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Lazer, an eight-year-old Sheltie, visits with a young patient at Northwest Community Hospital (NCH). The Animal-Assisted Therapy program at NCH is comprised of specially trained dogs like Lazer, and their adult owners, who visit with hospital patients, bringing comfort and companionship. Now, NCH is recruiting dog and owner teams to expand this popular program. Training sessions will be held this summer to prepare qualified teams for hospital visits. For more information and an application, visit
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Northwest Community Hospital seeks lovable dogs to expand Animal-Assisted Therapy

At Northwest Community Hospital (NCH), you’re likely to spot a few volunteers that you wouldn’t expect to see at the Arlington Heights hospital. Yes, these … Read more ›

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Aldens Doggy Day Camp offers fun and learning for area pets

As summer approaches it’s time to start thinking about sending the little ones to day camp where they’ll have fun while you can get some … Read more ›

Wyolene Richardson, 83, of Tucker, Ga., is reunited with her dog, Smokey, at the Anti-Cruelty Society on Saturday. (William DeShazer, Chicago Tribune / April 7, 2012)

Smokey safe from bandit, reunited with owner

A Georgia woman was reunited with her dog, Smokey, in Chicago today, a year after it was stolen from her and later found by a … Read more ›

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Mary Ann Minick Dedicates Life to Helping Others and Animals

Mary Ann Minick’s Christmas card from 2010 is a beautiful picture of her, her husband and their nine dogs. Minick is the founder of the … Read more ›

Darius Kidd, the new dog trainer at Aldens Kennels and a descendent of notorious Captain Kidd, spends some time playing with his dog, Delilah.
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Argh maties – a touch of Captain Kidd comes to Aldens Kennels

Aldens Kennels, 6810 Barnard Mill Road, Ringwood, is known for going to any length to provide the best and most promising dog trainers for their … Read more ›

By working together, Ringwood’s Aldens Kennels, McHenry’s Riverside Animal Clinic and Spring Grove’s Nature’s Feed provide area pets with a level of collaborative health that is otherwise unheard of.
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Aldens Kennels, Natures Feed and Riverside Animal Clinic – trio defies logic in surpassing quality pet care

When Aldens Kennels, Natures Feed and Riverside Animal Clinic combined their efforts, the net result, in terms of benefits to area pets and their owners, … Read more ›

Toby, winner of the best pooch costume at the Schaumburg Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade, relaxes on the cool October day. Toby is dressed as an Olympic gold medalist speed skater. (Photo submitted by the Schaumburg Park District)

Share photos of your costumed pets!

It’s not just children and adults getting into the Halloween spirit, pets get in on the action too. We want you to share photos of … Read more ›

Jeanette Schulz, executive director of On Angel's Wings, saved this dog from euthanization. He'll song go to an adoptive parent in Fox Lake. (Sheryl DeVore/Tribune)

On Angel’s Wings dream come true for pets and humans

Inch Bug had two days left to live. It’s not that the 3-year-old  Chihuahua-Pomeranian  mix  was sick. There just wasn’t enough room for the dog … Read more ›

Al Domrase and Bambi are ready to provide your pet with care, comfort and entertainment at Aldens Kennels while you're away.
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Aldens Kennels offers stress-free pet boarding solution

The Labor Day holiday is quickly approaching. Some will celebrate the occasion by standing in the heat and smoke of a backyard barbeque grill. Others … Read more ›

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Aldens Kennels and Camp Bow Wow unite to give dogs vacations to remember

Some time ago, a woman brought her dog to Aldens Kennels, 6810 Barnard Mill Road, Ringwood, for boarding. Janet Domrase, whose husband, Al Domrase, owns … Read more ›