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Camp Bow Wow® Pittsburgh North offers dog day care and overnight boarding and our highly-trained staff is dog gone passionate about providing safe, fun and individualized care for your four-legged family members.

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We are so happy to be a part of the Pittsburgh - North community and have gotten to know many wonderful pets (and their parents!) since we opened. Our whole staff would like to thank all our customers for letting us have, as we say, a 'Dog Gone Good' Time!

We think we are the best Camp Counselors your pup could have! Everyone on staff is a SERIOUS dog lover, with practical training in dog behavior certifications in pet first aid and dog CPR. All of us are eager to meet and greet you and your best canine buddy. Collectively we have many years of experience with dogs, and we promise to take the best possible care of your furry friends.

We spend all day at Day Camp, from early in the morning to late in the evening, watching over your Campers. We are the ones who give out the special Campfire TreatsTM each night before lights out, and tuck each Camper into their own spacious, comfy and clean Cabin.

We pride ourselves on getting to know your pup’s name, who their friends are, and just where they like to be scratched. We will take special care of your furry kids and make sure they have a PAW-some time at Camp. We look forward to meeting you and your furry friends!

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MEET THE OWNERS


  Murrays
Owners Barbara & Jordan Murray

Years Open: 10

In 2005, my wife Barb and I were both working for BNY Mellon Financial in the foreign currency area. We had 2 dogs at home whom we would never trust to stay in a kennel. We would travel frequently and always leave them with Barb's parents. However Barb's parents were getting old and it was becoming a hardship for them. At the same time we had been looking for a business that would provide some diversification in our jobs. While we were looking at numerous businesses we stumbled across Camp Bow Wow. At the time there were only 11 locations open but we were intrigued by the concept of all-day-play daycare for the dogs, the private cabins at night at the ability to watch our dogs online when we traveled. The online cameras were especially valuable as we no longer had to take the word of the kennel on how the dogs were treated during their stay. I flew out to Colorado immediately and discovered that the facilities were even better than we imagined. We saw how professional, caring and fun the Camp Bow Wow locations were and knew we had to be a part of it. Finally, a place we would actually want to take our dogs in Pittsburgh! We immediately signed up for 2 location licenses. We opened our first location in Green Tree, 6 months later in Nov 2005 which was the 12th Camp Bow Wow.

Our Greentree location was an immediate success. At the time we needed to explain to the public what dog daycare and all-day-play boarding was about as no one was offering these services at the time but Pittsburghers quickly warmed to the concept. Pittsburghers love their dogs! We won the Best New Pup award from Camp Bow Wow the following year four our success.

In Nov 2008 we opened our second location in Ross Township. At this time there were about 75 Camps around the country. Despite the terrible economic downturn people still showed up to let us take care of their most prized companions. In 2009 Barb left BNY Mellon to join me in the business and it truly became a family business. We had our growing pains in learning to work together but it has definitely made us a stronger family.

In May 2012 we were fortunate enough to be able to open our third Camp Bow Wow in Highland Park. We were the first franchisee in the Camp Bow Wow system to open 3 locations. We were about the 100th Camp to open at that point. Highland Park has been even better than we expected; it consistently has one of the top number of days per day in the Camp Bow Wow system! We won the Best of the Burgh for pet care services 7 years in a row. I think our safety, quality and fun atmosphere speaks for itself when Pittsburgh supports us as they have.

As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary of Camp Bow Wow in Pittsburgh this year, We also celebrate the opening of our fourth franchise in Monroeville. Every Camp Bow Wow we have built has been better than the last, and this one is no different. We offer full service grooming, dog training, high definition webcams, luxury suites, special teacup play yards and all the other wonderful features Camp Bow Wow is know for here in Pittsburgh. We are excited to be able to take care of even more of our furry friends in the Pittsburgh market!

We are happy to announce that we have also purchased the Cranberry Township territory and are busy working to get that location open next.

Giving back to the community has always been an important interest for us. We try and work closely with the shelters with our Foster dog program to give shelter dogs a fun place to play and help get them adopted. We also worked with Western PA Humane society to win a $50,000 shelter makeover grant to rehab their shelter. In 2007 we started throwing an annual Monte-Carlo night fundraiser to benefit the Western PA Humane Society. Over the past 9 years we have raised more than $100,000 for this great cause!


 

MEET THE STAFF


  Caitlin Hollinger
Caitlin Hollinger

Position: Regional Manager
Years with Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies: 3 years

Skills and Experience

Background: I have a Bachelors degree in Business from The University of Pittsburgh, taken courses at Dale Carnegie and Skill Path and I have worked in the dog industry for over 13 years now.
Additional Skills/Qualifications: Certified in pet first aid & CPR, trained in dog behavior and play yard management. Have done dog hydrotherapy, and cared for special needs dogs. Also graduated as a Behavior Buddies Dog Trainer.

Fun Facts

What I love most about my job: EVERYTHING! I love being about to help create a safe place where a dog can be a dog and have fun and the parents can feel at ease that their dog is being well taken care of and getting lots of love. I treat every dog that walks through our doors as my own so it makes my dreams of having a ton of dogs a reality.
My pets: I currently have 4 dogs at home: Tierra (Siberian Husky), Charlie (Lab X), Trudy (Siberian husky), and Duke (mutt). I also have a Bunny named Peppy.



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Leah Rusbarsky

Position: Camp Director
Years with Camp Bow Wow: 4.5 years

Skills and Experience

Skills/Experience: I have owned dogs throughout my life and currently have four fur babies of my own. I have been working at Camp for almost 5 years and have gained a surplus of knowledge and experience during that time. I am a Certified Behavior Buddies Obedience Trainer and Behavior Specialist. Other certifications include first aid & CPR, trained in dog behavior and play yard management. I have a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Gannon University.

Fun Facts

What I love most about my job: I can honestly say I love what I do for a living and sometimes I even forget that I am working! It is difficult to pick one aspect of my job that I love the most but if I had to choose, I would say building a bond with each individual dog and their human. I love when a dog is just as excited to see me as I am to see them. Nothing is better than a butt wiggle and some puppy love. It is difficult to trust others with one of your family members and I am grateful for the relationships I have built with the dogs’ humans as well. I like to hear about their day, the funny thing their dog did that morning and getting to know them on a personal level.
My pets: Just to get it out of the way, I am a crazy dog lady and I have four, furry roommates at home. Geno, the gentle giant, is a 6 year old Labrador/Golden Retriever mix. Sydnee, the tennis ball queen, is a 3 year old Labrador/Chihuahua mix (Yeah, I didn’t believe it either). Brooks, the bodyguard, is a 3 year old(ish) Boston Terrier/Boxer mix. Fleury, the monster, is a 1 year old Norwegian Elkhound.


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Shelby Grasinger

Position: Assistant Camp Director
Years with Camp Bow Wow: 1 year

Skills and Experience

Skills/Experience: I have always had dogs growing up; we had Dobermans, Collies, and Golden Retrievers. I currently have two dogs of my own. I have learned a lot just from being at Camp for a year. Prior to working at Camp, I worked at a boarding/daycare facility for over 5 years. I have attended multiple training classes with both of my dogs. I am certified in CPR, first aid, dog behavior and play yard management. I have a degree in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.

Fun Facts

What I love most about my job: What is there not to love? I get to talk to proud pet parents about their dogs and I get paid to help take care of them! I feel honored that we have so many wonderful clients that trust us to take care of their fur¬kids, whether it be for a day or a week at a time. I love seeing how happy the dogs get when they check¬in and their parents faces after they have been gone for a few days and get to see there fur-kid for the first time again.
My pets: Jack, my snuggle buddy, is a two year old Golden Retriever. Lucy, my crazy girl, is a one year old Golden Retriever. I’ve been training Jack for about a year and Lucy for about six months and I’m very proud to say they both just passed their Therapy Dog test! I plan to take them to various nursing homes, libraries, colleges, and hospitals at least once a week to brighten other people’s day.



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Alea Wehner

Position: Groomer
Years with Camp Bow Wow: 1

Skills and Experience

Background: I graduated from Golden Paws in August of 2013.  I worked independently before joining the Camp Bow Wow Family in February  of 2015.  In order  to get her doggy fix outside of the groom room, I spend one day a week as a Camp Counselor.  This assists in building a relationship with the dogs and open communication with their humans by observing what the dogs’ needs are to ensure they are healthy and comfortable. I specialize in breed specific cuts (Ex: Poodles) and also able to perform hand stripping.  Independently, I perform grooming on Cats and small animals.

Additional Skills/Qualifications: I am dog CPR & first aid certified.
 
Fun Facts

What I love most about my job: I love my job as a groomer because of the  trust and bond I build with the dog while working with them one-on-one.  Grooming can be a stressful experience and I want to make that dog feel as comfortable.  Building that trust can be done by just talking to them, giving them love, and respecting their personal space.  When a dog comes in and seems to be uncomfortable, it is beyond satisfying to see them happy and strut around when I am done grooming them because they have their confidence back and feel relieved.

My pets:  
I have a wide assortment of animals at my house.  Dozer is a 4.5 year old German Shepherd.  Brady is an 8 year Border Collie/Chow mix.  I also have a Calico cat named Kitty and she is 2 years old.  To add to the mix, I have a  75 gallon fish tank full of African Cichlids.









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