About Us

After much thought and consideration Marianne and Marge will be passing ownership of Canine Campus Pet Resort to a trusted and gifted friend, Mary Helinski. Mary will assume ownership on May 10, 2016, but Marge and Marianne will still be working as usual. We are fortunate to have someone whom we trust to fill our shoes. We look forward to introducing you to Mary in the near future.

Mary Helinski Biography


Mary Helinski

I retired as a Commander in 2005 after 21 years active duty in the US Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer. I have lead military, civilian (US and foreign) and contract personnel in nearly all aspects of shore based facility management. This included Public Works functions (utilities, transportation, maintenance, planning/design, services, etc), construction, project management, environmental, and budgeting, as well as administering numerous multi-million dollar contracts under the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR).

Since retiring, I have been consistently working with dogs. As a volunteer with Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin (GRRoW), I have conducted over 200 temperament testing on dogs, fostered over 40 dogs (most with behavioral and/or medical issues) in my home, developed new procedures and electronic business tools, streamlined organization processes and staffing, trained countless other volunteers and provided training and behavioral consultations.

I have been active in K9 Search and Rescue (SAR) work since 2007. I have trained, certified, and deployed one dog during this time period. He is now retired and I am working towards certification with two others. I have been a lead trainer for a dozen other SAR personnel.

I am the current President of North American Search Dog Network (NASDN), a nationally recognized certifying and training agency. I have lead the organization into upgrading our processes to meet current industry standards, developing business tools and data management, and instructing and certifying dogs for our volunteers.

  • I am a current K9 Trainer at Washington County Humane Society, teaching basic obedience and scent classes.
  • I completed one year of Veterinary technician school and worked at an emergency clinic during my coursework.
  • I have helped out at Canine Campus as kennel staff when they have been short handed.


  • BS(Ocean Engineering) 1984 US Naval Academy
  • MS (Civil Engineering) 1994 University of Maryland
  • MA (National Strategy and Policy) 1999 US Naval War College

Our furry family

Our furry family

Marge & Marianne have been active in owning, breeding, showing and training dogs for over 20 years. Canine Campus was a special endeavor which we approached with our own dog’s comfort in mind. We are sure your pet will enjoy the home-like setting we’ve created as well as the special hands-on care.

We work very hard at making your pet’s time away from home something it will look forward to time and again. Our mission is to provide your pet with the best possible care during its stay.