Happy Tails Pet Resort and Spa
is a locally owned, family run business.
The Bennett family is known North America wide from their involvement in training, breeding and showing dogs for over forty years!
Celeste manages the day to day operations and has assembled an amazing team of experienced animal lovers that treat our guests like their own family members.
One visit to Happy Tails and you will see the difference in not only our one of a kind, state of the art facility – but also the friendliest most knowledgable staff ready to care for your family member’s every need.
Below are some of our key team members…
Celeste is a third generation dog specialist, growing up in the Bennett family who has been breeding and showing some of Canada’s top show dogs. Prior to opening Happy Tails, Celeste worked at two of Winnipeg’s premier dog facilities learning what worked and what didn’t work for clients. Celeste’s mission is to create Winnipeg’s BEST pet care facility!
Shawn has been involved in purebred dogs most of his life, and has bred, raised, trained and handled some of Canada’s top English Setters and is an aspiring dog judge. Shawn apprenticed under some of Canada’s most well known handlers and trainers including Mark & Tad Dakin and Sonny & Bobbie Tougas. He is also the founder and publisher of Canada’s largest dog magazine, Canadian Dog Fancier.
Nadeen is our human resource and training guru! With her years of experience in the recruiting business, Nadeen is responsible for assembling the team here at Happy Tails. She is recognized in the business community in Winnipeg for her unequaled level of customer service.
Manager at Samborski
Lexi started her career in the pet industry in 2013 at one of Winnipeg’s premier doggy daycare’s, her love for animals grows everyday. She is the proud owner of Zoe the Airedale Terrier and Zak the Welsh Terrier. When Lexi isn’t at work you can run into her at the dog park or she is out of the country at a music festival. Her strive for the highest customer and animal care is what always puts a smile on her face, the fur babies help too!
Ashley has had such a true and genuine passion for animals since a child. As a young girl she would search for anything she could grasp to read and educate herself on dogs. She’d spend hours memorizing all the different breeds, always extending her knowledge through various canine related literature. Ashley always knew she wanted to have a career involving dogs, only uncertain of where that would take her. She soon discovered her talent for grooming, and knew that is where she fit best.
Ashley started her career as a Canine Stylist several years ago and hasn’t looked back. She has her CPPS Canine Stylist certification and is working towards completing all levels of CPPS certification. Ashley tirelessly searches for any and all tools that will help improve her talent, including but not limited to: seminars, books, articles, and even more experienced professionals. Ashley strives to continue educating herself so that she can be the best stylist, both for her four and two legged friends.
Ashley loves other things as well, such as listening to electronic dance music. Most of her free time is spent with her amazing Belgian Malinois, Eevee. They love to train, play fetch, tug-o-war, and on occasion, sit on the couch snuggling and playing video games.
Chelsey is a Certified Pet Stylist who graduated from the Apex Academy of Professional Grooming and Animal Arts in Saskatchewan in 2015. Chelsey completed her grooming tests on a Golden Retriever, Bichon Frise, and Miniature Schnauzer, and received distinction on all 3! She has also successfully completed a Pet First Aid course. Chelsey grew up with pets in the home her entire life and always knew that she wanted to work with animals. She is thrilled to have become a groomer and cannot imagine another career. She loves cuddling with the dogs she grooms and is always happy to get puppy kisses! Her favorite dogs to groom are Shih Tzu’s, Poodles, and Border Collies. Chelsey owns a mini poodle named Smokey, whose style is always changing so that she can improve her scissoring skills. In her spare time, Chelsey enjoys taking Smokey to the dog park, going to concerts, traveling, and snowboarding and skating in the winter. She also enjoys horseback riding and taking care of aquarium fish.
Assistant Manager (St Anne’s)
Tegan has grown up around animals both large and small and continue to love them both! She has just completed her final term of Pre-Veterinary Studies at University of Winnipeg and is waiting to start her Veterinary Medicine studies at University of Saskatoon.
Tegan has experience working in animal hospitals and continues to offer her time and aid by volunteering at Southglen Animal Hospital. She plans on taking the time to volunteer with livestock as well to further her animal experience.
When Tegan isn’t at work she is spoiling her dog Moe! She is eager to offer the same love and care to all guests at HappyTails!
Angie just simply loves dogs and cats! Angie loves discovering their individual personalities, traits, energy, their attention and affection they require and love, and of course their quirks! Angie has had pets throughout her whole life, and currently has three dogs. She describes them as the shining lights of her life. Angie recently launched her own small business “Paws Massage” that specializes in personalized pet baskets and at home dog walking. Angie treats every pet as her own, always doing her best to send your 4-legged family member home happy and tired!
Rhian is a University of Manitoba student with a degree in Geography and a Minor in Environment. She is going back to continue her education and work towards a second degree in Education. Rhian grew up in Northern Manitoba which has greatly influenced her career choice. Rhian’s love for the world is big but her love for animals is even bigger! Rhian has always had a pet growing up and is currently owned by two cats and a dog. Rhian also works at the Zoo part time during summer. Rhian is always looking for ways to expand her animal knowledge. Rhian is happy doing anything as long as she has a furry friend by her side!
Hailey also has a passion for dogs. She’s owned by her two pups, Tucker and Sophie. Tucker, a black lab cross, joined Hailey’s family first, then followed Sophie, the chocolate lab! Sophie is currently being trained as a hunting dog, to retrieve ducks and geese when Hailey and her family go out hunting. Tucker is much happier being a lap dog, at home cuddling his family. When Hailey isn’t training her dogs or her horse, you can find her at Happy Tails spending time with her other furry friends!
Taylor started at HappyTails in January 2017 as an Overnight Attendant.
Taylor is 22 and lives at home with her boyfriend, Mom and brother and their three black sassy kitties!
Taylor’s first love was always cats, but dreams of one day owning a Viszla, German Short Haired Pointer or Weimereiner.
Taylor and her boyfriend plan to have their own house next year where they can finally get their Viszla! She already has tons of names picked out and can’t wait to have her own pup!
Taylor is undecided on what her future career might be, but she is happiest working with animals and hopes to continue working with them.
Christa’s journey with happy tails began in February 2017. She a certified dental assistant, as well as working towards her dream of being a dental hygienist. Christa has many years in the pet industry. Which includes working at best west pet foods as the store manager. Have a question about pet nutrition, she is the girl to ask! One of her passions is helping find the perfect pet food for your fur babies! Christa is owned by Buck the malamute x, and Nixon the mastiff x. If you don’t find her at work, you can find her with her two fur babies at the dog park.
Daycamp Attendant & Receptionist
Marty has grown up with several family dogs, two of which he still lives with; his seven year old Lab mix “Ali” and his eight month old Shih Tzu mix “Charli”. He also lives with his one year old rescue cat “Lincoln”.
Marty began working with dogs about two years ago at another doggy daycare and moved to Happy Tails in the summer of 2017. He has always had a passion for animals, especially dogs, and plans on working towards a career in that field!
When Marty isn’t at work, he’s probably on the ice playing hockey or playing video games with his friends.
Sam is in her fourth year of enivornmental studies at the University of Manitoba. Her long standing love for animals is what led her to study wildlife, and want to spend time with the pets at HappyTails. Abby, Sam’s Terrier X is a big fan of hanging out at the dog park and chasing balls on the farm.
When Sam isn’t at school or HappyTails you can find her looking for a hill acceptably big enough to snowboard, at her parents farm, hiking, camping or birding.
When Troi isn’t at HappyTails loving up on all the dogs she’s coaching horseback riding lessons out in Oakbank. She’s owned horses and dogs her whole life and plans to keep both in her life for many more years to come. She currently has a 20 year old semi-retired Thoroughbred named Destiny whom she often refers to as her “Unicorn”. She is also owned by her dog Milo a Shepherd Mix who loves to accompany her and Destiny on their horseback rides. Troi hopes to expand both her canine and feline knowledge and nutrition education as well as her equine nutrition. When you enjoy what you do you never work a day in your life, and that’s how Troi feels about working at HappyTails.