About Eva's Play Pups Countryside Dog Camp
Eva’s Play Pups was founded in 2002 by Eva and Sofia, two sisters who are just plain crazy about dogs. They wanted to create a place where dogs can run, play and be loved all day while their owners are busy at work or taking a trip.
Eva grew up near her grandparents farm in Sweden raising dogs, cats, chicken, cows, pigs, and horses. She developed an understanding of and love for animals at an early age.
She graduated from Hunter College and began her career at a political research company—soon realizing that wasn't the path for her. Instead, she trained as a veterinary technician at an animal hospital and discovered caring for animals was her true calling.
In 2000, Eva founded Eva’s Play Pups dog walking services, providing dog walking and cat sitting to Park Slope residents and their pets. Today, Eva's Play Pups has evolved to her incredible 56 acre Countryside Dog Boarding Camp at a farm in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Eva is very passionate about her job and loves spending time with the dogs outdoors at the farm, working side by side with the camp staff. She also takes pride in consistently building on her vision for the future. Providing continuing education and training for the Canine Counselors as well as planning new and fun adventures for the Furry Campers are just a few things that Eva does to make Countryside Camp even more incredible.
Sofia Fasth was always surrounded by animals while growing up in Sweden. She spent a lot of time on the family farm along with her sister Eva where she developed a real love and connection with all animals, but became especially close to dogs. After spending numerous years working in restuarants in New York, while putting herself through college, she jumped on the chance to team up with Eva and run Eva's Play Pups.
Sofia currently lives in Brooklyn with her 4 dogs—Lola, a rescue pitbull, Jelly, an akita mix, and Cody and Rocky her Chihuahuas.
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Kayla has been part of Eva’s Play Pups team since May of 2017. Born and raised in the Poconos, Kayla loves the local area for its beautiful nature and friendly calm atmosphere. Kayla grew up with dogs and cats and today she is the proud mama to two dogs, a cat, a guinea pig, two tree frogs and a gecko named Luigi!
Kayla’s favorite part of working at Eva’s is being outside in nature taking photos of the dogs. She also enjoys meeting many different breeds of dogs, each with different personalities. Kayla also enjoys Eva’s involvement with dog rescue which has allowed her to dote on rescue dogs in need of TLC after being abused or neglected.
Matt started working with Eva’s Play pups in August of 2013 and is currently attend Penn State University to major in Civil Engineering. Originally from Allentown, PA, Matt moved to Union Dale in 2002 where he grew up with his 2 dogs, 5 cats, and 3 rabbits. Matt currently has 3 cats named Scrappy, Kali, and Lila. He actually found Lila while hiking dogs at Eva’s Camp!
Matt’s favorite part of working at Countryside Dog Camp is seeing Eva’s Play Pups regular clients. He says, “It’s always rewarding when a dog I’ve known for many years comes back to camp. Over the years, I grow bonds with the dogs and learn all of their cute little quirks.” He also loves that he is able to see those dogs grow up and mature with age.
Brooke is a local horse girl who loves animals of all kinds. Growing up, she was surrounded by cats, goats, horses, cows, chickens, pigs and of course dogs of all kinds. Today Brooke is the proud mama of a blue heeler named Dozer and a little hound mix named Zeek. Brooke has worked at our dog camp since spring of 2014 and she is our very skilled head dog handler. She knows what a dog is about to do before they know it themselves.... We are happy to have her as part of our team! In her free time, Brooke trains and rides horses and takes care of all the animals on the family farm. Her favorite part of the job is that she is surrounded by happy dogs and gets to do outdoor activities all day.
Karen has been part of the Eva’s Play Pups Team since fall of 2016. After leaving Philadelphia where she was born and raised, she ventured to Las Vegas, Nevada where she spent much time working with rescue dogs. After returning to NEPA in 2015, she joined Eva’s where she loves working outside in nature with dogs. Karen also enjoys training some of the rescue dogs that live at camp while waiting for a home of their own. Karen is the proud momma of two rescue pitbulls, a breed she has a special place in her heart for.
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