New Doggy Daycare and Cageless Boarding Facility in Alsip has Given Dogs and Their Owners Somethin’ to Bark About

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Doggy Daycare, traditionally an urban luxury, has found a new niche in the South suburbs of Chicago, bringing with it a much sought after peace of mind for pet Â?parents.Â? Gone are the guilt-ridden days of long work hours and their effect on seemingly neglected pets. SomethinÂ? to Bark About, AlsipÂ?s premier Doggy Daycare, has also incorporated the concept of Â?cagelessÂ? boarding, alleviating the all too familiar worry that haunts many vacationing pet owners.

Up until now, dog owners in Chicago’s South suburbs have had few options for premium pet care. The more particular pet parents not satiated by the occasional pet-sitter visit, and not comfortable with the parameters of traditional boarding, are breathing a sigh of relief: Somethin’ to Bark About Doggy Daycare is Alsip’s answer to the growing need for more personalized pet care.

Unlike its larger counterparts, Somethin’ to Bark About operates within a 2,500 square foot industrial space. Proprietress Christine Hutman explains, “We do not consider our smaller size a drawback; on the contrary, it is one of the facets that make our environment more intimate and our service more personalized.” The daycare is divided into three main pens, each capable of accommodating approximately five dogs each with special consideration given to temperament and personality rather than mere size.

During normal operating hours boarding dogs are placed in daycare, making it essential that all dogs pass a temperament evaluation and be deemed “socially acceptable” regardless of their boarding or daycare status. “Safety is our main concern, first and foremost,” Christine emphasizes. Visiting pooches are free to play amongst themselves, lounge on comfortable daybeds, or soak up plenty of individualized attention from one of the Somethin’ to Bark About employed “guardians.” In the evening, all boarding dogs are placed individually into their own pens; only dogs from the same household may sleep together.

The proprietress, Christine Hutman, a long-time animal lover and advocate, created Somethin’ to Bark About in 2004 in response to the growing need for more professionally managed doggy daycare. Christine is certified in Pet CPR, and has been a volunteer dog handler for the Chicago Ridge Animal Welfare League for the past two years. She is a member of the American Boarding and Kennel Association, The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and the North American Doggy Daycare Association. Christine is also the proud “parent” of a 4-year old Terrier mix, Pepper, a 3-year old Miniature Pinscher, Nikita, and a 2-year old Rottweiler-Shepard mix, Xena.

Somethin’ to Bark About maintains close relations with various animal shelters including the Chicago Ridge Animal Welfare League and the Naperville Humane Society. Somethin’ to Bark About will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Party at its facility on Saturday, May 21st; details concerning this event can be found at


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