Scampers Weekly Recap - February 7, 2020
Dear --FNAME--
Well that was one very wet week we just had! No doubt some of our pooch friends are looking forward to trying out their webbed toes in the streams and rivers and lakes that have inundated our neighborhoods and roadways. Swim with care, my friends, those extra watery bits can be treacherous.

We're looking forward to a couple of teaser days of sunshine, but the wet's going to be back. We should have a whole BUNCH of flowers by the time May gets here!
Did you know?Anchor
Dog Daycare: Focusing on each dog's individual social needs
Doggy daycare fills the mind with images of happy, romping pooches, a bit of barking, some chase games, and lots of general good fun. And, that is largely what occurs at Scampers.

For younger puppies, adolescent dogs, and high-energy dogs, Scampers provides a wonderful opportunity to socialize and spend that energy. Puppies learn about things like bite inhibition, giving and receiving social cues and generally being able to blow off some steam. Consider though that different dogs have different responses to such a chaotic environment.

More mature dogs may not have as much steam to blow off and they may not enjoy the energy of the more exuberant pooches. Some dogs can essentially “age out” of daycare over time, and frequent exposure to large groups can become less entertaining. What was once great fun isn’t so much anymore. Compare it to children who once loved their visits to Chucky Cheese discovering when they reach their teen years that they don’t actually want to go there every day. Once or twice weekly party time is plenty for them! And even the most senior dog will crave social time with other pooches from time to time, just maybe not all day, every day.

In addition to variables like age, breed, energy level, and overall health, consider also any stresses from home. Have you been packing for a business trip? Moving? Preparing new family member? These are the kinds of things that can factor into how comfortable a dog will be at Scampers, whether on any specific day or long term.

Also, while dog daycare can be a terrific solution for dogs with separation anxiety who can’t be left alone at home, for others, the energy level may be even less desirable than being at home alone. Why is that? No one really knows, but it is important to follow the cues from your own dog should anxiety be an issue. On the flip side, some dogs arrive exhibiting a certain amount of nervousness and trepidation but once they are in the play zones and meet up with their pooch friends, they become lean, keen, romping machines!

There are so many different personalities and each one is special. We’re happy to say that most of our campers thrive at Scampers whether we see them very frequently or only sporadically. And, while we would love to be every dog’s favorite place in the world, we can’t always be exactly that. We’ll always do our best to help find the best answer for each dog we meet.
Last week we uploaded an album on our Facebook page with a selection pics of your dogs as seen by our wranglers.

Athena's was the pic with the most "Likes", so she is our February Pooch of the Month. Her pic is featured in our lobbies.

Athena, February Pooch of the Month

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

This one is 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.
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".
We get to meet lots of youngsters who are just learning how to be social with other pooches who aren't their litter mates, and we also get to meet adult pooches and seniors who will help the puppies learn good social skills. 

We love meeting new friends and showing them all our favorite games.

Our wranglers love sharing their photos of your pooches in action. We hope you enjoy the show:

Typical Puppy Behavior:
Roxie cuddles with
Big Pillow, aka Henry,
while Darwin looks on.

Tin Tin
Too Cute!

Stella and Mondo
share a quiet moment

Kai and Bodhi
are good friends

Darla and Buddy
take 5

Young Hank,
so Handsome

Chase and Luna

Sweet Hazel

Miss Minnie

Oh, dear! Someone's having a bad hair day!
Did you know that Scampers is on Instagram?
Search and Tag #scampersdogs and join in the fun.
Chris Sugarbaker, mobile groomer extraordinaire, has been serving our clients since we opened our Kirkland shop in 2010.

Chris will be in Kirkland on Tuesday, February 11th. and again on Tuesday, February 25th. Chris will skip his trip to Bellevue on Presidents Day, Monday, Monday, February 17th as we'll be closed for the holiday, but he'll be returning on Monday, March 2nd.

If you'd like your pooch to have some primping time with Chris, please give us a call, or let us know when you visit us. Get your reservations in early - his schedule books up quickly.
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. Click here to send your pics in via email.
We have a lot of young families introducing their furbabies to their new human babies - we love sharing those pictures with our newsletter audience!

Loki takes pride in
looking after Milani.

Cabo (center) seems somewhat bemused
by the two new additions to his household.
Welcome Evan and Kaylee!
We are always looking for pics of Scampers campers with their human babies.
Apparently, young English Setter Leica is getting lots of exercise when she comes to Scampers. Here's what she looks like at home.

Young Brady had such a blast
his first day of daycare!

Hamish was soooo tired
but, ... bowl!

Dolce stretches out
after her day at play
We have also received some great shots documenting "The Real Reason" you bring your furkids to Scampers.

Oh, yummm!
Newton chewed up the
Christmas decorations!

Luna Beaux says
Yummm, that sure looks good!
We have also received some great shots of Scampers campers enjoying their "off-time".

Benny and his first snow.

Buddy V relaxes on his deck
Above and below left: The Agnes and Hazel show show, for your viewing delight. BTW: Agnes is the blonde, Hazel is the brunette.
Above right and below: Agnes and Hazel when they were babies.
You already know who's who! And weren't they just adorable!
A couple of reminders:
Please give em a quick stroll before you bring your pooches in
Remember, arriving at daycare is extra-stimulating, and every so often we have had pooches empty out in our reception area because they just can't contain themselves any longer!

Especially 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.

We have garbage cans available for your use, and if you need a poop bag, just pop in and ask for one - we have plenty!
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...
Why Scampers Boarding Morning Check In Time Matters
One of the reasons that Scampers boarding facilities works well for most of our overnight guests is that they are good and tired after a day of playing, or even just roving and sniffing - that does tire them out, really.

Arriving at Scampers is very, very stimulating for your pooches, even after a busy day of adventuring elsewhere, and it takes several hours of busy socializing for the in-comers to settle down. And one hyper-stimulated pooch means a whole houseful of stimulated pooches, so when there's a late-comer, nobody gets a quiet night or a good night's sleep.

That's why all boarders should be checked in before noon. (As always, exceptions can be made in case of an emergency, but we may have to keep the late-comer segregated from the group until they've settled down.)

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 - in fact, for many, one meal per day is enough.

We happily provide meal service for very young puppies who actually 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; however, most of your pooches really don't need lunch, honest! They'd much rather play with their friends.

A gentle reminder that Scampers daycare hours are from 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, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please note that there is 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

​Play all day - go home happy. 
13040 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98004
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12532 NE 124th Street, Kirkland, WA 98034
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