You always hate to see a business close but this one hits especially close to home. Not only will Julie and I miss it, so will our dog.

Camp Bow Wow in Hiawatha has closed its doors for good. The online announcement came just before closing time last Friday, January 14, and read "Customer notice! Camp Bow Wow Cedar Rapids is permanently closed. We have loved caring for your pups over the years!" And pups have loved going there to socialize and play.

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I know two of our Shetland Sheepdogs, Casey and Cooper, enjoyed their visits over the years. Especially Casey. The last couple of times he went, he couldn't wait to get inside. He definitely knew the difference between the veterinarian and Camp Bow Wow.

One thing about Camp Bow Wow in Hiawatha really sticks with me. Years ago, Julie and I were on vacation in St. Louis and Cooper became ill when he was at Camp Bow Wow. They called my cell when we were at an evening Cardinals game and let us know he'd been vomiting. He ended up at the emergency vet that night. When we got back into town early the next morning, Cooper was doing much better. After picking him up, I went to Camp Bow Wow to pay the cost of his boarding. They flatly refused to take any money.

I reached out to Camp Bow Wow this afternoon and asked about the reason for the closing, but haven't heard back. I can't imagine how difficult it's been for these types of businesses since the pandemic began almost two years ago. Casey has barely been to Camp Bow Wow in that time because we simply haven't gone anywhere. I expect doggie daycare business is down too, with so many people now working from home. Add additional difficulties caused by worker shortages and perhaps it was the perfect storm.

So long Camp Bow Wow Cedar Rapids. We'll miss you.

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