Scampers Weekly Recap - March 6, 2020
Dear --FNAME--
This has been a very difficult week for all of us as the Novel Coronavirus has affected all of our lives to at least some degree. We are unsettled and we are fearful. Some of our neighbors have lost loved ones. Some of our neighbors are ill. We're a community, though, and communities pull together and pull through. We hope you all can stay safe and healthy as we progress through this phase.

We have noticed a significant decline in attendance, certainly the result of the number of organizations who are directing their staffers to work from home, and many of those staffers have pooches who are Scampers dogs. Please let us know if you plan to keep your pooches at home for an extended period, and, on the flip side, when you plan to bring your pooches back. It's important we keep our staffing levels appropriate to maintain safety for your pooches.   
Pooch of the Month - March 2020 - Congratulations, SullyAnchor
Last week we uploaded an album on our Facebook page with a selection of photos of your pooches as seen by our wranglers. You voted for your favorites, and Sully's was the pic with the most votes. Sully's pic will grace our lobbies for the month of March.

Sully, Pooch of the Month, March
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. This week, we've welcomed 7 new dogs to Scampers.

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

Benny and Sammy

Zara and Anna

Foxy and Barkley

Luna C, Maverick, and

Vinny and Blue

Moose, Ruby, Kimchi,
Benny and Huxley:
 Noses up!
Did you know that Scampers is on Instagram?
Search and Tag #scampersdogs and join in the fun.
We are deeply saddened to learn that our old friend, "Mini" Cooper, has made his way to the Rainbow Bridge. This adorable little dude is one of our "originals" - he started coming to Scampers way back at the beginning of 2011, just two months after Scampers first opened.

Cooper was just a tiny little guy, weighing in at all of 7 or 8 pounds, and had been battling respiratory issues for much of his life. All in all, 11 dog years is a good long time to live especially with such wonderful humans who cared for him with so much love and attention. He was one very lucky dog and he knew it. He'll be very sorely missed and always remembered with a smile. 
Chris Sugarbaker, mobile groomer extraordinaire, has been serving our clients since we opened in 2010.

Chris will be in Kirkland on Tuesday, March 10th and again on Tuesday, March 24th. Chris will be in Bellevue on Monday, March 16th and then again on Monday, March 30th.

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.
A little note about nails...Anchor
For your pooches, a broken nail is actually a significant injury - it's very painful, and there's the inherent potential for infection.

Nails that have grown too long are especially vulnerable to catching on our crates and fencing; so, to save your pooches the pain, and yourselves the pain of the vet bills, please make it a point to keep their nails safely trimmed.

BTW: One of the best things about groomers - they know how to keep dogs' nails nice and trim and safe from accidental breakage. Let us know if you want to take advantage of Chris' time to get a mani-pedi for your pooch.
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!

Big boy Abel hopes Eden will share her Cheerios with him one day soon.

Loki takes pride in
looking after Milani.
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.

Birdie loves her ball...
very much

Hamish was soooo tired
but, ... bowl!
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 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.
A reminder about collars...Anchor
We're hosting almost 100 dogs at each of our locations these days. To say this can get a little hairy at times is an understatement!

For safer play, not to mention quicker and more secure entries and exits, we recommend all dogs come to daycare wearing quick-release collars like the one pictured, and, for the sake of quick identification, equipped with a nametag. (See below.)

Note that, for those dogs whose collars come with extras like prongs, electronic devices, rhinestones, spikes, etc., which would not be safe in the play zone, we must remove those collars; we dress them instead with a loaner collar for the day, but that means they're not wearing those all-important nametags.
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...
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.

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.)

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 
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