Scampers Weekly Recap - March 9, 2018
In This Issue
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We're not quite there yet, but there are indicators that Spring is nearing! Those stormy showers have let up, and we're going to have a gorgeous weekend, a nice little preview of days to come.
Don't Forget to Spring Forward!
On Saturday night/Sunday morning, we'll be Springing Forward once again. Don't forget to adjust all your clocks, or you'll be left behind.

Did you know: It was all Ben Franklin's idea, joking in an article he wrote for a Paris newspaper that the sun provides light as soon as it rises - such a funny guy!

Last week we loaded a bunch of photos of Scampers Campers into an album in our Facebook page. This time we added a little twist, celebrating some of our "sibling" pooches, companion dogs who attend Scampers. We have so many family pairs and this month's selection is just a small sampling.

You voted for your favorite pooch siblings, and the photo that garnered the most "Likes" will grace our lobbies for the month of March.

Look for more sibling pics in the upcoming weeks. We have lots to share!
Sibling pooches
Cooper and Maxi
soak up the rays
We hear this so often: "When my dog is off leash, he's an absolute angel, but when he's on leash he becomes a totally different dog." Leash aggression is more common than you'd think, and can arise from a variety of completely different concerns your dog may have - whether fear, excitement, frustration, or the perceived need to protect - and it is the primary reason we ask for our clients to help us keep to one dog (or one family) in the Scampers lobby at a time, and to use a good leash which allows for absolute control.

If your dog becomes a snarling, snapping, lunging monster when he's on a leash, you'll be grateful to know this phenomenon can be overcome although it will take a lot of careful work and you may want to avail yourself of the help of a trainer.
Here's a link to a thorough article by Victoria Stillwell describing how she worked with her own leash reactive dog and overcame this very challenging trait.

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

This one's todays:

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.
Heard 'Round the Water Bowl
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 was happy to welcome several newbies at both locations.
On Monday while the Bellevue Bunch entertained baby Golden Retriever Georgia, the Kirkand Littles were welcoming 7 year old ShiChon, Starlet, and Cary, a 3-1/2 year old Corgi.

We welcomed a couple of lovely pups to Kirkland on Wednesday. Luna the Black Lab is 19 months old, and still has plenty of puppy energy. Albus is just 9 months old, a Mini Australian Labradoodle, and he made himself right at home with the Littles.

Thursday was Oliver's day at Bellevue. He's a sweet little dude and we look forward to seeing him again soon. At the same time, 3 month old Golden Doodle Abigail got to hang out with Big Sister Luna Golden Doodle's friends. 
Hey, Peeps, don't forget, if you're curious about how we spend our days and 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.

Blitzen's smile
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Berner Girl Jersey
and her new friend Putter

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.

Jill and Otis allow their favorite
paparazzi to snap this great pic
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.

Luna Blue is taking good care
of her new baby sister, Julia

Morty meets his new Little Brother, Kiernan.
Morty's displaying love ears, gentle forehead wrinkles, soft eyes and a sweet, toothy smile!

Sibling pooches
Bandit and Skye
cuddle after a busy day

Boston was
too pooped to pop!

Sleepy Leo Doodle - which way is up?
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.

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 this coming Tuesday, March 13th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, March 27th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, March 19th, and his next visit after that will be April 2nd. As a general rule, he visits Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch when there's a holiday that interferes.

Keep in mind that Chris' grooming schedule often fills up, so it's important to get your reservations in early.
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...
Please Navigate our Parking Lots with Caution!
Remember, there are dogs crossing. And people. And it's dark and often wet.

And, in our Bellevue lot, which is shared with a car dealership,  we've noticed there are many non-Scampers drivers (some of them have obviously never walked a dog) and, from what we've observed, they're all frustrated Formula 1 drivers.

PLEASE take care when navigating our parking lots, whether you're doing the walking or the driving. We sure don't want any nasty accidents!
Give em a quick stroll first, please!
Remember, arriving at daycare is extra-stimulating. We often have pooches empty out in the lobby because they just can't contain themselves any longer!

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.

Any poops can be delivered to the green garbage cans - if you need a poop bag, just pop in and ask for one!
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, and for many, one is enough.

We happily provide meal service for very young puppies who really 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, however, if your pooch is over 6 months old, please do not bring snacks and meals for them.

Frankly, we're having a tough time staffing for the demand lately, 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... They really don't need it, honest!

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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