Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing ? la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Cats can lounge in a bungalow complete with cat perches, views of an aquarium, and access to climbing trees in the facility?s Adventure Jungle. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area?s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.
Wild Birds Unlimited promotes the health of avian species at more than 275 locations throughout the country. Rockford owners Robert and Carol Bailey supply customers with the products and advice they need to transform outdoor spaces into chirp-filled habitats. Nutritious bird foods attract flying locals with seed blends that are formulated to the tastes of area species. Bird feeders can draw specific types of feathered friends, such as the Dinner Bell, which is known to lure cardinals, mockingbirds, and baby pterodactyls to lawns. Rockford's Wild Birds Unlimited promotes environmental responsibility with high-efficiency light bulbs, a high-efficiency rooftop, and extensive recycling practices.
At Follow Your Nose, pets experience the equivalent of a combination department store, upscale eatery, and spa made just for them. When it comes to snack time, the crew that runs the shop bakes housemade, gluten-free cookies for pets and stocks savory treats made with free-range, grass-fed, and hormone-free meats. As customers shop, they encounter useful pet wares that include gentle, coconut-based shampoos, hand-knit sweaters, and memory-foam beds that combine stain-resistant fabrics with fashionable patterns. Sitters are also available to come to pets' homes to care for them while their owners are away. As a mark of their dedication, Follow Your Nose provides services every day of the year, even when their storefront is closed on major holidays such as Pet Thanksgiving.
When dogs need a break from burying bones, chasing mailmen, and playing professional basketball, Go Doggie Home Doggie provides overnight respite in airy single- and double-occupancy cottages. Owners can leave their dogs with all their personal effects from home—such as blankets, beds, and toys—to help them sleep soundly at night. During the day the pet-loving staff takes canines for refreshing walks and supervises their socializing during indoor play sessions, along with showering them with affectionate ear scratches. Meanwhile, at the onsite grooming-and-bathing salon, groomers treat dog care as an art form as revered as that of a cappella howling.
Go Doggie's facilities also include kitty condos—private boarding rooms where cats can sink their claws into scratching posts and philosophize about the virtues of shoeboxes as they gaze through ample windows. The premises are located a frisbee's throw away from O'Hare International Airport to enable speedy pickup and drop-off of furry comrades.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe?from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs?into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew.
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.