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.
The trainers at K-9 Perceptions train dogs and modify their bad behaviors, helping owners and pets form stronger relationships. While their private and group lessons teach obedience commands such as "sit" and "down," the trainers' main focus is to train dogs for companionship. K-9 Perceptions also trains service dogs and hunting retrievers.
BC Quarter Circle Ranch covers more than 600 acres, encompassing far too many trails, trees, and pastures to possibly explore by foot. That's why the trainers lead horseback trail rides throughout the ranch, allowing riders to immerse themselves in the wild landscape and stories about the ranch's multigenerational family history. Riders may even spot evidence of the Native American tribes who once inhabited the land, such as arrowheads and other objects left from long ago.
The fully functioning ranch, which has been in operation for more than 200 years, also offers riding lessons and hosts groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts and sequestered juries.