Furry business expands

MATTHEWS – Matthews residents will soon have a new place to take their furry friends.

(Above) A man drops off his dogs for a day of play at the Charlotte Camp Bow Wow spot.

(Above) A man drops off his dogs for a day of play at the Charlotte Camp Bow Wow spot.

Local residents Patti and James Daniel will open a Camp Bow Wow location near Matthews at 8635 Crown Crescent Court with a soft opening on Dec. 13 and a grand opening in February. The couple already operate a Camp Bow Wow facility near Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

“We’re really pumped about coming down to Matthews. So many clients already live in Matthews and are traveling to the (Charlotte metro location),” Patti Daniel said. “As far as we can tell, (people in the community) are excited about us coming and have welcomed us with open arms.”

The Daniels, who have animals of their own, also work other jobs. Patti Daniel is a language arts and social studies teacher at Charlotte Country Day School, and her husband is a local attorney. The couple decided to open a Camp Bow Wow business because they wanted a place to bring their own pets that they previously would board at their veterinarian. After seeing a segment about the chain on television, the couple traveled to the Camp Bow Wow headquarters in Colorado where they learned more about the company’s philosophy and bought in.

“Camp Bow Wow is really pretty cool,” Patti Daniel said. “First and foremost, we are totally committed to the safety of the dogs in our care.”

The Matthews location will offer large indoor and outdoor play areas, certified camp counselors, live “camper” cameras, “cabins” with elevated cots, a bedtime treat for overnight campers, grooming, behavior buddies training, dog pools and outdoor play equipment and a 24-hour monitoring system.

“Dogs have to pass an interview to come to camp to make sure they aren’t problematic to one another and will be safe there,” Patti Daniel said. If an animal doesn’t pass, they are unable to join the camp, but training is offered to acclimate the animal with others.

Once dogs pass the interview, they are placed with others based on size and temperament and can play as they please.

“I know at some places, they will take (the animals) back and forth in groups. These puppies go back and forth when they want,” Patti Daniel said.  “Here (the animals) play all day.”

One of the company’s mottos is “All day play and sleep the night away.”  The company offers cabins, not crates, and the animal is given a fleece blanket to sleep with at night.

“A lot of people bring stuff from home, but if not, we have the basics for them to feel safe and comfortable,” Patti Daniel said. “We love the doggies and we know the doggies.”

The original Camp Bow Wow was opened in Denver, Colo., 13 years ago by Heidi Ganahl and has since grown into more than 100 locations across the United States and become a $65 million business. Most recently, Camp Bow Wow was ranked 214 out of 500 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list and was named in the Inc. Magazine 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies for the fifth year in a row.

Find more information about Camp Bow Wow at www.camp bowwowusa.com. The Charlotte location, at 4900 Chastain Ave., also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cbwcharlottemetro.

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