Mike Campbell: It’s a Dog’s Life
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
ROHNERT PARK — After 26 years working in retail, Mike Campbell was ready for a change, so when a unique opportunity came to his attention, he didn’t hesitate to let his career go to the dogs. “My mom told me that a family friend in Colorado had started a Camp Bow Wow franchise, and it piqued my interest,” he recounts. “I’ve always loved animals, and I also wanted to run my own business, so a pet boarding franchise seemed like a perfect situation. It wasn’t long before I started my own Camp Bow Wow franchise here in the North Bay. After five years with the franchise, I felt I was ready to strike out on my own, so I founded my own pet boarding business in 2007.”
Today, as owner of Paradise Pet Resorts, Mike says his favorite part of his job is interacting with his customers, both animal and human. “It’s neat to build relationships with my clients and their pets. When you care for someone’s pet, you sort of become an extended part of their family, so it’s a unique and rewarding dynamic.”
Originally from Southern California, Mike today resides in Santa Rosa, where he appreciates his central proximity to all the Bay Area has to offer. “I feel like this is the best place in the world to live,” he says. “We have the wine country, the beaches, the mountains and the most beautiful city in the world: San Francisco. It just doesn’t get any better.”
While Mike devotes the bulk of his time to running and developing his business, he does enjoy the occasional respite by going to the movies, going wine tasting and sampling the diverse local cuisine. Additionally, he likes hanging out with his favorite furry companions: Leah, a golden retriever, and Lewey, a terrier-chihuahua mix. “Leah is the love of my life, and Lewey is a tough little guy with a lot of spirit. I get the feeling he thinks he’s a lot bigger than he actually is.”
In regard to his life and career, Mike says life’s too short not to do what you love. “In general, I think the most important thing is to enjoy every day, and that includes your work. A lot of people seem to view work as a necessary evil, but for me, it’s a joy and a privilege. After all, when you’re able to do something you love, it hardly feels like work at all.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s the best gift you ever received?
A: Leah, my golden retriever.
Q: What was your first pet?
A: My first dog was a little Samoyed mix named Nicky. I’d previously had turtles, hamsters and guinea pigs, but after I got Nicky, I really learned to love dogs.
Q: What’s your favorite type of wine?
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Carrots, nuts…anything healthy.
Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music. I like a lot of contemporary, top 40 stuff like OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons.