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City Hikes Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, LLC

East Bay, California, Alameda

(66)
8 hires on Bark
City Hikes Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, LLC logo
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City Hikes Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, LLC

East Bay, California, Alameda

(66)
8 hires on Bark

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City Hikes Dog Walking is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet and exceed your expectations. With a variety of pet service offerings to choose from, we are sure you and your pet will be happy working with us.

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J
13 November 2019

The absolute best!!!! We've had the pleasure of Karen at City Hikes as our walker for several months now and have nothing but wonderful things to say! I love that the walks are not just simply walking, but a training / learning experience. My 5 y/o pittie mix, Archie, loves to learn (and loves to be a good boy!) and has improved in so many ways since starting walks with Karen. He is much better behaved in general now; several people have commented about Archie's improved behavior. I also love how excited Archie gets every time Karen comes to pick him up!!! It truly shows and is obvious to see how much Karen cares for Archie (and vice versa) and I always know when they leave together that my baby is in the best hands.The owner, Merika, is very professional and runs a great business! She sends monthly invoices and offers a discount if you pay for the month in full (yes please!). City Hikes has been a terrific experience, SUPER glad I found them!!! (Oh! Also, Karen sends an email update of their walk and the cutest pics after each walk!!!) More...

C
3 July 2019

City hikes I have been using for a few years now Merika is the greatest, always showing pictures  of my kids which I love. I went on vacation recently and she could not care for them all the time, she could have someone else take care and not tell me but instead took time out of her week and introduced me to Karen. My kids took to her almost right away animals  seem to know a good person put me at ease right away. Karen and Merika THANKS. Karen was great that is why 5 star More...

J
4 June 2019

She is very thoughtful and sweet with our two lab pups! She goes the extra mile to make sure they learn what the need too! Highly recommend her!

F
29 May 2019

Zenaida and Merika are the best! I've been using City Hikes for twice a week walks for my two pups. After the walks I always get a nice summary and some cute pictures. It's comforting to know my dogs are being treated like family while I'm away at work. More...

J
24 February 2019

She is great with our pups!

C
2 January 2019

This review is long due. I want to give Merika and her team Zenaida a 5 plus super star. They both love your pets as much as you love your own pets. If you leave your pets with them, you can rest assured that your furry friends are in the best hands. They spend quite some quality time with your pets which include standard feeding cleaning, more importantly playing with them. They are never stingy with the love they give to your pets. They also send you pictures of every visit.  They both have worked at animal shelters so they really know how to treat your pets. They also respect the very different rules and feeding instructions each pet owner has. Zenaida is a very thoughtful and meticulous lady who is such a great lady to have. I love them both and feel fortunate to be able to book for appointments for any days of the year. I am in love with Merika and Zenaida! More...

C
3 December 2018

Our cats are usually shy to people they meet the first time, but they open right up with Crystal.  We used City Hikes a few times now and both times we were extremely satisfied with their service and how they cared for our cats even on our recent extended trip.  I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of pet sitting, they care for your pets just like how you would. More...

D
20 November 2018

This is an awesome service!!! a MUST for every pet parent!!!!!!!!!!!

M
14 November 2018

Crystal is amazing! I have worked with her and Merika for approximately 2 years, for daily walks of my pitbull and per siting for the dog and cat when I have to travel. I highly recommend them! Their rates are reasonable! More...

J
30 October 2018

OK, so I'm not much of a Yelper, but my cat sitter really wanted a review here. Crystal is great because she takes good care of the house and the kitties, but also because when I come home, the house looks just like I left it! Other sitters have not been so considerate and in the past I have had to clean up for 2 hours after returning from vacation. Not so with Crystal. Oh, and she texts me funny photos of the kitties getting treats in the kitchen and being silly cats. More...

L
26 September 2018

When we adopted our rescue pup Ranger, Merika was invaluable in training us how to teach him obedience.Every week she would come by and amaze us with her skills; she's truly a puppy whisperer! We highly recommend City Hikes. More...

G
13 September 2018

Shout out to Crystal for stepping in to watch our fur babies.  Her calm demeanor when first meeting them put both the pups and us parents at ease.  She is confident and cool and able to handle our Mastiff, Bully and Pit/Lab babies.  City Hikes is truly amazing for ensuring you are constantly at ease with repeated photo's and text of your pups.   Good job! More...

J
5 September 2018

I had a great experience with City Hikes. Erica looked after my cat, Shredder, while we were out of town for labor day weekend. She sent several proof of life photos along with updates on how he was doing. She checked in with us when she noticed he was sneezing a little more than usual. (He's fine. ☺️ ) She even vacuumed around his litter box. We came home to a lovely note letting us know how he did while we were gone. It was easy to relax knowing he was in kind, capable hands. More...

T
20 August 2018

Crystal is awesome! She did a great job to take care of little boy Pocky when I was away for a trip. She sent me lots of pics everyday. My kitten looks happy and healthy and I totally appreciated the daily update. She helped clean the litter box and tidy up the mess the kitten have made. She shows lots of love of my little boy. She is amazing! I will definitely use her again next time I'm out of town. More...

M
9 August 2018

We used City Hikes to pet sit our pets (dogs, cats, tortoise) as we went on vacation out of the country in August 2018. They are very professional, with daily updates and photos. I highly recommend them.

M
9 August 2018

We used Merika and her crew to watch our animals while we were out of the country in August 2018. They did a great job with lots of updates and pictures.

M
9 August 2018

We used Merika and her crew to watch our animals (Dogs, cats, tortoise) when we went out of the country on vacation.  They did a great job, with many updates and photos.  We will use them again, we are very pleased with the services provided. More...

Y
12 July 2018

Merika Regan aka City Hikes Dog Walking & Pet Sitting stayed at my home for the 3rd time for 2 weeks taking care of my 1 dog, 3 indoor cats, and feeding 8 outdoor semi-feral cats.  She is loved by all - including me!  Wonderful pet sitter!! More...

P
7 June 2018

I love City Hikes and the owner Merika Reagan. She makes it possible for me to travel, while she dogsits my girls. She walks them every day also. City Hikes is very reliable and trustworthy. More...

Thanks Pam! I love working with you and your girls. It really is my pleasure.

P
29 April 2018

Merika is a great pet sitter. I had to went on a trip for 10 days and i have to leave my two kitten behind. Merika visits them twice a days, gave them medicine and take care of them so well that every day, my kittens look healthy and happy on the pictures she sent (yes, she does sent you bunch of pictures of your kittens to keep you inform). I was really happy that I found Merika and would not hesitate to ask for her help again next time I am on a trip. She is very detail and thoughtful. She did many little things that you didn't even ask her to, and you only notice them when you come back. I think she is extremly nice, she handle my kittens like she has know them since forever. When I come back, my kittens were happy and healthy, much better than if I would have leave them at a cat hotel. Thank you so much for taking care pf my precious kittens. More...

J
6 February 2018

Merika is really great with our cat, wonderful attention to detail, and a great communicator with us.  She left me texts every time she came to see Tank, and sent me pix of him playing in the garden and asking to be fed.  We'll be calling her again, for sure. More...

N
2 January 2018

I've been using City Hikes for over two years now. They are my go-to pet sitter when I am out of town. The owner Merika and Crystal have watched my cats. Both even came to my house in advance to meet my cats and get rundown of their feeding schedule. Most recently I went out of town for a week and Crystal checked in on my pets everyday I was out of town. She provided daily photos and pictures of our cats by text message which made me feel like my cats were in good hands. She also made sure to correctly set our security system when she came and left. Also like to support an east bay Oakland based black owned small business. I am happy with them and will use their services when I go out of town. More...

V
1 January 2018

I used City Hikes for catsitting for a week. My catsitter was Crystal.Both Crystal and Merika were very responsive. Catsitting rates are currently $25/day for one 30 minute visit, $45/day for two visits, or $45/night for overnight stays. Initial consultation is free!Merika was very professional and well-prepared for our consultation. She showed and explained relevant permits, insurance, etc, and gave us a bunch of paperwork to fill out.  Crystal sent us LOADS of photos and short video clips of our happy cat! It really put our minds at ease. Our neighbors noticed that she stayed longer than the required half hour, going above and beyond to keep our kitty company. She also vacuumed around the litterbox before our arrival, so we came to a clean house. Overall I'm very pleased with the service and feel more comfortable taking trips knowing that they will do a great job. More...

S
8 December 2017

Merika and her team have been taking care of our fur babies for a little over 2 years now so this review is long overdue. Simply put, we love her and our kitties do too ! City Hikes is insured and Merika has experience with giving our kitties medicine, which is really helpful. Even when we didn't give Merika a lot of heads up, she always made sure she arranges help for us. We always feel comfortable leaving our kitties in her and her team's capable hands when we are away. Since we moved back to Castro Valley, Crystal is our sitter now. Our kitties liked her from the first time they met her. She feeds them, plays with them and takes in our mail. She is a great communicator, always sends us pics after every visit to let us know our kitties are doing well. We are grateful to have experienced sitters like Merika and Crystal to look after our kids. Thank you ladies!We would highly recommend City Hikes! More...

Q
8 December 2017

Merika and her team have been taking care of our fur babies for a little over 2 years now so this review is long overdue. Simply put, we love her and our kitties do too !City Hikes is insured and Merika has experience with giving our kitties medicine, which is really helpful. Even when we didn't give Merika a lot of heads up, she always made sure she arranges help for us. We always feel comfortable leaving our kitties in her and her team's capable hands when we are away. Since we moved back to Castro Valley, Crystal is our sitter now. Our kitties liked her from the first time they met her. She feeds them, plays with them and takes in our mail. She is a great communicator, always sends us pics after every visit to let us know our kitties are doing well. We are grateful to have experienced sitters like Merika and Crystal to look after our kids. Thank you ladies!We would highly recommend City Hikes! More...

T
23 November 2017

Been using them for years. Always takes good care of our two cats, even on short notice, and on holidays. I especially appreciate the daily pics.

E
21 November 2017

I rescued 2 kitties this summer, and contacted Merika about getting help for when I am out of town. It is hard to give your keys and leave your fur babies with someone you don't know, but with all the good yelp reviews, I contacted her and decided to try. Merika came to my house with Eli, the person designed as my cat sitter. I met them both, talked a little about my cats' needs and showed them around my house explaining where everything is. After that first encounter, is as easy as texting Eli about the dates I need help. She is amazing with my kitties! She cleans and freshens everything for them and then she plays with them. Always sending an update and pictures about the time she spends with the cats.Eli is a life saver! This last time I needed help I was out of the country for 2 weeks, and I was able to leave knowing that my cats were going to be well taken care of. Thank you so much for all your help Eli! You are amazing :)9/14/2018Crystal has been helping with my kitties since the beginning of the summer, she's so amazing! She goes above and beyond to help, my cat was sick and she stayed over and cleaned everything. Thank you Crystal for everything you do for my babies!!! More...

E
30 October 2017

I really do like this page. Could i post pics of my dog?

J
29 September 2017

City Hikes is amazing. We have had both Merika and Crystal care for our cat Bandit who has abandonment issues. Crystal was here this week and was awesome! Bandit was so comfortable with her. He came out from under the bed and played and allowed Crystal to pet him! She truly went above and beyond. Filling our hummingbird feeders, feeding the feral cat that comes around, watering our plants etc.I feel she truly cares about our cat. She sent photos and texted us everyday to let us know all was well. I can't express enough the peace of mind we have when City Hikes is caring for our "baby". Thanks Crystal you are the best! More...

N
22 September 2017

City Hikes took great care of my dog for a week while I was at a training course and had to leave him at home all day.  Crystal took him on 30-minute walks in the neighborhood and took many great pictures of him enjoying himself which she immediately shared with me after the walks.  It was great relief knowing he was well-taken care of and had some activity during the day.  She was also good enough to watch out for the other small pets.  She changed out the water for 2 turtles and offered to care for the parakeet.  Merika and Crystal were both very nice and helpful to a new customer. More...

H
20 August 2017

These guys are the best!!  I'm so happy I found them. Ellie from City Hikes walked my dogs three times a week for three months while I needed extra help. Before we agreed to use the service Ellie and Merika came to my house to introduce themselves and spend time with the dogs. They were very professional and clearly love their work, I felt confident that my dogs were in good hands. Both dogs were immediately comfortable and were happy to go on a "trial" walk with Ellie. Ellie (who is so sweet and a great dog handler) showed up every day on time and sent a update on the dogs after the walk. The dogs clearly loved their walks with her. The whole experience was great. Thanks guys!!! More...

J
31 July 2017

Wow!  I am so glad to have found City Hikes Dog Walking & Pet Sitting.  The first time I used their service was In April, and it was for 1/2 hour walks for my French Bulldog (Kilo), and my Bull Mastiff (Cole).  I used their complete care/overnight service last week while I was in Las Vegas, and  Merika is amazing!!  From the first time I met her, she was professional, very thorough in getting both of my dogs profiles set up, and really loves animals.  My dogs aren't the easiest to care for since Kilo is an escape artist, and Cole is a senior dog with some incontinence issues.   She cared for them as if they were her dogs--great photo's of them smiling, lounging, and going for walks--you can tell they were having a blast!  Having someone stay in your home that you can trust, is a big challenge, but I completely trust Merika.  Our home was well taken care of, she went above and beyond with our beloved dogs, and our home.  We're already booked for another trip in August for complete care/overnight service, and I am so grateful that I won't have to worry about anything!  Merika is a part of our family, and we are very lucky to have found City Hikes. More...

A
11 April 2017

Merika is amazing!  When we go out of town it's always for at least a week at a time and she texts us with daily updates and pictures of our kitties.  We have 3 very different cat personalities in our house and Merika is so patient with each of them, taking the time for them to sniff her and trust her.  On our last trip we were having an issue with our cats using the litter box.  She took the time to completely empty out both giant litter boxes, clean and refill them! It was so above and beyond.  You can absolutely tell that she loves the animals she cares for and has only their well being at heart. More...

K
9 March 2017

I am so glad I found City Hikes; we have two dogs and one of them is young and super energetic. He was tearing up our house and needed more exercise while we are out at work! Merika set us up with Ellie, who not only comes and takes both dogs for an hour walk on weekdays, she has also stayed with them several times while we've been out of town. It's so much better than putting them in a kennel and we get the added benefit of knowing our house isn't empty. There was one time Ellie was already booked during the same time as a trip we were taking, so she and Merika connected us to Crystal. Crystal came over to meet us and the dogs one evening, and then she went with Ellie on the walks for a week before the trip so they would be really used to her. She was awesome with them and like Ellie, she also took great care of our home. We are so happy with everyone we've met at City Hikes and our dogs are in great hands! More...

L
29 December 2016

We just got back from 5 days away and are very pleased with Merika's care of our animal kingdom. We opted for (2) daily check-in's while we were away for our 2 dogs and 1 cat. Merika sent us pictures of our animals each time she checked in so we knew they were well taken care of. She was also very professional, personable, and reasonable on getting everything set up. She took the dogs on (2) 30 minutes walks around our neighborhood each day and sent proof of all walks. We'll definitely will use her again and recommend her. More...

D
14 October 2016

We were looking for someone to stay in our house while we were on vacation including a walk for each of our dogs once a day.  I contacted Merika at City Hikes.  We made an appointment for her to come over and meet the dogs with one of her sitters.  She was professional and provided appropriate paperwork for her business. The sitter Erica is fantastic as the dogs were immediately drawn to her.  We've hired her four times now.   She is the best as she send you daily updates with photos for anxious dog owners like myself.  She also manages well with our large dogs - one of whom can get a bit excited when he sees other dogs. The dogs are happy when we come back and the house is spotless.  I'm hesitant to write this review because I selfish and don't want to share Erica but she is too good not to share. More...

D
28 September 2016

Awesome! My dogs don't take kind to strangers but really opened up with Merika. My dogs love her and so do my partner and I! Excellent! 5++++

J
25 August 2016

I recently went out of town for the weekend and needed care for my cats, including my oldest, diabetic cat. I was worried about finding a caretaker who would be willing to show up at 12 hour intervals and give shots! My friend recommended Merika's business and from the beginning, the interaction was professional and friendly. Merika arranged care with a sitter in my area (Jada), and they both came to meet me and my crew. Merika has a binder full of impressive credentials, and my cats seemed very comfortable around both of them. Their paperwork is smart and left me with a good peace of mind. At my request (on one of the forms), Jada texted me pics of my kitties at her first visit. One of them had even belly flopped for her! I came home to happy, well fed cats and a clean litterbox. I would definitely recommend City Hikes! More...

J
21 August 2016

Really happy to have stumbled upon Merika and her company. Such a professional experience. It helped to see such a large Internet presence, great reviews, and to know they're insured, should anything go wrong. They came out for a free consultation to discuss process and put us at ease. Jada took care of our two kitties for a couple of days and even texted me photos each visit. When we came home, the kitties were happy and healthy. We'll definitely be using their services ongoing. It's nice not to burden friends and to feel our babies are in the hands of caring professionals with an animal hospital background. More...

C
17 August 2016

Merika has been a fantastic dog sitter for us for many years, taking care of our two pugs when we are unable to take them on vacation with us.  You'll never be worried about your pets when they are in her care.  She sends photos and walk updates with each visit and always keeps you updated on their health and status.  We've never wanted to use a kennel and City Hikes makes it so you never have to.  We highly recommend City Hikes! More...

M
5 August 2016

We've had Merika pet/house sit for us several times over the past year and she's great!  We've also had her or her staff do some walks for us on busy days.  She is really reliable and always send photos of our dogs so we know how they're doing.  She also took one of our dogs for his chemotherapy treatments several times.  The dogs love her and always look really happy in the photos.  Highest recommendation! More...

J
11 April 2016

Janet P.Merika is the best.I go away with peace of mind thatmy kitties are well cared for.I had an outside cat thatMerika was able to bring him inside and startingto get comfortable indoors. Merika comes two times per day and sends me picsof my kitties.Merika gave med to asthmatic cat while I was away .Mail is neat in a box and house is neat when I return. More...

O
18 February 2016

Merika will check in on our cat when my fiancee and I leave town and she has always been reliable, knowledgable and well-like by our cat.  The most difficult part of being away is trusting that our cat will be well cared for.  I trust Merika and wouldn't leave my cat with anyone else. More...

P
16 December 2015

We absolutely love Nellie! She's wonderful, caring and extremely reliable. She's been walking our dogs for a year and half now and we couldn't be happier. She always texts me letting me know how the walk went and often sends me pictures and videos of my dogs. I completely trust Nellie and I can tell she really cares about my dogs :) More...

T
7 December 2015

Yes I agree she is the best. I have own animals my whole life, I am neurotic about who take care of them. Merika is the best. This is my second yelp commit, I do not say anything  unless I believe  in the business. She spent time with them keep me updated  with pictures and textes, that alone made me know that they were in good hands. I cannot praise her enough and this was over Thanksgiving.if you are looking for someone  to walk or sit for you she is the one. Thanks again More...

B
11 August 2015

We were in an emergency situation Merica R. saved the weekend!!! City Hikes dog walkers, Merika R. In specific was FANTASTIC! We are highly considering calling her to walk her dogs on a regular basis because we are so impressed with her services. I would highly recommend City hikes dog walkers to anyone in the East Bay!!!! Thank you, Merica!!! Love, Ellie & Whipper ;) AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!!! So impressed!!!!! More...

A
10 August 2015

Merika is a life saver. We did not have a dog walking/sitting plans for our German Shepherd as we were going out of town for the weekend. One of those HELP! moments. The trip is planned, the kids are packed...the dog, what about the dog? I was freaking out. This never happened before. He is part of the family and we would cancel the trip...of course. In desperation, I texted Merika and she took care our 6 yr old pup with barely a 1 day notice. She sends pictures and texts to keep us at ease, while away. Thank you, we are very grateful! More...

M
19 June 2015

Ok, seriously, the best! Merika walks my 3 dogs (1 yr old Siberian Husky, 1 yr old Alaskan Malamute, and 1 yr old Corgi Jack Russell mix) 3 days out of the week. They're quite the handful but she does amazing with them. My schedule changes a lot and despite asking her to come on set days of the week, I'm constantly messaging her to change up the time or day; and she has ALWAYS accommodated.She's very professional and always comes as promised. Most importantly, she seems to really care for my dogs and makes sure that she takes care of everything I ask; like remembering to arm the house (even my husband doesn't remember to do that all the time). She even cleaned up the mess my dogs made while being bored at home!Can't speak highly enough of Merika and City Hikes. Definitely would refer them to anyone looking for a dog walker in the Hayward area. More...

I
15 June 2015

Just used City Hikes for the first time and will now be my go-to! They took care of my 3 month old kitten last minute. The day I called, the same day Merika and Nellie came over to go through the minor paperwork and to meet my cat. Nellie did a fantastic job! She gave me daily email updates (since I was out of the country) with photos and videos which I loved. I only told her to come by 3 days but when I told her I was getting back late she decided to come back a fourth time free of charge--which was awesome! Definitely recommend City Hikes--reliable and professional! More...

P
7 May 2015

I highly recommend City Hikes and the owner, Merika. She has been my dog walker now for a month and is doing great. I have two large Belgian Malinois mixes, both of which have issues. Merika was great getting through the introductory period for the dogs to let her into the house, and now they both love her. They love going for their daily walks with her and she handles them with no problems. She also texts me her map my walk map so I can see where they went, plus she takes pictures of "the girls" while they are out and texts those to me. I love sitting at work and seeing the pictures come through of my happy dogs. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a dog walker or pet sitter More...

B
24 February 2015

We have a normal dog walker that we have had for years, but recently they took a vacation and in only a few days notice we met with Mericka and our dogs absolutely loved her! She was very punctual, sent up daily updates before during and after, and took great care of our puppies. My wife and I will absolutely use the services again when needed and we recommend City Hikes to you and friends! More...

I
23 August 2014

Every morning I spend 2 hours walking around the track in the park for exercise.  This is where I met Merika the dog walker about 2 months ago.  She was walking this huge Rottweiler for 30 minutes and then this Rottweiler Mix shortly thereafter for 30 minutes.  She explained to me they were in training and not skilled enough to walk together yet.  I'd see her with these Gigantic dogs and wonder where she got the strength to hold them when they were trying to pull ahead.  I really did not think she would ever be able to walk these giants together.  Now two months later not only does she walk them together, they rarely try to pull ahead of her! The transformation has been amazing to watch.  I don't have a dog but if I did Merika is who I'd want to do the training.  She is simply fantastic!!! More...

N
12 August 2014

City Hikes is a great Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Program! Merika and Nellie are amazing! Merika is extremely professional with her business and takes the time to do a first time visit/consultation to assess your dogs behavior and ask questions. My doggie loves Nellie and looks forward to spending time with her. Nellie is really good at sending pictures and updates after each walk. I feel pretty secure with their services and recommend them to folks who need some help, especially if you have a crazy schedule like I do. I also went away one weekend and Nellie walked and fed my baby while  I was away. My anxiety melted when I received pictures and a video showing me that my doggie was just fine! She also takes the time to spend a little bit of time sitting with your pup after each walk. More...

G
4 June 2014

Merika is terrific! She sits for our house cat and our three outdoor cats, feeding and watering them twice a day. She sends picture, email, and video status reports, and this gives me peace of mind while I'm out of town. She also gets our mail, and sweeps up the excess litter that Cleo tracks around her room. This last assignment, I forgot to replenish the outdoor cat food, and she graciously went to multiple stores until she found the brand we buy. I'd call that going above and beyond! More...

J
21 May 2014

We had a not-so-great experience with our first  dog walker from City Hikes, and Merika was quick, professional and gracious in her handling of the situation. She set us up with Nellie instead, and she has been absolutely perfect. She communicates with us regularly, plays with Wicket after their walks and genuinely loves pets. She's been a godsend. I'd recommend City Hikes to anyone in need of dog walking and petsitting services! More...

J
20 May 2014

Merika is as good as it gets.  Aside from being the nicest, most professional and reliable walker you may likely find in the east bay she also is a dog-whisperer.  She has been walking our pup for a few months, and her patience and daily efforts to train and nurture our family member has proven to have lasting benefits.  Our dog's behavior has improved and her leash behavior is significantly better mannered.  We look forward to a long relationship with Merika and our pets. More...

K
22 April 2014

Merika is an amazing and caring cat sitter.  When we first found her, through Care.com, one of our cats required daily injections of insulin.  She was so professional and caring about making sure our cat got the correct dose of insulin at the right time.  I love how she sends us pictures and updates of the cats, even without us asking.  She really cares about taking care of them above and beyond just food/litter.  Also, Merika has been available every time we have needed her.  She has been available on Holidays and recently helped us out on very short notice.  You won't find anyone better for your pets! More...

M
22 April 2014

We started working with Merika about a month ago and have been very happy with her dog walking services. We appreciate that Merika communicates with us regularly, is professional, and goes above and beyond what is expected -- she even spent extra time cleaning up when our dog destroyed a feather pillow. Needless to say we wholly trust Merika with our pets and our home. More...

L
20 April 2014

Merika has been walking our dog, Levi, for almost 2 years.  She was impressive from the first time we met her.  I was very critical during the interview process since our dog is 85 lbs and all muscle so we knew we needed a dog walker that could handle bigger dogs.  Levi also likes to make split second decisions to run after squirrels and bark at buses so I wouldn't have felt comfortable with just anyone.  Merika had firm control of the leash  while we discussed his walks and  even made him sit and focus.  Ever since then I feel so  lucky to not have to worry about Levi getting the best of Merika during their walks.  He  loves her and gets very excited when he knows she is coming.Merika is super attentive to not only Levi but to me when I am being a Nervous Nelly dog mother!  Every time I have any questions she responds in a timely manner.  The pictures she often sends are  super - both she and Levi look like they are having the best time!  She is always flexible with our dates as we often have to travel for work.  Overall, you could not get a better person to care for your animals! More...

S
19 April 2014

I have worked with Marika for a couple of years now and I have to say she is trust worthy.  My dogs love her and enjoys walks with her.  She has sat my dogs many times while on vacation and feeds all my animals.  She even cleans all poop outside!!!  I get daily updates with pictures of my dogs and guinea pigs.  She is the best!!!!  Will continue to use her. More...

B
18 April 2014

Merika's been a god send! She's been sitting for our 3 cats for more than a year and she's been absolutely fabulous. We often take off for a long weekend and she's always been happy to stop by. She's watched them for several week long trips, including a cruise.A couple months ago while we were out of town, one of our cats didn't come in for food in the morning. She went into the backyard and called for him. Because he trusted her, he came to her. His jaw had been dislocated and he couldn't close  his mouth. She called me, told me what had happened and took the name and number of the emergency vet. She went above and beyond - she kept him in till I could make arrangement, she took him to the vet and made sure Prince was taken care of. She even offered to go pick him up if he was ready to go before we got home. It made me feel so much better knowing that she took the time to make sure they were all OK when she visited and didn't just figure he would come in later. Thank you so much! More...

A
17 April 2014

Merika is great. Last summer my wife and I had planned a trip to Mexico.  Our sons were away and we were going to be stuck. We have three dogs, two Aussies and a rescue.  We would never leave them alone especially through the night and we were away.  We looked and looked and it seemed we were going to have to cancel. Then we found Merika. She came over for an interview and we knew we had found the answer. She agreed to not only walk them twice a day but also to spend the nights. She exceeded our expectations.  When we decided we wanted to extend she worked her schedule to accommodate.  Most importantly, when we interviewed her, Bella, Rosie, and Cleo immediately bonded with her. You can't go wrong! More...

A
17 April 2014

I met with Marika and Debbie right before my husband and I left to visit our families for Christmas. Right away we clicked and I've been using Debbie ever since. Right before we left, one of our dogs was having back issues and she was very accommodating to her needs and paid special attention to her. I was very specific about how often I would like to be communicated with and Debbie was very responsive to those needs. She texted me pictures of our pups every day. We came back from our trip to find the house clean and both of our dogs happy and healthy. I've been using City Hikes ever since! More...

L
15 February 2013

I needed someone to go on long walks with my exuberant mutt.  I wanted to wear her out a little so we could focus on training, and I don't often have time for long walks during the week. Merika has been great.  She loves dogs and dogs love her.  Her background with the Hayward Shelter has given her experience with training, so I get the bonus of her working with Mei Mei (recall, jumping, pulling) in addition to exercising her.  She's flexible on schedules, and she's really good about collaborating with me on things we're working on with Mei.  Additionally, she's offered me advice and a great referral to a dog hiking group.Highly recommend! More...

J
19 October 2012

Merika has been a life-saver for me.  Yes, she's very professional and she loves walking dogs.  She came for an interview in July, I was immediately impressed and she ended up walking my 2 little dogs within like 15-20 minutes.  She's friendly, always upbeat and so good with my two recently adopted Chihuahuas.  Thanks for your service, Merika!! More...

B
24 September 2012

I recently found Merika from City Hikes on Care.com when I was looking for a last minute weekend pet sitter. She just started a dog walking business earlier this year, and I was surprised when I called her references to hear such rave reviews. She even gave me a reference for someone who didn't really work out as a client because the dog was problematic, but the owner still gave her such a rave reference. I repeatedly heard "calming energy", "discipline & boundries", " bonded with my dog", "my dog is better behaved around Merika then with us". Sounded too good to be true, so I decided to give her a shot.From the start Merika was super organized and professional. She provided a contract that allowed us to list all our dogs needs and agree to her responsibilities and her fees upfront. While we were away, Merika sent photos of a very happy and worn out pooch on daily excursions, which certainly made me feel like we had left her in good hands.Since our return, we've decided that our dog could use some extra walks since we are so busy these days, and we're now almost a month in with Merika. She's been driving up from Hayward to Alameda (for a small additional fee) twice a week. She takes really brisk walks, and she sets all the boundaries that our high energy boxer-mix needs. She genuinely seems to enjoy her work and dogs in general, and we really hope she is successful in her new dog walking business! More...

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What I love most about my job is helping my clients create the human/pet bond of their dreams.

I started my own business to help people have a pet that wanted one but did not feel they could have one because of lack of space or time to excercise them properly.

Clients should choose me because I am the best. When their pet is with me or anyone from my staff they know their pet is loved and cared for. My staff and I are also a wealth of helpful knowledge that the client can use to make their pet experience more smooth and enjoyable.

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