Spring Has Sprung at Purr’n Pooch this April


Spring has officially sprung even if the weather isn’t cooperating. At Purr’n Pooch we’re celebrating with lots of exciting events and promotions, rain or shine. 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).

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Tuesday, April 4 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, April 5 ~ Wall
Join us for an egg hunt for treats on the Purr’n Pooch playground as we celebrate our daycare friends born in the month of April.

Sunday, April 23 ~ 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tinton Falls Training Hall
The Pet First Aid & Pet CPR course is a certification course through the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI). Each participant will receive a student manual, basic first aid training kit, information on evacuation, poisoning, a bookmark, a quick reference card, breathing barrier device and much more. Upon successful completion of the course each student will receive a wallet size certification card and a certificate suitable for framing. Cost is $55. Partial proceeds benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. Email info@purrnpooch.com with any questions.
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Wednesday, May 3 ~ 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
12 Broad Street, Red Bank
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.


Treat your friend to a honey almond shampoo, sugar scrub (for tummy, elbows, groin, inner thighs), teeth brushing and your choice of Honey Bunny or Jelly Bean cologne. Price is $25 plus price of bath or grooming. Call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make an appointment.


Purr’n Pooch’s aquatic exercise sessions are located in our indoor spa pool in Wall Township. Our experienced pet care technicians 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. All pets are sized and supplied with a canine life preserver. The pool setting is calm and quiet -ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. All sessions are private and done by appointment. They can be held individually or combined with boarding, daycare, grooming or other amenities. Pricing starts at $65. Call 732.528.8100 (Wall) for more information or to schedule and appointment.


April ~ National Greyhound Adoption Month ~ Read our Blog!
April ~ National Heartworm Awareness Month
April ~ National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
April ~ Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
April 10 ~ Hug Your Dog Day
April 11 ~  National Pet Day
April 17-23 ~  National Pet ID Week
April 21 ~  Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
April 22 ~  Earth Day
April 29 ~  National Kids and Pets Day
April 30 ~  Adopt a Shelter Dog 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).

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Congratulations on Your New Puppy! What’s Next?

Layla, after a so-chic continental clip by her Purr’n Pooch groomer, Lynda.

Last month we blogged about “Puppy Love” and how the right daycare experience can be good for your puppy love’s social development. We know that many of us welcome new puppies during the holidays or in the spring and we want to encourage everyone with a new puppy to get off to the best start possible in their new life together. This includes good health and hygiene as well as good social development.

In addition to frequent and appropriate socialization experiences, good grooming, nutrition and basic commands training are all essential to a puppy’s best health and happiness. Just like human puppies!

Miki pampering Duke with a bath – prep for his total grooming experience.

Miki is a senior groomer at both the Tinton Falls and the Wall locations. She provides a range of grooming services to daycare and boarding guests from routine bathing, hair cuts and nail clipping, to more elaborate services like creative grooming (link to other blog post) and spa treatments that add a higher level of luxury to the grooming experience.

After more than 20 years grooming dogs of all breeds, there’s almost no grooming challenge she hasn’t tackled. “It’s important to start our puppies with a professional groomer as soon as puppy shots are completed,” says Miki. “Even though he/she is not ready for a haircut he/she does need to get used to being touched from nose to tail. The groomer can do simple things such as cleaning out pads and eyes to help him/her become accustomed to the clipper and scissors.”

Brushing is not only good for removing dandruff and dead hair, it also distributes healthy oils throughout the dog’s entire skin and coat. It allows the groomer to identify any issues with skin and coat early on when intervention is likely to be easier and more effective. “You can find lumps and bumps early before there is any discomfort. You can stop a flea infestation in its tracks.” says Miki.

And as many people know who have dogs with long hair, preventing matting problems is definitely worth it. A knot free pup is a happy pup. Small knots become big knots and big knots become  mats. “Grooming is a big part of our four legged babies lives, she affirms. “The cleaner they are the healthier they are. Whether you have a Lab or Old English Sheepdog, coat up keep is very important.” She continues, “Mats are very hard for a groomer to get out and the process is time consuming and the mats pull at the dog’s skin which can be very uncomfortable.”

Miki recommends that owners take the time to brush their dogs at home between grooming appointments. “At home brushing and combing is also very important,” she says. “It’s a great way to build trust between dog and human companion — it’s great bonding.”

Brushing and hair cuts are only one important aspect of good grooming. Nail and ear care are also important. Miki states, “Other benefits to frequent grooming is that the nails are maintained so it’s comfortable when the dog walks. “Ears are cleaned to help prevent infections.”

Bottom line, having a puppy is certainly a joy. We can look forward to sharing many years of unconditional love and fun with our four-legged companions, but it’s up to us to start early and help them develop into healthy, happy dogs.

Spring Into Fun at Purr’n Pooch This March


At Purr’n Pooch we’re celebrating spring’s arrival 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).

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Tuesday, March 7 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, March 8 ~ Wall
Celebrating the luck of the Irish with games and treats on the Purr’n Pooch playgrounds as we celebrate our daycare friends born in the month of March!


Wednesday, March 15 ~ Tinton Falls & Wall
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 22 ~ 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tinton Falls Training Hall
Learn the right brushing techniques for a happier and healthier dog. Purr’n Pooch’s award-winnning groomers will show attendees the benefits and proper way to keep a pet’s coat healthy followed by a Q&A. The groomers will show different techniques and have tools available for purchase. Cost $10 per family. Email info@purrnpooch.com to register.


Thursday, March 30 ~ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tinton Falls Training Hall
Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is helping raise money to support animal rescue organizations with a special Paint and Sip event. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per painter. Bring your own beverage. Guests will paint their favorite pet on glass. Beginners are welcome and no art experience is required as the art director will walk you through the painting process, step by step.

To register, call 732.546.6875, or prepay online. After purchasing your ticket, please email a close-up photo of your pet to info@mycreativecanvas.net before March 23.
Plan to arrive before 6:15 p.m. to check in and set up.

Get more information and register >


Add shine and luster to your lucky dog’s coat with our Green Tea shampoo. Package also includes a spritz of Green Tea cologne and teeth brushing. Cost $18, plus price of grooming. Call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make an appointment.


$5 off your pet’s room rate for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights through the end of March.



Treat your dog to his or her very own twilight walk with our Purr’n Pooch staff. Cost is $10 when added to boarding. Also, soothing evening tummy rubs are available for $10 when added to boarding.


Wednesday, March 23
Enter your pup in our Facebook and Instagram 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 #PNPPuppy2017 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. Winner will receive one night luxury boarding and playtime.


March ~ Poison Prevention Awareness Month, Be Aware and Be Safe
March 13 ~ K-9 Veterans Day
March 17 ~ St. Patrick’s Day
March 20 ~ First Day of Spring
March 23 ~ National Puppy 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).

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Autumn is Pawesome at Purr’n Pooch



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.


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.



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.



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.


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.



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).

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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


pets and fireworks

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


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



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


PNP-CC-August-Best-OfThe Asbury Park Press is now accepting votes for their annual Best of the Best 2015 Readers Choice Contest! Vote for Purr ‘N Pooch Pet Resorts in the Pet Services: Boarding, Grooming, Training category (People & Services)! The contest is open for online voting now at 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.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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



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 >


Tuesday, May 5 ~ 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Parties in Tinton Falls and Wall.



Thursday, May 7 ~ 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
All visiting pets will get a gift to bring home to their moms.



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.

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.


Monday, May 25
Office Hours ~ 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
24-hour supervised care for visiting pets.




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.


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.


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.



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.