Scampers Weekly Recap - July 20, 2018
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Dear --FNAME--
We’ve been so gratified by how quickly our business has grown, and that is thanks to all of you who are entrusting your furbabies to us, and then talking about us with your friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. We’re not sure how to express our thanks for the trust you show us.

In Kirkland, we continue to meet more new dogs each month and our attendance continues to grow. In Bellevue, we’ve grown so much more quickly than we even imagined, nearing Kirkland attendance numbers after only 16 months!
With this growth, there is new learning. We have learned that it really does matter if we know how many dogs to expect each day. That means that we actually do need you to make reservations prior to coming. We recognize that surprises can crop up as your morning progresses, and in the case of a family emergency, we can always find room for a pooch. But, we also must maintain safe staffing levels and that is difficult if we cannot reasonably estimate attendance. So, please, whenever possible, set up your reservation in Gingr, pop us an email, or give us a quick call so we know to expect your pooch. That will go a long way to giving us the tools we need to provide the safest possible environment for all.

Further learning involves an ask from us to all of you with respect to preferred equipment:
  • A 6’ or shorter, fixed length leash - far superior for canine control than retractable leashes which are bulky and can be unreliable. Most trainers suggest only using retractable leashes while hiking; otherwise, they can result in less than ideal leash-walking habits.
  • Nylon quick-snap release collars. The buckle-style or chain collars can get caught on teeth in play, which creates a dangerous situation.
  • Name tags. We host a great many dogs – sometimes as many as a dozen black labs alone. Just knowing that the one we want to send home is female is not enough. Our staff need to be able to identify a dog via a name tag. Of course we know that every camper is unique and special, but in those go-home moments, they will all answer to whatever name we call out!

If all of our clients could take the time to provide these equipment requests, we can speed up our drop-off and pick-up times, ensure smoother interactions within our lobby space, and raise the level of safety for all.

Thanks, in advance, for considering these equipment changes. Double thanks for your trust as we care for your amazing and wonderful fur-babies! We love them all and we know how fortunate we are that you share them with us!

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 with a whole bunch of newbies this week.
The Bellevue bunch was happy to welcome 4 year old Tazzie the Aussie Shepherd to the group. Tazzie enjoyed finding a great playmate in Lady. At the same time, Gracie K, an 8 year old Terrier Mix found it quite fun to meet all the other dogs, and loved that the wranglers always had lots of ear scritches for her.
Tuesday was a busy day for the Kirkland Welcome Waggin'. The Littles got to welcome Bochy, the 6 year old little Lab mix, and Bella N, a lovely 8 month old Border Collie mix. Meanwhile, the Puppy group enjoyed meeting Finnigan, an 11 month old Wheaten Terrier.
The Littles at Kirkland got to meet party-boy Max on Wednesday. He's a 3 year old Schnoodle, who made himself right at home with all his new friends.

Happy Max C,
Wednesday's Newbie

Meanwhile, in Bellevue, Mowgli, a 9 month old Golden Retriever mix, found tons of fun and friends with Yeti and Kimchi! Rainey the 7 year old Lab found a nice compatible friend in Big Hank.

Today, the Bellevue Bunch is super busy welcoming a bunch of new friends - Wallace the Labradoodle is just 2, and finding lots of fun with the Littles. Kora the 4 month old Pomsky is Mylo P's sister, and we are happy to see the littermates reunited, although her playmates today are Olives and Lucy. Baxter L, a 5 month old Terrier Mix, is very curious and playful, and is happy to find his neighborhood friend, Muppet, in the mix today. Cleo is a 6 month old Bordoodle. She's hanging out with the Wranglers while she gets used to the pace of things. She's very curious, though, and will find all the fun to be had.
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.

Bellevue Siblings
Davis and Lizi

Scampers is on Instagram. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Luna and Kala
enjoy some cuddle time

Diesel and Lily
surveying their

Queen Agnes with her court,
Winnie and Murphy McH
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.

Queen Amara
enjoys a day on the lake

Patriotic Peanut H
poses at the
Fourth of July
family picnic

Theo isn't sure about
the floral adornment.
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.

LJ absolutely adores her
brand new baby sister, Seetha.

Cody and Wynston

Sibling pooches
Bandit and Skye
cuddle after a busy day
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, July 31st, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, August 14th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, July 23rd, and his next visit after that will be Monday, August 6th.

As a general rule, Chris visits Scampers Bellevue on alternate Mondays, with the occasional switch-out 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.
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...
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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