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. 

Halloween Happenings at Purr’n Pooch – You’re Invited to the Furstivities! Wednesday, October 31st 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Calling all party animals! Celebrate Halloween with us  on Wednesday, October 31st, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Purr’n Pooch’s party animal furstivities include bobbing for bones, costume contests, tricks and treats and more! Check out the pictures from past Halloween Parties and join us for this year’s party fun.

October Special Promotions at Purr’n Pooch

  • Boo-tiful black cats enjoy 1/2 off boarding October 21st through October 31st.
  • Pups celebrate the Halloween spirit with $5 off Creative Grooming Styling and Coloring through October 31st.

Creative Grooming with Jenn Dios

Groomer Jenn Dios with Honey Bee

Creative Grooming is a form of creative expression in which the animal is the canvas. For some groomers it’s a touch of elegance. For others, it’s a drastic transformation. It may involve bright and bold colors, softer pastels, or even no color at all.

This Halloween let Purr’n Pooch transform your pup into any any one of a dozen of exciting characters from a football fan sporting the logo of his or her favorite sports team to a cute, cuddly panda bear. Let’s have fun and be creative!

Dying a pet is very similar to leaving in a conditioner. Jenn Dios, Purr’n Pooch’s Creative Grooming Spa Professional, washes your pet with a good quality shampoo, rinses, then adds dye to the desired area where it sets for 15 minutes then is rinsed. Jenn only recommends using dye on a pet that has not had any skin issues and is not sensitive to skin allergies. On a dog or cat, 12 weeks or older, with a healthy skin and coat it should not cause any irritation. Coloring results may vary with your dog’s coat type and breed. A consultation visit is requested prior to your pet’s creative grooming appointment to ensure that your pet has a healthy coat and his or her skin is in good health.

As beautiful as the grooms may be, the animal’s comfort should never be sacrificed for the sake of a groom. It is also important to note that creative grooming is only to be performed by professional groomers, knowledgeable in both basic grooming and creative grooming techniques. While the animals are not harmed during these grooms, there are many different factors that must be understood and taken into account. For this reason, pet owners should not attempt to achieve a creative groom on their own. If you are interested in having something extra done for your pet, talk to your groomer about what options are available for you and your pet.

Contact us at 732-842-4949 in Tinton Falls or 732-528-8100 in Wall to reserve your pet’s appointment. Visit this link for directions. 

Cat Grooming Can Be Comfortable for the Most Finicky of Felines

Cats are very sensitive to sound, touch and texture so at Purr’n Pooch we go to great lengths to make sure your kitty is comfortable when being groomed. Cats require different handling than dogs and should be groomed in quiet, calm surroundings.

Purr’n Pooch’s standard spa and grooming services for cats include trimming of the undercoat, shaving rear areas of fur, trimming nails and pad hair, baths and ear cleaning. It’s very important to get your cat accustomed to grooming early, especially if he or she is a long haired breed.

Tips for Grooming Your Cat at Home

Here are some tips for grooming your cat at home that, with patience and time, can make the process as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Create a tranquil area to bathe your cat, free of loud sound and activity. The sound of running water is very soothing, which is why Purr’n Pooch’s Owner Dick Palazzo designed and installed a 22-foot indoor waterfall and rock wall for our feline guests to enjoy in our custom-designed cattery.
  2. Cats need to firmly grip a surface with their paws and claws to feel secure when bathing so make sure to place your cat on a towel, carpet or yoga mat. Tubs and stainless steel surfaces are slippery and create a sense of insecurity for cats causing them to tense up during bathing.
  3. In order to create a peaceful environment to bathe your cat, Purr’n Pooch recommends giving him/her a sponge bath by using a feline-friendly shampoo. Massage the shampoo into his/her coat and then gently towel dry the fur. Make sure to hold and rub your cat through the process to ensure a relaxing experience.

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.

ENTER THE DOGS RULE FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST

Does your dog rule the house with his or her cute ways ?

Enter a photo of your pup and the male and female dogs with the most votes will each win the following “Dogs Rule” package:

  • Crowned Title King or Queen of the Black Tails Gala
  • Two Adult Tickets (Dogs go free!) to the Blacks Tails Gala, August 9th, 7-11PM
  • A Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts “Sparkle & Shine” Spa & Grooming Package
  • Doggie Couture Ball Gown or Tuxedo

How to enter:
Take a photo(s) and submit it on the Facebook Photo Contest App. You can submit as many photos as you like by the submission end date. Then you and everyone else can vote for your favorite entries, and from those we’ll pick two winners! One vote per day. Photos submission are due by July 29th at 5PM. Voting begins July 30th at 7:00AM and ends August 5th at 5PM.

Be creative with your photos and have fun! All tickets sold to the Gala support the lifesaving work of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ Grantees. For more info on the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and the Black Tails Gala visit www.purrnpoochfoundation.org.

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