Camp Bow Wow, North America’s largest doggy day care and boarding franchise, celebrated many of the year’s successes at its company reunion in Colorado last month. The conference was the brand’s largest to date in terms of attendance, with 536 attendees and 41 sponsor partners.
The franchise has grown to 205 Camps, with more in the development pipeline. Franchise owners attended 44 breakout sessions covering 21 distinct topics and spent time learning and connecting with their peers.
“There is nothing better than spending time in person to celebrate our franchise owners who embody our culture and are the reason for Camp Bow Wow’s continued success,” said Camp Bow Wow President Julie Turner. “One thing our franchise owners have in common is a passion not only for dogs but for our brand. We believe the Reunion this year helped reignite their collective passion for Making Dogs Happy as we prepare for another exciting year in 2023.”
A highlight of the reunion was Camp Bow Wow’s “Pawscars” awards ceremony, which acknowledged the exceptional work of franchise owners and their teams. More than 25 awards were presented to recognize stellar performance, leadership and commitment to the brand. Some top award categories and recipients included:
Franchise Owner of the Year: Scarlett Dalton, with Camps in Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas
Regional Franchise Owners of the Year:
Region 1: Mike Monks, with a Camp in New Jersey
Region 2: Jeff Gold, with a Camp in Alabama
Region 3: Tony & Jamie Caruso, with Camps in Missouri and Michigan
Region 4: Scarlett Dalton
Region 5: Frank Wetegrove, with Camps in Texas
Region 6: Brook Brown, with Camps in Colorado and Arizona
Scout of the Year: Leah Boshart, who oversees Camps in Wisconsin
Manager of the Year: Jessica Blackwell, who oversees Camps in Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina and Arkansas
In addition to celebrating franchise owners at the Reunion, Camp Bow Wow raised more than $50,000 for its nonprofit, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, through an on-site event and simultaneous online auction. The funds raised will go toward urgent medical care grants for dogs who are homeless or whose parents cannot afford to pay their veterinary bills.
Camp Bow Wow is experiencing an outstanding year, with 4.7 million dog visits serving 364,000 dogs and 300,000 human customers year-to-date. This year, the brand was ranked No. 287 in Franchise Times 500 and No. 271 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and was awarded a Franchise Innovation award for best social media campaign. The doggy day care also ranked No. 1 in brand recognition from a sponsored awareness study. In addition, President Julie Turner was named to Pet Age’s 2022 Power 50 List and VP of Marketing Christy Barnes was named to Entrepreneur’s 2022 Franchise CMO Gamechanger list.
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