From the individualized care our canine-loving staff provides to playtime with other four-legged friends, your dog has never had this much fun! Our team understands the key elements to a happy pup and we find great joy in incorporating them into our daily activities. We believe every single one of our Campers deserves premier treatment, which is why you'll receive all of the great benefits of Camp at one upfront cost.
Tony & Jamie Owners See Full BioTony & Jamie Owners
Meet the Carusos!
Have you met our pack leaders? Husband and wife team, Tony and Jamie Caruso are the proud owners of four Camp Bow Wow Franchises, two in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan and two in Springfield, Missouri.
A Man and His Dog
The Caruso family Camp Bow Wow story all started in April of 2007. Tony’s Hungarian Vizsla, Abby, ignited Tony’s passion for dogs and drove his entrepreneurial spirit to invest in a Camp Bow Wow. As Tony worked to grow the Camp business, his personal pack also grew…by four.
Abby's relationship with Tony crossed the "Man's best friend" boundary into what he refers to as "jealous ex-girlfriend" territory. However, Abby has graciously learned to share the man in her life with the other family in his: his wife Jamie, their daughter Ella (born in 2011), and their son Enzo (born 2016). And don't forget about the fur-family members; Bella, a Mastiff that thinks she is a lap dog that the family adopted in 2012, and an Abyssinian cat (born in 2007), that thinks he's a dog named Louie. He is Ella's partner in crime and often the victim to her fashion prowess. When Louie isn't causing trouble with the dogs or meowing for attention, he can usually be seen in the season's latest fashions (i.e. Ella's accessories). Ella and Enzo are clearly the pride of the pack (shh, don't tell Abby!) and have grown up in a house full of animals.
As dog lovers, the Caruso family love what they do. They were excited to grow their pack even more when the opportunity arose to take on a second location in Springfield, Missouri in March of 2015 . With a great team of Camp Counselors at both locations, they were able to make this expansion and bring their passion for dogs to Springfield! And the pack keeps growing with the opening of their third location in January, 2016 - their first ever Lil' Campers location in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan.
They feel right at home in the Camp Bow Wow Franchise as they are both pet owners themselves. Being able to fetch peace of mind for pet parents is something they understand from both sides of the fence. The opportunity that Camp Bow Wow brings to foster and further the relationship between man and his best friend, is an opportunity that’s just too good to pass up.
The family cares and loves being involved in their camp local communities. Tony and Jamie’s passion for animals allows them to help with charity fundraising and participation with multiple rescue groups in Saint Clair Shores and Springfield. They host bite prevention readings with the “Scout Says, Dogs Get Nervous Too” book at Ella’s school and other local elementary schools and libraries. Tony also uses his dog training knowledge and experience to train volunteers at our local rescues and work with the dogs on a one-on-one basis. You may even catch Tony dressed up in the Scout mascot suit at our events.
We are also excited to announce Tony has received his professional certification by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)!
Outside of Camp
When Tony and Jamie aren’t busy scratching butts in the play yards at Camp you can usually find them in Downtown Detroit at a Lions or Tiger’s game, in Kansas City watching a Royals baseball game, or hitting the links for a game of golf (Jamie supervises the cart). Next time you are at Camp, make sure to say hi to Tony and Jamie!
Quinn Assistant Manager See Full BioQuinn Assistant Manager
Quinn is our Assistant Manager at Camp Bow Wow. He has worked with us since September 2013 and wanted to work with us because he enjoys dogs. He is Pet CPR certified and enjoys meeting new dogs and getting to know them. If a dog has not made him smile, it's been a bad day. Quinn has one dog, Beanie, an 11-year-old Italian Greyhound who just wants to snuggle and be with his people all day. He is an avid reader, mostly sci-fi and fantasy but also nonfiction. He also loves board games and trying new foods.
Tom Camp Counselor See Full BioTom Camp Counselor
Tom is a Camp Counselor who has been with the Brighton Camp Bow Wow for about four years. He loves animals and believes that Camp beats the pants off most places to work. Tom says, some days, it hardly feels like work, but many unpleasant aspects of animal care would not make this a job for everyone. Can anyone say POOP? Lots of poop. He loves seeing all the different breeds that come to play at camp. People usually stick to a few or a type, so it is nice to see all the other breeds and mixes of pups that he would not usually get to meet.
Tom has had dogs all his life. He has had over 25 furry friends throughout his life, and he has had hounds primarily. Adrian is a 13-year-old Bluetick coonhound who has been on many hunts in her day and has 19 siblings. Aside from the bluetick, he has had a beagle and a bloodhound.
In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time with his beautiful 15-month-old little girl, who is quickly approaching her toddler years. He tries to balance keeping her out of the toilet and trash and getting into almost everything in her path; when he has a moment, he enjoys reading the news, learning about financial information, and technology like his phone.
Abby Camp Counselor See Full BioAbby Camp Counselor
Abby is a Camp Counselor who started with us back in February. She has always had a passion for animals and has lived with dogs her whole life. She wanted a job where she could be with dogs every day!! She feels that caring for the dogs and ensuring they are happy and healthy is very rewarding. Abby has two dogs, Tango and Ren, both yellow labs. Tango is three years old and loves to cuddle. He runs around in the backyard and swims! Ren is four months old and is full of energy. He's super curious and loves his toys! Abby has two cats, Gizmo (tuxedo cat) and Oliver (Russian blue), and a bearded dragon named Venus! In her free time, Abby enjoys playing video games! She is a huge Sonic Hedgehog fan! She also likes making jewelry!
Tyler Camp Counselor See Full BioTyler Camp Counselor
Tyler has been working at Camp bow wow since February as a Camp Counselor. Tyler loves to work at Camp because he enjoys dogs, what better place than Camp! Not only does he have a love for all our Campers he also has pups of his own! He has a dog, who’s a mix of Pitbull terrier, German Shepard and Rottweiler. And he has a one eyed cat and two leopard geckos. In his free time, Tyler enjoys being outside and playing sports or exploring with friends!
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Noah Camp Counselor See Full BioNoah Camp Counselor
Quill Camp Counselor See Full BioQuill Camp Counselor
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