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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

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Previously, Chelsey was the Program Director at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri for nearly five years.

    Additional Skills/Qualifications: 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 Pittsburg, 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.

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    Carsen Area 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. You can always find Carsen working the Front Yard, or working on some marketing in the office!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Carsen loves being able to get to know the dogs and their families as well! Sharing stories with owners about each individual dog makes her job even more fun! Carsen enjoys socializing with the Campers AND their humans.

    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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    Chayenne Team Lead

    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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    Lauren Team Lead See Full Bio
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    Lauren Team Lead

    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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    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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    Joshua Camp Counselor

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

    August 2021

    Why did you want to work at Camp Bow Wow?

    I love animals, big and small!

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

    As far as dog training, I would say mainly behavioral issues whether it’s with other dogs or fence fighting, as well as helping them trust me and are comfortable with a male presence when I am in the yard.

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

    Meeting new dogs that come in and getting them comfortable as well as seeing the regulars that come in!

    Do you have pets at home?

    I have a 2-year-old cat named Hagrid, and he is ornery!

    What do you do in your free time? 

    I make music, and run a floral business with my wife!

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    Mckayla Camp Counselor

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

    December 29th 2021

    Why did you want to work at Camp Bow Wow?

    I love working and being around animals. I really love the stress free environment at camp and building relationships with the animals.

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

    The training videos provided for my training.

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

    Getting to be in the yard with the pups and enrichments.

    Do you have pets at home? 

    Yes, I have 2 pets. First, is my Yorkie-Poodle mix his name is Biscuit and he is 14 years old. He’s my grumpy old man who loves attention and he when he gets frustrated he sneezes a lot. My second dog is a pit-massif mix, her name is Nala and she is 5 years old. She’s a bit anxious but she is such a snuggle bug and will paw you if you don’t give her your full attention.

    What do you do in your free time? 

    In my free time I spend my time with the Missouri State Winter Guard practicing and competing. I also enjoy going to the park with my dogs or spend my time playing video games or crafting.

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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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    Emilee Senior 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!