Meet Your New Best Friends, Our Managers.

Carine – Owner

I went to culinary school with aspirations on being the next great chef, but quickly realized the crazy hours and intense atmosphere were not for me. I joined Urban Tailz in 2005, and it’s been my home ever since.

I have two wonderful dogs Mucha and Tesla that are my life outside of Urban Tailz. They keep me busy, full of love, and well-entertained. I get to play with lots of kitties and dogs on a daily basis working for Urban Tailz, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I love cooking, but my passion now and forever will always be taking care of all my wonderful furry friends and their owners.

Erik – Owner

I grew up in Michigan and moved to Chicago in 2007 and started working for Urban Tailz in 2009. I spent 8 years working in the hospitality industry before coming to Urban Tailz. My years working in hotels and customer service have given me invaluable knowledge that translates well to the pet service industry. I strive to make Urban Tailz the Four Seasons of pet services!

I’ve had animals for most of my life, and my obsession for animals knows no bounds. We have four dogs at home and would probably have more if I didn’t already think people thought we were crazy. My dogs are my babies, so I know just how important our furry clients are to their families.

Joanna – Manager

I’m Joanna, a freelance writer and Kentucky native. I’ve worked with animals for years, first as a regular pet-sitter and later as a Humane Society volunteer.

I grew up in a house full of pets – dogs, cats, rats, bearded dragons, the works – but I’m currently without a dog and missing one dearly. That said, I can’t imagine a better way to spend my days than walking for Urban Tailz!

My hobbies include running, yoga, dipping pizza in ranch and overindulging my two very needy cats.

Paige – Manager

My name’s Paige! I moved to Chicago from Oregon to see what big city life is all about and I’m loving it so far. I have always had a huge spot in my heart for animals and decided I wanted to start working towards a career where I get to help animals anyway I can. Let me love your fur babies!

I’ve worked in the service industry for the last 8 years so I understand the power of open communication and resolving problems quickly. It makes me smile to see how happy your animals are when we go out for a walk or just to sit and visit with them.

Amanda – Manager

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.

Jessie – Manager

Hello! My name is Jessie. I grew up in Iowa, but moved to Chicago with my husband and my two children five years ago. I was a stay at home mother for the first 6 years, then made the transition into teaching preschool! I have a lot of patience and feel like my love for children translates well to my love for animals as well!

These dogs are your family and I will care for them and love them as if they were my own. When I’m not walking dogs, I enjoy dancing and reading. Running in the summer and skiing in the winter. Also, I am currently enrolled in school furthering my education in early childhood development. I love animals very much and I will make sure to treat your fur babies with care and lots of love!

Alison – Office Manager

I’ve spent the better part of the last decade working with Urban Tailz, and it’s been an absolute dream! Getting to hang with Chicago’s best goof balls has made my life far richer and fuller than I ever thought it could be. I will forever be thankful to our clients for letting me care for their precious best friends.

My hobbies aside from your pets include the culinary arts, the occasional concert or festival, and enjoying the finer things in life, like my couch or bed. Life doesn’t get any better than that!

Meet Your Pet(s) New Best Friend, Our Pet Sitters.

Abby

Hi my name is Abby. Mother of a two year old. I’ve lived in and around Chicago my whole life. I grew up in a house with five dogs of all breeds and sizes. Which was great but my golden doodle is a handful by himself now.

I’ve always loved animals, I’ve worked on farms and I’m vegan. I pride myself on my petting. I joined Urban Tailz to meet some awesome pups while enjoying the weather!

Adrianne

Hi! My name is Adrianne. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and moved downtown in 2010. I spent most of my childhood in the country side of Michigan, and to this day I’m more a country girl than city girl.

I have a strong passion for animals and kids. My dream is to one day own a farm, take in all the stray dogs from the streets, and shelters. I want to be able to give them a home, love, and the life they deserve. It breaks my heart to see all the dogs in the shelters. I used to enjoy going to visit dogs in PetSmart adoption center to at least give them some love and play time until recently, but it started breaking my heart too much.

I have been surrounded by dogs since I was a kid. I rescued a pitbull in 2015 and she was my first own dog. When I visited Brazil in 2017 I rescued a black German Shepherd from being chained up in the yard, now she is living down there with family. When I returned to Brazil last year I helped raise a newborn Labrador, which included feedings, and holding her up as a baby to go to the bathroom. While I was down there as well I worked with another dog who had it rough and taught her what it’s like to feel love and be happy. She made a lot of progress during my time with her.

I just got a pitbull puppy who I am now working with on being a service dog. I enjoy working with dogs, and seeing the capability they have to learn so many new things, and be so gentle. I love helping dogs and giving them a second chance. It makes me so happy to see where a dog has come from and all the progress they have made.

I’m so excited to meet all of your fur babies and taking them on lovely walks.

Alex

I grew up on a farm and love the outdoors and animals. Working for Urban Tailz allows me to hang out with great dogs while also being outside on a daily basis.

While I’m not walking dogs, I enjoy working out and doing anything outdoors. I also enjoy riding my scooter around town during the summer months.

Alma

Hi! My name is Alma, and I have been working for Urban Tailz almost as long as I can remember. Over the years, I have walked dogs and taken care of cats all over this beautiful city. I love being outdoors and being active, so this is the perfect job for me. When I’m not walking dogs, biking, or skating, I also enjoy playing and watching soccer. I love walking around Chicago and noticing simple beauty, like flowers and butterflies.

Taking care of animals makes me happy, and I will be sure to take great care of yours!

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!

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.

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

April

Hi, my name is April. I was born in Rock Island, IL and I recently moved to Chicago to be closer to family. I am a big music lover and I enjoy drawing and painting in my free time. I’ve grown up my whole life surrounded by animals and I feel like this is the perfect job for me. I am very patient and I have a kind soul, so I will treat your fur babies with lots of care and love!

Athena

Hi! My name is Athena and I was born and raised in the city. Unfortunately, I haven’t explored too much outside of the neighborhoods I’ve lived and worked in, so joining Urban Tailz and walking dogs around the city is going to be awesome!

In my free time I like to play video games, exercise, and fiddle with my camera whenever I see a shot I need to get. I grew up with a variety of different dogs (always having a couple at a time) and I love being able to meet new ones and figure out what their personality is like! I currently own my baby, Ryder, who is a miniature poodle mix. He’s a clumsy little fireball and I love him so much!

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.

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.

Brittany

Hey there! My name is Brittany. I’ve been living in Chicago for about 4 years now and absolutely love this city. Exploring is one of my favorite things to do during my free time and thanks to Urban Tailz, I’m now able to adventure around Chicago with man’s best friend. I’ve always had such a love for animals since I grew up around so many and I couldn’t think of a better gig for myself than hanging out with dogs all day and enjoying the outdoors!

Aside from my love for animals, I am also a free lance circus performer who specializes in fire eating. I spend my weekends traveling to wherever entertainment is needed and I also vend at festivals over the summer selling custom wire wrap pendents.

Chris

Hi, I’m Chris! I’m an obsessive podcast listener, sports fan, and animal lover, who grew up caring for all sorts of animals large and small. I’m originally from Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa a couple of years ago. I moved to Chicago shortly after and it’s been great, outside of one thing: no dogs allowed in my apartment.

Luckily, working for Urban Tailz allows me to love and care for all of your wonderful pets! I’ve loved dogs (and all animals) for as long as I can remember, and I can’t wait to show that love and care in my work!

Connor

Hey, I’m Connor! I’m originally from Quincy, Illinois, and have been living here in Chicago for about four years. I’ve recently just graduated from DePaul University with a major in English Lit, and have been spending my free time exploring the city and meeting plenty of new and outrageous people that this city abounds with. I love to read, write strange poetry, paint, draw, take long walks, hang out at the beach, watch movies, talk about movies, and all around have a good time.

I’ve been around dogs all my life, and like most of us here feel a little bit more joy in my life each time I get to play with and take care of them. I’d be honored and delighted to walk your pups.

Dalia

Hello, my name is Dalia and I’m an avid animal lover, pets are my passion. I recently gradated and am new to the city.

I am a vegan with 2 cats of my own (Gwynn and Ellie) Ellie was born with a birth defect rendering her a tripod when I found her in an animal shelter. I understand the love and care that goes into pets with special needs. I grew up around cats, dogs of all sizes and breeds, and fish.

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.

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!

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.

Evan D.

I’m Evan – originally grew up in Glenview, IL, but I always claimed to be a Chicago-native, like most suburbanites. I moved to Chicago to study Psychology at DePaul University where I graduated earlier this year (2018).

Recently, my girlfriend and I rescued an 11-year-old Havanese mix named Paige. We’ve only had her for almost a year, but she has quickly become our Princess.

While my parents never let us own any pets growing up, that didn’t stop me from surrounding myself with dogs as much as I could. I would visit my aunts Shih Tzus on a weekly basis and would often offer to look after dogs of friends and family members at any opportunity available. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to socialize and care for a number of different dogs and pets on a daily basis working with Urban Tailz.

Evan T.

Originally from Evanston, I went to college in Maryland then worked in D.C. and Michigan before returning to Chicago 4 years ago. I recently finished law school at The John Marshall Law School. I am currently working as a research assistant until I am sworn in and officially receive my license to practice law here in Illinois.

I grew up with yellow labs and several birds, I currently have two pet rats – Bella and Penelope. For me, nothing beats a beautiful Chicago summer day, especially if you add in the beach and a dog or two.I am an avid photographer who loves to travel and meet new people. I also enjoy biking, swimming, and skateboarding.

I’m happy to be a part of the Urban Tailz team and look forward to serving you and your awesome pups!

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!

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.

Jesse

Hi! I’m Jesse! I’m originally from Southern Indiana, but moved to Chicago a little over a year ago. I feel like I still have a lot of the city to see and explore, but I really enjoy it so far!

I’ve held a variety of jobs so far. Most recently I worked in food service, where I was in charge of some very high volume kitchens. Aside from that, I performed standup comedy for the last six years! I’ve seen all the small to medium Midwest towns you dream of visiting as a child!

I started at Urban Tailz to try something totally different from a kitchen or office. I grew up on a small farm so I’ve always been surrounded by animals as long as I can remember. I really enjoy spending time with dogs especially, getting to explore the city and getting exercise so Urban Tailz is a perfect fit! Cant wait to meet you!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Levi

Hi! My name is Levi. I’m a small-town Michigan native who has a thirst for some big-city life. Before moving to Chicago, I spent 6 years earning two college degrees in music performance and one year playing music on cruise ships. Now, I want to live in this hip city to experience some of the rich music that is happening all throughout it!

I’ve grown up among pets my whole life and cherish their company. My mom favors small dogs, and a close aunt of mine favors bigger ones, so I find joy in all kinds of breeds. I love walking outside and I am grateful to be with Urban Tailz so that I can help your furry loved ones live a happy life.

Lisa

I’m a chicago native who loves all animals-especially dogs. They are incredibly healing & make the world a better place. Working for Urban Tailz allows me to enjoy that great bond formed with all my furry friends.

I am a professional drummer & an international ashtanga yoga instructor who loves cooking, (especially doggie treats), gardening, & biking!

Lori

Ciao, Chicago!

My name is Lori Martello, and I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that has relocated to Chicago. I graduated with two degrees, History and Italian, and love to relax my mind after years of university by walking and giving love to all animals. I have owned pets since infancy, dogs, cats, horses, and guinea pigs, so I have gained knowledge on a variety of animal care. I really enjoy learning, especially about homeopathic remedies and recipes for health which I have used on my own dog. She is a German Shepherd / Greyhound mix; she is all legs and tail. We run and hike a lot, but cuddling up is our favorite. I have been a vegan for three years now, and enjoy trying new vegan restaurants. I like listening to podcasts, reading Sicilian short stories, horseback riding with my mom, and going to different events around the city. Fitness is a huge part of my life as well! I am excited to learn more and engage with different Chicago communities while being a walker!

Martha

Hi! My name is Martha. I’m a Chicago native. I am a mother to the most wonderful kid- not the animal, but definitely a g.o.a.t. I LOVE animals. As a small child I had a harness and leash for my guinea pig and I would take her on a walk around the neighborhood. In a way I’ve always been preparing for this job 😉 I have such a huge admiration for dogs. They truly are a gift in our existence. I’m the jerk that will acknowledge the dog before the human. You can say hi to every dog you pass, but not every person. So, I happily do that!

I’ve spent years in the service industry. I’m looking forward to the change! I make as much art as I can by painting and drawing. I love to read. I love my plants. I once met a dog named Cassius and I very excitedly told the owner that is the name of my cactus. She didn’t seem to be much of a plant person. I’m a bit of nut, but in all the good ways. I look forward to taking care of the fur babies and being a part of Urban Tailz!

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.

Matthew

Hello, I’m Matthew and I am excited to meet your furry friends! I was born and raised right here in Chicago on the Northwest side. I was drawn to Urban Tailz because I love animals of all kinds but especially dogs and cats! I have 1 of each myself at home, Chip and Baby Girl! This is such a great job for me because it’s so rewarding how much the animal and the owner appreciates me being able to take care of their’ pet while they are out.

When I’m not out walking dogs I like to play golf and hockey or just sit inside with my furry friends and watch some football.

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.

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!!

Noah

Hello! My Name is Noah. I grew up in a suburbia about an hour south of Nashville TN. My freshman year of College I moved to Spokane Washington for school and to experience a new lifestyle in an area completely different from where I grew up. While I was there, I fell in love with hiking and everything outdoors, traveling and camping all over the northwest with friends as much as I could. I moved to Chicago in 2018 to finish my degree at Moody Bible Institute where I will graduate summer 2020.

I have grown up around dogs my whole life, my family always had a least one, and had as many as four! For the past 10 years we have been a dog family of one with the sweetest Australian Sheppard you will ever meet named Sky. I love being able to have taking care of and loving on dogs as a part of my every day life and I’m excited to one day have the space to have one of my own!

Oberon

Hi! I’m Oberon. I’m an avid dog lover who just can’t stay away! I have worked in kennels and doggy daycares on and off and have had a menagerie of exotic pets like snakes, birds, and rats. I am finishing my last year at art school and am gearing up to go into education. I love spicy food and late nights.

Révan

Hello! My name is Révan pronounced (Raven) I’m from Evanston Illinois also known as E-Town.

I recently took a break from working as a Broadcast TV news reporter and since I’ve always been an animal lover I decided to start this dog walking journey. I grew up caring for multiple pups at a time while working on my grandparents ranch, which was always the highlight of my summers. I love stopping people to pet their cute doggies every chance I get! Currently I have two sweet kitties whom I love so much!

When I’m not walking dogs, I love dancing to reggae/ dancehall music, sipping a nice cold glass of New Zealand Sauvignon blanc, taking long morning jogs, and meditating. I’m so excited to be a member of the Urban Tailz family and to show our furry friends some love!

Rioghnach

Hi there! I’m a North Carolina transplant who grew up in a suburb with a parade of cats and dogs, and I’ve lived in Chicago since 2017. After years of petting all the pups I’ve met in the street and wishing my apartment allowed them, I’m so excited to get to walk and care for dogs across this beautiful city.

When I’m not looking at photos of Samoyeds and Great Danes on the internet, I love to read novels (Neil Gaiman, Zadie Smith, and Elena Ferrante are some favorites), learn about sharks, and write both fiction and music.

Sam

Hi! I’m Sam and I’m from central Minnesota. I came to Chicago to attend DePaul, and stayed because the city has so much to offer, especially a lot of great music.

I grew up with two miniature poodles and have been a dog lover ever since. While I don’t currently have pets of my own, I hang out with my girlfriend’s Alaskan malamute every chance I can get! I am excited to make some new four legged friends with Urban Tailz.

I like to travel, bike around the city, and watch movies. In my spare time I’m probably at a show or doing sound experiments in my room.

Samantha

Hi there! My name is Samantha and I am so excited to meet your furry friends! I am originally from Pittsburgh, but I’ve been in Chicago a few years and absolutely love it!

I like to stay active and I do a lot of yoga, running, and biking. I love a good cup of tea when it’s cold out. I have a baby pug and a black cat at home, and they love to sniff me after walking! I can’t wait to meet your pets!

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.

Shelby

Hi! My name is Shelby and I moved here from Colorado 2.5 years ago. I had mostly worked in restaurants before I moved to Chicago but I had an amazing chance to work with dogs and I took it. At first, I walked dogs in Evanston for a small dog-walking company. I loved it so much and I wanted to work with even more dogs. I started working weekends at a dog daycare a little closer to home. I’ve learned that working with animals is so personally rewarding and that the old quote is true, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

I have 2 small dogs, a pug and a corgi/dachshund mix. My boyfriend and I rescued them before we left Colorado and we look forward to rescuing many more pets in the future!

Sireena

Hello! I’m Sireena, a young Chicago native. I live with two dogs, my lab pup Odin and 6 y/o pit named Chulo, and a cat who acts like a third dog lol. As a graduate from Columbia College, I’m pursuing a career in the music industry by night and relieving stress with my besties at Urban Tailz by day.

I look forward to taking adventures with my new friends, clearing my head and boosting my mood. It’s hard to have a bad day with all the kisses and happy dances awaiting every greeting! I in return, give them the same energy back, lots of affection, compliments and playtime.

When I’m not with my furry friends, I enjoy cooking, longboarding, and performing at or booking live music events.

Tim

I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio and decided to move out to Chicago in 2014 for School. I wanted to get involved with comedy and improv and what better place than Chicago.

Growing up I had two dogs and a cat. There is nothing better than coming home from a long day and having all your animals meet you at the door. Since moving to the city I haven’t had the means to have a pet of my own. With Urban Tailz I am able to get my dog fix. I love and care about animals, so it’s a perfect job where I get to go on adventures with these pets and show them how much they are loved.

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.