Alden’s Kennels Multi-State Mixer rich in potential for area businesses

 

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Time to give your business a boost. The Aldens Kennels Multi-State Mixer is the mixer with the most potential.

Does your business need some exposure before it goes to the dogs? Well, maybe you should take your business to the dogs for some exposure; maybe you should have a Tasting Station or do a sponsorship at one of the biggest, most proven networking mixers in the Midwest – the Multi-State Mixer at Aldens Kennels, 6810 Barnard Mill Rd., Ringwood, IL.

 

That’s quite a claim but consider that this mixer has 12-participating chambers with attendance expected to surpass 300. That’s quite a crowd of potential power partners, clients and/or friends you can meet from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 5.

We’re not talking about a random group of people here; these are successful business owners from Chicagoland and into Wisconsin. Many are business owners who are returning after discovering this networking gold mine in one of its previous five years.

Mixers offer opportunities to let the business world know you’re there while making some connections. Meeting people at a mixer is a great way to lay the groundwork for relationships that may provide value in the future.

If mingling is rich in opportunity, consider the potential of standing out in this crowd. As a sponsor, you’ll have several options:

  • Beverage Bar Sponsor ($1,000): Choice of inside or outside bar to have your company’s name on, including recognition as the Beverage Sponsor during the event, on signage for the event and on the Alden’s Kennels Facebook page. A table with a vinyl banner with your logo you can go home with; Website page with a link for your business video and picture advertisement. Vinyl graphics on our floor till the mixer again next year for all our clients and the public to see year-round.
  • Tent Sponsor ($750): Includes recognition as the Tent Sponsor during the event, on signage for the event and on the Alden’s Kennels Facebook page, a table with a vinyl banner with your logo you can go home with, vinyl graphics on our floor until next year for all our clients and the public, at events, to see throughout the year, and a Website page with a link for your business video and picture advertisement.
  • Coffee Sponsor ($300): Includes recognition as a Coffee Sponsor during the event, on signage and on the Alden’s Kennels Facebook page; a table with a vinyl banner with your logo you can go home with; vinyl graphics on our floor until next year for all our clients and the public, at events, to see throughout the year.

If you Tasting Station at this red-carpet affair, Alden’s will provide a serving table, tablecloth, sanitize station, and electricity, if needed. There is no registration fee for a Tasting Station though you will need a chef or staff member to plate and serve tastings, and you’ll need a current Certificate of Insurance (COI).

Whichever way you go, a Tasting Station and/or a Sponsorship, the Multi-State Mixer is rich in potential you don’t want to waste.

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Dog Training – the perfect Valentine’s gift for her and your Third Lake dog

 

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Something different to get her for Valentine’s Day? How about paying so she can take that Third Lake dog for dog training?

You could get your wife or girlfriend some candy, send some flowers, even send one of those Teddy bears. But, how long will any of those last? The flowers will die, the candy she’ll eat, and the bear will fall apart over time, especially if your Third Lake puppy gets hold of it. But, there is an alternative that will remind her of Valentine’s Day for years to come.

 

You could sign the dog up for some dog training

Imagine how much she’ll enjoy the interaction going to dog training with her puppy. The process is fun, for the owner and the dog. It also builds a deeper bond between her and her dog. As much as she loves her dog, the idea of a deeper bond is quite a benefit of dog training.

Even though she loves her puppy completely, there are still ‘those’ time. You know the times; when the puppy makes a mess on the living room carpet, chews up one of her slippers, jumps up and damages her favorite dress. She doesn’t stop loving the puppy, but those moments are trying.

Dog training will, at the very least, reduce trying moments. If she and the puppy stick with it a while, they’ll virtually eliminate the puppy’s behavioral issues.

Dog training can eliminate the ‘drawbacks’ of dog ownership. More than that, however, it enhances the benefits and can do so dramatically.

With training, that puppy won’t jump on visitors who come to her Third Lake home. With training, the puppy will know where to do her business and, if necessary, will indicate the need. With dog training, the dog will come when called. She’ll be more protective but in a safer manner.

Dog training is the way that a puppy becomes a member of the team rather than an independent agent who acts in her own interests and acts out almost randomly (their behavior probably isn’t as random as it may seem).

So, you can run to a Third Lake store and buy her something perishable for Valentine’s Day or you can get her something she’ll cherish for years to come.

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Use your senses when you bring your Mundelein dog to a kennel

 

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When you leave your Mundelein home for a trip, business or pleasure, you want to make sure you use your senses choosing a kennel.

How long will you leave your dog at the kennel when you leave Mundelein for business or pleasure? Dog owners typically leave their dogs at the kennel for a week or more. They want a kennel where their dog will be safe, healthy and happy while they’re gone. This means that you can’t just do a search and choose any-old kennel when it’s time.

 

So, how do you choose a kennel where your dog will receive the care he or she deserves, and where you won’t worry while you’re away? There’s nothing worse than spoiling your vacation worrying about whether your dog is okay when you’re supposed to be hitting the slopes, swimming in a pool on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. And, if you’re on business, you certainly don’t need the distraction.

Choosing a good kennel starts with using your senses. And that means just about all of them.

The kennel is not the same as your Mundelein home. But, it should provide care that is on par with the care you provide your dog, which isn’t to say your dog won’t be happy to see you when you return. If the kennel is a quality facility, however, your dog won’t spend the entire time you’re gone pining for you and lonely. That’s because a quality kennel takes into account more than just the health and safety of your dog; they also consider your dog’s state of mind and emotional welfare.

So, what should you look for in a kennel and how should you apply your senses?

  • Start with your intellect. Logic will suggest that you should do more than look up just-any kennel. You want to do some research. How long has the kennel been providing for dogs while their people are away? What kinds of kennel-related services do they offer? And what kind of reputation do they have? If you have friends to ask, do so. Either way, take some time to check out online comments about the kennel.
  • Use your sense of sight. Look the facility over inside and out. Are there any hazards your dog needs to worry about? Is it secure – your dog won’t get out and run away and no one will get in unnoticed? Is it clean? This includes the private rooms. You may see the occasional mess but it should be clear that the kennel is staying on top of the issue and cleaning the rooms regularly.
  • Use your sense of smell. This fits with the idea of a clean kennel. In a kennel, it may not be possible to eliminate even the slightest scent of dogs, but it should be well monitored. At the same time, you don’t want a kennel to have an oppressive smell of bleach, either. Use common sense and use your nose.
  • Use your hearing. Dogs will bark. Some dogs like to bark and do so with frequency. Most will also bark because you’ve entered the kennel. You’re someone new and interesting entering their territory. But, listen to how the folks maintaining the kennel and caring for the dogs, interacts with the dogs. Does it sound as though they’re trying to develop a positive rapport with the dogs? Are they kind in the way they treat and talk to the dogs? Do they lose their temper or display patience?

If you use your senses, the next time you leave your dog at a kennel, when leaving your Mundelein home for a while, you’ll know that your dog is in good hands. And you won’t have to worry.

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Cleanliness says a lot about the kennel where you leave your Lake Geneva dog

 

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The first way to judge the quality of the kennel where you may leave your dog is to consider if the kennel is kept clean.

Your dog is really fortunate. She has a good home, she’s healthy and she’s loved. But, though Lake Geneva is a great place to live, there are times when you have to go away. You might even leave this vacation playland to go on vacation somewhere else. For whatever reason you’re leaving, you want to leave your dog in a proper kennel where the care is good, and she’ll be healthy and happy.

 

There are a number of factors to consider when leaving your dog at a kennel. Does the kennel have a good reputation for caring for the dogs it’s entrusted with? Are the folks operating the kennel experienced – do they know what they’re doing? Is the kennel secure? Are the dogs in the kennel happy? But, the first thing to look at is whether the kennel is clean.

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” works for dogs, too.

  • Why is it important that a kennel is kept clean?
    It demonstrates attention to detail and concern for the welfare of the dogs in the kennel’s care. A kennel that doesn’t maintain cleanliness is a kennel with other things on its mind. Oh, they’ll shove your pet in a crate and throw some food and water at them once in a while, but are they really engaged in the welfare of your dog while in their care?
  • A cleaner room for your dog is a healthier room for your dog. Inevitably, a quality kennel is cleaner and, rather than any old space that passes for a pen, your dog will stay in a room specifically created and maintained for their health, safety, and happiness. Without a focus on cleanliness, a kennel could be a breeding ground for bacteria and disease. The same is true at your home, which is one of the reasons you clean up for your dog. Why would you expect anything less from your kennel?
  • A focus on cleanliness means your dog’s ‘business’ won’t lay there waiting for your dog to walk in it and spread it around. A kennel can’t follow a dog around and catch their ‘business’ before it hits the ground. But, if they’re serious about cleanliness, they’re looking in regularly to clean the ‘duty’ away promptly.
  • Consistent attention to cleanliness can’t happen without consistent attentiveness to your dog in general. If your dog has a need, it won’t go unnoticed for long in a kennel where they focus on cleanliness. And, maintaining a clean room for your dog means that your dog will have regular interaction with someone who cares – someone who cares enough to worry that your dog’s room is clean.

Lake Geneva is a great place for people and their dogs to live. But, when you need to go away, make sure you leave your dog at a place that is as clean, healthy and safe as your own home.

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Fox Lake cats need to choose a good cat hotel for Spring Break fun

 

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You don’t want to leave your cat just anywhere when you go on Spring Break. Cats from Fox Lake, like yours, are more particular than that.

Spring break is fast approaching for the felines of Fox Lake. Okay, we have a little time left before the fun actually begins, but you don’t want to wait until the last moment to start making plans. In particular, you want to reserve a room now, while the best rooms are still available. Don’t wait like some other cats who put it off too long.

 

Cat hotels are filling fast. You don’t want to spend your Spring Break stuck in some dive where the cat rooms are dirty and cramped, where other cats are unhappy and behaving as though they have distemper. You want a room in a cat hotel where the cool cats stay.

How do you know where the cool cats will go when they head out from Fox Lake for Spring Break? Ask around. What do those other cats have to say about Spring Break and their plans? Still, you don’t want to blindly follow the clowder – any old group of cats. Sniff things out on your own. Get the lay of the land before you curl up in a cat hotel for the feline festivities.

Check it out; is the cat hotel you’re considering clean? Not just a little clean but finicky-cat clean? Dogs like a clean room. Cats are more demanding and if the rooms in the hotel aren’t clean, well, that just won’t do. And, by all means, make sure the litter box is kept clean.

Cats, such as you, are communal animals, when you want to be. That means you’ll want the opportunity to interact with other cats, from time to time. But, you also want a cat hotel where you can have some private time, a little space when you’re not in the mood for the shenanigans of all those other cats.

What about entertainment? What kind of cat hotel doesn’t offer any entertainment? A cat hotel that’s for the dogs. Well, actually, even the dogs wouldn’t put up with that.

The better cat hotels will have things for cats to climb on. They’ll have toys. Some cat hotels will even have flat-screen televisions with cat-friendly movies playing.

Well, now that you’ve figured out what to look for in a cat hotel, just remember, you don’t want to do anything during Spring Break that will go viral online where cats back home in Fox Lake will see what you were up to.

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A tale of two dogs in Elmhurst and the miracle of dog training

29903349 - portrait of the german shepherd puppyBrandy is a 5-year-old pitador (Lab-Pit mix) living in Elmhurst with her family. Lucas, a Shpsky (German Shepherd-Husky mix), is also 5 and also lives in Elmhurst. They are strikingly different looking dogs, though both are very attractive. But, the real difference has less to do with their physical appearance; the real difference is in their behavior.

Both are loved by their families. Both came to their respective homes as young puppies. They came into houses that were prepared for their arrival. Both puppies were provided with beds, toys, collars and leashes, food and water bowls and their local dog tags. Knowing how puppies can be, their families also moved things the puppies might chew out of reach. The puppies moved into idyllic situations.

Both had fenced backyards where they were set loose to play and, of course, to do their business. Still, as puppies will, both had ‘accidents’ inside. This is where the difference between Brandy and Lucas really began to show. These weren’t inherent differences; they were differences of environment.

93632620 - vector black and white sketch of the dog sitting. cute dogIn both cases, the puppies had joined busy families. But, while Brandy’s family tried an ad-hoc form of dog training, which was, and is, a reactive approach that is based on scolding when Brandy does something wrong, Lucas’s family signed their puppy up for dog training with a professional. They even left Lucas at the kennel where the dog training was initiated.

It’s called Board & Train and it involves a crash course and good-dog behavior training. Lucas learned a lot. One thing he learned is that dog training is fun.

Brandy learned, too. She learned that she should feel guilty sometimes, though she wasn’t always sure why. She learned that, though her family loves her, from time to time, they get mad at her. She learned that she’s usually on her own. This probably explains why she tries to sneak people food off the table when her family isn’t looking. She knows they’ll yell at her if they catch her but, when you’re looking out for yourself, you do what you have to do.

Lucas learned that members of the family love taking him along for walks. He bounces along happily beside them on the walks always right beside them, the way he was trained to do. Frequently, he looks up at his family member with an adoring smile of appreciation.

Brandy doesn’t go for a lot of walks. On those few occasions when she does, she pulls constantly on the leash. She’s ready to run off and investigate everything going on in Elmhurst that day – every neighbor working in the yard, every rabbit under a hedge and every child playing across the street. The experience, for Brandy’s family, is frustrating, which explains why they don’t take her for walks often.

Brandy’s family saved a little money early on by not paying for dog training. Lucas’s family paid the money for dog training and have benefited a little more every day since. Both families have mixed dogs that are the same age. They only live a short distance away from each other in Elmhurst. But, the lives they live are light years apart.

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Train your Dundee dog – the smart way to save time and energy

 

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The time spent training your dog will save you time and energy and make living with your dog in Dundee that much more enjoyable.

Dog ownership is one of the most rewarding personal activities a Dundee pet owner can consider. Dogs are companions, protectors and fun to have around. Unfortunately, they can also be a lot of work. You might think that the balance between the rewards of dog ownership and the hassles are dependent on how much work you put into it. That’s really not the case.

 

Training your dog is the key. One of your Dundee neighbors may have a dog and may find the experience exhausting. The dog chews things it shouldn’t chew, jumps on people, does its business in inappropriate places, is a risk to bite visitors and the neighbors’ kids, and may run away at any given moment. They bark incessantly and at the worst times of the day or night. Such a dog is deficient in proper dog training.

Obviously, training a dog takes some work (though some of the better kennels in the Dundee and Northern Illinois area offer a Board & Train alternative that can relieve you of some of the work). But, the work is up front. It’s not endless.

When you live with an untrained dog the work goes on and on. It’s frustrating. Instead of cooing sweet-nothings to your dog while rubbing her behind the ears, you frequently find yourself on the verge of yelling nasty names (don’t yell – it’s not the dog’s fault, you didn’t train the dog).

Dogs are amazing. Once you train your Dundee dog, your dog is trained. They don’t forget. Just how much training you want your dog to have is up to you. But, the more training, the more rewarding you’ll find life with your dog.

In other words, it’s just plain smart to train your dog. It’s a lot less work – a lot less hassle when you train your dog. And, when you consider all the personal items in your Dundee house that they won’t chew, the damaged carpeting from inappropriate potty practice, the potential lawsuits from biting strangers, the clothes they ruin jumping up on people, it’s also less costly to train your dog.

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