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.
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!
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!!!!
What are your four-legged kiddos dressing up as for Halloween?
Nora’s experience in caring for horses has been helpful in taking care of your (much smaller!) furry families.
My Furry Family: Four kitties: Colby, Ivan, Streator, & Zoe!
My Favorite Animal (other than cats & dogs): Horses!
My Favorite Game: Horseback riding!
Best Gift Ever: A great C.D.!
My Superpower Would Be: Time travel.
Life Philosophy: “Don’t ask what the world needs – ask what makes you come alive and go do it – because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Here at Out-U-Go!, of course we think every dog and cat deserves a loving home. And we love a happy ending.
Zsa Zsa, a Cavalier King Charles pup, has one of those stories. Her mother, Izzy, was rescued from a Puppy Mill. When the organization rescued her, they discovered she was pregnant.
Zsa Zsa is one of her puppies. She will never have to endure a Puppy Mill. In fact, she will be showered with her Pet Parents’ and OUG! love furrrever!!
An author recently became interested in the story about Izzy and her puppies, including Zsa Zsa, and is putting together a coffee table book telling their amazing “tail”!
Former Out-U-Go! Head Oak Park Dog Walker, Sarah, and her husband, John, welcomed a beautiful baby girl on June 27. Marley & Momma are happy, healthy and loved!
Sarah sends her love to all the OUG! pups & kitties. She misses visiting your furry families but loves being a mom!
Photo: Marley’s onesie has a kitty on it, to say “hi” to all her OUG! puppy & kitty pals!
Finding great, scenic dog walking routes in Oak Park 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!
- Elizabeth Court: Our Pet Sitters love to walk down Elizabeth Court, that short windy street between Forest and Kenilworth off of Erie. It’s a beautiful, quiet street with the added reward of enormous gorgeous houses at the other end on Kenilworth.
- Austin Gardens Park: Our Pet Sitter, Stephanie, takes Cooper for a walk starting at Superior Street and Forest Avenue and heads south down Forest Avenue and ends by Austin Gardens Park. This is a great route to take because you see some of the most beautiful houses. It’s also a tourist hot spot: she always sees people on Frank Loyd Wright tours taking pictures of the houses! A block north of Superior Street and Forest Avenue is the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio which is very awesome to see.
- Thatcher in River Forest: Our Pet Sitter, Christy, loves walking Kelly & Keiko down Thatcher, watching Thatcher Woods change throughout the seasons, and of course spotting the occasional wildlife!!
Meet our featured Oak Park pet sitting superstar, Owen! Owen dog walks mostly in Forest Park, where is he B.F.F. (Best Friend’s Friend) to many of your happy pups!
- AKA: Ozone
- My favorite game: Balderdash
- My superpower would be: Telekinesis
- My furry family: My Pharaoh Hound and Lab mix Luca; she’s two years old.
- Life philosophy: We’re all human and we’re each trying to make it in our own way, so respect the unique ways in which one another lives their lives.
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.
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 Oak Park, 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 Oak Park to help you get started in your search for Fido’s perfect match!
- Elmwood Grove Animal Hospital: While a little North of where we walk dogs and visit kitties, we sure do love Elmwood Grove! Dr. Fox has been taking care of OUG! dogs and cats for YEARS! Located at 8035 W Grand Ave River Grove, IL, Elmwood Grove Animal Hospital is open Monday – Saturday and can be reached at phone number 708-456-6700.
- PetVets: Our friends at PetVets are amazing! We see them at least three times a week as we host our Play Group in the back of the clinic, located at 342 W. Harrison Oak Park, IL. PetVets is open Monday – Saturday and can be reached at phone number 708-445-9988.
- Carlson Animal Hospital: Right in the heart of Oak Park, many of the dogs and cats we love receive wonderful care here! Located at 414 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL, Carlson Animal Hospital is open Monday – Saturday and can be reached at phone number 708-383-3606.
- River Forest Animal Hospital: You can’t miss this hospital! It is located at 7515 W. Lake Street, River Forest, IL – right by Jewel! Through the years, many Out-U-Go! Pet Sitters have worked at this Hospital too! River Forest Animal Hospital is open Monday – Saturday and can be reached at phone number 708-366-8370.
- The Cat Practice: For those kitties that would rather NOT encounter a dog at the Vet (isn’t getting in the car stressful enough?!?!?) there are The Cat Practice vets in Oak Park! Located at 323 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL, The Cat Practice is open Monday – Saturday and can be reached at phone number 708-383-5997.
Best of luck choosing a great veterinarian in Oak Park!
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 Oak Park, IL, to help you find a spot with the amenities, space, and cookie-dispensing humans that your pup is looking for!
- Maple Park Dog Park: Maple Park Dog Park is a dedicated dog off-leash area located in the Northwest corner of Maple Park (Harlem & Lexington). This new dog park in Oak Park offers 12,000 square feet of crushed granite surface, benches, an electronic entry system, and a water spigot for the pups! Maple Park Dog Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
- Ridgeland Common Dog Park: Located in the Southeast corner of Ridgeland Common Park (Ridgeland & South Blvd), Ridgeland Common Dog Park is about 8,700 square feet. The dog park is open from sunrise to 10pm.
- Dog Park Plus: Dog Park Plus is the total fenced-in area of Ridgeland Common. The entire area includes the above-mentioned Ridgeland Common Dog Park, plus additional fenced park land such as baseball fields and a ski hill. Since these included areas of the greater Ridgeland Common are often in use for other purposes, Dog Park Plus is open select hours only. The hours are infrequent and subject to change, so check out Park District of Oak Park’s Dog Park Information first to see if there’s an upcoming morning your dog can run free in the extended space.
Have fun exploring!
The Oak Park community is so fortunate to have the Animal Care League. To keep this fabulous organization up and running the ACL holds an annual luncheon. This year it will be held at the beautiful Oak Park Country Club, 2001 North Thatcher Avenue in River Grove.
Entertainment will be provided by the Festival Theatre of Oak Park.
Adoptable ACL cats and dogs, a silent and live auction, gift bags, and of course the sumptuous buffet will all be going on!
100% of all monies collected for the luncheon directly benefit the ACL. If you would like to buy some 50/50 raffle tickets, purchase a ticket to the luncheon, or donate an auction item, please contact the ACL at 708-848-8155.
On an Out-U-Go! note, Maverick, Oak Park’s Top Dog Dog was adopted from the ACL on April 16, 2008. Sara, Oak Park’s Top Dog, is so grateful to the ACL for bringing The Mav into her life.
ACL Alum, Maverick