The Canine Cure, LLC owner and trainer Mary Jean Alsina has spent years educating students. Her career began in a traditional classroom as a public-school teacher, honing her ability to relate to students and write the alphabet in perfect order. Eventually, she left the bells of public school behind to focus her teaching talents on furrier students, showing both pets and owners how to curb unwanted habits. Mary Jean prefers to keep both pup and parent comfortable during her sessions by hosting lessons in owners’ homes, where they feel relaxed.
At Lead-N-Succeed, Master Certified dog trainer Maria Ruvio improves communication lines between pooches and owners with hands-on behavioral modification and positive reinforcement. Working with all breeds, sizes, and ages, Maria molds pups into positive members of society, teaching them how to properly walk on a leash, how to deal with separation anxiety, and how to hail cabs without growling at others. Maria also offers coaching in verbal commands, and provides dog-walking services in half- and full-hour intervals.
Make An Impression forewoman Stacy Lawrence draws upon a photographic, entertainment, and floral-based background—including more than 20 years of New Jersey party-planning experience—to help create attractive invitations and memorable party arrangements. Dazzle a neglected rolodex with holiday cards or wedding announcements styled with hand-written calligraphy or robot-scribed caligra-binary. If you plan on showering your baby, send out cute, personalized invitations, and gussy up the party with fun favors, such as crystal pacifiers and baby-bottle candles. Make an Impression can help create a family photo montage for a reunion or even draft a speech for an anniversary. If you live farther away or have a fear of traffic cones, feel free to shop online or over the phone.
Allendale's seasoned skillet wielders sizzle up a menu of breakfast dishes and, according to New Jersey Monthly magazine, some of the best soups, salads, and sandwiches in the state. Awaken sluggish appetites with a selection from the bevy of breakfast spreads, such as the Truck Driver ($7.95)— two eggs, toast, and pancakes, with a choice of bacon, sausage, ham, or CB radio—or the homemade corned-beef hash ($8.25). Or quell the moans of afternoon stomach gnomes with a hearty helping of Kyle’s Famous pulled pork—slow-roasted succulence marinated in a signature barbecue sauce and enswathed between the soft ends of a roll slathered with its pre-fame friend, coleslaw ($7.95). Served on a wide variety of breads, rolls, and wraps, Allendale Eats! sandwiches are made with Boar’s Head brand meats and cheeses, including the Virginia ham ($5.45) and eggplant parmigiana hero ($6.95). Like a vegetable chef's washing machine, Allendale Eats! rotates soup flavors, offering up classics such as chicken noodle ($2.95 for a small cup) and distinctive delicacies such as potato leek, and crab and corn chowder ($3.95 each for a small cup). For junior noshers, a children’s menu slings out a slew of mini meals, such as a chocolate-chip pancake served with bacon and orange juice ($4.95), and the grilled-cheese sandwich served with a cookie and a drink ($4.95). A new, ever-changing dinner menu adds nightly pasta, entree, and dessert specials to the mix.