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Camp Bow Wow Springfield East 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 Owner / Manager See Full Bio
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    Tony & Jamie Owner / Manager

    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! In January 2016, the Carusos decided to try something new when taking on their third location - Camp Bow Wow Lil' Campers of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, one of only two concept locations especially designed to care for our littlest Campers.

    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 See Full Bio
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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 discovered her while 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 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 provide 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 to help nonprofit and rescue organizations throughout the year. 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 she adopted when she worked for the Humane Society in 2011. She has all of the smarts of a Jack Russell and the sass of a Chihuahua! She also has Finnegan, a 7-year-old Aussie, and Border Collie mix 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 outdoors, hiking, kayaking, float trips, arrowhead hunting, and crystal mining. She also works on her yoga and meditation practices.

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    Carsen Regional Director of Operations See Full Bio
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    Carsen Regional Director of Operations

    Carsen is our Regional Director of Operations. She has been with Camp Bow Wow since Valentine’s Day, 2014. However, she has known about Camp far longer. Carsen’s parents used to take their Chocolate Lab, Ebbie, to Camp Bow Wow. He was a weekly Camper, and Carsen often picked her up after school. She loves dogs and thought, wow, this would be a great place to work while going to college.
     
    Six years later, she has grown so much with us. She has graduated from college, been a manager at our Camp Bow Wow East location, and now is our Regional Director of Operations. She is certified in Pet First Aid & CPR. Carson genuinely loves getting to know the dogs at Camp and their personalities. She likes meeting and getting to know all the pet parents too. She says guiding relationships with our clients and engaging with them in their day-to-day life is the best part of her job.
     
    Carsen has a dog named Rey (also known as Lil' Rey Rey), a one-year-old chocolate lab! When she isn't chewing on sticks, getting the zoomies, or playing tug with her toys, she can be found curled up, taking a nap in a fuzzy blanket. There is no in-between. She has another pup named Storm, an eight-year-old black lab, and spends most of her days babysitting Rey by entertaining her and all of her puppy energy, but in her free time loves playing fetch, followed by long naps on the couch.
     
    When Carsen is not a Camp, she’s usually spending time with her boyfriend, Trevor, and their friends and family! She watches way too much HGTV and loves random DIY home projects. She also enjoys breweries, taking short weekend trips, and relaxing on her days off!

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    Lauren Manager See Full Bio
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    Lauren Manager

    In what month and year did you begin working at Camp Bow Wow?

    12/2020

    Why did you want to work at Camp Bow Wow?

    My pup went to Camp and I’ve always enjoyed working with dogs.

    What kind of dog/animal training have you had to help the CBW campers?

    Owning a dog. Training provided by Camp.

    What is your favorite part of your job at Camp Bow Wow?

    Obviously all the adorable pups I get to be around.

    Do you have pets at home? 

    RJ Oliver. Aussie mix. 7. Spoiled rotten, loves everyone, playful and vocal.

    What do you do in your free time?

    My free time is usually spent relaxing. When it’s summertime I do enjoy being by the water and exploring outside.

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    Cheyenne Team Lead/Brand Ambassador See Full Bio
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    Cheyenne Team Lead/Brand Ambassador

    In what month and year did you begin working at Camp Bow Wow? 

    October 2021

    Why did you want to work at Camp Bow Wow?

    I’ve always loved animals and really looked forward to working with them

    What kind of dog/animal training have you had to help the CBW campers?

    I volunteered at a shelter as a teenager. Both of my parents are certified trainers and have a dog boarding and training company that I help them with

    What is your favorite part of your job at Camp Bow Wow?

    I love working with the dogs and learning each of their personalities. I also love expanding my knowledge of how to care for them through experience and the training Camp offers

    Do you have pets at home?

    Yes, one dog named Nova. She’s a shiba inu, aussie, and retriever mix and two years old. She’s hyper and hard headed but also smart and loves any and all food.

    What do you do in your free time?

    I do aerial arts. I like to paint when I have the time and I recently started cross stitching.

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    Megan Senior Camp Counselor See Full Bio
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    Megan Senior Camp Counselor

    Megan is a Team Lead who started with Camp in May of 2019. She loves animals, especially dogs, and wanted a job where she felt like she was doing something meaningful. Taking care of your pups  is very fulfilling and also fun for her! She is certified in CPR for dogs. She enjoys having dogs that come in and recognize her  instantly. She loves the connection she has  made with the dogs over the years and that it almost feels like they’re her pets as well.

    Megan has two dogs at home. A dachshund that is four years old who is named Chip and a chihuahua who is five years old named Cocoa. Chip is a little snuggle bug that is attached to her hip and Cocoa is her more outgoing pup that loves everyone. She loves them more than anything. Megan enjoys reading in her free time along with spending quality time with her  pups. She also loves a good nap!

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    Em Camp Counselor See Full Bio
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    Em Camp Counselor

    In what month and year did you begin working at Camp Bow Wow?

    March 2021

    Why did you want to work at Camp Bow Wow?

    I love working with animals and haven’t had a dog since I was 18 and it seemed perfect!

    What kind of dog/animal training have you had to help the CBW campers?

    I had dogs when I was younger so I know how to redirect behaviors if I need to.

    What is your favorite part of your job at Camp Bow Wow?

    Playing with the dogs! I especially love taking time to make sure the shy dogs know they’re loved and safe so they can have fun too!

    Do you have pets at home?

    I have a 4 year old cat named D.va, a 2 year old rat named Sinclair, and 3 mice that are 2 named Nami, Flora, and Penny! D.va is full of energy and always on the move! Sinclair is pretty old so he just sleeps most of the time but is always up for treats! The mice are always burrowed in their tank and active early in the morning so they’re a rare sight to see!

    What do you do in your free time? 

    I write, play video games, and read!

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    Alyssa Camp Counselor

    In what month and year did you begin working at Camp Bow Wow?

    October 2021

    Why did you want to work at Camp Bow Wow?

    I enjoy working with animals and have always wanted to have a job that involved working with them.

    What kind of dog/animal training have you had to help the CBW campers?

    CPR and first aid training

    What is your favorite part of your job at Camp Bow Wow?

    My favorite part of my job is getting to work with the dogs everyday.

    Do you have pets at home? 

    I have a pug named Doug. He is 4 years old and enjoys treats and napping.

    What do you do in your free time?

    I enjoy spending time outdoors in my free time.

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    Beverly Marketing Manager See Full Bio
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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!

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    Myles Camp Counselor

    Myles is a Camp Counselor at our Springfield East since June of 2020. He is currently CPR certified! Myles chose to work at Camp because it is easy to have deep care for all the pups at camp which is ultimately his favorite part of his job - being able to care and love on all the Campers. Myles has two pets, a cat craves violence, food, and sleep. A dog who is a pittie kelpie mix and is super submissive and goofy. In his free time, he loves to draw anytime & anywhere.

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    Paige Team Lead

    Paige has been a part of our pack as a Camp Counselor since April 2022. She has a passion for dogs and loves to love on them all day long while at Camp. Paige has two fur-baies. Flip is a 5-year-old lab red-heeled Dalmatian mix. He’s a soul dog and the best boy in town. Fiona is a 3-year-old lab husky mix. The sassiest girl around and a little cuddle bug. In her free time, Paige loves to float!

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    Trinity Camp Counselor