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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.

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    Tony & Jamie Owner Years Open: 3 See Full Bio
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    Tony & Jamie Years Open: 3 Owner

    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.

    Growing Camp!

    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.

    Community Outreach

    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.

    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!

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    Carsen Years With Camp Bow Wow: 4 Assistant Camp Director

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Carsen's chocolate Lab, Ebbie, was a regular Camper, which is what introduced her to Camp. Being a dog lover, Carsen could not think of a more perfect place to work. Carsen is the Assistant Manager at our Camp Bow Wow location in Springfield, MO. She not only has a way with dogs but also a way with words - Carsen is responsible for creating all of the timely blogs as well as our bi-weekly newsletters! You can always find Carsen working the Front Yard, or working on some marketing in the Springfield office!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: There is such opportunity to grow within the Caruso Camps. Carsen started as a Camp Counselor working part-time, and, after graduating from MSU, went full-time. She never thought that her job at Camp would turn into a career!

    My pets: Ebbie is a seven-year-old chocolate Lab who started coming to Camp at four-months-old. Ebbie enjoys taking naps, relaxing in her spa (pool), and going on walks! Carsen added a second four-legged family member in April of 2017! Her name is Storm, and she is a four-year-old black Labrador Retriever. Storm loves to play fetch with her tennis ball and cuddle up after a long day for some belly rubs!

    My hobbies: Carsen graduated from Missouri State University in May of 2016. In her free time, Carsen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hanging out with Ebbie and Storm, and going to concerts!

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    Jaclyn Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 Assistant Regional Director

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Jaclyn has always had a love and passion for animals, and was looking to bring her work experience to a company that could combine the two! Prior to Camp Bow Wow, Jaclyn was a national account manager for a sales and marketing firm. Jaclyn first started at Camp Bow Wow St. Clair Shores as a customer. She loved our vision and genuine care for the clients and she knew she had to be part of it.

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: As you can imagine, Jaclyn's favorite part of her job is getting to bring her pup to work every day!

    My pets: Noodle is a wonderful Dachshund mix. Noodle can be found at Camp in the teacup yard romping around with his pals.

    My hobbies: When Jaclyn is not at Camp, she enjoys bike riding, yoga, and all things Harry Potter!

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    Becki Camp Counselor Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 See Full Bio
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    Becki Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 Camp Counselor

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Becki is a certified Veterinary Technician. Animals are Becki's passion, and she passes her love to each and every animal she comes in contact with!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: What I love most about my job: Becki is a Camp Counselor, works the front desk, and is a Certified Caregiver! Although she stays very busy, her favorite part of working at Camp is grooming. She loves giving the dogs baths and pampering them after a long day at Camp.

    My pets: At home, Becki has a very vocal Siamese cat named Ellie, who is the "weirdest and best cat ever" and follows her around the house meowing at her. Becki also has a rabbit named Louie, and two dogs named Lana and Lenny who are full of spunk!

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    Ella Camp Counselor Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 See Full Bio
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    Ella Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 Camp Counselor

    Ella has studied dog psychology and behavior for many years. She knew that Camp Bow Wow could help take her training to the next level! What I love most about my job: Ella’s favorite part of her job is being able to influence the Campers and the play yards in a positive way. She also enjoys being around the variety of breeds and their corresponding energy levels! At home, Ella has a four-year-old Maltese named Louie that she rescued. She also has a nine-year-old bird named Carly, and a Beta fish named Loompa. Ella has had Loompa for over two years and he is still going strong! Outside of Camp, Ella enjoys keeping herself busy in her free time. You can typically find her reading novels or at the gym. Ella also spends the wealth of her time exercising dogs. In the summers, Ella straps on her roller blades and takes a pack of her neighborhood dogs for a four-mile run daily!

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    Jake Camp Counselor Years With Camp Bow Wow: 2 See Full Bio
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    Jake Years With Camp Bow Wow: 2 Camp Counselor

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Jake had been around dogs his entire life growing up, which of course shaped him into the dog lover he is today!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Jake’s favorite part about working at Camp is being in the yards with the dogs! Jake enjoys supervising the Campers while hanging out by the pools and playing with them. It’s pretty awesome to think he calls this “work”!

    My pets: At home, Jake has three dogs. The oldest is Daisy who is an eleven-year-old Siberian Husky. Daisy spends most of her days napping far enough away from her fur-siblings so that no one interrupts her beauty sleep! Dakota is an eight-year-old American Eskimo who loves to play fetch and sit on anyone’s lap who will let him. Shiloh is an eight-year-old Pomeranian who loves to play with her brother, Dakota. Shiloh can usually be found stealing his toys!

    My hobbies: In Jake’s free time he enjoys hanging out with his friends. To relax, Jake finds an interesting book to read or a good movie to watch!

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    Kaitlyn Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 Camp Counselor

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Kaitlyn has always had a special place in her heart for dogs and knew that working at Camp would be a paw- fect fit!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Kaitlyn's favorite part of her job is taking care of the dogs. Taking care of the Campers allows her to get to know their silly personalities individually! Kaitlyn has a special bond with all of the dogs she has met at Camp Bow Wow.

    My pets: Mayhem is Kaitlyn's sweet eight-month-old Pitbull mix. He is extra loving, super silly, and loves playing with other dogs! Oh, and we're sure you've already realized that he is adorable!

    My hobbies: Kaitlyn spends as much time as she can with Mayhem in her free time. She also enjoys kayaking when she gets the chance!

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    Lexis Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 Camp Counselor

    Skills and Experience

    Background: As a kid, Lexis was excited about the opportunity to help take care of the dogs while their parents are away. She grew up with dogs so she has always been a firm believer that dogs are the best animals out there – and we agree!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Lexis’ favorite part of her job is the ability to meet all of the Campers and give them all special lovins ’ and attention. It brings her joy to see and play with them each day!

    My pets: At home, Lexis has two dogs. Cocoa Chanel is an eleven-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever. She is a pretty laid back pup but she always gets excited when she sees a human friend who can give her some belly rubs. Jessie Lynn is a four-year-old miniature long-haired Dachshund. Jessie Lynn is full of spunk, and is known for getting excited over just about everything!

    My hobbies: In her free time, Lexis enjoys spending time with her family. Lexis is a dancer and also teaches dance & she is very active! Fun fact; Lexis was named after the car Lexus!

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    Tyler Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 Camp Counselor

    He is an animal person so he knew Camp would be a great fit! What I love most about my job: Tyler’s favorite part of his job is loving on the Campers! Whether it be a dog excited to see him in the mornings or a pup ready for an afternoon snuggle session in the play yards, Tyler always greets them with open arms! Being around so many loving Campers each day never fails to put a smile on his face.Tyler has four cats and one dog! Kassidy is a four-year-old orange Tabby who is timid but super sweet. Miranda is a ten-year-old Calico who enjoys sunbathing and finding new places to nap. Princess Peanut butter is a three-year-old orange Tabby who is extremely playful and enjoys running around with her toys, chasing lasers, and looking out the window. Winston is a one-year-old gray Tabby/Bengal mix who is always exploring places he shouldn’t, such as the top of the pantry or the window terrace. Toby is a very sweet thirteen-year-old German Shepard mix. Toby enjoys light play, going on long walks, and taking naps in the presence of the people he loves. Outside of work, you can find Tyler painting, drawing, making comics or writing stories. He is an artist who enjoys creating murals. He also sews and knits. You may have seen a piece of his work in the Detroit Free Press for a costume of his that they featured! When he is not bringing his creative ideas to life, Tyler likes reading and exploring walking trails.

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    Krista Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 Camp Manager

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Krista wants to become a veterinarian and knew that Camp would give her valuable experience! Krista has completed Scouts Academy training.

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Krista's favorite part of working at Camp is the Campers, of course! She loves giving them love and attention, and stealing as many cuddles as she can!

    My pets: Krista had an old man beagle, his name was Maverick and he was a prince!

    My hobbies: Outside of work, Krista attends Macomb Community College. She also enjoys playing softball and hanging out with her friends and co-workers!

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    Rachael Certified Trainer / In-Home Pet Care Coordinator Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 See Full Bio
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    Rachael Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 Certified Trainer / In-Home Pet Care Coordinator

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Rachael loves being able to interact with all of the different dogs at Camp on a daily basis.

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Her favorite part of her job is all of the loving from the Campers! Rachael loves when the dogs come through the front door excited to see the staff and all of their Camper friends.

    My pets: Rachael has a rescue cat named Layla who acts more like a dog! Layla loves being outside, getting belly rubs, and drinking water from the faucet. Rachael also has a Pit mix named Leia. She is known as their little monster - lovingly, of course. Leia is full of energy and loves to play at Camp. She also enjoys games of tug-of-war with Rachael's daughter and is always up for a good snuggle.

    My hobbies: When Rachael isn't at Camp she's at home with her young daughter Kailee. They love being outside together, playing games, and going for walks in the park.

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    Heather Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 Director of Human Resources

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Heather came to Camp Bow Wow to promote a positive community spirit among the staff and its customers. In other words, if you stand too close to her for long, she may offer up a hug or two! She grew up on the Eastside and started off as a very happy customer of Camp Bow Wow. While most of her background has been in a more formal business atmosphere, her love for animals drew her to Camp. She continues to use her experience and passion to keep Camp Bow Wow a place where safety, customer service, and cleanliness are top notch. Heather truly believes that combining her efforts with those of the owners Jamie and Tony Caruso and the wonderful staff at Camp will ensure that Camp Bow Wow continues to be one of the best facilities in this area. She looks forward to meeting your dog very soon!

    Fun Facts

    My Pets & Hobbies: Heather enjoys spending time playing with her dog, Gimli, and traveling with her husband, Rus. She loves anything to do with the water and if she can find a weekend to go camping and read a book, then she has found a little slice of heaven. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and likes to keep active. Most of all, she loves to dance and does so whenever possible... mostly at home, while cleaning and singing into her hairbrush.

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    Beverly Marketing Manager Years With Camp Bow Wow: 5 See Full Bio
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    Beverly Years With Camp Bow Wow: 5 Marketing Manager

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Beverly has known and worked with Camp Rangerette Jamie since 2001. You read that right, that’s 17 years! Beverly loved working with her and thought it would be fun to combine her love of marketing with her love for dogs.

    Additional Skills/Qualifications: Beverly works hard behind the scenes for Camp but she also has personal experience in training. She trained one of her dogs in level one, level two, agility, freestyle, and fly ball in 2000. Beverly loves working with dogs and truly sees the value in socialization and training. Beverly isn’t the average marketing consultant – she’s the paw- fect person for us, right?!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Beverly’s favorite part of her job is working with people who love dogs as much as she does. She loves sharing the Camp Bow Wow brand with other dog lovers! Beverly gets to spend a lot of time on social media, looking at cute dog photos, dog videos, and planning fun events for you and your pup. She can’t get enough of it!

    My pets: At home, Beverly has two dogs. Midnight is a Labrador Retriever/Corgi mix who she rescued in 2013. Midnight was six years old at the time and Beverly happily gave him a better life! Minna is a Miniature Schnauzer who thinks she is human. She was more than happy when Beverly brought home Midnight and quickly taught him how to play and chase squirrels!

    My hobbies: Outside of her marketing world, Beverly is a proud Army Wife! She loves spending time with her husband, Bobbie, her adopted son, Zeke, and her step-son, Eliott. Beverly is a coffee addict who enjoys traveling, playing board games, going to the beach, cuddling with her dogs, and spending time outdoors!

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    Chelsey Years With Camp Bow Wow: 2 Regional Director

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Previously, Chelsey was the Program Director at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri for nearly five years. Chelsey received her Canine Behavior Assessor Certification through the Humane Society's partnership with PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin' Program which has served her well in both her rescue work as well as in the open play environment at Camp Bow Wow.

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Chelsey is thankful for the opportunity at Camp Bow Wow to see, on a daily basis, the positive impact she can have on a dog's life. Being able to meet the mental and physical stimulation needs of dogs with Camp gives Chelsey great joy. She knows that helping the Campers be the best dog they can be will keep them in their FUR-ever home. She also still enjoys helping our friends at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri through Camp Bow Wow's Foster Dogs At Camp program and various fundraising events.

    My pets: Chelsey shares her life with two pups! Her first fur-child is a Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua mix named Ellie Bug. Ellie is a seven-year-old rescue from the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri. She describes Ellie as a "big personality in a little package," which is how we'd describe Chelsey! Finn Diesel, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix, joined Chelsey's family in February of 2017! He stole Chelsey's heart from a rescue in Pittsburgh, Kansas and she will be the first to tell you it was love at first sight. Finn loves to play in the water, go hiking, and playing with his big sister, Ellie!

    My hobbies: When Chelsey isn't at work, you can usually find her at her yoga studio, enjoying herself outside or curled up with a book.

  • “Great staff, professional, friendly and welcoming. Immaculate environment and expert care for your Camper.”

    - Joanne C.

  • “I love how comfortable the staff made us feel leaving our Duke there for the first time!! Everyone is so friendly, I know he's in great care when at Camp Bow Wow!! Duke is always excited now before we even get into the parking lot!! I also LOVE the pet cameras!! They really are addicting to watch, but it's so fun seeing him running around and having fun!! We love Camp Bow Wow & can't wait to come back!”

    - Kelly R.

  • “A very kind and caring staff! I always feel secure knowing that the staff truly love my dog and that they will make sure he is happy and comfortable during his stay. They are the best!”

    - Su-Kim C.

  • “I absolutely love this place. They take incredible care of my dog. They make her welcome and I feel comfortable knowing she is well taken care of. Recommend to anyone who has a dog.”

    - Kimberly S.

  • “Staff is always very friendly and knows my dog, facilities are always clean, the webcams allow us to check our dog's activity, and hours cover my work day. Most importantly, my dog LOVES going to Camp! When she hears us on the phone making reservations for play, or hears us say "Camp", she grabs her leash with such excitement she moves furniture in her path as she heads for the door!”

    - Terri S.

  • “Super friendly team of staff! Very kind, caring, accommodating, flexible. They loved my dog and treated her like their own. I will be back!”

    - Holly H.

  • “The staff is always helpful and kind. I know when I leave my dogs at Camp Bow Wow they will be taken care of, have a great time and come home worn out from playing all day. I love the Camper Cams so I can check in on them!”

    - Hayley L.

  • “Camp Bow Wow is fabulous...they are passionate about their work, always happy to see our pup, and take great care of her...be it for day Camp or overnight. We love Camp Bow Wow!”

    - Angelica M.

  • “We know our dogs are in trusted hands at Camp Bow Wow. They always have fun playing with their "friends" and we love being able to check in on them throughout the day”

    - Nicole J.

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