Meet our employees!

Joel and Joanna opened Happy Dogz in May of 2000, inspired by their own dogs at the time. With college degrees in marketing, computer science, accounting, and psychology, they decided to pursue self-employment and a job where they could spend all day immersed in their passion for dogs. Two kids and fifteen plus years later, they now boast one of the longer-standing dog daycares in the Madison area with a management staff who has a combined 82 plus years of experience. In their free time, Joanna likes to read and write, while Joel watches his favorite Wisconsin sports teams and plays volleyball. They both enjoy travel, exploring new places, and spending time at the beach with family. They share their home with Tallulah, a 3 year old Cavalier/poodle mix, and Scruffy, a Irish Terrier mix.



Laura, our General Manager, has worked for Happy Dogz since October 2006. She feels lucky to be able to spend her days surrounded by what she loves most, dogs! Laura thinks working at Happy Dogz is the best job ever!!!


Sara (Community & Client Relations Manager) has worked at Happy Dogz since 2009. She is a graduate of UW-Madison with a bachelors in Zoology and plans on obtaining her masters in Canine Behavior and Counseling. In addition to working at Happy Dogz, Sara often fosters dogs for Fetch WI Rescue ( and occasionally has an office buddy waiting for a home! She couldn't imagine working without dogs. Sara lives in Madison with her fiance, Kennan, and their rescue dogs Poker, Kovu, Lola, and Jordy.


Assistant Manager, Brooke, has been working at Happy Dogz since early 2009. She currently lives in DeForest with her boyfriend, Justin and their two dogs Moxon & Macy. Brooke grew up an animal lover and owns & rides several horses when she is not working at Happy Dogz. She is a huge Disney fan, and can often be found spending her weekends boating up north and spending time outdoors.




Danielle has worked at Happy Dogz since 2008. She majored in Communication Arts at UW-Madison and Marketing at MATC. She's a jack of all trades! She is also our resident movie buff!

Sam has been working at Happy Dogz since August 2015 and is looking forward to many more pup-filled months! She graduated as a Phsycholgy major, is a caffeine addict, and loves doing anything outside (hiking, biking, kayaking...). She describes herself as having a big heart and a love for animals.


Jess has been working for Happy Dogz since October of 2013. She loves working here because she found her best friend, her dog, DaKota. She also enjoys learning more about different dog breeds. Jess is a yoga lover, and when she is not working you can often find her at The Studio teaching or practicing her passion. In her spare time, Jess enjoys being outdoors at dog parks or beaches, and enjoys sharing drinks with her friends at The Plaza.

"love the life you live. live the life you love." - Bob Marley


Becca's best friend's name is Ross. He's a cutie cattle dog mix and came into her life when she was 17. Becca and him love sharing lots of outdoorsy adventures hiking and camping. Their next adventure is the "impossible campground"... we wish her good luck ?

She is a theater nerd, a HUGE Captain America fan, and enjoys a wide variety of music. Her favorite band is the Beatles. She's a jack of all trades with her EMT certificate, works part time at Buckle, and full time with us!

Go figure, she really really REALLY LOVES dogs. Witty jokes are her specialty and long days always feel shorter with Becca around.

Sam has been working for Happy Dogz since August of 2016. She went to school and has her Associates in Criminal Justice. She has 3 favorite fur babies. Princeton a frenchie, Monroe a frenchton, and Juniper a mini Leonberger.



Carys joined Happy Dogz in June of 2017 and is currently a student at Madison College. Although she adores her two cats, she grew up around dogs and loves all animals equally! Carys always looks forward to working with the wonderful dogs and people at our daycares.

Cailee is a geology student at UW-Madison and has been working at HappyDogz since June of 2017! She loves bringing her pitty mix Zelda to work and hanging out with the purest creatures on Earth and her awesome coworkers!