I'm handing over the leash...

Guinness & Clover, Candace's dogs

Guinness & Clover, Candace's dogs

After 10 years of providing pet parents with the best products for their furry family members, this week, Dogaholics takes its final walk as a retailer.

The time has come for me to officially hand over the retail leash... actually lots of leashes...and lots and lots of dog food...to Bentley's Pet Stuff (formerly Bentley's Corner Barkery). Dogaholics will continue to service Chicago through doggy daycare, boarding, grooming and training.

As I sit and write this announcement, it's truly impossible to express the amount of gratitude I hold and the emotions that fill me. I'm overwhelmed as I think back about all the wonderful people who've walked through our doors (those with and without dogs), the stories we've shared, the laughter and the tears over our pets, the puppy kisses I demanded, those who believed in me, the manufacturers who stood by our side, the neighborhood businesses who've cheered us on, the brilliant team who put up with my crazy ideas and of course did fantastic work, and cheers to the memories we've all made with each other, our pets and our community.


The road of entrepreneurship is not easy and there were many times when I didn't think we would make it...like dealing with construction outside our doors (multiple times), the worst recession in our country's history, a devastating canine flu, some of Chicago's coldest winters and the emergence of online retailers like amazon, etsy and subscription boxes... but fortunately, YOU BELIEVED IN US! You stuck by our side, shopped local and cared enough about your pet and your community, and because of that, pets will continue to thrive in Lakeview for years to come!!

Next week, Bentley's will inherit the Dogaholics Boutique team and inventory. 

Hopefully, they'll inherit your trust, too! 

I am proud to hand them the leash. It's an opportunity I couldn't refuse, greater career opportunities for my team and the ability to bring you a wider selection of products and events! Bentley's is so excited to join the Southport Corridor! Don't worry, they plan to keep the same natural product mix, the satisfaction guarantee, frequent buyer programs and even honor any existing coupons and credits you might still have.


While the retail side of this business is changing hands, as Dogaholics we'll continue to serve your needs for doggy daycareboarding, training and grooming. In fact, if you are enrolled in a monthly daycare package, Bentley's is still honoring your 10% discount!!! Aren't they great!?!

I'm also coming up with more ways to help you be the best pet parent ever! The first step is... our new "12 Steps to Being the Ultimate Pet Parent" online program and other educational and community building activities to come. 

And you can still get your cuteness fix through our Snapchat (@dogaholics) account and get the latest pet news from our Facebook and Instagram feeds. 

If you haven't brought your dog to daycare with us before, we have the largest outdoor play space in Chicago! A FREE WEEK of daycare coupon (value up to $165) is waiting for you at the boutique for a limited time. 

Thank you for
10 great years!

- Candace, Owner & Founder of Dogaholics

P.S. This is Tyson, my first love, and our first photo shoot at the Armitage Avenue location in 2006. 

Meet the New Soon-To-Be Owners

As mentioned above, Bentley's is so excited to join the Southport Corridor! They plan to keep the same natural product mix, the satisfaction guarantee, frequent buyer programs and even honor existing coupons and credits you have.  

Our values perfectly align, so I'm confident you'll really love Bentley's Pet Stuff!

Bentley's owners, Lisa and Giovanni Senafe, opened their first shop in 2008 in Arlington Heights, IL, inspired by their four-legged friend-the company's namesake-to provide dog and cat foods made with "real ingredients" to their neighborhood's pets.

Now with 15 locations and more in the works, they are quickly becoming THE place to shop for your pup! 


Now through Tuesday, April 12th at 8:00pm

- Get 20% off your entire purchase!

- Free gifts and samples

- Suggestion box to share your thoughts for the future

- Share your favorite story or why you love Dogaholics in our video journal


I've never done this before!!! I must have gone crazy!!! This 20% discount is good on all in-stock merchandise, including all dog and cat food. Not valid with other discounts. Available only Fri, 4/8/16 - Tue, 4/12/16. Excludes all previous purchases.



Sunday, April 10th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Snacks, Drinks and Free Samples

Chat with Candace and share memories

Dogs welcome!


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