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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 Years Open: 11 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! 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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    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 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.

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    Skills and Experience

    Background: Valerie rescued her first dog, Lupine, in July of 2016 and her life was fur-ever changed. She became a self-proclaimed dog-obsessed mom that wanted to learn everything she could about Lupine's health, species appropriate diet, and behavior. This led her to become a Camp Bow Wow Springfield client!

    Valerie learned just how much the Camp Counselors cared for her dog, and our customer service combined with our Camper Cams sold her to become a Camp Bow Wow lifer. After being a client for over a year, Valerie decided she wanted to make a life change and start working in the animal field!

    Fun Facts
    What I love most about my job: Her favorite part about her job is connecting with our furry Campers. Valerie enjoys watching them play in the play yards, and taking pictures of them for our social media pages and blogs! She also always finds time to visit our Campers in their spacious cabins so she can have one-on-one time and give them extra snuggles and love!

    My pets: Lupine is Valerie's two-year-old Beagle mix. She is a very chill girl who loves to nap, but when she visits with her fur-iends she really enjoys running, romping, chasing, and Beagle howling with them! Lollie is Valerie's most recent addition to their family. Lollie is an eight-month-old Jack Russell Terrier mix that stole Val's heart instantly and led to a very quick foster fail. Lupine and Lollie love going on outdoor adventures with their parents. You can follow along on their journey on Instagram, @lupineandlollie!

    My hobbies: In Val's free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with Lupine, Lollie, and her boyfriend, Boone. When she's not updating her dog's Instagram, you can find her in Arkansas rock climbing, trail running, or camping. She also loves kayak fishing with her dad and hummingbird sight seeing with her mom!

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    Alexah Assistant Manager

    Alexah is one of our Guest Service Representatives so you might have met her during check in or check out! When asked why she wanted to become part of our Pack, she answered, "I’ve always had a passion for animals, dogs especially. Growing up, my family would foster dogs through Rescue One and I always loved helping my mom take care of them. I had a friend who worked at CBW and he said it was right up my alley and I should apply. The rest is history!" Alexah's favorite part about working at Camp is builidng relationships with both the dogs and the pet parents!
    At home Alexah has one sweet pup. Zeke, is an almost 2 year old Boxer/Collie mix! He is super smart, and he loves to cuddle. He’s pretty shy, so he doesn’t come to camp a lot. In his free time he loves to play fetch and go on play dates with his girlfriend Alcatraz. :)
    When Alexah isn't at Camp, she loves to listen to live music downtown, play the drums, nap with Zeke, or paint something! Next time you're at Camp, be sure to give Alexah a warm hello!

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    Amber Camp Counselor

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Amber has a huge passion for dogs and loves all animals.

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Amber's favorite part of her job is being able to see the Campers blossom and come out of their shells throughout their visits at Camp!

    My pets: At home, Amber has a three-year-old Doberman named Siri, and a puppy Red Doberman mix named Ruff. Siri is a spunky girl full of attitude, but also a lover! She loves people, dogs, and anything with a pulse. Ruff is a sweet boy who Amber recently adopted from Rescue One. Siri and Ruff have hit it off!

    My hobbies: Amber spends most of her free time with her fiance, Eric, and their two fur babies. Eric and Amber are movie and music fanatics! Amber also enjoys DIY projects such as making dog treats or making house decorations.

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    Callie Camp Counselor

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Callie is pictured here with Camper, Otis! She joined our Pack in July of 2018. Callie wanted to work at Camp Bow Wow because she is passionate about working with animals. She had previously worked with horses so a switch to canines seemed like a good fit!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: One of Callie's favorite parts of working at Camp is being around the staff. She says, "they are so cheerful and wonderful all the time!"

    My pets: At home, Callie has two Golden Retriever and Australian Shepherd mixes, Tini and Roman! They are both a year-and-a-half old. Callie's newest addition to the family is a German Shepherd named Ally! Ally is about three-months-old.

    My hobbies: In her free time you can find Callie riding horses and loving on her dogs! If you see Callie out in the play yards on the Camper Cams, rest assured she is treating your pup well and giving them lots of love!

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    Channing Camp Counselor

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Channing initially heard about Camp through his girlfriend, Jess, and it did not take long for him to put in his application!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Channing's favorite part of his day to day tasks is grooming. He enjoys giving our Campers baths and nail trims before sending them home at the end of the day! Channing is a team and always goes above and beyond to help out co-workers. Whether it be inside or outside of Camp, Channing is always willing to extend a helping hand.

    My pets: Channing is clearly an animal lover. He has two dogs, Myah and Bismarck (more commonly known as "Bizz") who he brings to Camp with him occasionally! Myah is a very sweet but protective three-year-old Australian Shepherd/Brittany mix. She is a little shy but very, very lovable! Bizz is a Beagle/Coonhound mix who loves his naps! Don't let his snoozing fool you, he is always up for a walk or belly rub! Channing also has a one-year-old ferret named Uzo, and an active kitten named Captain. These boys are best friends, and can always be found getting into various shenanigans throughout the house! Last but not least, Channing has two sugar gliders named Lilly and Tilly. They enjoy sleeping all day and playing all night - because they are nocturnal!

    My hobbies: At home, Channing spends his free time with his animals, playing video games, going out to dinner with Jess, and getting used to being a dad! Channing and Jess recently welcomed a baby Kai into their family. To say Channing stays busy would be an understatement!

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    Lacy Camp Counselor

    Skills and Experience

    Background: Lacy was excited with the idea of being able to play and work with dogs for her job when she started at Camp. Fast forward to now and she is still just as excited to come to work each day!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Lacy loves every size and breed of dog, which means she loves each and every Camper! She always takes the time to get to know the dogs and their distinct personalities each day she is at Camp. You can always find Lacy in a play yard loving on all of our pups!

    My pets: At home, Lacy has a seven-year-old Golden Retriever named Copper! Copper is a very loving and cuddly girl. She loves swimming, chasing squirrels, going on long walks at the park, playing fetch, and going to Camp!

    My hobbies: In her free time, Lacy enjoys nature and being outdoors – especially with Copper! She goes to the lake as much as she can, and loves spending time with her family and friends. Lacy is a senior in the IB Program at Central High School. She stays busy throughout the school year playing soccer, the flute, and working at Camp!

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    Skills and Experience

    Background: Tabitha has always found animals super interesting and she says "they immediately brighten up anyone's day," which is why she wanted to join the Camp Bow Wow Pack!

    Fun Facts

    What I love most about my job: Her favorite part of the job is seeing the dogs grow and always being around them. Tabitha says, "I literally wouldn’t want any other job; every dog is so unique and I genuinely want to know and be friends with each dog!"

    My pets: Tabitha has three dogs at home. London is a Chihuahua-Shihtzu mix and is eleven-years old! Despite her age, she is such a child and has a goofy personality. Mia is a four-year old Miniature Pinscher who is extremely sweet and loves everyone! Lastly, Neeko is a mix-breed that Tabitha took in. He is around three-years old and is protective of his momma!

    My hobbies: In her free time you can find Tabitha hanging out with friends. She also enjoys swimming, eating, and studying hard at school! Tune in to the Camper Cams and watch Tabitha love on your pup (because she loves giving them attention)!

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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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