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Saint Clair Shores Team

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 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.

    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.

    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!

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    Chelsey Regional Director

    Chelsey is our Regional Director of Customer Relations. She started with us back in January 2016. Camp owners Jamie and Tony actually discovered her while she was working as the Programs Coordinator for the Humane Society of SWMO.  They were looking for a nonprofit organization to raise funds for during their Grand Re-Opening Paw-ty.  After several months of communication, and learning about Camp Bow Wow's mission and goals, the timing aligned and it felt right for her to make the transition to join the Camp Bow Wow Team. 

    Chelsey is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and is a Canine Behavioral Assessor through the ASPCA. She really enjoys being able to connect with our pet parents and their campers. She finds it meaningful to be a part of a company where we're providing a safe and trusted environment for dogs to be dogs! She also loves how much Camp Bow Wow does to support animal welfare.  Some of her favorite aspects of the business are that we have several efforts throughout the year to support nonprofit and rescue organizations.  In addition to the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, we host fundraising events, donation drives, and even donate a cabin space to foster local rescue dogs which is a cause near and dear to her heart.

    Chelsey is a dog mom, who views her dogs as her kids. She has three furkids.  Eleanor "Bug" is a 12-year-old Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix whom she adopted when she worked for the Humane Society in 2011.  She has all of the smarts of a Jack Russell, and all of the sass of a Chihuahua!

    She also has Finnegan a 7-year-old Aussie and Border Collie mix whom she adopted in 2017.  He's a hilarious belly rub ham who puts up with his sassy sister very well and gives the best snuggles. They lost their sister Prudence in Dec. 2020, she was a 14-year-old Border Collie Chelsey adopted from Rescue One in 2017.  She was the absolute best of all of us and they all still miss her every day!

    In Chelsey’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her pups, family, and friends 

    She loves being out in nature; hiking, kayaking, float trips, arrowhead hunting, and crystal mining. She also works on her yoga and meditation practices.

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    Heidi Camp Coordinator

    Heidi is our Camp Coordinator. She began working with Camp Bow Wow in June of 2022, when the opportunity presented itself - it was the perfect time for a transition into working with Camp Bow Wow. Heidi loves interacting with the dogs, especially when they come in first thing in the morning so excited to play with us!

    Heidi has two pups at home:

    • Rosie, a 1 year old black Lab - she loves her people, and loves to play fetch. Rosie loves coming to Camp with mom!
    • Scarlett, a chocolate Lab puppy - she loves to snuggle (and chew everything!)

    In her free time, Heidi, her husband, and daughter love to travel. They travel as often as they can and have a goal of seeing all 50 states before her daughter graduates high school. They spend a lot of time with their friends and pups.

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    Ben Assistant Manager & Brand Ambassador

    Ben is the assistant manager and brand ambassador for Lil' Campers. He started with us in January of 2021 when he found himself ready for a career change and leaped at the chance to work with dogs. He knew instantly that he wanted to work at Camp Bow Wow. He loves interacting and watching the dogs play with each other.

    Ben has three pups: 

    • Oakley is a 4-year-old Shih-Tzu/Maltese mix who is loyal, adorable, and slightly sassy.

    • Luna is a 2-year-old Pitbull Terrier Mix who is energetic, sociable, and the biggest sweetheart.

    • Cooper is a 3-year-old Golden who is attached to the hip, playful, and a huge lover.

    In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his boyfriend, Ryan. They are big horror movie fans, so they love having movie-date nights.

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    Caitlin Senior Counselor

    Caitlin is a Camp Counselor who has been with us since December 2021. She loves working with dogs and has heard great things about Camp Bow Wow. She enjoys seeing different dogs every day! 

    Caitlin has a golden retriever named Winston, who just turned one. He is hyper and crazy and feels he can do whatever he wants. He also has a pit bull named Glacier, who only has three legs. She is five years old, and She has a funny personality, is very relaxed, and likes to smile. Caitlin is currently in school for grooming and likes to hang out with friends.

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    David Senior Counselor

    David has been a Camp Counselor with us since September 2021. He wanted to work at Camp Bow Wow because he loves playing with the dogs. 

    David loves animals. He has a Golden Retriever named Lily, who is three years old. He has two cats, an orange tabby named Sam, who is eight years old, and A grey tabby named Ava, who is 10. David also has a dwarf bunny named Bailey, who is four years old, and a grey chinchilla named Skittles, who is six years old.  

    David likes to cook and play video games in his free time, and he also enjoys concerts. 

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    Amanda Camp Counselor

    Amanda is a Camp Counselor at our Lil’ Campers location. Amanda started with us in March of 2022, when she was in search of a new job and loved the idea of working with dogs. She enjoys learning all their fun personalities.

    Amanda has three pups:

    • Gemma, a 10-year-old Pittbull: she is loving and lazy, her favorite thing to do is lounge in the sunshine and get belly rubs.
    • Lurch, a 7-year-old Bullmastiff: he is a goofy mama’s boy. He loves playing fetch, and sitting on my lap every chance he gets.
    •  Harley, a 2-year-old Beagle: he is a playful sweetheart. Loves to give kisses and play tug of war with Lurch.

    In her free time, Amanda enjoys having fun with her kids and fur babies, exercising, listening to music, and playing the guitar.

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    Kaitlyn Camp Counselor

    Kaitlyn is a Camp Counselor and works at both our Main Camp location, and our Lil’ Campers location. She started with Camp Bow Wow in August 2021 and has always had a special love for dogs, and loves taking care of them. She wanted to be able to work with them at Camp, take care of them, and express her love towards each and every single dog! Kaitlyn’s favorite part of her job at Camp Bow Wow is being able to work with dogs, and loves seeing all the different breeds and learning about how different each dog is, based on their personalities.

    Kaitlyn has two pups of her own:

    • Jake is a 10-year-old Jack Russell. He loves playing catch, sitting in the sun, and going for walks.
    • Meisha is a 5-year-old Chihuahua. She is full of love and energy. She loves attention from anyone, and she loves going on walks!

    In her free time, Kaitlyn likes going to the gym, going on walks, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends!

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    Beverly 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!

  • “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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