Alsip Home and Nursery, which was named Best Nursery/Garden Center 2010 by the SouthtownStar, has more than 40 years of sowing, growing, and plant-bestowing experience. The expansive greenhouse and nursery houses hundreds of annuals, perennials, tropical houseplants, vegetables, bulbs, and seasonal plants looking for a place to lay their roots. Plant a shrub such as the Magic Carpet Spirea ($6.97) to coat the ground in lush colors that can hide a spare key. Bring some frostable greenery into your garden with a 4.5" Proven Winner plant ($3.99). 'Tis nearly the season to invite a tree into your home to share holiday pies; fresh-cut Christmas trees and trim will soon be available (starting at $19.99).
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.
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. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
As a comprehensive source for natural, biologically appropriate dog and cat foods, Paw Naturals helps pet owners to properly nourish their companions. The fur-friendly delicatessen specializes in healthy cuisine, keeping aisles stocked with grain-free, raw, and homemade foods. In addition to US-produced products, Paw Naturals works with small, family-owned businesses in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Canada to obtain small-batch organic pet foods. Allergy-accommodating, age-specific, and weight-management options also allow shoppers to feed companions with special diets. A Paw Naturals–approved selection of grooming supplies helps to keep coats healthy and increases each canine's chances of getting asked to the prom.
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.
Pet Stuff's staff stacks aisles with everything needed to pamper and nourish furry friends. Many offerings are organic, and because the store's motto is "your pets are personal to us," staff members will read pet diaries from cover to cover before recommending purchases.