Scampers Weekly Recap - June 8, 2018
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Dear --FNAME--
Who has noticed our days starting earlier and growing longer? We'll reach summer soon! Aside from some significant afternoon showers that are going to be driving us all indoors today and for the weekend, our pooches have been enjoying our larger play yards - in Kirkland there's always lots of water play while in Bellevue it's typically more about finding the nicest sunny spots.

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 our newbies this week.
We got to meet Huck, a 2 year old hound mix on Monday at our Kirkland shop. This handsome hound is making himself at home, and learning how our playgroups enjoy their Scampers time. Meanwhile, in Bellevue, lovely dachshund Kisa found a nice circle of friends with the Littles.

Molly, the 2 year old Chocolate Lab, and Kuma the Golden/Husky mix joined the Kirkland party on Tuesday. We made sure to make them feel welcome and introduce them to all the fun pooches in their playgroups.

Wednesday was a super busy day for the Bellevue Bunch, who welcomed Floppy, a 6 year old Chihuahua, and Moty, a 5 year old Terrier mix, sibling pooches, as well as Jumbo, a 4 year old Chocolate Lab mix. Everyone had a grand day indeed. The Kirkland Welcome Waggin' got to meet debonaire Tyrion, an 8 year old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix. He's going to be very comfortable with the Kirkland Littles.

Salty, a 6 year old Rottie Mix, and Wiley, a 2 year old Border Collie mix,along with Nellie, the 8-1/2 year old Chocolate Lab, all joined our Big Dog group in Bellevue on Thursday. It was a lovely day to introduce them to the Scampers party.

Today we're welcoming Lola to our Kirkland Littles. Lola's a 2-1/2 year old Frenchie, and will fit right in with our happy group. Little Cooper is a 5 month old yellow lab of considerable size and potential, but for now he fits with the Littles beautifully. Winston is a 1 year old chocolate lab of considerable size and energy already and is fitting nicely into the Big Dog Puppy Group. The Bellevue Bunch is happily welcoming pretty girl, Izzy, a charming Bull Terrier mix with the most wonderful spot over her eye! We'll make sure everyone goes home happy and tired after a big day of play.
We are deeply saddened to announce that our dear friend Dexter S, also known as Dexter Cavalier, has lost his long and valiant battle with heart disease.

This adorable pooch had been a regular attendee at Scampers since our very first year. He was an affable fellow and made so many friends, both canine and human. He will be missed by all.

We are so grateful to the Stanborough family for sharing their much beloved Dexter with us and we send them our heartfelt sympathies.

Dexter (center)
with friends
Sophie, Brune, and Oscar
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.

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

Golden Lab

Puppy Pals,
Hudson and Izzy
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.

LJ absolutely adores her
brand new baby sister, Seetha.

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

Cody and Wynston

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 19th, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, July 3rd.

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.

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 sometimes 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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