Meet Our Foster Dog, Gravy!

Gravy CollageGravy is a medium/large three-year-old Shepherd Mix. He is as sweet as he looks!

Gravy is well-mannered and has a very easy going temperament. He enjoys playing with fur-iends, and being outside. Gravy gets so excited to go on walks he can’t help but pull on his leash… but he has been practicing very hard not to! He is crate trained and cat tested.

Gravy knows the commands sit, lay down, shake, and roll over. He can be wary of strangers, but warms up quickly!

Gravy is available for adoption through the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri. Ask to meet Gravy today!

Pros & Cons Of Sleeping With Your Pup

Sleeping With Pup (2)Our very own Heather W. and Jaclyn sat down on WXYZ-TV in Detroit to answer the very common question of whether or not it is okay to let our furry family members sleep in bed with us!

Here are the pros:

  • Snuggles
  • Comfort and security
  • Warmth on cold nights
  • Can help you relax
  • May help dog’s restlessness/barking

Here are the cons:

  • May overcrowd the bed
  • Dog hair on blankets and sheets
  • Possible accidents on the bed
  • Small dogs may get rolled on
  • Dogs may have trouble getting up and down

At the end of the day, it all comes down to your personal preference! It’s all up to you. To watch the full clip, click here!


Nosework With Dagon

Dagon CollageDagon is a five-year old Beagle mix rescue from the Humane Society Of Southwest Missouri who has been coming to Camp since February of 2015. While he loves the Camp life and romping around the yards with his sister, Echo, Dagon is not your average Camper!

When Dagon was a puppy and adolescent dog, he walked in front of his owner, Michelle, pulled on his leash, and had his nose to the ground all the time. Michelle wanted to find something to encourage this, since it came so natural. Dagon needed a job!

In the summer of 2016 Michelle took a nosework class at Springfield MO Dog Training Club. They train you to train your dog to detect different odors. The odors can be hidden on vehicles, in a container, an outside area, an indoor room or buried in dirt. The sport is modeled after law enforcement and military detection dogs. Dagon’s body and puppy brain get exercise at the same time. It’s great for high energy and high drive dogs!

At a trial, the judge puts scented oil on a q-tip or cotton ball and hides it. The judge tells you where your search area is before you go in with your dog. Your dog has to tell you where the odor is and you have to tell the judge when your dog finds it, but you don’t know where the odor is – You have to trust your dog!

Searches are timed. Teams that find the odors within the time frame are given a qualifying ribbon, additional ‘bonus ribbons’ are awarded to the top four fastest search times. Teams must earn two qualifying ribbons to title and move up to the next level!

UKC (United Kennel Club), AKC (American Kennel Club) and NACSW (National Association of Canine Scentwork) sponsor trials, and your dog has to be registered with the kennel club or NACSW before you enter. Mixed breeds and purebred dogs can enter trials!

Michelle will be the first one to tell you that this sport saved Dagon by increasing confidence and reducing anxiety. And more importantly, Dagon loves it! It’s also great for Michelle as the dog owner because she gets to meet other people who share the same interest in their dogs. Even though the trial is a competition, she cheers for other dog owners and their dogs, and they want TeamDagon to succeed too!

We love hearing about Dagon’s competitions. Dagon comes to Camp between competitions to socialize and get out some extra energy. We are proud he is a part of our Pack!

Meet Camp Counselor Carley!

Carley Milberg 2Carley joined our Pack in May of 2017! She found out about Camp from her roommate (and one of our previous Shift Leaders) Adrienne. Adrienne used to bring Carley’s dog Pongo to Camp on a regular basis. When Adrienne moved away, Carley happened to be looking for a new job but also wanted Pongo to continue to have socialization and exercise each week. There wasn’t a better option than to work at Camp!

Carley’s favorite part of her job is that each day is a little different than the others. We’re constantly meeting new dogs and Carley is always in different play yards, which means she gets to play with all different sizes – from the smallest to the biggest!

Pongo is Carley’s two-year-old Great Pyrenees/Husky/Boxer/Lab (AKA her mutt mix). Pongo is quite the character and has many animated expressions, some that will show sass every once in a while! Pongo loves snuggles, belly rubs, treats, and other dogs.

Carley is studying Art Education and Photography at Missouri State University. As you could guess, Carley enjoys doodling, taking pictures, and just about anything that allows her to create art! She also spends her free time going to movies, finding fun recipes to cook, and going 0n long walks/hikes with Pongo when the weather is warm!

A Very Successful 2017 Holiday Season

Holiday Season 2017With YOUR help and generosity, we were able to give back to the community in multiple different ways this past holiday season.

We donated carloads full of supplies to Rescue One in November. Crates, beds, food, treats, toys, collars, leashes… the list goes on and on. We are so grateful for the opportunity to help out local foster dogs looking for a fur-ever home.

We raised more than $1,000 for the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation through the Angel Tree in December! That’s more than double what we raised last year. The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides urgent medical care funds to dogs who are either homeless or whose parents cannot afford to pay their veterinary bills. The money we raised will be able to help out a couple dogs in need of medical attention!

Thank you again for your kindness the past couple of months. We wrapped up 2017 in the best way we knew how, and are looking forward to seeing what we can do in 2018!

Bow Wow Buddies Foundation Angel Tree

cbw-angel-tree-1Starting on Friday, December 1st, our Angel Tree in our lobby will be filled with Bow Wow Buddies Foundation ornaments. The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides urgent medical care funds to dogs who are either homeless or whose parents cannot afford to pay their veterinary bills.

Our goal is to raise $1,000 by Christmas. If you donate at least $10, you get an ornament with you and your dog’s name on the tree! Thank you in advance for your generous donation!

Meet Camp Counselor Amber!

Amber Taylor 2Amber joined our Pack in May of 2017! She has a huge passion for dogs and loves all animals. 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!

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!

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. Amber is expecting a baby, so between working at Camp and maintaining her hobbies have made her pregnancy fly by!