Gary, Skipper & Dawn

And Then They Were Three

Skipper, one of our oldest campers who will be 15 in August, joined Gary and Skipper’s pet parent Dawn at Gary and Dawn’s wedding on the beach on April 4.

Our Emma acted as Pet Nanny for the wedding, saying, “My services were to ensure Skipper’s safety and comfort on his parent’s big day.”

There were only nine people at the wedding, because the coronavirus gathering rules already were in effect.

Happy Camper is Supporting Our Essential Workers

Athena, a French bulldog, was being groomed to be a show dog, but, fortunately for her, she didn’t grow large enough. That was fortunate because it meant being adopted by Meagan who says, “I remember the second I saw her, she was supposed to be with me. Athena — a goddess. Just fit!”

Meagan and Athena have been together since the dog was 6 months old. And Athena has been at Happy Camper for a little over two years. In fact, Athena was the first dog in Happy Camper’s new facility, which has been a godsend for Meagan. “I am so thankful for knowing she’s safe while I’m at work,” said Meagan, who works 10-hour days as a pediatric nurse in the oncology unit at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

Right now she’s facing extra pressure because, during this pandemic, the hospital limits visitors to parents only for support and doesn’t admit patients who don’t absolutely have to be there. Because Meagan’s “kids” are on chemo, they have to be there.

Meagan chose Happy Camper because a lot of her neighbors’ dogs were going here. “It’s been like an extended family for me. Everybody who works there loves dogs.”

Athena thinks birthdays are great!
Especially hers.

But does Athena love Happy Camper? Her pet parent says, “All I have to say is ‘go to camp,’ and she’s at the door. And she never wants to leave Happy Camper. Wanda has to walk the dog out to the car to get her to leave.”

Meagan said that, when the pandemic hit, “I was really scared I wasn’t going to be able to have Athena anywhere.”

Mary Beth, who knew that feeling of panic from past experience, said, “We learned during Hurricane Irma the importance of being open for front line workers such as police, fire, healthcare and news workers. When you know you have to work maybe two or three days straight through, there’s immense comfort for our pet parents to know their dogs are safe, happy and well cared for.”

2020 Dog Guru Daycare Games

Gate Boundry Novice Class Gold
Cassidy Provard
Denise Hatton
Elana R
Kaleb S
Kylin M.
Lindsay S.
Marcus Terrell
Tiarryn Bryant

Gate Boundry Intermediate Gold
Christina Y
Greg Morse
Mayra Quintero
Milly Lapierre
Nakita
Norma C
Rylan Callahan

Gate Boundry Advanced Gold
Dave Nettles
Shay King

Group Sit Novice Gold
Cassidy Provard
Lindsay S

Group Sit Novice Bronze
Elana R
Megan M
Tiarryn Bryant

Recall Novice Class Gold
Denise Hatton
Kaleb S
Lindsay S
Marcus Terrell
Ray Salazar
Tiarryn Bryant

Recall Novice Silver
Cassidy Provard
Megan M

Recall Intermediate Gold
Christina Y
Greg Morse
Mayra Quintero
Rylan Callahan

Recall Intermediate Silver
Norma C

Recall Intermediate Bronze
Milly Lapierre
Nakita

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