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Pittsburgh SW 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.

  • Photo of Barbara & Jordan Years Open: 13
    Barbara & Jordan Owner Years Open: 13 See Full Bio
    Photo of Barbara & Jordan Years Open: 13
    Barbara & Jordan Years Open: 13 Owner

    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, 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!

    Giving back to the community has always been an important interest for us. We worked with Humane Animal Rescue (formerly 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 Humane Animal Rescue and Bow Wow Buddies Foundation. Over the past 10 years we have raised more than $100,000 for this great cause!

  • Photo of Melissa Years With Camp Bow Wow: 11
    Melissa Camp Director Years With Camp Bow Wow: 11 See Full Bio
    Photo of Melissa Years With Camp Bow Wow: 11
    Melissa Years With Camp Bow Wow: 11 Camp Director

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in History
    Additional Skills/Qualifications: Certified in Pet First Aid & CPR, unofficial Camp photographer & IT girl :)

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: I love seeing my favorite Campers every day and forming bonds with them. It's always nice to see them get excited when they come through the door!
    My pets: Cappie, 9 year old Greyhound

  • Photo of Jess Years With Camp Bow Wow: 7
    Jess Groomer & Camp Counselor Years With Camp Bow Wow: 7 See Full Bio
    Photo of Jess Years With Camp Bow Wow: 7
    Jess Years With Camp Bow Wow: 7 Groomer & Camp Counselor

    Skills and Experience

    Background:I started out at CBW as a camp counselor and quickly realized that I could never go back to a job without dogs! I took a particular liking to giving the campers baths and trimming nails, so I decided to take it another step further and become a groomer. Dermatology is my favorite aspect of grooming and I love working with essential oils to help soothe itchy pups!
    Additional Skills/Qualifications: Skills/Qualifications- Graduated from Pampered Pet School of Dog Grooming, Certified Veterinary Assistant, Pet First Aid & CPR Certified, Certificate in Canine Therapeutic Spa Essentials.

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job:Being able to spend one on one time everyday with my favorite pups. I also love that the dogs get to know me in the play yards as well as the groom room, because it helps us to create a relationship outside of grooming and builds trust!

    My pets: Sammi- German shepherd mix, Sophie- yorkie/peke mix, 2 cats- Gorby and Crumb and 1 guinea pig- Appa

  • Photo of Caitlin Years With Camp Bow Wow: 6
    Caitlin Regional Manager Years With Camp Bow Wow: 6 See Full Bio
    Photo of Caitlin Years With Camp Bow Wow: 6
    Caitlin Years With Camp Bow Wow: 6 Regional Manager

    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 Certified 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.

  • “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 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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