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.
When your dog is your best friend, you want to make sure she is being taken care of when you're away. PUPS Pet Club has a canine-loving staff that keeps a watchful eye on your pet at daycare, during veterinary checkups, and while out for a walk. Schedule a grooming session to keep their coats clean and nails trimmed; if you're running late for the appointment, call PUPS and they'll even send out a driver to pick your dog up and bring her to their facility.
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.
Though lifelong animal lovers, owners Jennifer and Chris Stavrianos' passion for dogs and cats reached a new level of dedication when they began caring for strays around their Westside Chicago neighborhood. The experience inspired them to open Pet Care Plus in 1998. In the 13,000-square-foot facility, pups can scamper across an expansive rubber-surface playground, enjoy training and grooming services, and, in the summer months, head outdoors to frolic in the in-ground swimming pool. Some dogs stay only during the day while their people are at work, but Pet Care Plus also hosts overnight guests of both canine and feline persuasions. Training classes for dogs of all ages are available to keep behavior in check when pets return home. Grooming packages range from simple baths with brushing to a full-service mane makeover complete with nail polish or custom conditioners.
Stephanie Fumanelli has a decade of experience caring for her own pets and those of her friends, neighbors, and clients. Her natural affinity for four-legged creatures comes in handy when taking dogs for walks and playing with cats while owners are away. Before each service, Chicago Urban Pets sets up a meet-and-greet between pet and caretaker to ensure animals feel comfortable and to give everyone a chance to smell each other.
Kitties and puppies know the hottest shopping around is done at Petsmart. For all the supplies they need, you'll want to head to Chicago.
Make sure your pet has a comfortable place to call home. Check out Petsmart's large selection of pet apparel and pet toys.
Give your pet an amazing new toy from Petsmart! They have a wide variety of entertainment items, such as pet apparel and pet toys.
When it comes to keeping your pets well-fed, they have all the supplies you need. Stock up on bowls and other feeders here.
There's no better way to welcome a new pet into your home than with some great supplies from here, such as carriers.
Think your pet needs a health check? There are plenty of medical services available, including healthcare.
Luckily, Petsmart is only a short walk away from available parking.
Looking for a furry little friend to join your family? Stop by Petsmart today!