Scampers Weekly Recap - May 25, 2018
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What a fun week we've had. We're enjoying the outdoors as much as we can - the conditions are practically pooch perfect! We're hosting lots of new pooches, and seeing some of our "originals" too.
Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th

Scampers will be observing Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th, and we'll be closed to regular daycare.

However, since we are hosting a lot of boarders, we do have our boarding specialists on site, so we are able to take reservations for limited Holiday Daycare.

Please note there is a surcharge of $15.00 associated with Holiday Daycare.
Pooch of the Month - June, 2018 - Voting Now Open

It's that time again, folks! We've uploaded an album to our Facebook page with a bunch of photos of your dogs taken by our wranglers over the past month.

To vote for your favorites, open the photos and click on "Like". The photo with the most Likes will grace our lobbies for the month of June.

May Pooch of the Month - Frankie B captured our hearts,
and lots of votes, with her nose-up-pose
Adventures in Paving at Scampers Kirkland

In one week, our outdoor Big Dog play area was transformed from this...

to this...

and finally to this:

Here you can see the runway that feeds the three outdoor play areas. To the left is the "Big Dog" zone. Straight ahead is the "Big Puppy" zone. Ahead and to the right is the "Littles" zone.

The subdividing fencing is new and improved - stable and tall - and ties securely into the portals.

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

This one's today's:
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 had fun welcoming a bunch of newbies again this week.
On Monday, the pooches at Kirkland welcomed Hazel the 11 mo old Miniature Aussie to Littles group. Kaiya, an 18 month old Amstaff Mix was a great addition to our Puppy Group at Kirkland. The Bellevue Bunch were thoroughly delighted with Yeti, a three month old Samoyed, and loved meeting Reid, a 14 month old German Shepherd Mix.

The Bellevue crew did a nice job of welcoming big Hank, a 2 year old German Short-Haired Pointer, who found plenty of perfect playmates right away. Meanwhile, at Kirkland, Beau, a 1 year old Maltipoo and sibling SuSu, a  2-1/2 year old Pomeranian, struck off in separate directions - Beau to play with all the pooches, and SuSu to flirt with wranglers.

On Wednesday, The Kirkland Littles had a grand time with Hallie, a 10 month old Aussie. Lolo, a 1-1/2 year old Aussie was super popular with all the dogs. The big dogs enjoyed showing Trooper, a 2 year old German Shepherd, the Big Dog playgroup routines.

On Thursday, the Kirkland Welcome Waggin got to meet Benny L, a 7 year old Boston Terrier. He got to know all the pooches in the Little Dog play area.

Friday was a super busy day for the Kirkland Welcome Waggin. First to arrive was Obi Wan Kenobi, a 12 week old Border Collie mix, who has been busy playing with all his new friends. Ruby, a 2 year old Golden Retriever, got right to playing with the Big Puppy group, as did sibling pooches, Jarvis, a 6 month old Golden Retriever Mix, and Kiwi, a 2 year old Golden Retriever. Eevee is our Bellevue newbie - she's a two year old Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound, and we're making sure she has a lovely day indeed.
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.

Aussie Pups
Pippin and Hazel
Scampers is on Instagram. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Just hanging out -
Late afternoon
at Bellevue

Puppy Pals,
Holly and Happy
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.

Theo isn't sure about
the floral adornment.

Siblings Annie and Jeeves

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.

Storm is very proud to introduce
his new baby sister, Lexi

Maggie G welcomes her
new baby sister Sophie

Sibling pooches
Bandit and Skye
cuddle after a busy day

Brutus plans to nap on this shin...

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 on Tuesday, June 5th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, June 19th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, June 11th, and his next visit after that will be Monday, June 25th.

As a general rule, Chris visits Scampers Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch-out when there's a holiday that interferes, and it turns out that his next typical Monday would have been Monday, May 28th, which is Memorial Day.

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...
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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