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City Hikes Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, LLC

East Bay, California, Alameda

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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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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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...

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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...

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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!

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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...

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24 February 2019

She is great with our pups!

Reviewed on Facebook

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...

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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...

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20 November 2018

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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30 October 2017

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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++++

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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