Canine Camp Getaway of NY
June 23-27, 2019
Sept. 21-24, 2019
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)
Email: Janice@caninecampgetaway.com
www.caninecampgetaway.com

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EVENT DATE AND PLACE
June 23-27, 2019
Sept. 21-24, 2019
Lake George, NY
 
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About Us

Janice Costa
Owner/Founder
Janice Costa has been working with dogs for more than 15 years, and has been planning dog vacations professionally for more than a decade – but her love affair with dogs began long before that. She got her first dog, a beautiful English Shepherd, when she was 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 soon 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 and Tricks Testing Evaluator. She's 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 busy planning new activities for Canine Camp Getaway, or organizing games and entertainment for the North America Diving Dogs National Championship Meet and Greet Party for 500, Janice runs the The Canine Club Meetup Group, putting together dog-friendly outings for more than 300 people and their canines. She is active in a wide variety of dog sports and activities throughout New York, and she also chairs several pet food and supply drives to support various shelters and rescue groups. She conducts home visits and helps to transport rescue dogs to their new homes, and also competes in dock diving; her labrador/malinois cross Lexie is two-time National Champion, having won first place in the North America Diving Dogs Veteran Class Master Division in both the 2017 and 2018 AKC/NADD National Championships.
 
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 her water dog, Lexie, her exuberant malinois, Kaylee (who authors the beloved "Kaylee Uncrated" blog on Facebook), 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. As a competitive dock diver, Lexie earned her first dock diving title in in 2015, and then went on to earn her AKC Dock Master and Dock Elite titles through North America Diving Dogs in 2016, jumping a personal best of 26 feet and earning a much-coveted invitation to AKC Nationals. In December of 2017, she attended her first AKC Dock Diving Nationals in Orlando where she won first place, earning the title of NADD 2017 National Champion in the Veteran Class Master Division. In 2018, she added a Dock Master Excellent title to her repertoire, and shortly thereafter, became a two-time National Champion when she took top honors again in the 2018 NADD/AKC National Championships in the Veteran Class Master Division with a jump of 23'6". At age 9-1/2, she is still jumping strong, and believes water dogs have more fun! She also believes the dog-friendly pool is the very best part of Canine Camp Getaway (though she highly recommends lure coursing as well!).

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, games of chase, stuffed toys 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 2019 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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