Company Mindset

Alisa Cohen owns and operates Gr8ful Dog. Alisa has a degree in advertising but decided to pursue her passion for animals. So in 2004 she transitioned from traditional corporate life to working at Best Friends Pet Care as a general manager. But in 2010 she was feeling a disconnect from her clients, which was her reason for the career change in the first place. So she founded Gr8ful Dog. This was her way of connecting individually with both her two and four legged clients.  

As a result of this mindset Gr8ful Dog runs things a bit differently then your average pet care providers. First, all dogs are walked individually, because she doesn't believe in pack walks. Second, in-home pet care she believes strongly that the dogs and cats need to maintain their routine as much as possible. While drop in visits may be ok for cats,  dogs require consistent care. And lastly, she believes in a kennel free environment when ever it is possible. 

* Gr8ful Dog Petcare is bonded and insured.


Chicago Locations

Neighborhoods we serve for in-home pet care,
both dogs & cats:

  • Bucktown
  • East Village
  • Fulton River District
  • Logan Square
  • River North
  • Ukrainian Village
  • West town
  • West loop
  • Wicker Park

* We service most of Chicago's Western Suburbs

Neighborhoods We Serve for Dog Walking:

  • Bucktown
  • East Village
  • Fulton River District
  • Logan Square
  • Ukrainian Village
  • West Town
  • West Loop
  • Wicker Park

It’s not often that you can find a comprehensive petcare provider that you trust in the multitude of ways I trust Alisa and her team. From daily walks to in-home, overnight care, I know my dog is in great hands every step of the way.
— Laura Clink

My great big bear of a dog is completely in love with Alisa and her team… Which is reason enough to be a loyal customer. But I also appreciate Gr8ful’s flexibility, attention to detail and trustworthiness. I know my dogs and my home are in good hands while I am away.
— The Erin Sarofsky

I know that my dogs will have fun and be very well taken care of when I leave them. Knowing that, I can truly enjoy my vacation!!!
— Amanda Tomlinson

If we had opposable thumbs we’d give Alisa from Gr8ful Dog two thumbs up. We love when she stays with us.
— Fred & Lucy (human, Susan Deveney)

Gr8tful Dog is great with cats. Alisa has done a great job with my cat Wilson. He is tough to get to know because he likes to hid and he is a little angry because of my travel schedule. But Alisa has the knack for drawing him out of his hiding spots. Wilson is always well cared for and that makes my travel a little easier.
— Debbie W.

Gr8ful Dog has taken the anxiety and guilt away when leaving my beloved pup at home. Alisa is the best. She has never missed a day of walks in over 3 years and is flexible when I need to change my schedule. I also know that Alisa takes my dogs well-being very seriously and loves her as though she was her own. I am lucky to have Alisa and highly recommend her services.
— Emily T.

There is nothing more reassuring than heading to work each morning and knowing your dog will not only be taken care of, but loved during her walk :). Alisa and the Gr8tful Dog team take amazing care of my 8-yr-old cavalier, and I know she is always in good hands with them. Gr8tful Dog is the best!!
— Abby Robinson

This is not your average pet care provider. Alisa is Gr8ful Dog. She doesn’t just run it; this is her life and she has found her calling. She cares for our pets like her own. She has taken my boys to the vet, administered medication, and even fed our fish when we were out of town. She will be there rain, sleet, or snow. Trust me, I know - she was there for my two pups the week of the blizzard in February 2011.
— Hedy Smith