Scampers Weekly Recap - September 22, 2017
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Dear --FNAME--
Well, it looks like we saved the very best day for last this week. Summer's not actually ready to let go yet, so we get to enjoy another glorious, sunny day with just enough breeze that we must acknowledge we've reached autumn.

We hope'll be able to make the best of what looks to be a great weekend - get that barbecue fired up to celebrate the last week of summer!

We're delighted to add a new feature to our Weekly Recaps. We've realized you might like to get to know a little about the people who are caring for your pooches. We'll feature a new wrangler or staffer each week.

Kirkland's Weekend Boarding Specialist, Lauri, is our inaugural introduction:
Hello! My name is Lauri and I've been at Scampers for over a month now. I bring my Golden Retriever Daisy with me on most days.

I had a pet sitting business for 6 years with a heavy focus on dogs. I also ran a small home daycare, mostly for puppies. I have trained 5 dogs of my own, including getting two ready for agility trials.

I was in the corporate world for the past 10 years, but now I'm back "at home" with my doggie pals!

Daisy and I enjoy welcoming new dogs to Scampers, and we love getting to meet their people too! Woof!
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, 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!

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

This one is today's:

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 newbies at both locations again this week.
Our Welcome Waggin's have been keeping busy this week!

Little Ruby Fiona has charmed everyone at Kirkland all week long. She's a baby mini Australian Labradoodle with a fabulous attitude towards life, and we've enjoyed hosting her every day since her first day on Monday. Vivian the Havanese found her way into the Littles group on Monday too, and made herself right at home. This little sweetie has been back several times to rejoin her new favorite party.

Tuesday was Bellevue's Welcome Waggin' day for Byte, the little Coton de Tulear. He's a darling little guy who made good friends with the wranglers first, and then with all the other Littles. 

The two rising stars at Kirkland on Wednesday were both Frenchies! We welcomed Cocoban the baby Frenchie and Rue, the (not quite so baby, but very young!) Frenchie. We're delighted to report that they enjoyed themselves so much - almost as much as we enjoyed hosting them!

Hound mix Chance was Kirkland Big Dogs' Thursday newbie. He had a great day with all the Rompy partiers. We're pretty sure he slept very well last night. Gray the Catahoula mix puppy was thrilled to find a punch of other puppies her size and age, and made so many new friends. We're looking forward to watching this little girl grow up - and she'll grow!

Today, we're welcoming Bella the Chihuahua-Terrier Mix at Kirkland, while baby Australian Labradoodle Toby T is introducing himself to all the Littles at Bellevue. We're making sure they enjoy their first day of daycare and look forward to seeing them often.
Welcome all. We're delighted to share our days with you.
Meanwhile, we're wishing Happy Trails and Happy Tails to a pair of pooch pairs. We sent Molly and Wally off to Arizona a couple of weeks ago, and this week Fritz and Missy the Yorkies will toddle off to Arizona as well. (Hmmm. What's so special in Arizona??) We'll certainly miss all these adorable pooches and hope they'll visit us once in a while.
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, you can watch the adventures in the photos and videos our wranglers are posting on the Scampers Facebook page.

Supermodel Leica
Strikes a Pose
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Lena and Luna
napping in a 

Sergeant and Lilly
seem to have a
Special Friendship
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.
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.

Cooper "Eg" met his new little brother recently,
and found him to be utterly fascinating.

Pi's wish came true -
she has a new baby sister!
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Before And After
(guess which is which!)

Here's another view of
Coop's baby brother,Leo,
once again too pooped to pop.

Bliss is a place to rest my head,
a hand to stroke my neck.
This category of owner-contributed pics features dogs enjoying their extracurricular fun.
This is where we'll post the pics we've received of your pooches enjoying summer vacations, beach roaming, ball games, and any other such general exploring. 

And now we know where
Lucy T spent her summer!
24 pound Sofie the Warrior playing tug of war with her 65 pound and 85 pound Golden cousins,
and she's winning!
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Pretty Abby G
is a very helpful pooch indeed.
She's helping to unpack
mysterious things at the office.
Chris Sugarbaker of Cut-N-Run, mobile groomer extraordinaire has been serving our Kirkland clients every second Tuesday since we opened in 2010.

Chris will make his next visit to serve our Kirkland clients this coming Tuesday, September 26th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, October 10th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, October 2nd and his next visit will be Monday, October 16th. As a general rule, he'll be visiting 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 have been very busy this season, and for long weekends, we're often fully booked! This weekend, we're booked solid at both Scampers locations!

Please remember to get your boarding requests in early to make sure there's room enough for your pooches.

Your boarding requests can be submitted via GingrApp, or you can give us a call to check and see if there's space available. Remember, if our boarding facility at Kirkland is full, there may be space available at our Bellevue shop and vice versa. We'll do our very best to accommodate you if we are able to.

Samson is a frequent Scampers boarder. Here he is greeting the morning staff with his great big grin!
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.
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 you 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 by appointment only,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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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