Purr’n Pooch Foundation Helps Provide New Start for Daisy the German Shepherd

Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals

Each year, the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards grants to non-profit animal rescue and welfare organizations, ensuring that organizations helping animals in need are getting proper funding and help from outside sources. Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary was among those animal rescue organizations who received grants from the Foundation in 2015. With the money they received, the shelter was recently able to save an in-need dog from euthanization. Here is her story:

Daisy was found as a stray in the streets of Philadelphia. She came into the shelter with severe ear infections and with a limp and skin condition. The shelter estimated her to be between 7 to 10 years of age.  No one had come to claim Daisy and her time was quickly running out at the shelter. The shelter was overcrowded and because of her size, age and medical conditions, Daisy was on the euthanasia list. Working with Charwill Kennels in Pennsylvania, Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary was able to bring Daisy into their program. When Daisy arrived, she was in good spirits and happy to be able to stretch her legs, pick up a nice big stick and go for a walk.

Daisy’s attitude was good, but her ears were in need of immediate medical care. Her hind area was matted and she had developed a big hot spot on her left hip. Daisy was sedated so that the back of her legs could be shaved and her ears could be cleaned. 

Following her vet visit, Daisy got a much-needed bath. German Shepherds can become stressed in situations like this and Daisy had some intestinal issues as well. After a diet of bland rice, grain-free food, and canned pumpkin, her stomach started to get better.

Daisy has an engaging personality and loves to have humans pay attention to her. She will quickly give kisses showing her affectionate side. Daisy is also very smart.  She will drop a ball or toy when playing fetch and knows her basic commands. Daisy will go into her crate when told, walks well on a leash, and if she sees a nice stick along the way, she will gladly pick it up and proudly keep on walking with it in her mouth.

Daisy is now ready for adoption, looking for her forever home. Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary was able to take Daisy in and afford her medical care because of the grant from Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. Daisy is now able to enjoy her new life.  If you are interested in adopting Daisy, visit her page here.

From Jim Dascoli
President of the Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal and marine mammal rescue and welfare organizations. To apply for a grant, click here.

Therapy Dog on a Mission to Help the Community

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So many dogs have a greater mission in their lives. At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts and the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals we honor animals for their contributions to the community, like a senior dog who saved his family from a fire and military working dogs who work hard to help defend our country. Here’s a story about a pup who comes to Purr’n Pooch daycare who’s making the lives of those in need a little more enjoyable.

Quincy West loves to go where everyone knows his name.  And that place just happens to be Monmouth Medical Center.

The 5-year-old Goldendoodle is a therapy dog, bringing joy and smiles to patients at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. His owner, Fred West, is almost as popular as Quincy in the halls of the hospital.

The two visit twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, walking the halls, visiting waiting rooms and patients who could use a distraction. Visitors see Quincy coming and their faces light up. Petting the pooch brings even more joy.

Fred and his wife Kathi got Quincy when he was just a pup, and took him to a class when he was six months old to begin learning social skills. Then, when Quincy was one, Fred took him to be tested to be a therapy dog.

“I knew I wanted a working breed,” said Fred, a retired high school discipline principal. “I wanted a dog who would have a job and provide a service.”

Quincy is certified through Therapy Dogs International, an organization that certifies and trains dogs and their handlers to visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and other organizations. Fred trained Quincy himself, impressive since Quincy is Fred’s first dog.

“The bonding that takes place when you’re training a dog is tremendous,” said Fred.  Purr’n Pooch can attest with our many clients finding that their training and agility classes with us bring them closer to their pets.

And Quincy is now the epitome of discipline, no doubt in part to Fred’s background as a disciplinary principal. When he’s at the hospital, he rarely barks, never jumps, and always follows Fred’s commands, giving high fives to patients and sitting when told to sit.

therapy dogsWhile on duty, Quincy visits the surgical and obstetrics waiting rooms and cardiac patient unit, but the emotion can be felt most in the pediatric wing. During his most recent visit, Quincy spent time with two children in the hospital who didn’t know when they were going home. By the time Quincy and Fred left the room, the children were grinning from ear to ear, distracted from their situation.

“Seeing the reaction from patients makes all of the hard work worth it and makes you want to continue doing it,” said Fred.

Quincy’s popularity at Monmouth Medical doesn’t stop with the patients. The staff in every department anticipates Quincy’s visits.

“Quincy helps the staff just as much as the patients,” said Xenia Popova, a nurse in the cardiac unit. “We all get so excited when he visits and he puts us in a great mood.”

In fact, Quincy is so popular that he received the Most Congenial Volunteer Award from Monmouth Medical Center two years running. He was even picked to star in a commercial for the medical center’s head of dentistry, Dr. Madeline Badalaty. Watch for it to air soon.

Fred brings Quincy to Purr’n Pooch in Tinton Falls to daycare twice a week so that, in Fred’s words “he doesn’t forget what it’s like to be a dog.” Quincy also gets all his grooming done by Dana at PNP as well.

“Purr’n Pooch is the finest operation of its kind,” said Fred. “The staff and owners are knowledgeable and caring and they really know what it takes to care for people’s pets.”

April 30 is National Therapy Animal Day, created to recognize all the exceptional therapy animals who partner with their owners to bring comfort and healing to those in need. The awareness day is meant to raise awareness and educate the public on the role therapy animals play in enhancing the well-being of those in need and honor the thousands of dedicated therapy animals and handlers who volunteer their time and compassion.

Interested in working with a therapy dog? Contact Therapy Dog International for more information or to get started.

Spring Has Sprung at Purr’n Pooch This April



At Purr’n Pooch we’re celebrating spring with lots of exciting events and promotions. Visit us for fun with friends in daycare, boarding and pampering by our spa and grooming professionals. We also look forward to seeing new and old friends during Spring Break.

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. >


Tuesday, April 12 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, April 13 ~ Wall
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Spring has sprung! Join us for treats and games on the Purr’n Pooch playground as we celebrate our daycare friends born in the month of April.


Throughout the year the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals hosts activities and events to raise funds for charities helping animals in need across the country. Join us and led a paw!


Wednesday, April 13 ~ 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Doors open 6:30 p.m. ~ Painting begins 7:00 p.m.
12 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ
Paint, sip and have fun at the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ Pinot’s Palette Fundraiser! Join us for an unforgettable evening of fun, friends, and fine art where you enjoy the cocktails and we provide the canvases.
Cost $50. BYOB.
Register and pay online >

Monday, May 2 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
12 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ
We invite you to join us for an Alex and Ani Charmed by Charity Event. 15% of all sales will go directly to the Purr’n Pooch Foundation. Enjoy Lite Bites and (+) Energy Punch. RSVP to savelives@purrnpoochfoundation.org.

Wednesday, August 17
The Channel Club ~ Monmouth Beach, NJ
More details to come.
Since 2010 the Foundation has hosted an annual gala that’s open to the public and held at various venues on the Jersey Shore. Past events have included relaxed dockside summer parties to decked out and glamorous ballroom galas. These events not only raise the bar for fun, they also raise lifesaving funds to support the incredible work of our grantees. If interested in volunteering on an event committee or for more information regarding sponsorship, email savelives@purrnpoochfoundation.org.


Indulge your pup in a cactus aloe shampoo, cactus aloe spray and teeth brushing. The aloe and cactus silk extracts will leave your dog’s coat soft and tangle free. Cost $18, plus price of grooming or bath.



We’re hosting our annual pet first aid class in June. If interested in attending, email info@purrnpooch.com. Date, cost and details coming soon.




Wedding Packages
Include your best friend on your wedding day for a walk down the aisle, pictures and more! We will handle, transport, groom and board your pup for the special occasion. Learn more >



April ~ National Greyhound Adoption Month
April ~ National Heartworm Awareness Month
April ~ National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
April ~ Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
April 11 ~ National Pet Day
April 13 ~ Paint and Sip for the Foundation
April 17-23 ~ National Pet ID Week
April 22 ~ Earth Day
April 29 ~ National Kids and Pets Day
April 30 ~ Adopt a Shelter Dog Day
April 30 ~ Monmouth County SPCA Dog Walk. Learn more >

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 Awards 2015 Grantees in Animal Rescue and Welfare


A lot goes into running an animal welfare organization or shelter. There are vet expenses, program and administrative costs, staffing expenses and resource needs. So who helps those organizations working so hard to help animals in need?

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals has awarded more than $100,000 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.

“We are proud of all the hard work that the committee did last year and very thankful for everyone that contributed to make these grants possible,” said Betsy Palazzo, Dudick, President of the Foundation.

The Foundation is thrilled to announce the 10 recipients of its 2015 grants. The grant money is used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects.

Grants were awarded to All Critters Rescue, Inc., All Fur Love Animal Rescue, Inc., American Rescue Dog Corporation, Animal Care Sanctuary, Cat Assistance Network, Inc., Greyhound Friends of NJ, Mid-Atlantic Bulldog Rescue, New Life Boxer Rescue, Oasis Animal Sanctuary and Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary.

In 2010, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, Betsy Palazzo-Dudick and Koren Spadavecchia announced the launch of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Purr’n Pooch Foundation. The Foundation honors their parents, Dick and Mary Palazzo, owners of Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts. Dick and Mary have a passion for animals that runs deep, and their love for animals is apparent by looking at their incredible accomplishments with Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts as well as with animal welfare advocacy.

A few of the 2015 grantees are highlighted below:


Millburn, NJ

Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary rescues senior German Shepherds and finds suitable homes and solutions for them. They provide adoption services in New Jersey, Delaware Valley, Manhattan, Eastern Pennsylvania and Northern New York. The organization also works in assisting other German Shepherd rescue organizations throughout the Northeast, and dog rescue organizations in need of assistance and guidance. Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary believes that older dogs teach compassion and hope, and makes it their mission to find older dogs loving homes.

“This grant allows us to continue to work with special need and older dogs that are harder to place and more likely to be euthanized,” said James Dascoli, founder and president of the Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary. “A lot of the time we don’t have a lot of options, and there is more of a cost from a medical perspective. With this grant we can also increase our reach.”


East Smithfield, PA

Animal Care Sanctuary was founded as a non-profit no-kill organization in 1967 in Tom’s River, NJ, and moved to East Smithfield, PA in 1982. The sanctuary celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2012 and is the nation’s fourth largest no-kill sanctuary, welcoming animals that are deemed “unadoptable” due to illness, injury, age, or those that have struggled to find a home. Residents of Animal Care Sanctuary include dogs, cats, horses, pigs, and birds. They work to find these animals permanent homes but offer lifetime care if this is not possible. The Animal Care Sanctuary also offers animal care workshops, dog training courses including a master’s course, grooming, and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic available to the public five days a week

“We’re excited about this grant because it’s going to purchase “banked cages,” which are stainless steel cages on wheels that will go in our isolation unit,” said Joan Smith-Reese, executive director of the Animal Care Sanctuary. “This spring the cages will be in our nursery, so mommas and babies will live in them. We’ll be able to wheel the cages closer to the windows so people can view the kittens, which will help with adoption. These cages are easy to keep clean, and with 400 pets, cleanliness is our middle name.”


Kenilworth, NJ

New Life Boxer Rescue is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the lives of Boxers who are at risk of being neglected, abused or forced to find new homes for reasons out of their control. Their mission is to provide a safe and loving environment in foster care while seeking a new and permanent home for rescues. The organization provides medical care, including spaying and neutering of all Boxers, treatment for heartworm and Lyme disease, required vaccinations and holistic treatments. New Life Boxer Rescue is committed to matching all dogs with a caring and loving forever home

“We are extremely grateful to the Foundation for their generosity in giving us such a lovely grant,” said Dee Moscoso, president and foster coordinator.  “We are a small rescue and we pride ourselves on the fact that we never turn a dog away based on medical need. It is for this reason that grants like this are such a God-send to our rescue. All of our funding comes from donations and adoption fees and all of that money goes to the veterinary care of the dogs. We have very little other expense and so our dogs are well cared for, in whatever area they need that care.”

The Foundation raises funds for their grant work through special events organized for all ages. Past fundraising efforts have included a Canine Classic 5K Run/Walk, U.S. Military Working Dogs Drive, children’s writing and cartoon contest, and Summer Gala. Upcoming Foundation fundraising events include:


April 13, 2016 ~ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ~ Red Bank, NJ

(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Learn more and register online>


May 2, 2016 ~ 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ~ Red Bank, NJ

15% of sales with benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals

Learn more and RSVP >


August 17, 2016 ~ The Channel Club ~ Monmouth Beach, NJ

Details to come.

Apply for a Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals grant or to learn more information >

Lucky Pets Play and Stay at Purr’n Pooch This March



Purr’n Pooch invites your lucky pets to join us to play and stay throughout the month of March.  We’re hosting Easter Egg Hunts, a Puppy Photo Contest on National Puppy Day, a Green Tea Spa Special, and so much more.

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. >

Some bunny loves your pets! Hop on over and join us for treats, games and an egg hunt on the Purr’n Pooch playground as we celebrate our daycare friends born in the month of March!


Tuesday, March 8 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, March 9 ~ Wall  
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Some bunny loves your pets! Hop on over and join us for treats, games and an egg hunt on the Purr’n Pooch playground as we celebrate our daycare friends born in the month of March!

Thursday, March 17 ~ Tinton Falls and Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Bring your pup by for our lucky scent games! Your little leprechaun will explore the Purr’n Pooch playground searching for pots of gold, filled with treats.



Wednesday, March 23
Enter your pup in our Facebook and Instragram contest running for one-day only on March 23, National Puppy Day! One winner will be chosen from all the entries. For Instagram, use the hashtag #PNPPuppy to enter and tag @PurrNPooch on Instagram. To enter on Facebook, post your pictures on our wall and all pics will be added to an album. Purr’n Pooch will announce the winner on March 24. We’re looking for adorable puppies! Winner will receive a gift basket from PnP valued at $50.

Call to register for the above events at 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

Throughout the year the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals hosts activities and events to raise funds for charities helping animals in need across the country. Join us and led a paw!

April 13 ~ Paint & Sip at Pinot Pallette in Red Bank
May 2 ~ Shop to Donate at Alex and Ani, Red Bank
August 17 ~ Summer Gala


Add shine and luster to your lucky dog’s coat with our Green Tea shampoo. Package also includes spritz of cologne and teeth brushing. Cost $18, plus price of grooming or bath.




Soothe your sleepy pup with a night time belly rub and treat before bed time. Cost is $10 when added to boarding.



March ~ Poison Prevention Awareness Month, Be Aware and Be Safe
March ~ Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
March 13 ~ Celebrating K-9 Veterans Day
March 17 ~ St. Patrick’s Day
March 20 ~ First Day of Spring
March 27 ~ Easter: Office is closed to visitors but our visiting pets are cared for and supervised 24 hours a 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. >

Pamper Your Pet at Purr’n Pooch This February


Pamper your four-legged Valentine this month at Purr’n Pooch. Fall in love with our extensive menu of services and exceptional service. Indulge your pet with a relaxation massage, time swimming in our heated indoor pool, playtime and parties with friends, spa treatments, grooming and more. We also offer play equipment and rock walls for your feline friend to explore and exotics care for those of you heading out of town for your own Valentine get away. Your pet gives you unconditional love so come to Purr’n Pooch to return the sentiment.

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. >


PNP-CC-February-Inset-Puppy-BowlPUPPY BOWL
Friday, February 5 ~ Tinton Falls and Wall  
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Is your pup ready for some football? Join us for our Annual Puppy Bowl, a day of supervised games of catch with friends in our training halls. Fun for all ages.


PNP-CC-February-Inset-Mardi-GrasMARDI GRAS PARTIES
Tuesday, February 9 ~ Tinton Falls and Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On Mardi Gras our friends will celebrate right here on the Jersey Shore by bobbing for bones and dressing in feathers, boas and masks! Always a blast! Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

Sunday, February 14 ~ Tinton Falls and Wall
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us! Parties will be held at Tinton Falls and Wall. Friends will gather for games, treats and Valentines cakes.

PNP-CC-February-Inset-BirthdaysBIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, February 16 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, February 17 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Join us for treats and games on the Purr’n Pooch playground as we celebrate our friends born in the month of February! Parties on the playground or training halls.

PNP-CC-February-Inset-Love-Your-PetLOVE YOUR PET DAY
Saturday, February 20 on Instagram and Facebook
Enter your pup in our Facebook and Instragram contest running for one-day only on February 20, Love Your Pet Day! One winner will be chosen from all the entries. For Instagram, use the hashtag #LovePNP to enter and tag @PurrNPooch on Instagram. To enter on Facebook, post your pictures on our wall and all pics will be added to an album. Purr’n Pooch will announce the winner on February 21. We’re looking for pets with big hearts and the spirit of love! Winner will received a gift basket from PnP valued at $50.

Call to register for the above events at 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).


Walk for a Dog is a simple, year-round fundraising app! It promotes healthy interaction between dogs and their owners, and raises money every day to support the mission of your animal shelter or rescue. It also gives people a reason to think about their local animal organization every time they take their dogs for a walk. Learn more at www.wooftrax.com. Download the app, choose Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals, and start walking. Your steps will save lives.

Date Pending
Animal charities selected as our 2016 grantees will be invited to attend our annual Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals Grantee Breakfast. We will celebrate the life-saving work of these heroes in rescue work with awards, financial donations and time among friends.


Indulge your pet in whitening shampoo with coconut conditioner and sparkle spritz spray. Cost is $18 plus price of grooming or bath. Call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make an appointment.



25% off cookies on the cookie bar on February 23 in honor of International Dog Biscuit Day.





February ~ National Cat Health Month
February ~ Pet Dental Health Month
February ~ Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
February 22 ~ Walking the Dog Day
February 23 ~ International Dog Biscuit Day
February 23 ~ World Spay Day

Purr’n Pooch Celebrates the New Year!



This January we’re celebrating National Train Your Dog Month with the launch of our winter training classes. There’s classes for all levels of learning, and be sure not to miss our Saturday Agility classes where you and your dog can have fun exercising together and learning new tricks. We also have parties and games in daycare, and a paw pad cream spa special. A new year means new and exciting happenings
at Purr’n Pooch. Visit us soon!

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. >


Tuesday, January 19 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, January 20 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 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 January.

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ~Mind Your Manners
Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ~ Your Pet’s Got Talent
Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m. ~ Agility
Saturdays, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ~ Mind Your Manners

No matter the breed of dog you have, you and your four legged furry friends can enjoy the fun of training together. Classes run for 6 weeks, $200, plus tax. In Agility classes drop-ins are welcome. Cost: $35 per class. Email info@purrnpooch.com to enroll.


Soothe your pups paws with a free paw pad cream treatment with purchase of a hair cut. Call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make your pet’s grooming appointment.



January ~ National Train Your Dog Month
January ~ Walk Your Pet Month
January 14 ~ National Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 29 ~  National Seeing Eye Dog Day

Winter Dog Grooming, Fur and Skin Care Tips from the Pros

Cold weather dog care

Winter is the time for dry and itchy skin, salt-covered sidewalks giving way to mucky snow water, and all around miserable conditions. Just like we moisturize and care for ourselves during the rough winter months, our dogs deserve the same kind of attention.

As the cold finally moves across New Jersey, here are some tips to help care for your dog’s fur from Purr’n Pooch’s pet stylist and groomer Cherise Burczya, a 15-year-veteran of the pet resort:

1. Brush. Pups’ fur need tender loving care just like our own locks. Brushing promotes a healthy coat and skin, especially in the dry winter months. Regular brushing also helps reduce matting, something common when fur gets wet with snow or rain, and can help keep fur from clumping. And as an added bonus, regular brushing helps keep fur shiny by distributing the nutrients and oils that keep fur healthy and clean. Dogs need regular brushing no matter the length of their coat. Brushing is also a great way to bond with your pup.

2. Rinse. In the snowy winter, the salt used to melt snow and ice can mix with the liquid to create a nasty mess that can tangle in pups’ fur, resulting in matted, dull, dirty fur. Make sure to rinse off dirty fur after a bathroom break with warm water to prevent matting. But don’t forget the feet! The pads of the feet can quickly become aggravated with salt, resulting in painful paws for pups. Rinsing feet with warm water or cleaning them with a washcloth can help prevent irritation. 

A great way to soothe and pamper your pet’s tired, winter paws is with our paw pad cream, which contains vitamin E and essential oils. It can be added to any spa or grooming package for $5. The cream is also available for purchase in Purr’n Pooch’s retail boutiques for $10.

3. Moisturize. A dry winter can cause even drier skin due to dry, forced air, so it’s important to keep moisturized. Purr’n Pooch offers Oxy Oatmeal Soothing Baths, which soothe dry and irritated skin. And the Strawberry Milk Bath revitalizes damaged and stressed hair that will leave pups with healthy skin and a soft coat. If your pooch’s skin is extra dry, try a therapeutic hot oil treatment, which will boost and rejuvenate the skin and pores.

4. Groom. Most people think it’s good practice to keep a dog’s coat longer in the winter to stay warm. But actually, it’s better to keep your pooch trimmed during the cold winter. Inside dogs are acclimated to the heat, and aren’t in danger of becoming too cold. By leaving the fur longer, pups are susceptible to matting and a dingy coat, because the longer the fur, the longer it takes to dry after it gets wet. Cherise recommends continuing to groom and trim your dog as normal during the winter. Many dogs come into Purr’n Pooch regularly, typically every four to six weeks for a basic trim.

Make sure to pay special attention to your dog’s fur and skin this winter. Purr’n Pooch offers a variety of pampering services that can help keep dogs (and cats) healthy and happy this chilly season.

Aquatic Exercise and Swimming Helps Dogs Build Strength, Confidence

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As humans, when we injure ourselves we are able to go to therapy to help strengthen our muscles and get back to our healthiest self. But what happens when a dog needs to heal after an injury or surgery?

At Purr’n Pooch, the answer to getting dogs back to their frolicking selves is often aquatic exercise sessions in our indoor pool located in Wall, NJ. Experienced and patient pet care technicians work with dogs, teaching them to move and play gently in the warm water. Aquatic exercise is great for dogs who need hydro sessions after an injury. The spa waters strengthen and gently condition muscles, preventing further injury and lessening pain.

Kylie Ann, a Golden Retriever, was just six years old when she ruptured her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) and meniscus in her right knee and needed surgery. Her recovery was slow and restrictive, leading to weight and muscle mass loss and weakness. Kylie Ann was unable to play with her younger doggie brother, Casey, and became depressed.

This worried her owner, Kristin, but what also concerned her was the likelihood of the same injury happening to her other knee.

“After talking it over with her veterinarian, I decided to try Purr’n Pooch’s water sessions in order to help her physical rehabilitation after the surgery and mental well-being after being restricted and confined for weeks,” said Kristin. “I thought the general physical fitness and conditioning would help prevent the possibility of her rupturing the opposite knee in the future.”

Kylie Ann started work with Nick, aquatic director at Purr’n Pooch’s Wall location, in June 2014. Kylie had never been a big fan of the water and was fearful of new situations and new people, but she already knew and trusted Nick. Turns out, it was a perfect fit.

Kylie had early and continued success with her aquatic exercise sessions at Purr’n Pooch, which Kristin attributes to the type of personalized services offered.

“The sessions are one-on-one, ensuring individualized attention,” said Kristin. “They are conducted in an actual pool where the dog and human work together as a team in the water, allowing for a very unique and positive bonding experience.”

Kristin also attributes Kylie’s success to Nick, the pup’s beloved technician.

“Simply put, Nick is the reason Kylie Ann is healthier, happier, stronger and more confident dog today,” said Kristin. “He’s the best!

Kylie Ann was expected to have a slight limp after her surgery, but after three months of working with Nick in the pool, she not only recovered from surgery faster than expected, but she also had no evidence of a limp.

“She’s in the best condition of her life,” said Kristin. ‘Kylie Ann’s physical and emotional transformation were remarkable.”

In fact, Kylie Ann’s progress was so impressive, Kristin decided to bring her brother Casey, a one and a half mixed pup, to Purr’n Pooch’s Hydro Fun sessions. Casey, a pup rescued from a high-kill shelter, is sensitive and wary of other dogs. But with Nick’s help, Casey is benefiting from this engaging and enriching activity just like sis.

Casey started the sessions unable to swim. Now, the pup is learning to surf. Nick uses a surfboard with Casey, encouraging balance and coordination.

“Besides building confidence and being incredibly fun, the bonding, healthy exercise, reduction in stress, teaching of relaxation and increased body awareness and endurance has just been remarkably beneficial for Casey,” said Kristin. “Casey’s trusting and special relationship with Nick, coupled with his patience and compassion with Casey, has enabled my fearful little dog to relax more, increasing his self-confidence in and out of the water; simply above and beyond any of my expectations.”

Kylie Ann continues to work with Nick in the pool and build her strength and maintain a healthy weight. The objective now is to prevent another injury from happening and keeping Kylie Ann motivated and happy.

“I’m not sure there is anything that brings her as much joy and happiness as her weekly pool time with Nick,” said Kristin. “What a special bond they now share.”

Click here for a video of Nick and Kylie Ann in the pool!

Purr’n Pooch offers aquatic exercise sessions in our indoor spa pool located in Wall, NJ. Our experienced pet care instructors will care and comfort your dog with ease and patience. Swimming, games, and other exercise routines are part of the fun as your friend learns to move and play gently in our warm, spa waters. Private sessions are available and the pool setting is calm and quiet – ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. Click here for more information.

Oodles of Doodles in Dog Daycare

Oodles of Doodles at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts

What do you get when you mix a poodle with a Labrador retriever? Or an Australian Shepherd? Or a Schnauzer? Or a Wheaten Terrier? Why, oodles of doodles of course!

Doodle dogs are quickly becoming America’s favorite family pet. At Purr’n Pooch, we are seeing the number of doodle mixes staying and playing with us on the rise and their owners are head over heels with their fun loving personality and coat. Doodle dogs are hybrids, a mix between a Poodle and another dog breed, like a Lab (Labradoodle), a Schnauzer (Schnoodle), or a Wheaten Terrier (Whoodle).

“The doodle comes from a poodle, either standard or mini, and wide variety of other breeds with different coat textures,” said Jennifer Connors, an employee of Purr’n Pooch for more than 20 years. “The combination really brings out the best traits in both breeds.”

Like so many mix breed dogs, hybrids like doodles used to fill animal shelters waiting to be adopted. Now they’re all the rage, partly because of a poodle’s non-shedding and allergy-friendly hair.

Kendall Petschauer and her family sought out a doodle hybrid for their hypoallergenic benefits and found Sebastian, mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, or a Goldendoodle. Sebastian, named after the University of Miami mascot, is two years old and likes to keep his family on their toes.

“Sebastian is so intelligent and can easily outsmart us,” said Kendall. “He hides things in closets and drawers, which he can open with his nose. He turns it into a game.”

Kathy Smith and her family found their forever friend in a Whoodle named Woodward, or Woody for short. Her three kids picked Woody because he was cute, but the family soon discovered the health benefits of doodles.

“He doesn’t shed,” said Kathy. “It makes cleaning the house so much easier and is nice when we have guests who have allergies.”

Another benefit of doodle hybrids? Mixing dog breeds can weed out inherited genetic problems that can affect purebred pups, making mixed dogs healthier. Hybrid dogs tend to have much more moderate personalities and fit well in households with children.

“Sebastian is so playful and full of energy,” said Kathy. “He loves to jump and spin when he sees you, even if you just leave the room for one minute and come back in. It’s like it’s the first time he’s seen you in forever!”

Matt Fischer and his wife found their furry doodle in Ruby, a one-year-old Sheepadoodle. Sixty-pound Ruby is a hybrid between an Old English Sheep Dog and a Poodle, and as loyal as any guard dog.

Doodles come in all shapes and sizes, which makes them the perfect pup for any lifestyle. Purr’n Pooch sees all types of doodle dogs, including Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Sheepdoodles, Whoodles, and even St. Bernard Doodles.

“Purr’n Pooch is a great place for doodles because they tend to have a lot of energy and are extremely smart and need the stimulation,” said Jennifer. “Doodles love daycare, agility, scent work, and puzzles.”

Sebastian was trained at Purr’n Pooch when he was just a young pup, where he learned how to sit, come, walk on a leash and socialize with other dogs. Kendall says the training was a huge reason why Sebastian is such a well-behaved pup.

“They take such good care of him when he’s there,” said Kendall. “He has so much energy that it’s almost impossible to tire him out, but at Purr’n Pooch he gets all the exercise he needs.”

Woody loves Purr’n Pooch so much that he knows exactly when he’s headed to play with his puppy friends, and will sit calmly in anticipation until he arrives.

“He’s greeted so warmly by the staff,” said Kathy. “Once he’s there he just plays and we never worry about him.”

Even young pup Ruby plays with her furry friends so much during her stays at Purr’n Pooch that she comes home exhausted and ready for bed.

“My wife and I work all day and we don’t want to keep her in a crate,” said Matt. “We know at Purr’n Pooch she’ll get the love and care she needs. Animals definitely come first there and the entire staff really cares about our pets.”

These smart, loyal and lovable pups are sure to be popular among dog lover for years. Doodles are here to stay, and Purr’n Pooch looks forward to welcoming oodles of doodles as well as all types of dogs to our pet resort family.