In 1997 PAWS Chicago set out to halt the unnecessary killing of thousands of homeless cats and dogs in the region, establishing a No Kill shelter and organizing public-awareness campaigns. More than 30,000 adoptions later, team members still visit Chicago Animal Care and Control six days a week to take as many pets into their care as they have room for, providing necessary medical attention as well as spaying and neutering services. The Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and GusMobile spay and neuter van serve the pets of low-income families and tackle the problem of animal overpopulation in city neighborhoods, catching, treating, and releasing more than 18,000 cats and dogs every year to prevent the unchecked growth of local animal colonies. Through the Adoption and Humane Center in Lincoln Park, PAWS also adopts out animals that enter its shelters. The center maintains a cage-free facility to ensure pets live in comfort and dignity until they can be matched with an adoptive family.
Though lifelong animal lovers, owners Jennifer and Chris Stavrianos' passion for dogs and cats reached a new level of dedication when they began caring for strays around their Westside Chicago neighborhood. The experience inspired them to open Pet Care Plus in 1998. In the 13,000-square-foot facility, pups can scamper across an expansive rubber-surface playground, enjoy training and grooming services, and, in the summer months, head outdoors to frolic in the in-ground swimming pool. Some dogs stay only during the day while their people are at work, but Pet Care Plus also hosts overnight guests of both canine and feline persuasions. Training classes for dogs of all ages are available to keep behavior in check when pets return home. Grooming packages range from simple baths with brushing to a full-service mane makeover complete with nail polish or custom conditioners.
After cooking a batch of brownies at her bakery, Sheila G. Mains had a habit of nibbling at the pieces left over on the pan. She soon had a revelation: she favored these crunchy leftover pieces over the brownies themselves. After this, Sheila created a technique by which she could bake these cookie-like pieces, which she called brownie brittle. The brittle now comes in walnut, toffee, and chocolate-chip flavors. It has since proved popular with Hollywood’s caterers, too—Brownie Brittle has been a featured dessert for the sweet-toothed celebrities at the 2013 Golden Globes, the after party for the premiere of Silver Linings Playbook, and the Senate inauguration of Cookie Monster.
Owner Lindsay Rapp surrounds herself with a staff of canine-whisperers who employ both human and animal psychology to help owners and pets live long, happy lives together. Agility training equips dogs for high-intensity play or auditions for basketball movies, and other courses tailored to families with children keep the peace by preparing dogs for a new baby or preparing families for a new dog.
Sanzone School of Dog Training is the embodiment of perfection. We won't stop until the training is perfect and the client is 100% satisfied. We have created a dog obedience training program that supports our quest for perfect dogs.
All dogs trained will be encouraged to take their Canine Good Citizen test.
When he discovered Machu Picchu in 1911, explorer Hiram Bingham wrote, "In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no place in the world which can compare with it." Miraculously left intact throughout the Spanish conquest of South America, the ancient Incan citadel is composed of granite temples and palaces tucked away in the Andes Mountains, some 8,000 feet above the Urabamba River. Though the Lost City of the Incas may be the most famous of Peru’s ancient ruins, the former Incan capital of Cusco lies near several marvels of both pre-Columbian and colonial architecture, many of which are stops along the way on this guided Peru tour from Raymi Productions.Days 1–2: Upon arrival in Cusco, travelers are transported to Novotel Hotel or similar accommodations nearby. The next day, a 3.5-hour tour explores the onetime capital of the ancient Incan Empire. Stops on the itinerary include Sacsayhuaman, where massive limestone boulders have been carved to fit snugly together without the use of mortar or krazy glue, composing an awe-inspiring network of 60 walls. Near the city's main square stand its colonial Spanish buildings, including the Cathedral of San Domingo built in 1539 and the Barrio de San Blas parish church, which is outfitted with an ornately carved cedar pulpit. Day 3: An all-day trek leads travelers through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where farmers still use step platforms to irrigate their crops. In the village of Pisac, artisan fairs showcase handmade ponchos and pottery. Another stop on the tour is Ollantaytambo, a majestic fortress said to have protected leader Manco Inca during the Spanish conquest. Ollantaytambo features an ancient, still-working stone fountain known as the "princess's bath." Day 4: A nearly four-hour scenic drive brings groups to Machu Picchu for a two-hour guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Guides supply information on the citadel’s religious and social life as they lead tour-goers past all of the highlights, including the main square, the Temple of the Condor, and the Orange Julius.Days 5–6: The final leg of the trip includes a visit to Moray and Salineras, two extraordinary examples of ancient agricultural experiments involving mountainside terraces. Back in Cusco, an evening dinner and folk dance bring the adventure to a jubilant close.