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.

He 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 taking the dogs out to the state parks to hike the trails and gardening any time she can! In August of 2014, Mike and Dionne purchased the business of Happy, Clean and Smart (now Happy Dogs). They came to experience the business after their own two dogs, Pre (Australian shepherd) and Indy (border collie) 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!

Shannon

Office Manager

My name is Shannon Walter and I have had the privilege of working at Happy Dogs now for over a year. I am originally from Valparaiso, Indiana but moved to Muncie five years ago to attend Ball State University. I have since graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric & Composition. I enjoy reading, graphic design, photography and, most importantly, animals! I am honored to be a part of each dog's life that walks through our doors and have very much enjoyed the relationships I have built with both two-legged and four-legged customers since starting this job.

Jason

DayCare Manager

I'm Jason Morgan, and I have been working here at Happy Dogs since May of 2015. I recently graduated from Ball State University with a degree in economics. Before attending Ball State I served in the U.S. Army Reserve including a deployment to Afghanistan. I enjoy spending my day with the dogs ensuring they have as much fun as possible.

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!

Jenn

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.

Eden

Daycare Attendant / Front Desk / Customer Service

Hi, I’m Eden and I love my job at Happy Dogs. Aside from that I love barrel racing, camping, participating in 4-H, and going to concerts. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I have a passion for animals- especially horses and dogs. I have showed both for several years in 4-H.

Taylor

Daycare Attendant / Dog Trainer

My name is Taylor Herr and I was thrilled to join the Happy Dogs team earlier this year. I grew up on a farm outside of New Castle before moving to West Lafayette to go to Purdue University. During my time there, I studied animal behavior and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences in 2016. Now that I have moved back near my hometown and family, I am focusing on growing my career as a dog trainer! My own dogs and I have been working in everything from obedience and tricks to herding and scent work, and we have so many more things to practice and explore. It's great to be surrounded by people who are excited about their pets as I am, and I love that I have the opportunity to pursue my passion while helping others to love their dogs even more.

Shelly

DayCare Attendant

My name is Shelly Hall and I work the big and small 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!

Ethan

DayCare Attendant

My name is Ethan. I started working for Happy Dogs on January 1 2017. I am a Muncie native. I have always had a dog from a little boy up until now and always will. As Cynthia S Dobesh stated, “No one loves you unconditionally as your beloved pet”. That said, they deserve the best care that we can give.

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.

Kenzie

Daycare Attendant / Groomer

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.