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We want to open the opportunity to spot light you & your dog. We are a growing community and what better way to get to know one another than to share your stories! Pick a date, and which page you want your info shared (dog mom or dog dad) and we will email you 2 days prior to your date to remind you to send us a bio of you and your dog and up to ten photos for IG. Be sure to let us know which one you want to be the main photo as we will be adding you to our website to showcase our community, also.

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Welcome to the niche of dog moms with kids under 5. We aim to host events to welcome and support dog moms with human kids, as well as pregnant moms.
 
 
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Book club for our dog mom community. Must answer questions to join, so we can verify you are local and dog loving.
 
 
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Dog Parents living North of Chicago Proper and North of Interstate 290!
 
 
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Dog parents living South of Chicago Proper and South of Interstate 290!
 

Our "Real Dog" Parents community:

Clare & Meadow

Hello fellow dog Mommas!

I'm Clare and my dog is Meadow.  I do environmental restoration and work in the Chicago Park District for a contracting company. I'm a former National Park Ranger, forest service worker, lift operator and AmeriCorps graduate.
I've always grown up with a westie or small terrier in the house. Meadow is my third westie. I had taken custody of my family dog, Phoebe, when my mother got sick. Phoebe was an amazing dog and sadly passed in August 2017 of liver failure.
 2017 was a rough year with losing Phoebe,  an ovarian cancer diagnosis, multiple surgeries and four months on disability from work I adopted Meadow from Westie Rescue of  Missouri. She was just what I needed after a difficult year and I was ready to spoil her.
Meadow came from a dog mill that was broken in January 2018. Shes 6 years old and I'm unsure how many litters she had. I like to joke that I got fixed before Meadw got fixed!
I like to organize westie and friends meetups once a month at different locations throughout the city of anyone is interested please feel free to follow Meadows page.

Samantha & Duke

Hello fellow dog lovers!  I’m Samantha and this is my dog, Duke.  From 5 pounds on his gotcha day to now 63, he is a lovable ball of fur with a contagious smile. His talents range from - singing along to sirens, to big bear hugs, to having a magnetic pull to friends that are blocks away. On Weekends you can find him running circles around Wiggly Park and taunting the less athletic innocent bystanders. His likes are; bully sticks, eating snow, and sniffing crotches. His dislikes are;  Santa Claus, Sitting still, and Fox 5 news.

Renee & Rita

Hi, I’m Renee and I was fortunate to adopt Rita (like the metermaid) from @placingpawsrescue on March 29, 2018 when she was 11mo old. Rita is an English Springer Spaniel (Field Model, that’s a real hunting dog!) Her back story is that her sister, mother and her were kept feral, so Rita came to me with only one month of human society experience from her foster family. She was afraid of all people, especially men (who she barked at, all of them.) She’d never been in the city so buses, bus stops, garbage trucks, clanking metal plates in the streets, constructions sites, elevated trains and oh so many things were spin-at-the-end-of-the-leash-terrifying, but we were in love from the first night together. We both love water, swimming, the beach, being outside, being active, socializing (but not too much), nature, exploring as well as repetition, challenges and having fun. So that’s what we’ve been doing, and all along I pushed Rita to face her fears. We’d stop under the el when the train went by, or next to a construction site, and I have to give my dad a lot of credit for working her on the man front. Now, she’s nearly a normal dog in the eyes of others, to me she’s always been amazing. She’s my spirit animal and people say we have the same hair. I love open water swimming (for recreation) and wanted a dog to swim with me, that’s why I picked a smallish hunting breed. But through learning together and figuring out Rita’s limits, we’ve settled on I now TOW her behind me, which creates quite a spectacle that I guess makes people happy. It makes me happy too and Rita tolerates it, haha, but gets her fun time on the beach. You can find us most swimmable mornings April-Nov at Oak Street Beach. Xoxox Renee and Rita

Amy & Zephyr

Hi from Amy and Zephyr! Zephyr is a 10 year old chihuahua/dachshund mix (or, more affectionately known as a "chiweenie"!), and he is by and far my best pal. He is named after the Red Hot Chili Peppers song. I adopted him the day after Christmas in 2016. I had found a dog on Petfinder that was at A.D.O.P.T. Shelter in Naperville, who appeared to be a perfect match for what I was looking for. Upon arriving at A.D.O.P.T., I decided to meet a few of the small dogs they had available as long as I was there.
I first met two other dogs that were adorable, but we didn't have that "click". Zeph was the third dog to come in the visiting room- I'll never forget the moment we met. He immediately walked over to me with his little trot, and proceeded to climb directly into my lap, and settle in. I then found out he was a senior dog, which made me love him even more. It was love at first sight! I heard a woman out in the hall tell her husband, "Look! That dog just climbed right in that girl's lap!" Yep. Meant to be.
Zeph is the life of the party wherever he goes. He is spunky, friendly, and always a comedian. He is the best snuggler anyone could ever ask for, and is sometimes nowhere to be found because he is busy burrowing himself deep in a blanket fort. He is my best buddy, and I am so thankful every single day that we found each other!

Jessica & Jameson

Hi! My name is Jessica Watson and I am a proud dog mom to my golden retriever pup, Jameson! My husband and I moved to Chicago in 2014 and fell in love with the city. We bought our first home a year ago and within weeks of moving in, we thought what better way to make it our home than by getting a dog? Fast forward 2 months later and we had an 8 week old golden retriever puppy! Jameson is an energetic 55 lb “lap dog” who thrives on attention from humans and fur friends! Jameson doesn’t leave the house without his bow tie on because he’s a dapper pup 🐶! Jameson has been the best addition to our family and we couldn’t be more proud to be crazy dog parents to him!

Kateri & Cana!

Hey there, this is Kateri and my 7 year old pup Cana. I adopted Cana when she was only 16lbs
and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, when I lived there. Since we returned to Chicago 6
years ago, she’s blossomed into a 37lbs loving and confident best friend!
A few of Cana’s favorite things: SNOW, snowballs, her Lamp Chop stuffed toy and people
watching out of my front window. Her best feature, her little tail numb which goes crazy when
she sees her favorite hoomans (aka my grand-hooman’s). She wiggles her behind so hard she
has been known to fall down from it .

Stephany & Kaya!

Hello from our little family! My husband Dan and I (Stephany) are so happy to have Kaya with us. She is the first pet for both of us and it’s definitely been the best ever! We got married last year and adopted this little girl exactly two months later, her birthday is actually just the day after our wedding (the two dates are almost interchangeable now!) The day we adopted her we drove two hours to visit her and her littermates at her foster home. She definitely picked us and was so eager to please. Little did we know how much this puppy (originally named Rebel) would change our lives.

Kaya is a super energetic and spunky pup who has more personality than you could ever imagine. She loves to talk (aka barkbark) and wrestle hard with anyone who will take her on. She’s super smart and picks things up (like training and tricks) super quickly, but is also quick to forget when there are distractions (like squirrels or other dogs).
We love Kaya so much and always try to include her in all our adventures. I never knew we could be so obsessed with our little fur baby (and her turned out feet) but I’m so glad we found this amazing and supportive RDMOC (and dads) community!

Stephany & Kaya!

Hello from our little family! My husband Dan and I (Stephany) are so happy to have Kaya with us. She is the first pet for both of us and it’s definitely been the best ever! We got married last year and adopted this little girl exactly two months later, her birthday is actually just the day after our wedding (the two dates are almost interchangeable now!) The day we adopted her we drove two hours to visit her and her littermates at her foster home. She definitely picked us and was so eager to please. Little did we know how much this puppy (originally named Rebel) would change our lives.

Kaya is a super energetic and spunky pup who has more personality than you could ever imagine. She loves to talk (aka barkbark) and wrestle hard with anyone who will take her on. She’s super smart and picks things up (like training and tricks) super quickly, but is also quick to forget when there are distractions (like squirrels or other dogs).
We love Kaya so much and always try to include her in all our adventures. I never knew we could be so obsessed with our little fur baby (and her turned out feet) but I’m so glad we found this amazing and supportive RDMOC (and dads) community!

Amanda & Lucy!

Hi from Amanda and Lady Lucille Beatrice (or Lucy, or Goose, or meatball, or Queen Derp)!!!

Lucy is a 4 1/2 year old rescue American Staffy. Her and her sister were found at just a few weeks old being sold out of the trunk of someone’s car, being fed only canned corn, with their mother nowhere in site.  Needless to say we had some separate anxiety we had to work through. We actually went to the rescue to meet her sister, but when we got there and sat in the room with both of them, Lucy went and sat in her (now) dads lap and just went to sleep. She really chose us and from that moment on it’s been one giant love fest! Except for our cats....they despise her despite her many many MANY attempts to make them like her. But we make it work!

Lucy is incredibly submissive and just rolls I her back when she meets a dog. Big, small, puppy (she LOVES puppies) or senior. It doesn’t matter, she loves them all! She is a real life t-rex and uses her derpiness to scam human food out of us every day. She loves spending time at her favorite daycare Fit Dog (@fitdogchicago) or stealing our spots on the couch. We love her to bits and can’t imagine our lives without this velvety land seal!!

We love the RDMoC community!  And can’t wait to attend more events this winter! Thanks for helping rescues pups like Lucy!!

Kiki & Gibson!

Hi from Kiki and Gibson! We are so happy to be a part of the Real Dog Moms of Chicago community! I was born and raised in Denver, but moved to the Midwest for college and never left. I have always had a dog growing up so it was only natural I got one for myself. I finally pulled the trigger August 2017 and my mom and I drove 7 hours to southern Illinois and picked up Gibson. The first words out of my mouth when I saw him was ‘shut the front door!!’ Love at first sight. Gibson is a mini Bernedoodle who is just over 1. For those who know him know he has two personalities. He is so bashful and nervous around those he doesn’t know, but once he opens up he is a wackodoodle. He does not like to go on walks and when I try to put his leash on him, he holds up his paw like ‘no.’ He does love the beach, swimming, car rides, bow ties and all things that squeak.

The RDMOC community has really helped Gibson come out of his shell with all the great events they host and I love meeting others with the same fur baby obsession as I do. We hope to meet more of you at the events!

Carolyn & her crew!

I’m Carolyn Alonzo the owner of Fetch! Pet Care of Greater Chicago. I’m a lifelong Chicagoan and I’ve been in business for over 11 years. I’m also the dog mom of 4 rescues: 3 Beagles and 1 Chihuahua, from 3yrs to 13yrs old: Pete, Obi, Lily and Zuzu. In one way or another they all have special needs or medical issues so it’s fortunate for them and me, that I work from home and I can give them a good life.

I wasn’t tuned into the rescue community until I adopted my first dog Pete from a kill shelter in Freeport, Il. From there on out I was obsessed and if I didn’t run Fetch! I like to think I would have started my own rescue. Fortunately my business affords me the opportunity to support the various rescues in the city and that is an amazing feeling.

Candy & Jill

We are Candy and Jill!  More than 5 years ago, I moved out of my parents' house and into my first apartment.  I had never lived without a dog, and I lasted all of one month before I was too lonely and started browsing rescue websites.  She was everything I didn't want in a dog.  I wanted an older dog who could go on long walks with me, loved people and other dogs, didn't need grooming, and was pretty well trained.  Candy was a dinky little Shih Tzu, 3 years old, with a case of ADD.  But, the dog chooses you, right? Candy gets groomed every few months, went to obedience school to work on her ADD and focus issues (and passed with flying colors!), and can't even walk a mile without pooping out.  But, she is my unofficial emotional support dog and knows exactly what I need and when I need it.  If she senses I am upset or anxious, she climbs into my lap and licks my hands until I'm better.  She loves sleepovers with Grammy and Grampy, is my nephew's bestie, and I couldn't image the past 5 years without her.  Who would lick the peanut butter off my plate and push me to the edge of the bed?

Millie & Jessica

We're Jess and Jordan and we are so happy to be a part of the Real Dog Moms/Dads of Chicago community! Our fur baby Millie is about one and a half years old (born on Christmas Eve!) and we've had her since she was a puppy. She is sweet, spunky, and never fails to make us smile. Millie's favorite things include FETCH (#ballislife), peanut butter (her kryptonite), and, of course, playing with her doggy friends!
Being first time dog parents, Millie has taught us a lot. There's the little things like learning how to give our silly doodle dog a bath without ending up with hundreds of mats (doodle/poodle parents, you know what I'm talking about!) or what to do when she eats something she's not supposed to (one very expensive emergency vet bill later...). But then there's the bigger things like how Millie has made us a more active part of our community. Walking with her has helped us get to know our neighbors and, for Jordan, who is a transplant from California, helped us feel at home in the Chicago area. She's only been with us for a short time but already we can't imagine life without all 17 pounds of this girl! We never would have thought that such a wonderful and big life change could come in such a small package.

Cheeto & Liz

One year ago today, after the LONGEST week waiting for approval, we brought home our baby. He was skinny, confused by stairs, and desperate for attention. We hadn’t even been married a month, still had folding chairs at the dining table, and had no idea just how much we needed him in our life.
Over the past year we’ve had countless vet visits to get him healthy inside and out! He’s now a healthy weight, bladder stone free, and has knees that can support him through all our adventures.
We’ve spent time at dog parks, forest preserves, and lots of time in the car. Cheeto’s favorite thing so far? Camping for sure! We bought a bigger couch to fit Cheeto's need to sprawl during cuddle time. We all survived a stressful move and the #wheatenofwheaton is thriving!
It’s been a big year for this little family, but we’ve got each other to carry us through. 
Being Cheeto’s dog mom is the best thing in the world!
Thank you RDMoC for this fun community of dog moms supporting each other. 

Ellie, Theo & Katie

Hi, from the Mack family!🐶👫🐶 These 2 sweet cavapoos, Ellie & Theo, live in Lincoln Park with me and my husband (Katie & Joey) and we can’t imagine our lives without them! 
We got Ellie as a tiny pup 4 yrs ago and she has grown up to be the true definition of sweet & sassy!
Ellie was the flower girl at our wedding last year👰🌸,and she did fantastic!! She is obsessed with playing ball and catching literally anything - including specs of dust, LOL! 
Theo is the newest member of the fam- we adopted him from @nlolchicago just 5 mos ago, and UGH is he the sweetest. The night he was rescued from animal control, NLOL posted a picture on Facebook and I literally cried..I just knew it was fate (ah, such a sap)! Theo is SUCH a lover, and a super goofy guy, which has us laughing daily.
We’re a very happy 2-dog household and excited to be a part of this dog Mom/Dad community! 💕

Foxy, Lola & Nadia

These are my little ladies, Foxy & Lola. Believe or not, they are sisters (same parents)! I got Foxy December 1st of last year and Lola 3 weeks ago. Foxy will be 1 in September and Lola is almost 3 months. They are Pomeranian/Jack Russell Terrier mixes. They may be small, but they pack a lot of love. Foxy will lick your face off and Lola will demand belly rubs until your hand falls off. Foxy is a model for a few shops, and Lola is working on her modeling poses. You will always see Foxy rockin’ some new attire on walks and CTA rides. Lola is most likely napping under a fish tank or dresser🤣. These ladies mean the world to me. I’d definitely John Wick someone for them.

Jack & Meaghan

I had walked into @heartland_animal_shelter with a mission: find the beagle mix named Chet with the soulful puppy eyes I had seen on their website the night before. It was August 2006. For the first time since I had been a child, I was finally in a place in my life where I could have a dog again. I knew the one I wanted.
I only glanced in each run long enough to see whether or not it was him. And when I found him, time stopped. He ceased his incessant, begging bark and looked at me. His tail raised straight up into the air like a white flag. Slowly, it started to wag. Then it wagged a little harder, until finally his whole butt was wiggling. I knew I had found my dog.
Jack (I changed his name after adopting him) has been with me now for most of my adult life. He’s my best friend; my “road dog” - my “ride or die.” He’s the most happy go lucky dog I’ve ever met. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, and gets along with everyone and everything (he even has tried to make friends with several wild deer and a horse). When it comes to food, there rarely is a treat he’ll turn down. Plain cake donuts in particular are his favorite guilty pleasure.
He’s turning 14 next month, which scares me to think about. He’s just as happy and spunky as he was when he was young, although he does sleep more now. But when I take him to the park and let him loose, he more than reminds me there’s plenty of life left. Wherever I go, he’ll be at my side. My companion. My protector. My best friend❤

Obama & Liz

Obama is a three year old retired racer. He got his forever home with Liz September of 2017. Obama, Obie for short, has a big personality, and his Mama learns more about his goofy quirks everyday! His favorite activities include sleeping, getting treats, and zoomies! His favorite treats include anything salmon flavored, coconut oil when he gets his teeth brushed, and chicken jerky. While Liz is out bringing home the biscuits, Obie is happily sleeping at home – he sleeps for 18 hours a day! He takes retired life very seriously. Liz, Obie, and Papa Matt love going to breweries together all over the city. They also enjoy meeting up with other Greyhounds and laid back pups. Obie loves to go camping and boating with his pawrents too! Adopting a Greyhound is the best decision Liz ever made, and she can’t wait to see all the adventures her and Obie go on together! 

Murray & Beth

Hi! My name's Beth and I'm a technical communications specialist who grew up as a cat lady! One day, puppy fever hit me and it hit me HARD. We adopted Murray, our sweet golden retriever, on a farm in Ohio and he threw up the whole way home to Pittsburgh. He still isn't a fan of the car! Since we adopted Murray almost two years ago, my heart has grown three sizes. He loves playing with other dogs (and cats!), snuggling in the mornings, swimming, and especially catching a Frisbee thrown by Dad! Since contracting my puppy fever, I feel so lucky to receive the unconditional, sincere love that dogs give to us all. We moved to Chicago a little over a year ago and are SO EXCITED that there is a group just for people like us! Murray loves the meetups, especially the pool parties, and we hope to see everyone at more events in the future!

Obie & Janine

Hi from the Doyle family! My husband Connor are I (Janine) are happy parents to our fur baby, Obie (short for Oberon), who brings us constant joy / adventure / laughs. We are both originally from Virginia, but we moved to Chicago in 2012 and fell in love with the city. We welcomed Obie into our little family in September 2017 and life hasn't been quite the same since. This little pup is a bit of a character - his quirks include pulling us across the street just for the chance to meet a kid, perching on his dad's shoulders in order to get the best view of his surroundings, and having a bark that sounds like the combination of Chewbacca and a chicken. He loves big dogs and has no idea how small he is (maxed out at 13 lbs.), yet he's simultaneously terrified of plastic bags and guitars. He's a handful but we love him so much, and we're also giant fans of the Real Dog Moms (and Dads!) of Chicago community <3

Jax & Shaun

Hi! My name is Jax and this is my dad, Shaun. My dad is an interior designer for Britt Carter and Co. He wasn’t thrilled when my humom and human sister asked for a dog. He knew dogs meant messes. He tagged along when it was time for them to meet me. And do you know what happened?! He fell in love with me and signed the papers to adopt me right away. My life has been wonderful ever since. He is a great dad and I love how he protects and cares for me. Every night I thank my lucky stars for him. He has given me a new life filled with wonder and adventures.

Leroy & Michelle

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I am a dog lover by day and a psychologist by night! I grew up with dogs all of my life, and when I got out of graduate school I could not wait to have one of my own. I had friends with dogs, some I would now call “crazy dog moms.” I did not understand back then why some of my friends were so into their dogs, like their lives revolved around their dogs, with their dog themed attire and accessories. And then… I got a dog of my own! I was looking for a dog that could become a therapy dog and in January 2013 I stumbled upon a cute lab/golden mix on Petfinder. I met him that day and fell in love. I called the rescue daily until they finally approved my application. Then I became a crazy dog mom, and have the attire and accessories to prove it! Leroy is the best thing that ever happened to me and he knows it! Not only is he handsome, but he is also full of personality. In addition to spoiling Leroy, I also foster dogs and volunteer for a dog rescue in the northern suburbs. Finding the RDMoC was like finding “my people.” So far I have only attended one event, but look forward to doing more!