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Best of OUG! Top Dog Halloween Costumes: Chicago & Oak Park Edition! [PHOTOS]

Halloween is a pretty great holiday to share with your pet. Not only does every pup’s favorite word occur within its most popular exclamation, “trick or treat,” it is a day (…or week…or entire month) where a furry body running around in a little hot dog suit or carrying out an entire neighborhood watch shift, a.k.a. walk, wearing a skeleton outfit is not considered absurd.

Meet a few of our Chicago and Oak Park pet pals who are donning their best dog Halloween costumes in the spirit of the spooky!

This is Otis, Pack Leader Nicolette’s pup! Here Otis is dressed as his favorite Futurama character, Nibbler. Otis and Nibbler share not only a striking resemblance, but also personality traits as well. They both like to eat a lot of food (and will chow down on just about anything), they like to sleep, and their favorite thing to do (other than eating, of course) is to cuddle with Mom. While Otis was not as accustomed to wearing a diaper like Nibbler is, he was a good sport and showed only a mild disdain for the costume.

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Here, Otis proves that being a superhero is exhausting. After a morning filled with getting chin scratches for looking too cute in his bat wings, he takes a snooze under the coffee table at OUG! Central. Surely, he is dreaming about flying around outside to scare all of the squirrels out of his trees! Bat doggie to the rescue!

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Vern is General Manager Sara’s two year old Terrier mix that LOVES food and has a history of thievery here at the OUG! office. So when Executive Canine Strategist Laura saw this Hot Dog costume she just knew she had to bring it in for Vern! The first time Sara put it on him at home he strutted around like the little Hot Dog he is. She took it off and put it on the end table. Next thing she knew, Vern was chewing on it! VERN! It’s not a REAL Hot Dog you silly pooch!!!!

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What are your four-legged kiddos dressing up as for Halloween?

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Meet Chicago Dog Walker & Wicker Park Pet Sitter Extraordinaire, Scott

Our awesome Wicker Park pet sitter bikes his way into the hearts of your four-legged friends! Chicago dog walker, Scott, is one cool cat.

AKA: Scotty B., B. Fresh

My Furry Family: Calliope the Black Labski

My Favorite Animal (other than cats & dogs, of course!): Green Sea Turtles

My Favorite Game: Disc Golf

Best Gift Ever: Socks!

My Superpower Would Be: To see through the eyes of pups & kitties!

Life Philosophy: “If you build it, they will come!”

Grant Bark Park dog park in Chicago IL South Loop

Join Out-U-Go! in Chicago’s South Loop for Grant Bark Park Play Date!

Hang with your Top Dog, Pack Leader, and some of the gang on Sunday July 28th from 9am to 12pm at Grant Bark Park! Human refreshments and pup treats will be provided while we enjoy the beautiful Chicago weather!
Feel free to R.S.V.P. to southloop@outugo.com for any weather or time change updates!

Best Vets in Chicago

Best Vets in Chicago, IL

Keeping your four-legged child bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is of the utmost importance to loving pet parents. At home, you can ensure that your furry baby is happy and healthy through everyday activities, such as:

  • Taking long walks on the beach (or sidewalk)
  • Giving zillions of belly rubs
  • Feeding delicious & nutritious meals
  • Falling asleep on the couch together watching Lassie reruns

In addition to the above, it is essential to find a great Chicago, IL vet to care for your pet in sickness and in health. We’ve put together a list of some of the best vets in Chicago to help you get started in your search for Fido’s perfect match!

    Best Vets in Chicago - Animal Medical Center

  1. Animal Medical Center of Chicago: Not only does AMC of Chicago do a lot for the rescue community, but they also have the wonderful Molly working at the front desk, former OUG! Pet Sitter extraordinaire! 
    1618 W. Diversey
    773-525-3353
    Open Monday – Saturday
  2. Roscoe Village Animal Hospital: Dr. Rovner at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital is another Vet that lends a hand to the homeless pups of Chicago, and takes great care of the dogs and cats with homes too!
    3131 N. Clybourn
    (773) 549-3131
    Open seven days a week!
  3. Animal Emergency & Treatment Center of Chicago: Unfortunately, our pets do encounter emergencies. OUG! Central Top Dog, Sara, had such an emergency in July of 2012 and the staff at AETC was so kind and compassionate. Open 24/7, this is one of the spots in Chicago to know!
    3927 W. Belmont Ave
    24-Hour Emergency Number: (773) 516-5800
  4. Blum Animal Hospital: Voted Chicago’s favorite pet hospital, OUG! has lots of Pet Parents that trust this hospital in Lincoln Park!
    3219 N. Clark Street
    (773) 327-4446
    Open Monday – Saturday
  5. West Wrigley Animal Hospital: Our very own office pup, Digby, has a major crush on his Vet at West Wrigley Animal Hospital!
    3416 N. Ashland
    773.528.8387
    Open Monday – Saturday

Best of luck choosing a great veterinarian in Chicago, IL!

Vern on a scenic dog walking route in Chicago

Top 3 Scenic Dog Walking Routes in Chicago

Finding great, scenic dog walking routes in Chicago is something we’re always sniffing around for. While Sherlock’s nose is to the ground (searching for squirrel clues, of course!), it’s a treat for parents to take in such sights as unique architecture, local history, or beautiful natural landscapes. Our paws have done some walkin’, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite routes across town for you and your pups to check out!

  1. The paths along Lake Michigan provide for some of the best and most scenic dog walking routes in Chicago! Vern lives in the Northeast of our Territory and loves walking along the Lake. There is a little known dog beach just North of Foster at the Lake, and it’s nice to walk by that area to watch the dogs play. The walk going South is great for skyline views and sunrises. Even on a gray day, this walk is scenic!
  2. We have a lot of pups that live in Wrigleyville, and a fun walk is around Wrigley Field. Beat the normal hustle and bustle of baseball season by going on a non-game day, early in the morning, or late at night–the quiet, stillness of the ball park is a treat. You can’t help but feel a little special to walk around such an historic area with just you and the pups!
  3. Lady Jane Mae & Bogey live just North of Millenium Park. It’s so fun to step outside their building, go West on Randolph, then enter Millenium Park. It’s nice and big, so in the middle of the day, there is plenty of space to walk around where you won’t run into other people or dogs. Just you and the pups being tourists in your own city!
Meet Chicago Pet Sitting Superstar, Maggie!

Featured Chicago Pet Sitting Superstar: Maggie!

Meet our Chicago Pet Sitting Superstar, Maggie! Maggie dog walks in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and is B.F.F. (Best Friend’s Friend) to many of the area’s pups!

  • AKA: Mags
  • Best gift ever: My first camera, definitely.
  • My superpower would be: The ability to fly. How convenient and awesome would that be?!
  • Favorite animal (other than cats & dogs): Other than cats & dogs? That’s tough! I would have to say elephants, because they’re amazing.
  • Life philosophy: Golden rule. Be cool to your fellow humans. Everyone has a story and everyone has a struggle. Also, enjoy life as much as you can!
Schedule your Memorial Day Dog Walks

Schedule Your Memorial Day Chicago Pet Care!

Sooo, it’s been raining, huh? Flooded basements, muddy paws, traffic jams, thunderstorms. My, oh my! We are ready for some fun in the sun! And we’re in luck: Memorial Day, the official kick-off to Summer, is near!

We’d love to visit your furry family while you are enjoying the Memorial Day Weekend away from home.

We fill up fast, so act soon! Deadline for Memorial Day Weekend Chicago Pet Care visits is Thursday, May 23.

South Loop Animal Hospital in Chicago, IL

Best Vets in South Loop, Chicago, IL

Keeping your four-legged child bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is of the utmost importance to loving pet parents. At home, you can ensure that your furry baby is happy and healthy through everyday activities, such as:

  • Taking long walks on the beach (or sidewalk)
  • Giving zillions of belly rubs
  • Feeding delicious & nutritious meals
  • Falling asleep on the couch together watching Lassie reruns

In addition to the above, it is essential to find a great South Loop vet to care for your pet in sickness and in health. We’ve put together a list of some of the best vets in South Loop, Chicago, to help you get started in your search for Fido’s perfect match!

  • South Loop Animal Hospital: Located at 1640 S. Michigan Ave., South Loop Animal Hospital‘s hours are: Monday through Friday from 7am to 9pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm (closed Sunday). South Loop Animal Hospital is fantastically close to most residents in the South Loop! This group of vets is great for general and more specific pet needs!
  • Animal Care Center of Chicago: Located at 1248 W. Washington Blvd., Animal Care Center of Chicago‘s hours are: Monday through Friday from 630am to 8pm, Saturday from 630am to 6pm, and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. This vet accommodates walk-ins: no appointment required! Animal Care Center of Chicago is also great for vaccination updates and general health issues.
  • Metropolitan Veterinary Center: Located at 1556 S. Michigan Ave., Unit 100, Metropolitan Veterinary Center of Chicago is open daily from 7am to 10pm! This vet offers practically everything under one roof! Metropolitan Veterinary Care is great for general care.
  • Hyde Park Animal Hospital: Offering two convenient locations in Chicago – one at 6937 S. Stony Island and another at 1363 E. 53rd Street – Hyde Park Animal Hospital is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 7pm and Saturday from 8am to 4pm (closed Sunday). Hyde Park Animal Hospital is a wonderful vet in the Hyde Park neighborhood! Both of these South Loop veterinary offices are great for general care and other specific needs.

Best of luck choosing a fabulous veterinarian in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago!

Grant Bark Park Dog Park in South Loop Chicago

Best Dog Parks in South Loop, Chicago, IL

Dog parents understand the importance of finding a great local dog park. Dog parks are a great resource for your furry friend to run to his heart’s content, interact with other dogs, sniff new things, and buddy up to humans in attempts to gain cookies. It is also a great place for pet parents to meet like-minded neighbors and share fur-children stories! We’ve put together a list of the best dog parks in South Loop Chicago, IL to help you find a spot with the amenities, space, and cookie-dispensing humans that your pup is looking for!

In the City of Chicago, there are quite a few dog parks regulated by the Chicago Park District. Make sure you check out the rules first!

  1. Grant Bark Park: Located near the tennis courts off of Columbus Avenue, this South Loop neighborhood dog park is over 18,000 sq. ft in size. The park is fully fenced, double-gated, and has a tree-lined gravel area and lighting. At the north end is an area of commemorative bricks, along with person and pooch drinking fountains.
  2. Coliseum Dog Park: This South Loop dog park is located underneath the EL tracks at the intersection of Wabash & 14th Pl. While Coliseum Dog Park is not as large as Grant Bark Park, the 2800 sq. ft space does allow for some off leash play to its immediate neighbors. The park has ramps, pea gravel, and a long narrow shape.
  3. Montrose Dog Beach: Montrose Dog Beach is located on the Northwest corner of Montrose Beach (the point closest to the city). While not in the South Loop or Hyde Park neighborhoods, Montrose Dog Beach is Chicago’s first legal off-leash beach. For any pup deserving a good swim, it is worth the trek. Completely fenced in and tremendously large. Remember your DFA tag for year-round enjoyment!

Have fun exploring!

Montrose Beach Dog Park in Chicago, IL

Best Dog Parks in Chicago, IL

Dog parents understand the importance of finding a great local dog park. Dog parks are a great resource for your furry friend to run to his heart’s content, interact with other dogs, sniff new things, and buddy up to humans in attempts to gain cookies. It is also a great place for pet parents to meet like-minded neighbors and share fur-children stories! We’ve put together a list of the best dog parks in Chicago, IL to help you find a spot with the amenities, space, and cookie-dispensing humans that your pup is looking for!
In the City of Chicago, there are quite a few dog parks regulated by the Chicago Park District. Make sure you check out the rules first!

  1. Churchill Field Playlot Park: A dog park located in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, at 1825 N. Damen, Churchill Field Playlot Park has a fountain for thirsty pups and spans .16 acres.
  2. Clarendon Park Community Center: Located between the Buena Park and Uptown neighborhoods at 4501 N. Marine Drive, Clarendon Park Community Center dog park offers .13 acres for furry pals to frolic.
  3. Hamlin Park: Roscoe Village offers Hamlin Park, a popular neighborhood dog park located at 3035 N. Hoyne.
  4. Lincoln Park Dog-Friendly Areas: Lincoln Park neighborhood has three great areas for pups to run and swim! At Belmont and Lake Shore Drive, the Belmont Harbor has a small enclosed dog beach area for pups to sniff sand and doggie paddle in the lake. It’s a cool place to meet other pet parents in the summer months! At Foster and Lake Shore Drive, dogs have the Northern .78 acres of Foster Beach to run, and at Montrose and Simonds Drive, dogs have the Northern 3.83 acres of Montrose Beach to play.
  5. Montrose Beach: Our favorite dog beach in Chicago! Not too far from the above-mentioned Clarendon Park Community Center, Montrose Dog Beach is located at Wilson and Lake Shore Drive. It’s the perfect place for dogs and their parents to cool off in the Chicago heat.

Have fun exploring!