Tinley Park native Joel Lee has discovered himself smack dab in the midst of a canine deal with enterprise.
His principal job is as an engineer at Illinois Instrument Works in Frankfort, the place he has labored for 22 years, most just lately as an innovation engineer.
He helped provide you with an thought that would make some canines comfortable.
Lee and co-worker Tom Chlystek have a facet gig creating and promoting Rx Bone canine treats, which Lee says are more healthy than lots of the treats in the marketplace at this time.
“Once we went to the shop, we seen a gap out there for premium bones,” he mentioned. “You may get canine bones on the decrease finish — like cookies for youths. They’ve fillers and issues like that. We’re making an attempt to maintain these away from our animals. We put the recipe collectively, and the canines like it. So, we determined to begin promoting it.”
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The enterprise began to get critical shortly earlier than virtually every little thing on the planet was shut down in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lee, his spouse, Michelle, and Chlystek, a senior challenge engineer who lives within the western suburbs, have been prepared to move out to occasions in the summertime to get the phrase out on their new merchandise. However COVID had different concepts as 2020 had only a few public occasions .
Now they’re giving it one other go.
“Final December, every little thing began to loosen up,” Joel mentioned. “So, we determined to maneuver ahead.”
The Rx group has plans to go to pet exhibits, canine parks and festivals all through the south suburbs. Occasions in Frankfort and Tinley Park are on the docket. In certainly one of their earliest appearances, it gave out free samples of the bones at a Legislation Enforcement Appreciation Day at Firemen’s Park in Monee on Might 21.
The treats can be found on the Cornerstone Espresso Home in Peotone, however Rx will quickly be launching a web site the place the treats might be bought.
Michelle Lee, an Oak Forest native who’s engaged on the web site and serving to to make the treats, was greater than receptive when her husband introduced the thought of a canine deal with enterprise.
“I like the thought,” she mentioned. “Once they first advised me about it, I believed it was nice particularly as a result of there’s a lot on the market with fillers.
“Lots of people are extra into their canines, and it’s like their household they usually wish to care for them.”
Joel Lee, a Tinley Park Excessive Faculty graduate who went to Prairie State School and James Madison College, mentioned that there was slightly hit-or-miss earlier than developing with the precise mixture.
“We puzzled what may we do to get again to the fundamentals?” he mentioned. “We got here up with some recipes and tried them out with our personal canines. We have now actual bone in each bone and no fillers. Actual meat. All pure.”
Joel Lee mentioned his wholesome treats are good for canines of all ages.
“Canine house owners who’re into vitamin like the truth that there are not any fillers in any respect,” he mentioned. “It’s all pure and that’s good for the canines’ muscle mass and joints.
“Younger canines want that to develop and outdated canines want that when their joints are achy. These are simple to digest.”
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