Signature service: Dog trainer and behavior consultant
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Customized training sessions at your home and provided the tools to be successful with your goals.
Founded in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1996 by pet owners who were sick of bothering neighbors to care for their furry charges when they were busy or away, Out-U-Go! keeps beloved animals happy when their owners are unavailable. Certified members of Pet Sitter International, Out-U-Go’s fully licensed and bonded pet professionals undergo a rigorous screening process, putting in time at the company's Dog Walk University to learn how to deal with willful pets, calmly handle emergencies, and internalize animals’ fear of vacuums. New customers start off with a free meet and greet, with sitters coming to the house to meet dogs, cats, and smaller critters, and discuss special needs and routines. Services range from daily walks to full-time housesitting and pet taxi rides to groomers, vets, and kennels.
Merlin's Full-Service Pet Care was named after owner Jessica Odell's bull terrier Merlin, whose ability to turn cats into turtles keeps visiting dogs in high spirits. Jessica and her tight-knit staff, including her mother and boyfriend, groom dogs of all sizes and provide pet-sitting and dog-boarding services. Jessica visits homes for pre-pet-sitting consultations, so animals have a chance to acclimate themselves to their substitute caretaker. At the onsite boarding facilities, dogs romp through double-fenced, tree-studded fields and enjoy climate-controlled individual boarding rooms, where they can eat their owners' homework without distraction.
Most pups greet their owners with thumping tails after workers from eco-friendly See Spot Run LLC visit. The staff believes that pets are usually most at ease in the comfort of their own homes. That’s why they make home visits instead of running a daycare facility. While pet owners are busy working, running errands, or vacationing, these bonded-and-insured employees spend time with their furry friends, playing fetch, taking walks, or helping them with their tax returns. Staff members will also stay overnight to comfort anxious pets while their owners are away.
If 4th Quarter Bar & Grill's big-screen TVs and walls teeming with sports memorabilia don’t prompt cheers from game-day fans, the expansive menu—awash in burgers, sandwiches, and hearty steaks—ought to rouse at least a few salutes. Jerseys from acclaimed players gaze down upon the kitchen's savory creations, which fill mornings with pancakes and egg dishes while whiling away the evening hours with chicken-fried steaks and eight flavors of wings. At the bar, drink slingers deliver frothy pours of more than 60 beers, forging braver hands for dart competitions and more heartfelt sing-alongs with the Internet jukebox. On Tuesdays, trivia buffs go head to head answering questions about current events, historic facts, and pop-culture knowledge, creating a more satisfying blend of comestibles and intellect than Galileo's invention of sliced bread.
The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.