Vote for Chicago Dog Walkers!

Summer is here and, with it, warm weather, added hours of sunlight, and your chance to vote for us in Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2012” poll. Not a member of the Chicago Reader? No worries. You can sign in as a guest and vote for over two hundred best-of categories, such as “Best chef,” “Best Bears bar,” “Best view of the city,” and, most importantly to your pup, “Best dog walkers.” You can find “Best dog walkers” in the “Goods & Services” section after logging in. Be sure to click “Save and Exit” at the bottom of the webpage when you’re finished! You can only vote once, but you may review and adjust your answers until the poll closes May 25 at 12:00 a.m.

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Pet Crossword Puzzle!

Know your pets? Know Chicago Dog Walkers? Enjoy testing your knowledge on our pet crossword puzzle.

Dog Crossword

(Click the crossword puzzle image for the actual puzzle.)

Caution! Bark! Woof!

Below are links to webpages where you can find answers for some of the clues.

Chicago Dog Walkers owner’s first name

Hired pet visitor

Biscuit

Puppy _____

Chicago Dog Walkers male cat with girl’s name

Florida humorist writes about his dogs

Marc’s dog follows him everywhere

Do this to help no-kill shelters

Real boss of Chicago Dog Walkers

Let us know if you enjoyed the puzzle, found it difficult or easy, in the comments section or on Twitter @Chicdogwalkers with the hashtag #dogpuzzle

Walker Bios Update and Other Doggy Goodies

We have been updating walker bios on our website. Possessing an assortment of hobbies (bowling, biking, drumming, and more), they’re a diverse and interesting pack. Take a peek if you’re curious about who’s walking those pups around Chicago.

Remember when we posted our New Year’s Resolutions and Petsolutions? One of our resolutions for Chicago was to make it a No #2s Left On the Ground City. Shortly after that post, we found an episode of This American Life, which talks about people hiring companies that test the DNA of dog leavings to catch owners not picking up after their pets. Click here to listen to the episode. What are your thoughts on this type of procedure? Agree? Disagree? Already use it?

Keeping with the topic of New Year’s Resolutions, if you made a commitment to get in shape and need help tracking your progress, we found an app for you and your pup: MapMyDOGWALK. As the name suggests, you can map and save your routes to see how fast, far, and long you walked or ran. This way you can decide how much difficulty you want to put into your dog walks each day. We’d love to know your thoughts on this app or a similar one you have used. We enjoy technology that we can share with our pets and eagerly await the translating collar, as seen in the movie Up.

Comment here or @Chicdogwalkers on Twitter.