Here at Camp Bow Wow, St. Clair Shores, Michigan our Camp Ranger is Tony Caruso. On April 2, 2007, Tony combined his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for animals and opened his first Camp Bow Wow.
Behind every great man, is a great woman…or in Tony’s case, four of them. Abby Caruso (an eight year old Hungarian Vizsla) was the inspiration that ignited Tony’s passion for animals and drove him to open a Camp. Although she’s clearly the head of the pack, Abby shares Tony with his wife Jamie, two-year old daughter Ella and the newest member of the family, Bella.
Tony’s Newest Furry Kids
Bella is a five-year old Mastiff that the Caruso’s adopted in 2012. Exhibiting typical “rescue dog” behavior, Bella wasn’t socialized, had a huge distrust of humans and was protective of food. With Tony’s patience and training Bella is now a happy, healthy girl who loves giving and receiving affection. No one has the heart to break it to Bella that she’s not a lap-dog and her size doesn’t stop her from trying to fit into small spaces, including Ella’s car-seat.
Louie is a four-year old Abyssinian cat that Jamie adopted. Louie thinks he’s a dog and demands full attention at all times. When he’s not purring for affection he’s causing chaos with the dogs and with Ella, who calls him “meow”.
Tony works with several charities including Winning Futures, a mentor program for Middle School and High School students throughout South Eastern Michigan and also with the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society (GPAAS) and Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR). Tony’s experience with dogs is a great asset for these rescue groups who need to have the dogs temperament tested before they can be placed in foster homes or adopted out.
When Tony isn’t busy scratching butts in the play yards at Camp he’s usually 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.
Next time you are at camp, make sure to say hi to Tony!