Camp Bow Wow brings doggie day care to Cherokee
by Joshua Sharpe
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Camp Bow Wow, a dog day and overnight camp, as well as a behavior and training facility,  has recently opened its doors in Woodstock. Co-owner Kris Sigman says hello to a couple of the current residents on Friday afternoon. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Camp Bow Wow, a dog day and overnight camp, as well as a behavior and training facility, has recently opened its doors in Woodstock. Co-owner Kris Sigman says hello to a couple of the current residents on Friday afternoon.
Staff/Todd Hull
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For Kris Sigman and his sister, Kelly Wedin, the present state of the economy in Cherokee County wasn’t something they considered much when setting out to open their new “doggie day care” business in Woodstock.

Sigman and Wedin opened Camp Bow Wow on Highway 92 in late August and are promising pet owners not only a “Dog Gone Good Time,” as their business slogan suggests, but also an easy way to have their dogs taken care of while they work or travel.

Camp Bow Wow was one of 105 new businesses getting started in Cherokee County in August.

That number was down from 115 in August 2012, but some say such a decrease isn’t much to worry about.

“As I ride around the county, I see construction that wasn’t there six months ago,” said Marshall Day, chairman of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. “I think all the signs are good, and I think we’re trying to recover.”

Although it might seem like an intimidating feat to open a niche business in today’s recovering economy, Sigman said things aren’t always what they seem.

In fact, Sigman, a former school teacher, said the doggie day care industry actually appears to have seen growth during the Great Recession.

“It was one of the few businesses that grew,” he said. “People, they’re finding, are spending more money on their dogs than their children. They’re cutting costs with not going out to dinner and not vacationing, but they’re still spending more to accommodate for their dogs.”

Sigman said that fact was plenty of encouragement when he and his sister decided to contact Camp Bow Wow, a national company, about opening a franchise location in Cherokee County back in 2011, when the economy was weathering some of its most trying storms.

After three years of jumping through the necessary hoops — perhaps like some of their clients might be persuaded to do — Sigman said the business finally opened its doors Aug. 30 and is slowly reaching its goal of being full up with furry clients by Thanksgiving.

Those clients can enjoy playing on 10 total indoor and outdoor “play yards” and a quiet, secluded location.

Camp Bow Wow can handle up to 140 animals at a time at its facility on Highway 92, and customers can take advantage of at-home services if their dogs aren’t “made for camp,” Sigman said.

Sigman said so far customers are finding their dogs are getting good exercise at the business and are all played out by the end of the day, which is just what they’re going for.

If the dog owners are worried they might miss out on all the fun, they can tune in to Camp Bow Wow’s live webcam streams online.

“It’s crystal clear,” Sigman said. “It’s like watching television.”

It looks so good, Sigman said, that some customers have reported getting in trouble at work for spending too much time checking in on their dogs and not enough time being productive.

“They’re trying to work and they keep pulling it up on the computer,” he said. “They get obsessed. It’s pretty funny.”

Other businesses opened around Cherokee in August include:

Cherokee County:

Town & Country Lawn Care

Peggy Briggs

Harriet Mayberry

Janus Title Works, Inc.

Farm Fresh Beef and Produce

Trees Today

Commercial Services of Atlanta

Bonnie Seale

Fasol (Fallen Soldiers) Clothing Co.

Rolys Tire and Brake

Sienna Turf LLC

Southern Home Inspectors LLC

SRP-102 LLC

Law Office of Sarah L. Shearhouse LLC

Craig Wellness and Recovery LLC

Group W LLC

Direct Connections Media LLC

Silent Night Firearms LLC

Paint Magic LLC

Super Cario Brothers

Jim Elkins Photography

Calvert Construction LLC

Sackman Homes LLC

D & R Contracting Services LLC

Atlanta Air Authority INC.

Wilma J. Webster

Alley’s Cab Service

Absolutely Fabulous Hair Design

Bravo Towing Service Corp.

ALBERT Holdings USA INC.

Two Men & A Chainsaw

Pro Electric Contracting

ASAP Tree Management Services LLC

Guaranteed Reconstruction & Improvements INC.

Innovative Fragrances, Inc.

Be Well w/Andrea Mathis

Show Rooms & Showplaces of Atlanta

Witter Cove Consulting LLC

Construction Managers Group

Jordan Resource Group LLC

A & G Painting Services

Sarah Emert

Georgia Physician Associates PC

Log On Auto Sales Inc.

Southern Comfort Sheet

Tea Party Patriots INC.

Tea Party Patriots INC.

Key Real Estate Solutions Inc.

Grimsley Contracting Services L.L.C.

Joe CORP.

Ymer Gara

The Pope Agency

Nancy R. Chalmers

Branden Holden

Nancy Sargent

Looie’s Fudge Puppies & More

A-Plus Plumbing and Medical Gas

Holly Springs:

Alltelk Property Solutions

Foundation Business Enterprises LLC

Redbox Automated Retail LLC

Airgas USA LLC

Fantasy Backyards

Tortoise and the Hare Racing LLC

Woodstock:

Knucklehead Saloon

Zippy’s Carwash, Inc.

Medical Imaging System USA LLC

Office Furniture Outlet

MIS Parts LLC

Knucklehead Saloon

Carriage House Autos

J. Thompson Ross Investments, Inc.

Gym Project Management

This That And The Other

James Robert Powell

Camp Bow Wow of Woodstock

Peace Love and Pizza

Own Your Art Salon

Carpentry Plus Renovations

AIO Wireless

J. Thompson Ross Investments, Inc.

American Financal Security Life

Canton:

Magic Bag Enterprises, LLP

Davids Services Insurance

Maidforce Cleaning Service

Armstcor LLC

Jin’s Chinese Buffett

Pep Rally

Phillip D. Price

Abbey D. Moore

Language Interpreters of GA

Best Western

Bulldog Roofing and Contracting

Willows

Yoon Sushi

Siemens Water Tech, LLC

Yoon Sushi

Yoon Sushi

Perfect Inspections

Texaco Riverstone

One Source Contracting, LLC

B.loved

Texaco Riverstone

After Glow Day Spa

Texaco Riverstone

Lisa StelTenpohl Photography

Ball Ground:

Something New for I Do

Kathryn Sidati PTLMT

Waleska and Nelson issued no permits in August.

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