The Boutique Hotel for Dogs

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Our History & Mission:

Janet Miceli, owner of Spike's, began her business as a dog walking service back in 1993. She walked dogs on a daily basis for clients who were at work. But when clients were going out of town and didn't want their dog home alone w/in-home care, there weren't many good options for overnight care. Janet decided to do something about this! She looked for a precise building in Oak Park that she felt would fit her clients needs; she conferred with an architect who was knowledgeable of this type of business and with veterinarians who advised her what would be the best and safest materials, layouts and resources to use. Nothing in Spike's is porous, which keeps odors out. Everything from the flooring, walls, and ceiling are extremely dog safe and easy to clean. Animal professionals stressed the importance of real fresh air for dogs. No matter how good your ventilation system is, (although Spike's does have one) there is nothing like real fresh air circulation, which is why windows were also installed. Fresh air circulation and a proper ventilation system also reduce any risks of disease.

Spike's has a maximum of 30 dogs, which is what gives them a personal & intimate touch with their guests. It also helps with the structure of the day and not becoming chaotic.

Besides overnight care, Spike's offers doggy daycare, grooming and of course daily dog walking and in-home vacation care for not only your dog, but for cats & all other critters!

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Lynda Jeppesen from Oak Park  

Posted: June 19th, 2013 9:49 AM

Spike's is fabulous! We have been doing business with Janet and her trustworthy team for almost the whole 20 years she has been in business. I have two cats and we added a dog to our family 2 years ago. Everyone gets wonderful TLC and they are reliable and just great to deal with. I recommend them highly!!

Denise Vallow from Forest Park  

Posted: January 15th, 2013 9:09 PM

We have had Spike's walk our dog Oliver for over 8 years. They are always reliable. I am always able to get him a walk when I need one. They all seem to really love what they do. I appreciate that they take such good care of our dog. Thanks, Spike's!

Kevin Wyderka from Oak Park  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 6:01 PM

My beagles Peanut and Gracie just love everyone at Spike's. My pups are so well cared for. I can rely on Spike's for daily walks, occasional day care, and for visits in a pinch. The staff at Spike's is exceptional.

Tracy Muchesko from Chicago  

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 12:05 PM

Personal, Professional and Caring are the three words that I think of when I think of Spike's. My job requires me to travel quite often so I needed to find a place that I felt comfortable leaving my Penny. Spike's is the place! Penny is always excited when I mention their name. I feel I'm leaving my pet with family and not some large impersonal kennel....Penny and I love our Spike's!!!

Bonnie Greene from Oak Park  

Posted: December 20th, 2012 8:56 AM

I have entrusted two dear little dogs to Janet and the Spike's gang in 14 years as a client, and have complete faith in them. My first dog, a Bichon named Mookie, was an adult when I moved to Oak Park and met Janet and started using Spike's for daily walks. After Mookie passed, I got a PAWS rescue puppy named Teddy Roosevelt, and he gets walks and attends daycare. I'm so impressed with the level of service and care -- they even pick Teddy up in the morning since I leave at 4:30 a.m. Yay!!

Deborah Spector from Oak Park  

Posted: December 14th, 2012 6:38 PM

Janet fostered a phenomenal pit bull I adopted in August 2012, and has generously worked with me to support the transition. Charlie lived with Janet and spent his days at Spikes, the best of all worlds. Janet's role in dog rescue, placement and adoption, personally and through Spikes, saves dogs' lives and then increases, beyond measure, the quality of their lives and our own. Everythings about Spikes has exceeded my expectations. Thank you!

valerie peiler from oak park  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 1:16 PM

The staff at Spikes treats each dog like it was their own. I have taken my dogs, all of whom are rescue dogs, to Spikes for the last 15 years and been impressed by the staffs' understanding of how to care for each dog's mental and physical needs, even in the dog's senior years. It's great to be able to entrust your dog on vacation or even during the day to people you know love them and keep them safe. Kudos to all!

Shannon Dillender Jones  

Posted: December 12th, 2012 12:39 PM

Our dog is so happy at Spike's. The staff loves animals and it shows in their care. They play with the dogs, give belly rubs, and even offer cook-outs for the pups on Fridays! They are able to handle any situation that may arise. We never have to worry because Spike's is the best!