Protect Your Pets This Fourth of July

 

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Who doesn’t love Fourth of July and summer fireworks? Your pet might not. Dogs, cats and other animals can get spooked easily by the loud bang of fireworks, and it’s our job to do whatever we can to help keep them safe. Animals may get scared or confused when the unexpected bang occurs, causing them to run away in fright, or otherwise injure themselves out of fear.

Here are some tips to help keep our animal friends safe during the Fourth of July and summer fireworks:

  1. Give pets a safe environment from the loud noises. Dogs often like to be in a small space when they feel frightened, such as their crate or dog bed. Cats routinely hide in closets or under beds during fireworks. Make sure you know where your furry friends are before and after the fireworks display.
  2. In or outdoors, avoid leaving pets alone during fireworks. If you must leave pets alone, make sure all windows and doors are securely shut. Familiar noises like the T.V., a fan or the air conditioner can help lessen the stress of the loud noises.
  3. If your pet seems scared, avoid punishment and speak calmly and cheerfully. Give pets a distraction from the loud booms with a KONG®toy full of treats. At Purr’n Pooch we fill the toy up with treats then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer. Pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter then get to the treat. Specific treats are made for pet relaxation. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations, we have Pet Naturals Vermont Calming Treats for all kinds of pets (a full supply of calming treats will be available June 15). All Natural Bully Sticks  are a good alternative.
  4. Gentle pressure can help relieve anxiety. If a furry friend feels stressed, a wrap fastened around the midsection can calm the nervous system through a hug-like pressure. We suggest using Thundershirt, available at both Purr’n Pooch locations in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.
  5. Don’t forget about the ears. Our pets are sensitive to loud noises just like us, and Mutt MuffsHearing Protection for dogs is a great way to protect hearing. The muffs are comfortable, lightweight and come with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for the highest level of comfort. Make sure to supervise your pooch while the muffs are on.
  6. ID your pet. Make sure all your pets have an ID tag or microchip so they can be returned to your loving home if they escape.
  7. Educate yourself. Make sure you know when your community and surrounding area is having fireworks displays so you can be prepared to protect your pets.

Here is a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 1 at 9:45 p.m.

  • Manasquan Fireworks: July 1 at dark

  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 3 & 4 at 9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

  •  Bradley Beach Fireworks Display: July 3 at 9 p.m.

  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 at dark

  • Asbury Park Independence Day Fireworks: July 4 at dusk

  •  LBI Fireworks: July 4 at dusk

  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest & Fireworks: July 4 at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Ocean City Fireworks: July 4 at dark

  • Point Pleasant Fireworks at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk: July 4 at dark

  • Sea Isle City Independence Day Concert & Fireworks: July 4 at 7:30 p.m.

  •  Seaside Heights Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 4 at 10 p.m.

    Weekly Displays:

  •  Seaside Heights: Every Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. in July and August

  •    Point Pleasant Beach: Every Thursday night at dark in July and August

  •  Wildwood: Every Friday night at 10 p.m. in July and August

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. Remember to take care of our furry friends so we can all be safe and enjoy the summer.

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. 

Introducing Your New Baby To Your Pets and Pets to Baby

Introducing Your New Baby To Your Pets and Pets to Baby

Bringing home a new baby is a joyful time for expectant parents. You’ve planned for months, attending child birth classes, reading books galore, shopping for gadgets and clothing, and taking in baby care tips from friends and family. You may have overlooked one step however – preparing your pet for baby’s arrival.

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, we’ve enjoyed teaching and watching our clients and two generations of Palazzo children enjoy healthy and beautiful bonds with their pets. The dogs, cats, horses and children all understand that it’s important to respect one another, in and outside of the home environment. If you do not take the basic steps necessary to prepare your pet(s) for the family’s new bundle of joy, your dog or cat may exhibit unwanted behavior and anxiety, causing stress in the home.

On Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. join Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort’s Founder Dick Palazzo and Trainer Karen Fazio as they share tips and strategies for preparing your pet for baby’s arrival. Let’s create a joyful homecoming for the entire family, two and four legged. We look forward to having you join us!

A $10 donation to support the nonprofit work of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is requested to attend. Email info@purrnpooch.com to register.

SEMINAR TOPICS

• Importance of obedience training for dogs of all ages
• Baby and dog-proofing the home
• How to effectively and safely introduce baby-related items safely to an environment with a family pet
• The variety of ways in which dogs are likely to react if not prepared in advance of baby’s arrival
• Changing sleeping and attention schedules and how they may affect household pets
• How to cope with the loss of sleep
• Myths and truths about presenting a child to a pet for sniffing
• What to do with the pet the day baby arrives
• How to manage visitors and pet interactions
• The truths and myths surrounding alpha leaders in the home
• Preparing a pet for frantic schedules and stressed parents
• How to prevent reactivity to wheels and other fast-moving objects
• Safety protocols for baby-dog interactions

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Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks

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For many pets, fireworks can be very scary – the noise, smell and bright, flashing lights can bring on severe anxiety and fear in many dogs and cats. And today fireworks are held at various times of the year with little or no warning for pets and their owners. Left unsupervised, your dog or cat can become disorientated and possibly escape from the house or yard seeking safety only to end up hurt or lost for hours, or even days. If your pet does not have a microchip or identification of any kind on his body, he could even be lost forever. It’s important that as pet owners, we take precautions to ensure our pet’s safety.
Purr’n Pooch offers the following five tips to help keep your pet safe and secure during the big booms of summer fireworks:
1. Provide a safe place for your pet to seek refuge from the noise. Many dogs prefer a small den-like place, such as their crate or bed to rest if they feel frightened or stressed. Cats have hiding down to a science, so you’ll probably find your friend safely and snuggly hiding in a closet or under your bed during the fireworks. Before the fireworks begin, make sure that all your pets are accounted for and protected inside your home before the celebration begins.
2. Avoid leaving your pet alone, in or outdoors, when fireworks are set off nearby. If you must leave your pet home alone, make sure he is left indoors with all windows and doors securely closed and locked. The soft, familiar sounds of an air conditioner, kitchen vent, radio or t.v., if left on while not home, will help to lessen the intensity of the loud booms depending how far you are located from the attraction.
3. Never punish or yell at your pet if he seems alarmed. Instead, act normal and relaxed. Speak calmly and cheerfully to him and try to distract him with toys and treats. You can give him a KONG toy stuffed with treats and let him figure out how to get them out. At Purr’n Pooch we fill a KONG toy with treats, then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer to chill, then later our pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter and try to get the treats out. Certain kinds of treats can also relax pets. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations we have Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats for all different size pets. We also have Churpi Chews, which are all-natural, long lasting products.
4. Apply gentle pressure to your pet’s body to help relieve anxiety. A wrap fastened firmly around his midsection will calm his nervous system through application of a gentle hug-like pressure. We recommend using Thundershirt, which is available at both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL.
5. Protect your pet’s hearing with earmuffs. Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for Dogs are comfortable and lightweight with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for maximum comfort. Make sure however that you dog is  supervised while wearing them.
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 across the region, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.

KING AND QUEEN OF THE DOGS RULE FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST CROWNED

Thank you to Pet Couture designer Anthony Rubio for sharing this pic of King Bogie.

Congratulations to the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals Dogs Rule Facebook Photo Contest Winners, Queen Lola, a gorgeous pit bull from Neptune Township, NJ and Bogie, a distinguished Chihuahua from New York, NY!! The winners received two tickets to attend the gala and sparkle and shine grooming and spa packages to Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts.

Though Lola was unable to join us for the Black Tails Gala on August 9th at the Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ, her mom Maggie gave a beautiful speech reminding everyone to opt to adopt and save a life. She also shared news of Lola’s friend, Gloria, an energetic, playful 1 1/2 year old female pit bull terrier, available for adoption and looking for her forever home through the Monmouth County SPCA. Gloria loves kids, dogs, cats, long walks and playing in the yard.

Gloria (pictured below) is looking for her forever home. If you’re interested, please contact her foster mom Jill at 732-245-7363.

JOIN US FOR PAWS FOR A CAUSE AT PIER VILLAGE JUNE 2nd

Second Annual PAWS FOR A CAUSE DAY To Benefit Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals

June 2, 2012 • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Pier Village • Long Branch, NJ

Fun family & dog-friendly activities all day!

8:00 am Purr’n Pooch 5K Classic Run.

Register 7:00 am and at RaceForum.com/Paws

All Day! Music • Vendors • Face Painting

9:15 am – 10:15 am Doga (Dog Yoga) Class with Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts

1:00 pm Doggie Fashion Show

Playing All Day! Purr’n Pooch Foundation Tails of Love Movie Premier

Plus… Long Branch K-9 Police Demonstration

Adorable Adoptable Dogs in Attendance

Sponsored by:

Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts

Small Factory Productions

Paws & Pose Pet Boutique

For more information, please email SaveLives@PurrnPoochFoundation.org

About the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals

Too often we hear about the millions of unwanted animals killed in shelters across America each year or read about unfathomable cruelty inflicted on defenseless creatures. Fortunately, there are selfless, passionate individuals quietly saving lives – hands-on, one animal at a time.

With pure hearts, boundless energy and few resources, they work diligently day in and day out, to rescue animals in distress, heal their wounds, restore their confidence, and teach them to trust and love again.

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation is committed to helping these unsung heroes pursue their worthy missions. Regardless of species served, the Foundation supports those deserving organizations who do so much with so little.

SPRING INTO ACTION WITH DOG TRAINING AT PURR’N POOCH

Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer. It’s the perfect season to enjoy time outside with your dog.

Is your dog’s behavior holding you back from enjoying the great outdoors? Tired of your baby pulling you around the park on the leash? Is he jumping for those burgers at the family barbecue? Is she having trouble listening to your basic commands like sit or stay? If any of these dilemmas are holding you back from enjoying a special day out-and-about with your best friend, we invite you and your pet to join us for training classes at Purr’n Pooch.

Spring is an ideal time to join Purr’n Pooch’s Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST for her 6-week session of private and group classes for puppies and adolescents. A well-behaved, happy dog will enjoy an exciting summer of fun in the sun with family and friends!

Puppy Basics Class Starts Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m.
(Puppies 10 Weeks – 5 Months)
Puppy Basics covers potty training, nutrition, bite inhibition and basic obedience, including walking nicely on leash, sit, down, stay, come and leave it/drop it.

Basic 1 Class Starts Wednesday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m.
(Dogs 6 Months & Older)
For the adolescent or adult dog that needs ‘basic training’. Our professional trainers will teach you how to teach your dog sit, down, stay (duration & distance), come, walking nicely on leash, leave it / drop it, and how to politely greet strangers. We’ll also show you how to address unwanted habits like jumping, mouthing, nipping, barking incessantly and becoming overly distracted in the presence of other dogs.

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!

  • Private & Group Classes
  • Boarding School
  • Camp
  • Special Needs Programs
  • Behavioral Consultations & Modification

Contact Purr’n Pooch at 732-842-4949 or info@purrnpooch.com for information on rates and private or group training classes. Classes are help in Purr’n Pooch’s Training Hall at 80 West Gilbert Street, Tinton Falls, NJ.

About Purr’n Pooch Dog Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST

Iuliana is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College’s Dog Training Program and received her Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She has been a partner in the prestigious Community Training Program of Best Friends Animal Society since January of 2010. She comes to Purr’n Pooch from the Monmouth County SPCA, where she worked as a trainer in the Behavior Department, assessing dogs, designing and implementing behavior change protocols and creating enrichment programs to enhance the experiences of shelter dogs. She also trained staff and volunteers on basic dog handling and safety and trained high-level volunteers to participate in advanced behavior modification work.

Training Tips

  • Training must be FUN in order for your dog to learn.
  • Training is not hard; it just takes time, patience, consistency and persistence.
  • Training is not a spectator sport. You must participate to achieve.
  • Training is a lifelong process. If you stop practicing with your pet, he or she will forget. Teach new tricks, play new games and practice commands in new places. Keep training interesting for both you and your dog’s sake.

“Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.” Michael W. Fox

PURR’N POOCH FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS HONORS HEROES IN ANIMAL WELFARE


On February 23rd at the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort in Tinton Falls, the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals announced its 2012 grantees in the areas of animal rescue and welfare. Annual grants are awarded to non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations to be used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects.

Since the foundation was founded in 2010, grants totaling $35,000 have been awarded to nine nonprofit animal rescue organizations. 2012 grantees included the Cat Assistance Network, Greyhound Friends of NJ, Operation Kindness, Project Animal Worldwide, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Special Needs K9, and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.

With pure hearts, boundless energy and few resources, our grantees work tirelessly to rescue, heal and restore the confidence and trust of animals in need,” said Elizabeth Palazzo, President, Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. “Our Board is honored to support the inspiring work of unsung heroes in animal welfare.”

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial support and educational resources to assist the efforts of non-profit, no-kill animal welfare and rescue groups across the United States. Visit www.purrnpoochfoundation.org for more information.

Inspiration for the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals

The Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2010 as a family owned and operated business. To honor the occasion, Dick and Mary Palazzo’s daughters Koren and Elizabeth founded the Foundation to continue their legacy of love. Today, the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees whose enthusiasm, dedication and complementary skills have produced a high-functioning team with the sole focus of helping those who help animals.

Board of Trustees

Betsy Palazzo, President

Koren Spadavecchia, Vice President

Shannon Gance, Treasurer

Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, MRCVS, DACVB

Wendy McCulloch, DVM

Dick Palazzo

Brian Voynick, DVM

HARLEY’S ON GOOD BEHAVIOR WITH TRAINING AT PURR’N POOCH

“Firm, but gentle. Demanding, but passionate. Sincere…”

If we were asked to describe Iuliana, the trainer we selected for our 11 month, work-in-progress, rescue named Harley, then these are the first thoughts that come to mind.

We were very fortunate to have a friend recommend Dick Palazzo, owner of Purr’n Pooch as a contact for someone to train our boxer “beast”. After describing Harley to him, he said “I have just the right trainer for you. Her name is Iuliana”. We spent our first hour at Purr’n Pooch in an upstairs training area with Harley and Iuli. We were horrified at how ill-mannered he was. Yet Iuli just stayed totally calm. She showed us how to discourage his aggressive behavior staying tranquil and rewarding him for doing well. Never once did she try to restrain him or raise her voice. We just sat there with our mouths agape. (Maybe there is hope).

Fast forward two months…he’s still a work-in-progress, but is so much more obedient. Iuli comes to our house and works with him – again reinforcing the positive with encouragement and treats. As we all agree, he’s very smart. He remembers commands. He keeps eye contact when training. But he’s still young and headstrong. But we’re sure he’s going to be a very special guy.

After each session Iuli send us summary reports and further training suggestions.
We will continue to work with Iuli and strongly recommend her skills and demeanor as a trainer extraordinaire.

Ellen and Jay Garfunkle
Oceanport, NJ

TOP TEN REASONS PETS LOVE PURR’N POOCH!

1. Luxury lodging & daycare
2. 24-hour supervision by experienced, certified staff
3. Twilight walks, tuck-in treats & tummy rubs
4. Indoor & outdoor playgrounds and pools
5. Jungle platform cattery with waterfall
6. Shuttle & limo service
7. Training and social skills
8. Award-winning gentle grooming
9. Spa, massage & natural salon products
10. Pet boutique