Our Story

City Tails NYC is a family-oriented, full-service dog business specializing in the West Village, Greenwich Village and Chelsea.

We offer a full suite of services including dog walking, doggy daycare, personal play, puppy care, cat care, overnight boarding and grooming. We always go the extra mile to make our clients happy, and will work with you to find the right customized services for your special pup.

Joel Bass

Joel Bass founded City Tails in the West Village in 2007 and continues to operate as a small business that proudly offers personalized pet care.

Joel was born and raised in San Diego, California, and grew up with three German Shepard dogs that assisted his dad at the San Diego Police Department. He learned early on the importance of treating pets with love, kindness, and respect. Dogs have always been a part of his family, and he treats each City Tails dog as if it were his own.

In 2007, Joel moved to New York City and founded City Tails after realizing that pet owners were looking for a more personalized and caring dog-walking experience. Joel and his team strive to provide excellent customer service to each client, and always enjoy welcoming new families (and pups) to the City Tails crew. He and his wife live in the West Village with their three young daughters and American Eskimo dog, and his entire family loves when the City Tails pups visit.

Our Philosophy

We don’t believe in pack walks, we are strict about safety, and we love to have fun with our pups. Every dog deserves personalized attention, hugs, and endless belly rubs.

Our dogs are an extension of our families, and we love every single dog as if they were our own. Dogs wag their tails and get excited to see us, and the West Village is a perfect place for an outdoor adventure during each of NYC’s great seasons.

Meet our Dog Walkers

Our team is the best in NYC.

They are attentive, responsible, and caring.

City Tails NYC carefully selects, hires, and trains our dog walkers to ensure that each City Tails experience is a memorable one. Our motto is "safety first”, and we use positive reinforcement to ensure that your pups have fun and feel loved. City Tails is fully bonded and insured, certified in canine/feline First Aid, and deploys a harness belt on each walker as an added safety measure.

Joel

Joel

Owner & Founder

Joel founded City Tails NYC in the West Village in 2007 and continues to operate as a small business that proudly offers personalized care.

Jimmy

Jimmy

Dog Walker

Jimmy was born and raised in Pittsburgh as part of a large family, where he gained a strong work ethic, sharp wit and people skills...

Gabby

Gabby

Dog Walker

Gabby was born in Quito, Ecuador, and moved to Queens, NY when she was 18. The Big Apple has been her home ever since. Her two... 

Selina

Selina

Dog Walker

Selina grew up in Puerto Rico, and moved to New York 4 years ago to attend school. She grew up with dogs and cats in Puerto Rico.

Marlene's Photo

Marlene

Dog Walker

Marlene grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and worked as an event planner prior to joining City Tails. As a dog lover, she...

Rio, a Labrador Retriever with his bestie Arty of City Tails NYC

Arty

Dog Walker

Arty is first-generation Mexican-American and was born and raised in Queens, New York.  During his career, he has worked in...

Ashley 2

Ashley

Dog Walker

Ashley was born and raised in the Lower East Side, but currently lives in uptown Manhattan with her son, her dog and their reptiles.  Ashley...

Bass Sisters

The Interns

The Bass Family's 3 little girls love all of the City Tails NYC pups, and we like to call them "The Interns".  Next time you see Zara, Mila and Nika in...

Gabriella

Dog Walker

Gaby was born and raised in Queens, and currently lives in Hell's Kitchen. She loves dogs and grew up with a Beagle Basset Hound...

Luka the Eskie

Luka the Eskie

Luka is the original City Tails NYC pup - he's the one that brought Joel and Michelle together many years ago.  Luka (Michelle's pup) was one of Joel's first clients...

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