Facts About Canine Cough

Havanese Dog. Black and White Havanese dog sits in a blue dog beCanine Cough (Infectious Tracheobronchitis) is a contagious upper-respiratory infection spread by an air-borne virus. We know that sounds scary but basically, it’s the doggy version of our human cold!

Common symptoms of Canine Cough include a hacking cough (sometimes with a white foamy mucus product), sneezing, and nasal discharge. The virus can be present anywhere so it is always a good idea to keep your pup’s Bordetella vaccination up to date!

With over 100 different strains of Canine Cough, Camp Bow Wow requires all of our Campers to have the Bordetella vaccination. The Bordetella vaccination is used to prevent Canine Cough, but due to the high number of strains, it is impossible to prevent against every single one of them. If you see your pup show signs consistent with Canine Cough, we always encourage you to visit your vet so you can get your pup feeling better again!

Feel free to contact us or your vet if you have any questions or concerns about Canine Cough!

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!

How To Check In On Your Favorite Camper!

New Camper Cams (3)One of our favorite features at Camp is the user-friendly Camper Cams! Whether you are running errands, working or on vacation, it is easy to watch your pup play in the play yards – for free! All you need is a smartphone or computer!

Follow these simple steps to access our cameras:


  1. Download the Camp Bow Wow app in your App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).
  2. Select “Camper Cams”.
  3. Scroll down to Missouri.
  4. Select “Springfield”.
  5. Favorite your location by tapping the white paw print in the upper right corner (when it turns red, you’ve got it!).
  6. Select your furry friend’s play yard.
  7. Enjoy!


  1. Go to http://www.campbowwow.com/springfield.
  2. Select “Live Web Cams”.
  3. On the left side under the red “Camper Cams” box, use the drop-down box to select your pup’s play yard.
  4. Click “Snap Shot” to take pictures of your dog playing with Camp friends!

Don’t forget to ask the Front Yard staff at drop off where your favorite Camper will be playing!


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!

Winter Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe

dog, winter, snow, cold, frost, snowflakes, nature, animalThe Humane Society of the United States has great suggestions for how best to protect your pets this winter. Here are three that are most relevant to you and your pup:

  • Keep Your Dog Sheltered
    • Constantly check the weather and make sure that your pup is not left outdoors when the temperature drops. Frequent walks and exercise will keep your dog active but keep them inside the rest of the time. If they are outside for long periods of time, make sure their dog house is protected against the weather! A fun day at Camp is always an option too!
  • Bundle Up and Wipe Down
    • When you do go outside, dress them up in their cute sweaters! Every layer of warmth will help. When you go back inside, take the time to wipe down their paws so their pads do not get irritated from the rock salt and other common wintertime chemicals. This will prevent them from licking their paws and spreading the irritation to their mouths.
  • Use Plastic Food and Water Bowls
    • When the temperature is low, your dog’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal bowls. Also, constantly check to make sure that the water is fresh and not frozen!

To read the full article, click here!

January Camper Of The Month Duke!

Duke Mealy CollageDuke is a six-year old Anatolian Shepherd who has been coming to Camp since March of 2017! Duke can usually be found in Homer’s Play Yard romping around and supervising the yard, but he always makes time for a nap or two throughout the day.

Duke is a very snuggly big guy. He loves attention from his human friends so much that he talks to us. Duke howls any time he has something important to say – which is all the time! We are super excited to start off 2018 on the right paw with Duke as our Camper of the Month!

New Camper Cams

New Cameras CollageThe long anticipated NEW Camper Cams are here! They are a much higher resolution, so you are able to see your pups (and their BFFs) better. The new cameras also have a wide dynamic range, which means you can see more of the play yard!

We also now have a Dog’s Eye View! This way you can see the Play Yards from the angle of your Camper. How fun is that?!

With all of that being said… new cameras come with new computers! We are moving on up and can’t wait for you to enjoy these upgrades with us!

Download our app for your phone, or check out our Camper Cams here!