Meet our Amazing Team of Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters

meet our pet sitters

Urban Tailz has been providing daily dog walking, cat sitting, and pet sitting services on the North Side of Chicago since 2000, providing over 750,000 visits to thousands of happy pets. We are one of the oldest and highest-rated dog walking companies in Chicago. We have learned so much over the years, and we strive to continually improve our services for our clients. We believe technology is vital to our business, but that a personal touch is the most important thing for our clients.

Our pet sitters are employees who have been background checked and have gone through a week-long training course before providing pet care services on their own. Urban Tailz does not use independent contractors like many dog walking companies, which means our pet sitters are well-trained, held up to a higher standard, and covered by all Urban Tailz insurance. Urban Tailz is also licensed, bonded, and insured to provide pet sitting services in Chicago. 

Meet your new best friends: our managers

Carine and Erik

Owners

Alison

Office Manager

Paige

Manager

meet your pet(s) new best friend: our pet sitters

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AMANDA

I grew up in a small town west of Chicago and moved here around 15 years ago. I love Chicago and don’t plan on ever living anywhere else. I live in Humboldt Park with my husband and Pit Bull Dyna. I love all dogs, but I’m definitely a big fan of bully breeds.

I can’t get enough of dogs, and working for Urban Tailz gives me the opportunity to be around all sorts of different sizes and breeds. It also gets me out and moving! When I’m not walking dogs I also work at a beer bar where I’ve learned a ton about beer, and get to try different kinds too. I love watching movies and hanging with my husband and dog.

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ANGEL

Hi! I’m Angel! I have lived in Chicago my whole life and have always loved animals. I love being around all kinds of animals, but I’m a dog lover above everything else. Working for Urban Tailz not only allows me to take my doggie friends on adventurous walks, but also allows me to build a bond and friendship with each and every one of them.

My clients know my love for all things Bravo TV, so they usually have the channel listed for me when I’m house sitting with one of my furry friends. There’s nothing better than snuggling up with one of my doggie clients while watching Real Housewives!

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ANNE

My name is Anne, and when I graduated college in DC I knew I wanted to move to Chicago. After moving, Urban Tailz felt like the perfect fit for me.

I grew up with dogs, first a mutt named Curry and then two corgis named Boomer and Lucy. I always loved playing with them, and missed getting to take care of dogs while I lived in DC. Luckily, my roommates and I got to take care of a cat named Finn and I discovered a love of cats.

When I’m not walking dogs or taking care of cats, I like riding my bike around the city and playing guitar.

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ANNIE

Hi! I’m Annie, and I love dogs more than anything! I grew up in Oak Park just outside of Chicago and have lived here and loved it ever since. I left for a few years to attend school in Tacoma, Washington, and while it was beautiful there I missed my dog, my city, and my people so much I had to come back.

I am so excited to be walking with Urban Tailz, can’t imagine anything better than being paid to hang out with and care for dogs all while actively exploring the neighborhoods of Chicago through fresh eyes.

I grew up with all kinds of pets, dogs being the stars of the show. Recently, I moved into my own place where I cannot have pets, so I’m extremely excited to be able to keep dogs in my everyday life. I have been walking and sitting them for almost 10 years, and am now driving a doggy daycare school bus in the mornings- I am living and breathing dog transportation and I am so grateful for the trust involved with this line of work.

Outside of being a pet sitter and driving pups around I love cooking, crafting, hiking, and vegging out watching tv- all things that are better with a furry friend around!

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ASHLEIGH

I am a 25 year old full-time photographer and animal lover. I am fairly new to Chicago, but I have fallen in love with the city and all of the wonderful dogs I see all over the place! I am originally from Florida, that’s where I grew up. 
 
I have always had pets growing up – a variety of breeds/species. I love each and every dog/cat I see as if it were my own baby. Since I am a photographer I also love to take pet portraits. Capturing their personality is always so great. I consider myself very lucky to be a part of this team at Urban Tailz. I’m so excited to meet/care for your pets. 
 
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BEN

I grew up in rural Illinois and moved to Chicago in 2005. I now live with my girlfriend, her two kitties Bela and Gus, and our crazy rabbit Choo Choo. I started working for Urban Tailz in 2006, and it has been my home ever since.

There is nothing better than spending my day with all my furry companions! Animals are my life, and I couldn’t imagine not being around them everyday.

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BRENDA

Hi my name is Brenda!! I was born here in Chicago but moved to Michigan when I was 14. I enjoyed the fresh air and country life there but the city lights were calling me back home to Chicago. So I moved back when I was 21 and I’ve been here ever since enjoying all the great things this city has to offer.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my fur babies and also my family. I also enjoy going to the movies, bowling and camping. I joined the urban tailz team because I’ve always actually wanted to work with dogs. So I’m excited to walk your pets! I’ll treat them as they were my own.

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DARVELL

I’m a Chicago native going to school right now pursuing my recording arts degree at Columbia. I enjoy the city a lot and know just about every inch of it as I have loved all over.

I have been around dogs since I was born, and I have a great passion for animals as a whole. I have trained large breed dogs and also have two of my own named blue and dexter who I love very much.

My hobbies include gaming and anything sound design.

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EDIN

Hi! I’m Edin. I’m from Montana but moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern. After gaining a degree in Music, I’ve decided to stay in Chicago because I love it so much.

I am a huge animal lover and outdoors person. I’ve had many dogs growing up and just miss being around them since I live in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets. Working for Urban Tailz allows me to get my dog fix. I’m excited to be walking your furry children!

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EMILIO

Hello! I’m Emilio! I’m 24. Growing up my family always exposed me to a wide array of exotic animals, due to the rural locations they inhabited and the positions as ranch veterinarians and research biologists they held. I grew to love, respect, and be completely fascinated by ALL of our fellow sentient living organisms; from the lowly workaholic ant to the 15ft long deadly snuggler boa constrictor snake.

Yet if I’m being completely honest I did develop a bit of favoritism in the animal world, and to me personally there is a standout species: Canis lupus familiaris AKA ♥Dogs♥. Although very common and domesticated worldwide, to me nothing beats man’s best friend, because well it’s in the tagline, man’s best friend. I very much am obsessed with our loyal, dopey, playful, cute, needy, protective furry friends. And Urban Tailz allows me to spend fun quality time with doggies while getting much needed fresh air and exercise outside.

I say “much needed fresh air and exercise” because professionally I work as a video editor and have to spend long hours sitting in front of a computer screen stitching and tweaking narratives. The recreational things I enjoy the most are: Korean variety shows, weight lifting, running, cycling, filmmaking, comics, sculpting with clay, cooking, swimming, sailing/boating, stand up, and watching movies.

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ILIANA

Hey, I’m Iliana! I love spending time with my pet family, exploring the city, recording music, reading, and watching sports in my free time. I have worked with Urban Tailz for a couple years and am very experienced with all different types of dogs! Living in Chicago my whole life made me get used to all the different weather conditions and know my way around the neighborhoods. Being outdoors is definitely how I like to spend my days, as the fresh air and calming breezes always soothes my mind.

I am currently working at Menards as well, where I mainly bring freight to the store from the warehouse. Planning on finishing school with a major in advertising and hopefully get a job where I can let my creativity go!

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JACK

Hi, I’m Jack! I recently moved from Los Angeles and am new to Chicago, but I take my love of animals everywhere I go. I grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, and learned to love hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and anything outdoors. Working with Urban Tailz is a dream for me because animals are pawsitively my best friends. We can learn so much about how to care for one and other if we learn how to love our furry friends. If I’m not walking a dog or playing with a cat, I may be playing the piano or guitar and doing some howling of my own!

If you want to talk pets, sports, or music, don’t hesitate to give me a collie!

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JADE

Hi I’m Jade. Originally from Chicago but spent 6 years in Birmingham, Alabama. I do not currently have any fur babies but I do have 4 human babies, so my hands are full at home.  I absolutely love animals, especially dogs and cats. I’m excited to make new fur friends here at Urban Tailz. 

I’m currently a student pursuing a degree in nursing. In my free time I hangout with my kiddos, travel, and watch my favorite vet shows. 

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JEAN

Hi. I am Jean, a lifelong Chicagoan and enthusiastic Dog Walker. We have two small dogs at our house (Boston Terrier named Dora, and Yorkie named Dottie), but I really love larger breeds too. Caring for dogs is a lot of work, that doesn’t feel like work. Thank you for trusting me with your fur babies!

I’ve recently retired from a long, rewarding career as a Licensed Massage Therapist, and am looking forward to many aspects of this new position. The old saying “a tired dog is a good dog” is just so true.

When not caring for your pet(s), I enjoy writing (and occasionally get published), travel, painting furniture, estate sale and resale shopping, and I just started Spanish language class.

I live in the Gold Coast, and am excited to watch our beautiful city come back to life over summer.

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JEFF

I am an animal lover who has been looking after dogs and cats since I was 10 years old. I am originally from Carol Stream, IL but have lived in Chicago for the past five years working as a Jeff Award-winning actor in musical theatre across the Chicagoland area.

When he I’m not performing, I love spending time listening to music and taking walks to the beach (if the weather allows!) I looks forward to getting to know the personalities of each pet I take care of, and personalizing each visit to maximize the enjoyment for each of your furry friends.

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JENNY

Hello there! My name is Jenny, and I’ve been with UT since 2012. Originally getting a CDA in preschool teaching, that all changed when I moved to the city. Getting hired with Urban Tailz has greatly increased my love for animals, and shown me my true passion in life.

Since I began walking dogs I’ve now become pet CPR certified, an active volunteer at my dogs rescue One Tail at a Time (OTAT-in Bucktown), and a dog trainer through FetchFind Academy. I also contribute walking dogs to saving my life as I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for 25+ years.

Currently residing in Wicker Park with my two furry boys Phife (dog) and Nintendo (cat) and boyfriend Michael who worked for UT before I did! Needless to say we love this company.

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JOANNA

I’m a freelance writer, originally from Louisville, Kentucky. I used to work at an advertising agency but joined Urban Tailz in 2016 after I realized I’d much rather hang out with animals than ad execs. I grew up in a house full of pets––dogs, cats, rats, chickens, bearded dragons, the works––and currently have two cats of my own. In my spare time, I enjoy doing improv and stand up, and watching an ungodly amount of Real Housewives with my cats.

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JOSEPHINE

Hi, I’m Josephine! I am an animal lover of all kinds! I spend my time reading, writing, hiking, geeking out about music, and exploring the city with my own pup. We love the 606 and any dog park we can find.

I’ve been working with animals (especially dogs and cats) for two years now and have loved every minute. I worked at a vet for a year so I am also comfortable and familiar with any problems that may come up with your babies (which we hopefully never have to worry about). I am more than happy to accommodate to any other precious creatures as I have also worked with ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, and birds.

Loving animals takes up 80% of my life so I know I can do an excellent job with yours.

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KATHY

Hello, I’m Kathy! I grew up in a small town in Illinois and went to NIU for my Bachelor degree. I moved down south for 8 years where I worked in fitness and raised two beautiful Labradors.

Now that I’m back up north, I’m an in-home personal trainer and help take care of my clients pets when they are out of town. I’m very passionate about all animals and their happiness so this is absolutely the best job for EVERYONE involved.

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KELLY

Hi, I’m Kelly! I grew up in Iowa and moved to Chicago in 2013. My husband and I currently live downtown with our sassy mini-goldendoodle Olive. I love dogs, walking, and being outside, so I’m thrilled to be able to explore the city with new furry friends!

When I’m not doing something dog-related, I enjoy hiking, reading, listening to podcasts, and eating an inadvisable amount of pizza.

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KELSON

I grew up in Maryland and moved to Chicago 3 years ago. I have a great pitbull mix Penny who is almost 2 now!

I love working for Urban Tailz because I get to be outside, and I get to walk dogs. Who could ask for a better job? Exercise and being outside all day, plus hanging out with some great pups every day is a pretty sweet gig!

I went to Illinois Champaign-Urbana and have a BFA in acting, which I put to good use in the city in my night hours. I also am a founding member of Definition Theatre Company in Chicago, so look for me on your stages/tv screen when you ask your dog how our awesome walk was!

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KYLE

Hello! I grew up in Florida most of my life and have just recently moved to Chicago looking for a change of pace.

I was drawn to Urban Tailz out of my lifelong passion for animals, especially dogs. When I was a student at the University of Florida I volunteered at a canine cognition lab, where I gained professional, hands-on experience with dogs of all kinds and learned a lot about dog psychology. I’ve also walked and pet-sat dogs all throughout my life.

I love biking around, being outside, and most of all I love spending time with dogs, so I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than working for Urban Tailz!

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MATT

I moved to Chicago in 2006 from Nebraska, and strangely enough, was not a football fan. I joined Urban Tailz in 2007, and I’ve become so fond of all my doggie friends. Going on long walks, teaching new tricks, and giving good scratches behind the ears are my specialty. When I’m not playing with my furry friends, I enjoy painting and creating things.

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MURIEL

Hi, I’m Muriel! I am an artist that loves to draw and paint, my favorite medium being watercolor. My second passion is music, I’m obsessed with finding new artists and diving into older music I may have missed.

After school, I spent 4 years in food service working as a barista, and just as many years working in retail. Though I always enjoyed connecting with customers and working with a team, I was unhappy with the culture of big corporations.

I’ve loved dogs all my life and spent my entire childhood begging for a puppy to no avail. I now have a puppy named Zelda who is a little fireball of energy and love. I’ve joined Urban Tailz so I can meet furry friends while spending more time enjoying the outdoors.

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NATALY

Hi! I’m Nataly, a Chicago native studying to become a accredited veterinary technician. Currently living in the Edgewater neighborhood with my cats Jackson and Emmitt, and my sixteen year old pup Elara Boo.

I grew up around all types of animals, spending some time at a farm as a kid, and then growing up with more domestic animals such as rabbits, cats, and dogs.

My hobbies include spending time in nature, painting, and spending time with my furry kids.

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NICOLE

Hi Everyone! I grew up in Skokie, and just recently moved to the city in October of 2018, and I absolutely love it! I spent most of the school year behind a desk, so I am super excited to actually be outside and explore the city while meeting some awesome pups!

I have grown up with dogs all my life, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my time than taking care of them. I have a 6 year old golden retriever named Riley who thinks he is a lap dog-he’s definitely not-and who has mastered the art of giving the side eye-which he probably learned from me!

When I’m not working, you can find me reading a book outside, writing my novel-which I swear one day I will finish-or watching way too much TV. Like way too much. So happy to be apart of the Urban Tailz team!!

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SEAN

Hi there! My name is Sean and I originally hail from way out west in Phoenix, AZ. I moved to Chicago 8 years ago to pursue music as an audio engineer, songwriter and producer. I’ve had the good fortune of being able to travel the country playing music to hosts of wonderful people and find that making real human connections in the world is such a rewarding passion.

That’s also something I love about being able to walk dogs in the city! It keeps me on the move and engaged with the world outside. And of course there’s always the companionship you get hanging out with your pups every day! I feel that creating strong, trusting bonds with animals is often just as rewarding as with people.

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WILLY

Hi! My name is Willy, I’m an actor/comedian originally from Littleton, Colorado. I moved to Chicago right out of high-school for school, where I went to Columbia College to study Musical Theater and Comedy Writing. I then moved to Los Angeles for a few years, and am now very happy and excited to be back in the Windy City.

Growing up, I was always surrounded by dogs, usually a cross breed of some sort. I’d spend hours walking them, rough-housing with them, or just chilling and watching Frasier with them (their favorite).

I love comedy, I love to perform, I love to write, I love to bike, and I love hanging with cool dogs all day. I’m very happy to be working with Urban Tailz and hanging with some four-legged friends.