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.
I grew up in Michigan and moved to Chicago in 2007. Chicago has always been my favorite city, and I have always wanted the big-city life. I 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.
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.
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.
I grew up in a small town in Bulgaria and my childhood was full of every-day adventures, mostly shared with my dog Dessy. Couple of years later I moved to the capital of my country - Sofia but outdoor activities stayed in my life as something essential. I love animals, being outside in nature, hiking or climbing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. There's no better way for me to enjoy all that but to share it with my 6 year-old black lab Chopper.
Even though I graduated in Molecular Biology I've always knew I'd peruse career in photography because that's something I've been doing with so much passion since my early teenage years. In 2012 my work took me to New York City where I was filming most of my days; but I missed my dog so badly that I started walking dogs in my free time. It happened to be the best moments spent in NYC - it was fun, kept me active and was like a therapy after a stressful day. I was amazed by the positive energy this job gave me and humbled by the respect and trust that I've been getting from all my clients.
Two years later I moved to Chicago to start a project for the Bulgarian International TV Channel but my love for dogs is right here with me :)
I joined Urban Tailz because they are experienced, dedicated and flexible. I believe in good care and a personal, outside of the box pet service. I am happy to be a part of the Urban Tailz team!
Hello, my name is Aaron.
After working in Ohio for 4 years as a sales engineer, I moved back to Chicago to live closer to my family. Now I'm working as a freelance Japanese translator and testing my boundaries in the film industry.
I've always been an animal lover. I volunteered at local shelters and had my own dog walking/house sitting business in college. Urban Tailz allows me to get back into it and meet new furry companions. Who doesn't love hanging out with animals!?
Hi, I’m Abbie! I grew up in Vermont and I have lived in many major cities across the country, Chicago is one of my favorite cities. I started working at Urban Tailz in 2018, prior to Urban Tailz I have been in the Hospitaily Industry as a chef working in many different restaurants.
I grew up with pets in our household and currently have two dogs. Urban Tailz allows me to get outside more a meet new furry friends!
Hi! I'm Alison- or Ali- and I have lived in Chicago all of my life. Since moving out of my family home and away from my furry brother Shiloh- he's a little Morkie- I have come to the conclusion that I need dogs in my life. I am unable to have a furry family member in my building, and I have MAJOR dog fever! Being with Urban Tailz helps break this fever because now I get to walk and play with some of the coolest pups in town!
When I'm not walking dogs, I enjoy crafting, baking, working out, sipping cheap wine and eating cheese. Also, my baby nephew is pretty fun to play with!
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.
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!
Hi! I'm Amanda. I was born and raised in the best city there is...Chicago! I enjoy working for Urban Tailz because there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy animal waiting for you as you walk through the door!
When I'm not with my furry animal friends I like to go for runs and play tennis. I also enjoy checking out different coffee shops and restaurants in the city. And of course, hanging with my friends and family!
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!
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.
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.
Hey I'm Carrie! I grew up in a household full of animals including dogs, cats, a guinea pig and birds. Now I make art and even though I didn't follow through on my childhood dream to become a vet, I've still been an animal lover all my life.
I adopted my Australian Cattle dog Murphy from orphans of the Storm in Deerfield and he's been my best bud ever since. I've had experience with all sorts of dogs and I'm looking forward to making your experience with Urban Tailz the best it can be!
Hiya! My name's Charlie and I really love animals! I grew up on the South Side of Chicago with a Bernese Mountain Dog, hamsters, guinea pigs and tons of little fishies. I moved just a tiny bit from my first home after college and now live in the heart of downtown with my boyfriend! I am currently the proud momma of an adorable little bunny rabbit, a cuddly kitty, and a perfect as can be whippet puppy.
Second to my love of animals is my passion for running and all types of exercise. Working for Urban Tailz has allowed me to combine my two passions of getting off my butt AND hanging out with amazing furry friends. I love walking, running, jumping, and playing and am overjoyed that I am able to have a buddy to come along for the adventure.
When I'm not running or hanging out with humankind's best friend, I am working on my artwork called Sad Alien Club, which consists of doodles an otherworldly creature who is always a little bit under the weather!
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.
Hey there, I'm Dan! I was born & raised in Orlando, Florida and have moved to Chicago for all that the city has to offer. Household pets have been an integral part of my upbringing, with an open mind and heart to any and all breeds of dog & cat.
I take pride in walking & looking after pets because it gives me the opportunity to make new friends and give myself some peace of mind. I hope to share nothing but memorable moments and and positive experiences with any furry friends I come across.
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.
Hey there, I'm Emily! When I'm not studying to become a counselor at DePaul, I'm walking your dog while taking in the great city of Chicago.
I've grown up with animals my entire life; from cats to dogs, to even chinchillas and mice! So rest assured that your pet is in loving hands. Animals hold a special place in my heart, and I'm so lucky to be doing this as a job!
I have lived in Chicago my entire life, growing up in the now-booming Logan Square area. I've worked for Urban Tailz since 2014.
I don't have any pets at this time, but I often have my niece and nephew over, whom many have confused as chimpanzees. Urban Tailz allows me to play with lots of animals on a daily basis, which I love.
When I'm not working for Urban Tailz, I love playing music, and I consider myself an avid cinephile.
Hi! I'm Gigi. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and ventured over to Chicago in 2012 to study Veterinary Science. I grew up with so many wonderful pets from dogs to cats to birds to fish to rabbits to lizards and so much more. Now one of my favorite activities in Chicago is dog walking and in my avid free time, I love to volunteer at animal shelters. It's one of the best feelings to know that I'm sharing experience with awesome dogs and Urban Tailz has allowed me to do that while enjoying my love of the outdoors.
Some of the many things I enjoy outside of dog walking are cooking, sketching, writing, Zumba, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Hi, I'm Greg. I grew up in the western suburbs and relocated to Chicago in 2015. I graduated from DePaul University with a degree in media and cinema studies.
Part of my interest in dogs started as I became a volunteer at adoption centers in Chicago, mainly PAWS and Anti-Cruelty Society. Spending time with my furry clients give me more exposure as well as great entertainment.
I love watching Chicago sports, especially the Bulls. I also enjoy cooking and watching movies.
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!
Hi! My name is Holly, and after eight years of working in corporate finance & consulting I am now pursuing my dream of being a dog walker! I grew up in Wisconsin with a household of animals, including, among others, two (large) dogs, two cats, and a litter of five kittens that we adopted and raised. A lot of my early years were spent learning about and caring for everything from grasshoppers to butterflies to my own pets. I now have one cat, Nitty, a 16-year-old senior who enjoys snuggling and sleeping, and get my dog fix through Urban Tailz as well as volunteer work at PAWS.
Animals have a lot of admirable traits that humans can learn from, and that's why I love working with them. I believe in the power of consistency, play, and unconditional love in building a trusting relationship with any animal, and find joy in learning about the quirks and personalities that make each of them unique!
In my free time I enjoy cooking, ping pong, and running (which comes in handy when walking high-energy dogs!)
Hello! My name is Jazmin :). I was born & raised in Chicago, Logan square to be exact, which is where I currently reside. I love the city life, & most importantly, I Love fur babies! As long as I can remember, I've always had a passion for animals. Im always that person that will run up to any dogs in the street or anywhere I go, just to say hi! I grew up with a pit bull/boxer mix baby, & I currently live in an apartment building that doesn't allow pets unfortunately, but thanks to Urban Tailz, I can care for the precious pets, and get my fix !
When I'm not walking dogs, I enjoy riding my bike, listening to music, & hanging out at the lake, taking in the beautiful skyline and nature around me!
In November 2013 I joined the Urban Tailz team as part-time holiday help. I was asked to join the team full-time shortly after.
I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in Wheaton. I have lived in the city for 4 and a half years. I share a home in Wicker Park with my boyfriend Michael, who also works for Urban Tailz.
My degree is in early childhood education. I have fallen so deeply in love with these animals that I don't know if I would ever go back!
I've grown up around dogs and cats for most of my life, and have great affection for them. Joining Urban Tailz was an easy decision -- the owners and staff are terrific, and few things make me happier than spending time with animals. Our furry companions need care, exercise, socialization and love, and I'm committed to providing them with plenty of each.
When I'm not doing Urban Tailz, I can usually be found in Logan Square, where I live, or on the near south side. I'm interested in art and how it means what it means.
Hi, my name is Jeremy, and I moved here from Iowa in 2011. I love living in the Logan Square area, especially when I'm doing aerial photography with my camera drone.
I grew up with two Dachshunds back in Iowa. We rescued Hershey from a breeder who thought she couldn't breed anymore and then Hershey gave us Dude. I miss them both and really enjoy getting some time away from work on my computer so thank you for letting me walk your pet. :D
Originally from Honduras and grew up in Miami, I moved to Chicago almost a year ago and digging it! The first dog I ever had was a Pekingese I got as my 9th birthday present who I appropriately named Goofy after watching 'An Extremely Goofy Movie'. A few years later my Chihuahua named Sparky joined the family, and shortly after a British Bulldog named Bruce joined us too!
Working for Urban Tailz lets me get to explore this amazing city and spend time with some awesome dogs, each with their own different personalities! It's always a good time to meet any new dogs to walk and forming a bond as you come to visit them for walks day after day.
In my free time I love traveling, playing basketball, trying new foods, and watching a ton of movies. Away from Urban Tailz I am freelance cinematographer and videographer who shoots a variety of different productions across Chicago and South Florida.
Hi, I'm John! I grew up in Hopkinsville, Kentucky but have lived in Chicago for 15 years. I love dogs and Chicago, so working for UrbanTailz is an incredibly fun way to see the City while getting in some fun pup time.
When I'm not working for UrbanTailz I work for a local Chicago youth soccer club as a professional youth soccer coach. I've been coaching kids for over ten years and love it. I'm also a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Go Irish!
I grew up in Lakeview and have lived in Chicago my whole life. I love working for Urban Tailz because I get great exercise, and my furry friends make great company to any walk no matter the weather.
In my spare time, I love playing soccer and basketball. I also love going to the movies.
Hello! I am Katie, a full-time graduate student and a small-town girl with big city dreams. I've been in Chicago for about 6 years and still can't get enough of the hustle and bustle. Animals have been a pivotal part of my life. There is nothing more heartwarming then seeing that tail wag or hearing the purr after coming home from a long day.
I grew up with many animals and have pet sat for family, neighbors and friends my entire life. Other than walking dogs, I enjoy being outside and exploring new environments. I also love getting exercise and visiting all of Chicago's many neighborhoods. I can't wait to meet all of Urban Tailz furry friends!
I grew up in the South Suburbs of Chicago and I am online student pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. My passion for animals keeps me motivated everyday. I've observed at animal hospitals as a part of my curriculum which has helped further my comfort levels with all animals!
I have owned and cared for dogs of all sizes (Min-Pin Chihuahua, Golden Retriever, Pit Bull, Alaskan Malamute). My apartment does not allow dogs so currently I have a cat named Joffery and a bearded dragon named Dragon.
I soon will be taking courses on animal behavior and breeds. I used to run cross country and track so I have no problem taking your pups for a stroll! In my free time you can typically catch me outside, at concerts, or baseball games.
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!
Hi, my name is Kitty. I am originally from New England but have lived in Chicago for the past five years. I'm currently in school studying Mortuary Science.
I've lived and worked around animals my whole life. One of my first jobs was at at a dog groomers and I grew up with a Pug, two Newfoundlands, and two Pomeranians. Currently I have one cat named Typewriter, I fell in love with her while I was working at PAWS and we've been inseparable ever since.
I feel so lucky to be able to meet new furry friends and hang out.
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!
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!
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I love dogs. I have been around them mostly all of my life. Sebastian he was a Neapolitan Misting big guy, Buster he was a boxer named after Buster Douglas. Suzy she was a sweet Golden. Juanita, another boxer. And, Bella the one on the picture. It’s great to be around them and communicate in a canine human – way. I live in the gold coast. I have been in Chicago for 12 years. Before that N.Y. and Montreal.
When I'm not working for Urban Tailz I am a creative copywriter with 10 years in advertising experience; so I write and think stuff. My career has taken me to Argentina, Amsterdam, Spain – I have to say I’ve met dogs from those places too so I know dogs love internationally. I am glad to be part of Urban Tailz to walk and share time with your pets.
Hi I’m Mary Kate. I am originally from West Virginia and went to school at Ball State University for Musical Theatre. After I graduated in 2014, I moved to Chicago for the theatre scene. I did a few fun shows and worked full time at a restaurant but soon realized I didn’t have much balance in my life. Enter Urban Tailz…
My family has always had dogs and I have walked a few professional, so when I started looking for new opportunities Urban Tailz was a perfect fit. I get to help take care of dogs all day, you say? Yes please. When I am not doing the acting thing, I love running and exercising. However, I’m sure my furry friends would make me eat those words if we went toe to toe… or would it be tail to tail or nose to nose? Anyway, I don’t have a dog of my own but I do spend quite a lot of time taking care of the beast that is my hair. It takes some serious grooming, so if your dogs have any stylists they like, I would love a referral. I am always excited to build new relationships with my clients and their owners ;) Have a great day!
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.
I recently moved to Chicago after completing a couple years of service with AmeriCorps in the Pacific Northwest. I am originally from Minnesota and went to school in Denver, where I studied Biochemsitry. I'm excited to be working at Urban Tailz and exploring the city with some sweet doggos.
When I'm not walking dogs, you can find me playing music, riding my bike, or fermenting all sorts of things in my kitchen.
Hey there, my name is Mike. I grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago, and after living in Miami, FL walking dogs part time and working as a musician, I moved back home to Chicago a few years ago.
As a lifelong animal lover, working for Urban Tailz is a really great fit for me! I don't have a dog at the moment so getting to see cute dogs all day really helps me get my fix. Besides making music my other hobbies include woodworking, circuit bending electronics, and running.
I grew up in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. Sadly, I did't have any furry pets growing up only frogs, lizards, and fish. Shortly after studying jazz guitar performance at the CCPA at Roosevelt University I started acquiring a small zoo. I now share a home with the sweetest little Rat Terrier, a rambunctious Rhodesian Ridgeback, and a clowder of three strong-willed cats.
I'm also an avid cyclist and have been a fixture on the Chicago messenger and alley-cat racing scene for over a decade now. I came to Urban Tailz to spend my days making new animal friends and maybe some people ones too!
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.
Hi! I’m Stephanie, I was born and raised in the lovely city of Chicago. I lived in many areas throughout the years but I currently stay in the Austin neighborhood. I joined Urban Tailz because I absolutely love dogs! Ever since I was a kid I’ve always loved dogs and spent most of my time with my family’s pets. I just love being able to walk these beautiful dogs and making sure they’re nothing but happy!
When I’m not spending time with my furry friends I work another part time job at Mariano’s in the evening. I also like to spend time inside watching Netflix and cuddling with my dog Twix.
My name is Steve and I'm a Chicago native. I absolutely love animals and pets, especially dogs! Growing up, my family and I have always rescued shelter dogs. I fully understand how much people cherish their dogs, as I treat their dogs as if they were my own! It truly is an honor to provide such service.
During my free time, I enjoy playing musical instruments (guitar, bass, piano, etc.). I love to draw; I love all kinds of art. I enjoy reading; I have currently taken up writing. I also enjoy movies, martial arts, the outdoors, and science. I consider myself to be an environmentalist. I received my B.A. in environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University.
Hi! My name is Trevin. I am originally from Utah but have been in Chicago a majority of my life. I've been a chef for over 10 years and am looking to buy a business and start a family with my fiancé.
I've grown up with dogs a majority of my life. I currently am the proud dad to two fur babies, a twelve year old pit bull and a 3 year old American bulldog.
Over the years, i have been lucky enough to work with my grandfather at his vet clinic and have been able to volunteer at animal shelters in Utah, Michigan, and here in the Chicagoland area. I'm a true animal lover and love meeting new furry friends!
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.