Be With Your Dog When You Say I Do On Your Wedding Day

Be With Your Dog When You Say I Do On Your Wedding Day

Wedding season is in full swing, and this year you’re going to see more and more furry guests making appearances at ceremonies and receptions. You’ve probably already seen many engagement photos featuring pets – it’s definitely not uncommon these days! With 65% of households owning pets in the U.S., it’s no surprise that recently more couples are opting to include their best friends in their wedding ceremonies. Many people consider their pet to be their best friend or part of the family, so it only makes sense that more brides and grooms are taking part in this big day trend.

If you’re one of the lucky ones getting hitched this year or in the process of planning your wedding, consider inviting another member into your bridal party. It’s up to you how involved you’d like your pup to be. He can be a special guest of honor, walk down the aisle, and stand with the wedding party during the ceremony, or perhaps he could have a specific role, such as ring bearer or flower girl. Pictures with your pup is also something to consider – you’ll always want to remember those special moments!

Of course, there will be no need for you to worry about your pup’s agenda; we know you’ll have enough on your mind that day. You can put all worries aside about how your pup will look and who will assist him. The staff at Purr’n Pooch can handle, transport, groom and board your best friend for your special occasion. We’ll be prepping your pup before he makes his appearance and caring for him while you’re enjoying your first night as Mr. and Mrs., and also while you’re off on your honeymoon.

Purr’n Pooch offers several wedding packages to accommodate you and your pup for your special occasion.

Deluxe Wedding Package
Our newest great-room style suite with Direct TV, leather, memory foam couches (made for canines), classical music, daily daycare, pool time, a massage and a bath before the return home. Our guest will receive a berber sleeping blanket along with spring water.

This package is based on an either a one or two night stay and includes transportation to the location of your choice for pictures or just an appearance.

Standard Wedding Package
Our guest will enjoy their own sleeping quarters that has an adjoining indoor run. They will partake in our daycare, pool time, and will receive a bath before the return home.

This package is based on an either a one or two night stay and includes transportation to the location of your choice for pictures or just an appearance.

Honeymoon Package
With a choice of one of the above accommodations, this package is priced according to the length of your pets stay with us.

Celebration Package
Our Guest will be treated to a day of play, a bath and transportation to your desired location.

Wedding packages are done by our wedding concierge and are customized to your wedding party’s needs. To make an appointment, please call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall).

Winter Hair Care to Keep Pups Strutting Stylishly in the Snow

Winter Hair Care to Keep Pups Strutting Stylishly in the Snow
This winter has sure been frigid and snowy! Luckily we have our hats, scarves, gloves, warm socks and heavy coats to keep us warm. But what about our four-legged friends who don’t have all that gear to protect them? Naturally, you’d think to keep your dog’s coat longer so they stay warm, right? Surprisingly, it’s actually better to keep your dog’s hair shorter during the winter months.

As you’ve probably noticed while you’re outside playing with your furry friend, a dog’s hair picks up snow like a magnet, and when their hair gets wet it mats faster. The mats block air from reaching the skin making the dog feel chilled and causing skin issues. Also, if the hair between their foot pads is too long, ice balls will form on their paws.

The groomers at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts have primped and pampered many pups during the winter season, so they know which hairstyles are a dos and don’ts. Here are the top hairstyle picks from our groomers to keep your pet feeling fabulous while strutting stylishly in the snow.

 

Winter Hair Care to Keep Pups Strutting Stylishly in the Snow

 

Shorter Body, Longer Legs
With this hairstyle, the dog’s body hair is cut short, but the hair on his legs is longer. This gives an illusion of a longer haircut.

Full Puppy Cut
This is a grooming style that involves a simple uniform trim all over the dog’s body. The dog’s body, face, ears, legs and tail are all trimmed the same length, which can range from 1 inch to 1/4 inches long.

Breed Cut
Some dogs actually have a specific breed cut. These breed-specific standard haircuts have been established by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and are influenced by the dog’s historical purpose.

For example, a Cocker Spaniel will get a Cocker Cut, where the body, head and face are short and sleek, but the hair on the ears, chest, skirt, legs and tail kept moderately long. For the snowy weather, we recommend a short Cocker Cut, where the legs and skirt are trimmed short. Other popular breed cuts include the Schnauzer Cut and Poodle Cut.

Trim
Many dogs come in regularly, typically every 4 to 6 weeks, for a basic trim. Trimming the dog’s hair will allow them to keep the length from getting matted.

Skin and Coat Care
Like humans, pups also experience dry skin in the winter. At Purr’n Pooch, we offer a Strawberry Milk Bath for healthier skin and a soft, luxurious coat. The Strawberry Milk Bath revitalizes damaged and stressed hair and leaves hair shiny and clean. We also offer an Oxy Oatmeal Soothing Bath, which is great for soothing dry and irritated skin.

Your pup’s paws may also be rough, dry, sore or cracked due to the winter weather. A great way to soothe and pamper your pet’s tired, winter paws is with our paw pad cream, which contains vitamin E and essential oils. It can be added to any spa or grooming package for $5. The cream is also available for purchase in our retail boutiques for $10.

Bring your pet to Purr’n Pooch for the finest salon spa and grooming services. Our professional staff are experienced in all dog breeds, and will ensure that your pup feels and looks his or her best during the remainder of the winter season.

Please call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) to make an appointment.

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays
The holiday season is a very special time of year, filled with joy and celebration. Decorations are everywhere, families gather together and gifts are exchanged. Typically, the gifts we give and receive are traditional or items like clothing, toys, games and household items. But what if Santa decides to bring a very special gift this year? One that can’t be placed in a box and wrapped with a bow. The kind of gift that won’t be forgotten about or replaced in a few months. What if Santa decides to place a new pet underneath your tree?

Welcoming a new dog or cat into your family can be very exciting, especially during such a cheerful and joyous occasion. But at the same time, it can also be hectic and stressful, especially if you are unprepared. Unlike other holiday gifts, a new pet takes a lot of forethought, planning and preparation. If your new pet is a holiday gift for your family, be sure everyone is on board and prepared for a new addition. Many animal organizations and shelters advise against giving pets as surprise gifts – owning a pet is personal decision that requires commitment and responsibility.

As long as everyone is ready for a new furry family member, this may be the best holiday gift you’ll ever receive (your pet will feel the same way!).

Here are 10 ways to  prepare for a new pet during the holidays.

  • Establish house rules with other members of your household before your new pet arrives. If you wish to restrict your pet from using your furniture, gently and consistently discourage him from doing so. Have a comfortable bed available for your pet and encourage him to use it as a place to relax.
  • Discuss the responsibilities of caring for your pet with other members of your household. Will there be a schedule for dog walking? Will someone feed him in the morning, while someone else feeds him at night? Will everyone be involved with training? If so, discuss the training techniques you’ll use in order to stay consistent.
  • Make training fun for your pet and it will be easier for him to learn. Maintain patience, compassion and respect. This will build confidence and make the training process fun for you both. Always view things from his point of view and you will build a bond with your pet and achieve fantastic results and a lifelong friendship.
  •  If you have children, discuss the dos and don’ts for interacting with your new pet. Jumping and yelling can cause a dog to get upset and sometimes snap, especially if he’s the nervous, so it’s best if your child stays as calm as possible around him, at least until he settles in. Cats prefer to be on the ground so let your child know not to carry your feline around the house. Your child should know not to approach your dog from behind, as it could frighten or startle him.
  • If adopting your pet, ask for his medical records. If your pet is a puppy or kitten, he should have been to a veterinarian at least once. He will also need to visit a veterinarian several times during his first year to receive vaccinations and twice a year after he’s one year old. You will need those vaccinations in order to board your pet while on vacation.
  • If you have other pets in your household, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good health before introducing your new pet.
  • Purchase the important items your new pet will need upon his arrival. A collar and leash, bowls, food and lots of toys and bones are all necessities. If he has toys of his own, he’ll be less likely to play with things that are off limits, like your personal items.  If a new feline friend will be joining your family, have scratching posts and perches available.
  • Just like small children, pets can be very curious. Keep them safe and out of trouble by pet-proofing your home. Place chemicals and harmful substances on high shelves or if they are in low cabinets, use childproof latches. Keep trash cans covered or hidden away. Look for holes and small nooks that your new pet could get himself into and block them. Keep any harmful food out of reach. Put away children’s toys and games, especially small ones that can cause choking. Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing.
  • Upon your pet’s arrival, your house may have some holiday decorations that are hazardous to pets. Tinsel and ornaments, dangling lights, candles, gift wrap ribbon, chocolate, fat trimmings and bones from dinner, and certain nuts can all cause harm to your pet. Also, keep in mind that some holiday plants are poisonous. Christmas tree pine needles, holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are toxic to pets. Be sure to keep all these things away from your new pet, as well as other pets in your house.
  •  When your new pet arrives, try not to pay less attention to your other pets as they may get jealous. Introduce them, let them get to know each other and spend quality time together both outside enjoying walks, in the yard and inside playing with toys.
Bringing a pet into a home is a great joy and all of us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts hope to meet your new family member soon. Plan and prepare correctly and you’ll have started a beautiful friendship this holiday season.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France.

Debunking Myths in Pet Care: “Kennel Cough”

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Post by Dick Palazzo, President, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts 
Family Owned & Operated Since 1970

There is perhaps no more misunderstood canine disease than what is commonly referred to as “kennel cough” or canine cough. In medical terms, it’s a contagious respiratory disease among dogs, typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. Canine cough, when put in simple terms, is the dog equivalent to the human cold.

It is spread by any one of three infectious agents (parainfluenza, adenovirus or Bordetella). Because of the continued use of the name “kennel cough”, it is widely misunderstood as something dogs inherently catch in a kennel or pet boarding facility. In fact, many veterinarians and WebMD continue to call the virus “kennel cough” often leading anxious pet owners down the wrong path when trying to understand where their dog may have contracted the virus.

I challenge all of us in the pet care industry and veterinary medicine to use the medical term Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), instead of  “kennel cough” because it’s important that dog owners and the public in general be educated on the respiratory disease and its origins.

Canine cough is also an accurate name for CIRD because it describes the syndrome of coughing dogs but does not imply that the disease is caused by a pet care facility. By labeling canine cough “kennel cough”, employees in our industry are constantly working to educate others on the disease. It’s an ongoing issue we face and is very similar to those that were once faced by childcare facilities. Schools and daycares have been successful in educating parents on how illness spreads and today you’ll find hand sanitizer everywhere from the playground to the doctor’s office. But for us, the professionals in the pet care industry, the label “kennel cough” continues to mislead pet owners on the origins of the virus.

What are the symptoms of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD)?

CIRD can show up as a dry, hacking cough and is followed by a ratching or gagging sound. An infected dog may also exhibit a runny nose and sneezing. This disease prognosis without treatment can develop into a fever and breathing problems. For these reasons, early detection on the part of the owner or anyone caring for the pet is important. In general, the incubation period for CIRD is anywhere from 3-10 days and there are millions of strands of the virus.

Why did Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease come to be called “kennel cough”?

While attending pre-veterinary school in the 1970s, I remember reading in medical textbooks that the discovery of kennel cough could be traced back to a time when laboratories, kennels and breeding facilities were boarding dogs in common areas. This started it all and today people are still associating the “kennel cough” with kennels and pet boarding facilities simply because of the name.

How is CIRD contracted?

Typically CIRD is spread from dog to dog in secretion of the eyes, nose, or mouth and by direct contact from infected dog to healthy dog. Sneezing or coughing releases tiny aerosolized droplets carrying the virus to over 20 feet in any direction and spreading ITB to healthy dogs. Viruses can also be carried on hands, clothing, shoes, pet supplies and equipment. It’s crucial to have a healthy facility that creates happy, healthy pets and pet daycare and boarding facilities are leading the pack in taking the precautions necessary to stop the spread of a virus like CIRD.

Much of the literature on “kennel cough” says it has to do with the quality of ventilation when large amount of pets are housed together. Although that is true, the main reason is socialization. Many people take their pets out of the house and bring them to public places such as dog parks, restaurants, hospitals and pet stores. Basically, we live in a more dog-friendly world (thankfully) and our pets socialize more with one another, and thus are more likely to contract the virus.

Most of the time, healthy dogs will pick up the infection through scent because this is the way dogs communicate. You’ll notice the first thing a dog will do when out is drop its head to the ground and sniff around. Dogs can also catch CIRD through the air, as it is an airborne infection. Fortunately, with proper ventilation and by taking precautions like having your dog vaccinated you can lessen your pet’s chances of contracting CIRD. It is also important that when visiting your veterinary office, you inquire about the precautions they take to safeguard your pet’s health while in the waiting room and throughout the building in general.

What precautions are taken at Purr’n Pooch to maintain healthy pets?

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, the same mechanical contractors that designed and installed Jersey Shore Medical Center’s ventilation system also recently designed our units. It’s rare to find a facility with this ventilation system because many buildings are just not designed for it. Everything we do at Purr’n Pooch is for the comfort and care of our pets and their health and safety from the air systems to our hygienic cleaning.

It is possible that no one will ever get to the bottom of discovering exactly how and where our pets contract this infection. Many of us with children can also relate as we prepare for cold and flu season! Your children will spend more time with friends and classmates socializing indoors and on the playground and sports fields. A cold is inevitable and unfortunately so are those visits to the doctor’s office and many do not have state-of-the-art ventilation systems.

I’ve been working with dogs and cats for more than 45 years and it saddens me to hear the term kennel cough used more often than CIRD or canine cough. My hope is that this will change because as soon as pets are treated and the infection is labeled “kennel cough,” it’s sometimes directed back to the dog’s favorite home away from home – the boarding facility, daycare and grooming salon/spa.

My advice for pet owners is to educate yourself and if you believe your pet has CIRD, please visit your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Please note that all the information provided on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Please contact your veterinarian for an evaluation before diagnosing or treating your dog.

 

Summer Fun at Purr’n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey Shore

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey Shore

The tail-wagging fun has yet to stop this summer! These past few months have been jam-packed with exciting activities and the pups and kitties are loving it – especially the mild temperatures, which have made outdoor playtime even more enjoyable.  We were curious to find out what your pets have been doing all summer long, so we held our “Paws” for Summer Fun Photo Contest from July 21 to August 10. We saw so many adorable pictures of pups lounging by the pool and on the porch; basking in the sun out in the backyard; cooling off in the shady garden; playing with the garden hose, Frisbees and chew toys; and taking a bubble bath to clean up from a long day of outdoor fun. Our furry friends just love to soak up the summer fun!

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreWhen your pets are not at home spending fun in the sun with you, they’re enjoying lots of summertime activities with us here at Purr’n Pooch. Splashing and paddling around in our freshwater pools is a favorite for the pups. This summer we added a new and exciting amenity to our Wall location – an indoor pool for aquatic water exercise. It’s already a hit! When it’s time to wind down, the pups relax in the shade on the playground or in our air conditioned suites. They also enjoy playing with KONG® toys filled with frozen peanut butter and treats. The kitties are purrfectly content basking in the sun near the windows and playing on the jungle gym, rock walls and waterfalls. We’ve celebrated quite a few birthdays and other special occasions with private and monthly parties, featuring Jodes Happy Tail yogurt treats for dessert – a sweet treat! On Saturdays, we have our training and agility classes, which take place both indoors and outdoors.

Book your pet’s summer fun with us soon! Our swimming pools are open through mid-September and sometimes longer depending on the weather.  Call us in Tinton Falls at 732.842.4949 or in Wall at 732.528.8100.

When your pet is not visiting Purr’n Pooch or at home playing in the backyard, take him or her out on the town! There’s plenty of dog friendly events happening around the area. Here are just a few in Monmouth County, NJ. Get out and enjoy the dog days of summer!

WONDER BAR YAPPY HOUR

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreDoggies get to romp and play in a large fenced outdoor area while Mom and Dad enjoy a cool drink at Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar, 5th & Ocean Aves. in Asbury Park, NJ! Hours are Monday and Friday: 5-10 p.m. (small dogs only), Wednesday and Thursday: 5-10 p.m. (all size dogs), Saturday and Sunday: 1-10 p.m. (all size dogs). There are swimming pools for the dogs, as well as an agility area and a special ‘time out’ area for those dogs who need a little time to unwind. This is a separate fenced-in area where the dog and their owner can spend some time getting used to Yappy Hour. Dogs must be neutered and have current rabies tag or dog license. There is dog security at all times to keep human and canine guests safe and comfortable. The Yappy Hour deck is restricted to customers 21 and over. Learn more >

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreRED BANK DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

On the third Tuesday of each month, dogs and owners congregate on Monmouth Street for an evening of shopping, dining and socializing with other pet owners. The last event of the summer will take place on August 19, 2014 from 6 p.m. to  9 p.m. Monmouth Street will close from Broad to Drummond and feature take-out dining and dog-friendly activities hosted by local animal charities and businesses including Purr’n Pooch. Come visit our table! Red Bank Veterinary Hospital will also be on hand with water stations, cleanup areas, dog first aid, nutritionists and behaviorists. Dogs must be on a leash. Learn more >

Summer Fun at Purr'n Pooch and Dog-Friendly Events at the Jersey ShoreLONG BRANCH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

Enjoy a day of live performances by talented jazz and blues musicians, food, crafter and sponsor exhibits, an Alex and Ani Hospitality Tent, beachfront views, fireworks and activities for the entire family, including pups, on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The Great Lawn, 28 McKinley Ave. in Long Branch, NJ. The festival is rain or shine, dog friendly, free to the public, and all ages are welcome to attend. Learn more >

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr’n Pooch!

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!

SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS & PROMOTIONS!

The dogs and cats at Purr’n Pooch continue to enjoy the summer with us. Your pets are having fun and relaxing in our air conditioned suites, playing games with friends on our playgrounds, and cooling off with a paddle in our freshwater pools. This summer we added a new and exciting amenity to our Wall location – an indoor pool for aquatic water exercise! It’s already a huge hit with the pups who have enjoyed its soothing and therapeutic benefits.

Join us for your first visit or we hope to see your pet again soon as we have another exciting month of events and promotions.

EVENTS

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Tuesday, August 12 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, August 13 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friends in boarding and daycare will enjoy treats and games on the playground and activities in our water.

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!LUXURY PET CARE SERVICES FOR CATS
Purr’n Pooch’s Dick Palazzo talks about why cats are treated like top dogs at our resorts.
Read about our cattery renovations in a recent Asbury Park Press feature. >

 

 

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!DOG TRAINING CLASSES

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN
Starts Monday, September 8, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PUPPY BASIC
Starts Wednesday, September 10, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
MANNERS
Saturday, September 13, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
AGILITY
Saturday, September 13, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Classes run for six weeks; $200 + tax and are held at our Tinton Falls facility. An Easy Walk harness will be given to the puppy and manners class graduates.

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 about Purr’n Pooch training classes >

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!RED BANK DOG DAYS
Tuesday, August 19
Purr’n Pooch will be participating in Dog Days, which are held on Monmouth Street in Red Bank on the third Tuesday of the month. Monmouth Street will be closed from Broad to Drummond and feature take-out dining and dog-friendly activities hosted by local animal charities and businesses including Purr’n Pooch. Come visit our table!

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!APP BEST OF VOTERS POLL
Please vote for Purr’n Pooch in The Asbury Park Press Best of Poll! Vote for us under “People and Services: Pet Services”.
Vote now! >

PROMOTIONS

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!END OF SUMMER SALE
We’re holding an “End of Summer Sale” at our retail store locations in Tinton Falls and Wall. Enjoy 30% off collars, leashes and harnesses. Promotion runs August 24-30.

 

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

Pets Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer at Purr'n Pooch!

 

 

 

 

August 3-9 ~ International Assistance Dog Week
August 17 ~ National Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 26 ~ National Dog Day Celebrating Shelter Dogs
August 30 ~ National Holistic Pet Day

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

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.

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.