Owners Michael & Dionne Roeder

Michael is a native Hoosier, growing up in Indianapolis and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville. His first job at 16 years old was at a dog rescue shelter in Indianapolis. He is a 25 year professional firefighter with IFD, and a 3-time Ironman. He enjoys his morning runs with his running partners, Indy, their border collie, and Tank, their husky. Mike served 4 years in the US Coast Guard as a deep sea and rescue diver.

After the Coast Guard, he had his own pool service/maintenance business in California. Back home in Indiana, he owned several small businesses that he operated on his days off from the fire department, including coaching and training their 2 sons in their various sports and running careers.

Mike holds several certifications; including Advanced Dog Socialization, Dog Behavioral Certification, Daycare Management Certification, Pet CPR and First Aid.

Dionne is a born and bred southern Californian, worked 10 years for the Social Security Administration and was a bookkeeper for multiple small businesses. She was self-employed as a franchised Jazzercise instructor for 20 years before opening her private personal training business which she ran out of their Fishers home for 18 years.

Dionne enjoys hiking the state parks trails with the dogs and gardening any time she can! In August of 2014, Mike and Dionne purchased the business of Happy Dogs (formerly Happy, Clean and Smart). They came to experience the business after their own dogs had played and stayed there, in addition to utilizing the grooming and self-bathing.

A message from the owners: We value the trust that you have given us in allowing us to care for your pets. We take that very seriously and our utmost goal is the health and happiness of each and every dog that walks through these doors. We look forward to many happy years with you and your dogs.

The Team

Alison

Store Manager

My name is Alison Lutz. I graduated from Ball State University in 2008 and worked in the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office and County Court System for about seven years. However, I decided to follow my love and passion for dogs. I truly enjoy every day that I am at work. Interacting, training, and playing with the dogs is a great joy! I treat and care for each dog as if they were my own. I currently have five dogs of my own but I can’t have enough!

Taylor

Director of Training

My name is Taylor Herr, and I am the Director of Training at Happy Dogs. In that position, I supervise daycare playgroups, perform temperament evaluations, and conduct all of our training programs and classes. Prior to joining the team here, I studied animal behavior and well-being at Purdue University and graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences. From there, I've gone on to become a Certified Dog Trainer with the International Association of Canine Professionals, as well as an Associate Trick Dog Instructor with Do More With Your Dog!. Much of my free time is spent with my own five dogs - Nike, Swayze, Corona, Pica, and Jinks. Together we enjoy hiking, relaxing on the farm, or training in various sports and activities. It's great to be surrounded by people who are as excited about their pets as I am, and I love having the opportunity to teach others how to mold their dogs into more enjoyable companions every day.

Jenn

Lead Groomer

My name is Jenn Morgan and I am a professional pet groomer. I have lived in Muncie most of my life and attended high school and college here as well. I started grooming in 2002 but have always loved dogs. I began working at Happy Clean and Smart in 2006 and have enjoyed getting to know the clients, both human and canine alike, over the years.

Jackie

Groomer

Hello, my name is Jackie. I have been with Happy Dogs as a groomer since December 2004. I graduated from Midwest School of Dog Grooming in Chicago and have worked in Tempe, Arizona and Anderson, Indiana. I am certified in Pet CPR, first aid, and two different methods of obedience training. I have owned and showed multiple dogs and now own a Whippet, Jolene! I am married with one son, daughter-in-law and many grand-animals! We enjoy spending time with your precious pets, and get very attached to them. They always bring joy to our day and we appreciate them very much.

Stephanie

Groomer

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Hiatt! I was born and raised right here in Muncie, IN. I attended Muncie Southside High School, then later continued on to study Elementary Education at Ball State University before pursuing my true passion with animals in the Spring of 2012. I began my journey grooming four years ago with PetSmart and just recently made a move to Happy Dogs! Needless to say I could not be happier with my with my decision to move! Aside from all of our friendly staff, we have an amazing daycare program and multiple opportunities for your dogs to feel right at home! In my spare time I love being outside and thoroughly enjoy kayaking the river in the summer time. Most of all I love to spoil all three of my fur babies, Daisy the Beagle, Roxie the Terrier and Anna the Husky! Animals have always held a special place in my heart, therefore I consider myself extremely blessed to be able to do what I love!

Katie

Front Desk/Customer Service/Daycare Attendant

Hi, my name is Katie and I started working at Happy Dogs in September of 2017. I have always had a passion for animals, but after starting to work for the Muncie animal shelter in 2016, I knew that working with animals was something I wanted to continue to do. I have two dogs, my 4 year old Yorkie, Charlie, and my 2 year old spaniel mix I rescued from the shelter. Without dogs, life would be so boring.

Kenzie

Groomer / Daycare Attendant

My name is Kenzie. I grew up in Anderson and I have two dogs; a chorkie named Diamond and a border collie German shepherd mix named Piper. I like to spend my free time walking at the park and taking pictures of my dogs. I have always loved dogs and I am lucky enough to have done different things with them such as grooming, rescue, helping in a vet clinic, and I am now exploring daycare.

Ashlie

Daycare Attendant / Front Desk Customer Service

My name is Ashlie McCormack. I'm a Wisconsin native but I've been a Hoosier since 2010. Now I call Muncie home and I love it here. I am currently working toward a Bachelor's in Accounting from Ball State University. In my spare time I play roller derby with the Cornfed Derby Dames and enjoy time with my own two dogs.

Shelly

Groom Assistant/Daycare Attendant

My name is Shelly Hall and I assist the groomers with bathing the dogs. I love them all. They are so different and funny in their own way. I used to work for a vet when I lived in Illinois. I have always had a pet and I wouldn’t be without one. The dogs are the reason I come to work each day, They make me laugh every day. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Lilly

Front Desk/Customer Service

Hi! My name is Lilly and I started working at Happy Dogs in June of 2017. I am originally from Berne, IN and moved to Muncie to attend college. I am now a senior at Ball State University where I am double majoring in Interpersonal Communication and Theatre Design/Technology with a focus in hair and makeup! I hope to be a Special Effects Makeup Artist for film and television in the future. I usually spend my time working on photo shoots, listening to music, or enjoying a good cup of coffee! I have always been an animal lover and now have two dogs of my own, Jax and Mynx. Working at Happy Dogs is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! Nothing beats spending my time caring for so many wonderful dogs!

Meghan

Daycare Attendant

My name is Meghan and I’ve lived in Muncie most of my life. I’ve always loved animals, so in 2008, I decided to enroll at Harrison College in Indianapolis and begin their Veterinary Technician program. I earned my associates degree in 2011 and began my externship at Boyce Animal Hospital here in Muncie. After completing that, I was hired on there as kennel staff, before moving on to a Veterinary Technician position for almost seven years. I have two dogs; Bob, a black lab, and Roxi, my ARF pit mix. I look forward to getting to know your dogs in a fun, happy, setting and being here for them and you.

Casey

Daycare Attendant

My name is Casey Redwine, I was born and raised in Delaware County. Dogs have always been a part of my life and something I am passionate about. I work as a brick mason during the week and enjoy my weekends here with the dogs! I have three dogs at home and I spend my days off taking them on road trips.

Brooke

Front Desk/Customer Service/Daycare Attendant

My name is Brooke Jenkins and I am originally from Indianapolis but currently in Muncie attending school at Ball State University. I am now a senior at Ball State pursing a degree in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary. I have always been passionate about working with animals and can't wait to start a career based around them! Being able to come to work and be surrounded by dogs each day is always something I look forward to. In my spare time I like to be around my friends and family, and of course, my 4 dogs Calvin the Morkie, Cricket the Yorkie Poo, and Puppy and Phillie the Jack Russell Terriers!

Lori

Front Desk/Customer Service

Hi, my name is Lori. I am a mom to 9 of the most amazing humans ever, and 1 four legged sweetheart Goldador, named Boston Creed! I originally studied Psychology and Social Work in college in my home state of Illinois, but ended up working primarily in the Accounting and HR fields for most of my career. After almost 20 years of punching numbers, I knew I needed to follow my heart and make a change! It was a dream come true to join the amazing team at Happy Dogs, not to mention, the incredible happiness I experience each and every time I'm greeted by my furry friends! It's true what they say, 'if you love what you do every day, you can't call it work!'

Carlee

Front Desk/Customer Service

Brenna

Front Desk/Customer Service

Taylor

Daycare Attendant

My name is Taylor, I grew up in Delaware/Madison county and graduated from Lapel High School in 2016. I started working here at Happy dogs in April of 2018. Animals have always held such a big place in my heart. Although I am waiting for the perfect time to get a dog of my own, I do have 2 cats that I spoil endlessly. From my first day working here at Happy Dogs I knew that this place was the perfect fit for me. I absolutely love coming to work everyday to interact with all of the dogs, and of course, to give them the love and care that they need to make Happy Dogs their favorite hangout!