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 Years Open: 11 See Full BioTony & 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.
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.
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!
Belina Camp Counselor Years with Camp Bow Wow: 8 months See Full BioBelina Years with Camp Bow Wow: 8 months Camp Counselor
Belina joined our pack in July of 2018. She wanted to work at Camp Bow Wow because of her love of dogs. Belina’s favorite part about working at CBW is meeting all the new Campers and being able to play with them all day long!Belina has Harley, a German Shepherd/Hound mix that she adopted from a shelter. Harley is two-years-old and Belina describes her as “quiet, calm, loving, and very kind.” When Belina is not at Camp, she can be found playing the piano, reading, and taking Harley on long walks. If you see Belina at Camp, be sure to give her a high-five!
Destiny Camp Counselor Years with Camp Bow Wow: 5 months See Full BioDestiny Years with Camp Bow Wow: 5 months Camp Counselor
Let us introduce you to Destiny, although you may already know her since she is a shining and beautiful face up at the front desk! Destiny joined the Camp Bow Wow team in November of 2018 and we are so thankful to have her as part of our Pack!
Destiny wanted to work at Camp Bow Wow because she has a genuine love for animals as well as local businesses! Her favorite part of her job is watching the Campers develop socialization and see how their comfort level increases over time.
At home, Destiny has a puppy! Coal is a black Pitbull who is just two-months-old. Coal has a lot of energy and is super sweet and playful!In her free time, Destiny can be found painting, meditating, and spending time with her family. Next time you’re at Camp, be sure to say hello to Destiny!
Diana Camp Counselor Years With Camp: 6 months See Full BioDiana Years With Camp: 6 months Camp Counselor
Q & A with Diana!
How long have you been with Camp Bow Wow?
I have been with Camp Bow Wow since February of 2019.
What is your favorite part about working at Camp?
My favorite part of Camp Bow Wow is seeing the same Campers every day. After a while you grow a bond with the regulars and become great friends with not just your co-workers, but the dogs as well. It’s a lot more work than what it seems, but it’s all worth it when you get to return to work and see those smiling faces of Campers who know you specifically and show you so much love.
Do you have any pets at home?
Last year I moved in with my boyfriend and his family, and they have a yellow Lab named Sam. Sam is just over four-years-old. He can have sporadic moments of having a lot of energy, then crashing and being lazy. He’s not quite as eccentric, but he’s still just as dopey and loving. His company makes me feel like my old dog, Slick, is still with me in a way. ?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Currently I go to school at Wayne State University, and I'm majoring in Graphic Design. In my free time I like to draw, play video games, watch anime, and take Jefferson drives with my boyfriend. I’m also a huge collector. I collect figurines, vinyls, makeup, and shot glasses from places I visit around the world.
Dominique Camp Counselor Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 See Full BioDominique Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 Camp Counselor
Skills and Experience
Background: Dominique loves dogs and knew she would enjoy taking care of them while their owners are away.
What I love most about my job: Dominique enjoys getting to play with the Campers. Being a dog lover, who could turn down that opportunity?!
My pets: At home, Dominique has a four-year-old Boston Terrier named Jake. He's a funny little guy who loves to cuddle!
My hobbies: When Dominique is not at work she enjoys art and drawing.
Jake Camp Counselor Years With Camp Bow Wow: 2 See Full BioJake Years With Camp Bow Wow: 2 Camp Counselor
Skills and Experience
Background: Jake had been around dogs his entire life growing up, which of course shaped him into the dog lover he is today!
What I love most about my job: Jake's favorite part about working at Camp is being in the yards with the dogs. He enjoys supervising the Campers while hanging out by the pools and playing with them. It's pretty awesome to think he calls this work!
My pets: At home, Jake has three dogs. The oldest is Daisy who is an eleven-year-old Siberian Husky. Daisy spends most of her days napping far enough away from her fur-siblings so that no one interrupts her beauty sleep! Dakota is an eight-year-old American Eskimo who loves to play fetch and sit on anyone's lap who will let him. Shiloh is an eight-year-old Pomeranian who loves to play with her brother, Dakota. Shiloh can usually be found stealing his toys!
Hobbies: In Jake's free time he enjoys hanging out with his friends. To relax, Jake finds an interesting book to read or a good movie to watch!
Justin Camp Counselor See Full BioJustin Camp Counselor
Kira Camp Counselor Years with Camp Bow Wow: 4 months See Full BioKira Years with Camp Bow Wow: 4 months 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!
Lexis Camp Counselor Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 See Full BioLexis Years With Camp Bow Wow: 1 Camp Counselor
Skills and Experience
Background: As a kid, Lexis was excited about the opportunity to help take care of the dogs while their parents were away. She grew up with dogs so she has always been a firm believer that dogs are the best animals out there and we agree!
What I love most about my job: Lexis' favorite part of her job is the ability to meet all of the Campers and give them all special lovins and attention. It brings her joy to see and play with them each day!
My pets: At home, Lexis has two dogs. Cocoa Chanel is an eleven-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever. She is a pretty laid back pup but she always gets excited when she sees a human friend who can give her some belly rubs. Jessie Lynn is a four-year-old miniature long-haired Dachshund. Jessie Lynn is full of spunk, and is known for getting excited over just about everything!
My hobbies: In her free time, Lexis enjoys spending time with her family. Lexis is a dancer and also teaches dance; she is very active! Fun fact; Lexis was named after the car Lexus!
Makenzie Camp Counselor Years with Camp Bow Wow: 3 months See Full BioMakenzie Years with Camp Bow Wow: 3 months Camp Counselor
Makenzie is a certified Camp Counselor at Camp Bow Wow St Clair Shores! She joined our Pack in January of 2019. She wanted to work at Camp Bow Wow because, “I love dogs and being around them. They make the heart happy and being able to be around them every day is awesome!”
Makenzie’s favorite part of the job is grooming! She enjoys pampering your pooch and making sure they are fresh and clean for you. Makenzie also enjoys being able to play with the pups in the Play Yards all day.
At home, Makenzie has two young dogs of her own. Calvin is a Pitbull Labrador Mix who is one-year-old. Calvin is quite calm and very sweet. Her other pup is Cali who is a Pitbull Mastiff Mix! Cali is just seven-months-old and loves to play. Calvin and Cali are adorable!In her free time, Makenzie can be found taking her dogs for a walk, playing soccer, and reading. If you catch Makenzie at Camp, be sure to tell her hello!
Matt Camp Counselor Years With Camp Bow Wow: 4 See Full BioMatt Years With Camp Bow Wow: 4 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 Years With Camp Bow Wow: 6 months See Full BioPatricia Years With Camp Bow Wow: 6 months 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.
Piper Camp Counselor Years with Camp Bow Wow: 1 See Full BioPiper Years with Camp Bow Wow: 1 Camp Counselor
We are excited for you to get to know Camp Counselor, Piper! Piper is pictured here with Camper, Thor. She joined our Pack in September of 2018! Piper wanted to work at Camp Bow Wow because she is passionate about working with animals. Her pups also love going to Camp so this job was a natural fit!
Piper’s favorite part of being a Camp Counselor is, of course, hanging out with the dogs but also bathing the dogs! She wants to make sure your pup goes home looking and smelling clean after a fun day of play.
Piper has a couple of pets. Remington is her Great Dane and German Pointer. She says Remington loves to run around and play with his friends at Camp! She also has a cat named Ox who loves to eat and lay around.In her free time, you can catch Piper riding horses and hanging out with her friends and pets. Next time you visit Camp, be sure to say hello to Piper!
Ray Camp Counselor Years with Camp Bow Wow:1 month See Full BioRay Years with Camp Bow Wow:1 month Camp Counselor
We are pleased to introduce Camp Counselor, Ray! Ray joined our Pack in March of 2018. He loves dogs and thought Camp Bow Wow would be a fun opportunity for him.
Are you wondering what Ray’s favorite part of working at Camp Bow Wow is? Well, he loves that as soon as he gets to work all of the Campers are so excited to see him! He always gives the Campers lots of love.
Ray has a seven-year-old Shih Tzu named Tiny. Ray describes Tiny as a silly dog with a big and loud personality! Ray also has two cats, Silva and Sissy.
In Ray’s free time, he enjoys playing disc golf, playing Rocket League, and watching That 70’s Show! Next time you see Ray at Camp or out playing disc golf, give him a high five!
Emily Camp Manager Years With Camp Bow Wow: 4 See Full BioEmily Years With Camp Bow Wow: 4 Camp 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: Emily has completed Paw 1 and 2 and Assistant Trainer training.
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.
Rachael Certified Trainer / In-Home Pet Care Coordinator Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 See Full BioRachael Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 Certified Trainer / In-Home Pet Care Coordinator
Skills and Experience
Background: Rachael loves being able to interact with all of the different dogs at Camp on a daily basis.
What I love most about my job: Her favorite part of her job is all of the loving from the Campers! Rachael loves when the dogs come through the front door excited to see the staff and all of their Camper friends.
My pets: Rachael has a rescue cat named Layla who acts more like a dog! Layla loves being outside, getting belly rubs, and drinking water from the faucet. Rachael also has a Pit mix named Leia. She is known as their little monster - lovingly, of course. Leia is full of energy and loves to play at Camp. She also enjoys games of tug-of-war with Rachael's daughter and is always up for a good snuggle.
My hobbies: When Rachael isn't at Camp she's at home with her young daughter Kailee. They love being outside together, playing games, and going for walks in the park.
Heather Director of Human Resources Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 See Full BioHeather Years With Camp Bow Wow: 3 Director of Human Resources
Skills and Experience
Background: Heather came to Camp Bow Wow to promote a positive community spirit among the staff and its customers. In other words, if you stand too close to her for long, she may offer up a hug or two! She grew up on the Eastside and started off as a very happy customer of Camp Bow Wow. While most of her background has been in a more formal business atmosphere, her love for animals drew her to Camp. She continues to use her experience and passion to keep Camp Bow Wow a place where safety, customer, and cleanliness are top notch.
My hobbies: Heather enjoys spending time playing with her dog, Gimli, and traveling with her husband, Rus. She loves anything to do with the water and if she can find a weekend to go camping and read a book, then she has found a little slice of heaven. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and likes to keep active. Most of all, she loves to dance and does so whenever possible... mostly at home, while cleaning and singing into her hairbrush!
Kayla Front Yard Specialist / Shift Leader Years With Camp Bow Wow: 7 See Full BioKayla Years With Camp Bow Wow: 7 Front Yard Specialist / Shift Leader
Skills and Experience
Background: Kayla has been part of the Camp Bow Wow family for over 5 years!
Additional Skills/Qualifications: Kayla has completed Paw 1, Paw 2, and CPR training.
What I love most about my job: She loves coming to work every day to see the customers who have been at Camp as long as she has! Kayla loves the paw-
sitivework environment the Campers and her coworkers create each and every day!
My pets: Kayla is a dog mom to five adorable pups, all ranging in sizes! She has two Pit mixes, Dexter and Toki. On the opposite end of the size chart, she has "the smalls"- three Chihuahua/Pomeranian/Yorkie mixes named Jackson, Snickers, and Tinker. Kayla also has an African Grey Parrot named Comet, and a fluffy orange kitten named Stuart!
My hobbies: When Kayla is not at Camp or taking care of her animals, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, going out to eat, watching movies, and going to concerts! It is clear that Kayla has a huge passion for animals, and that is just one of the many things we love about her!
Beverly Marketing Manager Years With Camp Bow Wow: 5 See Full BioBeverly Years With Camp Bow Wow: 5 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!
Chelsey Regional Director Years With Camp Bow Wow: 2 See Full BioChelsey Years With Camp Bow Wow: 2 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.
“Great staff, professional, friendly and welcoming. Immaculate environment and expert care for your Camper.”
“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!”
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”
“Super friendly team of staff! Very kind, caring, accommodating, flexible. They loved my dog and treated her like their own. I will be back!”
“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!”
“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!”
“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”