Scampers Weekly Recap - August 31, 2018
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Oh, my goodness - September is TOMORROW! (How did that happen so fast?) But that also means we're at Labor Day Weekend, the weekend everyone gathers with family and friends for barbecues, camping, tournaments... General fun in the sun!
Scampers will be closed on Labor Day -
we're open for Boarding, but full to the brim!
We're hosting a whole bunch of boarding dogs this weekend, but this coming Monday is Labor Day, so we'll be closed to regular daycare activity.

Holiday daycare is available on a Reservations-Only basis, and there is a surcharge associated with holiday daycare, but if you need us, we're here for you.
Kirkland's Pavement Sealer - It's shedding!
We painted Kirkland's rough asphalt with a coat of pavement sealer last week, and let it cure for three days. We then set the pooches loose on Monday. And a bunch of white and cream colored dogs went home... smudged with gray!

We're so sorry, but it seems three days wasn't enough curing time when the traffic is super-rompy dogs.

The good news is that the excess pigment appears to have worn off and washed away now. The sealer we used is non-toxic and eco-friendly, and the residue is completely washable with soap, detergent, or shampoo and water.
Pooch of the Month - September - Voting Now Open
It's that time again, folks!

We've uploaded a selection of photos of your pooches to an album on our Facebook page. Vote for your favorites, and the picture with the most votes will grace our lobbies for the month of September.

Hazel, with her winning smile
was August's Pooch of the Month
A couple of reminders:
We know how much you love your furbabies - that's why you bring them to Scampers, after all. But please remember that very few dogs require more than two meals per day - in fact, for many, one meal per day is enough.

We happily provide meal service for very young puppies who actually do need a mid-day meal to support their growing bodies, and for dogs whose veterinarians prescribe a mid-day meal, e.g., dogs on certain medications or who have metabolic, gastric, or intestinal conditions; otherwise, please do not bring snacks and meals for them.

Frankly, we're having a tough time staffing for the demand, and because so many  on our lunch list don't really need a meal, they're reluctant to eat, and our staffers are hand feeding them, coaxing them, singing to them...

Most of them really don't need lunch, honest! They'd much rather play with their friends.

Please give em a quick stroll before you bring your pooches in
Remember, arriving at daycare is extra-stimulating, and every so often we have had pooches empty out in our reception area because they just can't contain themselves any longer!

Especially if you're bringing your pooch into Scampers after a long car ride, please give them a quick toodle around the bushes or pillars before bringing them inside.

We have garbage cans available for your use, and if you need a poop bag, just pop in and ask for one - we have plenty!

Every once in a while we come across a dog-oriented joke.

Today's is dedicated to all those
going Back To School!

Happy Friday

Watch for the updates of our framed Friday Funny in our reception area.

We'll also make sure they're posted on our Facebook page so you can share them with your friends.
We're a pretty close knit group of pooches - we form strong friendships, and we get to know each other very well. When new pooches join us, we love to introduce them around and get them started in their Scampering adventures - that's why they call us the "Welcome Waggin".

Our Welcome Waggin team had fun with a whole bunch of newbies this week.
The Bellevue Bunch got to meet an especially Big Boy on Monday - Hank S is an 11 month old Pit Bull / Mastiff / Great Dane Mix. We hope he's as impressed with us as we are with him! He's a great addition to the Big Dog Rasslin' Team.

On Tuesday, the Kirkland Littles welcomed Argos, who will only be Little for a little while - a 4 month old St. Berne-doodle (St. Bernard / Poodle mix) - he's already a big floppy puppy with great big feet, so we know he'll be playing with the Big Dogs when he's all grown up.
Wednesday was Genji's day to meet the Bellevue pooches. He's a 3 month old Akita puppy, and as you can see, he's also going to be a big, impressive pooch. He's already very handsome, very curious, and affable indeed!

Genji, at 3 months

Meanwhile, Rey was joining the Bellevue Big Dogs. She's 2-1/2 years old, a Border Collie, very curious, and as pretty as a picture, and reportedly, a total genius!

Pretty and Smart!
Border Collie,

Pippin the Pug was our Wednesday Newbie at Kirkland. He was so happy to romp around with a bunch of new friends. We made sure he met all the heartiest of the partiers, too.
Little Ava joined the Bellevue Littles on Thursday. She's a darling, tiny little King Charles Cavalier / Toy Poodle mix, and only 3 months old. We hope she had a lot of fun, and we're pretty sure she went home good and tired.

Little Ava looks
a little tuckered out!

Charlie the 5 year old Cavachon (Cavalier-Bichon) also made himself right at home with all the Bellevue Littles. He's a handsome, playful little guy, and quickly found all his new besties.
Harley joined the Kirkland Big Dogs on Friday. He's a 3 year old American Bulldog mix who recently found himself a very nice new home with a built-in little sister, Coco. He's coming to Scampers so he has some big dogs to play with.
Toshi is the 3 month old Terrier Mix who joined the Bellevue Littles this morning. We're making sure this little guy has a very good time, and goes home very good and tired!
Toshi (R) naps with his new bestie, Snickerdoodle (L).

Benny C with Zoe C
loving the sun
Hey, Peeps, don't forget, if you're not quite sure what those report cards really mean, check out the photos and videos our wranglers are posting on the Scampers Facebook page.

Hudson and Snoopy -
a study in Black & White
at Bellevue

Baby Poodle, Burnie

Ready for Action,

Kirkland Lab pals
Lena and Penny
snooze tete-a-tete
Scampers is on Instagram. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

LJ finds Hank to be
a lovely soft pillow

Handsome Husky,
Every once in a while we receive a photo from one of our customers showing us what their beloveds are doing after their day at Scampers.

Hank McH discovered
he's a water dog!

Queen Amara
enjoys a day on the lake
We have a lot of young families introducing their furbabies to their new human babies - we love sharing those pictures with our newsletter audience! Click here to send your pics in via email.

Sherman's looking forward to meeting his brand new brother, Eric, who decided to make his appearance a few too many weeks early. Sherman came to board at Scampers while young Eric was brought into the world. The good news is that Eric and his mom are both doing well, and Sherman is ready to start his big brother duties when the time is right.

Looks like Wrigley's all played out.

Murphy McH
his tennis ball!

Hank McH and his dad hiked a
realllllly LOOONNNNGGG way!

Murphy McHugh,
10 pound Maltipoo,

couldn't quite make it
all the way into his bed

Cody and Wynston
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Josie shows us
what she can do to a toy


Pretty Abby G
is helping to unpack
mysterious things at the office.
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire has been serving our clients since we opened our Kirkland shop in 2010.

Chris will make his next visit to serve our Kirkland clients on Tuesday, September 11th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, September 25th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, September 17th, and his next visit after that will be Monday, October 1st. As a general rule, Chris visits Scampers Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch-out when there's a holiday that interferes, and with Labor Day falling on September 3rd, this go-round, he'll skip that visit.

Keep in mind that Chris' grooming schedule often fills up, so it's important to get your reservations in early.
Below, Sophie C's before and after pictures. She looks so tidy and fresh after her summer "puppy cut".
Our boarding facilities at both locations can be very busy, particularly during the holidays. Please remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches, and remember, we have accommodation available at both the Kirkland and Bellevue locations.
Why Scampers Boarding Drop Off Times Matter
We ask that boarders be dropped off before noon, although exceptions can be made in case of an emergency.

Arriving at Scampers is very stimulating for your pooches - even after a busy day of adventuring elsewhere - and it takes several hours for the incomers to settle down. And one stimulated pooch means a whole houseful of stimulated pooches.

One of the reasons that Scampers boarding facilities works well for most of our guests is that the guests are good and tired after a day of playing, roving and sniffing. Of course, as we all know, a tired dog is a good dog.
Safety Reminders:
Dogs on Leashes, Pretty Please!
Some dogs jump up on people to greet them, whether the jumpees want to be greeted or not. Others feel the need to protect their owners. Some are just too darned excited to contain themselves and bolt, sometimes in some very surprising directions.

There are so many things that could go awry, and we worry.

For safety's sake, please be sure to have your dogs on leashes and well under control while moving them between your car and our reception area.

If you need to borrow a leash, we always have a loaner leash available in our reception area.
We are hosting a lot of pooches these days, and, believe it or not, we have an awful lot of Look-Alikes! Of course, it's always a good idea to have your furbabies clearly identified, just in case of the unthinkable, but every once in a while our wranglers would so appreciate just a bit of help identifying which one is which, just every once in a while.

Hello, My Name Is...
A gentle reminder that Scampers daycare hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and our weekend and holiday daycare hours are based on full-day attendance (no half days), and by appointment only,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note that, as of December 1, 2017, we have instituted a late pickup fee for dogs picked up after 7:15 pm. Dogs left later than 8 pm will be boarded at our standard rate.
In the case of an emergency, we are able to make the accommodation for extended stay. Please call us, though, to advise.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Very best regards,
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes 
Scampers Daycamp for Dogs

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