Purr’n Pooch Foundation Lends a Paw to Animal Charities in Need

Purr'n Pooch Foundation Lends a Paw to Animal Charities in Need

Purr’n Pooch Foundation recently awarded grants to 11 non-profit animal welfare organizations. The organizations will use the grants for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects.

The 2013 grantees are MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue, New Life Boxer Rescue, German Shorthaired Point Rescue, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, All Fur Love Animal Rescue, Project Animal Worldwide, Wag On Inn Rescue, Tabby’s Place: A Cat Sanctuary, Operation Kindness, Greyhound Friends of New Jersey and the Monmouth County SPCA.

Without the help of grants and donations, these organizations would not be able to continue rescuing animals, caring for them and finding them forever homes with loving families. Here are just a few stories from the organizations we’ve been able to lend a paw.

MIDATLANTIC BULLDOG RESCUE

MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue (MABR) is an NJ non-profit organization with experienced volunteers on a mission to help bulldogs in need. MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue volunteers provide a safe and loving home for bulldogs in transition. Mick is just one of the many bulldogs from MABR who found a forever home. Here is his story.

Mick, a 5 year old male bulldog, was in a shelter in Philadelphia for over one year while legal charges against his owner were being processed. Mick was seized along with a female bulldog Bea and several other breeds of dogs. The Philadelphia SPCA was able to adopt out Bea to a family, as she only required a spay. When the SPCA called and asked if MABR would take Mick into its rescue, they informed them that he needed extensive medical care the shelter was unable to give him.

At his first vet visit they planned to neuter him, have his nasal passages widened and have his tail amputated. Cathy Kittell of MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue received a call from Dr. Schull at Richmond Valley Vet informing her that Mick had a mass on his spleen. The decision was made to perform a splenectomy and biopsy the mass. Dr. Schull was able to neuter him at the time of surgery.

The biopsy came back clean, and two weeks later Mick had surgery for tail amputation, nasal passages and upper and lower double entropion surgery. Mick also has deep calcification in both of his ears (he is mostly deaf) and has a double luxating patella. He also has limited vision from the years of his eyes being untreated. The foster family has managed to control his ear condition and he will see an orthopedic specialist in the future. With the help of grants and donations, MABR was able to afford medical care for Mick.

Mick was adopted on June 24, to the family that adopted Bea. MABR was able to reunite Bea and Mick, who had not been together since March of 2013. They did remember each other as Cathy was told they slept side by side their first night together.

On June 19, MABR filmed a segment on News12 NJ’s “The Pet Stop” with show host and Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ Trustee Dr. Brian Voynick. Mick was the star of the show and a hit with the host and viewers  Here he is, happy and healthy mugging it up for the camera.

NEW LIFE BOXER RESCUE

New Life Boxer Rescue is a non-profit organization which spans over the northeast region of the United States. Its foster homes are spread out across the country. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the lives of Boxers who are at risk of being neglected, abused or forced to find new homes for reasons not in their control. Dupree, a very special dog, is just one of the many boxers who found love and care at New Life Boxer Rescue. He hasn’t found his forever home yet, but is currently being loved and cared for by his foster mom Patricia of New Life Boxer Rescue. Here is his story.

Dupree came into New Life Boxer Rescue blind. He is a loving, sweet boy. As a special needs boxer, his chances were not good for finding his forever home. After numerous visits to the vets, they found out that Dupree could possibly be a candidate to have his sight restored. Dupree was operated on at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) and the doctor was able to save his sight in one eye. His second eye was too far gone and was subsequently surgically removed. New Life Boxer Rescue had to raise over $4000 for his surgery.

Dupree pulled through with flying colors. Ellen Garfunkle of New Life Boxer Rescue said, “We hope he will eventually find his special family that will love him as much as we do.”

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER RESCUE

German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue (GSP Rescue) is a network of dedicated volunteers who have the capacity to love their breed beyond the regard they hold for their own personal dogs. Rescue dogs come from shelters and pounds, from which they must be pulled, given health care, reconditioned or trained and placed. An unwanted dog may also come directly from a home where circumstances have changed. In these cases, the organization helps the family find an appropriate new home for the dog. Here are a just two stories of special pups rescued by GSP Rescue.

Mr. G (which stands for Ganado) was loved very much by his adopted parents Michelle and Dino. He was just shy of 15 when he passed in his mother Michelle’s arms this year. In his lifetime he traveled to many states far and wide including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. Mr. G’s mom Michelle intends to turn his adventures into a book. Dino and Michelle are active GSP Rescue of NJ volunteers because of Mr. G.

Henry was surrendered by his owner who no longer had time for him before he was rescued by GSP Rescue. He now lives happily with his adoptive parents Melanie and Daniel.

MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING CENTER

With the assistance of grants and donations, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is able to continue to help rescue, rehabilitate, release and preserve marine mammals and sea turtles.

To apply for a Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals grant visit www.purrnpoochfoundation.org

 

LEND A PAW AND PARTY FOR A PURPOSE AT
THE 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER GALA

JULY 23 ~ 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.

To support the Foundation’s work, please join us on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 -10:00 p.m. for our 5th Annual Summer Gala at Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club, 512 Seawaneka Avenue in Oceanport,NJ. The evening will raise lifesaving funds to support the efforts of nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organizations.The night features beautiful sunset views on the Shrewsbury River, live music, 50/50 cash drawings, silent auctions, a delicious menu by the Lusty Lobster, wine and beer by Vic Rallo and 90 + Cellars, decadent desserts, coffee station by Court Liquors and Rook Coffee  music, dancing and more.

Learn more and purchase tickets online now. >

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SUMMER GALA SPONSORS

Purr'n Pooch Foundation Lends a Paw to Animal Charities in Need

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.

Celebrate Summer at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts!

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

June is an exciting time for the pets at Purr’n Pooch! Our pools are already open and the fun never stops on the playground, except when it’s time to cool off under the shade of our outdoor tents or take a siesta in our lounge areas complete with beds and water stations. There are promotions and events to keep your pup or kitty busy all month long. So join the fun and make your daycare, boarding or spa appointment in Tinton Falls or Wall today.

EVENTS

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsBIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, June 10 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, June 11 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Join us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls on Tuesday, June 10 and Wall on Wednesday, June 11 as we celebrate our friends’ June birthdays with games on the playgrounds and treats!

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsDOGGY YAPPY HOUR
Friday, June 13 ~ 6-8 p.m.
Ocean County Park ~ 659 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood
Night featuring displays, vendors, demonstrations and give-a-ways.
Dogs welcome on a leash and vaccinated. Be sure to visit Purr’n Pooch’s booth at the event.

DOG DAYS OF RED BANK
Tuesday, June 17

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsPURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS SUNSET PARTY
Wednesday, July 23 ~ 6-10 p.m.
Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club
512 Seawaneka Avenue, Oceanport
Visit purrnpoochfoundation.org or email savelives@purrnpoochfoundation.org for more details.

PROMOTIONS

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsPOOL PASS BOGO
Purchase your pup’s pool pass and join us for a cool, refreshing doggie paddle with friends in our fresh water pools. Buy one pool pass and get one free June 20 – 22 in honor of the first official weekend of summer. Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100 to purchase your passes.

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsWEDDING DAY PAMPERING
Include your best friend on your wedding day for a walk down the aisle, pictures and more! Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will handle, transport, groom and board your pup for the special occasion.
Book your pet’s stay with us on your big day and he receives a complimentary 15-minute spa massage. Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100 for more info.

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet ResortsINDULGE YOUR PET IN A RELAXING MASSAGE
Summer is on the way, which means you and your pet will be more active enjoying the longer days and time outside. Giving your pet a massage is the perfect way to help relax his muscles and relieve soreness. Learn more >

Celebrate Summer at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

June 1-30 ~ Adopt a Cat Month
June 1-7 ~ Pet Appreciation Week
June 4 ~ National Hug Your Cat Day
June 15 ~ Father’s Day
June 21 ~ First Day of Summer

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

Indulge Your Pet with a Relaxing Massage

Indulge Your Pet with a Relaxing Massage

Spring has sprung and summer is on the way, which means you and your pet will be more active enjoying the longer days and time outside. Whether running, swimming or playing fetch, your best friend is going to be using his muscles a lot, possibly causing soreness if he hasn’t exercised much due to the cold weather.

Giving your pet a massage is the perfect way to help relax his muscles and relieve soreness. At Purr’n Pooch, dog massages are performed in a tranquil spa room with candles and aromatherapy.

Benefits of pet massage include:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Strengthened immunity
  • Improved digestion
  • A healthier coat and skin
  • Less muscle tension and soreness
  • Increased circulation

Any dog can benefit from a pet massage, but older dogs can be the perfect candidates. Along with the benefits previously mentioned, massage may slow down the degeneration process in seniors. Dogs that are suffering from illness, such as arthritis, will especially benefit from massage. For these pets, massage will reduce muscular tension (helps relieve some of the aches and pains) and stimulate circulation. Nervous and anxious dogs will also benefit. Stress can actually be one of the many root causes of illness and disease. So if your friend is frantic, a relaxing message may be in order.

It may seem like petting would be enough, but there is a big difference between petting and massaging your pet. Petting just doesn’t compare to massage, as the average petting is rarely more than skin deep. There are different kinds of specific techniques when it comes to massaging, such as effleurage (gliding strokes used to begin and end a massage) and tapotement (rhythmic percussion to stimulate body systems).

For many pet owners, the goal is not always therapeutic — it’s simply to pamper their best friend. It’s amazing to see how much the pups enjoy being massaged as they enter a state of canine bliss. Our pets make us happy, so why shouldn’t we reciprocate?

If you’d like your pooch to receive a massage by our pet technicians, make an appointment to visit us in Wall or Tinton Falls or add the service to your daycare or boarding package.

Special Meet & Greet with Trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar to Benefit Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals

Meet & Greet with Dr. Ian Dunbar to Benefit Purr’n Pooch Foundation(left: Dr. Ian Dunbar; right: Dick Palazzo with Jax)

Mark your calendar for April 24, 2014, 7-9 p.m.  A very special evening event is planned to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. We are happy to offer a Meet and Greet with Dr. Ian Dunbar, pioneer in dog behavior training. He will be presenting a full day seminar earlier in the day from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. entitled “Simple Solutions for Common Dog Behavior & Training Problems” at the Purr’n Pooch Tinton Falls location. He will be available during the evening reception to answer questions and offer advice.

“Foundation grants are awarded once a year,” said Betsy Palazzo, Foundation President. “The criteria for application are that you submit on behalf of a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization and state the reason for funding. We research every organization who applies, and we try to accommodate everyone who is qualified. We awarded 12 grants in 2013.”

The maximum grant to any one organization per year is $5,000. The same organization can apply year after year.

“Annually, we have granted $30K, and for a small, all volunteer foundation, we are very proud. Every penny helps,” said Betsy.

The opportunity to talk with Dr. Ian Dunbar personally will be a special treat for event attendees.

“Dr. Dunbar’s philosophy of socialization as it applies to dogs and animals is something that we both have in common,” said Dick Palazzo.  “I respect him and believe he is one of the foremost lecturers in the country right now, and I am very proud to have him present at Purr’n Pooch. Dr. Dunbar and I are honored to talk with guests about their individual dog behavior problems during the reception for charity.”

Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts has created one of the finest dog socialization programs in the country. We not only help dogs that are doing things wrong, we are able to advance dogs that are doing things right – an area where most trainers fall short.

“Socialization builds communication with animals, and we do it with love, fun and challenging games,” said Dick Palazzo, President & CEO, Purr’n Pooch.

Purr’n Pooch has become trend-setters for taking dogs to higher levels through elevated mental and emotional stimulation. We have perfected dog daycare; not only can a dog come to play, but a dog can graduate into higher level play groups that are more challenging. The dog is mentally and emotionally stimulated in a way that keeps the dog truly engaged. The outcome is that the pet becomes a better dog.

“Our accomplishment with our dogs is through understanding by love and patience. Once you have that, you earn trust. Once you have trust, you have a secure pet who is willing to do whatever you want and ask him to do. That is definitely a philosophy that I share with Dr. Dunbar,” continued Palazzo.

You can register for the event now for a donation of $25. >

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals was established in 2010 by the Palazzo sisters as a way to celebrate a 40 year milestone for Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts.

“Our parents had always taken in and rehabilitated rescued dogs,” said Betsy Palazzo. “They did this out of the goodness of their own hearts, never asking for any monetary assistance or anything in return. We decided what better way to honor what they have done, and to honor all the unsung heroes in the animal rescue world, than by creating a foundation that helps all types of animals in need.”

Dick Palazzo made a habit over the years of visiting shelters and taking on certain dogs destined for euthanization because they were unable to be rehabilitated by the shelter. Read about his success stories with dogs Grace and Mac on the Foundation website, both misdiagnosed with aggressive tendencies who later became perfect house pets. Mac was even featured in Dog Fancy magazine for his incredible heroism when he saved his family, including two children, from a fire a year ago. Read the story here. Jax, a pit bull from Hoboken, is also a success story, having been rescued and rehabilitated by Betsy Palazzo. Today, Jax visits local schoolchildren in efforts to end breed stereotypes and raise awareness of the importance of pet adoption.

What Dick Palazzo has learned through his rehabilitation work is that most animals deemed “aggressive” are not so much aggressive as they are insecure. Rebuilding trust is a key component in the animal’s rehabilitation process.

The foundation awards grants for any type of animal rescue including dogs, cats, exotics, horses and wildlife.

Their fundraising efforts have helped many organizations including Project Animal Worldwide who specializes in Sato dog rescue in Puerto Rico; the US War Dog Association, which received assistance with a care package drive targeting Military dogs in the Middle East; and Marine Mammal Stranding Center, whose facility was adversely affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Join the Palazzos, Dr. Ian Dunbar and friends of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals on this special evening of celebration, education and fundraising. Your donation will help a charity in need and change the life of a suffering animal.

Purr’n Pooch To Host One-Day Seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar – Pioneer in Dog Behavior Training

Purr'n Pooch To Host One-Day Seminar with Dr. Ian Dunbar

Purr’n Pooch is excited and honored to have Dr. Ian Dunbar present “Simple Solutions for Common Dog Behavior & Training Problems” to community dog owners and trainers. The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, from 9:30am – 5:30pm at the Tinton Falls location.

There will also be an evening reception at 7 p.m. to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals‘ grantees. You won’t want to miss this special occasion.

Dr. Dunbar is the pioneer in dog behavior training. Growing up on a farm with a variety of animals ranging from cows and chickens to dogs and cats, he was encouraged by his family to become a veterinarian.

He was also greatly influenced by his grandfather whom he observed using a tactic little used back then of luring the farm  animals to get them to do what he wanted, rather than pushing, prodding and roping. The animals were rewarded by petting and with food, and this reward-based philosophy was later played out in Dr. Dunbar’s studies and his own dog training seminars and lectures.

“I read lots of studies while in vet school and academia about the effects of early environmental enrichment and socialization on puppies,” said Dr. Dunbar.  “What I learned is that the dog’s brain actually degenerates in as little as three weeks’ time with the lack of proper socialization. The animal can actually suffer permanent brain damage.”

After being invited to give public lectures through the University Extension, Dr. Dunbar found the experience so rewarding after a time that he chose to educate the public full time.

“The public was so eager to learn simple basic techniques of reward-based training and puppy socialization, I decided to make it my life’s work,” continued Dr. Dunbar.  “Puppies are fun and easy to teach.  The key is to start the process as early as possible by introducing the puppy to many different people and rewarding the dog for the desired behavior. If the dog is denied proper socialization until six months of age, for example, you’ve lost the opportunity and the dog may never grow to be the happy, well-adjusted and well-behaved dog he could have been.”

Dr. Dunbar suggests when you get a new puppy, plan to have regular parties at your home for the first month.

“Introduce your puppy to as many new people as possible,” said Dr. Dunbar. “Let your puppy learn naturally not to fear strangers, children or men in particular.”

The credits under Dr. Dunbar’s name are numerous and include:

  • Producing the first ever Puppy Training Video, which helped make his reward-based training technique spread easily and quickly throughout the world
  • Founding the Association for Professional Dog Trainers, which is now the world’s largest association of its kind and the only one offering certification to both US and International members
  • Founding OpenPaw.org which helps Animal Shelters set up a dog socialization and behavior training program

Whether a pet parent or pet professional, you won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to learn from the most highly regarded dog trainer and behaviorist in the world. Expect to learn how to deal with these common canine issues:

  • House soiling
  • destructive chewing,
  • excessive barking
  • digging
  • home-alone problems (and separation anxiety)
  • hyperactivity
  •  jumping-up
  • not coming when called
  • pulling on leash
  • leash reactivity to other dogs
  • lack of attention and compliance

This seminar has been approved for 6 CEUs by the CCPDT & IAABC. Register early here for a fee of $90. Separate registration required for the Q&A and evening reception event.

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Daycare

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dog Daycare
I’ve enjoyed working with dogs and cats for more than 40 years at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls and Wall, NJ. Our family-owned and operated facilities are run by an extraordinary team of 70 pet care professionals, many of whom have been with us for more than 30 years.

Although dog daycares weren’t popular until the 1990s, it was during the early 1970s when I invested my time and love for pets into our Tinton Falls and Wall facilities. I would open the doors to allow our boarding dogs to enjoy leash-free, group play in the halls and yards. Animal behavior was a young science then, and many colleagues questioned why I would take such huge risks with the animals. Today, I am proud to see that dog daycare has become a service widely accessible across the country.

Dog daycare continues to be on the rise. Many families work long hours and don’t want their dogs to be home alone. Some simply want their dogs to 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.

At Purr’n Pooch, we offer 45 different play areas, transitional groups, and even programs for pets with special needs. By having these spaces and specialized services, our dogs can play and enjoy themselves in the proper, supervised environments.

Pet owners should understand however that not only do the accommodations matter when leaving a pet with a daycare facility, but staff experience is key to successful socialization and a happy visit.

It’s important that you inquire about the credentials of the establishment before leaving your dog in its care. A pet care professional with many years of experience assessing animal behavior should evaluate the potential daycare client. Always ask if the employee evaluating your pet has the proper credentials to diagnose your companion’s behavior. Some questions to ask include:

 

1. Will you evaluate my dog’s personality as well as its breed and size?

The personality, behavior and size of your dog should all be evlauated, not just your dog’s breed and size. Like children, dogs have their own individual personalities and tend to gravitate to certain people and dogs during the socialization process. Knowing more about your dog will make it possible for the daycare to place it in a group that works best for its temperament.

2. Will my dog be supervised at all times?

Your pet’s caregiver needs to instill boundaries and supervise situations when your dog is at play in any group setting. Be sure to inquire about daycare security and supervision, as they are equally important factors when choosing a facility.

3. Will my dog play in a group right away?

Your dog should be introduced slowly to its new environment, comfortably introducing a circle of friends and becoming familiar with the surroundings on his or her own time. Some dogs require more time than others to develop the confidence necessary to socialize in groups. This type of introduction takes patience, understanding, and, above all, an investment in employee training and workplace safety practices. And, many dogs may benefit more by being placed in a daycare with human versus dog contact. This environment will exist at a facility willing to work with your pet.

4. What type of surface will my dog play on?

In my professional opinion, the safest and most hygenic surface is astro turf developed specifically for canines. Digging in the dirt, jumping in muddy puddles, and roaming through the grass are all favorite pup pastimes, but your dog’s daycare facility should make sure that your pets still enjoy themselves without potential health hazards. The fuss of daily baths and pesticides could irritate a pet’s skin and fleas, ticks and bacteria can lurk in grass and dirt. At Purr’n Pooch, we outfit our play areas with environmentally friendly turf, which has a knitted backing that provides immediate drainage, so any liquid will wash away automatically, and its soft surface is durable yet gives our guests a comfortable, safe and clean experience while playing outdoors.

No two pets are alike and I take pride in celebrating their uniqueness. Why set dogs up to fail with a daycare that is not accurately assessing their needs or providing the ideal environment for play from the very start? Visit us in Wall or Tinton Falls to see if daycare is a fit for your best friend.

 

Fun Blooms at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts This Spring!

Fun Blooms at Purr'n Pooch Pet Resorts This Spring

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

April showers may bring May flowers, but the month also brings warmer days and plenty of fun on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts playground. Have your pets join us for an exciting month of events, promotions and a shower of love from our staff.

EVENTS

April-Inset-All-Fur-LoveAPRIL IS PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS MONTH
All month long, the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and friends will collect pet supplies and food for All Fur Love Rescue. The charity helps animals in need of love and rescue, and we’re honored to support them during this important month of awareness.
Visit the charity’s website for a Wish List of items needed. >
See our office hours for drop-off. >

April-Inset-Egg-HuntBIRTHDAY PARTIES & EASTER EGG HUNTS
Tuesday, April 8 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, April 9 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friends in boarding and daycare will hunt for eggs and enjoy treats and games on the playground.

April-Inset-TrainingDOG TRAINING CLASSES
7-Week Training Sessions Held Weekly
Puppy Basic I
Adult Basic I
Adult Basic II
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts Tinton Falls Training Hall
First class no dogs – humans only. Our Certified Pet and Dog Trainers (CPDT) specialize in household manners, everyday commands and prepare your dog to obey instructions at home, in public and around other dogs. 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. To register call 732-842-4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.
Learn more >

April-Inset-DunbarSPECIAL GUEST EVENTS:
TRAINING WORKSHOP & CHARITY FUNDRAISER
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will host a very special event with friend Dr. Ian Dunbar, world renowned veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer.

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR COMMON DOG BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PROBLEMS
Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
86 Gilbert St West, Tinton Falls
This is a people-only workshop for both dog owners and dog professionals.
No dogs please.
This workshop has been approved for 6 CEUs by the CCPDT & IAABC.
Registration: $90 Early Bird (until March 24) then $120
Group Discounts available: 10% discount for 5 or more; 25% discount for 10 or more.
Email info@jk-pub.com to set up a group discount.
Get workshop details and register >

MEET & GREET WITH IAN DUNBAR TO BENEFIT PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 pm -9:0 pm
Following the workshop, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will host a Q&A with Dr. Ian Dunbar to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. The intimate evening is a special opportunity to speak with Dr. Dunbar about your specific dog training and behavior problems. Light refreshments will be served.
Admission: $25 Donation
Purchase tickets >
Email info@purrnpooch.com with questions.

PROMOTIONS

April-Inset-Tags-WeddingNATIONAL PET ID WEEK
During National Pet ID Week, April 20-26, enjoy 10% off ID tags at both Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts retail boutiques.

 

WEDDING DAY WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND
Include your best friend on your wedding day for a walk down the aisle, pictures and more! Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will train, handle, transport, groom and board your pup for the special occasion.
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PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

April 1-30 ~ Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
April 1-30 ~ Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Get Tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association
Friday, April 11 ~ National Pet Day
April 20-26 ~ National Pet ID week
Sunday, April 20 ~ Easter (Office is closed)
Saturday, April 26 ~ National Kids and Pets Day

For more information, call 732.842.4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Lucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr’n Pooch

Lucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

EVENTS

MARDI GRAS PARTYLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Tuesday, March 4 at Tinton Falls and Wall ~ 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Mardi Gras games, parade and treats on the playground with friends. We’ll also have a traditional Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” King cake (for pups). Who will be the lucky pup to find the prize inside?

MONTHLY BIRTHDAY PARTIESLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Tuesday, March 11 at Tinton Falls ~ Wednesday, March 12 at Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Games and treats on the playground.

 

SAINT PATRICK’S DAYLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Monday, March 17 at Tinton Falls and Wall ~ 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Purr’n Pooch celebrates the luck of the Irish! Dogs and cats in boarding, daycare and our spa and grooming salon will dress is green and enjoy treats. There may just be a few lucky dogs and cats who also discover gold (bones) for prizes on the PNP playground and cattery.

SPECIAL GUEST EVENTS:Lucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
TRAINING WORKSHOP & CHARITY FUNDRAISER

Purr’n Pooch to host a very special evening with friend Dr. Ian Dunbar, world renowned Veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and dog trainer.

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR COMMON DOG BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PROBLEMS
Thursday, April 24, 2014
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
86 Gilbert St West, Tinton Falls
This is a people-only workshop nd suitable for both dog owners and dog professionals. No dogs please.
This workshop has been approved for 6 CEUs by the CCPDT & IAABC.
Registration: $90 Early Bird (until March 24th) then $120
Group Discounts available: 10% discount for 5 or more; 25% discount for 10 or more.
Email info@jk-pub.com to set up a group discount.
Get workshop details and register >

MEET & GREET WITH IAN DUNBAR TO BENEFIT PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Following the workshop, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts will host a Q&A with Dr. Ian Dunbar to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. The intimate evening is a special opportunity to speak with Dr. Dunbar about your specific dog training and behavior problems. Light refreshments will be served. At the event, we will also present the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ 2013 Grantees with their grant awards.

Admission: $25 Donation
Purchase tickets >
Email info@purrnpooch.com with questions.

PROMOTIONS

LUCKY PAW FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTESTLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Does your pup or kitty have the luckiest life in the world? We want to see just how lucky they are! Post fun pics of your friend enjoying the fur-fabulous life! The photo with the most votes on Facebook will win a free day of play (boarding or daycare) and assorted treats. Contest starts March 10. Last day to enter photos is March 16. Voting starts March 16 and ends March 23. Visit us on Facebook to enter. Winner must pickup their prize at Purr’n Pooch in Wall or Tinton Falls.

PAWDICURE
Ask our groomers about creative grooming. Designs include shamrocks and green dyed tails and ears to celebrate the lucky month. Our competitive rates are based on the breed and condition of your pet’s coat. Express service is available upon request and availability. Grooming services can be made by an appointment, or added to any boarding or daycare package. To make an appointment, call 732.842.4949 in Tinton Falls or 732.528.8100 in Wall.

PET TIPS & TRENDS
Be sure to visit our website at on the 15th and last day of the month for blog posts with pet care tips and trends. This month, we’re talking cats! Is it okay to leave your cat home alone overnight? Find out what the experts say on our blog.

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATESLucky Days Ahead This March for Guests at Purr'n Pooch
Thursday, March 13 ~ K-9 Veterans Day
Tuesday, March 20 ~ First Day of Spring!
Sunday, March 23 ~ National Puppy Day

For more information, call 732.842.4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.