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Audio: Having dogs in Chicago not so ‘ruff’

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By Emily Study

Having a dog in any big city may seem like a hassle.

A lack of green space and pet-friendly apartments, combined with the abundance of traffic are obstacles to having any pet.

But with 22 designated dog parks and more than 1,800 pet-friendly apartments, Chicago seems to have a leg up on other cities.

So are dogs truly a man’s best friend in Chicago? The answer to this question can be found at Margate Park on 4900 N. Marine Dr., also known as “Puptown.”

Chicagoan Mike Shuppe has had his two dogs, Roxy and Dusty, for 10 years and said he hasn’t had any trouble raising them in the city.

Fellow dog owner Kurt Kalousek just adopted a greyhound this year and said having a dog in the Chicago is all about location, location, location.

He said finding a dog-friendly apartment in the city isn’t hard as long as you look in the right neighborhoods.

But having to avoid trains and being wary of traffic are two obstacles dog owners face when living in Chicago.

Overall, though, both Kalousek and Shuppe said they don’t think it’s too “ruff” having dogs in the Windy City. They agreed that Chicago offers plenty of space for the pets to run around in.



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