at all. It’s a survival skill that I hope she never has to use, but she has it now.”

Purr’n Pooch offers aquatic exercise sessions in an indoor spa pool located in Wall, NJ. Experienced pet care technicians care and comfort pups with ease and patience. Swimming, games, and other exercise routines are part of the fun as dogs learn to move and play gently in the warm spa waters. Introduce your dog to the water correctly to build confidence, increase fitness and promote good health all while having fun. Private sessions are available and the pool setting is calm and quiet – ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation.

“Purr’n Pooch is great and we were very happy with the way Daisy learned there,” said James. “The swimming lessons exceeded our expectations.”

For more information on aquatic services offered at Purr’n Pooch, click here.

When You’re Beachside Your Pet Can be Poolside at Purr’n Pooch

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At Purr’n Pooch, we know that summer is a busy time for pets and people alike. When your pets are not at home having fun in the sun with you, they’re enjoying the long list of summer activities from swimming to pet parties here at Purr’n Pooch.

Hurry, and book your pet’s summer fun with us! Our pools are open through mid-September and sometimes longer depending on the weather. Call us in Tinton Falls at 732-842-4949 or in Wall at 732-528-8100.

PNP-CC-July-FireworksNATIONAL LOST PETS’ PREVENTION MONTH & JERSEY SHORE FIREWORKS
Note that July is National Lost Pets Prevention Month so we’ve created a list of fireworks displays across the NJ shore so you can prepare and keep your pets safe. Each year thousands of pets escape from yards and homes.
Get the list >

EVENTS

PNP-CC-July-BirthdayJULY BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, July 12 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, July 13 ~ Wall
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 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 July. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

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PNP-CC-July-Gala7TH ANNUAL PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION SUMMER GALA
Wednesday, August 17 ~ 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Channel Club ~ Monmouth Beach, NJ
Join us for this special evening by the river to raise funds for animal charity! Music by Bon Jovi rhythm guitarist Bobby Bandiera, raw bar by The Lusty Lobster, dinner, dancing, raffles, auction and games. $100 per person until July 17 ($125 after July 17 ~ $150 at door).
Learn more and purchase tickets>

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-July-Photo-ContestFACEBOOK SUMMER PHOTO CONTEST
Enter your pet’s pics in Purr’n Pooch “Paws” for Summer Fun Photo Contest! Go to Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts on Facebook and post your pics on our wall or enter your pics on Instagram tagging @PurrnPooch and using the hashtag #PNPPawsforSummer. Enter your photos through Sunday, July 17. One winner will be announced on Monday, July 18. Prize is a two night complimentary stay in our luxury guest room including playtime.

PNP-CC-July-SpaSPA SPECIAL: BARK FOR BLUEBERRIES
A brighter coat and relaxing spa bath are just what you pet needs for summer. Our special July package includes blueberry shampoo, blueberry conditioner, blueberry facial, teeth brushing, and long-lasting blueberry cologne. Cost is $25 plus cost of bath or grooming.

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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Monday, July 4 ~ Office Open 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., Boarding Pets Supervised 24 hours
Friday, July 15 ~ National Pet Fire Safety Day, Sticker Giveaways
Sunday, July 31 ~ National Mutt Day

To book your dog or cat’s boarding, daycare, training or spa and grooming visit, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

View the full menu of rates and services. >

Splishin’ and A-splashin’ at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts

June-Main-ImageSAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS!

We’re splishin’ and a-splashin’ at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts this month and we invite your pet to join us! Our daycare and boarding dogs are enjoying their time outdoors playing with friends in our fresh water pools and spacious playgrounds. We also have a host of events and promotions planned. They include a BOGO pool pass promotion, spa special, birthday parties, and Coconut Lime spa treatment.

It’s also Adopt a Cat Month and at Purr’n Pooch we adore our feline friends and offer many services to accommodate their needs and care. Learn more >

Visit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals website for a list of organizations that focus on cat rescue and adoption >

EVENTS

PNP-CC-June-BirthdayJUNE BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, June 14~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, June 15~ Wall
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 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 June. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

PNP-CC-June-Fathers-DayHAPPY FATHER’S DAY
Sunday, June 19
Fathers will receive a special gift when dropping off or picking up their pets.

 

 

PNP-CC-June-Hug-Your-Cat-DayHUG YOUR CAT DAY
Saturday, June 4
To celebrate, post pics of your cat on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram at #PNPHugYourCatDay.

 

 

PNP-CC-June-GalaSAVE THE DATE:
7TH ANNUAL PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION SUMMER GALA
Wednesday, August 17 ~ 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Channel Club ~ Monmouth Beach, NJ
Join us on for this special evening by the river to raise funds for animal charity! Music by Bon Jovi rhythm guitarist Bobby Bandiera, raw bar by The Lusty Lobster, dinner, dancing, raffles, auction and games. $100 per person until July 17 ($125 after July 17 ~ $150 at door).
Learn more and purchase tickets>

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-June-Pool-BOGORESORT: POOL BOGO
For boarding pets, buy a one day pool pass and get the second for free. Inquire about the special when you register.

 

 

PNP-CC-June-Spa-SpecialSPA SPECIAL: TROPICAL STYLE
Indulge your pet in a relaxing and moisturizing coconut lime verbena shampoo, kiwi coconut conditioner, tropical spritz and teeth brushing. $18 when added to grooming or bath visit.

 

POSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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June ~ Adopt a Cat Month
June ~ National Pet Preparedness Month
Friday, June 3, 6-8 p.m. ~ Yappy Hour, Ocean County Park
Saturday, June 4 ~ Hug Your Cat Day
Thursday, June 9 ~ World Pet Memorial Day

To book your dog or cat’s boarding, daycare, training or spa and grooming visit, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

View the full menu of rates and services. >

Protect Your Pets This Fourth of July

 

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Who doesn’t love Fourth of July and summer fireworks? Your pet might not. Dogs, cats and other animals can get spooked easily by the loud bang of fireworks, and it’s our job to do whatever we can to help keep them safe. Animals may get scared or confused when the unexpected bang occurs, causing them to run away in fright, or otherwise injure themselves out of fear.

Here are some tips to help keep our animal friends safe during the Fourth of July and summer fireworks:

  1. Give pets a safe environment from the loud noises. Dogs often like to be in a small space when they feel frightened, such as their crate or dog bed. Cats routinely hide in closets or under beds during fireworks. Make sure you know where your furry friends are before and after the fireworks display.
  2. In or outdoors, avoid leaving pets alone during fireworks. If you must leave pets alone, make sure all windows and doors are securely shut. Familiar noises like the T.V., a fan or the air conditioner can help lessen the stress of the loud noises.
  3. If your pet seems scared, avoid punishment and speak calmly and cheerfully. Give pets a distraction from the loud booms with a KONG®toy full of treats. At Purr’n Pooch we fill the toy up with treats then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer. Pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter then get to the treat. Specific treats are made for pet relaxation. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations, we have Pet Naturals Vermont Calming Treats for all kinds of pets (a full supply of calming treats will be available June 15). All Natural Bully Sticks  are a good alternative.
  4. Gentle pressure can help relieve anxiety. If a furry friend feels stressed, a wrap fastened around the midsection can calm the nervous system through a hug-like pressure. We suggest using Thundershirt, available at both Purr’n Pooch locations in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.
  5. Don’t forget about the ears. Our pets are sensitive to loud noises just like us, and Mutt MuffsHearing Protection for dogs is a great way to protect hearing. The muffs are comfortable, lightweight and come with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for the highest level of comfort. Make sure to supervise your pooch while the muffs are on.
  6. ID your pet. Make sure all your pets have an ID tag or microchip so they can be returned to your loving home if they escape.
  7. Educate yourself. Make sure you know when your community and surrounding area is having fireworks displays so you can be prepared to protect your pets.

Here is a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 1 at 9:45 p.m.

  • Manasquan Fireworks: July 1 at dark

  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 3 & 4 at 9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

  •  Bradley Beach Fireworks Display: July 3 at 9 p.m.

  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 at dark

  • Asbury Park Independence Day Fireworks: July 4 at dusk

  •  LBI Fireworks: July 4 at dusk

  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest & Fireworks: July 4 at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Ocean City Fireworks: July 4 at dark

  • Point Pleasant Fireworks at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk: July 4 at dark

  • Sea Isle City Independence Day Concert & Fireworks: July 4 at 7:30 p.m.

  •  Seaside Heights Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 4 at 10 p.m.

    Weekly Displays:

  •  Seaside Heights: Every Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. in July and August

  •    Point Pleasant Beach: Every Thursday night at dark in July and August

  •  Wildwood: Every Friday night at 10 p.m. in July and August

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. Remember to take care of our furry friends so we can all be safe and enjoy the summer.

Three-legged Dogs Enjoy the Sweet Rescue Life

Threeleggeddogs

They can run and play just as well as four-legged dogs. And especially love just as much or more. Three-legged dogs have adapted to life as normal, running, jumping and playing just like a dog with four legs.

Four special pups come to Purr’n Pooch for daycare to play with friends or to stay when their parents are away. These dogs hold special places in their parents’ hearts, as well as the staff at Purr’n Pooch who cares for them.

For Naomi, Karma, Lefty and Eddie, life as three-legged dogs has been sweet, thanks to their loving pet parents.

Naomi, a 4-year-old dachshund mix, was rescued by Lilly Lambert from the SPCA in Eatontown, who couldn’t resist her cute face. Lilly, who lives in Tinton Falls, had just lost her dog of 15 years and wasn’t sure if she was ready for another pup. Then she saw Naomi, who has only three legs, and knew it was her destiny to give her a good home.

“I immediately knew she was mine,” said Lilly. “There was just an instant bond with her. There was no adjustment period or getting used to each other period. We fit perfectly from the very beginning.”

For Daniel DeMuro of North Brunswick, it was a life or death situation. His dog Karma, who he rescued while in college, developed bone cancer. He opted to have the leg removed in an effort to save Karma.

“It’s now been over five years and it still baffles vets that Karma beat the odds stacked against him,” said Daniel.

Karma, a mini ridgeback/boxer mix, had a special place in Daniel’s heart before the surgery, and it’s safe to say that love has swelled due to Karma’s incredible resiliency.

“Every day with Karma is special and I realize even more so having almost lost him five years ago,” said Daniel. “It’s wonderful to see him live his life out gracefully, even if only on three legs. In fact, even better on three legs.”

Lefty is another special three-legged pooch who was rescued by Michael Miller and his wife. The two set out to rescue a dog who looked like a miniature version of their own shepherd/pit mix. But when Michael, who lives in Red Bank, noticed Lefty lying in the middle of the floor and laid down with him, it was an instant love.

The now 12-year-old German Shepherd/Akita mix had come to the shelter with his leg attached, but broken. The leg was amputated shortly before the Millers adopted Lefty.

“He had a pretty traumatic event as a puppy, but that hasn’t affected his personality in an adverse way,” said Michael. “He obviously was not treated properly by a previous owner but he still loves humans.”

Justine Keefe of Ocean Township found her three-legged love at Purr’n Pooch, where she works as a groomer. Eddie, formerly known as Romeo, had been rescued from the Dominican Republic by a local vet doing rescue work. Eddie had been hit by a car and his leg had to be amputated. His missing leg would have made it virtually impossible for him to be adopted in the Domincan Republic, so he was brought to New Jersey. Once here, he went through another surgery to remove a broken piece of bone in his hip socket. After several therapy sessions to build strength in his hind leg, Eddie now runs faster than ever before, even outrunning many dogs on the beach.

“What makes Eddie so special is his spirit,” said Justine. “As my neighbor put it, ‘he has every reason to be mad at the world and he isn’t!’ I think he knows he finally hit the jackpot when he came here and he really deserves it.”

Just as much as these spirited pups have had their lives changed by finding compassionate and caring parents, Lilly, Daniel, Michael and Justine are the true lucky ones.

“I feel so happy to have met Eddie,” said Justine. “He gives us so much. He loves us and his big sister, Nellie, and he was a great little brother to Harry, our senior dog who we lost in February. Eddie really compliments our whole family.”

When the Millers look at Lefty they don’t see a dog with special needs. They see a dog with a great personality who is now their family.

“I don’t see it as a big deal since we adopted a dog from a shelter, which is the important part,” said Michael. “He also happens to only have three legs.”

Speaking of personality, Karma is overflowing with it. While often calm and wise, Karma knows how to have a good time.

“Sometimes he can’t keep his joy inside his big personality with lots of energy,” said Daniel. “He lives to give love to others.”

Lilly finds joy in giving love to a dog who needs her.

“She’s so appreciative of the environment I can provide her,” said Lilly. “But she just gets me. She understands my psyche.”

All of these special dogs spend time at Purr’n Pooch, learning to socialize and getting the opportunity to run, jump and play with their pup friends.

Purr’n Pooch has the services and the staff available to care for special needs pets, and the building is adapted to their special needs.

“Living with my own dog Louise, who was an amputee due to cancer, made me understand and realize that animalswith disabilities are not disabled from loving or doing many activities,” said Dick Palazzo, president of Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts.  “Louise gave back in return a love of life that I found unmeasurable to the norm. My passion for Louise and others like her inspired me to develop and build a unique environment at Purr’n Pooch to house and care for all pets, those with special needs, blind, deaf, geriatric, or any pet with a medical misfortune.”

Three-legged pets can live long and healthy lives with minimal adjustment to compensate for their missing limb. If you are interested in adopting a special animal, visit your local animal shelter.