The Deer Creek Difference
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.
Experts agree! Group play is beneficial to dogs for many reasons, including:
- Dogs with behavioral issues, such as excessive chewing or digging, burn more energy during pack play, which means a calmer dog for you at home!
- The stimulation of being around other dogs satisfies their need for mental alertness and natural curiosity.
- Dogs that come for day care have opportunities to play throughout the day, along with rest times.
Mat Kee (manager) 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.
Alexandra Gillespie (manager) is originally from Farmington, Missouri. She and her wife, Bonnie, have two dogs, Carter and Riley, and two cats, Aidan and Lily. When she's not working with the Campers, she likes to run, swim, draw, and makes the trip back to Farmington to spend time with family.
Bree Muhlfield (assistant manager) is originally from Indiana and currently resides in Cape with her husband, Joel, and here two rescue dogs, Oliver and Ichbod. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going hiking, and eating ice cream.
Jessica Kuehn (puppy trainer/counselor) is a Cape native, lifelong animal lover, and a volunteer at the Human Society of Southeast Missouri. She has three rescue rat terriers, Missy, Squirt, and Maui and a rescue boxer named Lovey, who is a TDI-certified therapy dog. In her free time, she loves to do crafts, spend time with her dogs and family, enjoying the outdoors.
Dimitri Gann (counselor) is a Russian-born actor who grew up in northern Virginia. He has two cats, Oliver and Skittles, and love getting to spend time with dogs everyday! When he's not at Deer Creek, you can find him teaching theater and music around town, or onstage in a local production.
Kaylyn Bohnert (aide) 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.
Chad Holloway (counselor) became a Cape resident after attending Southeast Missouri State University and getting a degree in art. He enjoys watching the dogs by day and serves sushi at a local restaurant at night. Has has two dogs, Luka and Bailey.
Ellie Mueller (aide) is originally from Scott City, but now resides in Cape with her husband and their dog, Bella Grace, and a new kitten named Figaro Lee. She enjoys baking, singing, traveling, and of course, spending time with her little family!
Brandi Kitcher (aide) recently moved back home to the area from Florida where she was part of an animal rescue organization that found homes for a lot of great dogs! She currently has five dogs: Lu, Mishka, Theory, Area, and the youngest, Valkyrie.
Emma Eudy (aide) is from Cape Girardeau and has two horses, Jack and Twister, one cat, Apollo, and a very spoiled German Shepherd named Freya. She enjoys reading, sleeping and spending time outdoors with her family.
Meet the Owners
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 founded Busch's Kennel, a dog and cat boarding kennel in business in Cape since 1972.
Stacy and Chris took over the boarding facility in early 2019 and Chris is now overseeing operations there.
They, along with their son, Brayden, are owned by 5 cats and one very active beagle/border collie mix named Elsa, who comes to the Camp every day!