Canine Camp Getaway of NY
June 25-29, 2017 
Sept. 16-19, 2017
Held in Lake George, NY
P.O. Box 285, Bethpage, NY 11714
Phone: 877-K9-CAMPG (877-592-2674)
Fax: 877-K9-CAMPF (877-592-2673)
www.caninecampgetaway.com

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EVENT DATE AND PLACE
June 25-29, 2017
Sept. 16-19, 2017
Lake George, NY
 
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About Us

Janice Costa
Owner/Founder
Janice Costa has been working with dogs for nearly 15 years, and has been planning dog vacations professionally for eight years – but her love affair with dogs began long before that. She got her first dog, a beautiful English Shepherd named Fluffy, when she was only 11 months old, and before she even outweighed the dog food bag, Janice had taken over care and feeding duties. She’s been passionate about dogs ever since.

In 2002, after losing her beloved black lab mix, Tiffany, she decided to honor her faithful friend’s memory by getting involved in rescue work. Soon she had adopted a rescue dog of her own and, recognizing that “a tired dog is a good dog,” she quickly became active in obedience classes, agility, flyball and service dog training. She continued to volunteer with dogs and became certified as both a Therapy Dog Test Examiner and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is also a certified instructor in Pet First Aid and Canine CPR.

Because her job required a good deal of travel, she cherished spending vacation time with her dogs, and in 2009, frustrated by the lack of travel options for dog lovers, she became co-owner and founder of her first dog vacation business, Canine Club Getaway, and later launched Canine Camp Getaway of NY. 

When she’s not planning activities for Canine Camp Getaway of NY, Janice runs the The Canine Club Meetup Group, putting together dog-friendly outings for more than 200 people and their canines. She is active in a wide variety of dog activities on Long Island and throughout New York State, and she also chairs several annual pet food and supply drives to support various shelters throughout Long Island. She assists in transporting rescue dogs to their new homes, and also competes in dock diving.
 
Janice enjoys writing about all things dog-related, and has written for numerous dog magazines, including Bark Magazine and Fido Friendly. She blogs about pet-friendly travel in her "Traveling Tails" blog, and has spoken about everything from pet-friendly design and Canine CPR to therapy dog work at shows throughout the tri-state area.

Janice is proudly owned by a wild child Lab mix named Lexie and a surprisingly sane malinois puppy named Kaylee, along with two very tolerant cats. The whole family is watched over by the Jessie, the Belgian Malinois/Collie/Shepherd mix who started it all, and who continues to keep an eye on "her" camp from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

When she's not planning dog events, Janice works in the home design industry, and has authored two books, Grand Master Baths (Creative Homeowner) and Everything and the Kitchen Sink: Remodel Your Kitchen Without Losing Your Mind (Andrews McMeel). She is currently at work on a dog memoir, Jessie’s Girl. She dedicates Canine Camp Getaway of NY to her beloved (and never forgotten) Tiffany dog, to her angel, Jessie, and to Lexie and Kaylee, who every day leave indelible paw prints not only on her clothing, but on her heart.

Jessie Costa
Ambassadog Emeritus & Founding Ambassadog, CCG Heaven Chapter

Born in Pennsylvania and dumped in a kill shelter when she got “too big,” Jessie had to overcome some major trust issues with humans when she was first adopted. However, she always enjoyed the company of other animals (even helping to rescue an injured squirrel once), so dog activities became a major part of the socialization process once she found her “fur-ever” home.

Coming from strong working lines, Jessie shared her Mom’s “Type A” personality, and it soon became clear that, like most working dogs, she was happiest when she had a job. Obedience, retrieving balls and running agility initially filled that void, and later, she expanded her “work” to include retrieving medicine, water and the cordless phone on command, as well as working with the elderly.

A high-drive dog, Jessie found herself entranced by lure coursing (aka “crack cocaine for dogs”) and sought out opportunities to engage in various dog sports. But Jessie also had a strong social streak, and soon was helping to organize dog get togethers with neighborhood dogs – everything from hikes to beach trips to holiday parties.

Although her life was good, she had one major complaint: Mom often traveled on business, and invariably she was left behind. “Why can’t we travel together?” she wondered.

“There are no dogs where I’m going; even if I could bring you, you’d be stuck in the hotel room and there’d be nothing for you to do,” was the inevitable response.

That’s when she came up with The Great Idea: Why not go someplace together and invite all their favorite dogs and dog people, and plan fun, dog-friendly activities so they could spend time together and no one would be stuck alone in the hotel room?

Thus was born Canine Camp Getaway of NY, which Jessie always viewed as one of her proudest accomplishments.
 
After supervising eight camps, at the ripe old age of 13-1/2 years, Jessie was ready for a new challenge; today, she is Founding Ambassadog of the first CCG Heaven Chapter, where she continues to welcome beloved CCG alumni dogs and friends who have crossed the rainbow bridge.

Lexie Costa
Camp Ambassadog
Part of an “oops litter” from a Black Labrador narcotics dog and a Belgian Malinois protection dog, Lexie comes from strong working lines. However, her joyfully silly personality and love of all things social suggest that somewhere in her lineage, she has equally strong “playing lines,” making her ideally suited for her unofficial job of “doggie cruise director” for Canine Camp Getaway of NY.

A high-energy dog who adores every creature she’s ever met, Lexie loved the idea of hosting a vacation where dogs and humans could spend time together romping, playing, learning, socializing, relaxing, and just having fun.

An inveterate swimmer, she loves pools of all sizes, and would swim in her water dish if she could. A competitive dock diver, Lexie earned her UAD Senior Elite title in in 2015, and her NADD Dock Master title in 2016, jumping a personal best of 26 feet and earning a much-coveted invitation to Nationals. As the ultimate water dog, she believes the dog-friendly pool is the very best part of Canine Camp Getaway (though she also recommends lure coursing!).

When she’s not performing hostess duties at Canine Camp Getaway of NY, she is excessively fond of balls, long walks, Croc boots, stealing her sister Kaylee’s toys, dog parks, games of chase and anything else that involves having fun with dogs, cats, people, water or her own tail. She is excited to be helping to plan the 2017 Getaways and is looking forward to meeting, greeting and swimming with both new and returning dog friends.

Founder Janice Costa has been featured on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, MSNBC.com, Connecticut’s “Pet Talk,” “Pets Teach Us So Much” and “Women Making a Difference” radio shows, as well as in Fido Friendly magazine, Newsday, The New York Daily News, Every Day With Rachel Ray magazine, The Washingtonian, AOL’s Paw Nation, ZooToo.com, DogTipper.com and numerous others.
 
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