Owner Lindsay Rapp surrounds herself with a staff of canine-whisperers who employ both human and animal psychology to help owners and pets live long, happy lives together. Agility training equips dogs for high-intensity play or auditions for basketball movies, and other courses tailored to families with children keep the peace by preparing dogs for a new baby or preparing families for a new dog.
The experienced caretakers at Dog's Life on Damen work to receive the optimum number of approving tail wags through full-service daycare and boarding accommodations. With extensive training in group-behavior management, the canine concierge team analyzes personalities before placing four-legged friends into suitable play groups. While interacting with dogs of similar sizes and personalities, patrons' pets trot across 3,000 square feet of fenced outdoor play area. The pet specialists provide all necessary care to accommodate the daily schedules of each furry guest, administering medication and extra walks by request at no extra charge. In addition, visiting pooches enjoy a relaxing midday nap in a private area complete with bedding, fresh water, and a soothing broadcast of Robert Frost poems that have been translated into barks.
For Joseph Giannini and Tommy Spinosa, the standard cement-and-chain-link boarding facilities they encountered simply would not do for their pooch. They decided to create their own facility where pets could live like kings among dangling chandeliers, plush sofas, and a staff who know them each by name.
The product of their imaginations is a cage-free boarding zone where every dog and cat forgoes the confines of stressful, cramped crates, and a chaperone is always on hand to ensure pets are safe and not blowing their life savings by shopping for chewable shoes on the Internet. A pickup and drop-off taxi runs pups to and from the boarding facility. And each dog is live on a webcams, where owners can check in to ease their minds. Aside from doggie boarding and daycare, Urban Out Sitters’ services also include at-home kitty sitting for self-possessed felines who don't want to pack up their things and leave home simply because their humans did. An onsite retail completes the pet-care puzzle, selling grooming products, food, and collars and leashes.
Inspired by a search for quality dog care for their own dog, the owners of Furtastik—finding no options that satisfied their wants—decided to create a 3.000-square-foot, climate-controlled space themselves. Now, they operate a hands-on, cheerful, and intimate facility for dogs and dog services. Licensed and accredited groomers sculpt away excess piles of fur after they clean, wash, and buff dogs into bright new existence, and organic food products line the front room for canine perusal. Meanwhile, daycare and boarding enrollments are limited to 20 and 10 dogs at a time, respectively, allowing for individual attention and care during the cage-free services.
In its Best of Chicago 2012 feature, Chicago Magazine praised Before You Go Liquors as “heaven for lovers of local and imported craft brews.” The store’s shelves creak under the weight of more than 100 craft beers. The libation station emphasizes the kind of small batches and lesser-known microbreweries that chain liquor stores overlook, such as Chicago’s Pipeworks. But Before You Go Liquors doesn’t turn its nose up at name brands: lots of its beer, wine, and spirits sport familiar labels, rather than blank labels with Duff Beer, Patriot Ale, or Glengoole Blue Scotch drawn onto them.
Outfitted with spas and treadmills, Pooch Hotels are nearly the same as human accommodations, with one key difference: your dog might get a tummy-rub with their turndown service. These venues were all designed by dog-lovers whose main priority was canine comfort, regardless of the length of each guest's stay.
Dogs on daycare visits, for example, are sorted by size and temperament before entering one of multiple play areas. Monitored by human "Pack Leaders," they socialize amidst toys, treats, and wading pools at select locations, or run outside if the weather and facilities permit. Those who have booked a room for the night can relax in a private suite, outfitted with a glass door rather than bars. These range from standard to presidential and even palace suites?rooms outfitted with luxury bedding and flat-screen televisions tuned to dog-friendly programming. Customers might also schedule a spa appointment for their pooch, choosing from services such as baths, "pawdicures," and even facials.
The hotels pursue peace of mind for owners as actively as they pamper their dogs. Certain locations have installed web cameras in the play areas and suites, enabling people to check in on their pets and guilt them about the time they napped instead of writing a postcard. Staff remain on-hand at all times to welcome newcomers and care for already-snoozing pups.