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

Purr'n Pooch Swimming Lessons

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.

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

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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.

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

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SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS!

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!

LEND A PAW: VOTE FOR PNP IN APP BEST OF VOTERS POLL

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 www.app.com/vote 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.

EVENTS

PNP-CC-August-BirthdaysAUGUST BIRTHDAY PARTIES
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.

PNP-CC-August-Foundation6th ANNUAL PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION SUMMER GALA
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 purrnpoochfoundation.org.

PNP-CC-August-Dog-DaysRED BANK DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
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!

PNP-CC-August-Contest“PAWS” FOR SUMMER FUN PHOTO CONTEST
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.

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-August-TreatsRETAIL SPOTLIGHT: COOL TREATS
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.

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! 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 info@purrnpooch.com.

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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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 info@purrnpooch.com.

May Arrives with Flowers, Fun and Friends

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SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS!

May is National Pet Month and at Purr’n Pooch we have tons of fun in store for your best friend. From Cinco de Mayo parties to Mother’s Day crafts, there’s something to do for every visiting pet. We also have a Lavender Spa Special and training classes for all ages and abilities.
Be sure to also stay in touch with us on our blog. Wedding season is in full swing, and this year you’re going to see more and more furry guests making appearances at ceremonies and receptions.

Read about how Purr’n Pooch is ready to help make your day extra special for you and your pet >

EVENTS

PNP-CC-May-Cinco-de-MayoCELEBRATING CINCO DE MAYO
Tuesday, May 5 ~ 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Parties in Tinton Falls and Wall.

 

 

PNP-CC-May-Mother's-DayHAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
Thursday, May 7 ~ 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
All visiting pets will get a gift to bring home to their moms.

 

 

PNP-CC-May-BirthdaysMAY BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, May 19 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, May 20 ~ 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 May. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

PNP-CC-May-ChipolteFUNDRAISER FOR THE PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS
Monday, May 18 ~ 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Chipolte Grill at Monmouth Mall, Eatontown, NJ
Stop in Chipotle for a bite and a portion of your purchase will benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals.

 

PNP-CC-May-Memorial-DayCELEBRATING MEMORIAL DAY
Monday, May 25
Office Hours ~ 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
24-hour supervised care for visiting pets.

 

 

PNP-CC-May-TrainingTRAINING ACADEMY

Perfect Manners
Tuesdays starting May 26 ~ 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Agility for Fun
Thursdays starting May 28 ~ 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Mind Your Manners for Puppies
Thursdays starting May 28 ~ 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Agility for Fun
Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Agility for Fun II
Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Mind Your Manners
Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Your Pet’s Got Talent
Saturdays starting May 30 ~ 2 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Classes run for six weeks; $200 + tax and are held at our Tinton Falls facility. An Easy Walk harness or Gentle Leader is given to Puppy and Mind Your Manners Class participants. Our animal behavior training uses a reward-based curriculum that’s based on positive reinforcement. Best of all, basic dog training with Purr’n Pooch is fun because we enjoy helping your pooch learn and grow. Please make sure all vaccinations are up to date: rabies, dhlpp and bordatella. Contact info@purrnpooch.com to register or for more information.

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-May-GamesRESORT: FUN AND GAMES
Enhance your dog’s daycare and boarding stay with mind stimulating games! Choose from agility, puzzles, scent work, or ball and retrieve games. The activity is held on Tuesdays and lasts approximately 30 minutes and the cost is $35. Add the service to any daycare or boarding stays. Inquire about the service when you register.

 

PNP-CC-May-Spa-SpecialSPA SPECIAL: LAVENDER RAIN
Indulge your pet in a relaxing lavender shampoo, paw and leg massage, teeth brushing, and lavender cologne. Shampoo, deep cleans and soothes the skin without stripping natural oils.
$25 when added to grooming or bath visit.

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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May ~ National Pet Month
May ~ Chip Your Pet Month
May 3 ~ National Disabled Pets Day
May 3-9 ~ Be Kind to Animals Week
May 15 ~ Endangered Species Day

For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email info@purrnpooch.com.

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays
The holiday season is a very special time of year, filled with joy and celebration. Decorations are everywhere, families gather together and gifts are exchanged. Typically, the gifts we give and receive are traditional or items like clothing, toys, games and household items. But what if Santa decides to bring a very special gift this year? One that can’t be placed in a box and wrapped with a bow. The kind of gift that won’t be forgotten about or replaced in a few months. What if Santa decides to place a new pet underneath your tree?

Welcoming a new dog or cat into your family can be very exciting, especially during such a cheerful and joyous occasion. But at the same time, it can also be hectic and stressful, especially if you are unprepared. Unlike other holiday gifts, a new pet takes a lot of forethought, planning and preparation. If your new pet is a holiday gift for your family, be sure everyone is on board and prepared for a new addition. Many animal organizations and shelters advise against giving pets as surprise gifts – owning a pet is personal decision that requires commitment and responsibility.

As long as everyone is ready for a new furry family member, this may be the best holiday gift you’ll ever receive (your pet will feel the same way!).

Here are 10 ways to  prepare for a new pet during the holidays.

  • Establish house rules with other members of your household before your new pet arrives. If you wish to restrict your pet from using your furniture, gently and consistently discourage him from doing so. Have a comfortable bed available for your pet and encourage him to use it as a place to relax.
  • Discuss the responsibilities of caring for your pet with other members of your household. Will there be a schedule for dog walking? Will someone feed him in the morning, while someone else feeds him at night? Will everyone be involved with training? If so, discuss the training techniques you’ll use in order to stay consistent.
  • Make training fun for your pet and it will be easier for him to learn. Maintain patience, compassion and respect. This will build confidence and make the training process fun for you both. Always view things from his point of view and you will build a bond with your pet and achieve fantastic results and a lifelong friendship.
  •  If you have children, discuss the dos and don’ts for interacting with your new pet. Jumping and yelling can cause a dog to get upset and sometimes snap, especially if he’s the nervous, so it’s best if your child stays as calm as possible around him, at least until he settles in. Cats prefer to be on the ground so let your child know not to carry your feline around the house. Your child should know not to approach your dog from behind, as it could frighten or startle him.
  • If adopting your pet, ask for his medical records. If your pet is a puppy or kitten, he should have been to a veterinarian at least once. He will also need to visit a veterinarian several times during his first year to receive vaccinations and twice a year after he’s one year old. You will need those vaccinations in order to board your pet while on vacation.
  • If you have other pets in your household, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good health before introducing your new pet.
  • Purchase the important items your new pet will need upon his arrival. A collar and leash, bowls, food and lots of toys and bones are all necessities. If he has toys of his own, he’ll be less likely to play with things that are off limits, like your personal items.  If a new feline friend will be joining your family, have scratching posts and perches available.
  • Just like small children, pets can be very curious. Keep them safe and out of trouble by pet-proofing your home. Place chemicals and harmful substances on high shelves or if they are in low cabinets, use childproof latches. Keep trash cans covered or hidden away. Look for holes and small nooks that your new pet could get himself into and block them. Keep any harmful food out of reach. Put away children’s toys and games, especially small ones that can cause choking. Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing.
  • Upon your pet’s arrival, your house may have some holiday decorations that are hazardous to pets. Tinsel and ornaments, dangling lights, candles, gift wrap ribbon, chocolate, fat trimmings and bones from dinner, and certain nuts can all cause harm to your pet. Also, keep in mind that some holiday plants are poisonous. Christmas tree pine needles, holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are toxic to pets. Be sure to keep all these things away from your new pet, as well as other pets in your house.
  •  When your new pet arrives, try not to pay less attention to your other pets as they may get jealous. Introduce them, let them get to know each other and spend quality time together both outside enjoying walks, in the yard and inside playing with toys.
Bringing a pet into a home is a great joy and all of us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts hope to meet your new family member soon. Plan and prepare correctly and you’ll have started a beautiful friendship this holiday season.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France.

Autumn is Awesome at Purr’n Pooch!

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JOIN US FOR A FUN-FILLED FALL!

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS!

Autumn has arrived! Your pup is most likely out and about with you this season enjoying the beautiful colors of fall on hikes, brisk neighborhood walks, and runs on the beach. And the fun does not stop with you because when your pets come to Purr’n Pooch, they enjoy costume contests and parties, games of catch and football on our playgrounds, rock climbing for the kitties, new training classes, and so much more! Fall is fabulous and we can’t wait to have your pet visit!

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. >

EVENTS

PNP-CC-October-BirthdaysBIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, October  14 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, October  15 ~ 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 October.

PNP-CC-October-TorT-TrainingTRICK OR TREAT TRAINING PARTY
Saturday, October 25, 1 p.m. ~ Tinton Falls
“Trick or Treat” Halloween training games in our Tinton Falls facility.
Prizes for the games and best costume.
Sign up in the front lobby or email joe.training@purrnpooch.com.

 

PNP-CC-October-HallowenDAYCARE & BOARDING HALLOWEEN PARTY
Friday, October 31, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. ~  Tinton Falls and Wall
Our guests have a howling good time at Purr’n Pooch on Halloween!
They 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-TrainingPURR’N POOCH CANINE TRAINING ACADEMY
Super Saturdays Start November 8 ~ Tinton Falls
AGILITY:  10 a.m. -11 a.m.
MANNERS:  11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
PUPPY: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
CANINE GOOD CITIZEN: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Classes run for six weeks; $200 + tax and are held at our Tinton Falls facility. An Easy Walk harness will be given to the puppy and manners class graduates. Our animal behavior training uses a reward-based curriculum that’s based on positive reinforcement. Best of all, basic dog training with Purr’n Pooch is fun because we enjoy helping your pooch learn and grow. Contact info@purrnpooch.com to register or for more information.

All pets need updated vaccinations for rabies, Dhlpp, and bordatella to participate in training and games.

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-Inset-October-SpaHONEY ALMOND AND MUD SPA TREATMENT
Add shine and softness to your pup’s coat with our special Honey Almond and Mud Spa Treatment. Your pup will love our luxurious conditioners of Almond and Sunflower oils and Manuka honey, which cut through dirt without stripping your pet’s coat. Our mud coat mask also naturally moisturizes and exfoliates your pet’s skin. And before leaving for home, your pup will be treated to a toothbrushing and spritz of our specialty honey almond cologne. Cost $25, plus bath or grooming. Call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make your pet’s spa appointment.

PNP-CC-October-PawdicurePAWDICURES & CANDY CORN NAILS
This fall your pup’s paws may need a little more TLC or maybe you’re looking to spoil your best friend with a fun pop of nail color. Our pawdicures moisturize cracked paw pads with a softening cream that soothes and heals. Pawdicures include your choice of nail polish color or get your pet in the Holiday spirit with a candy corn nail design. Cost $30, $35 with nail art. Call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make your pet’s appointment.

PNP-CC-October-MaggieBLACK CAT APPRECIATION MONTH AT PURR’N POOCH
Book your black cat’s visit in the month of October and receive 20% OFF boarding.

 

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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October ~ Pit Bull Awareness Month
October  ~ Adopt a 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 Awareness Day
October 29 ~ National Cat Day

For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Debunking Myths in Pet Care: “Kennel Cough”

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Post by Dick Palazzo, President, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts 
Family Owned & Operated Since 1970

There is perhaps no more misunderstood canine disease than what is commonly referred to as “kennel cough” or canine cough. In medical terms, it’s a contagious respiratory disease among dogs, typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. Canine cough, when put in simple terms, is the dog equivalent to the human cold.

It is spread by any one of three infectious agents (parainfluenza, adenovirus or Bordetella). Because of the continued use of the name “kennel cough”, it is widely misunderstood as something dogs inherently catch in a kennel or pet boarding facility. In fact, many veterinarians and WebMD continue to call the virus “kennel cough” often leading anxious pet owners down the wrong path when trying to understand where their dog may have contracted the virus.

I challenge all of us in the pet care industry and veterinary medicine to use the medical term Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), instead of  “kennel cough” because it’s important that dog owners and the public in general be educated on the respiratory disease and its origins.

Canine cough is also an accurate name for CIRD because it describes the syndrome of coughing dogs but does not imply that the disease is caused by a pet care facility. By labeling canine cough “kennel cough”, employees in our industry are constantly working to educate others on the disease. It’s an ongoing issue we face and is very similar to those that were once faced by childcare facilities. Schools and daycares have been successful in educating parents on how illness spreads and today you’ll find hand sanitizer everywhere from the playground to the doctor’s office. But for us, the professionals in the pet care industry, the label “kennel cough” continues to mislead pet owners on the origins of the virus.

What are the symptoms of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD)?

CIRD can show up as a dry, hacking cough and is followed by a ratching or gagging sound. An infected dog may also exhibit a runny nose and sneezing. This disease prognosis without treatment can develop into a fever and breathing problems. For these reasons, early detection on the part of the owner or anyone caring for the pet is important. In general, the incubation period for CIRD is anywhere from 3-10 days and there are millions of strands of the virus.

Why did Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease come to be called “kennel cough”?

While attending pre-veterinary school in the 1970s, I remember reading in medical textbooks that the discovery of kennel cough could be traced back to a time when laboratories, kennels and breeding facilities were boarding dogs in common areas. This started it all and today people are still associating the “kennel cough” with kennels and pet boarding facilities simply because of the name.

How is CIRD contracted?

Typically CIRD is spread from dog to dog in secretion of the eyes, nose, or mouth and by direct contact from infected dog to healthy dog. Sneezing or coughing releases tiny aerosolized droplets carrying the virus to over 20 feet in any direction and spreading ITB to healthy dogs. Viruses can also be carried on hands, clothing, shoes, pet supplies and equipment. It’s crucial to have a healthy facility that creates happy, healthy pets and pet daycare and boarding facilities are leading the pack in taking the precautions necessary to stop the spread of a virus like CIRD.

Much of the literature on “kennel cough” says it has to do with the quality of ventilation when large amount of pets are housed together. Although that is true, the main reason is socialization. Many people take their pets out of the house and bring them to public places such as dog parks, restaurants, hospitals and pet stores. Basically, we live in a more dog-friendly world (thankfully) and our pets socialize more with one another, and thus are more likely to contract the virus.

Most of the time, healthy dogs will pick up the infection through scent because this is the way dogs communicate. You’ll notice the first thing a dog will do when out is drop its head to the ground and sniff around. Dogs can also catch CIRD through the air, as it is an airborne infection. Fortunately, with proper ventilation and by taking precautions like having your dog vaccinated you can lessen your pet’s chances of contracting CIRD. It is also important that when visiting your veterinary office, you inquire about the precautions they take to safeguard your pet’s health while in the waiting room and throughout the building in general.

What precautions are taken at Purr’n Pooch to maintain healthy pets?

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, the same mechanical contractors that designed and installed Jersey Shore Medical Center’s ventilation system also recently designed our units. It’s rare to find a facility with this ventilation system because many buildings are just not designed for it. Everything we do at Purr’n Pooch is for the comfort and care of our pets and their health and safety from the air systems to our hygienic cleaning.

It is possible that no one will ever get to the bottom of discovering exactly how and where our pets contract this infection. Many of us with children can also relate as we prepare for cold and flu season! Your children will spend more time with friends and classmates socializing indoors and on the playground and sports fields. A cold is inevitable and unfortunately so are those visits to the doctor’s office and many do not have state-of-the-art ventilation systems.

I’ve been working with dogs and cats for more than 45 years and it saddens me to hear the term kennel cough used more often than CIRD or canine cough. My hope is that this will change because as soon as pets are treated and the infection is labeled “kennel cough,” it’s sometimes directed back to the dog’s favorite home away from home – the boarding facility, daycare and grooming salon/spa.

My advice for pet owners is to educate yourself and if you believe your pet has CIRD, please visit your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Please note that all the information provided on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please contact your veterinarian for an evaluation before diagnosing or treating your dog.

 

Protect Your Pets During Fireworks Displays Across the Jersey Shore

Protect Your Pets During Fireworks Displays Across the Jersey Shore

Many people are unaware that the Fourth of July is the most dangerous holiday for pets. According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters. Thousands of pets are lost each holiday due to the big bangs of those spectacular but scary fireworks displays. These unexpected and loud noises put our pets in a spooked state of confusion causing them to run away from home by escaping out windows or fences.

Sadly, many cats and dogs are never returned to their owners because they lack identification like an i.d. tag or chip. Identification is key to being reunited safely with your pet.

There are, however, some things you can do to ensure your pet is relaxed and entertained during the fireworks. Read more about them on our post, “Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks”. The article highlights pet games as well as treats, toys and accessories. Available at our retail stores, the Thundershirt, for example, can help ease anxiety in pets and distract them from those big bangs and have them concentrating more on big fun with the family.

Most importantly, it’s vital that you know the days and times when your community is going to host its celebrations so you can either protect your pet in the comfort of your home or make accommodations to board your dog or cat at your local pet care facility.

Here’s a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays to prepare you and your pet for fireworks all summer long:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 4 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Point Pleasant Beach Fireworks: July 3 at 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Manasquan Fireworks & More: July 3 at 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Brick Summerfest: July 3 at 7:00 pm – July 4 at 10:00 pm
  • Asbury Park Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Bradley Beach Fireworks, Dance & Swim: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest & Fireworks: July 4 at 10:45 am – 10:30 pm
  • West Long Branch Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 4 at 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Seaside Heights Fireworks: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Ocean City July 4th: July 4 at 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • LBI Fireworks: July 4 at 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 4 at 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

WEEKLY DISPLAYS

  • Wildwood has fireworks on the Beach every Friday night in July and August.
  • Point Pleasant offers fireworks displays each Thursday in July and August.
  • Seaside Heights has Wednesday fireworks from June through September.
  • Asbury Park has a fireworks show each Wednesday night of the summer.

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. The Jersey Shore has so many fun activities to offer and although fireworks may be exciting for people, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.

Dogs Cool Down and Stay Fit at Purr’n Pooch’s Water Parks

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It’s summer and you’re excited to the hit the water for a much anticipated swim. Winter has really taken a toll on us, including the dogs. When heading out the door, towel and sunblock in hand, you probably get that sad, perplexed look from your pup that says, “Come on. Take me too!”. Sound familiar?

We love the sun-sational days of summer and agree with your dog. You don’t have to leave your best friend behind while you hit the pool or beach to relish in another gorgeous weekend on the Jersey Shore. Stop feeling guilty and check out your local pet care facility for water activities that will accommodate your best friend.

At Purr’n Pooch our boarding and daycare dogs get to play and swim in our supervised outdoor and indoor water parks. We offer several freshwater pools and water elements like fountains and waterfalls for their enjoyment.

Water activities are not only a source of entertainment for your dog, but they also offer real health benefits. They help your pup to cool off, socialize, get in a cardio vascular workout, and enjoy a good night’s sleep. And, best of all, dogs of all ages from puppies to seniors can enjoy swimming as a healthy, low impact body workout. So while you’re oceanside this summer, register your pup for some watery fun with friends poolside.

A word from our friend Mickey’s mom about his summer fun at PNP…

“Mickey loves to play in the Purr’n Pooch pool. I say, “Mickey do you want to go to the pool club?” and he jumps in the car. When Mickey comes home, he is tired but still makes sure to tell me all bout his day. He actually makes cute barking noises like he is explaining who he has played with and what he did! He goes twice a week and enjoys his dips in the pool and time playing with friends.” Kathy Hader

SPECIAL POOL PASS PROMOTION FOR JUNE 20-22

Purchase your pup’s pool pass and join us for a cool, refreshing doggie paddle with friends in our fresh water pools. In honor of the first official weekend of summer, buy one $10 pool pass on June 20 – 22 and get one free.

Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100 to purchase your passes.