The Things We Do for Love: "I Created a Dream Vacation for My Dogs ... and Me!"

Photo courtesy of Canine Camp Getaway

Caroline Golon, the human behind popular humor blog Romeo the Cat, shares stories of pet owners who have gone the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love.

Janice Costa’s job in the design field requires a lot of travel and time away from her pets. She looks forward to spending vacations with her dogs, Lexie and Jessie, so much that she created her own dream vacation business they could enjoy together — with other dog-loving friends.

In 2009, Costa, of Bethpage, New York, became frustrated that she couldn’t find a good vacation spot that also welcomed dogs. "When you work full-time, you want to spend as much time as you can with your dogs when you’re not working," she says. "But when you go places, no one wants two large dogs. They love to do stuff, and I love to be with them, but there just wasn’t much for us to do together."

So Costa went about creating the ideal vacation for dogs and their people. "I literally sat down and asked, ‘What are my dogs' favorite things in the world?’ and built a whole vacation experience around it," she says.

Soon, Canine Camp Getaway of New York was born. Now, twice a year in June and September, dogs and their owners can meet at the Roaring Brook Ranch for a four-day vacation in the Adirondack Mountains near Lake George, New York.

Costa says at first not everyone thought her business was viable. “Pretty much everyone thought I was insane!” she says. But she ignored the naysayers and continued her work.


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