They roll around in mud, do their business in public, and occasionally lick themselves.
Who wouldn’t want to trade places with a dog?
At Lincoln Park’s new Dog-a-holics (904 West Armitage Avenue, at Fremont Street; 773-857-5787), you can give your furry friend the royal treatment at Salon Woof, a self-wash spa with only the best products.
Not around to take Fido for his afternoon walk? The folks at Chicago Dog Duty make it their business, so Fido can do his.
Keep Wrigley warm this fall in a reversible Urban Wrap that’s sure to wag some tails.
When dinnertime comes, sniff out Wicker Park’s Doggy Style Pet Shop (2023 West Division Street, between Damen and Hoyne Avenues; 773-235-9663) for a full range of organic meals.
Even though every night with your best friend is special, mark the calendar for PAWS Chicago’s Fifth Annual Fur Ball, where you both can enjoy cocktails, live music, and dancing.
If all that doggone fun has left you strapped for cash, consider Affordable Pets, which, for a monthly or annual fee, gives you 10 to 25 percent off every time you visit select pet service providers.
So you can take care of your pooch without being thrown to the dogs.
Forget the poinsettias and wine; take a holiday gift to Fido instead with Fortunate Dog Cookies. Like fortune cookies for people, these vet-approved dog treats contain a special message for any pup. Individually wrapped in a classic red Chinese takeout box, they’re a “howl” for all. Buy three and shipping is free. Ruff!