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 August of 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 rescue dogs Poker, Kovu, 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.


Sean has been working in dog daycares for the past 6 years. We were sad when he left us for awhile, but we're very happy to report that he's returned! Sean lives in Oregon with his girlfriend, Mallory, and their animals - two dogs, Bandit & Stormy, as well as two cats, Minnie & Nala. When he's not working, Sean enjoys taking time to be outdoors whether that be mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, or simply working on his car!

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.


Calla has been loving on dogs at Happy Dogz since August of 2010!  She currently lives in Madison with her boyfriend, Brett and their tiny fur pack... a Mini Aussie named Jasper and a Mini Leonberger named Juniper. They also have two gerbils named Orzo and Ziti. When not at Happy Dogz, Calla can usually be found having doggy play dates with close friends, washing/loving/babying her car, or just relaxing with her pups at home with a good book or computer game.




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


Jordan has worked for Happy Dogz since September of 2015. She is one of six children in her family and grew up in the Madison area. She enjoys working at Happy Dogz because she loves her coworkers, loves all our sweet dogs, likes learning about different breed personalities, enjoys staying physical during the day, and finds dogs therapeutic in many ways. When not at work you can find her spending time with friends, cooking, reading, outside or reading a new novel. Currently, Jordan is reading Arcadia by Iain Pears - she says you should check it out!



Ava joined us in January 2016. She has a large family of pets back home including, Maddie (Wheaton Terrier), Waldo (German Shorthaired Pointer), Poppy & Lady (Pit Mixes). Ava enjoys working at Happy Dogz because she gets to decompress after classes by loving on lots of dogs! She is studying at UW-Madison for a degree in wildlife ecology. When she is not at work, you can find her outside, lake side, doing things like hiking and kayaking. She loves the Lion King, and her favorite food is Schwarma - a "Middle Eastern Gyro".