Articles by Emily Pillat

Enjoy These Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios (and Secret Menus!)

Summertime patios are here! But have you ever been curious if you could bring your dog along? There are many dog-friendly restaurant patio options across the western suburbs, so plan a doggy date today. Remember the rules of dog etiquette also apply to restaurant patios: keep dogs leashed and make sure they are well exercised and calm prior to your…


Dog Owner Etiquette 101: Are You as Well-Trained as Your Pup?

Not all families are dog families… and some dogs are not as friendly or well-trained as our own! We, as dog owners, can do our part to maintain good furry friend etiquette around town. Here are a few pointers to live by. When you’re walking the dog… Dogs should do their business only on the parkway. When taking your furry…


Pets Love Indie, Too! Local Pet Supply Stores and Shops

While there are a variety of national chain pet stores available to us in our communities, it can be a fun field trip for you and your dog to seek out local independent shops! These stores can range from standalone pet stores, to portions of locations that also offer grooming and other classes, to pet bakeries. Shopping local supports our…


Local Dog Grooming Services and At-Home Tips

Our extremely fluffy pup, Elsie the Aussiedoodle, requires frequent grooming. In fact, she is the most frequent recipient of professional hair care services in our house! We quickly learned that there are many facets of grooming and several ways you can approach grooming your furry friend; the key is finding the method that works for you. Local Dog Grooming Services…


5 Tips to Train Your Dog at Home (and Where to Find an Expert)

The holidays are behind us and it’s back to the grind of daily life – with the added fun of all of the resolutions we made for ourselves and our families at the end of 2018! But what about resolutions for our furrier family members? Resolve to train your dog to be better behaved in 2019. There are a few…


Dog Boarding Options in the West and Southwest Suburbs

The holidays are just around the corner. For some of us, our furry friends are piling into our cars and making trips together with our families. For others, we must find a nice place for our pups to stay. Luckily, there are plenty of options! Plus, most dog boarding locations also offer spa or grooming services in case your furry…


How to Get Your Kids Involved with Dog Care (by Age Group!)

Dogs are an important part of our families, but they are also a great way to bring our families together. Helping care for a dog can even teach our kids about responsibility. Moms and dads don’t have to do all the work! Get your child involved in caring for their pet from the moment it comes into your home to…


Do These 5 Things Every Week to Keep Your Dog Healthy

Summer has drawn to a close, and we’re all settling into our back to school routines. It seems like suddenly there are mile-long lists of stuff to return, errands to run, and things to accomplish . . . pet care being one of them. One thing is certain: doing a few small things per week is the best way to…



Our 2018 Favorites: Dog Toys, Leashes, Grooming Products, and More

It’s official: we are in the dog days of summer. What better time to explore some fun new products for your dog? Here are a few of our personal favorite dog products, from dog toys to grooming products, as well as our most trusted brands. Be sure to read to the bottom for some great tips on how to help…


Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas

We are very excited to bring you the official Kidlist Furry Friends Guide! Each month, we will be sharing posts that give you the inside track on dog-friendly places, dog parks, resources for pet owners, and more! This article is sponsored by Robert Hutchison, your Realtor for the western suburbs of Chicago. If you are looking to buy a home…