Melissa Forneris-Joens

Melissa is the owner of the Barking Lot and brings her passion/knowledge for animals into all areas of the business. Melissa grew up in the dog world traveling to shows and volunteering at the local vet offices. Melissa started working for a local handler/kennel owner 15 years ago. Since then she has been working at various high end boarding kennels learning about the best way to care for pets, and traveling with professional handlers learning about all breed grooming. Melissa has been showing dogs professionally on her own for 8 years. She has owned, handled, and bred some of America's top winning dogs. Breeds such as Pointers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, English Springer Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, English Mastiffs, Spinone Italianos, Shih Tzus, Kerry Blue Terriers and Welsh Terriers. Melissa has been invited and shown in prestigious shows such as Westminster Club Dog Show and American Kennel Club Tournament of Champions. She specializes in Sporting, Working and Terriers, but is proficient in all breeds with both show and pet hair cuts. Melissa is a member of The International Professional Groomers, Inc. Melissa also has various certifications including Animal Behavior, Canine Massage Therapy, Pet First Aid and CPR. She worked as a veterinary assistant for 2 years learning general pet care practices in order to be able to care for the animals entrusted in her care to the best of her ability possible. Melissa as well as every member of The Barking Lot attends counting education seminars and classes. She is pictured with her husband Jay, son Carter and their dogs Sienna, Reed, Huey, Deacon, Milton & Lewis.