I have been a certified dog groomer for 11 years. I have always had a passion for taking care of animals. Before I became a groomer I worked at the Baton Rouge Zoo for 5 years. I really enjoy being able to make a pet parents baby look and feel fabulous.
Hi! My name is Marissa and I have had a dog problem since before I could walk. I was always getting in trouble by my mother for feeding the strays that would wonder near, as I got older I realized how expensive caring for animals were. I soon realized that the only way to love all the dogs at one time was to make it an occupation. That’s when I found my home at Smooch My Pooch where I can love all of your fur babies like my own and still remain within budget. We are definitely a Home away from Home for all of your spoiled dogs, because all of our spoiled dogs attend daycare, and boarding regularly. I have one Fur Baby of my own, Miss Avry Rose, and she loves to come to daycare at Smooch My Pooch everyday. I am truly blessed to have found a job that allows me to work with her everyday!
I'm an animal lover by heart. Doesn't matter if you're having a bad day, never underestimate the power of sloppy kisses and a wet nose. They each have their own personality. I don't see them as different breeds.. I see them as dogs. As if they were my own. Among the things in my life I thank god the most , is the love that he gives me for animals. My world would be so different. So incomplete. A lot emptier. Smooch my pooch gave me the opportunity to have my dream job and I love every minute of it. My heart is paved with paw prints.
When my mom and I were painting pottery one day in 2007 and came up with the crazy idea to open a grooming salon/doggie daycare, I never thought it would have led us to where we are now. We knew we had an amazing concept and with Shelley's outstanding grooming skills, we were able to open the areas first by appointment grooming salon. We soon realized that this would become bigger and better than we could have even imagined. I graduated from college in 2002 with a degree in Mass Communication and never dreamed that I would be putting these skills to use in my own small business or with dogs being my biggest clients. I absolutely love what I do and am so thankful to have an amazing staff to help me fulfill my dreams no matter what I throw at them or how crazy it may be!
Kali is currently a student at Southeastern, and is a part of AOII. When she is working, you can find her frequently in and out of daycares. Kali brings a positive and fun atmosphere to Smooch!
“I love working here because I love dogs so much and love that the people I work with share the same love for dogs as I do! It’s such a fun atmosphere everyday and I couldn’t picture myself working anywhere else, love smooch my pooch ”
"Working at Smooch always keeps me on my toes. I love that the staff has turned into family, and it’s always exciting to see your favorite dogs walk through the doors, and greet you with big sloppy kisses”