Joanne Marino

Joanne Marino

She has spent the last 35 years pursuing her passion of working with animals. From assisting veterinarians in Pennsylvania to patrolling for the Oklahoma Animal Control, Joanne has dedicated countless hours to the welfare of animals. She began grooming in 1971 and worked in several grooming shops; improving clientele and helping other groomers launch their new business. In 1989 Joanne came to Florida with her husband and two children and by 1990 she had started her own grooming business; Happy Tails, Inc., and achieved the title of Certified Master Groomer. Happy Tails prospered for 12 years. Even though she had a full-time job running her own, busy grooming business, Joanne’s work continued in the community. She hosted “dog washes” every weekend out of her grooming shop, where faithful clients and neighborhood friends would bring their cats, dogs, and even horses for a good, weekly scrubbin’. Joanne ran the much anticipated “Strut Your Mutt” competition for the city of Coconut Creek for 5 consecutive years. Happy Tails, Inc. served as a host for the National Dog Groomers Association for several years as well, where handfuls of hopeful groomers would gather to test their skills in hopes of achieving the Certified Master Groomer title.

In 1990 Joanne began competition grooming. She entered classes for scissor work and creative styling every year; placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every class she ever entered. Over the years, Joanne gained the attention and respect of groomers nationwide. Joanne also made her name in the show world, where numerous dogs, ranging from Portuguese Water Dogs, Miniature and Standard Poodles, Tibetan Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Gordon Setters and Bouviers owed their championships and national rankings to her superior grooming expertise. Joanne has loved every second of developing and utilizing her flair for grooming and is always willing to share her talents and tricks with anyone willing to learn.