Our Story

For high quality, professional dog grooming in Northern Indiana, look no further than Smoochie Pooch. We are a full service grooming company. Smoochie Pooch offers both mobile and salon options for your pets grooming needs, as well as a boutique for your pet food and supplies.

Since 2009, Smoochie Pooch has employed some of the industry’s top dog groomers. The Smoochie Pooch team brings the expertise of competitive groomers to your front door for your convenience.

In addition to providing exceptional grooming services, we also pay special attention to the health of your pet’s skin and coat. Our team is trained in animal behavior and grooming techniques specific to a wide variety of breeds.

With salons located in Valparaiso, Portage, Crown Point, and most recently Fort Wayne, we take pride in servicing the entire region, including Chesterton, Portage, Hobart, Crown Point, and the greater Fort Wayne region. Schedule an appointment with one of our groomers, or learn more about our mobile pet grooming services by clicking below. The Smoochie Pooch team hopes to see you and your pooch very soon!

All Grooming services are by appointment only, and our salons close when we are done grooming for the day. Thank you in advance.


Brett Wilson

Business Manager & Industry Consultant

Coming from the accounting world, Brett now owns, operates, and manages Northwest Indiana’s largest grooming operation. With 5 mobile grooming vans, 4 fully staffed grooming salons that also boast a vast array of retail, a successful distribution business, and most recently the purchase of GroomSouth, Smoochie Pooch is quickly catching people’s eyes. Brett joins us to share his expertise on what it takes to grow your business into an empire.


Kathy Sullivan

Operations Manager

Kathy Sullivan brings over 10 years of management experience to Smoochie Pooch. Spending four years managing volunteers with the Girl Scouts as well as managing banks, Kathy has a knack for creating success and helping others hone their potential. She has a BS degree in liberal studies from Purdue and an MBA from University of Phoenix. On top of her education and career, Kathy has been involved with many rescues in NWI and is a dog owner as well. She mothers four pit bull mixes and one foster pit mix: Donnie (9 years), Pitch (11 years). Pumpkin (5 years), Harriet (14 years), and foster pet Athena (4 years old). When Kathy is not at Smoochie Pooch she likes to ride her motorcycle, rescuing dogs, and enjoying time on her deck with a fire going in her fire pit.

Susan Crisman

Customer Service Manager

Susan Crisman is the voice you’re likely to hear if you call in to schedule or have any questions and is the backbone of Smoochie Pooch’s customer service team. From both Valparaiso, Indiana and Mulberry, Arkansas, Susan has had a passion for animals since childhood. She can’t remember not being a horse’s back or messing with her dogs, cats, and rabbits. Currently Susan has one horse (Willow), one cat (Mr. Kitty), and six Australian Shepherds (Delilah, Tango, Ke$ha, Polo, Duo, and Evan). With about fifteen years of dog showing and grooming and thirty years of customer service experience, Susan brings a lot to the table but is known for two things: her genuine kindness and endless dedication.

Mike Goodpaster

Marketing Director

From the age of 18, when he decided to start his own local professional wrestling company to over fifteen years in the marketing industry, if it can be marketed, Michael Goodpaster has marketed it. Mike has practiced hands-on marketing in a plethora of industries including pet grooming, construction, sports, entertainment, healthcare, insurance, and more. Equipped with first-hand fluency in marketing strategy, graphic design, website creation, video production, social media, event production, and other aspects in promotion, Mike is thrilled to share and develop his experiences and industry insights.