In Her Own Words
I don’t believe we necessarily “control our own destiny.” I believe our destiny is created by how we respond to life’s events.
Through personal and professional tragedies, beginning with the loss of my lovable young husband, to losing a $1 million insurance settlement, I have triumphed over extraordinary adversity. By turning my lifelong passion for dogs into the largest pet care franchise in the world, creating a related charitable foundation, and raising four wonderful children, I feel I have accomplished great success. Through these experiences, I have gleaned personal wisdom and business acumen, which I am happy to share with those who are searching for fulfillment, wishing to find strength to face life’s personal and professional challenges, or those needing inspiration to start their dream or expand their company.
Camp Bow Wow
Ms. Ganahl is CEO of Camp Bow Wow®, an $80 million business with more than 200 franchisees in 40 states and Canada. The Camp Bow Wow brand continues to grow at a fast clip with over 124 open Camps, 6 standalone Home Buddies, 150 franchises awarded and a wonderful charity, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation. Their goal is to reach $98 million in system sales by the end of 2015, and Ganahl’s vision is ultimately to have 1,000 units. In August 2014, she sold the company to VCA Inc. to further this vision and to really be a player in pet care.
In addition, Ganahl has created a nonprofit organization, The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, which promotes the health of pups and ending overpopulation and the inhumane treatment of animals worldwide. It has raised over $100,000 for canine cancer research, and adopted out over 10,000 dogs through the Camps' foster programs. Because of her knowledge of the human-dog bond and the incredible healing power of animals, she’s also created a network of therapy dogs and their parents to be deployed around the country in times of crisis or need. Her plans are to tackle overpopulation around the world in the coming years and help cure canine cancer along the way.
More About Heidi Ganahl
Ms. Ganahl resides in the Boulder, Colorado area with her family and lovable black lab, Raider. She enjoys hiking, traveling and working on various charitable causes including my board positions with the Denver Venture School, the Metro State Center for Innovation, and the Leadership Program of the Rockies. She’s also recently launched a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Moms to change the world for the better - Moms Fight Back. Finally, Ganahl is a CEO media spokesperson for Job Creators Network.