Scampers Weekly Recap - November 10, 2017
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Dear --FNAME--
We've reached November folks. We're heading into the winter season and it's happening awfully fast. Bundle up, get ready for the next couple of months - of course you're looking forward to holiday feasts, shopping, and family gatherings. Remember that we're here for you and your pooches while you're racing around getting stuff done.

Tomorrow is November 11th, Veterans' Day.

We take this opportunity to honor all who served.
My name is Stuart and I’ve been a wrangler at Scampers Kirkland for going on 5 years now. I am a canine behaviorist and lover of all animals great and small. I grew up in the state of Colorado and my family moved to the Seattle-area in the late 1980’s. I received my AAB from the University of Washington and my CCS from Northwest School of Canine Studies. I’ve been so lucky to meet all of your furry family members and lucky to have had them share their light and love with me over the years!

As a behaviorist, my specialty is listening to your animal and treating them as an individual. Using the latest research in canine ethology, psychology, and perception to answer questions like…. What does a dog know? How does a dog perceive the world? How does a dog learn? How does the canine brain actually work? All academic evidence gathered over the last 30 years leads us to believe that the traditional theory of dominance is only that, a theory. One fraught with many profound problems, pitfalls, and distinct dangers. That a more science-based, less aversive model is inevitable and necessary for the modern dog/human relationship. Thanks to Scampers for giving me a place to apply my talents and thanks to our great Scampers crew for loving your dogs as much as I do!

Most of all, I’d like to use this spotlight to honor the dogs of the world. For being loyal, trusted partners and companions throughout history. For helping to sop-up all the stress that life heaps on our shoulders. For stepping fearlessly into danger wanting only a treat and some affection in return. For walking by our sides… For living, moving, hunting, and evolving by our side for tens of thousands of years, and many more to come. Thank you! (:

Stuart Addison, AAB, CCS, CPDT-KA
and his dog Petey

"It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important... People have forgotten this truth, but you mustn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you've tamed. You're responsible for your rose."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Good news from the editors: We managed to convince Levi to stick around!

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

This one's 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 a whole passel of newbies at both locations again this week.

Riley and two of her
littlest friends


We got to meet tiny baby German Shepherd "Bristol" on Monday. This adorable furbaby is still looking for her forever name, but by any name at all, she's welcome to play here! Meanwhile, Ally the Husky Mix, Bo Golden Retriever, and Maggie Yellow Lab Mix were delighted to join the bigger dogs and join in all the fun.

Young Rainier Shar Pei Lab Mix was the Tuesday newbie for our active players while Maggie the Formosan Mountain Dog got to know our Littles.

Rainier's Glamour shot
Maggie Yellow Lab is looking for belly rubs!

Wednesday was our day to welcome big puppy Tundra, a shy Great Pyrenees puppy, and we made sure she felt welcome and comfortable. We look forward to showing her more of the fun with her next few visits. Meanwhile, little tiny Olives, the baby Mini Aussie, our Bellevue Newbie, was charming everyone in sight.

Zoey W, the Yellow Lab Mix, made herself right at home with the Kirkland pups, jumping and rollicking around with all her new friends, while Momma the senior Maltese girl made friends with the Bellevue Bunch.

Today, it was baby Retriever Mix Ike's turn - this little guy's going to grow up fast, and he's going to be a big fellow, but for now he's a bundle of enthusiastic fluff.
Welcome all. We're delighted to share our days with you.
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.

Sun worshippers enjoy the
last blast of the season
We've added Instagram to our assortment of Social Media tools. Tag or search #scampersdogs and join in the fun.

Pretty Maggie T
enjoys a moment's rest.
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.

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!
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Little Pugador, Rocky,
after a day of play!

Sweet Olaf
and his great big
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. 

Halloween Pooches for 2017 included Klaus, Chomchom, Frankie B and Huxley.

Klaus the Ewok

Chomchom Cupcake
Olaf as the Fox,
Brune as the Superhero
Brune as the fox.
Olaf was fascinated by
this visitor from the depths.


Unicorn Frankie

Huxley Ewok

Buddy T
shows off his ball skills
for the photographer

Kitty-Kat "Ketchup"
doesn't want
his pooch Bandit to leave
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 Kirkland clients every second Tuesday since we opened in 2010.

Chris will make his next visit to serve our Kirkland clients this coming Tuesday, November 21st, and his next visit after that will be Tuesday, December 5th.

For our Bellevue clients, Chris will be visiting our Bellevue shop on Monday, November 13th and his next visit will be Monday, November 27th. 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 can be very busy, and - particularly during the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years holidays - we're often fully booked! Please 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 always do our best to accommodate you.
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, 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 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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