I recently became a dog person. My chiweenie -- that's a chihuahua/dachshund mix -- came into my life a little over a month ago when my boyfriend adopted him from PAWS. Since then, we've learned that being doggie dads requires more work than gentle petting and a few scoops of kibble.
Unlike cats, which are unnervingly self-sufficient, dogs cannot be left alone for extended periods of time. Dogs need regular affection and companionship. They have to be fed, given fresh water and taken outside to do their "business." And while abandoning your pooch for eight hours a day while you enter the rat race might be doable, leaving Fido home alone for a day or longer is neglectful. So, if you're like my boyfriend and me, you may wonder what to do with your pup as we approach holiday season.
Because Chicago is a major dog city with an abundance of dog-lovers per capita, there are a host of businesses that cater to taking care of your four-legged friend while you're away. This service is commonly referred to as "boarding," though many establishments use the more pleasant sounding euphemism "dog hotel."
The following are just some of the Chicago doggie hotel service providers that have received high user ratings:
Remember, before you decide to board your dog, always take a tour of the dog hotel. Also, be sure to come prepared with a list of questions for the staff. If you dog has special needs, you'll definitely want to mention that to ensure the facility can accommodate.
Also, most overnight kennels require that pets are spayed or neutered, are current on their vaccinations and possess a city license. Your pet may also be asked to undergo a temperament assessment to ensure it is comfortable in a social environment.
So, dog-loving Huffington Post readers, what Chicago dog hotels can you recommend?