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No Wheels? No Problem

An indispensable guide for carless pet owners

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Illustration by Colin Hayes

KNOW YOUR CTA RIGHTS

If it can fit in a small carrier (the CTA does not define “small”), your pet is allowed on the train or bus, no extra swipe needed.

MAKE FURRY FRIENDS

When the nearest dog park is a 45-minute walk away, it can be hard to get in some canine socializing. Lincoln Park-based Spoiled Rotten is ready to serve as puppy matchmaker, chauffeuring small groups of dogs (of similar sizes and temperaments) sans owners to playdates at Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, and other sites around the city, with door-to-door service. From $55 for two hours. spoiledrottenchicago.com

CALL A GUARANTEED RIDE

Ride-share drivers can take pets at their discretion, but bigger dogs are almost always out of luck. Enter Chicago Pet Transport: It’ll pick up and drop off your pet for you anywhere in the city, and it takes one animal at a time, so there’s no risk of back-seat catfights. From $40 each way. chicagopettransport.com

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GET DINNER DELIVERED

Hell is trying to haul a 35-pound bag of kibble or kitty litter home on a Divvy. Luckily, the pet store chain Kriser’s offers same-day deliveries on Instacart, so your pooch can get its preferred high-end brand (plus a plush toy or two) sent straight to your door. Delivery charge varies by location and time of day. instacart.com

GET DINNER DELIVERED

Meeow Chicago will come to you to trim your kitty’s claws and remove stubborn mats, and What a Wonderful Woof promises speedy service for dog bathing and trims in your bathroom. From $69, meeowchicago.com; from $100, whatawonderfulwoof.net

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