"Come Home To A Happy Dog!"
About Us


Darin with Ellie and Rylie


You will find more detail on our Services and Pricing page, but here's a quick note about why we do what we do, and why we think you and your pets will benefit from our services.

We offer IN HOME Pet Sitting as an alternative to kennels and pet care facilities where your pets are kept in cold, impersonal cages with lots of other animals around, and are usually left alone overnight. When you use Happy Dogs, you have the choice of leaving your pets at home, in surroundings they are comfortable with, which helps to reduce the stress of your abscence. In addition, for smaller dogs or in special cases, we can keep your pets with us, in a home setting, where they are treated as part of the family. When your pets remain at your home, you have the choice of having us stay with your pets overnight, if needed, so we offer a combination of pet sitting and house sitting.

Happy Dogs Pet Services is Insured for your protection, and we are members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. We can also offer you a list of references - former and current clients who can vouch for our professionalism and our calm, caring way with all animals left in our care.

In addition, we offer DOG WALKING. Most dogs need and enjoy daily exercise, but just letting them out in the back yard on their own doesn't provide the benefits of a daily walk. A dog left alone in the back yard will find a place to lie down and just hang around bored all day. That's not a happy dog. In many cases, this unhappy, bored dog will occupy itself by tearing up your back yard, or barking all day and annoying the neighbors. I once lived behind a very bored Labrador Retriever who dismantled a deck and basically ate the downspouts right off the back of the house, because he spent every day alone in the backyard with no stimulation and no exercise. That's not a happy dog, and when his owner's came home and found the downspouts pulled off the back of the house... they weren't happy people either!

It doesn't have to be that way. A happy pet equals a happy pet owner. Dogs who get regular walks and exercise are happier, better behaved, healthier, and more relaxed. Just like all of us.

At Happy Dogs, we provide walking services personalized to your needs and the needs of your dog(s). We'll work with you to design a plan that can include anything from once or twice a day, to once or twice a week, or you can just call us when you need us for special circumstances. We're flexible!
Email info@happydogskc.com or CALL 816-519-5555
Happy Dogs Pet Services, LLC, PO BOX 324, Blue Springs MO 64013


When you entrust your pets to me, their safety and welfare is my primary concern. I stop and take breaks if necessary and carry water, a cell phone, first aid supplies and pepper spray at all times. You never know when you might come across an aggressive dog that is off leash and poses a threat. If this happens, I will yell at the approaching dog to get back. If that does not work, I will use pepper spray to ward off the threat, because I take the safety of any dog in my care very seriously and will do everything in my power to protect them.



DARIN HENDERSON - Owner / Dog Specialist

My passion for animals was passed down from my Grandma Marjean, who groomed dogs in her home and for various animal hospitals and veterinary offices. Grandma Marjean's grooming service included picking up the dogs in the morning and delivering them home at night. Talk about full service!! In the summer and on the weekends I would ride along on these trips in her big station wagon with dog crates in the back.  Marjean loved grooming dogs, and she also couldn't resist an animal in need. She originally had 4 poodles and 1 cat, but after she started bringing home animals in need of foster care, she ended up with everything from Chihuahuas to Doberman Pinschers.

Growing up, my brother and I had many pets: A black Lab named Ben, and another named Buddy. A Saint Bernard named Samson, and an Irish Setter named Queen. Several cats (though these mostly belonged to my Mom), turtles, white mice, hamsters and fish. These days, it's a pair of Yorkie sisters named Ellie and Rylie who have captured my heart.

Recently, I worked as a volunteer for Lakeside Nature Center, and served a term as Vice President of Friends of Lakeside - the volunteer group that supports the Nature Center. Through my work with the Nature Center, I learned about the care and rehabilitation of native Missouri wildlife.

I am a student of dog behavior and psychology. I aspire to become a dog trainer in the future, and hope to offer training as an extension of the services provided by Happy Dogs. I believe in pet friendly reward based training. 

I can't walk past an animal without visiting - whether they are in their backyard peering through the fence, or sitting in a car, patiently waiting for their owner to come out of the store, I'll usually stop by for a quick Hello. My sincere and earnest affection for animals is communicated in all my actions. I try to be cheerful and patient with all creatures, and my love of animals even led me to become a Vegetarian a few years ago.

I am equally comfortable with large or small dogs, and pretty much every size and breed of feline. I believe kindness and warmth are felt by animals almost instantly, so it's important to establish that kind of relationship right up front, while never forgetting to convey a calm and assertive demeanor, which I believe helps animals to feel more at ease in my presence. I have passed a background check and am registered through Sittercity.com

I offer Pet Services, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking in Independence MO, Blue Springs MO, Grain Valley MO, Oak Grove MO, and Lee's Summit MO. My associate, Wendy offers In Your Home Pet Sitting and assists me with Dog Walking in the Independence MO area. My associate Terri offers Pet Services in Independence MO, Blue Springs MO and Lee's Summit MO. My associate Lisa assists with Dog Walking in Lee's Summit and Blue Springs MO.  

TERRI C. - Pet Sitter / Dog Walker

Terri has always worked in a field that requires a caring, nurturing person. Terri started with a degree in Elementary Education, and transitioned to Social Work. She has cared for lots of kids who weren't her own, but always made decisions and cared for them as if they were. Terri has been a pet lover her whole life, and has shared her life with Labs, Mixed breeds, and a couple of cats too! Terri has one boy, one girl, and a couple of Chihuahua Pomeranian fur kids named Zeus and Zoe.   Terri assists me with in your home pet sits in the Blue Springs Mo and Lee's Summit Mo area. 

WENDY W. - Pet Sitter / Dog Walker     MEMBER and INSURED through PET SITTERS ASSOCIATES, LLC

Wendy grew up in Independence Mo and dreamed of being a Veterinarian, but life took her in a different direction. She graduated from CMSU with a BSBA and degree in Human Resources. But as Human Resources roles changed, she decided to pursue a career in her first love - working with animals. Over the years, her family of 2 boys and a girl have shared their home with fish, a gecko, a corn snake and dogs such as her 9 year old Chocolate Lab Couver, who has been a part of their life since he was a puppy, and her 5 year old Husky, Bella, who found them a couple of years ago.  Wendy works full time doing pet sitting and dog walking in the Independence Mo, Raytown Mo, and Sugar Creek Mo area. 

LISA S. - Pet Sitter / Dog Walker

Lisa is definitely an animal lover and has been all her life. She has had dogs since she was a little girl and has always considered them part of her family. She currently has a cat named Kitty, and a Labradoodle named Cooper who is the love of her life. Lisa has experience with all kinds of dogs, and as a member of Canine Epilepsy Resource group, she has experience caring for special needs pets. Her boy Cooper is even on the annual calendar for the Canine Epilepsy Resource group.  Lisa walks dogs in the Lee's Summit Mo, Independence Mo, and Blue Springs Mo area. 

Happy Dogs Pet Services, LLC provides pet sitters and services for all pets, but we specialize in dogs - large and small. Small breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Jack Russell Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Cairn Terriers, Miniature Collies, Scottish Terriers, West Highland Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Beagles, Shih Tzu's, Dachsunds, Chihuahuas, Schnauzers, Miniature Pinschers, Pomeranians, Poodles and Pugs. Large breeds such as Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Sheepdogs, Rottweilers, Greyhounds, Saint Bernards, Boxers and Collies. We love to work with all breeds. Dog Walking, Dog Sitting, Pet Sitting, Pet Transportation

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Happy Dogs KC, PO BOX 324, Blue Springs MO 64013
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