From Racer to Couch Potato: The Retired Greyhound Will Win Your Heart

Have you ever loved a Greyhound? There is so much to admire about this incredible breed of dog. Greyhounds are calm, quiet, peaceful, loving and affectionate. They give unconditional love, which you really feel when they climb up onto the couch with you and drop their head into your lap. Nicknamed the 40-mph-couch potato, they’re the fastest of dog breeds, yet they love to lounge.

Greyhounds are racing dogs, and also participate in other dog sports, including lure coursing, conformation, obedience, and agility. But while they may be bred to race, they’re born for much more. Most of all, they just love to play, sleep, cuddle and be loved.

Yes, they are large (weighing 60 – 88 lbs.) but they have a slender build and move lightly and gracefully. Despite their size, they’re very space-efficient – actually one of the best breeds for apartment living.

If you’re longing to bring a Greyhound into your life, now is the perfect time because April is Greyhound Adoption Month. We suggest you check out Greyhound Friends of NJ, a wonderful organization located in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Greyhound Friends of NJ (GFNJ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to placing retired racing greyhounds into responsible, loving homes. These Greyhounds come from the racetracks in Florida, as their being retired simply because they’re not winning races anymore. Though Greyhound racing has been in decline for decades, Florida is one of the last places where it’s still hanging on. Only 19 dog tracks remain in the U.S., and twelve of them are in Florida. Most of the dogs that come to the GFNJ are 2 – 4 years of age.

Linda Lyman, President of Greyhound Friends of NJ, is quite fond of Greyhounds, and has welcomed many into her own family throughout her life.

“I find that Greyhounds are generally very gentle dogs and adapt well to home life,” says Linda. “They are quite different from shelter dogs, as they’ve never had to fend for themselves. They’re very trusting of human beings. Trust establishes very easily with a greyhound.”

Linda has noticed that Greyhounds have no issues making themselves right at home. “People who’ve adopted Greyhounds from us will tell me they walked right into the house, laid down on a pillow and acted like they’ve been there forever.”

Although most of the Greyhounds at GFNJ haven’t been around children much at the racetrack, they are very accepting of little ones and make great family pets.

While GFNJ is predominantly a greyhound adoption group, it will also help some non-greyhounds in need of rescue from high-risk situations by providing them monetary support and/or a safe haven.

Greyhound Friends of NJ has been working to place pets with families, and offer experience and support since 1986.

“We’re very proud of the support we give to our adopters,” says Linda. “We never deny taking a dog into our organization and if someone has a question, we’ll be there to answer. And we always welcome our dogs back when those who take them in can no longer care for them.”

Unfortunately, there is a misconception about these incredible dogs and part of GFNJ’s mission is to educate the public. Since Greyhounds are racers, people think they are going to be too active at home, but really they are just couch potatoes.

In celebration of Greyhound Adoption Month, GFNJ will have an Adoption Day on Sunday, April 9th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Pineland Country Kennel in Tabernacle, NJ. The organization will be welcoming 12 new Greyhounds coming from Florida. You can meet these dogs and also foster greys all looking for their forever homes. Get pre-approved to adopt by completing an application here.

Greyhound Friends of New Jersey also holds many “Meet and Greets” throughout NJ where those interested in Greyhounds can meet them in person. You can visit the events page on the GFNJ’s website to see where they’ll be next.

Launching this month are the GFNJ podcasts. They’ll have celebrities, adopters, and staff on the show discussing Greyhounds. Tune into the show via their website.

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is very proud to have been able to award this wonderful organization with grants in 2010, 2015 and 2016. To learn more about Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, visit http://www.greyhoundfriendsnj.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Join Us as Purr’n Pooch Gives Thanks for Pets

PNP-November-Blog-MainSAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS!

This November, join us as we give thanks for the unconditional love of our pets. At Purr’n Pooch, we’re giving back with fun-filled games, parties, promotions and a collection drive for local animal rescue organizations. It’s a busy season at the resorts, so please 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-November-BirthdayBIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, November 17 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, November 18 ~ 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 November.

PNP-CC-November-Photo-ContestHOLIDAY PHOTO CONTEST
Enter our Annual Holiday Photo contest by submitting photos by November 30 to info@purrnpooch.com. The winning photo receives a day of daycare and a spa bath. It will also be the cover photo for Purr’n Pooch’s holiday card.

 

 

PNP-CC-November-Santa-PhotosPICS WITH SANTA
Tuesday, December 15 ~ Tinton Falls
Thursday, December 17 ~ Wall
Our daycare friends will enjoy pictures with Santa. Photos posted on Facebook. These are popular daycare days, so please book your pet’s reservation ahead of time.

 

PNP-CC-November-Pet-DrivePURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS
SANTA PAWS COLLECTION
November 1 – December 17
Lend a paw to animals. Donate pet food, supplies, bedding and toys for local shelters and rescue organizations. Drop-off to our reception areas in Tinton Falls and Wall. Charities interested in receiving donations, please email info@purrnpooch.com

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-November-SpaNOVEMBER SPA SPECIAL: HONEY ALMOND
Indulge your pet in luxurious honey almond shampoo, mud conditioning treatment, teeth brushing, and toasted almond cologne. $25 plus cost of bath and grooming. Call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

 

 

PNP-CC-November-Gift-CardRETAIL SPECIALS
Holiday Gift cards available
November 27 ~ Black Friday Sale ~ 20% off all sweaters and harnesses
November 28 ~ Small Business Saturday ~ 50% of Purr’n Pooch branded merchandise
November 29 ~ 20% off at the cookie bar

 

PNP-CC-November-WineTHE PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT:
WINE AND CANDLES THAT HELP ANIMALS
Support animals in need through the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. Shop at Benefitwines.com/PPFA and Charitywicks.com/PPFA and a portion of your purchase will support the grantees helped by the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals.
For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email info@purrnpooch.com.

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

PNP-CC-November-Dates

November ~ National Senior Pet Month
November ~ Pet Cancer Awareness Month
November ~ Pet Diabetes Month
November 1-7 ~ Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week
November 17 ~ Black Cat Day
November 26 ~ Happy Thanksgiving! Office is closed, 24-hour care of all our boarding pets

Purr’n Pooch’s Dog Groomers Provide Variety of Ways to Pamper Pets

PNP-October-Blog-Grooming-2Fall is here, time to make your pooch look like a pumpkin. And we’re not talking about dressing them up like a pumpkin. You can get your dog groomed and dyed to look like a pumpkin. Sound like a crazy idea? Maybe not. Creative, outside-the-box grooming styles are trending.

Pet owners are getting their pooches’ fur shaved into cubes and Mohawks, accessorizing them with wings and adorable bows and dyeing them all the colors of the rainbow. Some people are even requesting groomers make their furry friends look like other species. Dogs that look like tigers, cats that look like lions —the options for unique grooming patterns are seemingly endless.

Purr’n Pooch’s talented dog groomers are used to taking unique, artistic requests. And we’re happy to oblige. We can also do regular spa and grooming for both cats and dogs, including everything from teeth brushing and nail clipping, to tick baths and fur trims. We offer every service to keep your pet healthy and happy, and we understand that each animal has a different personality and needs. We also know that cats require special handling in a quiet, comfortable atmosphere.

Purr’n Pooch’s expert groomer, Erica Briden, recently competed in the Groom Expo, the world’s largest grooming show, in Hershey, PA to show off her skills. The Expo hosts dozens of educational seminars and grooming competitions.

Erica, who works at both our Tinton Falls and Wall locations, competed in two categories. During the Salon Freestyle competition, she showed off her grooming skills by giving Purr’n Pooch regular, Riley, a haircut. Riley, a Havapoo (Havanese/Poodle mix), got a much-needed groom after growing his hair out for the competition.

Erica also competed in a very special competition; the Rescue Clip In, where dogs up for adoption were brought in for special grooming by the competitors.

“My dog was very matted and needed shaved,” said Erica. “It was really rewarding to help give an in-need pup some love and care and a chance for adoption.”

After the competition, the dogs that were groomed were available for adoption by the public.

“It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun,” said Erica.

Grooming services at Purr’n Pooch include organic flea and tick bathing, deshedding and dandruff control, fur trims, toenail clipping, ear cleaning, hot oil treatments, and teeth brushing. Groomers take the time to make sure pets are comfy and relaxed during their entire grooming experience. Erica says what makes Purr’n Pooch so unique is the personalized service clients receive.

“We not only offer basic grooming packages, but we determine the best treatment for each animal,” said Erica. “Not all animals have the same skin and some need special shampoo and treatment. We can even take special requests if an owner is allergic to a product we use.”

This individualized attention makes Purr’n Pooch the place to go to pamper your pets. We also offer pet massage, which can decrease stress and anxiety, help ensure a healthy coat and skin, ease muscle tension, and increase circulation and relieve muscle spasms.

This month, our monthly spa scent is pumpkin spice. Bring your furry friend in for a gentle conditioning shampoo with aloe and sunflower oil that will leave them smelling like fall. The special also includes a spray and a teeth brushing, all for $18 plus the price of grooming or bath.

Check out all the different ways you can treat your dogs and cats like kings and queens at Purr’n Pooch with our spa and grooming services! >

Make Your Dog a Big Part of Your Wedding Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now that’s dedication. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is It Possible? Your Pet Has a Best Friend

Best-Friends

The bond between humans and their pets is strong, but the bond between animals themselves can be just as resilient. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find stories of cats befriending pigs, elephants connecting with dogs, and even a tiger, a lion and a bear (Oh my!) becoming best buddies.

According to Marc Bekoff, a professor at Colorado University, animals are extremely selective in who they choose to form close bonds with. In the case of inter-species relationships, he says even the strangest of pairs can form strong, connected bonds with a large amount of trust. Animals exhibit emotions much like humans and often need someone to lean on, just like humans do.

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, many special friends enjoy relationships with each other. Owner Dick Palazzo has been caring for pets for over 45 years and is often asked if pets can form emotional attachments to one other as well as their owners.

“There is a real bond between animal and animal or animal and human,” he said. “It is true love.”

Here are just a few of Purr’n Pooch’s friends who have formed tight bonds:

FARRAH AND LUCY

Farrah, a 2-year-old Brittany mix, and Lucy, an 18-month-old cattle dog and shepherd mix, became fast friends at Purr’n Pooch’s daycare. Both pups were adopted from shelters; Farrah was rescued from a kill shelter in Alabama and Lucy was adopted through 3 Hearts 4 Paws Animal Rescue.

Both dogs are extremely active and full of energy, which may be what brought them together in the first place.

“Lucy just loves people and animals,” said Liz Barrows, Lucy’s mom. “She has so much energy and is so social. She runs around and tumbles with all the other dogs in daycare. She never sits still and it seems like she’s always building up more energy!”

“Farrah is extremely sweet, cuddly and loves attention,” said Nancy Bilow, Farrah’s mom. “She has a lot of energy.”

Lucy and Farrah, who is aptly named for her layered locks, are often spotted at Purr’n Pooch romping around and enjoying each other’s company. And their humans are grateful the two have a place to spend the days in a safe and fun environment.

“The staff at Purr’n Pooch are so invested in each pet they care for, “ said Nancy. “They like what they do and are so nice and helpful.”

“Purr’n Pooch does a fantastic job of watching pet behavior and knowing exactly where to place our dogs,” said Liz. “It warms my heart to know that Lucy spends her entire day with Farrah.”

MAGGIE AND NINJA

Ninja, a 5-year-old cat, and Maggie, a German Shepherd, were inseparable from the start. Maggie has since passed away, but the bond between the cat and dog was strong. Sandi, a manager at Purr’n Pooch, brought Ninja home as a 7-week-old kitten, and says Maggie treated him like he was her very own baby.

“Maggie would get upset when Ninja left the house to go to the vet,” said Sandi. “They were best friends.”

A study of 170 pet owners with both a dog and a cat found that, despite the very popular idea that cats and dogs are genetically predisposed to dislike each other, cats and dogs not only get along, but learn to communicate with one another. The study found that more than 75 percent of the dog and cat pairs performed some sort of greeting ritual (rubbing noses, purring, etc.)

Maggie was a lover of people and kids, with some anxiety issues. Ninja is a happy-go-lucky cat, and very sweet. Their intense connection left Ninja depressed when Maggie passed away.

“It took over a week for Ninja to grieve,” said Sandi.

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists and a board member of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals, firmly believes animals are thinking, attentive beings capable of complicated emotions, such as love and grief. Ethology, the scientific and objective study of animal behavior, is his guide of study.

Dr. Dodman believes having a basic understanding of ethology is important to pet owners and may help them understand typical behavior for their pet. Feuding cats may have territory concerns. Timid dogs may have experienced early trauma.  Understanding a pet’s normal behavior helps us determine if something is wrong with them when their behavior changes.

So it’s time to dispel the old myth that dogs and cats can’t get along, or that our pets can’t form tight bonds with other animals. While not every canine and feline will become best friends, it’s not out of the ordinary for them, or other pairs of pets, to become connected.

The bonds between animal best buds are strong and the emotions that pets experience because of them are very much real. Bring your pet to Purr’n Pooch and make friends for a lifetime.

Photo above left: Lucy, left, and Farrah are best of pals at Purr’n Pooch
Photo above right: Maggie, left, and her best friend Ninja

Luxury Care for Pets: Pet Parties, Creative Grooming & Personal Service

Pet Care Trends

In our last blog post, we heard from the Palazzo Family, founders of Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort, regarding their picks for 2013 Trends in Pet Care. Now, we’re excited to highlight some more picks from PNP’s team of pet care professionals, many who have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Party Animals

Pet parties are still somewhat of a niche market, but we have seen a rise in people booking events for their pets. More than ever, people have a desire to pamper their pets and treat them more like children. And, what kid doesn’t like a birthday party? In fact, not all that long ago we hosted a “Sweet 16” pooch party with 40 people and their pups. It was heartwarming to see such an outpouring of love and devotion towards our birthday pup, and we were thrilled to be a part of the furstivities. Every month, we also hold Birthday parties for our daycare dogs, and both staff and pups have a blast. For our next event, our daycare clients will join us on Friday, February 1st for our annual Super Bowl game on the Purr’n Pooch playground. We always have a blast creating new and exciting ways to entertain and socialize our dogs!

Jennifer Connors, Customer Relations & Vet Tech

Creative Dog Grooming

Creative grooming is a form of artistic expression in which the animal is the canvas. For some groomers it’s a touch of elegance, and  for others it’s a drastic transformation like. It may involve bright and bold colors, softer pastels, or no color at all. Even celebrities are enjoying the new trend in grooming with their pups donning pretty in pink styles! My hot picks for 2013 designs would be hearts and Mohawks with matching dye colored ears and tails in a range of bright pinks, blues and purples.

Jennifer Dios, Groomer

Paws Down, Personal Service Counts

Thirty years ago someone could bring their dog to stay at Purr’n Pooch for a weekend and when asked “What does your dog eat and how much?” the answer most often would be, “I don’t know.” Today, feeding instructions alone can read like a Ph.D. dissertation.  So what’s my point? Individuality and detail rule at successful pet care facilities. Employees must have a desire to cater to each client’s needs based on a wide variety of special circumstances. It can be a challenging job because for the 100 dogs that walk through our doors on any given day, they also have 100 unique personalities and needs. People also want to be assured that their concerns are being addressed and that their voices are heard. This attention to detail is how we offer them piece of mind. And, best of all, we enjoy caring for each one of those 100 different pet personalities. From shy to feisty, we adore them all!

Joe Zabloski, Customer Relations & Vet Tech

Purr’n Pooch Picks for 2013 Trends in Pet Care

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Palazzo Family 

Industry experts are saying that the pet care industry is “recession proof” and, as you may have noticed, pet resorts are popping up across the country. Though a burgeoning business, Purr’n Pooch President and CEO Dick Palazzo cautions pet owners of new companies with little or no experience in handling and caring for pets. Experience and expertise will be key to long-term success in this growing industry.

Curious about how Purr’n Pooch has stayed in business since 1970? All you have to do is hear from the key people who have contributed to our success. Here are the Palazzo Family’s picks for trends in pet care and how they will be accommodating their clients’ needs in 2013.

Pets Are Family

The biggest trends in pet care are really dictated by the underlying shift in how owners view their pets. Thirty years ago people certainly loved their pets, but they were just that, pets. As time has passed, the paradigm has shifted to people looking at their pets less like animals and more like family members.  The majority of pet owners want the absolute best for their pets, pampering included. At Purr’n Pooch we do our best to anticipate the needs and wants of our clients. Nothing says you love your pet like a 30-minute massage, strawberry bath and twilight walk. Mary Palazzo, Vice President

Aging Gracefully

Senior pet care is on the rise. As veterinary medicine has advanced and better nutrition and wellness products have been developed, people have become generally more willing to go the extra mile for their pets. We are seeing an increase in longevity as many of our dogs have been visiting us for boarding and daycare for more than ten years. This type of specialized care does present new challenges as the needs of each geriatric pet can vary greatly, but we do everything possible to provide the most comfortable and stress -free environment for them. Personalized care is the hallmark of our guest services for aging pets. It’s also a service dear to my heart as I’ve cared for several of my own senior dogs throughout the years at Purr’n Pooch. Dick Palazzo, President & CEO

Natural Products & Relaxation

At Purr’n Pooch, we have certainly made a push to offer a wider array of all natural or organic pet supplies to our customers and guests. Many of our shampoos and conditioners are 100% all natural, plant based and free of chemical detergents. Stress is also a large health factor in humans as well as pets. We go to great lengths to provide a relaxing environment for the pets with classical spa music played throughout our facilities. We also provide a natural pathway to relaxation through our spa services, which include massage therapy, reiki and group activities such as doga (yoga with your dog)Betsy Palazzo Dudick

Doggie Daycare

Doggie daycare continues to be on the rise. Many families work long hours and don’t want their dog(s) to be home alone. Some simply want their dog(s) to mingle, socialize and enjoy a good time. There are many reasons people bring their dogs to daycare, but the common thread among our clients is the love they share for their pets and their desire to do what’s best for them.  Koren Palazzo Spadavecchia

All in all, pet care services are on the rise in 2013 and at Purr’n Pooch we’re poised to continue to be the best option for pet owners visiting or living on the Jersey Shore. According to Embrace Pet Insurance, a member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association, no time in history has seen such a wide and growing variety of products and services for pet parents and their pets.

Purr’n Pooch’s diverse menu of services reflects the growing general consensus that pets are indeed a substantial part of the family now. But, you knew that already didn’t you?