A WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR DOG
Deer Creek Doggie Day Camp
Deer Creek is owned by Chris and Stacy Heisserer, who are also proud owners of Busch Pet Products. Stacy has been in the pet business all her life, as her parents were Beagle breeders and professional dog handlers, having showed over 150 dogs to championships all over the country. Stacy showed dogs for several years as well, showing unusual breeds such as an American foxhound and a harrier. Her parents own Busch's Kennel, a dog and cat boarding kennel in business in Cape since 1972.
Chris' "real job" is working for Cintas, where he's been a Sales & Service Representative for over 8 years, but on the weekends, you can find him mowing or maintaining the buildings at the Camp and the kennel.
They, along with 6-year old son, Brayden, are owned by 5 cats and one very active beagle/border collie mix named Elsa, who comes to the Camp every day!
Mat Kee and his wife Jessica are owned by two Scottish Terriers, Rusty and Otis. Born and raised in the South, Mat graduated from the University of Tennessee, and he and his wife are dedicated season ticket holders to Volunteers football, and are Cardinal baseball fanatics as well. When he's not cheering for his favorite teams, Mat loves to run, and participates in several marathons across the country each year.
Kaylyn Bohnert grew up in Cape and enjoys going to Cardinal baseball games. When she's not working at the Camp or for the City of Cape Parks and Recreation Department, she loves taking her Golden Retriever, Rusty, and her loving mutt, Tucker, on car rides and to the dog park. She also likes to spend time at her family's cabin.
Jessica Kuehn is a Cape native, a lifelong animal lover and a volunteer at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. She currently has four rescue dogs - 3 Rat Terriers and white boxer, Lovey, who has completed her therapy dog certification. Jessica has several years experience with doggie daycare, and knows just how to keep your Camper occupied all day long.
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Payton Vollmer is an electrical engineer turned dog trainer. He loves hiking and exploring with his girlfriend Kim and their dogs Bonnie and Willow. He practices traditional archery, loves to ride motorcycles and he enjoys a good novel. "I fell in love with Deer Creek because of their standard for the treatment of their campers and allowing me to help expand peoples communication with their dogs."
Randi Spiker studied Business & Economics at the University of Missouri, but grew up in a purebred dog loving home. She lives in Cape with her husband Kyle, their 4 children, and 6 cats and dogs. Randi volunteered with purebred rescue, has spent several years raising and handling Chinese Crested Dogs for both show and pet homes, and has a plethora of canine knowledge to share.
Alexandra Gillespie is originally from Farmington, Missouri. After graduating high school she attended Mineral Area College and received her Associates of Arts Degree in General Studies. She is a lifelong animal lover and has had pets her entire life, but it wasn't until last year she was able to adopt her very first pet, a 10-month old, one-eyed, black and white kitten named Aidan, who she fell in love with while working at a shelter. When she's not working with the Campers, she likes to run, swim, draw, and make the occasional trip to Farmington to spend time with family.
Deer Creek Doggie Day Camp opened its doors in 2015 with the idea that there's more to doggie daycare than just warehousing dogs. We knew there was a better way. We wanted to incorporate structured socialization and play into each day here at the Camp. We keep the ratios of dogs (Campers) to humans (Counselors) low to prevent possible issues and our Counselors are highly trained in off-leash dog play, evaluation, and canine behavior and body language.
Not all dog daycares are the same.
Because you are a responsible dog lover, you should be aware that some daycares operate without proper education or written policies regarding safe group play. Many times dogs are simply put into a room or yard with unfamiliar dogs and left to roam or sleep all day. At Deer Creek, we share your concerns about the safety and health of your dog. He will be assessed for temperament and play style to be sure he is a part of the perfect group for him. He will be monitored at all times by qualified and fun-loving staff. We know dogs love to please and perform, so our staff provides stimulating games and obedience tasks, such as group "sits" and "follow the leader." Deer Creek has a continuing education program for all of our Camp Counselors and staff, so that they remain at the top of their game! You can be assured that they will watch and guide your dog to keep them safe and happy while at Deer Creek Doggie Day Camp.
Andrew Bell grew up in Jackson, Missouri, and currently attends SEMO majoring in Animal Sciences, in their pre-veterinary program. He has an Australian Shepherd named Jazz that rules his house, and when he's not working or studying, Andrew also works parttime at Skyview Animal Hospital. He loves to visit Kentucky Lake in the summers, and is an avid outdoorsman.
Brittany Clark is our newest Camp Counselor, having started here as a Counselor Aide. She graduated from Bell City High School in 2016. She currently lives in Bell City with her three puppies, Faith-a toy aussie, Skye-heeler/aussie and Bear-shorkie mix. She enjoys fishing, swimming, and riding four wheelers. Brittany is a born a animal lover, and she says that Deer Creek is the perfect job for her!