Mellissa with her brother and her first dog named Honey Bear.

Melissa with her brother & first dog “Honey Bear”.

Happy Pooch owner, Melissa Wiltse has a true passion for animals – she has spent her life surrounded by canine companions and other furry friends.

“I knew early on that a job working with pets was in the cards for me. Owning my own grooming salon for dogs and cats has always been a dream – I’m super excited to be able to use my training and skills to serve customers at Happy Pooch,” shares Melissa.

Experience and Training

Over the course of her pet service career Melissa’s strong work ethic, natural talents and friendly attitude have helped her move up through the ranks…from dog walker to kennel assistant to groomer and eventually serving in management roles.

Professional dog training and showing - locally and nationally.

Professional dog training and showing – locally and nationally.

Melissa began grooming full time at a popular boarding kennel just outside of Bellingham, WA in 2007. In addition to grooming, she also helped with daily kennel operations facility and even served as kennel manager at that facility for 2 years.

Prior to being a professional pet groomer, Melissa spent two years managing multiple locations of an independent natural pet food store in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish Counties. In that role she educated consumers about pet health and nutrition, was responsible for inventory and managed employees.

Breeding and Showing Dogs

Award winning dog grooming and showing.

Award winning dog grooming and showing.

Melissa has been breeding and showing dogs since 1998. She raises and shows Bullmastiffs and Clumber Spaniels (personally and for clients) – with a focus on training and agility competitions. She has also provided grooming, conditioning and training services for a variety of other show dog breeds.

Dogs Melissa has trained and groomed have won awards at AKC shows on local, regional and national levels.

“I hope Whatcom County pet owners love our new spa-like grooming salon. We’ve worked hard to make this a calm and relaxing experience for dogs and cats…and their companions – stop by any time to say “hi” for a tour.”

Ready to book an appointment for your dog or cat at Happy Pooch Styling & Salon? Contact us today!