We have known Maureen for about 15 years
both as a person who provided our dog with
a home away from home. We have used
both her boarding and doggie daycare
services. Maureen loves dogs, and she
works very hard to provide a caring
environment. Our dog was always excited
when she pulled up in our driveway for
playgroup. It was always a relief to know that
Maureen would be caring for our dog when
we took trips. Her amazing backyard and
the opportunity to socialize with other dogs
also made us feel more comfortable about
leaving our furry friend behind. We
recommend her services without reservation.
Andy and Eddie Benn
Maureen Hughes is the only person I ever trusted with my dogs for day care or overnights . I even called her after hours when I needed advice on dog training . Maureen really gets to know her clients and knows which dogs get along more than others . She is so aware of every dog she watches . She once called me after watching Helen (my female dog) and noticed she had been drinking more than normal and suggested having her seen by the vet if it continues. Maureen has done so many things that isn't part of the job but it's just who she is . I have a list of them . She puts the dogs first . She treats them like her own . She takes pride in the space the dogs play In and continually cleans up . Dogs come home so happy after being with her and socializing with other trained dogs.
Maureen's home and big back yard are perfectly set up for a happy dog experience. The yard is well fenced and covered with mulch for dogs to roam around and interact. The house is big enough and all set up to accommodate several dogs for inside living in bad weather. Maureen is careful about my old (14 years old) dog's various RX and feeding requirements. She is knowledgeable about dogs' physical and emotional care. And of course she loves dogs. Her fees are very reasonable compared to kennels where your dog would be in a cage. My dog always came back from the kennel stressed out. She comes back from a stay at Maureen's happy and tired from playing with her dog friends.
Maureen Hughes and Pet Au Pair have been an extension of my family for over a decade. Winston, my pug, has been going to Pet Au Pair for daily playdates and boarding since he was a puppy. He has the run of her house and has access, via doggy door, to her fenced-in, one acre, backyard. Maureen doesn't use kennels. Instead, Winston and his pals have a choice of doggy beds throughout the house. She provides a clean and safe environment for him and an invaluable service to my family. Maureen makes the process so easy by providing pick-up and drop off services. Winston loves Maureen so much that we can't utter her name without him running to our backdoor to look for her!
Maureen is fantastic. For nearly 13 years, my two Cavaliers, Lucy and Yo-yo have boarded with Maureen when we are out of town and done her weekly playgroups. They LOVE her!!!! She picks them up, takes them to her house where they play with other well behaved dogs and then brings them home again. Maureen also has been a great resource for me in caring for my dogs. If something seems off with one of them she lets me know. Basically, she loves them like her own!!! I trust her completely to take good care of them. If you are lucky enough to get a spot with Maureen you should grab
We have known Maureen for at least 20 years. She has taken care of three of our dogs over all that time.We love Maureen. She has almost become part of our family!!!!!
And that isn't nearly important as
how much our dogs have loved Maureen. In fact there was a time, I know, that each dog thought Maureen was their mom!!!! We trust her! We love her!!!!
Maureen meant the world to both me and my Yellow Lab of 14 years Maverick. He absolutely adored her and the dogs in her pack. Whenever he was with Maureen I knew Maverick was both extremely safe and extremely loved! Maverick was essentially trained by her because he'd come home fully exercised and loved in her care. She was so amazing at the end of his life and took him into her home to live because I could no longer care for him. He was the most amazing dog and I give Maureen all the credit!!! She is absolutely wonderful at her job.
Maureen and Pet au Pair are the best. No other place we would even consider sending our dog or anyone else we would have take care of or watch our dog. Maureen is not only the dog whisperer, but she is family. Special feeling when your pet jumps up with excitement every time he hears Maureen's car pull up and sees her at the door.
Maureen is an incredible, dedicated dog lover and caregiver! We have trusted her with our dog for the last 7 years, since puppyhood. He absolutely loves her and being with other dogs in her care. Whether it is for daily walking, playgroups, or extended vacations, we have total peace of mind with Maureen!
Renee and Kevin Shrier
Maureen Hughes is a highly educated, responsible, attentive, loving, caring individual. We call her, "the dog whisperer". Maureen has been instrumental in decision making concerning my many dogs throughout the years. She is a wonder and we are fortunate to have made her acquaintance and had her in our service.
Cara Becker & Cara Lichtenstein
We have been clients of Maureen Hughes' Pet au Pair dog service for at least 10 years. She is a true friend of our dogs, and of ours. She has cared for four of our dogs over the years. When she arrives for doggie playgroup, like a shot they are into her van. They come back tired but happy. And whenever we leave town, Maureen is there to keep them. And if one gets sick, she is on it-right to the vet! Can't imaging better, more reliable dog care.
As lifelong dog lovers, my husband and i have entrusted our dogs to the loving care of Maureen Hughes for the past 25 years. Maureen has both boarded our dogs and cared for them in her doggy day care program three or four times a week. For our English Bulldogs, our Frenchies, and now our new "high priced mutts", we have entrusted Maureen with our dog care, and she has never let us down. We believe Maureen Hughes is one of the gifts of our life and we recommend her services without any reservation whatsoever.
Maureen has been walking our dogs for 10 plus years. She is extremely reliable, honest, and her outgoing warm personality allows her to immediate bond with all living creatures. She is quite knowledgeable about dog behavior and illnesses and many times she has helped diagnose various problems. My dogs hear her car arrive and immediately run to the back door to wait for her. I can recommend her without any reservations whatsoever. There is no one I would trust my dogs with more.
Jonathan and Karen Citow
Just want to say that I have never met a more devoted pet over than Maureen! My poodle goes nuts when she hears Maureen's car drive up—I think she recognizes the sound of her car's engine. I can't imagine life without Maureen's superb pet playgroup and I know our Sadie can't either!!
Maureen Hughes has cared for our dogs for over 12 years. We have 2 cavaliers that have been in her weekly 'playgroups' and have boarded with her since they were puppies. She has a true passion for dogs and their well being. Her home is clean and she has a large backyard for running and playing. Our dogs are so happy when Maureen arrives to pick them up. She is one of their best friends!
We have worked with Maureen for over 10 years, both for daycare and boarding. There are no words for how wonderful she is and how much our dogs love her. She helped socialize our first golden doodle, Marley, who was very shy. Marley came out of her shell and loved her daily day care and playtime with the other dogs. Our current Doodle, Quincy, lives for her play dates, and comes home tired and happy. I am so comfortable boarding our dog with Maureen, which we frequently do because of travel. I know Quincy is in a loving and safe environment. Having the pickup and delivery service is so convenient and a huge time saver. It was also comforting to know that when we boarded Marley as she aged, Maureen was able to give Marley her medicine and even take her to the vet when necessary.
Our dog absolutely loves going to Pet Au Pair. Maureen is the most attentive and caring person we have ever encountered when it comes to our golden retriever. He waits by the window for her and completely flips out when she pulls in the driveway. Going out of town used to feel so stressful but now that we found Maureen, we feel completely at peace knowing our dog is so well cared for while we’re away. Highly highly recommend Pet Au Pair by Maureen Hughes. We highly recommend the services of Maureen Hughes and Per au Pair
I love Maureen because she is honest, hard-working, and a very experienced dog care person who is totally dedicated to the well-being of any dog in her care. My dogs, a collie and a cavapoo, not only get fed, watered, brushed, and played with when they are at Maureen’s, but they also get loved. Maureen loves my dogs and they love her! She dotes on them and all the dogs in her care. Plus, she has a huge backyard that gives the dogs plenty of room to run and enjoy the fresh air. I never worry when my dogs are with Maureen. I know they are safe, loved, and having fun.
As empty nesters, our dogs are more than our best friends, they are literally our
family. With Pet au Pair, we know our “kids” are in the best hands possible and
we can leave them for the day or for an extended trip, and not have anxious
moments wondering how they are doing.
We have been using Pet au Pair and Maureen Hughes for over 25 years. She has
lovingly cared for our many different dogs, ranging from English Bull Dogs to
French Bull Dogs, to our current Doodles, Kiwi and Hawker. With each pet,
Maureen has been a surrogate “mom" and personal dog whisperer. She has
helped the dogs socialize, while at the same time noting and reporting any
strange behavior which may indicate an illness or injury.
When Maureen opens the door to our house, our dogs run to the van at her
command. We are very much at ease knowing Maureen is a true dog lover, very
knowledgeable and able to provide a safe space for our dogs.
Pet au Pair is the gold standard. For more than
13 years, Maureen Hughes has lovingly cared
for our dogs like they are her own. Whether in
weekly playgroup or overnight stays, we can
trust Maureen to be responsible, attentive,
caring, and super fun. She goes above and
beyond to ensure that our three dogs are healthy,
happy, and safe. We all adore her.
Phone: Only by text (847) 980-3444
I am Maureen Hughes and I have been a life long dog-lover. I created Pet Au Pair for one single reason – to provide the best place for dogs and their parents – the top services, care and support, they need and deserve. I established my business in 1997. I have proudly served the North Shore and Chicagoland area. Take a look throughout my website so you can learn about me and my services.