Friday Feature: Camp Bow Wow opens 2nd location

Say "Cheese!" - Photo courtesy of Camp Bow Wow.

Those who question whether dogs are capable of emotions, relationships and distinct personalities need only look at Camp Bow Wow’s Facebook page. Almost daily, staff members at this day and overnight doggy camp post photos of their canine lodgers who often appear to be, well, smiling. Owner Tamara Wetegrove says the joyous expressions are sincere and just one of the many human traits expressed by the pups.


“They actually have friends,” she says.  “It’s really like kids in a daycare.”      


Luckily for Wetegrove, the human species has been equally excited about Camp Bow Wow, which first opened in April 2006 at 11931 Jones Maltsberger Road.  “I think we are rather surprised it has done this well,” Wetegrove admits.  “We really strive for great customer service and I know the staff works hard at that. I think that’s why we have so many repeat customers.”


Despite the tough economy, Camp Bow Wow has not only continued to flourish, but even expanded with a number of new services, including dog training, in-home pet sitting and regular classes in canine CPR and first-aid.  “People will do anything for their pets,” says Wetegrove.  “People want to take their dogs to a place where they can play with other dogs.”


Yet, Camp Bow Wow’s increasing popularity also brought a few kinks.  The facility was reaching capacity and Wetegrove even had to turn dogs away on some days.  Camp Bow Wow’s client base had also expanded across San Antonio, but many were finding the commute to the Jones Maltsberger location a little difficult. 


“We had several people, especially on [the west] side of town, tell us it was too far to drive,” says Wetegrove.


So this past August Camp Bow Wow opened a second location at 5811 Rocky Point near De Zavala and I-10.  The new facility will host a grand opening celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.  Carrying a Spooktacular theme, this event will include games, prizes, treats, tours of the new location, visits with trainers and staff members, canine massages, complimentary nail trimming and Camp Bow Wow’s annual costume contest.  There will even be a few pets available for adoption.


Like the Jones Maltsberger location, this new Camp Bow Wow offers plenty of room both indoors and out for dogs to run and romp.  “We’re not like a traditional kennel,” says Wetegrove.  “The dogs are actually out playing.”


Both locations are bright, clean and outfitted with artificial turf which looks and feels like real grass.  The Rocky Point facility does carry one unique feature – a separate area for dogs less than 15 pounds.  “This is especially great for people with toy dogs,” Wetegrove says.   


Camp Bow Wow offers a flexible enrollment schedule to accommodate every client, from those needing to board their dog while they travel to those looking to wear out a hyperactive puppy.  Some owners can’t bear to leave the dog home alone while they work or run errands, others just want the family pet to socialize more.


Despite the reason, Camp Bow Wow offers every dog a safe, clean and activity-filled environment. Along with indoor and outdoor play areas, the facility provides private cabins with cozy cots for nap time and energetic staff members who are always present to provide constant attention and ensure dogs are playing nicely.  Parents can even check in on their pets via the many web cams stationed throughout camp and treat their pooch to a cleansing Camp Shower at the end of the day.  


The camp accepts all breeds, but not all dogs.  Newcomers must undergo a temperament test to ensure they play well with others.  “We won’t take any dogs that are aggressive to other dogs or the staff,” says Wetegrove.  All campers must also be vaccinated and spayed or neutered if they are six month of age or older.


“We love our dog.  We love all dogs period and we thought how fun it would be to work with dogs every day,” says Wetegrove.  “And we love it.  We really do.”


For more information, visit or call 826-9969 for the Jones Maltsberger location and 495-9969 for the northwest location.