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.