VCA to Acquire Camp Bow Wow Chain

VCA to Acquire Camp Bow Wow Chain

Heidi Ganahl, Founder of Dog Day-Care Firm, Discusses Franchising Challenges

Aug. 4, 2014 2:06 p.m. ET

RARE BREED: Heidi Ganahl started two businesses that struggled before opening the Camp Bow Wow chain of day-care centers for dogs. 'The cool thing about franchising is you're using other people's money to build your brand,' she says. Now Ms. Ganahl, pictured at her Golden, Colo., location, is selling the business to animal-hospital operator VCA. Matthew Staver for The Wall Street Journal

Camp Bow Wow founder and Chief Executive Heidi Ganahl shelved plans for a day-care business for dogs after her husband died in a plane crash 20 years ago.