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.
Tony & Jamie Owner See Full BioTony & Jamie 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.
As dog lovers, the Caruso family love what they do. They were excited to grow their pack
even morewhen 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! 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.
caresand 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. They donate the use of their training center to a local rescue group to host adoption events on the weekends, and 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!
Chelsey Regional Director See Full BioChelsey 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.
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.
Test Area Director See Full BioTest Area Director
Anna Camp Counselor See Full BioAnna Camp Counselor
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Kira Camp Counselor See Full BioKira Camp Counselor
We are excited to tell you about Camp Counselor, Kira! She joined our Pack in December of 2017. Kira wanted to work at Camp Bow Wow because she loved the idea of taking care of dogs and making sure they get the exercise and the care they deserve. Kira’s favorite part of the job is seeing all of the dogs happy and getting to know the pup parents!
Kira has one dog. He is a Bichon-Poodle mix. He’s 13-years-old but Kira says he is as spunky as ever! Kira also has two rabbits; one is 12-year-old and is a Netherland Dwarf who loves to cuddle! Her other rabbit is a Holland Lop that is one-year-old and is very adventurous.In Kira’s free time she enjoys photography, volleyball, and drawing and hanging out with friends! Next time you visit Camp, be sure to say hello to Kira!
Matt Camp Counselor See Full BioMatt Camp Counselor
Skills and Experience
Background: Matt was initially interested in working at Camp because he knew he would be surrounded by dogs all day! He has been part of our team since April of 2014 and he is still loving the time he gets to spend with the Campers each day.
What I love most about my job: Matt loves being able to bring his dog, Winston, to work with him!
My pets: Winston is a three-and-a-half-year-old Greyhound. Matt recently rescued his other Greyhound, Fonzie!
My hobbies: Matt spends his free time with rescue dogs, walking Winston and Fonzie, and drawing when he has the chance!
Patricia Camp Counselor See Full BioPatricia Camp Counselor
Let us introduce you to Camp Counselor, Patricia! She joined our team in February of 2019.
At home, Patricia I has three dogs; Nala, Chapo, and Mellow. Nala is a super affectionate almost three-year-old Pit Bull that loves to be babied. Chapo is Nala's almost two-year-old brother from another litter; he's super sweet and still full of puppy energy. He loves to wrestle and play ball. Mellow is a Great Pyrenees that'll be one-year-old on September 1st. He's a super chill baby that's true to his breed- he's affectionate when he wants to be and really protective of the people he considers his.
In her free time, Patricia likes to update Mellow's Instagram! She also loves spending time with her friends and family.
Abigail Certified Dog Trainer See Full BioAbigail Certified Dog Trainer
We are so proud to announce Abigail has received her professional certification by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)!
Emily Certified Trainer and Manager See Full BioEmily Certified Trainer and Manager
Skills and Experience
Background: I wanted to work at Camp because my love for dogs has always been a passion since I was little. I also wanted to get more experience with kennels before I work in a veterinary practice.
Additional Skills/Qualifications: We are so proud to announce Emily has received her professional certification by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)!
What I love most about my job: Emily's favorite part of working at Camp is giving the dogs peanut butter treats at the end of the night. They get so excited and it's adorable.
My pets: Emily has two dogs of her own: Morgan, a two-year-old Bluetick Coonhound/Collie Mix, who is Emily's constant companion. She also has Balloo, a 15-year old Rottweiler mix who is happy to stay home and snooze the day away (until dinner time, of course).
My hobbies: Emily loves going to the dog park and taking naps, haha! She also enjoys being outside and traveling with her dog and boyfriend.
Beverly Marketing Manager See Full BioBeverly 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-
fectperson for us, right?!
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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